Here’s a tip we got recently: Coterie Pizza, 1850 S. Randolph St., in Garrett is working on making their pizza even better shortly after celebrating their one-year anniversary. 

Baked in an Italian stone oven, Coterie can prepare a great-tasting pie in a fraction of the time. 

Coterie is the inspiration of Chris Zaugg, a veteran of the food industry. After he and his neighbor experimented with pizza at home, one thing led to another and Coterie was born. 

Their fan favorites include Cajun, hot honey, brisket, and barbecue. They also offer salads, pasta, and sandwiches inspired by calzones. 

And you will not want to miss the beer wall. At a self-serving bar, you can use the latest technology to sample beers and hard ciders from local and regional brewers. The list includes Fortlandia, Sun King, Mad Horn Meadery, and Science Project Brewing. Just head to the taps, scan your driver’s license, and use a fob to access the screens. 

Another selling point might be the atmosphere. Coterie means a gathering of people.

Eats abound during Be Tourist in Hometown

You’ll want to get outside and explore on Sunday, Sept. 10, as Fort Wayne celebrates Be A Tourist in Your Own Hometown. 

For about 20 years, the event has provided free exposure to community attractions like museums and landmarks. The list includes The Old Fort, Electric Works, Embassy Theatre, the Allen County Courthouse, Science Central, and The History Center. In total, 21 designated community sites offer free admission. 

It’s also an excellent chance to get some tasty local food from great local food trucks.

Go to to get a list of attractions. 

Tall Rabbit reveals fall drink menu

Tall Rabbit Cafe+Community, 2001 S. Calhoun St., unveiled seasonal drinks for fall, and, of course, pumpkin spice is a big part of the menu. 

The coffee shop is run by Blue Jacket, a service agency providing career training for those with employment barriers.

Tall Rabbit hosts a tasting event on the first Saturday of every month to showcase their drink menu. The next is Oct. 7 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Drinks will be flowing at Headwaters Park

Brewed IN The Fort and Tacos Tequila and Margarita Fest will take over Headwaters Park this month.

First up, Brewed IN The Fort on Saturday, Sept. 9, is northeast Indiana’s largest Indiana-dedicated craft beer festival. It’s all about items produced here in Indiana, including beer, cider, mead, local food, and entertainment, and gets going at 2 p.m. 

A week later, on Sept. 16, Tacos Tequila and Margarita Fest returns to Headwaters Park from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. with 13 taco vendors and 10 tequila options. 

Tequila sampling is also planned, in addition to four full bars on the festival grounds. 

Fortlandia throwing Oktoberfest party

If it’s September, it must be Oktoberfest time. I’m not kidding, that is truly when it is held. 

Fortlandia Brewing Company is getting in the spirit with its first Oktoberfest Tent Extravaganza on Sept. 16-17. 

Twenty taps will flow, 10 in the tent and 10 in the taproom. Acme by Full Circle’s food truck will serve brats, potato salad (a German staple), and German chicken. 

There will also be live music, karaoke, and games. 

The Brewhound Bus will transport guests to the Fort Wayne Curling Club for their open house, where there will be more music, food trucks, and curling instructional sessions. 

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