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RESTAURANT NOTES

Restaurant news: New self-serve yogurt shop is 100 percent fresh

It has flavors, toppings which change seasonally.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - 9:16 am

Another new self-serve frozen yogurt shop has opened. Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt, 2870 E. Dupont Road, opened Sept. 1.

Orange Leaf is different than other self-serve frozen yogurt places in that the store makes all of its yogurt fresh from its own recipes. Also, Orange Leaf uses machines that whip additional air into the yogurt, giving it a creamier texture.

Orange Leaf, which is a franchise, has eight machines providing 16 flavors of yogurt, with 65 flavors in its lineup. The flavors change so clients can get a chance to taste them all. They also have seasonal flavors. And the 32 toppings change seasonally, too; for example, the store will offer a pie crust topping with pumpkin pie flavored yogurt. Check out their Facebook page at Orange Leaf Fort Wayne where you can view the flavor lineup, or download the MY Orange Leaf App on your smart phone. Joe Parrot owns the franchise.

New Thai eatery, sushi bar open

Bangkok Thai Restaurant and Sushi Bar is now open at 6735 W. Jefferson Blvd. Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday, with lunch specials available 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Phone: 486-2819.

Satek event

Satek Winery in Steuben County is celebrating Von Steuben Day 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. The namesake of Steuben County, the Steuben grape varietal and wines made from said grapes, was a Prussian-born (today's Germany) military officer who lived from 1730-94. Friedrich Wilhelm Ludolf Gerhard Augustin von Steuben served as Gen. George Washington's chief of staff in the final years of the Revolutionary War. Steuben County is named after him.

Satek Winery grows Steuben grapevines. In celebration of Von Steuben Day, Satek Winery will present music on its lower lawn promenade. Concerts will begin at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.; guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and picnic blankets.

Guests can purchase German-themed foods. Satek Winery will have all Steuben-grape wines for 20 percent off that day. The event is free and family-friendly (guests who wish to sample or purchase wine must present proper ID verification of age).

Hospice Home benefit dinner

“A Toast to Life: Specialty Beer and Food Pairing Dinner for Hospice Home” will be 4 p.m. Sept. 23 at Club Soda, 235 E. Superior St. Enjoy a six-course menu specially created by Club Soda's chef Jesse Arnold to complement six specialty beers.

Jason Dow, certified cicerone (pronounced “sis-uh-rohn” — a beer sommelier) from Bell's Brewery in Kalamazoo, Mich., will guide guests through each course providing details and attributes of each specialty brew. Dow also will tap a special Bell's firkin midway through the evening by pounding a serving spout into the keg. A firkin is a small barrel of hand-crafted beer, free of processing and pasteurization, brewed in a similar style to beer brewed 100 years ago.

“A Toast to Life” celebrates the lives and memories of family and friends who are no longer with us. The event also includes a silent auction of leisure and beer-related items.

Seating is limited. Tickets are $100 per person and are available at Club Soda and at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, 5910 Homestead Road. For information, call 435-3212. Proceeds benefit Hospice Home, the area's only inpatient facility dedicated to the needs of the terminally ill and their families.

Ivy Tech deli

The Culinary Program at Ivy Tech Community College-Northeast will open its weekly, student-managed deli Wednesday on the Coliseum campus, 3800 N. Anthony Blvd. Kelty's Kafé is named in memory of Chef Bob Kelty, who passed away in 2011.

Kelty's Kafé will offer soups, sandwiches, salads and desserts. The café also will offer comfort foods such as fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, chili, and chicken-and-noodles when the weather gets cooler.

The Bakery Merchandising course manages the deli. Each student is assigned a week as head chef, and in this role, he or she will create a themed menu full of fresh and unique items. The students also plan the production schedule, prepare requisitions for food purchases and calculate costs.

Kelty's Kafé is open 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Wednesday through the end of November.

Smoothies at SpoonZ

SpoonZ Fro Yo, 1034 Thomas Road (next to Target southwest) is now blending all-natural fruit smoothies. The flavors are: Mango, Very Berry, Strawberry Banana, Strawberry and Pineapple Orange. Fall hours are noon-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; noon-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and noon-9 p.m. Sunday.

Waynedale Bakery

Waynedale Bakery, 2610 Lower Huntington Road, is selling round challah bread for Rosh Hashanah. A round plain loaf is $2.50; round raisin is $3. Available for pickup Friday or Saturday.

Also, the bakery is selling iced sugar cookies with Obama's or Romney's pictures on them, as well as donkey and elephant cookies, for $8 a dozen. Phone: 747-2992.

Something happening at your eatery? Call Cindy Larson at 461-8284, fax 461-8817, email clarson@news-sentinel.com or write Restaurant Notes, C/O The News-Sentinel, PO Box 102, Fort Wayne, IN 46801. This column is the personal opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinion of The News-Sentinel. To read other columns, go to www.news-sentinel.com/section/LARSON.