Vegetables at Joseph Decuis Farm
Soon to be dinner

Where Farm Meets Fork

Rural Indiana doesn’t exactly conjure images of fine dining, but there’s a foodie’s paradise nestled in the tiny town of Roanoke: The Joseph Decuis restaurant, which gets its food from its own farm six miles away. The farm provides the restaurant with free-range chickens, Wagyu beef, and organically raised herbs and vegetables. Recently named one of the top 50 restaurants in the country by Open Table users, Joseph Decuis will host two events on Saturday, October 20: A multi-course luncheon from noon until 2 p.m. ($45 with wine pairings, $30 without) and an hour-long tour of the farm from 5 to 6 p.m., including a talk on raising Wagyu cattle by owners Pete and Alice Eshelman.

GO Joseph Decuis restaurant and Joseph Decuis Farm, 191 N. Main St., Roanoke. 260-672-1715,

While you’re in the area: Hit the opening weekend of the Day of the Dead exhibit at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art (311 E. Main St., Fort Wayne, 260-422-6467, If you’re in the mood for cooler-weather gardening inspiration, head for Fort Wayne’s Froellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory (1100 S. Calhoun St., Fort Wayne, 260-427-6440, and stroll through Art of the Autumn Garden, featuring several outdoor vignettes of seasonal flora.

Where to stay: The Sion Bass House, (509 W. Washington Blvd., Fort Wayne, 260-422-0851, has six guestrooms furnished with an eye toward Civil War-era decor in a mansion that was once home to abolitionist Sion Bass; rates range from $110 to $135 a night. The Inn at Joseph Decuis (492 N. Main St., Roanoke, 260-672-1715, has four antique-filled guestrooms in a 100-year-old house within walking distance to the Joseph Decuis restaurant; rates range from $125 to $175 a night.

Where to eat: For extensive vegan options, try the Loving Café (7605 Coldwater Rd., Ste. A, Fort Wayne, 260-489-8686,, which also offers raw entrees. Go to Club Soda (235 E. Superior St., Fort Wayne, 260-426-3442, for steaks, martinis, and live jazz.


Photograph: Courtesy of Joseph Decuis Farm