Restaurant Notes: Peach Truck is here! Spend time on a Paw-Friendly Patio; New Haven has the Munchies

The Peach Truck is visiting from Nashville, Tenn., with a truckload of Georgia peaches. (Courtesy photo)
A Peach Truck worker loads a cart for a customer Tuesday at Connolly's Do it Best Hardware & Rental, 10301 Illinois Road. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
Tolon has a Paw Friendly Patio. Visit all 13 area Paw Friendly Patios and receive a an Allen County SPCA T-shirt. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)

Fresh Georgia freestone peaches are scheduled to roll into town Tuesday (today!) at three Connolly’s Do it Best Hardware & Rental locations.

The Nashville, Tenn.-based Peach Truck sells Georgia peaches in 25-pound boxes for $40. Shelled and halved pecans are available for $14. They’re sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Credit/debit cards are preferred but checks are OK, too.

The Peach Truck is scheduled to be in Fort Wayne: 8-10 a.m. 515 E. Dupont Road; 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. 5221 S. Calhoun St.; and 2:30-4 p.m. 10301 Illinois Road.

It will return July 31 with the same times and locations.

Customers were told that, unlike last year when the company lost 90 percent of its crop and limited sales to one box per family, Peach Truck has plenty of peaches this year. It had no limits on how many boxes customers could buy. Customers were offered a special: two boxes of peaches and two bags of pecans for $100, a savings of $8.

The peaches were picked about 72 hours before Tuesday so they need to be left out for a couple of days to ripen.

For recipes and more information, see https://thepeachtruck.com.

Doggy dining

You don’t need to leave your canine companion at home when it’s time to dine out.

Summer is the perfect time for patio dining, and 13 restaurants in Fort Wayne and Columbia City that have Paw-Friendly Patios are on the Allen County SPCA’s Pawsport: Beamer’s Sports Grill, 5108 W. County Line Road N, Columbia City; Black Dog Pub, 6230 Covington Road; Caliente, 1123 E. State Blvd.; Curly’s Village Inn, 4205 Bluffton Road; Deer Park Irish Pub, 1530 Leesburg Road; the Friendly Fox, 4001 South Wayne Ave.; Firefly Coffee House, 3523 N. Anthony Blvd.; Pedal City, 1215 W. Main St.; Scotty’s Brewhouse, 6282 W. Jefferson Blvd.; Summit City Brewerks, 1501 E. Berry St.; Tim Horton’s, 4210 Crescent Ave., 3975 Ice Way, 12677 Coldwater Road and 8939 Lima Road; Tolon, 614 S. Harrison St.; and Trubble Brewing, 2725 Broadway. Nick’s Martini and Wine Bar, 1227 E. State Blvd., has closed.

Pick up a Pawsport at one of the restaurants when you bring your dog, get the card stamped, collect all 13 stamps and bring your card to the Allen County SPCA front office, 4914 Hanna St. You’ll get a free T-shirt.

This is the first year for the Pawsport, said Jessica Henry, Allen County SPCA director. Part of the agreement with the locations is to have potable water, but so go the extra mile and had dog treats, she said.

“Only bring your dog if it’s friendly or socialized,” Henry said.

It’s a way for dogs to hang out with their own kind and be part of their families lives, she pointed out. Be mindful, that if the weather is too bad for a walk outside, some Fort Wayne stores, such as Lowe’s, allow you bring in your dogs to shop, so it’s a chance for them to get exercise.

Some of the Pawsport members – and more pet-friendly patio eateries have called in since the Pawsport were printed and will be added next year, Henry said – are holding fundraisers for the Allen County SPCA. Trubble Brewing’s Beeriversary is 11 a.m.-4 p.m. June 21 and includes an art show with a portion of the proceeds to be donated to the Allen County SPCA. It will also be asking for some wish list items for the agency.

Firefly Coffee House also plans a fundraiser July 27 when it will give some items from its neighbor Green Dog Goods in return for a donation.

Restaurants and bars that want to be designated as Paw-Friendly should contact the Allen County SPCA at 260-744-0454 or send email to marketing@acspca.org.

Right now is “kitten season” for the agency, so items most in need are kitten food, preferably canned. And made-in-the-USA rawhides and treats are needed for dogs.

Music and munchies in New Haven

New Haven Parks and Recreation is starting Music, Market, & Munchies 5-8 p.m. Wednesdays now through Aug. 1 at Schnelker Park, 956 Park Ave.

A different band every week will perform. You can also find shopping and food from a variety of food trucks. This event replaces the New Haven Farmers Market.

The four free concerts span music genres of pop, country and classic rock: Wednesday – Junk Yard Band, July 18 – Mason Dixon Line, July 25 – Cadillac Ranch, and Aug. 1 – Rosalind & the Way. Guests to the Summer Concert Series are encouraged to bring a blanket or a lawn chair.

The Parks and Recreation Department will host local vendors with craft and artisan items, pastries and other sweet treats, jewelry, handmade items and more.

“We are excited to be able to offer even more free, family-friendly entertainment this summer. This event should be a fantastic time for the community. We want it to be a really big deal and hope with the support of our wonderful sponsors that we can make that a reality,” said Anna Gurney, Recreation Director, New Haven Parks & Recreation.

For additional information, contact the Park Office at 260-749-2212.

Congrats, Two EE’s

Two EE’s Winery was recognized at the June 6-7 INDY International Wine Competition at Purdue University. Two EE’s 2016 Ice Wine (Vidal Blanc) took the Dessert Wine of the Year trophy, its 2017 Valvin Muscat was named the Indiana Wine of the Year and its 2017 Traminette was crowned Indiana Traminette of the Year.

Have restaurant news? Call Lisa M. Esquivel Long at 260-461-8354, send email to lesquivel@news-sentinel.com or a fax to 260-461-8817 or write Restaurant Notes, C/O The News-Sentinel, PO Box 102, Fort Wayne, IN 46802.

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