Mother's Day is coming right up — May 12 — and the Barr Street Cafe, which is run by high school students at Anthis Career Center, is hosting a Mother's Day lunch May 7-9, a little before the actual day.
Guests can choose from the following entrees: New Zealand lamb chops in a balsamic reduction; maple-glazed baked salmon; braised brisket with a bourbon peach glaze; roasted chicken breast quarter with spring vegetables; or shrimp and scallop stroganoff over pappardelle pasta. Sides include spring minestrone soup or a spring salad, and desserts are mini cheesecakes or fruit tarts. Lunch will be served 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. May 7-9 at the Anthis Career Center, 1200 S. Barr St. Cost is $14.95 plus tax, cash or check only. For reservations, call Judy Williams at 467-1031.
Students serve tapas
If you haven't tried a Thursday night dinner presented by the Special Cuisines class at Ivy Tech Community College-Northeast, this week is your last chance for a while. A tapas-style dinner will be served with reservations taken for times between 5 and 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
Tapas are a wide variety of appetizers and snacks, originating from Spanish culture, which are often combined to serve as a full meal. The menu will feature mussel and crawfish chowder, tapenade on crostini with pickled vegetables, bacon-wrapped pheasant tenders, pork and mushroom pot stickers, shepherd's pie, and Caesar salad with black-bread croutons.
Dinners are open to the public, but reservations are required. The dinners are served on Ivy Tech's Coliseum campus, 3800 N. Anthony Blvd., in the Anthony Commons (enter door 50 on the south side of the building). Cost is $20 per person, cash or check only. Beer and wine are available for an extra cost.
Call the Special Cuisines line at 480-2002 at least 24 hours in advance to make a reservation. Upon calling the hotline, guests will receive a confirmation number, which they must present upon arrival.
Black Pine benefit
Calhoun Street Soups Salads and Spirits, 1915 S. Calhoun St., is hosting May Fest from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Live music, an art show and sale, and a silent auction will take place, with proceeds benefiting the 98 big cats, primates, reptiles, bears, birds, and other former “pets” and retired performers living out the rest of their lives at the nonprofit Black Pine Animal Sanctuary in Albion.
Local musical acts scheduled to perform include Distractions, Honey Badger, David Todoran, and Little Logan and the Insta-Gators. The event is open to all ages. A $10 cover charge will apply, and a cash bar and menu offerings will be available. For more information, go to Black Pine's website at www.blackpine.org.
Good news for Papa Murphy’s
Papa Murphy's, the take home and bake pizza chain with three locations here, was ranked No. 1 in two consumer surveys. The chain with only take-out service beat out other full-service restaurants. In Fort Wayne Papa Murphy's is at 6214 St. Joe Center Road, 4818 Illinois Road and 533 E. Dupont Road.
If your eatery or business is planning anything special for Mother's Day, please contact me via any of the methods listed below by Friday so I can get the information in next week's column.
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