RESTAURANT SCENE: Opening New Doors, Celebrating 38 Years and Taste of LaPorte

Eloise Marie Valadez, (219) 933-3365

Prepare to offer a toast to a new restaurant emerging on the scene. Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant opens Monday at Westfield Southlake Mall in Hobart.

The winery/restaurant is the brainchild of Tim McEnery, who opened his first Cooper’s Hawk in 2005 in Orland Park, Ill. The Northwest Indiana location is the company’s ninth winery. Other Cooper’s Hawks are located in Burr Ridge, Ill.; Wheeling, Ill.; South Barrington, Ill.; Indianapolis; and Brookfield, Wis. McEnery is preparing to open in Columbus, Ohio; Kansas City, Mo.; and Tampa, Fla.

A 38th anniversary celebration

Glenwood Oaks Rib & Chop House, 106 N. Main, Glenwood, Ill., is celebrating its 38th anniversary with a special promotion through August. Guests will receive 50 percent off all cocktails, excluding beer and wine, throughout the month. FYI: (708) 758-4400

Taste of LaPorte

The Taste of LaPorte will be held from 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Greater LaPorte Chamber/Ludwig’s Parking Lot, 803 Washington St. Admission is free. Food will be available for purchase. Also in the spotlight will be a beer garden and live entertainment. FYI:

Food exhibit still on view

The Purdue University exhibit “To My Plate and Beyond,” presented by Purdue Extension, continues through Aug. 19 in the DuPont Food Pavilion at the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis.

In the display, visitors will learn about the food groups that are part of a healthy diet as illustrated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The exhibit, created by Purdue Agricultural Communication Exhibit Design Center, is funded by the American Dairy Association and Indiana’s Dairy Farm Families.

National Rum Day

Spirit fans can celebrate National Rum Day on Thursday. Company Sailor Jerry has come up with a variety of cocktail suggestions to celebrate the national day. Sailor Jerry brand ambassador Paul Monahan suggests concocting cocktails such as Rowes Warf with rum, grapefruit juice, lime juice, angostura bitters, ginger beer and blackberry tea oleo syrup. FYI:

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