Legal victory for Hoosier wineries

Wineries around the state have been celebrating a recent court victory allowing shipping within the state. Marion Superior Court Judge Thomas Carroll signed a preliminary injunction on Nov. 23, allowing Indiana wineries to ship their vintages just in time for holiday gift giving. Still at issue is whether or not the Indiana General Assembly will pass a bill to allow shipping of wine within the state after the injunction runs out on March 1. State Rep. Eric Koch, R-Bedford, has already announced his intention to introduce permanent legislation. The injunction was the result of a lawsuit filed by nine wineries against the Indiana Alcohol & Tobacco Commission earlier in November. Recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings that overturned strict laws on shipping wine in Michigan and New York led Alcohol & Tobacco Commission director David Heath to take matters into his own hands. He sent a letter to all state wineries telling them that such shipments to individual homes within the state was illegal. But the wineries, which rely on up to 40 percent of their sales revenues through in-state shipments, challenged the order, and Judge Carroll agreed. Should no legislation be passed, the wineries vow they will seek a permanent injunction. For now, get your corkscrews ready for all the Indiana wine you'd like to have mailed directly to your homes.

Vote now for Indy's ultimate chef

Will it be Regina or Tony? Greg, Ryan or Stephen? Maybe even Neal or Tyler? Of course Ricardo DeLeon, the executive chef for Levy Restaurants Sports and Entertainment Group at Conseco Fieldhouse, will have his eye on a second title after winning last year with the secret ingredient of peppers. But it's anybody's guess what the next ingredient will be and who will take home the prize. Next year's contest will take place on April 9, 2006, but you can already vote for your favorite chef at www.secondhelpings.org. Who said cooking wasn't a sport?

IndyEthnicFood.com awarded non-profit status

Congratulations go to John Baldwin and Drew Appleby, co-founders of Indy's most comprehensive Web site for international cuisine in the city. Thanks to the efforts of board member Jo Wagoner, the Web site and organization has been granted 501(c)3 non-profit status, allowing it to seek underwriters and grant funds, which will help it to further expand its capabilities, its Web site capacity and its general mission to promote the diverse ethnic restaurant scene in Central Indiana. Largely a volunteer effort to date, this Web site has an impressive database of 728 international and eclectic restaurants, 119 markets, 15 farmers markets and 81 Hoosier culinary festivals. The site also allows registered users to post their reviews, recipes and recommended dishes. If you haven't yet accessed this infinitely useful Web site, surf over to www.IndyEthnicFood.com. Your tongue will thank you.

Upcoming events at Wild Oats

Join the folks at Wild Oats for a number of upcoming events and tastings. On Dec. 10, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. at both stores, enjoy samples of holiday fare including catering trays for your holiday parties. On Dec. 17, from noon-4 p.m. at the Carmel store, wear your coat to an outdoor sampling of select wines, including some organic wines. Wild Oats is open at 1300 E. 86th St. and 14598 Clay Terrace Blvd. in Carmel. For more information, visit www.WildOats.com.

Don't miss holiday springerle cookies

Don't miss your annual chance to get some of the rarest and tastiest holiday cookies from the Heidelberg Haus, 7625 Pendleton Pike. The "springerle" is a deliciously chewy cookie flavored with anise that bears an impression of one of owner and baker Juergen Jungbauer's vast collection of wooden springerle molds. If you can keep your family from eating them up, these artful cookies with common everyday symbols and some more rare and ornate images are definitely worthy of hanging on your Christmas tree. They're so special that they were recently featured on a holiday edition of Food Finds on TV's Food Network. Fresh springerle cookies are available now through the end of the year at the bakery and café, but you can also order yours online at www.heidelberghaus.com or by calling 317-547-1230. Springerle are $18 for two pounds plus $7 for shipping and handling. Smaller amounts are available at the store. For more information, visit www.nuvo.net/blog/tkirts.

Boulevard Gift Certificates

Lunch and dinner gift certificates are now available from Boulevard Place Café, 4155 Boulevard Place. The lunch certificates are good for any item from the regular menu or specials menu. Included is your choice of beverage. Lunch gift certificates are three for $20, a savings of $1.75 on each lunch. Dinner certificates are two for $15, a savings of $2.87 on each dinner. Dinner certificates are good for one entrée from the regular menu or from the specials menu, and include your beverage of choice. Contact Boulevard at 317-283-CAFÉ or www.boulevardplacecafe.com.

Reader's recommendation of the week

Daniel Golando writes in to recommend the Blackened Beef Tips ($14), the Wednesday "red plate" lunch special at Dunaway's, 351 S. East St., 317-638-7663. Served with mashed potatoes and a gorgonzola cream sauce, the dish, Golando reports, offered "ample beef tips, perfectly cooked to order and still a bit pink in the center. You could cut them with a fork." Also delicious was the soup of the day, beef curry, with "flavors of curry and tender beef and vegetables in broth." - TK

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