Terry Kirts

Culinary Calendar

Here are cuisine writer Terry Kirts' picks for culinary-related events in the upcoming week.

Thursday, Feb. 2

Oh Yumm! Bistro, 5615 N. Illinois St., 251-5656, $65/person

Five-course Italian wine dinner with dishes paired with special Italian wines.

Saturday, Feb. 4

Indianapolis City Market, 222 E. Market St., 634-9266, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Soup Samples $1

"Souper Bowl" with city chefs preparing soup samples with proceeds going to charities.

Tuesday, Feb. 7

Bella Vita, 11699 Fall Creek Road, 598-9011, $19.95/person

Two for Tuesday: shrimp-topped filet over asparagus with martini or glass of wine.

Oakleys Bistro, 1464 W. 86th St., 824-1231, 5-6 p.m., free

Tuesday Tastings: casual, informal tasting and wine education.

Wednesday, Feb. 8

Indianapolis Museum of Art, 4000 Michigan Road, 923-1331, $95 (members)/$120 (public)

An early Valentine featuring romantic five-course meal paired with wines.

If you have an item for the Culinary Calendar, e-mail Terry Kirts at tkirts@nuvo.net. Please send listings of Valentine's Day special dinners and events no later than Feb. 5.

Community bites

Indiana Winemakers were angered by the Jan. 19 passing of House Bill 1190 out of the Public Policy Committee of the Indiana House. The bill would stop long-standing and current policies allowing direct sales of wine by state wineries to local customers. Instead, HB 1190 would require wineries to contact a wholesaler, to whom they would pay a fee with each in-state sale, a cost which would fall on the consumers and make the process much more cumbersome, especially for small wineries. The bill could even make it illegal for wineries to sell their own wines in their tasting rooms. The bill flies in the face of a Nov. 23 injunction by Marion Superior Court Judge Thomas Carroll allowing direct shipping within the state. Discussion of direct shipping and compromises are still possible before the bill is put to a vote of the assembly. For more information, contact Larry Satek, president of the Indiana Winegrowers Guild, at 260-495-9463 or satekwinery@voyager.net or contact Jim Butler, head of legislative affairs for the Indiana Winegrowers Guild, at 812-332-6660 or vineyard@butlerwinery.com. To take action, call the Indiana General Assembly at 317-232-9856 or the Indiana House at 317-232-9600.

On Monday, Feb. 20, the Choral Department at Warren Central High School will host its annual Taster's Dinner fund-raiser at 7 p.m. in the West Cafeteria at Warren Central. Many area restaurants, including Damon's, O'Charley's and Hart Bakery, will provide food for the event, and entertainment will feature performances by Warren Central's Golden Singers, Vivace, Chamber Singers, Hi-Lites and Connection. All proceeds benefit the Warren Central Choral Department. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students/seniors/children 10 and under. Tickets may be purchased at the door, or in advance through the Warren Performing Arts Center box office, 317-532-6280.

Wild Oats Markets, with two locations in Nora and Carmel, offer the following suggestions for making your Super Bowl celebrating both tasty and healthy:

* Sink organic broccoli, carrots and tomatoes into low-fat yogurt dips for a super snack. These veggies are superfoods, so they're good for you and taste great, too. Other perfect superfoods for Super Sunday include assorted nuts, turkey sandwiches on whole grain bread and fresh fruit salad made with superfruits such as apples, berries, oranges, kiwis and blueberries.

* Try making creamy dips with yogurt or low-fat sour cream instead of heavy sour cream or processed cheese.

* Use pita chips, baked chips or veggie chips instead of potato or tortilla chips. They taste just as good, are lower in fat.

Restaurant notes

Beginning Feb. 2, Puck's at the Indianapolis Museum of Art will offer a more casual setting in the IMA Café from 5 to 9 p.m. every Thursday. Patrons can enjoy a new cocktail menu with specialty drinks and appetizers including bruschetta, beef and chicken satay, ceviche and crispy fried potatoes. Food items range from $3 to $6 and alcoholic beverages start at $5. Reservations are not required.

Have a favorite restaurant, a favorite dish or a favorite waiter/waitress you'd like to rave about? Send your reader's recommendation to Terry Kirts at tkirts@nuvo.net, and we'll make sure to let Indianapolis diners know about the great things happening around the Indy food scene every week.