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Fiddlehead Restaurant Italian wine dinner Mon, 27 Jan 2020 23:58:46 +0000 Fiddlehead Join us for our monthly international dinner series. The month of February is “the month of love”. What better way to showcase that than an Italian culinary experience. We will be pairing regional Italian fare with premier Italian wines.

$55 per ticket includes: drinks, food, & gratuity (fees additional)


422 Franklin Street

Michigan City, IN 46360



brocconcini, goat cheese stuffed peppadew peppers, prosciutto, salami, olives, fig jam, tomato bruschetta, fontina cheese; paired with: Pallvancini Frascati


Panzanella: heirloom tomatoes, cubed ciabatta, extra virgin olive oil, shallot, garlic, fresh basil, Italian vinaigrette; paired with: Allegrini Valpolicella


Pasta Carbonara: linguini, creamy egg sauce, crispy pancetta, fresh peas, fresh parmesan & parsley; paired with: Pieropan Soave


Beef Braciole: thinly pounded steak roulade with prosciutto, breadcrumbs, parmesan, pecorino & romano cheeses, fresh herbs & spices, braised in a vegetable tomato sauce

Creamy Polenta: polenta, fresh cream, butter, & fresh parmesan

Roasted Vegetables: squash, zucchini, eggplant, mushrooms, onions & peppers, seasoned & roasted paired with: Caviola Barolo


Poached Pear Tart: with fresh fig, honey-marscapone cream & toasted almonds paired with: Risata Moscato d’Asti

Fiddlehead Restaurant Italian wine dinner
Recapping successes, memories at Patrick’s and Sunset Grille Thu, 16 Jan 2020 22:45:28 +0000 Julia Demma As we start the new decade, it’s important to view the new year as a blank canvas that’s ready to be painted with new experiences and memories. However, there is no hurt in reflecting on the past and remembering successes, improvements, and breakthroughs.

At Patrick’s Grille and Sunset Grille, 2019 was full of celebrations, community involvement, and togetherness. Let’s take a look back on some of the restaurants’ most memorable moments and events in 2019.

Year-round givebacks and specials

At Sunset Grille, guests enjoyed the restaurant’s weekly-running live entertainment –Sunset Sunday Serenades. Overlooking the beautiful view of the shores of Lake Michigan, every Sunday evening on Sunset’s rooftop this past summer, Sunset Grille hosted live entertainment during sunset (6-8 p.m.) with acts including Steve and Mary E. June, Quinn Guillermo, and Justin Anderson.

Also, a running weekly favorite at Sunset Grille is Sunset Social Hour. Every Thursday, guests enjoyed drink specials, beer and wine samples, chef takeovers, and so much more.

Each month, Patrick’s Grille participates in Give Back Tuesdays, when 10 percent of total regular dining room sales on Tuesdays is donated to local not-for-profits. The not-for-profits of choice vary from month to month, and for January 2020, Patrick’s Grille chose to give back to the Samaritan Center and Stepping Stone Women’s Shelter. Be sure to stop in on a Tuesday this month to support these featured non-profits.

Every Thursday at Patrick’s Grille, you can find a packed bar populated by community members who have built friendships thanks to, and based around, weekly wing nights. Sure, at just $8, the price of the savory bone-in chicken wings simply cannot be beaten—but it’s the company that keeps customers coming back week after week. 


In September, Patrick’s hosted aGive Back Event for Lakefront Career Network & Reins of Life. Ten percent of dining room sales returned as a donation to Lakefront Career Network and the non-profit organization they sponsored last year, Reins of Life. No ticket was necessary—attendees were able to just stop by and have a great meal, enjoy a great cocktail, and automatically helped an incredible cause.

Cocktails for a Cure was a fundraising event Patrick’s Grille hosted for the Woodland Cancer Care LaPorte County Relay for Life Team. Patrick’s Grille provided complimentary appetizers and a cash bar with purchase of ticket to the event.

Which Mule will rule? Last summer, Patrick’s had the honor of hosting the mule showdown of the year in Northwest Indiana. There were Moscow Mules and Kentucky Mules, Spicy Mules, Lavender Mules.

Save The Dunes Mac & Cheese festthis was a very fun and busy day for all involved!

For just $15 per person, guests enjoyed a Christmas Eve Midday Buffet with $5 holiday drink specials.

On New Year’s Eve, guests experienced a special menu accompanied by a champagne toast and received a commemorative gift.

Community outreach

In an effort to prepare the future workforce of the food industry—and scout out potential future employees—Patrick’s Grille team members worked closely with La Porte County Career and Technical Education, housed at the A.K. Smith Career Center.

The high school differs from others in that it places students on a fast track to their careers, offering hands-on learning opportunities and real-world work experience. Credits can be transferred to two- or four-year colleges, and students can earn additional certifications to help secure jobs fresh out of high school.

