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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, February 07, 2018 1:00 am

Places to take your loved one next week

Kimberly Dupps Truesdell | For The Journal Gazette

They say that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach, but for this foodie, a good meal is sure to win some brownie points.

And what better way to pull some heartstrings than to secure a dinner reservation on Valentine's Day or to treat your significant other to one of the special dining events around town.

• The Embassy Theatre is partnering with Club Soda to offer a special Valentine's Day dining experience. It will be in the ballroom, with views of Fort Wayne's skyline. The menu includes salad, dual entrée, a side dish, veggies and a shared dessert. There will also be champagne. Tickets are limited and cost $75 each. Purchase at, 1-800-745-3000 or at the STAR Bank box office at the Embassy.

• On Saturday and Feb. 14, Sweets So Geek will have a Valentine's themed menu, as well as made-to-order soufflés (chocolate and vanilla, both gluten-free). Reservations are required and are available through the store's Facebook page:

Granite City Brewing will have a dinner for two beginning Friday through Feb. 15. Two three-course dinners will cost $59.95. Diners will have a choice of Louisiana crab cake or spinach artichoke dip, pecan-crusted salmon or bourbon barrel sirloin and crème brûlée or red velvet waffle sundae.

Lucky Moose, 622 E. Dupont Road, will have several specials from 5 to 9 p.m. Valentine's Day. A combo plate will feature choice of a 6-ounce flat-iron steak, 8-ounce wild salmon or 8-ounce mahi mahi. The entrée will be served with choice of crab cakes, salmon cakes, shrimp, scallops or chargrilled chicken skewers for $14.77. A 13-ounce prime rib will be served with a baked potato and salad bar for $17.77, and a pan-fried vegetarian chicken with the salad bar will be $13.13. Drink specials will be available.

Don Hall's Restaurants' Valentine's event will kick off its Supper Club Series at the Philmore on Broadway. The evening, which begins with a cocktail hour from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., will include a romantic dinner and screening of “Casablanca.” The four-course menu will include an appetizer trio, a sesame mango salad, choice of entrée (Beef Tournedos, Swordfish Oscar, Chicken Sambuca or Roasted Penne) and dessert. Tickets cost $60 and are available on For information, call 745-1000 or email

Tasting room near completion

Three Rivers Distilling is gearing up to open its tasting room this month.

The area's first artisan distillery, 224 E. Wallace St., will have a grand opening celebration from 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesday.

The plan had always been to open a tasting room, says Aaron Pence, vice president and sales of marketing for the distillery, which opened in 2016. However, an Indiana law that required the distillery to produce for three years before directly selling to the public delayed the process. Last year, the law was changed to 18 months.

Construction on the tasting room began in May.

The tasting room will feature a craft cocktail menu that highlights the distillery's spirits – vodka, rum, gin, whiskey, rye whiskey, bourbon and coffee liqueur. There will be four to five different cocktails made with each spirit, Pence says.

Special to the tasting room will be the Pilot Series, Pence says, featuring spirits that will have limited availability and might be experiments of the makers. The grand opening will feature a single-barrel bourbon.

The distillery's permit does not allow it to sell beer or wine, Pence says.

There will also be a full menu of soups, salads and sandwiches, as well as a variety of meats smoked on an electric smoker. The kitchen will be ran by experienced local chef Mike Bentz.

In addition, there will be a Sunday brunch featuring waffles, eggs and other items.

Hours will be 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 4 to 11 p.m. Friday; noon to 11 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Ivy Tech bakery open

The Bakery at Kelty's Kafe, which is run by Ivy Tech Community College hospitality students, opens today.

The students will each serve as bakery manager for one week, being responsible for duties such as the featured menu item, purchase requisitions, inventory control and financial analysis. Items for sale will include cookies, muffins, cakes, bread, rolls, fruit, coffee from Old Crown and more.

The cafe will be open 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today and Feb. 14, 21 and 28. It is in the Anthony Commons, Coliseum Campus, 3800 N. Anthony Blvd.

Wine at church

St. Nicholas Church, 3535 Crescent Ave, will host its annual wine tasting event from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

In conjunction with WineTime and Vosges Haut-Chocolate, the event will feature 24 wines. Appetizers will be available.

Tickets are $25 a person; call the church office at 484-2277 or email This is an adults-only event.

Italian takeover

The Italian Connection is taking its classic fare from the '02 to the '07 on Feb. 27 for a special event.

Taking over the kitchen of the 07 Pub, the night will feature a five-course homemade Italian dining experience and the pater familias himself, Alex Fiato, will be singing his greatest hits.

The menu includes Antipasto Salad with Pompeian Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinaigrette topped with Asiago cheese, green olives, Tuscan ham and pepperoncinis; stuffed parmigiana reggiano and bread crumb portabella mushroom topped with vodka sauce; prosciutto stuffed chicken parmesan topped with fresh mozzarella, basil and Moscato wine cream sauce; fresh linguine pasta topped with a sherry and brandy cream sauce and tiger shrimp; and a homemade mascarpone and ricotta blend pistachio cannoli topped with powdered sugar and cinnamon.

The dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. Seating is limited with tables of four for $200 (includes five-course meal paired with wine or a specialty cocktail). For smaller parties, email

Art auction

Sweets So Geek recently announced it will be hosting a charity art auction to benefit STOP Suicide Northeast Indiana.

On March 10, Sweets So Geek will display and auction pie pans that were passed out to area artists with the instructions to “make art.” Over the past three years, Sweets So Geek has raised more than $6,000 for local charities.

The show will begin at 3 p.m. March 18 and all art will be sold in a silent auction ending at 9 p.m.

Proceeds of art sales will go to STOP Suicide Northeast Indiana, which encourages good mental health through education, reducing suicide, finding realistic solutions to stop suicide and provide support for family members and loved ones after a suicide.

In conjunction with the art show, Sweets So Geek, 3410 N. Anthony Blvd., will also have Pi Day contests, awarding the customer who can recite Pi to the furthest decimal with a full pie and their name engraved in a trophy pie pan to be displayed permanently at the store. All desserts will be pie themed for the day as well.

Around town

Trubble Brewing, 2725 Broadway, has a new section in its lunch menu called Lunch Smash. It features eight menu items that can be combined for a complete meal. Two choices cost $8 and three are $11. Lunch is available starting at 11 a.m. Wednesday through Friday.

• Bring on the meats! The new Arby's on Maysville Road has opened.

The Dish features restaurant news and food events and appears Wednesdays. Fax news items to 461-8893, email or call 461-8304.