Indy Eats 6/21/06 

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Chefs, restaurant owners, culinary professionals and at least one food critic were excited to hear of the June 6 groundbreaking at The Chef’s Academy, a new culinary school on the Indiana Business College campus at 644 E. Washington St. With Chef Tony Hanslits as its director of culinary education, three fully equipped kitchens and a 27,000-square-foot home set to be renovated by the first day of classes on Sept. 18, the academy is sure to bring a new level of prestige to the Indianapolis culinary community, as well as providing local restaurants, caterers and institutions with much-needed trained professionals. The academy will offer two-year degrees in culinary and pastry arts. According to Christy Watts, director of marketing for Indiana Business College, the academy has already filled its first class of 36 students and is well on its way to enrolling an expanded class of 51 students. Commenting on the groundbreaking, Watts said, “We did the research before we just jumped into this project. We’ve been meeting with consultants for over a year now to make sure there was a demand for such an academy, and the overwhelming response was that there was a pent-up demand for such a culinary school in Indianapolis.” As part of the promotion for the academy, a grand opening for the public is scheduled for late summer or early fall, as well as documentary films that will run on local cable stations.

Tune into Too Many Cooks on WICR, 88.7 FM at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 28, when Patti & Gary welcome Chef Jon Oliver, executive chef of University Place Conference Center at IUPUI, and Chef Allen Gustin, executive chef of Adam’s Mark in Indianapolis, who will banter about using Indiana seasonal ingredients.  

Register today for Pasta for Peace, a statewide fund-raising event on June 25 from 1-4 p.m. that will bring together people from all over Indiana to talk about peace and share ideas at The Peace and Learning Center in Eagle Creek Park. Tickets are $20 for adults and $7 for children ages 5-12. Children under 5 eat free. Reserve your seat today by calling 317-202-9302 or writing

Restaurant notes

The Oceanaire Seafood Room at 30 S. Meridian St. in Indianapolis will now open earlier for lunch, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Dinner hours remain Monday through Thursday from 5-10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5-11 p.m. In addition, new Sunday hours are 5-10 p.m.

Congratulations go out to Santorini Greek Kitchen, 1417 E. Prospect St., 317-917-1116, which this past weekend celebrated five great years in business serving up quality Greek food in Fountain Square. Here’s to many more years at Santorini!

On Wednesday, June 28, Chipotle restaurants across the country will donate 100 percent of guacamole sales (up to $50,000) to The Land Institute, a nonprofit research and education organization focused on building ecologically stable agricultural systems. The donation will help support the institute, based in Salina, Kan., in its ongoing efforts to develop Natural Systems Agriculture.

Fresh from the kitchen

Zest! Exciting Food Creations has opened at 1134 E. 54th St., just east of the Monon Trail. A food shop, catering business and brunch/breakfast café, it’s quickly becoming a local haunt for those in the neighborhood and a great place to grab a bite after a walk on the trail. Stay tuned for more on this new eatery. For more information, call 317-466-1853.

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