» Broad Ripple gets a new grocery this week when Fresh Thyme opens for business. The festivities start Wednesday afternoon, March 29, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the store’s partnership with Indiana Grown, an Indiana Department of Agriculture program connecting Indiana farmers, producers, and retailers. The doors open to the public at 7 a.m. on Thursday, March 30.
» Speaking of Broad Ripple, neighborhood favorite MOFOCO (formerly the Monon Food Company) expanded to downtown last week, with a grand opening in the old home of the Great Steak and Potato Company (72 W. New York St., 317-722-0176). The weekday lunch outlet serves tacos, burgers, salads, and gourmet macaroni and cheese in the completely renovated space, and it delivers.
» The Mass Ave transformation of Pizzology into Stella (608 Massachusetts Ave., 317-685-2250) is complete. Chef Neal Brown shuttered his downtown pizza spot last month and quickly turned it into a Southern European restaurant, repurposing the wood pizza oven to create standouts like charred octopus, housemade bread, and roasted vegetables. Read our first look at Brown’s new concept.
» You have two opportunities to learn to make your own chocolates from local confection bosses. On Wednesday, April 12, The Best Chocolate in Town’s Elizabeth Garber will teach a truffle-making class in the commercial kitchen of R2GO (1101 N. College Ave., 317-737-2543). Tickets are $80 on Eventbrite. Chocolate for the Spirit’s Julie Bolejack is offering Chocolate Summer Camps June 10–11 and July 8–9, with hands-on instruction in tempering, truffles, ganaches, bonbons, molded chocolates, baking, and chocolate decorations. The two-day camp costs $300 and includes all supplies and lunch. Tickets are at the Chocolate for the Spirit website.
» WNBA superstar Tamika Catchings has a new gig in town, six months after she retired from the Indiana Fever. According to The Indianapolis Star, Catchings purchased Tea’s Me Cafe (140 E. 22nd St., 317-920-1016) when she learned the owners planned to close the Herron-Morton shop, one of her favorites, and move to Georgia for retirement. The cafe will continue with uninterrupted service, but Catchings is having a grand re-opening celebration on April 8. The lifelong tea drinker even plans to debut her own tea blend in the future.