"Community bites

Tune into Too Many Cooks on WICR, 88.7 FM at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 21, when Patti & Gary welcome Executive Chef Ryan T. Nelson of The Oceanaire Seafood Room. Nelson attended the European Seafood Exposition in Brussels last month. He’ll bring listeners up to date on the latest info concerning environmentally sound products and on getting the freshest seafood on the market.

The Humane Society of Indianapolis will present “Ales for Adoptable Tails,” a private sampling of the finest beers selected from microbrewers, this Thursday, June 15 from 5-8 p.m. at Agio, 635 Massachusetts Ave. The beers will be provided by World Class Beverages and will be paired with specially selected hors d’oeuvres from Agio. The cost is $50 in advance and $75 the day of the event. For more information log on to www.indyhumane.org or call 317-872-5650, ext. 102.

Don’t forget that Radio Radio is still serving up brats, eggs and $2 Buds while they’re showing all of the World Cup games live from Germany. Go USA!

Restaurant notes

Make your reservations now to explore a world of wine at L’Explorateur, 6523 Ferguson St. in Broad Ripple, with esteemed winemakers Michael Honig from Honig Cellars and Vineyards and Jesse Lange of Lange Vineyards of Oregon’s Willamette Valley at an exclusive dinner at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 6. The culinary team at L’Explorateur will be pairing the wines with a five-course prix fixe menu. To inquire about prices or to make your reservation, call 317-726-6906.

June 20 will mark the first of a series of Harvest Dinners featuring a cooperative endeavor between Regina Mehallick of R Bistro and Ross Farris of Your Neighbor’s Garden. The purpose of this and future dinners is to celebrate the work of local growers and to integrate their products into locally inspired cuisine. The dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. and the cost is $35 per person plus drinks and tip. Call 317-423-0312 to make your reservation.

Cibo Ristorante Italiano at 5252 E. 82nd St. is sponsoring a “Taste of Italy” wine festival on Friday, June 30. For more information, call 317-577-9570.

Readers’ recommendations

The ever prolific and magnanimous fan of local haunts Mike Heneghan writes in to plug yet another Indy original: Giorgio’s Pizza, 9 E. Market St., 317-687-9869. “Eh, whatsa the big fella gonna ’ave?” Normally, I’m not too keen on my servers commenting on how I’ve distanced myself from my leaner years, but at Giorgio’s Pizza on Market Street, I not only expect it, I look forward to it. It’s all part of the experience. Giorgio’s is what one would call a New York-style pizzeria: huge, already-baked slices of thin pizza, calzones and stuffed breadsticks are displayed under glass, waiting for the word when they’ll be popped into a steel oven for quick reheating. To me, eating at this downtown lunch haven will always remind me of being a kid and running around the lower floor Galleria in Glendale Mall, bopping from the Times Square arcade to grab a slice of pepperoni at Luca Pizza. Strangely, along with their common takes on pizza, these two restaurants share the same “chatting up the customers” trait. Maybe that’s part of the pizzeria code or something? Having grown up, even a little, I now add a salad to my pizza order — don’t want to be “big fella” forever — and Giorgio’s doesn’t disappoint. The thick strands of white cheese and homemade Italian dressing make their salads a must. Next, I shake out some parm and crushed red on my warm wedge, and with pizza and salad in hand, elbow my way past the lunch crowd and out the door. I pop a squat on the steps of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument — encircled by Indy’s limestone and glass jungle — and enjoy the scene: a brief slice of big city street dining.

Have a favorite restaurant, a favorite dish or a favorite waiter/waitress you’d like to rave about? Send your recommendation to Terry Kirts at tkirts@nuvo.net and we’ll make sure to let Indianapolis diners know about the great things happening around the Indy food scene every week.

Culinary Calendar

Here are cuisine writer Terry Kirts’ picks for culinary-related events in the upcoming week.

Thursday, June 15

Agio, 635 Massachusetts Ave., 317-872-5650, ext. 102, 5-8 p.m., $50/advance; $75/day of event. “Ales for Adoptable Tails” beer tasting with proceeds going to the Humane Society of Indianapolis.

Dream Dinners, 9520 Uptown Drive, Suite H, Fishers, 317-842-1130. “Walk in Day” with no reservations required for assembling one to four meals.

Friday, June 16

Tea’s Me Café and Gifts, 140 E. 22nd St., 317-920-1016. Live music from noon to 2 p.m. at the café.

Traders Point Creamery, 9101 Moore Road, Zionsville, 317-733-1700, 5 p.m., $15/adults or $12/kids. Friday Night Market Dinners with menus inspired by the weekly farmers market from 4-7 p.m.

Saturday, June 17

Dream Dinners, 9520 Uptown Drive, Suite H, Fishers, 317-842-1130. Parent & Child Session for assembling meals; call for reservations.

Wednesday, June 21

Indianapolis City Market, 222 E. Market St., 317-634-9266, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., free. Live cooking demonstrations by Indy Cooks at the Original Farmers’ Market.

Send your food-related news and announcements to indyeats@nuvo.net.



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