"Community Bites

Tune in to Too Many Cooks on WICR, 88.7 FM at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 6, when Patti & Gary welcome Chef Charles Kaiser of Danielli, the newly named restaurant at the Canterbury Hotel. He’ll talk about what’s new on the menu, and how turning the dining room into a gallery for local artists enhances the dining experience.

Don’t forget that celebrity chef and Mexican cuisine guru Rick Bayless will be in town this Saturday, Dec. 2. From noon to 1:30 p.m., the award-winning chef will appear live in WFYI Public Television’s studios in downtown Indianapolis to host a special edition of his popular public television series Mexico: One Plate at a Time. Later that afternoon, Bayless will host a cooking demonstration from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at Clark’s GE Monogram Kitchen in Castleton (5415 E. 82nd St.) and will sign copies of his new cookbook, Mexican Everyday.

Join culinary celebrity Daina Chamness for two holiday-themed “Dinners with Daina,” Sundays, Dec. 3 and 10 at 5:30 p.m. at Miss Betty’s Dinner Theatre, 107 S. Pleasant St. in Trafalgar, Ind. The Dec. 3 dinner will star Chamness as Mrs. Merry Clause cooking up dinner. The Dec. 10 show is designed more for grownups, featuring Indiana wines. Cost for each dinner is $35 for adults and $15 per child for the Dec. 3 dinner. For reservations, call Miss Betty’s Dinner Theatre at 317-878-4424.

Enjoy one of three festive holiday teas at the Indianapolis Propylaeum, 1410 N. Delaware, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 12 and 19, from 3 to 5 p.m. Cost for adults is $13.95, and tickets for children under 12 are just $8.95. Scones, flavored teas and sweets highlight the teas. Call 317-638-7881 to make a reservation.

Steve and Anita Spencer of Sheridan, Ind., are proud to present Homestead Growers Community-Supported Agriculture for the 2007 growing season. The Spencers are currently selling shares in their high quality, naturally grown produce for next year’s season. Members will reap the benefit of getting up to 15 weeks of delicious fresh produce, with home delivery options for people living on the Northside or near-Northside of Indianapolis. Shorter and smaller shares are also available. For more details, contact 317-727-2730 or homesteadgrowers@aol.com.

Restaurant Notes

Mark your calendar to celebrate the fourth birthday of Oakleys Bistro, Tuesday, Dec. 5 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The usual Tuesday Tastings wine reps will be pouring complimentary tastings of celebratory wines, and the kitchen team will offer its tastings as well. Call 317-824-1231 for more details.

Congratulations to Danielli Restaurant and Art Gallery at the Canterbury, which last week was awarded yet another distinction as a Four-Diamond restaurant by Triple A. This is the seventh consecutive year the restaurant has earned this distinction, and it is the only hotel in downtown Indianapolis to hold the honor.

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