In just two weeks, conversations will be filled with talk of Lenten sacrifices and fish fries.
But until then, let's talk about Fat Tuesday. After all, beignets are a far better topic than giving up soda for 40 days.
The fourth annual Rotary Big Easy Feast will be Feb. 25 at the Lincoln Financial Event Center at Parkview Field.
The event will include a lunch service from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner from 4 to 8 p.m. The cost is $30, and a cash bar will be available.
The menu will feature New Orleans-inspired favorites such as chicken and andouille gumbo, red beans and rice with andouille, chicken fricasse, vegetarian jambalaya and beignets.
Proceeds will benefit “feast partners” Heartland Sings and Fort Wayne Dance Collective and provide scholarships for Interact Club students at Wayne New Tech High School.
HT2 Cocktail Lounge will host a Fat Tuesday dinner in collaboration with Rosa Ko, who operates RoKo Kitchen. It will be from 5 to 9 p.m. at the lounge, 10212 Chestnut Plaza Drive. The menu will feature creole sausage jambalaya, red beans and rice, shrimp and okra hush puppies and king cake. The cost is $25 a person.
Zinnia's Bakehouse, 236 E. Wayne St., is taking orders for Fat Tuesday treats, including paēzki, beignets and king cakes. Paēzki will be $1.80 each and available in four flavors – Bavarian, strawberry, raspberry and plain. Beignets are $4 for four. King cakes, which are available in cream cheese and cinnamon flavors, are $27. Pickup dates are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 22 and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 25. To order, call 483-4765.
Mad Anthony Brewing Co. locations will have a crawfish boil, drink specials, and live music from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 25.
Other places to check out on Fat Tuesday are New Orleans-inspired restaurants downtown: NOLA on 13, 101 E. Washington Blvd., and Bourbon Street Hideaway, 135 W. Columbia St.
A new smoothie shop has opened up on the city's northeast side.
Exquisite Energy, 3249 St. Joe Center Road, has more than 50 smoothie flavors and 20 energy bombs. There are keto, vegan and iced coffee options.
It is operated by Deb and Jeremy Bachman, who are Ivy Tech alumni and former basketball players and have lived and worked in the Elkhart area for the past 17 years.
The couple has been wanting to return to the area for about five years, Deb Bachman says.
Hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Upscale bar opens
Combining their love for whiskey and wine, an area couple have opened an upscale bar in downtown Roanoke.
The Copper Still, 165 S. Main St. in Roanoke, hosted a grand opening celebration Friday. The bar has a selection of whiskey and wine, which are available by the glass or flight. There's also cocktails and beer.
The bar also serves a variety of charcuterie boards, bread, soup and desserts.
Hours are 2 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 1 to 11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Vote for Beef Bus
Portillo's is bringing a new Beef Bus food truck to cities across the country.
The future destinations will be decided by Portillo's fans, through online voting at portillos.com/beefbus. The first round of voting ends April 30, and the city receiving the most votes will win a visit from the Beef Bus.
Canterbury Nursing and Rehabilitation Center's chef and culinary manager, Javier Gasnarez, will participate Tuesday in American Senior Communities' Chef Showdown in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Gasnarez and other chefs will be given mystery baskets and will create an appetizer, entree and dessert in fixed amounts of time.
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