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Posted on Wed. Nov. 07, 2012 - 12:48 am EDT

Leesburg store offers class on cooking duck

Duck can confuse people not familiar with cooking it. Yes, it’s in the poultry family, but it’s actually a red meat. Many say they don’t like it, but chances are, that’s just because they overcooked it.

These and other duck properties and cooking techniques will be taught at Duck, Down & Above’s holiday-themed hands-on cooking class from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the retail store at Maple Leaf Farms (101 E. Church St., Leesburg).

This is the store’s fourth class, general manager Ryan Walker says, and each has sold out. It attracts a variety of cooks – those who are passionate about food, those who know little about duck and are curious to learn more, and those who love duck and want to find different ways to prepare it.

Popularity of duck increases this time of year, Walker says. Many grocery stores that don’t sell duck during the rest of the year will carry the full-body bird during the holiday season.

New restaurants, menus

•Salsa Grille (7755 Coldwater Road) opened last month. Co-owner Chris Rongos is also part owner of George’s International Market on Broadway, and the grocery store supplies all Salsa Grille’s ingredients.

The Mexican-themed restaurant offers burritos, rice bowls, soups, tacos, quesadillas and more. The 12 dips in the salsa bar are made daily and come complimentary with any order.

The restaurant also sells its salsas bottled, and there is a produce section, Rongos says.

•La Familia (1910 Bluffton Road) opened Friday. The Mexican- and American-themed restaurant sells tacos, burritos and fajitas alongside fare such as barbecue ribs and pork sandwiches.

Co-owner Megan Aguilar recommends her favorite dish, the quesadilla veracruz, which comes with grilled shrimp, chicken and steak.

•Oktoberfest Restaurant, run by students in IPFW’s hospitality management class, has switched up its menu for the second half of the semester.

The new menu, which debuted Tuesday and runs through Dec. 4, includes German fare such as pretzel bread sticks, German Maultaschen (cheesy spinach smothered in a creamy sausage sauce) and smoked trout cakes. The restaurant is open from 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays.

•The Grabill Dairy Sweet (13305 State St., Grabill) has added some new offerings to its menu, including the international sampler. It includes Greek spinach puffs, Italian pizza bites, Chinese crab Rangoon, Mexican mini tacos and French potato puffs.

All the items are made in-house.

•D’Vour Dessert Bar opened about a month ago. It currently is a catering company, co-owner Jeff Walker says, but he is in the process of looking for a storefront downtown, ideally in 2014.

The company aims to bring a high-scale dessert presence to Fort Wayne, catering events such as weddings and fashion shows.

Its first event will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 17 at Tease Salon and Bar (123 W. Columbia St.) for its one-year anniversary.

D’Vour offers desserts such as mousse, cupcakes, tarts and a chocolate fountain. It can also customize desserts with a company’s name or logo.

•A storefront at Jefferson Pointe between Verizon Wireless and The Nut House and across from Rave, has been marked for the sandwich chain Which Wich.

Signs at the stop say “Want a franchise? This site is approved for the nation’s hottest sandwich shop, and it could be yours.”

Find out more at

Campaign clean-up

The Chick-fil-A at Jefferson Pointe (1725 Apple Glen Blvd.) is sponsoring Campaign Sign Clean-Up Day from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today.

Bring in your campaign yard sign to the restaurant for recycling and receive a free original or spicy chicken sandwich.


•Vincent Village Inc., is having a farm-to-table dinner and auction to raise money for the homeless from 6 to 10 p.m. Nov. 15 at Thermodyne Foodservice Products Inc. (2300 Meyer Road, New Haven).

The event, A Place at Our Table, which is part of National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week, provides a 12-course meal made from local ingredients, and the courses will be paired with wine and beer.

Tickets are $100 a person and can be bought at 456-4172, ext. 222, or

•The Lutheran Health Network Wine Opener will be from 7 to 10 p.m. Nov. 17 at Tower Bank (116 E. Berry St.). The event will feature wine-and-food pairings as well as a live auction.

Ticket sales for the Wine Opener benefit the Indiana Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. VIP tickets are $250, and main-event tickets are $55. To buy tickets, call 317-202-9210 or go to Indiana. ftwaynewine.


Madeleines Bakehouse, perhaps best known for its colorful macaroons and other European-style desserts, closed last week.

The bakery opened two years ago in Jefferson Pointe. Amanda Pappas Uhl, managing member of the bakery, wrote on the bakery’s Facebook page that it is closing because of issues with her health.

“Lately, through several conversations with my husband, my family, and my doctors, we’ve had to make a difficult decision. Wednesday (Oct. 31) will be our last day with a storefront at Jefferson Pointe,” Pappas Uhl writes, adding that she hopes to eventually reopen.

The Dish features restaurant news and food events and appears Wednesdays. Fax news items to 461-8893, email or call 461-8462. For more restaurant news, go to The Dish blog at

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