Joseph Decuis' fall dinner on the farm is 6 p.m. Oct. 11.
It will feature five courses of locally grown foods, such as the farm's Wagyu beef and Mangalitza pork, matched with wines. It will be in the carriage house at the farm that supplies much of the food for the restaurant.
This dinner was featured in Midwest Living magazine last year, by the way. The Possum Trot Orchestra will play, and there will be a bonfire. Cost: $150 per person including food, beverages, tax and gratuity. Call 672-1715 for reservations and directions.
Benefit for Black Pine
It's time for Lions and Tigers and Beer, Black Pine!
Black Pine Animal Sanctuary in Albion is hosting its sixth annual beer tasting and pulled pork dinner. This year's event benefits Black Pine's Ohio Tiger Relief Fund, established to rescue four more tigers being displaced from Ohio due to new laws.
The event is 6-9 p.m. Saturday at the sanctuary and will feature many different beers to taste, a wine- tasting table, a freshly roasted pulled pork dinner, music provided by disc jockey TKO, a silent auction and sanctuary tours. Guests also will meet the newest arrivals at the sanctuary.
Proceeds will help fund the rescue of tigers Taz, Ticha, Sammie and Delilah. The cats are expected to arrive in Albion later in October.
Tickets are $25 before the day of the event and $30 at the door. Pre-sales have been strong, so the event may sell out. Purchase tickets at www.blackpine.org using any major credit card or bank check, or by phone at 1-260-636-7383.
Attendees must be at least age 21 and present a valid photo identification. The event will be held outdoors, rain or shine; some shelter from inclement weather will be available. If it's cold, there will be a bonfire.
Black Pine is a nonprofit, volunteer exotic animal sanctuary that provides permanent, end-of-life care to displaced captive-raised exotic animals. It is at 1426 W. Road 300N, Albion.
Corned beef on rye
Congregation Achduth Vesholom, the local Reform Jewish congregation, will hold its 11th annual corned beef on rye, deli-style lunch fundraiser 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Temple, 5200 Old Mill Road. An authentic New York deli lunch will be served, which includes an overstuffed 1/3 pound of corned beef on rye bread, cole slaw, dill pickle, chocolate brownie and beverage.
Order by Oct. 12, and you pay just $12 per lunch. Orders received after Oct. 12 and walk-ins are $14 per lunch. To order, call the temple at 744-4245 or go to 5200 Old Mill Road. Credit cards, cash (accepted at Temple only) and checks are accepted
If you order 12 or more lunches, the temple will deliver the order for $5 per address. These orders must be pre-ordered by Oct. 12.
Carryout orders will be bagged and ready for pick up, or the lunch can be eaten there.
Giant caramel apples
DeBrand Fine Chocolate's giant caramel apples are here. Crisp, tart Granny Smith apples are dipped in caramel and layered with creamy milk or dark chocolate. They are available with or without roasted pecan halves and whole roasted almonds.
The giant caramel apples vary in size and are sold by weight ($18 to $36 each). Typically, one apple will serve 8-12 people.
They're available now through mid-November at DeBrand's three locations, 10105Auburn Park Drive, 5608 Coldwater Road and Jefferson Pointe shopping center, or can be ordered online at www.debrand.com.
Chef Michael DeVidts of the New Orleans School of Cooking will prepare a seafood boil Nov. 3 with proceeds benefiting the Anthony Wayne Area Council of the Boy Scouts.
The party begins at 6 p.m. with cocktails followed by dinner and live and silent auctions at Sweetwater Sound, 5501 U.S. 30W. Tickets are $250 per couple or $1,000 per table.
DeVidts also will conduct a New Orleans-style cooking class 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at La Dolce Vita, 112 N. Main Street, Roanoke. Lunch will be served. Class size is limited. Tickets for the seafood boil plus cooking class are $350 per couple or $1,400 per table. The class can't be taken without attending the seafood boil. To learn more about DeVidts, visit www.neworleansschoolofcooking.com.
Reservation deadline is Oct. 22. To make reservations and for more information, call the Boy Scouts office at 432-9593.
Bagels for a cause
Throughout October Panera Bread will donate 10 cents for every Pink Ribbon Bagel sold in its Fort Wayne cafes to the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer. This is the 11th year for the program. The signature Pink Ribbon Bagel has raised more than $1.25 million for breast cancer charities nationwide.
Pink Ribbon Bagels are shaped in the form of a pink ribbon, feature cherry chips, dried cherries and cranberries, vanilla, honey, and brown sugar, and are baked fresh early each morning. Panera is at Jefferson Pointe and 526 Coliseum Blvd. E.
•There's a sign saying Coliseum Donuts is coming soon at 1530 N. Coliseum Blvd. It is just north of Lake Avenue on the east side of the road.
•Moe's Southwest Grill is opening a new location at the northwest corner of Lima and Dupont roads.
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