For two years, Executive Chef Rick Bruggeman and Catering/Events Manager at Patrick’s Grille Julie Krause have served on the A.K. Smith Culinary Arts Advisory Board.

For the past year, La Porte County Career and Technical Education’s Culinary Arts Academy Chef Instructor Mary Koselke has been selecting students to intern at Patrick’s Grille or Sunset Grille. Upon completing the Culinary Arts Academy, interns then have a chance to be hired directly by one of the restaurants. This established relationship is mutually beneficial to the students and their leaders.

Patrick’s also hosted a Toys 4 Tots drive this past holiday season. For each person that brought a new, unwrapped gift to donate to the cause, Patrick’s gave a complimentary appetizer

The 11th Annual Great Lakes Grand Prix proves to be a local favorite each year. The event showcases Washington Park Beach and the amazing Lake Michigan shoreline right here in LaPorte County—which are filled with the sights and sounds of machines racing along over the surface of the water at incredible speeds during the Great Lakes Grand Prix. All the excitement sure worked up an incredible appetite, not just for speed, but for the taste of some amazing local food options.

In the spirit of the Grand Prix, Sunset Grille offered something new last year—a breakfast special and Bloody Mary bar for early birds heading to the races.

“On Sunday evening, following the close of the races, we offer live entertainment to help people relax and unwind from the weekend,” Krause said. “We just have the best view there. You’re right there on the beach, on the rooftop and it’s just amazing.”

Sunset Grille also celebrated an end of an awesome summer 2019 with live music by Brian Wheatbrook and a mouthwatering buffet. Located right on the shore of Lake Michigan and completing its second year of service, the rooftop bar and grill was the new hot spot for summertime fun. As the summer 2019 season came to a close, the entire staff and Michigan City community already felt excited for the 2020 season to begin.

Here’s to another amazing year at Patrick’s and Sunset Grille! Be sure to be on the lookout for all the upcoming great news that the restaurants have to offer in 2020.

Recapping successes, memories at Patrick’s and Sunset Grille
Spend your next special occasion at Patrick’s Grille Thu, 26 Dec 2019 17:56:54 +0000 Julia Demma When you head out to celebrate a special occasion – especially if you’re the one throwing the party – you’re not just going to an event. You’re making memories, for yourself, and all those around you. So, it’s important to pick a destination that will keep that experience as happy and stress-free as possible.

“Every guest is special to us, so it’s important to Patrick and the staff that we make each and every experience at Patrick’s Grille, Sunset Grille, and off-site catered events memorable based on what our guests are looking for,” said Julie Krause, Catering and Events Manager at Patrick’s Grille.

Imagine throwing an anniversary or birthday party, where all you must do is show up and make memories with the ones you love. Patrick’s Grille sets up decorations, serves the party, and holds all those special requests dear to their hearts as much as the guests – right down to the complimentary mudd pie for the guest of honor at birthdays and anniversaries. Have an absolute favorite cake that you can’t go without? Bring it in, and Patrick’s staff will cut and serve the cake to your party’s guests.

For larger parties, such as office holiday gatherings or larger family get togethers, Patrick’s Grille staff take into account all that comes with more people, and more personalities.

“We customize our menus to fit our guests’ needs, and with professional friendly staff who are there to ensure everyone in attendance is accommodated at all times,” Krause said. “We make every visit a dining experience with professional and friendly service.  We have something on our menu for everyone prepared by our amazing chefs, a large selection of spirits, along with our private Patrick’s label wines.”

Because Krause and the staff have developed good relationships with local brew masters, craft beer lovers who want a taste of local excellence at their on-site or catered events can enjoy beers from featured local breweries such as Round Barn, Burn ‘Em, Evil Czech, Devli’s Trumpet, 3 Floyd’s, Greenbush, Sun King, Zorn, 18th St., and Revolution.

At Patrick’s, guests for larger parties can enjoy a beautifully-decorated private space that accommodates up to 40 people, leaving space to move about freely and comfortably. Overhead audio and an 80-inch TV/ video screen provide extra entertainment for that heart-felt toast, or a video trip down memory lane.

To make a reservation or get more information regarding special events and personalization options, including catering for your private parties or events at Sunset Grille in Washington Park (in the warmer months), call Patrick’s at (219) 873-9401 to speak with a hostess.

For larger parties that will take place in the Patrick’s Grille private event space, call for initial interest, and the restaurant’s event manager will be in touch shortly after to go over all necessary arrangements.

