A new pizza place is opening next week in Fort Wayne. Vito's Pizza and Subs opens for business Aug. 17 at 6533 E. State Blvd. in Georgetown North.
You might want to stop by 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Aug. 15, however, when they'll be giving away free foldover subs, or Aug. 16, when they'll be giving away free small specialty pizzas. Vito's has 19 locations, most in the Toledo, Ohio, area.
Looks as if they have some interesting specialty pizzas, including the Tony Packo's Pizza, made with Tony Packo's hot dog sauce and Tony Packo's Hungarian sausage and served with Tony Packo's Original Pickles and Peppers or Sweet Hots.
And what is Tony Packo's, you ask? Well, it's a hot dog joint in Toledo with some of the best sausages I've ever tasted. Remember Klinger from the TV show “M.A.S.H.”? He was from Toledo and used to talk about Tony Packo's on the show.
Here's something college students and faculty at IPFW can smile about: YoYo Yogurt on Your Own — a self-serve frozen yogurt shop — is opening Aug. 17 in the Walb Student Union at IPFW. In addition to frozen yogurt, the eatery will serve protein smoothies and shakes, and will have a full coffee bar. Sounds like just what college students need. Hours will be 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday; 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday; and 1-8 p.m. Sundays.
•It's late notice, but Joseph Decuis is hosting an organic wine dinner at the farm starting at 6 p.m. Thursday. The farm is not too far from Roanoke; call 672-1715 for reservations and directions.
The evening includes carriage rides and farm tours, and, of course, dinner featuring produce from the farm, Wagyu beef and Mangalitza pork paired with organically grown wines. Cost: $150 including food, tax, beverage and gratuity.
•During the summer months, Joseph Decuis, 191 N. Main St., Roanoke, has casual wine tastings in its courtyard. From 5:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 16, you can taste several wines, plus enjoy hors d'oeuvres prepared by James Beard Award-nominated Chef Aaron Butts. Cost: $25 per person. You can purchase your favorite wines next door at the Emporium. Call 672-1715 for reservations.
•Once a month on Saturdays, Joseph Decuis opens for lunch. On Aug. 25, the lunch focus will be the Midwest, so local wines and foods will be featured. Cost is $45 per person, or $30 for food only.
J.K. O'Donnell's 121 W. Wayne St., is hosting a rematch of the “Wine vs. Beer” dinner at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 20. This is a five-course dinner featuring local produce and proteins with a beer and wine pairing for each course. A beer and wine rep will talk about the pairings and why they chose that particular wine or beer for that menu item.
The participants will then vote after each course on which they believe was the better pairing. At the end, J.K. O'Donnell's will crown a winner based on the votes. Wine has won the previous two showdowns.
Seats are $40, plus tax and gratuity. For reservations, call 420-5563. The menu includes barbecued rabbit pizza, micro greens and organic mushroom salad, summer fried chicken cordon bleu, roasted lamb shoulder and goat cheese ice cream.
Congratulations to Bo Gonzalez, proprietor of the Bravas hot dog cart. His food truck has passed inspection, so expect to see that out on the street soon.
The Fresh Market will be demonstrating how to cook pan-seared chicken with mole-style sauce 3-6 p.m. Saturday at the store, 6306 W. Jefferson Blvd. Dyeaka Wilson will be the chef.
Oh, how it pains me to write the words “end of summer.”
If you're as depressed about that thought as I am, go to Belmont Beverage at The Shoppes of Scott Road, 10311 Illinois Road, 6-8 p.m. Aug. 20 for an end of summer tasting event.