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RESTAURANT NOTES, A COLUMN BY CINDY LARSON

Enjoy art and music at Art & Soul while helping Matthew 25

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 7:04 am

Sorry about the late notice on this, but Matthew 25 Health and Dental Clinic will host its fourth Art & Soul event 6-9 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.) Thursday at the Arts United Center, 303 E. Main St.

Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer will perform, and guests can sample hors d' oeuvres and desserts from Chop's Steak and Seafood; Catablu; Chappell's Coral Grill; Moe's Southwest Grill; and Outback Steakhouse.

Fine art from 25 regional artists, designers and photographers will be sold via silent auction, with proceeds benefiting Matthew 25. Tickets for Art & Soul are $75 and can be ordered at www.matthew25online.org/artandsoul or by calling Ermina at Matthew 25 at 426-3250, Ext. 215.

Event ticket sales and proceeds go directly to Matthew 25; for every ticket purchased, another doctor's or dentist's visit is funded for a patient who otherwise couldn't afford it alone.

Firefly funny

Gotta love the Firefly Coffee House. Amid local news of several restaurants being temporarily closed by the health department for cockroaches and mice, and national news about a bill in Arizona that would have allowed businesses to ban gays, Firefly posted the following on Facebook:

“PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT — The Firefly Coffee House reserves the right to refuse service to all Visigoths, Spiders and Cockroaches. We also reserve the right to serve all Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, Bisexual, Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, Unitarian, Vegetarian, Vegan, Carnivore, Jugglers, Contortionists, biologists, philosophers, Creationists, Evolutionists, world leaders, people on food stamps who think rich people suck, rich people who think poor people suck, middle class people who seem to hate everyone, musicians, artists, construction workers, cats, dogs, flowers, electrons, protons and neutrons.”

Firefly is at 3523 N. Anthony Blvd.

Fundraiser at Jersey Mike's

The National Kidney Foundation of Indiana and Jersey Mike's Subs, 6408 W. Jefferson Blvd., are joining forces for the restaurant chain's fourth annual March “Month of Giving” fundraising campaign. During March, Jersey Mike's customers can make a donation to the charity at the Fort Wayne store.

The campaign culminates in Jersey Mike's “Day of Giving” March 26, when 100 percent of the day's sales at the Fort Wayne Jersey Mike's will be donated to the National Kidney Foundation of Indiana.

Mardi Gras buffet

The Ivy Tech Community College Northeast Special Cuisines class continues its weekly dinners with a Mardi Gras-themed buffet Thursday. The buffet will include oysters on the half shell, chicken gumbo, jambalaya, blackened catfish, cinnamon-roasted sweet potatoes, bourbon chocolate pecan pie and more.

Reservations, which are required, are taken for times between 5 and 6:30 p.m. To make reservations, call 480-2002. Dinners are served in the Hospitality Room on the Coliseum campus, 3800 N. Anthony Blvd., and are $20, cash or check only. Wine is available for an additional cost.

Chef to compete in cook-off

Byron Health Center Director of Culinary and Nutritional Services Lawrence E. Davis will participate in a cook-off competition Saturday at the Art Institute of Indianapolis.

Davis and other contestants will be judged on knife skills, kitchen work and the finished products. The menu will include shrimp cocktail, sauteed breast of chicken with “creative garnish,” broccoli saute and rice pilaf.

If Davis wins, he will get a $1,500 scholarship to the Art Institute of Indianapolis

Cooking class

The Olive Twist, 6410 W. Jefferson Blvd., is hosting a cooking class 6:30-9 p.m. March 19. Kim Wilcox will be debuting in the Olive Twist kitchen, using the company's vinegars and oils to create homemade pasta and sauce. Wilcox is a recent graduate of Ivy Tech Northeast's culinary school and is launching her business venture, Kim Will Cook.

Menu: Country Italian salad, spinach-basil-parsley linguine with marinara, roasted beet linguine with lemon and caper cream sauce, and homemade chocolate chip cannoli. Cost: $35.

Registration is required for cooking classes. Call 436-3866 or stop by the Fort Wayne location to sign up. Payment is due at time of registration.

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 www.news-sentinel.com/section/food.