For more information, visit

Spend your next special occasion at Patrick’s Grille
New Year’s Eve at Fiddlehead Fri, 20 Dec 2019 01:44:11 +0000 Fiddlehead Fiddlehead is open 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. on New Years Eve and we can’t wait for you to try our new menu items! Shrimp Tacos, Veggie Pot Pie and Grass Fed New York Strip Steak are some of the items featured – all available for lunch and dinner. End 2019 with a bang and make your reservation today! View our full menu at and call 219-210-3253.

New Year’s Eve at Fiddlehead
New Year’s Eve at Patrick’s Grille Fri, 20 Dec 2019 01:38:46 +0000 Patrick's Grille Regular lunch service from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Will reopen for dinner seatings from 5 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. with special menu, champagne toast, and commemorative gift. Reservations required for dinner service.

Patrick’s Grille is a 21 and over establishment, located at 4125 Franklin St, Michigan City, IN 46360.

New Year’s Eve at Patrick’s Grille
Christmas Eve at Patrick’s Grille Fri, 20 Dec 2019 01:35:01 +0000 Patrick's Grille Regular lunch service from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Midday buffet from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. $15 per person, dine-in only. No regular menu service.

Burgers, pulled pork, marinated chicken breast, turkey chili, cole slaw, pasta salad, cookies and brownies, $5 holiday drink specials.

Patrick’s Grille is a 21 and over establishment, located at 4125 Franklin St, Michigan City, IN 46360.

Christmas Eve at Patrick’s Grille
A date night destination: Copper Rock at Four Winds Casino Fri, 22 Nov 2019 11:00:39 +0000 Kole Rushmore Steak, lobster, and gourmet desserts – oh my! Anyone who knows me knows I’m sort of a food connoisseur. What can I say? I like to eat. It’s rare when a restaurant totally rocks my world and Copper Rock at Four Winds Casino South Bend did just that.  

Four Winds Casino is a great, quick escape for many adults, but it’s their signature steakhouse that makes it a perfect date-night destination. And the culinary experience the restaurant provides is something many other steakhouses can’t match. 

Just less than an hour away from our home in Burns Harbor, Copper Rock made for an ideal getaway for the night. Over the ten years we’ve been together, my wife and I have developed traditions of menu items we usually always pick. She usually orders something with seafood, and I usually keep it simple and take the steak route.

Appetizers and Cocktails

We kicked off the evening with drinks. My wife chose a wonderful lavender bellini which consisted of peach puree, sparkling wine, and fresh lavender. In the holiday spirit, I got the Christmas Moscow Mule cocktail. My drink included fresh herbs muddled with sugar, topped with ginger beer, vodka, and cranberries. The cocktail tasted as good as it sounded and went wonderfully with the restaurant’s amazing bread basket (with an epic spread selection to go with it) and meal.

Our entrees 

Then it was time for my favorite part of the evening – dinner time! My wife ordered the roasted main lobster and truffle lobster mac ‘n cheese. Both were phenomenal. It’s hard to find a restaurant in Northwest Indiana with good seafood and Copper Rock knocked it out of the park. 

For my entree, I had the 16oz Bison Ribeye – cooked to perfection. The restaurant only uses naturally raised buffalo from Colorado, and I surely tasted the difference. For those who may not know, bison meat is rich in flavor, nutrients, and best of all – lean with very little fat. 

The meal comes with wild rice and huckleberry gastrique. One of the many things I loved about Copper Rock was the portion sizes of the sides. I chose the charred brussel sprouts with bacon, maple syrup, and caramelized onions. The steak was unlike any other slab of meat I’ve had before and when it was topped off with the huckleberry gastrique – it definitely made it a meal I will never forget.

Dessert time

Copper Rock’s dessert menu is quite extensive. From tiramisu and key lime tart to a seven-layer chocolate cake – it was a hard choice. Per the hostess’ recommendation, we decided to split crème brûlée – a caramel crusted Tahitian vanilla bean custard. It was a perfect treat to polish off the evening.  

Copper Rock at Four Winds Casino South Bend is perfect for any occasion, but especially if you’re celebrating a special one. To learn more about Copper Rock’s menu offering or make a reservation visit their website or call 1-866-494-637.

A date night destination: Copper Rock at Four Winds Casino
Spend the busiest pizza night in America at Albano’s Villa Mon, 18 Nov 2019 21:26:55 +0000 Julia Demma The day before Thanksgiving looks similar for many, and most of the time it includes tons of preparation, pre-cooking, travel, and traffic. Because of this chaos, the night before Thanksgiving is notorious for ordering takeout.

Cooking a family meal isn’t usually in the cards for the busy hustle and bustle of preparations which is why this specific night is one of the biggest pizza nights of the year in America, according to the Food Network. The day is so busy, it falls right behind Superbowl Sunday and New Year’s Eve. At Albano’s Villa, Thanksgiving Eve is no different.

