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Review: Rosie’s Place Cafe in Noblesville, Indiana

April 28, 2017 1 comment
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Rosie’s Place Cafe in Noblesville, Indiana.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2017, all rights reserved.

By Bob Burchfield, Editor
AroundIndy.com, LLC

Every now and then, if you get lucky, you make one of those remarkable little discoveries for yourself that makes you ask, “Why didn’t I know about this place before?”

Such was the case on April 27, 2017, when I made my first visit to Rosie’s Place Cafe in downtown Noblesville, Indiana, across the street from the courthouse on the east side of Courthouse Square. It won’t be the last!

It’s a bustling little cafe with a delicious selection of breakfast and lunch menu items — and an absolutely amazing bakery renowned for its Gooey Butter Cookies (I’ve read that they sell tens of thousands annually!).

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Gooey Butter Cookies — buy ’em by the bag!
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2017, all rights reserved.

The staff was very attentive and accommodating and cooperative in spite of the fact that I was being obtrusively pesky with all the photography. But as you can see in the photos below, there was simply too much to pass up for this old shutterbug! [grin]

I can’t articulate the delicious combination of tastes and flavors like some professional food critics and bloggers, but my eyes know what they like when they see it, and my taste buds know what they like when they taste it! The menu items contain generous portions and have strong visual appeal, color, and taste!

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The Salmon BLT at Rosie’s Place. Wonderful.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2017, all rights reserved.

I’m sure the locals are very familiar with Rosie’s Place, but this was one heckuva find for this out-of-towner (although I am a Hamilton County boy from birth, born in Arcadia). If you’re in the neighborhood, check it out. You’ll be glad you did!

Rosie’s Place is located at 68 North 9th Street in Noblesville, and is open Mon-Fri 7 am to 3 pm and Sat-Sun 8 am to 2 pm. For more information, visit http://rosiesplace.net/, or call 317-770-3322. There’s also an additional location at 10 South Main Street in Zionsville (317-344-6500).

DISCLOSURE NOTICE: Rosie’s Place provided AroundIndy.com, LLC with free samples from its bakery in exchange for the promotional consideration.

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Breakfast Tacos at Rosie’s Place, one of the cafe’s popular menu items.

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Classic Eggs Benedict at Rosie’s Place.

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A remarkable bacon and egg cheeseburger at Rosie’s Place.

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Strawberry Parfait at Rosie’s Place.

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!

Chef JJ’s Culinary Incubator Network @jjsbackyard @chefjj

February 9, 2017 1 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

2017. What an exciting time to be in Indianapolis! So many restaurateurs, diverse business opportunities, the Indianapolis restaurant scene is one of the hottest in the country.
As with all change, comes challenges. Opening a restaurant takes more than being a culinary rock star. Selecting the right location, finding financial support, and developing the proper branding are just a few of the demands that a new restaurateur must endure before taking one single step into their dream kitchen.

Chef JJ’s is announcing a new concept to provide a shared space where both established and up and coming chefs can try out their small business concepts, ultimately sharpening their skill set, while working side by side with Chef JJ’s talented chefs and culinary team. In addition, participants will receive real feedback from clients.

Aspiring chefs will not only be cooking in Chef JJ’s state of the art kitchen with the one and only Big Green Egg, they will also learn about the value of growing and harvesting their own produce, where and how to source local food in the community and the importance of using the freshest ingredients whenever possible.

When asked about this innovative new program, Chef JJ Boston had this to say, “The Chef JJ’s Culinary Incubator Network was created with the goal of supporting beginning local artisans who aspire to open their own restaurant model or specific business venture. Our program will allow both young and seasoned chefs to test new menu ideas, refine their culinary skills and connect with other local entrepreneurs, farmers, chefs, investors and potential clients in the community.”

The Chef JJ’s Culinary Incubator Network will:

– Provide a real platform for chefs to try food items, tackle marketing, and receive instant feedback and authentic client responses to the new brand.

– Grow participants’ social capital through Chef JJ’s public ticketed events and unique dining experiences.

– Offer business support and strategy, provide access to professional development, and connect participants to other entrepreneurs and artisans in a peer network.

Chef JJ Boston says, “The incubator aims to serve chefs who are defining their market, figuring out who their clients are, while developing a business plan for their own unique restaurant concept. Being part of the Chef JJ’s Culinary Incubator Network gives entrepreneurs an actual inside look at learning how to run their own place. It creates an opportunity to help small, independent businesses find success.”

The program offers participants a kitchen to test and simulate ideas through public ticketed events at both Chef JJ’s Downtown and Chef JJ’s Back Yard locations. Chef JJ’s will continue to offer grilling classes, local craft beer dinners and boutique wine dinners but patrons will also see new chefs showcasing their talents, more accomplished artisans hosting dinners and a variety of foods and cuisines that will leave Indianapolis residents hungry for more. With this announcement there is bound to be some exciting things happening with the Indianapolis food scene in 2017 and beyond.

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 Culinary Incubator Network, please call 317-602-3828 ext. 2.

Summary

Chef JJ’s in Indianapolis announces a new concept in the food space, an urban kitchen incubator program to support local artisans who aspire to open their own restaurant or business venture.

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/.