Welcoming Fort Wayne launches new dining guide for cultural restaurants

Did you know there are more than 90 restaurants here in Fort Wayne representing several countries all over the globe? A local organization is bringing the community together through cultural dining.

Posted: Mar 6, 2019 7:03 PM
Updated: Mar 7, 2019 6:23 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - There's no doubt you can find everything you need with the help of your cell phone and when it comes to finding cultural restaurants locally, Welcoming Fort Wayne is making that easier too.

"I thought this would be a wonderful resource for individuals who want to partake in a little bit of culture and not have to leave city limits to do so. I've been asked quite a bit 'Why this? Why now?' I really think food forges relationships," Melissa Rinehart who is the lead organizer for Welcoming Fort Wayne said.

The organization just launched a dining guide highlighting restaurants here in the city that represent several different countries. This is part of their efforts to welcome newcomers into the community who are from foreign countries.

"Immigrants have been an important part of the cultural fabric in Fort Wayne for some time. We're trending the same way we have historically. Some of the population groups have changed of course over time, but that enriches our community even more," Rinehart explained.

There are more than 90 restaurants listed to check out. When you click the name, it takes you to the restaurants information where you can check out the menu and learn a little about the culture.

"A lot of people come here not only because the food, also we talk about Cuba. Cuba has a very unique process politically. A lot of people want to know the reality," Gustavo Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez is the co-owner of Caliente on Wayne Street.

The range of food available in Fort Wayne holds at least 18 cultural ethnicities.

"In the beginning, I was afraid people would not like it because I like pork and I like garlic and onion. Doesn't mean that the people will like it, but after a while I learned something that the Americans are very open for trying different flavors and different food. That's one thing we have in our favor," he added.

Rinehart said she hopes the list keeps growing hoping to reach more than 100 restaurants listed by the end of the year.

Check out the website here: https://www.welcomingfw.org/diningguide.

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