Conner Prairie, the interactive history park in Fishers, about an hour and 45 minutes down the road on Interstate 69, is partnering with Joseph Decuis restaurant for an evening of artisan food and fine wines.
On April 10, Conner Prairie will open the Chinese House for this event. The Chinese House was Eli Lilly's summer home, which features Chinese decor and artifacts. It was rumored to be a speakeasy in the 1920s. Joseph Decuis Executive Chef Aaron Butts, Sommelier Carmen McGee and owners Pete and Alice Eshelman will guide guests through several courses featuring their own farm-raised Wagyu beef. Joseph Decuis is known for its farm-to-fork dining.
This 21-and-over event is from 6:30 to 10 p.m. April 10 at the Chinese House on Conner Prairie's grounds. Tickets are $150 (tax included) and include dinner and fine wine tastings. A cash bar will be available for those who prefer other alcoholic beverages. Call 1-317-776-6006 or go to www.connerprairie.org to order tickets.
Need we say more? The original Zesto ice cream shop, 2225 Broadway, is open for the season.
A new coffee shop/cafe is planning to open at 5916 Covington Road, in the “V” between where Jefferson Boulevard and Covington Road meet. According to Java Mama Cafe's website, www.javamama.com, the first Java Mama opened in California in 2007. The company now has a handful of stores, from California to Canada. It's described as a place “designed especially for parents, caregivers and children alike. We are a place where adults relax, meet up with friends or plug in to free WiFi to get some work done while little ones explore, imagine and create in our specially designed play area.”
It will serve gourmet coffee and drinks, sandwiches, soups and salads, and healthy snacks for kids. It will offer classes for adults and children and a supervised play area for children ages 6 and younger. We'll let you know when Java Mama announces an opening date.
On Wednesday the Fort Wayne Jersey Mike's Subs will donate 100 percent of the day's sales to the National Kidney Foundation of Indiana as part of Jersey Mike's “Day of Giving.” The restaurant is at 6408 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Students in the Special Cuisines class at Ivy Tech Community College Northeast will serve a Middle Eastern-themed dinner Thursday. The a la carte dinner will feature soups, salads, sides, entrees and desserts, including:
•Hummus with toasted pita chips.
•Sweet and sour eggplant salad.
•Fish baked in tahini sauce.
Reservations, which are required, are taken for times between 5 and 6:30 p.m. To make reservations, call 480-2002. Dinners are served in the Hospitality Room on the Coliseum campus, 3800 N. Anthony Blvd., and run $20, cash or check only.
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