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Community bites People all over the planet are coming together on May 21, 2006, to Walk the

Community bites People all over the planet are coming together on May 21, 2006, to Walk the World and help put an end to child hunger. In Indianapolis, Marian College alumnus Jerry Wagner is organizing the local walk, which will involve three one-mile laps around the Marian campus. To register, visit and surf to the site for Indianapolis. Registration fees are $20 for adults 18 and over; $10 for those aged 12-17; and free for children 11 and under. Don’t forget to sign up for the Dim Sum lunch and shopping excursion at Great Garden (3623 Commercial Drive) this Saturday, May 13 at noon, sponsored by IndyEthnicFood. For details, visit Restaurant notes The Villa Inn & Restaurant (1456 N. Delaware St.) is sponsoring an Italian Wine Chat Wednesday, May 17 at 6 p.m. Join Brad Sullivan of the Carroll Wine Company as he leads diners on a tour of Italian wines. Cost is $30 per person but does not include tax and gratuity. To make your reservation, call 317-916-8500. Make your reservations now to try out Executive Chef Jonathan Wright’s innovative cuisine at the downtown Conrad Hotel’s gorgeous Vienna Ballroom for a Mother’s Day brunch, Sunday, May 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $42 per guest. To make your reservation, call 317-713-5000. Among the many grand opening events at the Conrad Indianapolis (30 S. Meridian St.), one of the most extravagant culinary and social events ever planned in Indianapolis will be the Viennese Opera Ball, Saturday, May 20 at 7 p.m. As part of the event, guests will enjoy cuisine prepared by the Conrad Indianapolis’ Chef Jonathan Wright, leading a team of executive chefs from Conrad hotels around the world. The chefs will present a celebration of local flavors from their countries of origin. Cost is $600 per guest or $1,500 for two tickets and a room at the Conrad that evening. Call 317-713-5000 to make your reservation. The Oceanaire Seafood Room has announced that Chef Ryan T. Nelson will attend the European Seafood Exposition in Brussels, Belgium, May 9-11. Regarded as the most significant seafood trade show in the world, the European Seafood Exposition brings together seafood buyers and sellers from all over Europe and the world. Remember those lobster rolls missing from The Barking Dog Café in the April 26 issue? Well, co-owner Mary Beth Gamier informs us that they’re back. Also, Tuesdays at the café are now “Comfort Food Tuesday” and this week’s gourmet item on Thursday, May 11 is the not-to-be-missed asparagus and morels paired with fresh jumbo sea scallops. Readers’ recommendations Reader Lisa Hendrickson writes in with this review of Shelbi Street Café: On a recent Friday night my husband and I returned to the Shelbi Street Café. At the risk of attracting a flock of new diners who will force us to wait in line the next time, I encourage every bistro lover to try this small, cozy restaurant in the historic Fountain Square building. It’s one of the best restaurants in the city in terms of quality and value. Whenever we visit, we consider trying the variety of interesting sandwich and pizza options, but can’t manage to veer from the small but mighty list of dinner entrees. During our last trip, my husband had the wisdom, prompted by our thoughtful server, to order the Caribbean grouper. Fortunately, he’s a sharing soul, for this lightly breaded fish sautéed in butter was on par with the finest restaurants. We both agreed that this was one of the best fish dishes we had ever tasted. The grouper was paired with perfectly ripe mango slices, Caribbean rice with fresh pineapple and fresh asparagus spears. I chose the Ahi tuna encrusted with sesame seeds, seared on the outside and rare on the inside, exactly as requested. The high-quality tuna steak was served with pickled ginger and wasabi, along with spicy Thai noodles. Entrées change seasonally, with options ranging from duck confit and lentils to seafood paella to beef tournedos with shiitake mushrooms and bearnaise sauce. Desserts include a Grand Marnier soufflé and a flourless French chocolate cake. Entrees range from $15 to $20. A similar menu of this quality at any other restaurant would cost much more. The servers are attentive and well-versed on the menu, and the wine list, while small, is reasonable and of good quality. To check out the Shelbi Street Café, visit 1105 Shelby St. or call 317-687-4857. Have a favorite restaurant, a favorite dish, or a favorite waiter/waitress you’d like to rave about? Send your recommendation to Terry Kirts at, and we’ll make sure to let Indianapolis diners know about the great things happening around the Indy food scene every week.

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