The Jan. 17 edition of Too Many Cooks on WICR, 88.7 FM at 9:30 a.m. will feature Hoosier author Carol Faenzi, who wrote The Stonecutter’s Aria, a book about her Italian great-grandfather’s immigration to Southern Indiana, bringing his stone carving and operatic tenor genius. Carol will talk about the food references in the book, as well as Indianapolis Opera’s collaboration with her on its “One Book, One Opera” campaign.
Join in festive, 19th century-style meals at Conner Prairie’s Hearthside Suppers, Friday through Sunday, now through March 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. Enjoy a diverse menu of traditional favorites, including beef à la mode, barley soup and chicken pot pie, served up by costumed historical interpreters. The dinners are $40 per person. Prepaid reservations are required. For reservations or more information, call 317-776-6006 or 800-966-1836.
Celebrate the 23rd anniversary of Chateau Thomas Winery this Saturday, Jan. 13 and all weekend at the winery, 6291 Cambridge Way, Plainfield. Crape Soul, the original John Mellencamp band, will perform in the Vineyard Room beginning at 7 p.m., and casual dining will be served beginning at 6 p.m. Throughout that entire weekend, there will be door prizes, winery tours and special discounts on multiple bottle and case discounts. The cost of the concert is only $10 and includes a tour of the winery and complimentary tastings. Reservations can be made by calling 317-837-WINE (9364).
Grand Traverse Resort & Spa near Traverse City, Mich., is offering a Culinary Escape opportunity Jan. 19-21. “Cooking with Fish & Wild Game” will teach adventurers how to make the most out of the harvested fish and wild game that keep the resort’s freezers full for the winter. The Culinary Escape package is priced starting at $299 per person, based on double occupancy in the hotel, plus 8 percent tax and $9.95 nightly resort fee. For further information about specials, rates and packages or to make reservations, call 800-748-0303, or visit the Resort’s Web site at www.grandtraverseresort.com.
Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the winter version of Devour Downtown, scheduled for Jan. 22 through Feb. 4. With nearly 30 restaurants participating and offering special menus for just $30 per person, this is certainly an event not to be missed — and a great opportunity to get out of the house during a gray Hoosier winter. For more information and participating restaurants, visit www.indyrestaurantweek.com/winterfest.
The first signature wine dinner of the year at Oakleys Bistro, 1464 W. 86th St., will feature wines of Pine Ridge Winery, maker of the award-winning Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon. Pat Kelly will be on hand to discuss and answer questions about the wines. Cost for the dinner is $95. Reservations can be made by calling 317-824-1231 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.