A quick heads-up on some worthwhile food and drink events in the coming days:
If it isn't obvious from the event title, it will offer a great opportunity to buy locally made gifts — something much more special than the typical big-box fare. And of course holiday-friendly warm drinks and food treats will be available.
Second, Great Storm Brewing will host a special holiday party from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 12, featuring live music from Amy Sue Hardy (wife of Indy distributions overlord Tim Lambert) and a prolific release of five new beers.
Starting at 11 a.m. that day, says the brewmaster's wife Lynn Jacobs, the following will be tapped:
Wassail Ale, A Scottish wee heavy, with apples and cinnamon
Working Girl Coffee Stout, A creamy sweet stout with dark roast espresso
John Paul George Stingo, An English old ale, soured and oaked
Wilder Brewing’s Singularity, An offbeat, peppery Belgian amber
Thunderstroke Barleywine, A very, very high gravity English ale aged ten months
And on the following day, Thursday, Dec. 13, at 6:30 p.m., Paravicini's Italian Bistro will host The Feast of the Seven Fishes Dinner for $50 a seat.
Of the dinner, owner Franco Pisani says, "As a tradition my family celebrated the feast of the seven fishes on Christmas Eve, also known as The Vigil (La Vigilia). It is believed to have originated in Southern Italy so we decided to share this experience with our guests."
Here's a look at that menu:
Steamed Mussels in citrus saffron broth with fresh fennel
Fried seafood platter
A combination of fresh fried seafood with a garlic lemon aioli
A hearty soup with several types of seafood
Tutto di Mare
Clams, Shrimp, Calamari, Mussels and scallops served over linguini in a spicy tomato sauce
Cod Mamma Pisani style
Atlantic cod simmered in a sauce of tomatoes , onions, garlic and olives
Shrimp Scampi Risotto
Shrimp in a garlic butter sauce with tomatoes, served over Italian rice
Seven fishes served with wine