Your Guide to Eating Out on Thanksgiving Day

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Don Hall’s Guesthouse will host its annual Thanksgiving buffet from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom. Traditional Thanksgiving fare will be served. Adults- $22.99, Children- $7.95 and little ones under seven eat FREE! Reservations can be made by calling 260-489-2524, ext. 413.

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On the same property as the Guesthouse, Don Hall’s Guesthouse Grill will also be serving up some Turkey Day goodness.  Also open from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., the Grill’s entrees include hickory ham and roasted turkey. Adults- $17.99, Children- $7.95 and little ones under seven eat FREE! Reservations can be made by calling 260-489-2524, ext. 413.

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Check Out the Guesthouse Grill Menu

Don Hall’s Triangle Park will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with a special Thanksgiving menu. Prices top out at $29.99 for steak and lobster, but you can get dinner specials of turkey and dressing. Adults- $13.99, Seniors- $11.99, Children under 12- $5.99. Click on the photo below to see the whole menu.

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Click to open Triangle Park’s Turkey Day Menu

Tucanos Brazilian Grill Not only can you get your Thanksgiving feast on here, you can also have dinner delivered! As for dining in, you’ll get the traditional Tucanos Churrasco, plus all-you-can-eat filet mignon, turkey (baked, fried or grilled), mashed potatoes with gravy and more! Hours are 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Prices are $29.95 / adult, $11.95 / child, with kids under seven eating for FREE!

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See Thanksgiving Menu from Tucanos

Hotel Fort Wayne will be hosting a Thanksgiving Gala from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. “With live entertainment, creative culinary displays, and more, there’s no better place in Fort Wayne to give thanks!” Adults- $29.95, Seniors- $24.95, Children- $10.95, kids under three eat FREE!

Reservations are required. Call 260-484-0411, ext. 310.

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The Holiday Inn at IPFW and the Memorial Coliseum will be offering a delicious menu as well, offering breakfast items alongside Thanksgiving classics. You can make your reservation with them at 260-482-3800 and see the full menu below.

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Granite City will be serving up a three-course, family-style Thanksgiving dinner. Hours are from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Check prices and make reservations by calling 260-471-3030.

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See Granite City Menu

And the old tried and true…

Cracker Barrel restaurants will be open all day from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m with the full Thanksgiving menu available at 11:00 a.m.  If you’re dining in, Adults- $10.99, Children- $5.99. There are two Cracker Barrels around the Fort; one is located at 1609 W. Washington Ctr Rd and the other at 10427 E. Maysville Rd.

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Can’t Go Wrong!

We’d love to hear about your Thanksgiving plans! Are there any restaurants we’ve missed? Please comment below.

Wendy Sack

About

Born and bred in Alabama, Wendy has lived in Fort Wayne for just over 12 years, calling historic Williams-Woodland Park home. Asked to describe herself, Wendy is quick to throw out the terms grammar geek, voracious reader, Jim Gaffigan nut and Alabama Crimson Tide football fanatic. Often found with a Diet Coke in one hand and a book in the other, Wendy’s true passion is her family. She is a wife, a mother of two and is always looking for new and adventurous things to do in and around Fort Wayne. Wendy finds humor easily in any situation and is a true believer that laughter really does cure anything.

Give Back, Fort Wayne!

The days are shorter, the nights longer and the air chillier. As we move deeper into fall, our thoughts turn to warm apple cider, a nice crackling fire and most importantly, gathering our families and other loved ones around us. For a lot of people in and around our area, however, these thoughts don’t ever materialize. Not because the desire isn’t there, but because the resources are not.

For those of you who visited Fort Wayne last winter, I don’t have to remind you how frigid the temperatures were. For days and nights on end, we battled subzero temps and windchills, feet of snow and who knows how much ice. Most of us went to bed and woke each morning in nice, heated homes, with hot showers and warm clothes, coats, hats and gloves. But what about those among us who don’t have the things that we sometimes take for granted?

