Anthis Career Academy’s culinary arts program has begun its boxed lunch sales, which we first reported a couple of months ago. The program called The CUBE, for Culinary Ultimately Benefits Everyone, fills orders received by 10 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday for pickup 11 a.m.-12:20 p.m. those days.For $4 you get one of the following options plus your choice of dessert: sandwich cube, salad cube, cup of soup and half-sandwich cube or cup of south and half-salad cube. A cube of soup is $2 and served with fresh bread.
As an example, last week’s selections were: soup cube (curried sweet potato and apple or roasted tomato bisque); sandwich cube – paired with side (Thai chicken wrap with Asian three-bean salad and grown-up grilled cheese with potato chips); salad cube (Asian chicken salad with ginger vinaigrette or black and bleu chop salad with bleu cheese dressing); and dessert cube (turtle cluster and mini oatmeal cream pie).
We’ve tried several items, and we’re pretty impressed. The oatmeal dessert felt soft with the luscious cream sandwiched inside, and the roasted tomato bisque had a peppery flavor and some light texture – perhaps garlic? Get on the notification list by sending an email request to Ann.Applegate@fwcs.k12.in.us, and you’ll receive the menu and a link to make your selections. Also, you they’re taking orders via Instagram through @AnthisCulinary. Pick up your lunch and pay at Anthis, 1200 S. Clinton St. Customers should be prepared to show a government-issued ID at the security desk.
Make Valentine plans
Bourbon Street Hideaway, 135 W. Columbia St., will be adding days that it’s open during Valentine’s Day week.
The restaurant specializing in Cajun and Creole cuisine will be open 5-10 p.m. Feb. 14 and 15, a Tuesday and Wednesday. It is normally open those hours just Thursday-Saturday. Menu specials will be oysters Rockefeller for the appetizer, seafood pasta with shrimp and clams for the entree, the Lovespell martini and the Voodoo Spell dessert.
Reservations are recommended. Call 422-7500.
Potbelly owner training
As we reported last week, Justin Rowe will be opening a Fort Wayne Potbelly Sandwich Shop. Rowe has been in training with the company in preparation for joining the Potbelly Nation and opening his Coliseum Shoppes location in early April, but he had a few minutes to discuss his plans.
Rowe left behind his career as a general manager for Taco Bell this month.
"A year ago I worked six days in a (Potbelly) store (to evaluate them) and they evaluated me," said Rowe, 31.
Potbelly Sandwich Shops started as a Chicago antique store that added sandwiches to draw in customers. The local store will serve meat and cheese sliced fresh each day for the sandwiches, along with the salads, smoothies and other selections for which Potbelly is known.
Rowe grew up in Ohio and has lived in Fort Wayne for 10 years and wasn’t familiar with the Potbelly brand growing up, but he liked what he saw.
"I was blown away" he said of everything from the sandwiches to the old-time restaurant decor to the inclusion of live music. And Fort Wayne’s store will have all of that. It will have an antique potbelly stove, which gives the company its name.
Rowe plans to have a signed Komets jersey and TinCaps memorabilia as well as an old black-and-white panoramic photo of Fort Wayne.
He hopes to return to substitute-teaching at Northrop High School and likely will have some Bruin-themed store decor.
BJ’s hiring soon
BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse’s sign was up a couple of weeks ago on the building under construction on Coliseum Boulevard in front of Glenbrook Square. It will begin hiring in February, according to the company’s website, which means its opening shouldn’t be too far behind. We have a message into the corporate headquarters to find out more.
The restaurant started with pizza in southern California in 1978, but now has grown to a chain of more than 175 restaurants. The menu now includes burgers, sandwiches, pasta, salads and soups.
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