"Community Bites

More fests are on the way this weekend, including the annual French Market at St. Joan of Arc Church, 4217 Central Avenue, from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Sept.16, featuring live music and a variety of classic French dishes and wines. Also, the Indy Irish Fest is downtown in Indy’s Military Park, this Friday through Sunday, Sept. 15-17 featuring live bands, a drink toasting competition, rugby, and a “Kilted Mile” fun run on Sunday at 2 p.m. Log onto http://www.indyirishfest.com/ for more information. American Legion Mall downtown is site to the 25th Anniversary Fiesta Indianapolis, with food, music, dance, and information from noon until midnight. Mark your calendars for next weekend, Sept. 22-24, as the 11th Annual Middle Eastern Festival will be held at St. George Orthodox Christian Church, 4020 North Sherman Drive. Great food, pastries, gifts, church tours, and a silent auction headline the scheduled activities. Visit http://www.stgindy.org/Festival/ for more info.

Stop in Thursday, Sept. 14, from 4:00 to 6:30 at the 38th and Meridian Street Farmer’s Market, which will serve as host for the new Colts Mascot along with free colt rides to all children. Bring a donation of a canned-good for the Mid North Food Pantry and receive a $1.00 coupon to spend at the market. For additional information contact Alan Archibald at a.archibald@sbcglobal.net or at 695-9816.

Tune in to Too Many Cooks on WICR, 88.7 FM at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 20, when Patti & Gary welcome Indy’s 2004 Ultimate Chef Winner Dan Dunville, of Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse at 96th and Keystone, who will talk about his fall menu, as well post-Katrina news from his company’s headquarters in New Orleans.

Restaurant Notes

Apologies to L’Explorateur, subject of last week’s cuisine review, which should have received 5 stars for food, not 4. You can have a chance to turn your own produce into some of that 5-star cuisine this Monday, September 18, at 7 p.m., as Chef Neal Brown takes your vegetables, fruits, and herbs, and turns them into the quirky masterpieces he’s known for. Cost for the dinner is $100, which includes wine pairings. Delivery of produce is due by September 16. Call 726-6906 to reserve your spot.

Be sure to get those last few reservations for the “Clambake on the Roof” at The Oceanaire, Sunday, Sept. 17, from 4 to 8 p.m. The cost of the dinner, which includes wine, beer, tax and gratuity, is $100 per person. Seating is limited and reservations can be made by calling Sheryl Parks at 317-955-2277.

The Melting Pot of Greenwood, a locally owned and operated fondue restaurant has announced that its grand opening will be Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2006. Owner Bennet Ackerman has also owned and operated The Melting Pot of Indianapolis since 1997. The new Melting Pot is located at 1259 North State Road 135.

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