The Venice Restaurant is celebrating Octoberfest 5-9 p.m. this Friday with a buffet.
On the menu: all-you-can-eat beef rouladen; Weiner schnitzel; sauerbraten; brats and sauerkraut; cabbage rolls; sausage and apples; German potato salad; red cabbage; cucumber and onion salad; spaetzel; potato dumplings; and potato pancakes. Black forest and German chocolate cake will be available for $3.95 per piece.
Cost: $17.95 per person; $9.95 for ages 10 and younger. German beers and wines will be featured. George Berger will play the accordion and have a singalong. Call 482-1618 for reservations. The Venice is at 2242 Goshen Road.
Michael Barna is the featured chef at the Taste of Home Cooking School on Saturday sponsored by Fort Wayne Newspapers. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. for shopping, with the cooking school starting at 4 p.m. at Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave. The cost is $20 general admission, $55 for premium VIP seating, which includes a cookbook.
The cooking show is part of the Fall Home Design Expo, which focuses on kitchen and bath remodeling, so every ticket to the cooking show includes admission to the expo.
Door prizes will be given away, including a weekend getaway at the French Lick Resort.
Buy tickets online at www.fortwayne.com, moms.fortwayne.com, at the Fort Wayne Newspapers lobby, 600 W. Main St., or the Memorial Coliseum box office.
Sample and buy wines from Indiana vineyards at the Indiana Wine Experience 6-9 p.m. Friday at the Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave.
You can even try your hand — or should we say, foot — at stomping grapes, thanks to Daniel's Vineyard of McCordsville. Daniel's will provide vats holding 2,000 pounds of Noiret grapes.
The event is part of the Fall Home Design Expo, which focuses on kitchen and bath remodeling. Tickets for the Indiana Wine Experience are available online at www.MemorialColiseum.com. Cost is $20 per person 21 or older, or $30 per couple. Every paid ticket gets free general admission to the expo, which runs Friday through Sunday.
In addition to the wine tasting there will be cheese, a chocolate fountain, silent auction and live entertainment. Proceeds from the silent auction will benefit the Fort Wayne Children's Foundation, an organization whose mission is to help prevent child abuse within the community.
Corned beef on rye
Congregation Achduth Vesholom, the Jewish Temple, will hold its 12th annual corned beef on rye deli-style fundraiser 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday at 5200 Old Mill Road. An authentic New York deli lunch will be served, which includes one-third pound of corned beef on rye bread, coleslaw, a dill pickle, a brownie and beverage. Walk-ins are $15 per lunch, and you can dine in or carry out. Credit cards, cash and checks payable to CAV-The Temple are accepted.
Science Central is hosting a fundraiser for adults. Mixology 301: The Science of Cocktails, is 6:30-10:30 p.m. Nov. 1 at Science Central, 1950 N. Clinton St. Experience the science of cocktails and gastronomy. Baker Street will provide the food, and mixologists from around the country will prepare the drinks. Tickets: $60 individual; $100 couples; $350 groups of eight. To order tickets online go to http://tickets.sciencecentral.org/Default.aspx?tagid=18.
Ghoulish DeBrand treats – no trick
DeBrand Fine Chocolates is selling cute little Ghost Truffles, available in milk chocolate with caramel; dark chocolate with milk chocolate; and white chocolate with peanut butter. The gourmet chocolate company also is selling “Happy Halloween” and “Happy Thanksgiving” chocolate bars.
As the weather cools it might be fun to try a DeBrand Hot Chocolate on a Spoon or Gourmet S'mores. DeBrand products are available at www.debrand.com or at 10105 Auburn Park Drive; 5608 Coldwater Road; and 4110 W. Jefferson Blvd., Suite No. D1 near Von Maur.
•The Olive Twist is hosting Olive Oil 101, Know the Difference, at 1 p.m. Oct. 26 at its store in Covington Plaza, 6410 West Jefferson Blvd. Cost: $5. Register or drop in. Phone: 436-3866.
•FWCS Neighborhood Connection presents Introduction to Mexican Culture 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays from Nov. 12 through Dec. 10 at Lane Middle School, 4901 Vance Ave. Cost: $59, plus $7 supply fee payable to instructor at first class. To register for a class call 467-1075 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday.
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