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PREVIEW: Northside Nights Restaurant Week

You have had the opportunity to Devour Downtown and Savor the Southside. The $30 prix fixe frenzy rages on when Northside Nights kicks off this Thursday. The specials run for two weeks (March 8-18), which gives you ample time to indulge on the cheap.

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Q&A with Brad Gates of Brad Gates Catering

Last month, caterer Brad Gates opened a small counter in City Market, where fans of his gourmet comfort food can stop in for grab-and-go items such as organic chicken risotto, horseradish grouper with Israeli couscous, and Shagbark cured salmon. Gates, a fixture in the local restaurant scene whose resume includes runs at Puck’s at IMA and the former Buggs Temple restaurant, Euphoria, runs his catering operation out of the market-side kitchen. In addition, he continues to oversee the menu—and, most spectacularly, the cheeseboard selections—at Ball & Biscuit (331 Massachusetts Ave., 317-636-0539).

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Swoon List: 5 Things We Adore Right Now

Crisp and browned salmon cake at Room Four (4907 N. College Ave., 317-925-7529), topped with a bright Meyer lemon sauce. The Mixiote at El Sol de Tal

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Swoon List: 5 Things We Adore Right Now

Blarney Puffballs at The Irish Lion in Bloomington (212 W. Kirkwood Ave., 812-336-9076), savory little dollops of cheesy mashed potatoes deep-fried to a crispy golden brown.  Crazy delicious Camarones Momias at La Casa de los Mariscos (7940 Michigan Rd., 317-228-9550): big juicy shrimp wrapped in cheese and thick-cut bacon, served with rice, seasoned fries, and a spi

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The Ripple Effect

My brain is a sieve when it comes to details of meals gone by. Was that black or green cardamom? Chive or cilantro?

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NEW IN TOWN: Duos Kitchen

Duos Indy opened up a brick-and-mortar shop on the ground floor of the International Medical Group at 2960 N. Meridian Street

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Q&A with Charlie McIntosh of Amelia's

In the coming months, Charlie McIntosh will don an apron and assume his head baker role at the soon-to-open Amelia’s, an Italian-style hearth bread bakery in a Fletcher Place mini-restaurant complex at 653 Virginia Avenue.

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The Future of Fine Dining

A select group of culinary stars (Brown, Mehallick, Hardesty, Dunville) spearheaded the renaissance in Indy’s restaurant scene, but these days, the young chefs training under them are just as likely to be the ones making your dinner. We caught up with the next wave and grilled them about personal favorites and inspirations. It’s an enticing taste of where cuisine is headed.

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Latin Class: A Review of Mama Irma Restaurant

On a recent chilly night, a ruddy-cheeked mix of date-nighting hipsters, ethnic foodies, and Spanish-speaking expats filled the 10 tables inside Mama Irma Restaurant. Twinkle lights in the windows gave the storefront a Thomas Kinkade glow. And yet, even as the owner greeted diners with a motherly “Hi guys!” as if they had just come in from band practice, this snug Peruvian eatery in Fountain Square seemed blissfully unaware of its own preciousness.

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The Future of Food: Rachael Hoover

When Martha Hoover founded Cafe Patachou in 1989, she was unaware of the future she was building for her then–3-year-old daughter, Rachael. But from early on, Martha profoundly influenced the way the girl thought about food. “I have vivid memories of the family driving around Indy for salad ingredients,” says Rachael, “and of coming home […]

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A Matter of Taste

“Food is community building by its very nature,” Indianapolis chef and co-owner of Duos mobile kitchen Becky Hostetter said on the stage of The Toby theatre at the Indianapolis Museum of Art Thursday night as part of IMA’s We Are City Film Series. It was no surprise that she was speaking to a lively crowd of foodies, film lovers, and community members who had gathered for a screening of Sally Rowe’s A Matter of Taste, a documentary depicting the culinary passions, struggles, and rising career of Paul Liebrandt, chef of the Michelen two-star restaurant Corton in New York City.

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Swoon List: 5 Things We Adore Right Now

Parmesan-crusted tilapia drizzled with white gravy and served atop mashed potatoes at Rusty Bucket Restaurant and Tavern (1130 W. 86th St., 317-218-1070). Tarte Flambe pizza from Coal Pizza Company (36 E. Washington St., 317-685-2625), served with smoked flecks of bacon and onion, oozing with gr

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Does This Tuesday Make My Butt Look Fat?

The Big Easy sits nearly 850 miles from Indianapolis, putting a 14-hour drive between us and the bon temps of today’s Mardi Gras celebrations. Still, why not let the good times roullez at one of our own Cajun/Creole restaurants?

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Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert Show No Reservations at IU Event

Celebrity chefs Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert promulgated their culinary wisdom upon the Hoosier state last Thursday, stopping at Indiana University’s Bloomington campus on their “Good vs. Evil” tour.

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NEW IN TOWN: The Night Porter

Licorice-stick red and jet black are the dominant hues at The Night Porter (921 Broad Ripple Ave., 317-253-5252), a new rock bar/restaurant in the former La Jolla space in Broad Ripple. It is the ideal spot for a beer-guzzling, music-loving crowd. Partner Steve Markoff had a vision to open a laid-back, music-centric place like the spots he frequented in his old Los Angeles neighborhood. As the creative director for Tour Design Creative/Live Nation, he has turned the location into a shrine to his favorite musicians. The walls are adorned with 75 framed concert posters. Beneath the bar, large black-and-white screen-printed murals (created by local artist Aaron Scamihorn) showcase the biggest rock stars from the 1950s to now.

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