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Restaurant news: Eateries plan specials to share with a valentine

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 9:43 am

Tucanos Brazilian Grill in Jefferson Pointe has a special Valentine's Day lunch and dinner planned, and the special will be available Feb. 13-15 upon request.

Rosemary herb salmon, roasted rib eye, grilled shrimp and, to top it off, a chocolate Brazilian truffle will be added to your churrasco (grilled meats and vegetables brought to your table by a server). Each couple will receive a rose after their dinner.

Call 436-4433 for reservations. Lunch is $19.95 and dinner is $27.95, not including taxes and tips. Lunch is served 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and dinner is 3-10 p.m.

Lucky Moose plans specials

The Lucky Moose, 622 E. Dupont Road, is accepting reservations for Feb. 14 and 15, with something special planned for each night. From 5 to 10 p.m. on Valentine's Day, the Lucky Moose will offer several combination plates, such as sashimi tuna with a tuna sushi roll, and crab and shrimp. The combination specials start at $13.13 and include dessert from a crepe station.

On Feb. 15 the Lucky Moose will set up its buffet 5-9 p.m., which will include shrimp, chicken, crawfish, pulled pork, ribs, salmon and more for $13.13. Call 490-5765.

Decadent gifts from DeBrand

If your sweetheart loves chocolate, you can't do better than giving locally made DeBrand Fine Chocolates for Valentine's Day.

This year DeBrand's Fabric Heart Box is the Pink Petal edition, filled with traditional pieces from the Classic Collection. Prices range from $36 to $60. Another impressive option is the Dark Chocolate Truffle Heart Box filled with truffles. The heart-shaped “box” is edible dark chocolate. It's $132. Or you can purchase the Filled White Heart Art Box — again, entirely edible — for $172, filled with truffles or deluxe nuts.

If you have DeBrand tastes on a Brach's budget, you can always get a DeBrand chocolate bar for $3.25. DeBrand products are available at www.debrand.com or at 10105 Auburn Park Drive; 5608 Coldwater Road; and 4110 W. Jefferson Blvd. in Jefferson Pointe.

Most romantic restaurants

Just in time for Valentine's Day OpenTable, a provider of online restaurant reservations, has announced the 2014 Diners' Choice Award winners for the Top 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America. And guess what? Two are in Indiana. I've even been to one of them, the Eagle's Nest at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Indianapolis. It's a revolving rooftop restaurant that offers a 360-degree view of the downtown Indianapolis skyline. The other most romantic restaurant in Indiana is Gamba Ristorante in Merrillville, which offers classic Italian cuisine.

Sister Cities dinner, gala

This sounds like a great event. A Taste of Fort Wayne Sister Cities annual dinner and benefit gala will be Feb. 22. It's a way to taste foods from four cultures and raise money for Fort Wayne Sister Cites International.

A buffet will be served with dishes from our four sister cities: Takaoka, Japan; Gera, Germany; Plock, Poland; and Taizhou, China. Cuisine will be prepared by Ivy Tech's Culinary Arts students under Chef Jeff G. Bunting. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. with social hour, entertainment and a silent auction. It will be at the Ivy Tech North Campus, 3701 Dean Drive, in the Student Life Center. For $75 per person or $130 per couple, attendees can choose from a full menu from each country and a cash bar. A corporate table of eight is $1,500.

Reservations are required by Feb. 12. For reservations, send a check made out to FWSCI to: FWSCI Gala, 927 S. Harrison St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802. Or email noelknox@monarchcapital mgmt.com.

FWSCI is a nonprofit organization that works to promote international understanding between the residents of Fort Wayne and those of our Sister Cities.

Kelty's Kafe open at Ivy Tech

The student-run Kelty's Kafe is now open at Ivy Tech Community College Northeast. Each week a different student runs the eatery, choosing everything from the theme to the menu. The eatery is open to students and the community 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays through April 30 in Anthony Commons on the Coliseum campus, 3800 N. Anthony Blvd. See menu themes and dates at http://ivytechnortheastnews.com.

Something happening at your eatery? Call Cindy Larson at 461-8284, fax 461-8817, email 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 news-sentinel.com/section/food.