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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 1:00 am

Joseph Decuis promotes local chef

Kimberly Dupps Truesdell | For The Journal Gazette

A chef who has worked at a Michelin star restaurant under a James Beard-awarded chef has been promoted to executive chef at Joseph Decuis.

A Fort Wayne native and graduate of Ivy Tech's culinary program, Marcus Daniel has worked in restaurants from Indiana to Los Angeles and New York.

In New York, he worked at the Michelin star restaurant The Breslin Bar & Dining Room and The John Dory Oyster Bar, where he refined his culinary skills under James Beard Award-winner April Bloomfield.

Daniel began at Joseph Decuis in 2016 and has been acting as head chef for about a year, taking on the leadership role after Adam House left to lead the kitchen at Park Place on Main last year.

As executive chef, Daniel is responsible for managing Joseph Decuis' culinary team in creating farm-to-fork seasonal dishes.

His current menu features a Mangalitsa chop with roasted broccoli rabe and creme fraiche, Wagyu “stroganoff” and a Wagyu tasting. The menu relies heavily on the Joseph Decuis Farm, which is home to more than 150 varieties of vegetables and herbs, heritage chickens, Mangalitsa pigs and Wagyu, a famed Japanese breed of cattle.

Also at the restaurant, Laura Taper, who has worked at Joseph Decuis for 17 years, has been promoted to guest services manager. She began as a server.

Tatjana Karr, a former TV host for CBS Sports, World Series of Poker and WatchESPN, has been named special projects manager. The position is new at Joseph Decuis.

Pups are welcome

The dog days of summer are here, and local eateries are joining with the Allen County SPCA to celebrate.

Through Labor Day, 16 locations will offer paw-friendly patios allowing dog owners a chance to dine with Fido – or, in my family's case, Denali.

The spots are Beamer's Sports Grill; Black Dog Pub; CalienteCurly's Village Inn; Deer Park Irish Pub; Friendly Fox; Nick's Martini & Wine Bar; Pedal City; Scotty's Brewhouse; Summit City Brewerks; Tim Hortons' Crescent Avenue, Ice Way, Coldwater Road and Lima Road locations; Tolon and Trubble Brewing.

All Allen County SPCA Paw-Friendly Patio locations will provide clean, potable water for your friendly, leashed dog.

As part of the paw-friendly patio program, the SPCA is encouraging owners to get a Pawsport and collect stamps at each location. When complete, present your Pawsport to the front desk of the Allen County SPCA for a free T-shirt.

For more information about Paw Friendly Patios, go to the Allen County SPCA's website at www.allencountyspca.org.

State's best dog

Fort Wayne's Famous Coney Island Wiener Stand just got a little more famous.

The local hot dog stand that already has locals lining up was recently featured in People magazine, as a part of the feature “Best Hot Dogs In Every State.”

The magazine sent experts around the nation in pursuit of finding the most delicious dogs in the country, and Coney Island was the pick for Indiana.

Since appearing in the magazine, Coney Island has been featured on TheDailyMeal.com and other national food bloggers' pages.

Fort Wayne's Famous Coney Island was founded in 1914 but little has changed over the years. The menu is simple and the restaurant seats just 70 people – although it says it serves more than 2,000 dogs daily.

Wicked cupcakes

The grand opening of Wicked Good Cupcakes' first franchise cupcake truck will be June 22 at the Sweetwater GearFest, which will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Sweetwater, 5501 U.S. 30.

The franchise is locally owned by Sandi Bubb and her daughter Amber Quinn-Elliott, and the truck has already been out at some local events.

The brand was started in Cohasset, Massachusetts, by Tracey Noonan and daughter Dani Vilagie. Wicked Good Cupcakes gained national attention after the women appeared on “Shark Tank.”

Noonan and Vilagie will be in attendance at GearFest to help sell their delicious cupcakes in Mason jars as well as meet with the Gearfest attendees.

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