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RESTAURANT NOTES

Restaurant news: Sip wine, savor desserts and help Hospice Home

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - 12:01 am

The 27th annual Festival of Wines is 5:30-8:30 p.m. May 3 at the Fort Wayne Country Club, 5221 Covington Road, benefiting Hospice Home. Wines and microbrews will be available to sample, along with an hors d'oeuvres buffet and chocolates for dessert. Wines can be purchased at a discount.

Tickets are $50 per person and are available at Visiting Nurse, 5910 Homestead Road, or by calling 435-3222. Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted. The event is presented by the Lutheran Health Services Society.

Hospice Home, operated by Visiting Nurse, is the area's only inpatient facility dedicated to caring for terminally ill patients and their families.

Luncheon

The Healthier Moms and Babies Spring Luncheon starts with registration and a silent auction at 11 a.m. May 7, with lunch served at noon at the Landmark Centre, 6222 Ellison Road. Cost: $50 per person. Call 425-3348 or go to www.healthiermomsandbabies.org for tickets. Registration deadline is Friday.

The organization's goal is to improve the outcome of pregnancy and reduce infant mortality by providing health education and case management to at-risk families.

Gala

The culmination of the Indiana Chapter of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's 2013 Northeast Indiana Man and Woman of the Year campaign is the Grand Finale Gala. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the Diamond Room at Ceruti's Summit Park, 6601 Innovation Blvd. The black tie-optional event includes silent and live auctions, heavy hors d'oeuvres, live entertainment and the announcement of this year's Man and Woman of the Year. To purchase tickets before the event, go to www.mwoy.org/ftw. Tickets are $50 and standing room only is available.

Fazoli’s vouchers

Thursday is International Pay It Forward Day, focused on inspiring random acts of kindness. On Thursday, Fazoli's will hand out more than 100,000 vouchers nationwide for free pasta marinara. The goal is to encourage those getting the vouchers to pay it forward by making a donation to Feed The Children, a nonprofit hunger relief organization. Guests have until May 31 to redeem their voucher and make a donation.

In Fort Wayne, Fazoli's is at 439 Coliseum Blvd. W., 6525 Stellhorn Drive and 5909 Covington Road.

African dinner

The Special Cuisines class at Ivy Tech Community College-Northeast will serve an African dinner Thursday. Here are some of the foods that will be served: poached shrimp and celery appetizers; Senegalese peanut soup; roasted sweet potato salad; lamb and orange kebabs; and plantains sautéed in caramel sauce with toasted walnuts and vanilla ice cream.

Reservations are required, with seating between 5 and 6:30 p.m. Call the Special Cuisines line at least 24 hours in advance at 480-2002 to make a reservation. The dinners are served on Ivy Tech's Coliseum campus, 3800 N. Anthony Blvd., in the Hospitality Room. Enter door 24 on the north side of the building.

Southside Farmers Market

Farmers markets are starting to open for the season, including the Historic Southside Farmers Market, which opened a few weeks ago. The market, which has been operating since 1926, is at 3300 Warsaw St. between Rudisill and Pontiac. It's open 7 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday through December.

You'll find seasonal local produce there, poultry and pork, eggs, home-baked goods, jellies and jams, honey, teas, oils, herbs, flowers, plants, plant starts and seeds. Specialty vendors sell jewelry, crafts, soap, books, antiques and more.

You can eat breakfast or lunch at Annie's Kitchen located in the center of the market. Check out the market's website at www.southsidefarmersmarket.com.

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 http://www.news-sentinel.com/section/LARSON.