Indy Eats 7/5/06 

Community bites
Tune in to Too Many Cooks on WICR, 88.7 FM at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 12, when Patti & Gary welcome Dean Wilson of Deano’s Restaurant and Wine Bar. Dean will talk about his new deli and gourmet shop on Massachusetts Avenue, as well as his regular wine tastings at Deano’s Restaurant & Wine Bar in Fountain Square.

Restaurant notes
From the “I never thought this would go with dinner” files comes the announcement that ShelBi street caFe & Bistro, 1105 Shelby St., is hosting a “Roshambo on the Rooftop” event on Wednesday, July 12 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on their rooftop dining deck. Roshambo is California slang for the old hand game “Rocks, Paper, Scissors,” and the event will include a tournament of that game, as well as samplings of five wines from Roshambo Winery. The cost is $15 for the wine tasting and $10 for the tournament entry fee. To enter or for more information, call 317-686-6010, ext. 2 or 317-687-4857. And start exercising your wrist!

Brad Gates, who left Puck’s at the Indianapolis Museum of Art in February, has been tagged to lead up the culinary planning for a new development project at Buggs Temple on the White River Canal downtown. Plans for the renovated church include a second Cornerstone Coffee House and a Ritter’s Frozen Custard. Stay tuned for more on this exciting development.

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, locally at 8487 Union Chapel Road, 317-466-0175, recently announced the 2006 Fleming’s 100 — its annual list of 100 wines by the glass. Continuing its quest to enrich guests’ wine experiences, the new list boasts vintages from around the globe, including unique offerings from the world’s flourishing wine regions and hard-to-find selections from small but celebrated wineries. Selected by Fleming’s Director of Wine Jansen op de Haar in conjunction with local Fleming’s wine managers, the Fleming’s 100 includes popular selections as well as many hard-to-find boutique wines. The list is selected from tastings of more than 5,000 wines.

Readers’ recommendations
Chad Seals, a teacher and local food enthusiast, writes in to recommend a sandwich shop in an unlikely place: The Patio Café at the Riley Hospital Outpatient Center, 702 Barnhill Drive, 317-278-2907. Seals writes, “It may be located at an unusual location and a bit off the normal restaurant trails, but I highly recommend The Patio, a wrap/sandwich joint, located inside Riley Hospital. The weekday, lunchtime chef is extraordinary. She creates her own daily specials. Last week, she whipped up a delicious wrap consisting of tomato basil tortilla, spiced chicken breast, her special mayonnaise, spinach and lemon couscous. People all over the IUPUI and Wishard campuses flock there throughout the week to chit chat with the staff, listen to the music playing and see what kind of special they’re offering. You can also give the chef a few ingredients that you want, tell her to expand on it and she will create something delicious. To get to it in Riley Hospital, use the middle entrance of the south side of the building (facing the IU School of Nursing). Go early, this place has a big following!” The Patio Café has recently started accepting credit cards.

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