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Wednesday, June 19, 2019 1:00 am

Korean taco truck 'deliciousness' open

Kimberly Dupps Truesdell | For The Journal Gazette

You might not know it, but you like Korean food.

Or, at least that's what the operators of one of Fort Wayne's newest food trucks believe.

Chow Down Korean taco truck is the brainchild of Edwin Chow and Hannah Britton, who came up with the idea last year. The pair, who met at Huntington University, have spent the last eight months dreaming and working to bring their concept to the streets of northeast Indiana. And the first week of June, they had a soft launch at the Jorgensen YMCA.

From 5 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, the truck will stop at the HT2 cocktail bar, 10212 Chestnut Plaza Drive. Also on the schedule is the Heritage Days Bicycle Poker Ride on Sunday in Huntington.

“Our tacos are more than Korean deliciousness,” Chow says. “We love incredible food, so we combined the fun of tacos with the unique taste of Korean food. Our love for people motivates us to create the best food and atmosphere for the community to grow. Our taco bus is the perfect place to meet a friend, share a meal, and enjoy our city.”

Tacos are a familiar food, but Chow and Britton say the flavors and ingredients draw upon their experience on the West Coast. Dishes, which also include nachos, feature the signature Chow Down sauce.

They've also stopped at Freimann Square for a worship night and Grabill Missionary Church. Because, for Chow and Britton, the truck is not just serving food but service and faith.

Wingstop coming

A new restaurant will be bringing the spice to the north side of Fort Wayne.

Signs are up for Wingstop, a Dallas-based restaurant franchise founded in 1994. The restaurant will be next to CoreLife Eatery on Coliseum Boulevard West.

The menu features classic and boneless wings with 11 flavors including Cajun, atomic, mild, spicy Korean Q, lemon pepper, Hawaiian, garlic Parmesan, hickory-smoked BBQ, Louisiana rub and mango habanero. Wingstop's wings are cooked to order and hand-sauced and tossed. There's also Cajun fried corn and seasoned french fries. Ranch and blue cheese dips are made in house.

As of May 7, Wingstop operated and franchised more than 1,250 restaurants worldwide. There are multiple locations in Indianapolis and Toledo.

Brewed IN tickets

Tickets are now available for Brewed IN the Fort, featuring more than 50 Indiana breweries, meaderies and cideries.

The 21st annual event will take place from 2 to 6 p.m. Sept. 7 at Headwaters Park East. A VIP tasting will start at 1 p.m.

Among the establishments participating are Mad Anthony Brewing Co., Kekionga Cider Co., Hop River Brewing, Three Floyds, Sun King Brewing, Goshen Brewing, 2Toms Brewing and Ambrosia Orchard.

Serving food will be Shigs In Pit, Bravas, King Arthur's Trolley, Sol Kitchen Food Truck, Big Apple Pizza and Caliente Cuban.

General admission is $40, and VIP tickets are $65. Designated driver tickets are available for $10. Tickets are available online at www.brewedinthefort.com, at any Mad Anthony Brewing or Shigs In Pit location, or on the Facebook event page.

Brewed IN the Fort benefits Fort Wayne Trails.

Around town

Casa Ristorante locations have debuted a new menu of seasonal features. Among them are a Mediterranean salad, which features field greens and diced grilled chicken breast tossed with a poppy seed dressing, diced cucumbers, Roma tomatoes, diced mushrooms, red onions, craisins, mozzarella, provolone and feta cheese, bacon and croutons. The Tuscan Mac & Cheese has aged cheddar, Asiago and smoked Gouda cheese, and it is topped with BBQ pulled pork and fried onion straws. The Mango Salsa Whitefish has a panko breading and mango salsa.

For dessert, there's Lemon Mascarpone Cake.

Ruth's Chris will host a TasteMaker Dinner featuring wines from Duckhorn Vineyards. The event will be 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Monday and costs $120 a person. A five-course menu will highlight the wine's traditional French roots. For reservations, call 444-5898 or go to www.ruthschris.com/promotions/duckhorn-vineyards-wine-dinner.

Hideout 125, 10350 Coldwater Road, will host an Italian Night featuring dishes, wines and spirits inspired by the old country.

The event, which begins at 5:30 p.m. June 27, will be one of three six-course dinners designed to spotlight cuisines from cultures all over the globe.

Tickets are $65 in advance. Call 206-6192.

The Dish features restaurant news and food events and appears Wednesdays. Fax news items to 461-8893, email kdupps@jg.net or call 461-8304 at least two weeks before event or desired publication.