Fort Wayne might be known as the City of Churches, but the organizers of an upcoming event are hoping to give us a new title – the City of Restaurants.
Savor Fort Wayne is a 12-day dining event from Jan. 15 to 26, during which participating restaurants will offer specially designed three-course menus for a set price. The event is modeled after restaurant weeks in bigger cities, in which establishments often see some of their highest-grossing days during an otherwise slow time, says Susan Decker, spokeswoman for the Indiana Restaurant Association.
Local restaurants, including J.K. O’Donnell’s, Oyster Bar and the Hall’s group, had contacted the association about planning a restaurant week. So far, more than nine restaurants have signed on, and planners expect 20 unique eateries to participate.
Visit Fort Wayne is also helping to organize the event.
For a list of participating restaurants and menus, go to www.savorfortwayne.com. Updates will also be posted via Facebook on the Savor Fort Wayne page and on Twitter @SavorFortWayne.
‘Hunger Games’ treats
Katrina Markoff, Fort Wayne native and owner of Vosges Haut-Chocolat, is ablaze with buzz for her recent line of sweet treats.
The “Hunger Games” collection, for which she partnered with Wild Ophelia, features chocolates inspired by and named for the characters in the trilogy to coincide with the release of the new film, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”
The Katniss bar, $7.50, features apples, uncured hickory smoked bacon, alderwood smoked sea salt and 44 percent cacao milk chocolate. The Capitol Truffle Collection includes 36 truffles, accoutrements and a menu of etiquette and recipes to serve an extravagant 18-course chocolate tasting.
Markoff, who attended Canterbury High School, has Vosges Haut-Chocolat boutiques in Chicago, New York, Las Vegas and Los Angeles, but items can be bought at www.vosgeschocolate.com.
Bridgewater Grill in Auburn is celebrating the change in season with a new menu.
New items include a smoked salmon appetizer that features Ducktrap River cold smoked salmon, toast points, red onion, chopped cucumbers and dill sour cream ($11). Entrées added to the menu include a cider-glazed Amish chicken ($20) and a 10-ounce Kobe sirloin ($19).
The restaurant, 1818 Morningstar Road, is open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday; dinner from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; and 5 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more, go to the Bridgewater Golf Club’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BridgewaterGolfClub.
Santa has two weeks before he has to hurry down the chimney, but he’s biding his time by making visits around the area.
•Italian Grille, 227 N. Duesenberg Drive in Auburn, is hosting a Santa night from 4 to 9 p.m. today. A portion of proceeds from sales will go to the United Way of DeKalb County.
•Vanilla Bean Unique Cookies & Cupcakes is hosting a hot cocoa and cookies event with Santa. Children can decorate a cupcake and meet Santa. Hot cocoa and cookies will be served. The event, which is $7 a child, is 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
•Fort Wayne, Auburn, Huntington and Columbia City Bob Evans locations will donate 15 percent of sales Thursday to Easter Seals Arc of Northeast Indiana when diners present a flier. To get the flier, go to the JG Food Facebook page at http://on.fb.me/18bhuRz.
•Bravas is hosting its popular burger night Saturday. The mobile food truck will be parked outside the Brass Rail on Broadway from 7 p.m. to midnight.