Our Le Cordon Bleu-trained cooking columnist Laura Wilson is planning a Holiday Mixology and Appetizer class 6:30-9 p.m. Monday at her business, La Dolce Vita, 112 N. Main St., Roanoke.
Lizzie Neizer, the beverage director of the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo and a columnist for Fort Wayne Monthly, will show how to make holiday cocktails that can be served as signature drinks at another time of the year. Laura will share two appetizer recipes. She suggests those planning to attend eat something before coming as they will be sampling cocktails. Rides home will be provided if needed. Call 341-4300 to book the class. Cost is $60, prepay only, by cash, check or charge.
Don't forget DeBrand Fine Chocolates for the chocoholic on your list. Dazzle him or her with the edible DeBrand chocolate wreath in milk or dark chocolate, filled with truffles, for $132. DeBrand is at 5608 Coldwater Road, 10105 Auburn Park Drive and 4110 W. Jefferson Blvd. in Jefferson Pointe, or online at www.debrand.com.
Renaissance has a new menu
Renaissance Restaurant, 1033 E. Tillman Road, has revamped its menu, including:
•Mexican burrito with three eggs, taco meat, onions, peppers and cheddar cheese topped with ranchero sauce and served with corn chips, $6.99
•Chicken breast omelet, $8.99
•Gyro wrap with gyro meat, onions, tomatoes, feta cheese and lettuce. Served with cucumber sauce on the side, $7.29
•Chicken cordon bleu wrap, with chicken, ham, Swiss cheese, lettuce tomato and mayonnaise, $7.29
•Jumbo pork tenderloin, $7.49
The restaurant is open 6 a.m.-8 p.m. seven days a week.
Huddle House opens
Huddle House, a full-service family restaurant chain with more than 400 eateries across the country, has opened inside the Pilot Travel Center, 3105 Doyle Road, New Haven. The restaurant is open 24 hours.
The NAACP, Fort Wayne/Allen County (Branch 3049, Youth Council 3721) invites the public to a jazz brunch 9-11 a.m. Saturday at Link's Wonderland, 1711 E. Creighton Ave. Music is by the Afrodisiacs. People can stop by and get a lifetime membership. Walk-ins are welcome.
A table of eight adults is $120 ($15 per ticket) and eight youths is $80 ($10 per youth). For tickets and information contact Paulette Nellems, NAACP Fort Wayne/Allen County Branch 3049 president, at 409-1566 or Sheila Curry-Campbell, NAACP Fort Wayne/Allen County Youth Council 3721 adviser, at 740-7810 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
•Ali Baba's Grille, formerly Maza Grille at 10812 Coldwater Road in Valley Centre, has closed. The restaurant served Mediterranean cuisine.
•Jet's Pizza is coming to 5825 Maplecrest Road. That's near the intersection of Maplecrest Road and St. Joe Center Road. It's actually located at the end of the CVS building. According to its website, www.jetspizza.com, it's the 17th-largest pizza chain in the nation by sales, with more than 200 locations.
The first Jet's Pizza was opened in 1978 in Sterling Heights, Mich. The chain sells pizza, submarine sandwiches and salads. According to Jet's website, the chain has become famous for its deep-dish square pizza.
•McDonald's tore down its store at 3202 St. Joe Center Road, just west of the intersection with St. Joe Road, and built a new one, which is supposed to open Thursday.
•The former El Burrito Colonial, 3422 N. Clinton St., is now El Asadero, a taqueria (restaurant specializing in tacos). Hours are 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 10 a.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday. If the restaurant is not busy, it may close earlier.
•Mexico Antiguo Restaurante, 2787 Maplecrest Road, has opened where Blu City Tavern used to be. It's owned by the Soto family, who also owns the Cebolla restaurants and Don Chavas. You can't miss it — there are two metal horses hitched to wagons out front. Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; and 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Phone: 485-6601.
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