Food tour celebrating local diversity

September 19, 2018

From Asia to South America, Europe to the Middle East, the World Says Eat Me Fall Tour will take participants on a culinary journey that zigzags across the world.

The tour, which is celebrating its 10th year, will include unique dining experiences not just in restaurants but homes, temples and churches.

The first dinner will be at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Graber family for a buffet of Amish comfort food in Grabill. It is the third time that Delilah Graber will cook for the tour, having served meals in 2010 and 2015.

Events will continue on Wednesday nights through Nov. 28.

Other stops include Salvatori’s (West) for Italian on Oct. 31; Iglesias Bautista Emanuel for Latin on Nov. 7; Pho 59 for Vietnamese on Nov. 14; el Rinconcito for El Salvadoran on Nov. 21; and St. John Chrysostom for Middle Eastern on Nov. 28.

“It has struck me that we have grown from simply tasting the food of our town to feasting on the cultural diversity of our town as well,” tour creator Mark Meyer says. “In doing so, we’re feeding the mind as well as the belly, and hopefully, promoting the tolerance to grow our community with the inclusion of new, often radically different voices.”

Attendance varies by location. Meyer says the highest attendance has been 78, but a small restaurant with limited seating might have room for only 12 diners.

Participants must register for each event individually. Search for “TWSEM” on Eventbrite.com for tickets.

Tickets are free, but participants are responsible for the cost of the meal, which varies.

Bar set to open

After years of being vacant and more than a year of renovations, a neighborhood bar is set to open next week at 1802 Spy Run Ave.

An opening date for The Pub @ 1802, which is owned by Bill Bean, is set for Sept. 26.

The bar will feature city history, a video wall spanning 220 inches and a menu of upscale bar food, with an emphasis on house-made sauces and syrups.

Diners can enjoy entrées such as steak, salmon and a bourbon-glazed pork chop. Burgers, pizza, sandwiches and appetizers round out the menu.

On the bar side, the menu will feature signature drinks such as mules, mojitos and tiki drinks. The staff at the pub will make a house ginger beer for the mules and infusing vodka for cocktails, as well as making other syrups.

Pete Giokaris, who helps manage restaurant operations for Bean and is the former owner of Flanagan’s, says the pub will serve everything from 38 bourbon flights.

An extensive beer list includes brews from 3 Floyds, Founders, Devils Backbone and Bells.

Giokaris also shares that Gary Chappell will be a part of the changes at Bean’s North Clinton Street restaurant.

Hamilton Public House, 4910 N. Clinton St., closed in August after just more than a year in business. Bean had bought the property, formerly Bar 145, and renovated the space into the baseball-themed bar.

With successful seafood restaurants under his belt, Chappell will be developing a casual fish house concept there.

Attempts to reach Chappell were unsuccessful. Stay tuned for more!

Oktoberfest event

The Deer Park Irish Pub is getting its lederhosen ready for its second family-friendly Oktoberfest.

The two-day event, which will be from 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 5 and noon to 11 p.m. Oct. 6, will feature German fare including Bratwurst, hot dogs and German potato salad, as well as music, games and auctions.

The events Oct. 5 include performances by Jay Fox and the Jammin’ Germans and the Tanzer Children’s Dance Troupe, as well as a silent and live auction featuring Uncle Heindrich.

Guests are asked to bring canned food items, and all proceeds from the auction going to Miss Virginia’s Food Pantry.

On Oct. 6, there will be a children’s pretzel-toss and encore performances by the Tanzer Children’s Dance Troupe and Jay Fox and the Jammin’ Germans. Later in the evening, Yuengling will host a Stein-hoisting contest, followed by an adult pretzel-toss contest.

The event will have a $5 cover charge and will include a Deer Park signature 0.5-liter beer stein.

Oktoberfest is free for ages 17 and younger.

Parking will be free at University of Saint Francis across the street from the bar.

Satek on tap

Satek Winery in Fremont is spearheading a change in the way your wine is served, and it looks to be gathering steam.

Wines on tap, via 5-gallon “sixtel” kegs or 15-gallon half barrels, are turning up in more local establishments.

Wine, until very recently, was mostly found in the same format it was hundreds of years ago, glass bottles.

“That was the tradition, but in the modern context, we’ve heard from businesses that get just one glass per bottle before oxidation and quality loss is detectable, and that fact drives the price of each glass,” Jason Satek says.

“It makes so much practical and economic sense, but someone has to take the leap first, and for us that was Angola’s 6 Autumns in 2016.”

Other area establishments that are tapping wine kegs, so to speak, are Chapman’s Brewing, Summit City Brewerks, Rudy’s Cigar Shop, teds market and LaOtto Brewing Company.

“A glass of wine two weeks from now should be as good as a glass today, or for use as a part of a wine flight or slushie but there still is resistance: tradition, superstition or whatever, but we’ll keep going,” Satek says. “I’m an enthusiastic convert.”

Coney birthday

Fort Wayne’s Famous Coney Island will turn 104 years old Thursday, making it, according to a news release from the downtown landmark, the oldest wiener stand in the country.

Since 1914, Fort Wayne’s Famous Coney Island has used the same homemade chili and coney sauce recipes.

Coney Island was recently featured in People magazine for having the best coney dogs in the state.

Between 1,500 and 2,000 hot dogs are served each day, adding up to more than a million hot dogs in a year, according to the release, which also says employees hand chop 75 pounds of onions each day. 

The next-oldest wiener stand is in Jackson, Michigan, that opened a few months after Fort Wayne’s Coney Island.


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