- Take a cake cooking class
- Hit a German Christmas market
- Try every Indiana coffee
Want to learn how to bake the perfect cake, taste African food, taste every coffee made in Indiana, and swallow chocolate? November is your month for Indianapolis food events.
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Seriously. Perfect. Cake.
6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., November 14, Great Fermentations, 5127 E. 65th St., (317) 257-9463, $ 50, eventbrite.com
Thanksgiving is coming. That is called cake. Learn the science of pie dough and filling in this cooking class. Roll, fill and bake cakes. Recipes include pumpkin, pecan, French chocolate silk, and double crust apple pie. Bring your rolling pin and a container for cake scraps. Prepare an apple pie and cream pie bowl to take away and freeze for an additional fee of $ 15. However, you will need to bring two 9 inch cake pans.
Monster of Meat Cider Dinner
Seating at 5:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., Nov. 6, Ash & Elm Cider Co., 2104 E. Washington St., (317) 600-3164, $ 65, monsters-of-meat.eventbrite.com
Four butcher chefs, including two of my favorites – Mike Gomez from Gomez BBQ and Chris Benedyk from Love Handle – went insane at this pairing event. Beef & Octopus Tartar with Fritos and Candied Duck Breast with Foie Gras Mousse are two of the dishes that go well with craft cider like smoked plum.
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Carmel Christmas Market
Wednesday-Sunday, November 18 to December 24, One Center Green, Carmel, (317) 571-2474, free admission, carmelchristkindlmarkt.com
To say that there is food to be found on this German holiday market is an understatement. Waffles, roasted chestnuts, crepes, pretzels, schnitzel, German potato salad, sausages, and processed cheese sandwiches are just a few of the things you will find. Don’t forget the mulled wine, that famous warm, flavored German red wine. Oh yes, there are lots of stunning Christmas decorations and handmade gifts for sale too, centered around a large ice rink.
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IndyStar Storyteller: Food and Family
Nov. 14, 6 p.m., IndyFringe Basile Theater, 719 E. St. Clair St., (317) 444-6378, $ 10, storytellersproject.com/indianapolis/
When it comes to combining food and family, everyone has a story to tell. Hear personal food stories from top Indy chefs, Alan Sternberg of Cerulean and Craig Baker of Bent Rail Brewery, as well as everyday folks. They’ll laugh, maybe cry a little, and after a great conversation around the dining table, feel just as satisfied as you do.
Taste of Africa & Africana Film Festival
5 p.m. to 10 p.m., November 11, Georgetown 14 Digital Cinemas, 3898 Lafayette Road, (317) 927-9777, free, facebook.com/AfricanCenterUSA/
The Indy International Marketplace African restaurants have become my favorite restaurants in town. Taste foods from every part of the continent, see a Jollof Rice chef, and get the rare opportunity to see African films that are rarely released in the US. This event is organized by the African Center USA in Indianapolis. The event is free, but you need to register in advance.
California Wildfire Relief Dinner
6.30 p.m. 5-9. November, Tinker Street, 402 E. 16th St., (317) 925-5000, $ 500, tinkerstreetindy.com
Tinker Street chef, Braedon Kellner, has just returned from an inspiring culinary adventure in France and is using the experience to help victims of California wildfires that displaced around 100,000 people. Waiter promises six courses of “the best meal I’ve ever made”, each paired with a different Californian wine. Cider-braised halibut with artichokes and oyster mushrooms in Bearnaise sauce and “Bauernei à la Croque” with sherry, maple, chives as well as sturgeon caviar and brioche are two examples. The halibut is combined with the Chardonnay from Neyers Carneros 2015, the egg a la croque with Schramsberg Mirabelle Brut. Dinner is served at a private communal table for 16 people. The price of $ 500 per person is steep, but all proceeds go to Red Cross Forest Fire Relief.
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. November 4, Bent Rail Brewery, 5301 Winthrop Ave., (317) 232-8770, free admission, indianagrown.org
Drink, taste, and buy beers from more than 20 local coffee roasters. If you’d like to eat while you’re there, the Bent Rail Brewery offers a brunch menu of local foods.
Death by chocolate
Nov 19-21, Indiana Design Center, 200 S. Rangeline Road, Carmel, (317) 773-3275, $ 30 or VIP $ 45, cherishcac.org/events/
Try loads of chocolate samples from restaurants and businesses in the area. Live entertainment, bar service, a live art auction, wine drawing and sweepstakes are included. VIP ticket holders receive free champagne and appetizers. The proceeds will go to Cherish, an organization that works to prevent child abuse.
The yeast inside
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 9, The Hinge Bureau, 719 Virginia Ave., $ 50, thedavincipursuit.com
Taste delicious beers and dishes based on the art and science of fermentation. Taste local beers, Italian wines, fermented cheeses, pickles, and other delicacies as experts demonstrate the science of fermentation. The proceeds will go to the daVinci Pursuit, a community learning project.
Make a note of the appointment
The events in December fill up quickly. Book now for December 7th Hyatt’s Christmas in the Kitchen which brings you to the Hyatt Regency kitchen of Downtown Indy for a big buffet. Tickets are only $ 150 for standing or $ 200 for a table. The proceeds will go to the Indiana Children’s Wish Fund. Call (317) 913-9474 or visit indywish.org.
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