Indy Eats 08/02/06 

Community Bites

Tune into Too Many Cooks on WICR, 88.7 FM at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 9, when Patti & Gary welcome registered dietitian Kim Galeaz, who will talk about all things “pork.” She will be bringing the latest nutritional info about pork and other fair fare in conjunction with the opening day of the Indiana State Fair.

For local oenophiles, there’s reason to celebrate. With more than 3,800 entries in this year’s contest, the Indiana State Fair Indy International Wine Competition has become the largest wine competition in the country, pushing it ahead of the Los Angeles County Fair International and the San Francisco Fair International. Approximately 90 judges from around the country participated in the three-day contest, which draws entries from all over the world. Judging concluded over the weekend at the state fairgrounds’ Blue Ribbon Pavillion. Winners of the wine competition will be available for sampling during the “A Taste of Indiana Agriculture” Wine Tasting Reception Aug. 2 in the fairgrounds’ Exposition Hall. Admission is $25 and includes a commemorative wine glass. Tickets can be purchased at the door, through Ticketmaster or by calling the Indiana State Fair ticket office at 317-927-1482.

Restaurant Notes

The Oceanaire Seafood Room will host a special five-course wine dinner at 7 p.m. on Aug. 8. Executive Chef Ryan T. Nelson will prepare a five-course menu to accent an eclectic selection of American red and white wines from Midnight Cellars, owned by the Hartenberger family in Paso Robles, Calif. Founded in 1995, Midnight Cellars has held true to its single goal, to produce consistently fine wine. The cost of the dinner is $75 a person plus tax and gratuity. Seating is limited and reservations are suggested by calling Sheryl or Laurie at 317-955-2277.

Celebrate the wines of Oregon’s Willamette Valley at a wine dinner at McCormick & Schmick’s, Thursday, Aug. 17 at 6:30 p.m. Five special courses will be paired with Oregon’s own Willamette Valley Vineyard wines, including fresh crab and shrimp cakes paired with pinot gris as well as grilled salmon paired with estate pinot noir. Cost is $60 and includes a free seafood cookbook (one per household). Call 317-631-9500 for reservations.

Thai One On Bar & Grill, 7508 Beechwood Center #500, off Route 36 in Avon, is sponsoring daily drink specials and live music throughout the next week, including karaoke with DJ VICSTA on Aug. 2; wine tasting with the Dan Holmes Band on Thursday, Aug. 3; martini specials for the ladies on Friday, Aug. 4; and Lemon Wheel on Saturday, Aug. 5 starting at 9 p.m. Call 317-272-1115 for more information.

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