"Community Bites

Tune into Too Many Cooks! on WICR, 88.7 FM at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 25, when Patti & Gary welcome Dabrice Bartet, executive director of the African Cultural Resources Center, who will talk West African cuisine as she prepares to participate in the annual Indianapolis International Festival Nov. 2-5 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

Act now to reserve one of the last few spots for the NESCO Preservation and History Committee’s Eastside Pub Crawl, Saturday, Oct. 28. Cost is $20 and includes dinner. E-mail jregandinius@yahoo.com to reserve your place on the bus.

The Studio School & Gallery will host the Ghosts of New Orleans Masquerade & Benefit on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 7 to 11 p.m. This costumed event will feature a Cajun buffet by Yats, desserts from the French Quarter and music by the Jeremy Vogt Band and other local musicians. Tickets are available and are $15 at the door. Call 317-351-6990 or e-mail thestudioschool@sbcglobal.net.

Restaurant Notes

Don’t forget the upcoming Tequila Dinner at Adobo Grill, 4939 E. 82nd St., at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 25. Cost for the dinner is $36 per person. Call 317-915-9990 to reserve your table today. Adobo Grill will also host a special Day of the Dead menu, authentic décor, cultural artistry and a traditional altar on Nov. 1. Adobo Grill’s Chef Partner will be conducting a special cooking class of the day’s menu from noon to 2 p.m. Cost is $19.95 per person, which includes the lesson and a light lunch served with a margarita. Additionally, artist Miguel Angel Quintana Ramirez will be on hand to demonstrate traditional sugar skull creation on Sunday, Oct. 29 from 2 to 8 p.m.

The Cork & Cracker will host a wine dinner, “Fun Fall Wines,” this Thursday, Oct. 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Usual Suspects, 6319 Guilford Ave. The cost is $15 per person. Call 317-722-9463 for more details.

McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant will host an October Late Harvest Wine dinner on Thursday, Oct. 26, featuring five courses paired with different wines. Call 317-631-9500 for more information.

Ripple Bagel & Deli, 850 Broad Ripple Ave., will host a pickle-eating contest to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 3 to 6 p.m. The contest is open to the public, and a $20 donation enters potential pickle eaters in the contest. Business sponsorships are $100. To reserve your spot, call 317-257-8326 and ask for Brian Hacker.

Bertolini’s in Circle Centre Mall will offer special Colts brunch features beginning at 11 a.m., Nov. 12, Nov. 26 and Dec. 31. Brunch dates are directly related to the Indianapolis Colts 1 p.m. kickoff time.

Oakleys Bistro’s November Signature Dinner will feature wines by B.R. Cohn on Sunday, Nov. 12 at 6 p.m. Cost is $95 per person. Reserve your spot by calling 317-824-1231.