Bacon is the new black. Or maybe it's the new wine dinner.
Regardless, the cured and sometimes smoked pork belly is becoming the fundraiser theme du jour for area organizations.
But when Edward Welling was planning this year's Friends of the Parks of Allen County fundraiser, he thought he was on to something new.
“I actually saw the success that they were having with these events in other parts of the country,” he says. “There was a big event in Chicago that raised a lot of money that made local news last summer. I thought it was time we have one in Fort Wayne.”
And so the planning began for Summit City Baconfest, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Headwaters Park Lincoln Pavilion.
In the interim, there have been other bacon events pop up, such as the Beer, Bacon and Bourbon Festival in March.
“So a lot of people are jumping on the bacon bandwagon,” Welling says, adding that the idea behind Baconfest was to bring something unique to Fort Wayne.
There will be 15 restaurants participating in the event, each preparing a bacon-centric dish. Among the offerings will be pulled barbecue bacon with Southern-style cornbread and dill slaw from Chop's Wine Bar, armadillo eggs from Main Street Bistro and bacon cheesecake from Henry's.
Tickets cost $45, which includes two drinks and samples from the restaurants. Call 427-6000; visit the Parks & Recreation Department, 705 E. State Blvd., between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; or go to www.summitcitybaconfest.com.
Lee Pomerantz calls himself a serial entrepreneur, with most of his experience in online businesses.
But when the opportunity to buy one of his eMedia customers came up, he and partner Lee Lemon couldn't resist.
Pomerantz and Lemon bought Our Daily Brew, 5906 W. Jefferson Blvd. in Time Corners, and have been operating the business since March 1.
The store, which has been in operation for 34 years, is known for its extensive collection of loose-leaf teas (more than 150 varieties) and specialty coffees (65 types). Pomerantz says there are no plans to alter that – if anything, the selection will grow.
But there are changes underfoot.
The store is opening earlier, now at 7:30 a.m. every day; there is free Wi-Fi; outdoor seating is available; and a bakery section has been added. The hope, Pomerantz says, is to encourage customers to get a drink, sit in the store, get on Wi-Fi and chill out.
Our Daily Brew closes at 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and at 5 p.m. Sunday.
Moulton to give demo
Sara Moulton, cookbook author and James Beard Award-nominated host of “Sara's Weeknight Meals” on PBS, will perform a special cooking demonstration June 4 at Maple Leaf Farms.
Duck, Down & Above, the Maple Leaf Farms company store, will host the presentation at 6:30 p.m. in the demo kitchen at 101 E. Church St. in Leesburg.
The event will feature several recipes by Moulton, who will use Maple Leaf Farms duck products.
Attendees will receive a Sara Moulton cookbook, which they will have an opportunity to have autographed. Call Duck, Down & Above at 574-453-4455 to buy tickets, which cost $35.
Chautauqua-Wawasee is hosting its second Wine, Cheese & Chocolate Experience at the Oakwood Resort in Syracuse.
The May 30 event, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., will feature wine samplings, chocolates, artisan cheeses and culinary creations from Chalet Party Shoppe/Belmont Beverage, Carousel Winery, Fruit Hills Winery & Orchard, Wood Boat Brewing Co., Swissland Cheese Co., Cheeseman Store, Sweet Tooth Saloon, Davis Chocolates, Naomi's Candies, Olympia Candy Kitchen and Oakwood Resort.
Tickets are available online at www.chqw.org; at Grill-N-Grate BBQ, 1009 S. Huntington St., Syracuse; or locally at ArtsTix Box Office at Arts United Center, 303 E. Main St.