Things to Do in Fort Wayne and Beyond

Taste of Roanoke has something for all

More tenants set for Landing; Sister Cities Gala; celebration at Three Rivers Distilling

Taste of Roanoke runs through March 12.

Dean Jackson

Whatzup Features Writer

Published March 8, 2023

Roanoke has been bustling with a boom of activity and unique flavors. Now there’s a chance to enjoy them all. 

Taste of Roanoke continues through March 12 with a dozen restaurants offering deals and special menus. Those taking part in the Discover Roanoke event are 195 Cuisines, Game On Virtual  Sports Lounge, Jebi’s Ice Cream Shoppe, Joseph Decuis, Joseph Decuis Emporium, Monte Cristo Wine Bar & Cafe, Moose & Mollie’s Cafe & Gelato, Roanoke Village Inn, The Copper Still, The Local Saloon, The Patio Pizza & BBQ, and Trubble Public House.

For a look at the menus, go to 

Books so good you could eat them

A tasty tradition is returning to Ivy Tech as the Edible Books Festival makes its first appearance in two years. 

The idea is simple, but completing it might not be so easy. Readers are challenged to create edible versions of their favorite books. The culinary creations go on display April 3 at the Student Life Center Gymnasium on the North Campus. 

Registration is due Friday, March 24.  For more information, go to

Sample cuisine of Fort Wayne’s sister cities

You can get a sample of international dishes with a distinct Fort Wayne connection. 

Fort Wayne Sister Cities International’s fundraiser Taste of Sister Cities Gala is March 25 at the Parkview Mirro Center. 

Just as organization looks to build bonds of understanding between Fort Wayne its four sister cities (Takaoka, Japan; Gera, Germany; Plock, Poland; Taizhou, China) and friendship city (Mawlamyine, Myanmar) the night will share food, culture, and cuisine of each country. 

Deadline to purchase $125 tickets is Sunday, March 12. They are available at 

Three Rivers Distilling celebrating anniversary

Three Rivers Distilling Co. will mark its seventh anniversary on Saturday, March 11. 

To celebrate, there will birthday cake, of course, but the schedule also includes the release of their Cake Stand Bourbon, as well as tours and tastings. 

Tickets are available at

High-end drinks coming to The Landing 

Three new tenants are coming to The Landing. 

Be Better Hospitality, which also operates Penny Drip, announced recently that work is under way for Night Train, Blue Bottle, and Dana’s

The “beverage-focused” trio are expected to open this fall in space that once housed Columbia Street West and Bourbon Street Hideaway according to a press release. 

The three establishments will cover three floors and each salutes history at The Landing. 

Dana’s is named for Dana Columbia, founder of the Landing. It promises a modern elevated cocktail bar. 

The Blue Bottle was once a convenience store of sorts where travelers would replenish their supplies. 

Night Train is a basement cocktail bar that soaks in the nearby railroad tracks.

Food Tours release 2023 schedule

Fort Wayne Food Tours has released  its 2023 schedule. 

Running April-October, participants will be treated to architecture, history, arts, and food with a series of 31/2-hour downtown walking tours that stop at GnomeTown Brewing on The Landing, Country Heritage Winery, Don Hall’s Gashouse, and The Hoppy Gnome.

 Tickets are $70 at and are limited to 12 participants per tour.

New owners take over Patriot Pizza

There’s a new owner for Patriot Pizza in Monroeville. 

Jessica Dixon and the Dixon family recently took over. According to their Facebook page, Lance and Jessica Dixon promise new menu items and some old favorites in a “fun atmosphere.” 

They will announce their grand opening soon.

Tenderloin designation does not get far

That’s the way the tenderloin crumbles. 

Legislation that would have made the breaded tenderloin the official state sandwich has died in an Indiana Senate committee without consideration.  

It seems other issues, including a new state budget, took priority. 

Off the Eaten Path is the Whatzup weekly column that covers Northeast Indiana’s restaurant and food news. Send your news items to


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