Tune into Too Many Cooks on WICR, 88.7 FM at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 16, when Patti & Gary welcome Gary Mithoeffer of Greenfield who has long been the coordinator of the Great Homemade Ice Cream “Crank Off” on the last day of the Indiana State Fair. Gary will talk about the competition and keys to making great homemade ice cream.
Register now for what will surely be a fun and lively discussion of Indy’s international food scene. On Tuesday, Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. at the Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library, ethnic food enthusiasts Drew Appleby and John Baldwin will talk about the recent explosion of ethnic eateries in Indianapolis; they’ll also introduce you to their amazing, informative Web site (IndyEthnicFood.com), which focuses on Central Indiana’s variety of ethnic food choice — as well as recipes to try at home. The Plainfield-Guilford Township Library is located at 1120 Strafford Road in Plainfield. Registration is required; call 317-839-6602, ext. 114 or register online at www.plainfieldlibrary.net.
Don’t forget that Easley Winery’s annual free street festival, Taste of Downtown, returns this Saturday, Aug. 12 from 12-5 p.m. on College Avenue, with live music continuing until 8 p.m.. Sponsored by The Chef’s Academy and with a new focus on artists’ displays, Taste of Downtown features bands, food and activities, including a Kid Zone. This year’s event will have food from eight area restaurants, plus music from four bands. In addition, over 30 artists will be displaying their work on the street. The street festival will be held at 205 N. College, between Ohio and New York streets. To gear up for the event, a “Taste of Taste” will be held on Thursday, Aug. 10 on Monument Circle in front of Emmis Broadcasting, with a wine tasting, food demonstration, live music and exotic car display from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Join members of Slow Food Indy Sunday, Aug. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Traders Point Creamery loft for a guided tasting of local and regional American artisan cheeses and organic wines, as well as a screening of the movie Living on the Wedge to benefit local participants in the Terra Madre conference in Italy this October. Living on the Wedge, produced by an independent filmmaker and the Wisconsin Dairy Board, features an in-depth look at the production techniques and lives of several small artisan cheese makers in Wisconsin. Fons Smits, Traders Point Creamery’s cheese maker, will also be on hand to discuss cheese-making and answer questions. Cost is $35 per person to be collected at the door. Please RSVP to reserve your spot by calling 317-685-0288 or e-mailing email@example.com.
Don’t forget to book your seat for a dinner celebrating the wines of Oregon’s Willamette Valley at a wine dinner at McCormick & Schmick’s, Thursday, Aug. 17 at 6:30 p.m. Call 317-631-9500 for reservations.
R Bistro will host another Summer Harvest Dinner Tuesday, Aug. 22 at 6:30 p.m. With produce provided by Your Neighbor’s Garden, the dinner will feature three courses, including zucchini three ways, choice of pork or fried green tomato stack and peach ice cream with Madeleines. The cost is $35 per person plus drink, tax and tip. Call R Bistro at 317-423-0312 to make your reservation.