Fans of Italian food should be elated to hear Salvatori's, the popular restaurant just east of New Haven, will open a second location southwest at the former Aboite Grill, which has closed.
Owner Sam Leto said he hopes to have the new Salvatori's open by the end of June or first of July. He's making some changes in the décor to make it look more Italian.
The new restaurant will serve beer, wine and alcohol, calzones and sausage rolls, and pasta, but no pizza, so the menu will be a bit different from the New Haven location, which will remain open. The address of the new eatery is 10337 Illinois Road, at the intersection of Scott Road and Indiana 14. Phone: 625-5600. For more on Salvatori's, go to salvatorispizzeriaprimo.com.
Blue Jean Gala
Here's your chance to donate to a good cause and see the fabulous Joseph Decuis Farm.
On June 7 the farm will host ACRES Land Trust's Blue Jean Gala.
Guests will enjoy the wine and cuisine of Joseph Decuis restaurant in Roanoke in a casual setting on the farm that supplies the beef and much of the produce used by the restaurant. In addition guests can take wagon rides around the farm and guided hikes through the woods. There will be kids' activities, music by the Kent Klee Jazz Quartet and a silent auction. Tickets for the 6:30-9 p.m. event are $52.
At a VIP Preview Party guests can take part in a meet and greet with Pete and Alice Eshelman, owners of the Joseph Decuis Farm and Restaurant. This event from 4:30-6:30 p.m. takes place at a private area near the Wagyu cattle and hen house, and features paired wine and hors d'oeuvres, a silent auction with “buy now” pricing and live music. Tickets are $152 and include entry into the Blue Jean Gala.
All funds raised benefit ACRES Land Trust, whose mission is to preserve significant natural areas forever. ACRES owns 82 preserves totaling more than 4,900 acres. ACRES nature preserves are free and open to the public from dawn to dusk.
Tickets can be purchased at acreslandtrust.org/BJG2012 or by calling the ACRES office at 637-2272 before May 25.
Blood for custard
Donate blood during the Pint for a Pint blood drive and you'll get a coupon for one free pint of Culver's Frozen Custard.
This American Red Cross blood drive will be Monday-May 26 at both Fort Wayne donor centers:
*The Fort Wayne Donor Center, 1212 E. California Road. Hours: Monday & Tuesday: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; noon-6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
*Lutheran Hospital Donor Center, 7950 W. Jefferson Blvd. Hours: noon-6 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and 6 a.m.-noon Thursday-Saturday.
To schedule an appointment to donate call 1-800-RED CROSS
(1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org for more information.
Worth a drive
HOPE CSA, in conjunction with Hawkins Family Farm in North Manchester, is bringing back Fridays on the Farm, a weekly dining event featuring artisan pizzas made with all-natural, locally sourced ingredients baked in an outdoor, wood-fired brick oven.
Pizza will be served most Fridays during the summer from 5 to 8 p.m. starting Friday.
“We serve ten-inch pizzas,” said Jeff Hawkins, owner of Hawkins Family Farm and
Executive Director of HOPE CSA, Inc., in a news release. "The dough is hand-stretched rather than rolled in order to maintain its structure for a perfect crust. Add to this basil and tomatoes freshly picked from our gardens in season, pepperoni or sausage from our pigs, flour milled by Greenfield Mills in Howe, Indiana, and cheese made by Swissland Cheese in Berne, Indiana, and you have an eating experience that is hard to beat."
Pizzas can be taken out or enjoyed picnic-style on the farm. Diners are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs, table service and beverages, as there will be no napkins, utensils, tables, trash cans or beverages. Diners are also responsible for removing all trash.
Pizzas range from $10-14 each, payable by cash, check, or credit card. Reservations and preorders are not accepted; orders are taken on a first come, first served basis.
All profits from Fridays on the Farm benefit HOPE CSA, a nonprofit ecumenical teaching ministry that offers a course of experiential learning and academic study to assist pastors to become healthier and more effective
leaders. For more information, visit www.hopecsa.org.
Hawkins Family Farm is a Community Supported Agriculture venture at 10373 N 300 E, North Manchester IN. Visit their website at www.hawkinsfamilyfarm.com.
Support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana by attending the organization's gourmet dinner May 31 at the Fort Wayne Country Club, 5221 Covington Road. A reception begins at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:45 p.m.
Quinn Buckner, vice president of communications, Pacers Sports and Entertainment and cable TV color analyst, will be the guest speaker.
Cost: $275 first-time attendees or those under 21 years old; $375, past attendees; $2,125, corporate table of five; and $3,250, enterprise table of eight. For more information call 456-1600 or, outside Allen County, 1-888-456-1600.
The Dairy Queen at 412 Southview Ave. has closed.