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RESTAURANT NOTES

Restaurant news: Get taste of France via Ivy Tech's students

Ruby Tuesday's helps Fort Wayne Children's Choir mark 40th anniversary.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - 12:01 am

Students from Ivy Tech Community College-Northeast are going to share with the community the culinary techniques and flavors they learned from a culinary tour of France.

“A Reason to Taste” is a multi-course dinner and fundraiser prepared by students in the Department of Hospitality Administration. It's an opportunity to experience the food and wine traditions of France presented by tomorrow's chefs.

The event is at 6 p.m. Oct. 20 in the Student Life Center on Ivy Tech's North Campus, 4900 St. Joe Road. The cost is $125 per person or $2,500 per corporate table (eight guests). The cost includes reception, multi-course dinner and wine pairings. Proceeds go to the Ivy Tech Foundation to support student scholarships.

Children's Choir fundraiser

Ruby Tuesday's is hosting Fort Wayne Children's Choir Night tonight and Wednesday at its restaurant at 1050 Coliseum Blvd. E. On these two days and in honor of the choir's ruby (40th) anniversary, Ruby Tuesday's will donate 20 percent of sales to the Fort Wayne Children's Choir to advance the organization's music education programming. If you go, you have to download a Ruby Tuesday flyer first from www.fwcchoir.org.

Summit City Chef

I was honored to be one of the judges at the Summit City Chef competition Thursday night, a fundraiser for the Fort Wayne Children's Foundation.

Participating chefs and restaurants were Brian Shreffler from Chop's; Jesse Arnold from Club Soda; Bun Lim from Sycamore Hills Country Club; Matthew Nolot from Eddie Merlot's; and Justin Erickson from TW Fable in Bluffton.TW Fable won the top honor of Summit City Chef for its entrée as well as the award for best wine. Eddie Merlot's won for the second consecutive year for best dessert.

It was a lot of fun, and the food was creative, daring and spectacular. I am grateful to live in an area with so much culinary talent.

And it was all for a good cause. The Fort Wayne Children's Foundation raises funds and contributes to agencies working to prevent child abuse and neglect and those that provide counseling and treating for abused children and their families.

Times are changing

Starting this week, McDonald's will start listing calorie information on menus in their U.S. restaurants and drive-throughs. This is ahead of a federal regulation that will require all restaurant chains with more than 20 locations to make nutritional information available to their customers. Think people will think twice about ordering that Big Mac when they come face-to-face with the information that it contains 550 calories?

Something happening at your eatery? Call Cindy Larson at 461-8284, fax 461-8817, e-mail 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.