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RESTAURANT NOTES

Restaurant news: Experience cruise ship dining without sailing out of the area

Lighted Gardens in Ossian will offer the special experience this Saturday

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 - 1:16 pm

Want to experience cruise ship dining without the ship?

Lighted Gardens Banquet and Reception Center, 10794 N. Indiana 1, Ossian, is hosting a reservations-only Cruise Ship Dining experience starting at 6 p.m. Saturday with a cocktail/appetizer hour. At 7 p.m. the buffet dinner begins, with five different buffets.

Live entertainment starts at 8:30 p.m., and the evening wraps up with a dessert buffet 9:30-10:30 p.m. Cost: $16.95 adults; $15.95 ages 60 and older; and $8.95 children ages 3-10. Alcohol, sales tax and gratuity are extra. For reservations, call 622-4023 or email LtGrdns@aol.com.

•Lighted Gardens also is hosting an Easter brunch 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. March 31. There will be a soup and salad bar, a hot buffet with breakfast items, ham, lamb, chicken and tilapia, and a dessert buffet. Cost: $16.95 adults; $15.95 ages 60 and older; and $6.95 children ages 4-10. Reservations are suggested. Call 622-4023.

Easter dinner

Don Hall's Triangle Park, 3010 Trier Road, is taking reservations for Easter, March 31.

The restaurant will serve Ossian ham, au gratin potatoes, vegetable and a salad for $12.49 for adults; $10.49 seniors; and $4.99 for children. The full menu is available, and Sunday brunch is served 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Phone: 482-4342.

Blessings in a Backpack fundraiser

Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten will be at Sycamore Hills Golf Club Aug. 13 to help northeast Indiana raise money and awareness for children's nutrition through the Blessings in a Backpack program.

Vongerichten is responsible for the operation and success of 38 three- and four-star restaurants worldwide. In the last two years, he opened a number of new restaurants, including the Pump Room in Chicago and the ABC Kitchen in New York, which was named Best New Restaurant of 2011 by the James Beard Foundation.

Tickets are $750 per person and can be reserved by calling Mike Gouloff at Schenkel Shultz, 424-9080; Paul Sauerteig at Snow & Sauerteig LLP, 423-2353; or Gretchen Gouloff at GKG Designs, 433-3978.

Blessings in a Backpack strives to help meet the nutritional needs of children in need by providing weekend meals, generating public awareness on the issue of child hunger and working to expand the program across all 50 states. All proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit the Fort Wayne chapter of Blessings in a Backpack.

Noah returns to Fort Wayne

Many have followed the progress of Noah Barbknecht, the Northrop High School student who was paralyzed from the breastbone down after a skiing accident in New York state Christmas Eve.

After spending time at a rehabilitation hospital in Atlanta he is getting ready to return home, and Yum Yums Yogurt U Make, 10454 Maysville Road, in Chapel Ridge, is hosting a celebration for him 1-6 p.m. April 7 and is giving everyone 20 percent off their purchase all day. It's not a fundraiser, it's a celebration and a “meet and greet” with Noah and his family.

DeBrand for Easter candy

DeBrand Fine Chocolates has some special Easter candy, including a rocky road egg that contains DeBrand vanilla marshmallows, buttery caramel and whole roasted almonds and pecan halves all blended into a mixture of dark or milk chocolate.

DeBrand filled eggs have new packaging and are filled with either a creamy caramel center or a smooth peanut butter-chocolate blend. DeBrand also sells solid chocolate bunnies and egg-shaped truffles. Shop at the three local stores, 10105 Auburn Park Drive, Jefferson Pointe shopping center, 5608 Coldwater Road, or online at www.debrand.com.

Zesto is open

It's a sure sign spring is coming: All of the Fort Wayne Zesto ice cream shops are open The Broadway, St Joe Center Road and Washington Center Road locations opened last Friday. The Falls Drive location opened March 9.

Classes

•Chef Laura Wilson of La Dolce Vita, 112 N. Main St., Roanoke, is hosting an Italian cooking class at 6:30 p.m. Monday. Cost: $45. She will teach how to make chicken and eggplant Parmesan, lemon linguine, and foccacia. The group will discuss Italian cheeses, balsamic vinegars and olive oils. Call or text 341-4300 or email iswim36 @aol.com for reservations.

• Sushiya-US, 2882 E. Dupont Road, is hosting two sushi classes. Family and Friends Night will be 8 p.m. April 1, and Couples Night will be 8 p.m. April 29. The cost is $25 adults and $15 ages 12 and younger. Participants learn how to make several rolls — and get to sample them — and are taught how to use chopsticks. Reservations are requested. Call 444-4263 or e-mail sushiyaus@gmail.com.

Open on Easter?

If your restaurant is open Easter Sunday, please contact us by Friday and we'll get your information in the March 26 column.

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.