Community bites

Despite recent blows from legislators, Hoosier wineries will again have their day at Vintage Indiana, which has officially been scheduled for June 3. The seventh annual event will highlight Indiana wineries alongside some great Indiana food in downtown's Military Park from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Advance tickets will be available beginning April 1 at Marsh Supermarkets and participating wineries will sell tickets beginning May 1. Tickets also are available at the gate on festival day. Admission prices: adults (age 21 and over) $17 advance, $20 day of event; designated driver $8 advance and day of event; youth $5. Children age 5 and younger are free.

Set aside Thursday, April 27 for the 11th annual Dining Out for Life, a citywide fund-raiser sponsored by the Damien Center. Check out the Damien Center Web site,, to see which of your favorite restaurants are participating.

Restaurant notes

R Bistro will sponsor an Italian Wine Dinner Tuesday, March 28, with a reception at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. Hors d'oeuvres will be paired with a Masi Masianoco wine, followed by a three-course meal paired with additional Italian wines. The cost is $80 per person. Call 317-423-0312 to make your reservation.

Orlando-based sandwich franchisor Earl of Sandwich has announced a new regional franchise partnership in Indiana. Earl of Sandwich has signed a development deal with Earl of Indy, LLC to open 18 restaurants over the next nine years in Central Indiana. The first location is scheduled to open in Carmel by June of 2006. The Indiana development agreement is part of a national expansion plan for Earl of Sandwich, whose corporate location in the Downtown Disney Marketplace in Orlando has served what they claim is "the world's most popular quick food" to standing-room-only crowds.

Readers' recommendations:

Breakfast at Keystone Deli

Reader Mike Henegan offers this recommendation of the hearty breakfast at

Keystone Deli:

Every Sunday my friends and I sweat out the weekend's excesses playing alumni basketball at Bishop Chatard. Win or lose, we head down the street to 52nd and Keystone - formerly known to locals as the Target shopping mall - and slip into a simple storefront with only "Deli" in tall red letters denoting its location. No cuts of meat, baking bread or cool slices of cheese await you in this deli. Only hearty breakfasts with crowds of families, businessmen, hung-over collegians and grown athletes trying to recapture their youth. The menu is simple breakfast staples: eggs, pancakes, sausage and biscuits. Sides include bacon, sausage and the multiplier: the fried potatoes, which all who enter can see steaming on the griddle, getting that dark, crispy edge that makes them more than just potatoes. For all the crowds, there always seems to be at least one table waiting for you. The wait staff does all that is required: They are friendly, keep customers moving and keep your coffee cup full. I think what is most appealing about this breakfast spot is its lack of pretentiousness. There are no carafes of juice or basil-crusted anything. You'll be just as likely to see a small family in here after Sunday church as a couple of professors from Butler. It's a great neighborhood restaurant that is accessible to all. The Keystone Deli is at 2344 E. 53rd St., 317-255-2288.

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