More festivals continue to mark the end of summer. Don’t miss Young Audiences of Indiana’s Chocolate Fest going on until 2 p.m. this afternoon, Sept. 20, at the Artsgarden in Circle Centre Mall. Also, this Friday through Sunday, Sept. 22-24, 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.
Tune in to “Too Many Cooks” on WICR, 88.7 FM at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 27, when Patti & Gary welcome Vince Early, Event Designer for Thomas Caterers of Distinction, who will discuss his years in the catering and events planning business, as well as food and entertainment traditions for the Jewish High Holidays.
Culinary Expressions Café, operated by the Culinary Arts students of Ivy Tech, will host nine weeks of Thursday night meals at the North Meridian Ivy Tech location, 50 West Fall Creek Parkway, on the main campus building fourth floor. The café will offer three weeks each of a different world cuisine, starting on Thursday, September 21 with an Asian buffet. A “New World” menu from Australia, Mexico, and South America will start on Oct. 12, and an “Old World” menu of tableside dishes from Spain, France, and Italy will start on Nov. 2. Reservations are recommended, and only cash is accepted. “Dinners are from 6 to 8 p.m., and parking is available in the lot immediately to the north of the main building.” Call 921-4619 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Indy Vino’s will present a Tour of Northern Italy, Thursday, Sept. 21, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Cibo Restaurant, 5252 East 82nd Street. The wines of northern Italy will be paired with complimentary foods. Cost is $40/person, and reservations are limited to just 50. Call 577-9570 for more information or to reserve your spot.
Colts fans will want to join in the fun at Champions, adjacent to the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown at 350 West Maryland Street, on selected game Sundays. Specials include a pre-game “Tailgate Buffet” of nachos, wings, and subs for $11.95 and $5.95 for kids 5 to 12. If brunch is more your ritual for bringing the home team good luck, head over to nearby Circle City Bar & Grill, also in the Marriott, for “Pancakes & Pigskins,” a pre-game brunch buffet on selected Sundays from 6:30 a.m. to kickoff. Cost is $14.95 per person or $7.95 for children 5 to 12. Also available are “The Red Zone” Bloody Mary bar and “Score a Taste Touchdown” build-your-own martini bar. For the most dedicated fans, Champions offers a “Blue Collar Lunch” every Friday afternoon before a Colts game. Wear a shirt with a blue collar and receive a coupon redeemable for a free appetizer with the purchase of an entrée. Finally, Circle City Bar & Grill offers “The Suite Life” in which their private dining room is transformed into a VIP sanctuary for the games. For prices and information for private rooms, call Laura Buehler at (317) 405-6313. For more information or reservations for all events, please call 405-6100 or visit www.indymarriott.com.
Be sure to stop in at City Market’s Barking Dog Café for belly clams, a favorite among clam lovers, any day after Sept. 20.
Don’t miss Cold Stone Creamery’s “World’s Largest Ice Cream Social,” Thursday, Sept. 28 from 5 to 8 p.m. at all area Cold Stone Creamery’s. Customers attending the social will receive a free 3 oz. serving of “Cole’s Creation” while being encouraged to make a donation to the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Visit www.coldstonecreamery.com to find your nearest location.