Looking to win some brownie points with your loved one? Scratch that. How about just chocolate points?
While it still feels like we're recovering from the holidays, Valentine's Day is less than a month away. Restaurants and eateries are accepting reservations for that special date night as well as planning special events.
Sweets So Geek, 6722 E. State Blvd., is hosting a dessert date night baking class. From 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 11, couples will learn how to make a special flourless chocolate cake. To go with it, participants will also learn how to make a raspberry coulis, as well as other variations.
While it's made with just a few ingredients and friendly for people who eat gluten-free, the flourless chocolate cake is decadent – and it can be tricky.
“For the class, we demonstrate how to make the recipe and then have all those in attendance work together to make the recipe as well,” owner Chad Sweewald says. “So it's a hands-on experience, which really helps with understanding how the recipe works.”
The cost is $35. For tickets, go to Sweets So Geek's Facebook event listing.
In addition to the class, Sweets So Geek is accepting dessert reservations for Feb. 12 and will offer a special in-house weekend for Valentine's Day. This year, the bakery will offer chocolate and vanilla souffles, along with a gluten-free option. The menu will also include chocolate peanut butter cheesecake and crème brulee.
While couples can make reservations, it's also a low-key way to celebrate with friends or children.
“My wife and I work the kitchen together during this in our own Valentine's tradition that we've really come to look forward to,” Seewald says.
If you want to celebrate at home, desserts are also available for order. Among the options at Sweets So Geek will be heart-shaped chocolate treats with flavors including Dulce de Leche and dark chocolate ganache, as well as heart-shaped cocoa bombs in several different flavors.
To order or for information, call 312-5758.
Supply chain issues have delayed the opening of a north-side restaurant.
The Leo Crossing location of Salvatori's was slated to open this month. However, the date could be a month or so away as owners await equipment.
There has been an unprecedented delay in receiving restaurant equipment, according to Katom Restaurant Supply. Shipping delays and a lack of raw materials has strained the supply chain. According to the provider of equipment, items that were once readily available now take months to receive.
Girl Scout cookies
Girl Scout cookies are officially here. The sale will continue through March 14.
If you are looking to buy your first box, you can get cookies several ways – DoorDash, cookie booths or the website.
There will be DoorDash booths for delivery or pickup at the Fort Wayne and Granger offices. Customers may preorder cookies as well.
To find a booth near you, go to www.gsnim.org and enter your ZIP code in the “Find Cookies!” tool. Or, download the free Cookie Finder app on your smartphone.
Along with the debut of the new “Adventurefuls” cookie, traditional favorites include Thin Mints, Shortbread, Caramel deLites, Lemonades, Toast-Yay!, Peanut Butter Patties, Peanut Butter Sandwiches and Caramel Chocolate Chip (gluten-free). Cost is $5 per package, $6 for gluten-free.
Restaurants and eateries love to put their own spin on the familiar and favorite flavors of Girl Scout cookies. From cocktails to new desserts, Thin Mints and the like inspire chefs and cooks to get in the kitchen.
Empower Energy, 1744 Apple Glen Blvd., is serving a Girl Scout cookie-inspired menu.
Among the items are a peanut butter sandwich cookie protein shake. Protein hot chocolate is available in flavors such as caramel coconut and peanut butter. There's also a white chocolate lemon hot cocoa.
• Black Canyon Restaurant will host a five-course meal highlighting Woodford Reserve bourbon. The restaurant at 1509 W. Dupont Road had the opportunity to pick its own barrel, and the cocktails made for the meal will be made with that bourbon. The dinner will be at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 1. Seating will be limited; tickets can be purchased at the restaurant. • Local brewery 2Toms, 3676 Wells St., will host its second Frozen Firkin Festival from 2 to 6 p.m. Feb. 26. During the event, 2Toms will have outdoor igloos to keep guests warm as they enjoy brews, entertainment and food. Tickets cost $30 in advance and $40 at the door. Tickets are not required for entry but are needed to sample guest brews, and they come with a keeper glass. The event is for those age 21 and older.
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