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Opening Celebration at Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop in Indianapolis, Apr. 22, 2017

April 7, 2017 1 comment

 

Press Release
Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop

The opening celebration for the new Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop in Castleton will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2017.

Capriotti’s is an award-winning sandwich shop based in Wilmington, Delaware, that remains true to its 40-year tradition of slow-roasting whole, all natural turkeys in-house every day. The shop is open Mon-Sat 10-9, Sun 10-8.

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The shop is located at 5320 East 82nd Street, Suite 105, Indianapolis, Indiana. For more information, visit http://capriottis.com/, or call 317-813-4663.

Tamika Catchings @catchin24 Takes Ownership of Tea’s Me Cafe @gsymedia

April 7, 2017 1 comment
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Tamika Catchings is the new owner of the Tea’s Me Cafe in Indianapolis, Indiana. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2017, all rights reserved.

By Bob Burchfield, Editor
AroundIndy.com, LLC

Two words: Star Struck.

That’s what happened to me when I visited Tea’s Me Cafe this week at 140 East 22nd Street in Indianapolis, Indiana — to find the cafe’s new hands-on owner Tamika Catchings working behind the counter!

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With Tamika Catchings! I’m 6’1″ and she’s wearing flats!

It’s not every day that I get the opportunity to meet and be photographed with one of the greatest athletes of our generation! Or to have a 10-time WNBA All-Star and 4-time US Olympian serve me a cup of tea!

I’m star struck, pure and simple. Yes, I have a degree in journalism. Yes, I know I am supposed to be objective. But she swept me off my feet with her charm, grace and friendly personality — which is pretty much the opposite of her relentless, ruthless style of play on court. What a nice lovely young lady (I can say that since I have two daughters who are older)!

teas-me-cafe-05-tamika-catchingsI’ve driven by the building a hundred times, but I never noticed this beautiful little cafe, because from the outside the building kind of looks like an office building. Inside you’ll find this lovely tea room, formerly owned by Wayne Ashford, with gorgeous wood finishings and tasteful decorations, and a delightful selection of teas, sandwiches, soups, desserts, a breakfast menu, and more.

Ashford, I’m told, was set to close the cafe after a ten-year run when one of his regular long-standing customers — Catchings — decided to purchase the cafe and keep it open! I consider it a great little find on the Indy restaurant scene, and I’m sorry I didn’t discover it earlier.

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WTHR Channel 13’s Rich Nye having a cup of tea at Tea’s Me Indy — served by Tamika Catchings.

This week’s media event had TV and print media in attendance (see photo above), and somehow I got an invitation. For them it was “old hat” to do another interview with Tamika. For me it was a rare and extraordinary thrill! Thank you so much to Geffrey S. Yabes from GSY Media for including me on the media list! Also, many thanks to Manager Joi DeFrantz and Head Chef Fred Correll for the excellent hospitality and cordiality!

The cafe will host an Open House on Saturday, April 8, 2017. Tamika will speak at 11 am and again at 1 pm. Hope you can make it!

Tea’s Me Cafe is open Mon-Sat, 7 AM to 3 PM. Stop by and check it out. Maybe Tamika will serve your tea, too!

Gumbo Cookoff @indycm, Feb. 28, 2017

February 2, 2017 2 comments
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U-Relish is one of the participating contestants in the Gumbo Cookoff.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2016, all rights reserved.

By Joe Perin
Indianapolis City Market

INDIANAPOLIS (February 1, 2017) – The Indianapolis City Market is gathering some of the area’s best chefs to help Hoosiers through the end of winter with a family-friendly gumbo cook-off. Ten local chefs will enter their best gumbo recipe to help celebrate Mardi Gras on Fat Tuesday: Feb. 28, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

A 4-ounce sample of each of the 10 gumbo recipes, as well as a slice of French bread with each sample, will be included in the price of every ticket. Traditional French bread will be provided by City Market merchant Circle City Boulangerie. Attendees will also vote for their favorite recipe using green, yellow, and purple Mardi Gras beads. Water, craft beer, and wine will be available for purchase in the Tomlinson Tap Room.

Participating restaurants and chefs include:

The Meridian Restaurant and Bar | Alan Smith

Libertine Liquor Bar | Matt Stum

Rook | Carlos Salazar

Kountry Kitchen Soul Food Place | Cynthia Wilson

Pogue’s Run Grocer | Alan Walker

Love Handle | Chris Benedyk

Twenty Tap | Shannon Baugher

U-Relish Farms | Cara Dafforn

Three Carrots | Ian Phillips

Circle City Soups | Angela Osborn

WHAT: Market Gras Gumbo Cook-Off (All Ages)
WHEN: Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
TICKETS: marketgras2017.brownpapertickets.com (Ages 5 & Under: FREE, Ages 6-17: $10, Adults: $20)

Chef JJ’s Corporate Team Building Experience In Indianapolis

January 16, 2017 Leave a comment
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Photo provided by Chef JJ’s and used with written permission.

By Ryan Cunningham
On behalf of Chef JJ’s

Companies looking for the most unique team building experience in Indianapolis, Indiana will find it with an “Iron Chef” competition at Chef JJ’s Downtown and Chef JJ’s Back Yard.