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could do something to help? Even while on vacation, there are plenty of opportunities to give while you receive!

There are many outstanding organizations in Fort Wayne that share the same mission: helping the less fortunate among us. Fort Wayne is blessed to have a wide range of services for families, men, women and children. I’m going to talk to you about two of these non-profits and how you can give back.

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Volunteer with The Rescue Mission this holiday season.

The Rescue Mission

“Our mission is to provide, through the power of Jesus Christ, a home for the homeless, food for the hungry, and hope for their future.”

The Rescue Mission has been serving Fort Wayne and its surrounding communities for more than one hundred years! Located downtown on Superior St., the Mission is a faith-based non-profit that serves the homeless through its four ministries:

Life House  is where transient men can go to find a hot meal and warm place to stay. The facility has more than 44 beds available, and visitors can stay for one or several nights. All who are needy in the community can stop in for three meals a day, fellowship, clothing and hygiene products. Referrals to health and other social service agencies are also available.

Life House serves more than 216,000 meals a year and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner to Mission residents and the public 365 days a year. Special meals are served on Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. All for no cost to visitors.

Restoration House  offers short- and long-term residential programs for homeless men. “For many men, the Restoration House is their last hope. They’re unemployed. Addicted. Wrestling with problems. We help men understand their past, receive God’s healing and take steps to move forward.”

Restoration House has 40 beds and services are offered for free.

Charis House  is a special place that serves homeless women and children. As a mother, I cannot fathom the grief that must come from not being able to provide for your children. Charis House is a place to go to get help and to heal. Short- and long-term residential programs are available.

“At Charis House, these women not only find relief from homelessness, but they’re also able to heal and move forward. Our restorative programs equip them to find jobs and housing, navigate life’s challenges, experience emotional stability and grow in their relationship with Christ.”

Charis House has 78 beds, no age limit for children and services are free.

Treasure House is a thrift store that helps support the Rescue Mission. Located at 2203 Lafayette St., Treasure House sells furniture, appliances, clothing and other items.

Click here to find out how YOU can help!

 

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Or donate to the Community Harvest Food Bank!

Community Harvest Food Bank

It’s so easy. Each week you’re at the grocery store, pick up 3-4 extra items. Things you yourself would like to have. Get the kids involved. At the end of the month, deliver your donation and help someone in need. It’s that simple!

The Community Harvest Food Bank was first incorporated as a charitable organization back in 1983, when staggering numbers of people were out of  work and in need of immediate assistance due to multiple factory closures in the area.

Today, “Community Harvest’s mission is to alleviate hunger through the full use of donated food and other resources, and to increase public awareness of and involvement in solutions to hunger. In pursuit of this mission, Community Harvest solicits surplus food and grocery donations from the food industry, and through community food drives, and transports the product to our warehouse at 999 East Tillman Road. The food is sorted, inspected for quality, and readied for distribution to the hungry via a member agency network of over 430 churches and social service agencies. These agencies include such vital services as emergency food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, rehabilitation centers, youth and older adult programs. This network serves 21,100 unduplicated people each week in Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wells and Whitley counties.”

The Food Bank has many different programs. Click here to find out more!

Click here to find out how YOU can help!

Of course, while The Rescue Mission and Community Harvest Food Bank are two absolutely wonderful organizations in our community, there are many more around the area.  My challenge to you is to pick at least one and do your part to give back to Fort Wayne this holiday season. You’ll never feel so thankful as you do when you’re helping someone else!

Wendy Sack

About

Born and bred in Alabama, Wendy has lived in Fort Wayne for just over 12 years, calling historic Williams-Woodland Park home. Asked to describe herself, Wendy is quick to throw out the terms grammar geek, voracious reader, Jim Gaffigan nut and Alabama Crimson Tide football fanatic. Often found with a Diet Coke in one hand and a book in the other, Wendy’s true passion is her family. She is a wife, a mother of two and is always looking for new and adventurous things to do in and around Fort Wayne. Wendy finds humor easily in any situation and is a true believer that laughter really does cure anything.

