It is time, once again, to order your sweet bread, baklava, and cheese or spinach pites for the holidays.
Philoptochos and Daughters of Penelope of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 110 E. Wallen Road, is accepting orders now through Oct. 27 for:
•Sweet bread, $5.
•A small pan of baklava (20 pieces), $12.
•A large pan of baklava (40 pieces), $22.
•Cheese or spinach pites, 12 per pan, frozen, ready to bake, $8.50.
•“Olives, Feta, Phyllo and More!,” a new cookbook, $30.
The pickup dates have been changed to 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Nov. 22 and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 23 at the church. Orders must be prepaid; cash or checks are accepted. Checks should be payable to Philoptochos. To order, call Stacie Lyman at 459-9471.
DeBrand apples return
DeBrand's highly anticipated Giant Caramel Apples are now available. The tart and juicy Granny Smith apples are dipped in buttery caramel and layered with milk or dark chocolate. As if that's not delicious enough, they're available with or without whole roasted almonds and pecan halves.
The Giant Caramel Apples vary in size, are sold by weight and can serve 8-12 (or one very hungry person). Some sample prices on the DeBrand website: Giant Caramel Apple With Nuts in dark chocolate, $31, and Giant Caramel Apple in milk chocolate, $23.
The apples are for sale at DeBrand's three Fort Wayne locations (Auburn Road, Coldwater Road and Jefferson Pointe Shopping Center) or by ordering at www.debrand.com.
Apples are available through mid-November or while supplies last.
Beer-tasting to benefit Black Pine
Black Pine Animal Sanctuary in Albion is planning its seventh annual beer-tasting and pulled pork dinner.
Lions and Tigers and Beer, Black Pine! will be 6-9 p.m. Saturday at the sanctuary, 1426 W. 300 N., Albion. Guests can wash down the pulled pork dinner with beer samples. The sanctuary will be open for touring.
Cost: $25 for those who preregister; $30 per person at the door. To preregister, go to www.blackpine.org and use any major credit card or bank check by secure electronic transaction. Or preregister by phone at 636-7383. Attendees must be at least 21 and present a valid photo identification to enter the sanctuary.
The event will be held outdoors, rain or shine, and some shelter from inclement weather will be available. A bonfire will be lit if it's chilly. Bring extra funds to take advantage of Black Pine's silent auction.
All local Casa restaurants will offer the following features that run through November: Spinach and artichoke dip for $8.29; Pizza Amante, $8.29; Panino Tommaso, a toasted ciabatta sandwich, $8.99; Filletto Gabriella, whitefish served with a Casaburo side salad and pasta, $14.29; butternut squash ravioli, $12.99; filet mignon tips, with roasted vegetables and redskin garlic mashed potatoes, $14.79; and caramel apple cheesecake provided by Purple Mountain Cheesecake for $5.49.
For every purchase of Pizza Amante during October and November, Casa will donate $1 to Camp Watcha-Wanna-Do, a summer camp for children with cancer or who have survived cancer.
Venice Restaurant, 2242 Goshen Road, is now offering one-, two- or three- topping pizzas for $10 every day and night except Friday nights, when the Venice has live entertainment. The restaurant also is offering a deal for kids up to age 10 – they can make their own sausage, pepperoni or cheese pizza at their own table for $5.
The Acme Bar, 1105 E. State Blvd., now has live music Friday and Saturday nights. Go to its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AcmeBarAndGrill and scroll down to the Acme Live calendar to see who's playing when.
Carboni releases cookbook
Mark T. Carboni, aka Carbo, is a native of Fort Wayne and host of “Cookin' with Carbo” on WAJI, Majic 95.1-FM. He has released a cookbook, “Cookin' with Friends,” that can be purchased at his website, www.cookinwithcarbo.com, at the Olive Twist in Covington Plaza and at Lucky Harley-Davidson.
Carboni did a cooking demonstration and fundraiser Thursday for the American Heart Association of Nashville, Tenn. His keynote address to the AHA's Healthy Harvest was a tribute to his mother, Lou Carboni, who passed away in January from a massive heart attack.
Also find him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Carbocooks.