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RESTAURANT NOTES

Restaurant news: New cafe offers breakfast, lunch on The Landing

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 12:01 am

A new eatery opened March 18 downtown on The Landing.

Vanessa's Café is at 114 W. Columbia St., next to (actually connected to) Cancun Nightclub.

The café will serve breakfast all day as well as sandwiches and other lunch items. The restaurant offers a daily special: eggs, bacon, hash browns, toast and coffee for $4.95.

It will be open 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday; 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; and closed Sundays. It is owned by the Ayala family.

Changes at the Venice

The Venice restaurant, 2242 Goshen Road, has made some changes to its menus, including adding gluten-free pasta. The new California salad contains spinach, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, mandarin oranges, red onion and feta cheese, with raspberry vinaigrette dressing for $9.95. Add chicken breast or salmon, and it's $11.95.

New entrees on the evening menu include chicken Florentine, which is two chicken breasts with spinach, mozzarella and red pepper strips, served with your choice of pasta, a salad and soup. Cost: $13.95. Chicken Marsala, which consists of two chicken breasts and mushrooms cooked in a Marsala wine sauce, served with your choice of pasta, a salad and soup is $13.95.

From 11 a.m.-4 p.m., the Venice now offers six lunches for $6: spaghetti and meatballs, fettuccini Alfredo, a two-topping 9-inch pizza, a large Greek salad, a half-grinder and French fries, and a cheeseburger and fries. All come with unlimited fountain-refillable soft drinks.

Shout out to Eagle Tech Academy

On Friday I was invited to judge a "Top Chef" type competition among student groups at Eagle Tech Academy in Columbia City. The students were tasked with showcasing a meal from different countries in Latin America.

Not only did they prepare food, they prepared a table setting, created a menu, place mat, tri-fold board with information on their country and a video showing them buying the groceries or preparing the food.

They served the food and shared cultural information on their country.

What a creative, talented group of students. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and would like to thank teacher Nancy Beyhan for inviting me.

Australian-themed luncheon

Joseph Decuis' Vineyard Luncheon Series features the foods and wines of Australia. The event is at noon Saturday, and costs $50 per person for a four-course lunch with two glasses of wine, or $35 a person without wines, plus tax and gratuity. Call 672-1715 to make reservations. The restaurant is at191 N. Main St., Roanoke.

Toscani specials

Toscani Pizzaria's April/May feature is the Spring Salad. It starts out with a bed of lettuce, topped with mandarin oranges, strawberries and pecans. Raspberry vinaigrette is drizzled over the salad. The large salad is specially priced at $5.99; a half-order is $3.99. If you combine the Spring Salad with an additional food purchase of $5 or more you'll get the large for $4.79 or the half-salad for $2.99. Toscani is at 120 W. Wayne St.

Mexican dinner

Ivy Tech Community College-Northeast is hosting a Mexican/South American dinner Thursday, presented by the Special Cuisines class. Here's a sampling from the menu: stuffed poblano peppers, chilled cream of avocado soup, guacamole salad, tamales, tortilla rolls and green fig dessert.

The dinners are served on Ivy Tech's Coliseum Campus, 3800 N. Anthony Blvd., in the Hospitality Room (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.

Reservations are required and are taken for times between 5 and 6:30 p.m. and must be made at least 24 hours in advance. Call the Special Cuisines line at 480-2002 to make a reservation.

Market collaboration

Now that the Tincaps are playing at Parkview Field, the Fort Wayne Farmers Market, which set up shop at the ballpark, has announced it will share space with Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana's farmers market this summer, which is located where the old City Market used to be. The market will run along Barr Street between Berry and Washington streets.

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.