Jerry Seinfeld Live at Fort Wayne’s Historic Embassy Theatre!

Bust out the puffy shirts, folks, because the cat – meowwwwwww! – is out of the bag! Jerry Seinfeld will be performing live at Fort Wayne’s Historic Embassy Theatre on Thursday, November 6 at 7 p.m.

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Seinfeld to perform in the Fort on November 6

Tickets are on sale NOW, so if you want to see him, you need to act fast! You can get tickets at the Embassy’s box office, online via Ticketmaster or by calling 800.745.3000. Ticket prices range from $125 (gold circle) – $81 – $65 – $48.

I think most of us were addicts of Seinfeld’s hit TV show, either in real-time or syndication. For me, it was real time during college. Nothing  could tear me away from watching him on Thursday nights. Not going out with friends, dates or studying (shh!).  The end of that show was literally the end of an era. My college friends and I still “speak Seinfeld” on a regular basis.

Man Hands, the Sidler, the Close-Talker, Festivus, “These pretzels are making me thirsty!” and on and on….let’s just say I’ve been known to break out into the Elaine dance from time to time.

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Jerry talks with Louis C.K. in “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.”

For even more Seinfeld goodness, be sure to check out his current hit web series, “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.” New episodes are available on Thursdays at 12 p.m., but be sure to watch all of the previous episodes as well!

More Info

Click here for more upcoming events at The Embassy.

The Theatre is located in the heart of downtown Fort Wayne at 125 W. Jefferson Blvd.

Insider’s Tip: Plan to get to the show early to avoid the 6:45 crowds. Great options for a pre-show early dinner or post-show late one are JK O’Donnell’s Irish Ale House, Champion’s Restaurant and Sports Bar or The Phoenix.

Wendy Sack

About

Born and bred in Alabama, Wendy has lived in Fort Wayne for just over 12 years, calling historic Williams-Woodland Park home. Asked to describe herself, Wendy is quick to throw out the terms grammar geek, voracious reader, Jim Gaffigan nut and Alabama Crimson Tide football fanatic. Often found with a Diet Coke in one hand and a book in the other, Wendy’s true passion is her family. She is a wife, a mother of two and is always looking for new and adventurous things to do in and around Fort Wayne. Wendy finds humor easily in any situation and is a true believer that laughter really does cure anything.

Food Truck Rallies: The Fort through Food and Community

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Having recently moved to Fort Wayne I was incredibly excited to explore the Fort’s diverse neighborhoods and their accompanying restaurant offerings. Luckily I was offered the perfect outlet for doing both when seven of the Fort’s food trucks visited the south central Oakdale neighborhood, slinging pizzas, meats, frites, and ices. A parking lot with seven Food Trucks to sample? Yes please!

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The mobile cuisine craze that has been proliferating across the nation for nearly a decade landed squarely in the Summit City approximately two years ago. The mood here is communal and casual as customers lounge in the grass or share larger folding tables. The energy and camaraderie of those involved seems to be as infectious and inviting as though it were opening day. Neighborhood residents dip in and out of the crowd while others stick around to debate what exactly makes a Po’ Boy the “real” thing. Social media is the order of the day if patrons want to keep tabs on where and when their favorite truck is setting up shop and what specials are coming up.

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It is exactly this maneuverability, both culinary and geographical, that seems to attract the purveyors and patrons alike. What’s more, the amount of foot and bike traffic that accompanies these “Rallies” provides an opportunity to engage in conversation and, even more importantly, pick up a solid recommendation. It certainly helps this particular location is located on a street with one of the Fort’s three bike lanes. The crowd here is vocal and amiable, throwing out comments and making suggestions. If you’d like to get acquainted with a particular Fort Wayne neighborhood’s residents, this is a great opportunity.

