Restaurant Notes: Henry’s spiffed up; Italian chef visiting IPFW; O’Charley’s guests can help fallen veterans’ families; Hall’s Catering at Philmore

Tim Ruins, left, of Chad Barbetta's Painting, works on the wooden sign of Henry's Restaurant, 536 W. Main St., while his boss, far right, paints the building exterior Sunday. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of The News-Sentinel)
Italian chef and sommelier Alessia Uccellini is visiting Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne’s Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management through this week. (Courtesy of IPFW)
The Philmore on Broadway, an event-and-music venue at 2441 Broadway, has created an agreement with Hall's Catering Services. (News-Sentinel file photo)

Henry’s Restaurant was getting new paint on its facade and wooden sign Sunday. Chad Barbetta’s Painting owner said they started on the facade earlier this summer but were back now that the awnings were down. Henry’s, 536 W. Main St., is getting new awnings and had interior carpet installed. It opens at 4 p.m. daily for those looking for the $6.99 cat bites of cornmeal-breaded catfish nuggets or the Henry’s burger: 8 ounces of beef with German-style mustard and mayonnaise on a toasted onion bun for $9.99 with a side.


Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne’s Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management has Italian chef and sommelier Alessia Uccellini on campus this week.

Uccellini is an expert on the foods of Italy and a world-renowned expert on the Renaissance and its impact on past and present culture and cuisine, according to a news release. She co-authored the book “Il Convivio Rinascimentale di Sansepolcro,” and she is a regular guest on an Italian cooking show called “dell’AIGS.”

Uccellini runs her family-owned restaurant, Ristorante Fiorentino in Sansepolcro in Tuscany. She also manages the family bed-and-breakfast connected to the restaurant.

Uccellini has been connected to IPFW’s Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management through its study abroad program that focuses on the culture and cuisine of Italy, specifically Tuscany, since the first group traveled to Italy in 2011. She hosts the group at her restaurant and gives cooking lessons to the travelers, which include students and community members, according to the news release.

During her stay in Fort Wayne, Uccellini will hold cooking classes on campus and meet with past study abroad travelers and community leaders.


Fort Wayne O’Charley’s is inviting the community to give back to military families during its second annual partnership with The Folded Flag Foundation, which provides scholarships and educational grants to families of fallen soldiers. In advance of Nov. 1’s Veterans Day, O’Charley’s in Jefferson Pointe, 1220 S. Illinois Road is asking guests to add $5 to their individual bills now through Sunday for the Folded Flag Foundation. Guests will receive a $5 O’Charley’s voucher in return.

All donations given to The Folded Flag Foundation go directly to families of U.S. soldiers who have died during combat operations, in the form of scholarships and educational grants, according to a news release.


Hall’s Catering Service has partnered with The Philmore on Broadway to provide services at the event and entertainment center in 2018. The Philmore, 2441 Broadway, opened in 1923 as the Broadway Theater and can seat 220 diners and has a second level balcony with a total building capacity of 260.

It provides space for a variety of events including wedding receptions and corporate events. To schedule a venue tour call Lisa Morel, corporate events and sales manager for Hall’s Catering Service, at 260-471-7404.


Waynedale American Legion Post 241 will serve a special meal, free to veterans, noon-6 p.m. Nov. 11, Veterans Day. The meal consists of ham and bean soup, potato soup, salad and dinner rolls. Donations are asked for spouses and children to eat. Members of the Naval Sea Cadets, JROTC and Boy Scout Troop 302 will visit throughout the day to greet veterans. In addition, they will be presenting and retiring an American flag and holding a POW/MIA ceremony.

Members of the Post 241’s Junior Shooting Sports team will be accepting canned food and personal hygiene items for the post’s veteran food pantry. This new project will support at-risk and homeless veterans.

Post 241 is at 7605 Bluffton Road.


Skyline Chili, 4021 Ice Way, is serving an andouille sausage coney through Sunday.


Edwardsville, Ill.-based Prairie Farms Dairy, which has a location at 3400 Lima Road in Fort Wayne, announced Monday that it will be offering “America’s first milk snack – a two-layer cream-filled chocolate cake bar dipped in chocolate,” according to a news release.

“Prairie Farms Milk Snack Chocolate Cake Bar is unique because it is the first refrigerated snack cake bar to

combine chocolate cake with a real whole milk cream filling. The bar is then dipped in chocolate for the perfect

trio of flavors – chocolate cake, crème filling, covered in chocolate,” according to the release.

Chocolate, cake and calcium? We like that. They’ll be available as a single-bar for 99 cents and in 4-count boxes for $2.89 at 1,500 retail locations nationwide. The company will promote the new product at pop-up tasting events Saturday to coincide with National Chocolate Day, which we like to celebrate every day. They’ll be available in Fort Wayne, according to Nicole Postin, a spokeswoman for Prairie Farms.

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