"Community Bites

Tune in to Too Many Cooks on WICR, 88.7 FM at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 22, when Patti & Gary welcome Chef/instructor JJ Boston, director of culinary events at the Grillmaster’s Garden on Main Street in Zionsville, who will answer listeners’ last minute questions about Thanksgiving dinner preparation.

Ivy Tech Community College’s “Culinary Expressions Cafe” has partnered with IndyEthnicFood to offer a special international dining experience Thursday, Nov. 30 at 6 p.m. in the North Meridian Center Campus Auditorium. Students in Ivy Tech’s Table Service and Specialized Cuisines classes, under the direction of Ivy Tech faculty members Chef Thom England and Chef Eric Piatek, will prepare and serve the five-course meal as a practical final. Tickets are $50 per person. Seating is limited to 110 diners. Reservations are required and will be accepted, as space allows, until Nov. 22. For more details or to place a reservation, visit www.IndyEthnicFood.com.

Chateau Thomas Winery, 6291 Cambridge Way in Plainfield, will host a Grand Wine and Turkey Tasting on Saturday, Nov. 18, with seatings at 1 and 4 p.m. The cost for the Grand Wine and Turkey Tasting is $15 per person. Reservations are required. For more information, log onto www.chateauthomas.com or call 317-837-WINE.

Celebrity Chef Rick Bayless will be visiting Indianapolis on Saturday, Dec. 2. Stay tuned for more details.

Congratulations go to Battery Park Restaurant of Indianapolis, one of the recipients of this year’s Restaurant Neighbor Awards from the Restaurant & Hospitality Association of Indiana. Battery Park teamed up with HOOPs (Helping Our Own People) to provide food, water and basic necessities to the homeless on the streets of Indianapolis.

Join L’Explorateur, 6523 Ferguson St., for a celebration to mark the uncorking of this year’s Beaujolais Nouveau this Thursday, Nov. 16 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Come join in good wine and food for just $20. Call 317-726-6906 to make your reservation for the wine party, dinner or both.

Restaurant Notes

Mark your calendar to celebrate the fourth birthday of Oakleys Bistro, Tuesday, Dec. 5 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The usual Tuesday Tastings wine reps will be pouring complimentary tastings of celebratory wines, and the kitchen team will offer its tastings as well. Call 317-824-1231 for more details.

A limited number of reservations are available for a Holiday Spirits Wine Pairing Dinner at Shula’s at the downtown Westin, 50 S. Capitol, Thursday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. The four-course meal will include wine and port pairings. Cost is $70 per person. RSVP to Kim Tennyson at 317-231-3962 or kim.tennyson@westin.com.

Join in the fun at a Holiday Wine Chat tonight, Wednesday, Nov. 15 at The Villa Inn & Restaurant, 1456 N. Delaware. Four desserts will be paired with four wines. Brad Sullivan of Carroll Wine Company will guide diners on choosing holiday stocking stuffers. Cost is $30 per person, and seating is limited to 26 guests. Call 317-916-8500 for reservations.

R Bistro is now taking orders for two popular pies for celebrations throughout the holidays: the “1929” Lemon Cake Pie and their signature Buttermilk Pie. Each 9-inch pie serves eight people and costs $20 plus tax. The last pickup date prior to Thanksgiving will be Wednesday, Nov. 22. Call 317-423-0312 for details.