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Local food truck in race for national award

JumBy’s JoiNt, a local food truck that serves American-style food, has been nominated for Mobile Cuisine’s 2012 Food Truck Rookie of the Year.

Mobile Cuisine, the website for Mobile Cuisine Magazine, which specializes in street food news, first had contact with JumBy’s about a year ago at the National Restaurant Association food show, co-owner Jim Garigen says – he won a pair of shoes from the magazine. Over the summer, Mobile Cuisine linked to a local news story featuring JumBy’s when it helped feed people who lost their power in the summer storms.

But Garigen doesn’t know how his food truck was nominated for the award. He guesses it may have been from a charity – last year, he donated to 27, he says.

“I was kind of floored,” he says. “As I read the preface to what went into the competition, to be nominated (you need) at least 50 votes. It was like, ‘OK, who’s voting?’ and I didn’t even know anything about this.”

JumBy’S JoiNt will turn a year old in March, and Garigen owns it with his girlfriend, Michelle DuCharme. The name, “JumBy’s,” actually came from a nickname DuCharme bestowed upon a character Garigen created on the Facebook game FrontierVille.

The food truck is the only Fort Wayne business to be nominated for the award, and one of two Indiana food trucks. Of 18 food trucks nominated, JumBy’s JoiNt was in sixth place as of Tuesday evening. JumBy’s had 375 votes, compared with the food truck in first place, which had nearly 1,500 votes.

To vote in the contest, which ends at 1 a.m. Saturday, go to mobile-cuisine.com/features/who-is-the-2012-food-truck-rookie-of-the-year.

New restaurants

•A new bakery has opened in Roanoke, straight out of the baker’s own oven. Rolling Pin Bakehouse is a home-based bakery Natalie Warner started in her kitchen. Customers can order pies, cookies, breads and cakes by email or phone and pick up their baked goods by appointment at Warner’s roadside stand in her front yard, at 14401 Winters Road in Roanoke.

The bakery’s website went live two weeks ago, Warner says, but the bakery hasn’t really had a grand opening. She hopes to ease into the business, which is ideal with her schedule – she can stay home with her 1-year-old daughter and bake while the girl naps.

Warner’s favorite treats are her chocolate crinkles, which are chocolate cookies rolled in powdered sugar, and her raspberry half moons, which are a tart cookie, rolled in powdered sugar, with raspberry jam in the middle.

To order from Rolling Pin Bakehouse, go to RollingPinBakehouse.com or call 918-3376.

•Pad Thai Fine Thai & Burmese Cuisine (3307 E. State Blvd.) is scheduled to open at 10 a.m. Saturday. As the name suggests, the restaurant’s specialty dish will be Pad Thai, owner Aunt Htaw says. Htaw is from Thailand and has been in Fort Wayne since 1998. He will cook at the restaurant with his mother, who recently worked in the kitchen at Mahnin Asian Restaurant (2701 S. Calhoun St.).

“I like to cook. She cooked there. I tell her, ‘Why don’t we just do it on our own?’ ” Htaw says.

•The coffee shop at 6122 St. Joe Center Road has changed its name to Bon Bon’s Coffee Co., effective last week. Owner Brian Kieffer bought the former Higher Grounds location in July – along with the IPFW location, now also called Bon Bon’s – with the intention to differentiate the café from Higher Grounds locations.

The coffee shop still serves Higher Grounds roasted coffees and hasn’t changed the menu yet, but the space is undergoing a remodel – new flooring, paint, color schemes and furniture, Kieffer says.

“As time progresses and we get settled in, we would definitely like to add some different items to the menu, especially food items” such as desserts, pastries, chocolates and sweets, he says.

Chung King update

I receive the occasional email questioning the future of Chung King Express (3101 N. Anthony Blvd.), which experienced a fire in late July and has been closed for remodeling since.

This month, the Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health filed a “retail food establishment inspection report” – the first bit of official paperwork for Chung King in months. As of Jan. 3, the restaurant still had 17steps to complete before reopening, but the restaurant is on the road to reopen.

Miscellaneous news

•In last week’s column, I mentioned that the Red Angel Pizza in Fort Wayne had closed, and that no calls to the remaining location, in Paulding, Ohio, were answered. Reader Tom Wilhelm, of Antwerp, Ohio, says the Paulding Red Angel is at a new, expanded location, at 740 Emerald Road, Paulding. Employee Gina Vance says the new restaurant opened in September or October of last year.

•The Fresh Market (6306 W. Jefferson Blvd.) is holding a sampling event from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday to help customers with their game day appetizers. The menu will include salsas, dips, pizzas, snack mixes and more.

•Yum Yums Yogurt-U-Make (10454 Maysville Road) has partnered with Fort Wayne Chocolate Fountain, a chocolate catering business. The latter’s hand-blended chocolate is now a selection at Yum Yum’s toppings buffet.

“… The chocolate forms a shell on top of the yogurt and blends so well with the other toppings,” Yum Yum’s co-owner Angie Kurek says in a release.

•DeBrand Fine Chocolates’ Tasting Bar collection has been updated for a limited time to include three new varieties: Piña Colada, Hazelnut Sea Salt Crisp and Very Cherry. Old favorites have also been reintroduced: Tart Red Raspberry, Sweet Potato Pie, Milk and White chocolates and a variety of dark chocolates.

jyouhana@jg.net

The Dish features restaurant news and food events and appears Wednesdays. Fax news items to 461-8893, email jyouhana@jg.net or call 461-8462. For more restaurant news, go to The Dish blog at www.journalgazette.net/thedish.

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