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RESTAURANT NOTES

Barr Street Café opens to public on Oct. 16

And a chocolate tasting to benefit children is to be held Nov. 9 at Masonic Temple.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012 - 2:47 pm

The high school student-run Barr Street Café will open to the public Oct. 16.

Located in the Anthis Career Center, 1200 S. Barr St., it's open 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during the school year. Reservations are required and can be made by calling Judy Williams at 467-1031. It's run by students enrolled in the Culinary Arts II program. The menu changes seasonally. Currently, the fall menu offers these choices: soup; a tangy garden salad or chicken spinach salad; Philly cheese steak sandwich; Alfredo; tamarind chicken; buttery garlic shrimp; beef with mixed peppers and onions; smothered pork medallions with sage and apples; sides; peanut butter pie; tiramisu cheesecake; or maple-walnut cake with maple cream frosting.

Rascal Flatts likes Smokey Bones

Smokey Bones, 1203 Apple Glen Blvd., got a Twitter shout-out from Rascal Flatts after the country band ordered take-out barbecued chicken, pulled pork and salad from there when they stopped in Fort Wayne for a concert Friday night. “BBQ IS OFF THE WAGON,” the band tweeted.

Chocolate tasting benefits nonprofit

The 18th annual Chocolate Extravaganza benefiting Family and Children's Services will be 6:30-9 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Historic Masonic Temple Ballroom, 216 E. Washington Blvd.

The event includes DeBrand chocolate tastings and hors d'oeuvres by local restaurants and caterers. The evening also will include a chocolate fountain, cash bar, coffee bar and silent auction.

Tickets are $35 each ($12.50 is tax deductible) and can be purchased by calling 744-4326 or going online to www.familychildren.org.

Proceeds from the silent auction and 50 percent of the ticket sales go directly to Family and Children's Services. for their programs. The nonprofit counseling center helps promote and develop healthy relationships in individuals, families and communities.

The agency provides services to clients who experience difficulties related to abuse, neglect, grief, loss, substance abuse and more. Many of Family and Children's Services' clients are uninsured or underinsured.

DeBrand's new website

DeBrand Fine Chocolates is celebrating 25 years in business with a new website, and it includes pictures and videos of the pieces in its Classic, Truffle and Connoisseur collections. You also can now pick each chocolate for your box, just as you can in a store.

The checkout process is supposed to be streamlined as well. And you can write reviews of your favorite pieces. Check it out at www.debrand.com.

Quaker Steak fundraiser

If you wear pink to Quaker Steak & Lube, 407 W. Coliseum Blvd., on a Monday in October (there are three left), the restaurant will donate 15 percent of your bill to the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer.

Fall specials

This week Ceruti's Café in the lower level of Citizens Square, 200 E. Berry St., is serving ham and beans with cornbread for $3.50; a grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup for $3; or soup in a bread bowl for $4.25. The fall specials include a free pumpkin streusel bar. It's open to public 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Spotted:

•Tran Restaurant, featuring Asian sandwiches and Vietnamese dishes, has opened at 2310 S. Calhoun St. Hours: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday and Wednesday-Saturday; 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday; closed Tuesdays.

•Banh Mi Barista is supposed to open Oct. 19 at 5320 Coldwater Road. The sign says it will sell Vietnamese sandwiches, ice cream, bubble teas and more.

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.