Dan Campbell, one part chef/owner of Affiné, sings the praises of the relationships amongst food truck owners. Affiné also partners with the nearby Gunthrop Farms for pork, duck, and other meats. For Campbell, the benefit of these mobile kitchens is not only their ability to connect neighborhoods and businesses but also the flexibility allowed to his menu, always offering a chance to change things up and think outside the box.

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Duck Báhn Mí from Affiné

Thankfully this culinary caravan makes tracks all across Fort Wayne, stationing in different areas of town and occasionally outside some of the Fort’s favorite watering-holes. Chances are you can find Affiné outside of O’Sullivan’s Irish Pub on Thursdays. Bravas also posts up at The Brass Rail from time to time. On Thursday afternoon’s you can expect a number of these trucks downtown for One Summit Square where the lunch crowd rubs elbows…but only when taking a bite. Hey-Oh!

Check out the full list of Food Truck Rallies below and like the Fort Wayne Food Truck Association’s Facebook Page for more info:

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Food Truck Rallies:

Tuesdays, Northside Rally:

North Christian Church

5201 Camden Dr.

 

Wednesdays, Southside Rally:

Redeemer Lutheran Church

202 W. Rudisill Blvd.

 

Thursdays, Southwest Rally:

Lucky Harley Davidson

6315 Illinois Rd.

 

For more info on what you can expect, check out these posts from Holley and Lauren. You might (okay, definitely) want to follow those trucks on Twitter and Facebook to keep tabs on locations, times, and new specials.

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Andy Helmkamp

About

Andy is a recent arrival from Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he studied film theory and cultural criticism and spent time working with the Milwaukee Film Festival. There was also a lot of roasting and buying coffee thrown in there for good measure. Currently working for the Ft. Wayne Museum of Art and the Allen County Public Library, he's looking forward to exploring all the Fort has to offer. Chances are you'll find him at the Cinema Center, biking, writing, and running (from nothing in particular...weird right?), and pretending to know way more about craft beer than what he actually does.

Best Doggone Chili Challenge

Chili is a classic American food – a real stick to your ribs kind of meal. Over the years countless recipes for this delicious treat have developed, and now, only one question remains: who makes the best chili? Fort Wayne is trying to find out who makes the best chili in town with the first annual Doggone Best Chili Challenge.

The Competition kicks off on Saturday, September 27, at Lucky Harley-Davidson, and will go from noon to 3:00 pm. Chili cookers will need to get there early to register and start their cooking, but if you’re just coming to eat, no need to arrive until all the cooking is done!

Registration to enter a chili is only $20 and forms will be accepted until September 22. Enter in your old secret family recipe or own of your own devising. There are a variety of categories to enter including vegetarian, Restaurant, Biker Club, and more! Make sure to read over the full rules and regulations before you begin cooking.

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The proceeds of this event will go toward the ASPCA to help benefit homeless animals. Further, the competition is multifaceted.  Some groups will choose to focus mainly on perfecting their chili recipe, but others may put a bit more into their costumes and the booth decor. The chili will be judged based on CASI’s five criteria: aroma, consistency, color, taste, and aftertaste. Should contestants choose to participate in the showmanship competition as well, they will be judged on both their personal costumes and their booth decoration.

There will also be a People’s Choice Award given, so remember to bring out your inner Simon Cowell when you taste the different chili entries.

This event isn’t just about the chili, though. It also promises to be a day full of family fun! Bring the whole family out to enjoy great food, fun games, and awesome adoptable pets. Raffles and a Silent Auction will also take place as part of the festivities. Admission, which covers chili tastings, is just $5 for adults and free for children 10 and under if accompanied by a parent.

Come out and help make this first annual event a success! It promises to be a great time with great food, and to top it off, its all for a great cause!

Holley Taylor

About

Holley is a student at Albion College in Michigan studying English with a Creative Writing Emphasis and History. She is excited to be back in her hometown this summer working as a Marketing Intern for Visit Fort Wayne. Holley enjoys reading, writing, dancing, and spending time with family and friends.