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RESTAURANT NOTES

Try these ideas for dreamy dining on or around Valentine's Day

Triangle Park offering lobster while Ivy Tech has a Mardi Gras buffet.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - 12:38 pm

If you still haven't made plans for Valentine's Day, here are some options:

•Ivy Tech Community College-Northeast is serving a Mardi Gras buffet Thursday. Here's a taste of the menu: mini muffalettas on olive focaccia, Creole shrimp deviled eggs, andouille gumbo, gator jambalaya, Creole fried rice, bananas foster for two, and king cake. Seating times are between 5 and 6:30 p.m. Reservations are required and must be made 24 hours in advance. To make a reservation, call 480-2002.

Dinner is served in the Hospitality Room at the coliseum campus, 3800 N. Anthony Blvd. Enter Door 24 on the north side of the building. Cost is $20 per person, cash or check only. Wine is available at an extra cost per glass.

•Don Hall's Triangle Park Bar and Grille, 3010 Trier Road, is serving Valentine's Day Lobster Lovers Specials Thursday through Sunday. Choose from a steak and lobster for $24.99; lobster and shrimp for $23.99; or twin lobster tails for $28.99. All lobster dinners include two side dishes and red velvet cake for dessert. On Valentine's Day, The J Taylors will perform in the lounge 7-9 p.m. Phone: 482-4342.

This next item previously was reported online.

DeBrand for Valentine's

DeBrand Fine Chocolates is offering chocolate-covered strawberries for Valentine's Day, while supplies last. They will only be available Thursday at the Auburn Road location, 10105 Auburn Park Drive. All DeBrand locations will offer the Fabric Heart Box filled with traditional Classic Collection pieces or a Truffle Heart Box made entirely out of chocolate filled with truffles. Shop online at www.debrand.com or stop into one of the Fort Wayne locations; Auburn Road, Jefferson Pointe shopping center or 5608 Coldwater Road. Stores will have extended Valentine hours. For details and store contact information, go to DeBrand's website or call 969-8333.

Chung King reopens

Five months after closing due to a fire, Chung King Express, 3101 N. Anthony Blvd., has reopened. Hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday; closed Sundays. The restaurant is drive-through and carry-out only, and only takes cash. Phone: 471-1288.

Bulldog Pub

I noticed the Bulldog Pub last week when I drove through New Haven. Located at 615 Broadway St., New Haven, it's been open since July, but General Manager Cindy Bryant says it's been hard to build the business.

Formerly called Across the Tracks, Bryant says it's been remodeled and is under new management. The pub serves burgers, hot dogs, salads, sandwiches, but their niche is Mexican food. Hours are 11 a.m.-close (usually around 10 p.m.) Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-around midnight Friday; noon-around midnight Saturday; and noon-around 10 p.m. Sundays. Phone: 493-7000.

Food truck event

•At noon Thursday, Valentine's Day, the Ragin' Cajun Food Truck will be at Parkview Field to participate in the “One Billion Rising Fort Wayne” event along with JumBy's JoiNt and Bravas food trucks. All three trucks will donate a portion of their sales to this cause, which aims to draw attention to violence and abuse against women.

Sister Cities taste

Food representing all four of Fort Wayne's sister cities will be prepared by chef Jim Martin, formerly of Catablu and the Blu Tomato, for A Taste of Fort Wayne Sister Cities.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Holiday Inn at IPFW, 4111 Paul Shaffer Drive, across from Memorial Coliseum. It features a buffet of foods from sister cities Takaoka, Japan; Gera, Germany; Plock, Poland; and Taizhou, China. There will be a cash bar, silent auction, awards ceremony and music, and Mayor Tom Henry will speak.

Cost is $50 per person in advance (with paid reservations by Wednesday), $55 at the door, or $1,000 for a corporate table for eight. Proceeds benefit Fort Wayne Sister Cities International. For more information, email bnohinek@gmail.com.

SCAN Brown Bag Lunch is March 20

SCAN Inc. (Stop Child Abuse and Neglect) is taking orders for its Brown Bag Lunch fundraiser featuring food from Casa Ristoranti Italiano. The event is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. March 20.

Lunches must be pre-ordered, and orders will be taken until all 2,800 lunches are sold.

A pasta and meatballs lunch with a side salad is $9, or $180 for a family style order that serves 20. A large Casaburo salad lunch is $7, or $140 for a family style order. All lunches include bread and butter and a sweet treat. Family style orders also include a sheet cake donated by Walnut Hill Catering and Events.

Lunches can be picked up at the Masonic Temple, 216 E. Washington Blvd., or free delivery is available for five or more individual lunches or for one family style order. Delivery must be within one mile of the Interstate 69 and 469 boundaries or no further than Huntertown to the north.

Order forms, delivery times and payment info are available at www.scanfw.org/brownbaglunch. Email your order to bbobay@scanfw.org, or fax it to 421-5003. Phone orders will be accepted on these days/times only: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 19 and 20. Call 750-8032 or 750-8033.

Something happening at your eatery? Call 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 N-S. To read other columns, go to www.news-sentinel.com/section/LARSON.