“I just had a flashback; I used to work at Albano’s 30 years ago, and the day before Thanksgiving was one of our busiest days of the year,” said Craig Hunt, previous Albano’s employee. “We sold as much that day as we usually would on a Saturday night, which was about 500 pizzas. I don’t know how many other food items were sold as we were nonstop pizza makers. I loved working there.”

According to the American Pizza Community, there are several reasons why Thanksgiving Eve is booming.

  • Pizza offers wholesome-quality, customizable ingredients that are sure to satisfy a whole group.
  • Pizza is a flexible option: pick it up, dine in, or have it delivered. Any way you slice it, it’s hot, fresh and easy.
  • Pizza is a low-stress choice, and it’s a convenient and communal meal that’s meant to be shared and is usually a crowd pleaser.

This year skip the national delivery chains and wow out-of-town guests with a pie from the best pizza joint in your neck of the woods –Albano’s Villa. Even folks from Chicago can speak to the quality and taste of this small-town pizza place.

“Being from Chicago, we have a lot of choices for pizza, but while driving through Michigan City, we stopped here –glad we did! The pizza was so fresh and delicious. Their house-made sausage is flavorful and awesome,” said Matthew Patchak.

The Albano’s staff has you covered. While many families are preparing for their Thanksgiving feasts, this local business, which many consider to be their go-to pizza joint, are prepping food and preparing for countless non-stop busy hours and an enormous surge in sales.

Home for the holidays? This is another great reason to pay Albano’s a visit and indulge in the pizza tradition.

“I have never had a bad experience at Albano’s. I no longer live in Michigan City, but it’s a must every time I am back to visit. The pizza is fantastic, and the staff is always friendly,” said Janet Mason.

Whether you make the visit to get your Albano’s fixings or want to show off some great pizza to visiting relatives, you can always count on a welcoming, hometown feel.

“The food is always great, and Albano’s has a super friendly staff. It’s a very hometown place that makes everyone feel welcome,” said Heather Yontez Rzechula.

Save the cooking for Thanksgiving Day this year and let Albano’s do the cooking the night before. To place an order, call (219) 872-0571.

Spend the busiest pizza night in America at Albano’s Villa
Bill and Babes reigns as the oldest family-owned tavern in Indiana Mon, 11 Nov 2019 20:53:26 +0000 Kali Beatty Since 1954, Bill and Babes Riverside Inn has been a local Pulaski County favorite. Overlooking the river, the tavern is home to many local regulars but also a sought-after attraction for travelers passing through. Known for their fresh fish and juicy handmade burgers, it’s no wonder this family-owned bar and grill holds the title for the longest standing family-owned tavern in the state of Indiana. 

The Pulaski County Community Development Commission (PCCDC) is a proud supporter of Bill and Babes. According to PCCDC Project Coordinator Krysten Hinkle, Bill and Babes remains a cash-only establishment. Hinkle also noted their location to be a plus, sitting right across the street from the PJ Gilsinger & Co. John Deere Museum in a town that isn’t even big enough to call a town. 

“What Pulaski does is put together a little Christmas light show that you can drive through right by Bill and Babes, and there’s always a good turn out,” Hinkle said. “So when we promote it, we always put something in about stopping at Bill and Babes to enjoy a bite to eat.”

As a community staple, everyone knows about Bill and Babes. Between word of mouth and a prime location on the river, people from all over come to town to enjoy a tasty meal, especially in the summer. In 1999, Dan Reutebuch, son of Bill and Babe, took over ownership of the tavern and kept all of the traditions going. The only thing he’s done differently is add a broaster to the kitchen.

“Everyone who works here is family, and we have people from everywhere, it’s not just local. Some people drive 50 or 60 miles to come see us,” Reutebuch said. “One of my favorite stories to tell is that I have a husband and a wife who happened to come in here from Milwaukee and have a burger, and now they ride their motorcycle down every summer to come have a burger all the way from Milwaukee.”

Bill and Babes secret to being a sought-after tavern for more than 60 years is simply customer service. Allowing customers to feel as though they are a part of the family is what keeps people coming back again and again.

“I love just being around all of the people, the customers, and my family,” Reutebuch said. “It’s a lot of long hours but other than the people make it worth it.”

Bill and Babes is open for people 21+ seven days a week from 11:30 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. Their menu offers fresh walleye, basa, smelt, blue gill, and yellow lake perch, plus the very best hand-breaded broasted pork chops and broasted potatoes. In addition, they offer handmade burgers, fresh, never frozen steaks and wings, and great handmade pizza available for takeout. There are also 20 craft beers, domestic beers, and a number of wines available. 

Check out Bill and Babes at 5658 S. Main St. in Winamac, Indiana, (574) 595-0536.

Bill and Babes reigns as the oldest family-owned tavern in Indiana