Those who think that team building is only about ropes and ladders will be pleasantly surprised when they step into Chef JJ’s modern, state of the art facility and put on their chef’s apron.

The experience is one that will remain with participants long after the event is over. During a team building event at Chef JJ’s, it is not uncommon to be working together to grill a gourmet pizza or steak to perfection on the Big Green Egg.

The lasting effects of a team building event here include not only making return trips to Chef JJ’s for grilling classes or beer dinners but also taking new skills home to impress family and friends.

If one is to do an online search for Chef JJ’s team building, they will find plenty of rave reviews from fans just like Shani Johnson who had this to say, “We had our team building event here and it was absolutely perfect! It was a pleasure working with the staff beforehand to create an experience that was just right.”

She went on to say “The format of the team challenge had the perfect flow and it was enjoyable for all! We have a couple of finicky appetites, and most of us have little to no experience on a grill, so I was a bit nervous about everyone being able to make something that we would actually want to eat once it was completed!

“The chef managed to teach us about food, seasoning, meats, and the Big Green Egg while guiding us through the process, but yet giving us plenty of room to be creative. The end results were 2 delicious meals (one from each team) to share and enjoy. You’ll be amazed at the ideas that you can come up with when you’re on a time crunch!”

Teams are led by the chefs, through several different challenges that encourage teamwork, creativity, cooperation and organization. Each participant works together with fresh, local ingredients to create a delicious and bountiful meal that will satisfy an entire group, all while grilling on the Big Green Egg.

This is truly a unique team building event that every participant will enjoy. Any company in the greater Indianapolis area would be wise to check this out. After attending a recent team building event, Carol Honeycutt said, ” Amazing place. Had an amazing team event here for work. Would highly recommend anyone going there.”

Chef JJ’s has two convenient locations. Chef JJ’s Downtown is located at 42 West South Street within walking distance to all major hotels, the Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium and has a relaxing patio as well as a rooftop garden and dining area.

Chef JJ’s Backyard is located in Broad Ripple at 1040 Broad Ripple Avenue with a beautiful patio overlooking the White River. Both locations feature state of the art sound systems, flat screen TV’s and WiFi.

Founded in 2005, Chef JJ’s is a unique, personal and hands-on culinary experience with a focus on the Big Green Egg®, corporate team building, private events and grilling classes. For more information about Chef JJ’s corporate team building or private dinners at Back Yard or Downtown, please visit http://www.chefjjs.com/.

Primanti Bros. Opens May 18 in Noblesville

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Primanti Bros. Pastrami Sandwich.
Photo provided by the restaurant and used with written permission.

Press Release
Primanti Bros. Restaurant

  • Primanti Bros. Restaurant Opening with FREE SANDWICHES in Noblesville
  • First 100 Customers in New Location to Get Free Primanti’s for One Year

Primanti Brothers restaurant is celebrating the opening of its 33rd location by giving away free sandwiches for a year to the first 100 customers through the door at its newest restaurant – and its furthest west.

The new restaurant, located at 13871 Cabela Parkway, Noblesville, IN, will open on
May 18, 2016.

Hungry fans can join in an opening celebration tailgate beginning at 5:00 AM on
Wednesday, May 18. Doors will open to the first 100 tailgaters around noon. After that,
Primanti Bros. will close for a few hours and open to the public by late-afternoon.

“It was only a matter of time before we took Primanti Bros. on the road,” said David
Head, Primanti Bros. CEO. “We could not be more excited to begin to grow in the
Indianapolis region with our first restaurant in Noblesville. And for those fans
willing to join us for our opening tailgate – we’ve got a great day planned.”

Early tailgaters can expect samples of Primanti’s food, beverages, games and a
parking-lot DJ. In addition to being one of the first customers through the door,
tailgaters also become lifetime members of the Noblesville 100 Club – an honor that
means a year’s supply of free sandwiches at Primanti’s newest location.

“We don’t take ourselves too seriously,” said Head. “We’ve got big, two-handed
sandwiches like you’ve never seen before, a full menu of burgers, pizza and wings
and a stocked bar with some of the best specials around. Honestly, it’s about good,
simple food and a great time.”

Since 1933, Primanti Bros. has been a dining institution in Pittsburgh. The “Almost
Famous” Primanti Bros. sandwich is built between two slices of crusty – yet soft –
Italian bread. It’s piled high with a choice of grilled meat, an optional egg,
secret recipe coleslaw, fresh-cut fries and two tomato slices. Unlike the
restaurant’s original location, the Primanti Bros. in Noblesville will open as a
full-service restaurant with a large bar, many televisions and an in-door/outdoor
patio.

About Primanti Brothers

In 1933, Joe Primanti opened a lunch cart in Pittsburgh’s Strip District selling
sandwiches to the hungry truckers who were coming and going at all times of the
night. Encouraged by sales and positive feedback, Joe expanded to a small storefront
where he was joined by his brothers Dick and Stanley and their nephew John DePriter.
And that’s how the very first Primanti Bros. location was born – Primanti Bros.
currently has 31 locations, all dedicated to that early notion that folks deserve
great food, with no pretense, for a good price.