Fort Wayne collaborative chef dinner a success 

Mar 3, 2023 | Blog, News

Thank you! We just want to express our gratitude to all of you who came out to our latest On the Road collaborative chef dinner in Fort Wayne on Feb. 21. We had a great time at Union Street Market in the new Electric Works development in Fort Wayne. The former General Electric plant has been beautifully renovated, and its mezzanine area overlooking the market was a fabulous setting. The area includes a teaching kitchen, which provided the perfect spot for chefs to cook and plate each course and where guests could watch all the kitchen action. (For more on Electric Works, check out our recent newsletter article.)

The On the Road dinner featured three area chefs, who collaborated on the multi-course meal: Marcus Daniel, executive chef at Joseph Decuis in Roanoke; Johnny Perez, chef/owner at Mercado in Fort Wayne; and Jason Brown, chef/owner at One Ten Craft Meatery in Warsaw and B+B Market at Union Street Market. Dessert was provided by Local Apple Cart, also located in the market, and all courses, including appetizers during the cocktail hour, were paired with Indiana wines from Huber’s Orchard, Winery & Vineyard.

As part of our efforts to celebrate great food, great talent and great causes, each chef chose a local not-for-profit organization, and Culinary Crossroads will make a $500 donation in their names to their cause of choice.

These dinners have become a great way to spotlight our Indiana chefs and restaurants and bring local businesses and organizations together. We traveled to Evansville in 2021 for our first On the Road Dinner, and then to the New Albany/Jeffersonville area in 2022, where we’ll return in May. Huber’s will again host our May dinner, and if you’ve never visited the Southern Indiana winery, it’s a beautiful destination with terrific wines!

We’ll be sure to keep our On the Road newsletter readers up to date about our May dinner and all our collaborative chef dinners, including our Spring Dinner Series that takes place in Indianapolis in April. You can read more about our Spring Dinner Series here.