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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 1:00 am

Tour shows off ethnic food in city

Kimberly Dupps Truesdell | For The Journal Gazette

From our cozy corner in northeast Indiana, area residents (and visitors) can travel the world. They can visit Myanmar, India and Mexico.

“How?” you ask. Through the myriad ethnic cuisine offerings in the city. Although Fort Wayne is known as the city of churches, we are also the city of restaurants, many of which offer cuisine from far-off places.

Started 10 years ago by Mark Meyer, the World Says Eat Me Tour encourages people to try the ethnic offerings of Fort Wayne – in particular the out-of-the-way places or even homes that might not be on a weekend itinerary.

The World Says Eat Me 2019 Tour begins tonight with a stop at Nirvana Taste/Mon Asian Grocery.

Nirvana Taste is a small family restaurant attached to the Burmese-leaning Mon Asian Grocery on South Calhoun street. Other stops along the tour include NOLA on 13, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 6; Albion Ale House, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 12; Savery Vegan Grill, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 20; Dashmesh Gurudwara Temple, noon Nov. 24; and Taqueria La Pinata, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4.

Tickets for tour stops are available through Eventbrite. Tickets are free, but participants are responsible for the cost of the meal.

Tickets are no longer available for tonight's event. There is a five-day window the week before the event to sign up – from 6 a.m. Friday through 8 p.m. Monday.

To learn more, go to the World Says Eat Me page on Facebook.

Trends for 2020

Halloween is just a day away but we've all seen the holiday decorations in the stores for weeks.

So it should be no surprise that restaurant and food insiders are coming out with predictions for 2020 trends.

While there isn't a comprehensive list, here are some I found interesting:

• Revamped kids menus. This trend comes from a list by Whole Foods. According to the natural grocer, restaurants are going to move beyond the standard macaroni and cheese and chicken nuggets.

• No more soy? Also from the Whole Foods list, plant-based alternatives such as hemp and mung bean will be used in place of soy. We've seen this already with the Beyond Burger, which is available at restaurants like TGI Fridays.

• Vietnamese cuisine. Could this be a case of Fort Wayne being ahead of the curve? The food of the Asian country is expected to grow in popularity, especially as diners look beyond the typical pho and banh mi sandwiches, according to the Flavour & Trend Forecast for 2020 from THP. The group's yearly report highlights the ingredients, cooking techniques and culinary ideas trending.

• Tartness. Move over, sweet things. Tart flavors are going to become popular (or more so) among chefs, according to the THP report.

• Limited-edition menus. Technomic, which works with the food industry on research, reports that in an ever-competitive market, restaurants will use limited-edition menus to get the attention of diners.

Halloween treats

Here are some restaurants offering Halloween treats – no tricks.

Baskin Robbins: Stop in Thursday to enjoy ice cream scoops for just $1.70.

Chipotle: It's almost Boorito time. From 3 p.m. to close on Halloween, visit a Chipotle location in costume and get a burrito, bowl, salad or order of tacos for $4.

Chuck E. Cheese: There are two days left to enjoy this October special. Children who wear a costume will get 50 free tickets.

IHOP: The breakfast chain is serving up a spooky menu in honor of the spookiest family – the Addams family. Dishes include Wednesday's Web-Cakes and Morticia's Haunted Hot Chocolate with toasted marshmallow hot chocolate and violet whipped cream.

McAlister's Deli: Through Halloween, kids 12 and younger in costume get a free meal with the purchase of an adult meal. The offer is valid for up to two free kids meals per adult entree purchase. Both Fort Wayne locations (Jefferson Pointe and Lima Road) are participating.

Papa John's: The Jack-O'-Lantern thin-crust pepperoni pizza is back for $11.

Around town

• The Breastfest event at Fortlandia Brewing Co. was rescheduled because of inclement weather. The event, which benefits Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana, is now slated for noon to 11:30 p.m. Saturday at the 1010 Spring St. brewery.

Sweets So Geek, 6722 E. State Blvd., is celebrating its fifth anniversary this week with daily specials. Today's featured dessert is the Bacon Bourbon Pecan Pie, and it will be 10% off. Check the bakery's Facebook page for more details.

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.