Just like Grandma made

Ever notice those lavender windows?

There’s no pie as tasty as one lovingly made by Grandma; am I right? But does it matter whose Grandma made it? I don’t think so. After finishing up a luxuriously long lunch at the Joseph Decuis Emporium in Roanoke, I was walking down Main Street, wondering what I was going to contribute to a group dinner that night. Two seconds later, I ducked into the cute rounded door at Grandma Sue’s Pies & More and was dazzled by the array of homemade, frozen pies at the ready. After deliberating for a smidge too long over what to select, I left with a cherry pie for the get-together and a strawberry rhubarb to selfishly keep at my house. Both were exactly what I wanted them to be – delicious and sweetly comforting, the latter being just how I’d describe spending time with my own grandmothers. The “& More” from Grandma Sue’s is homemade noodles, jams and jellies, all just as tasty as the pies. FYI – the shop only takes cash or check. Grandma Sue’s is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thurs.-Fri., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat., and by appointment. 212 N. Main St., Roanoke. Call (260) 445-6081 or visit www.grandmasuespies.com for more information.


I lived in Boston for 10 years and truly appreciated my daily access to this country’s oldest … everything (just a slight overstatement). For a portion of my time there, I lived in Beacon Hill, a charming and legendary neighborhood known for cobblestone streets, brick sidewalks (which were responsible for the untimely demise of too many pairs of stilettos), gas lamps and stunning Federalist and Greek Revival architecture. I began to notice some of these 18th-century homes had a few purple-tinted windowpanes, so I did some digging. They’re called lavenders, and the color is due to how these panes were manufactured way back when (too much manganese oxide). Over these hundreds of years, sunlight has caused a reaction in the glass, changing the once clear pane to various shades of light purple. These lavenders have become a very quiet status symbol in Beacon Hill, signifying the age and authenticity of certain homes. Why am I telling you this? Because I’ve spotted an historic home in Fort Wayne with a few remaining lavenders – the Sion Bass house, built in 1855. The former home of the celebrated Civil War hero is one of the buildings that makes up the LaSalle Bed and Breakfast downtown (more on that business in next month’s column). The purple panes can be seen on the backside of the building, 10 panes in three windows. I think these lavenders are incredibly special, albeit easily overlooked. Next time you’re in the drive-thru of the downtown Starbucks getting ready to pay, look to your right to take in these lasting beauties from a bygone era. The historical Sion Bass home is at 509 W. Washington Blvd.


Mark your calendars for July 25 for the fourth annual Foodstock, Fort Wayne’s mobile food bash. Featuring 13 trucks and carts, craft beers by Summit City Brewerks, wine slushies by Country Heritage Winery & Vineyard and six musical acts, this one-day festival serves up delicious family fun in the heart of downtown. There will be a petting zoo, courtesy of Indiana Wild, and face painters for the kiddos, and 96.3 WXKE, Fort Wayne’s classic rock station, will be giving away Truck Bucks and Line Jumper passes throughout the day. Be sure to check out the city’s newest food vendors, Vietnummy, Who Cut the Cheese and Girl of Sandwich. Come for lunch, stay for the music and fun. And since you’ll already be there, you should probably just stay for dinner, too! Foodstock is open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. at the Indiana Michigan Power Center, 110 E. Wayne St., and admission is free. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/ftwfoodtrucks.

First appeared in the July 2015 issue of Fort Wayne Magazine.

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