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Posted on Tue. Feb. 11, 2014 - 12:01 am EDT

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Restaurant news: For more Valentine’s Day ideas, try Toscani, Fresh Market

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If you still haven't made plans for Valentine's Day, Toscani Pizzeria, 120 W. Wayne St., is offering a special Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

For $29.99 for two people, you'll get bruschetta; a choice of two pasta dinners with mini salads; and a choice of a shared dessert. Add a bottle of wine or champagne for $12. Reservations are accepted. Phone: 423-6706.

Fix a romantic dinner at home

Fresh Market can help you if you'd like to prepare a special dinner at home for Valentine's Day. Dinner for Two includes two entrees, either filet mignon or Chilean sea bass; a pound of fresh asparagus; either a Caesar or strawberry spinach salad; nine chocolate-dipped strawberries; and a dozen fresh-cut roses. It's not precooked: The dinner comes with instructions on how to fix the food. You can order it online at www.thefreshmarket.com/in-store-pickup/sweet-deals or in the store at 6306 W. Jefferson Blvd. through Wednesday. Cost: $49.99.

Other options at Fresh Market that are less expensive and time-consuming include Fresh Market's private label Chocolate Raspberry Kiss coffee; pretzels covered in chocolate or yogurt in raspberry and strawberry flavors; petit fours; and a dozen roses.

Vineyard luncheon

Joseph Decuis' February Vineyard Lunch is at noon Saturday, featuring cuisine and wine from Bordeaux, France. The cost is $50 per person with two glasses of wine or $35 per person without wine. Call 672-1715 to make reservations. Joseph Decuis is at 191 N. Main St., Roanoke.

A taste of the Caribbean

The Ivy Tech Northeast Special Cuisines class is hosting a Caribbean buffet Thursday. On the menu: fried plantains with avocado-mango chutney; Cuban sliders; vegetarian jambalaya; jerk chicken; candied sweet potatoes; banana fritters; and more. Reservations, which are required, are taken for times between 5 and 6:30 p.m. To make reservations, call 480-2002. Dinners are served in the Hospitality Room on Coliseum Campus, 3800 N. Anthony Blvd., and cost $20, cash or check only. Wine is available for an additional cost.

Wine day at Eddie Merlot’s

To celebrate National Drink Wine Day on Feb. 18, Eddie Merlot's is offering half-off glass pours of Eddie Merlot's branded vintages 4-11 p.m.

Diners in the lounge and bar area can take part in this promotion, which includes Eddie Merlot's chardonnay, merlot and cabernet, which come from vineyards in California's Napa County. These wines were chosen for the restaurant brand by company President Bill Humphries, a wine connoisseur who named the restaurants after a friend named Eddie who loved a great glass of red.

Eddie Merlot's is at 1502 Illinois Road S., in Jefferson Pointe.

Bridal event

Eddie Merlot's invites betrothed couples to a Cake and Cocktails bridal mixer 5:30-7 p.m. Feb 24.

Future brides and grooms can meet wedding and event planners and check out Eddie Merlot's private and semi-private dining options, which can be customized.

During the Cake and Cocktails event, attendees may sample several of Eddie Merlot's signature dessert and drink offerings including red velvet cupcakes, carrot cakes and creme brulee wine.

Eddie Merlot's is at 1502 Illinois Road S.

Admission to the Cake and Cocktails event is free with a reservation.

To reserve a spot, email sales manager Emily Wagner at ewagner@eddie merlots.com or call 459-2222.

Noodle Bowl to close

Sad news — a restaurant I've only eaten at once but really enjoyed is closing. The Noodle Bowl, 10350 Coldwater Road in the Pine Valley shopping center, will be permanently closed beginning Feb. 23. Owners Ann and Roger Federspiel are retiring. They would like to thank all their loyal customers over the years as well as their employees. If you would like to try the Noodle Bowl, which specializes in Asian noodle dishes, before it closes, or dine there one last time, it will be open for lunch 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday and for dinner 4:30-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 4:30-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday through Feb. 22.

Wine 101

Joseph Decuis in Roanoke is offering Wine 101 classes, which cover the basics of wine. The five-class series will be at 7 p.m. on the four Thursdays in March and the first Thursday in April. At each class participants will sample wines from around the world and sample food from Joseph Decuis restaurant. The class is limited to 20 people; cost is $75 per person. Four of the five classes will be held at the restaurant, 191 N. Main St., Roanoke. One class will be held at the nearby Two EE's Winery, where winemaker and co-owner Eric Harris will lead a class on winemaking. To sign up for Wine 101 or if you have questions, call Joseph Decuis at 672-1715 or email Tony Forcucci at tforcucci@ josephdecuis.com.

Something happening at your eatery? Call Cindy Larson at 461-8284, fax 461-8817, email clarson@news-sentinel.com or write Restaurant Notes, C/O The News-Sentinel, PO Box 102, Fort Wayne, IN 46801. This column is the personal opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinion of The News-Sentinel. To read other columns, go to www.news-sentinel.com/section /food.<.i>


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