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Chefs' Night Off Indy

“Goonies Never Say Die” Chefs’ Night Off Indy June 2015

Chefs’ Night Off Indy held their June 2015 event on Monday June 22 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Sinking Ship in Broad Ripple, Ind. The theme “Goonies Never Say Die” had an unprecedented menu that certainly did not disappoint.

This ongoing series of “pop up” dinners is organized by RJ Wall, bar manager of The Hi-Fi, and Andrew Whitmoyer, executive chef of Thunderbird, and put on by well-respected restaurants in Indiana. The goal is to give culinary experts creative freedom and enable them to cultivate the food scene and community. So whether you are a Hoosier chef, line cook or foodie, getting tickets to an upcoming Chefs’ Night Off should be on your radar.

Chefs' Night Off Indy menuThe exceptional team of chefs involved with June’s event included:

The dinner was paired with beer from Scarlet Lane Brewing Company.

This communal style event began with an amuse consisting of smoked and confit peanuts. Shortly after, the first course began with “Walk the Plank” chicken hearts served on a wooden plank, topped with pesto and paired with a boiler maker consisting of a Sailor Jerry Rum shot and Lenore pale ale.

The second course, sword fish collars, was served with cous cous, kimchi, hummus and a spicy yogurt dip.

The final course included deep fried suckling pig with green tomato salsa verde, mustard slaw, chow chow, hot pickled relish, house fermented hot sauce, creme fraiche and corn bread.

As for dessert? “White Trash” twinkie tiramisu was served, which consisted of twinkies soaked in Jack Daniels whiskey then topped with cocoa powder and chocolate syrup.

RJ Wall Chefs' Night Off IndyPrior to each course, each of the chefs shared what the item was and other details about their vision for it.

Everyone involved in this Chefs’ Night Off Indy, from the organizers and incredibly talented chefs to The Sinking Ship staff, were incredibly hospitable. The event was enjoyed by all.

Proceeds from the event go to support Project Endure.

Chefs’ Night Off Indy is a great chance for culinary artists to work together and share ideas. The unique menus presented at each of these events are inspiring and gives others ideas for their own restaurants.

The meals are not fine dining and all food is as locally sourced as possible, with only a few exceptions when absolutely necessary.

Details about upcoming events can be found on the Chefs’ Night Off Indy Facebook page.

Thai Cafe

The Guest Writer Blog Series is a weekly portion of the Central Blog. Each month we get insight from those in the company about events, experiences, food and more.  The month of August is dedicated to our staff’s memorable or extraordinary dining experiences from around the country.

Central’s Director of Customer Finance, Justina Welch, enjoyed her experience at the Thai Café on July 17 and plans on going back soon. Thai Café is located in the Broad Ripple Village (just north of downtown Indianapolis, IN).

“Since 1998 we have specialized in burning the taste buds of Indianapolis!” their website says. “The key to all of our awards and success is the individual attention each dish receives when it is prepared.”

This Thai restaurant has won Indianapolis Monthly awards for People’s Choice for Best Thai Restaurant for 2001-2006 and Critics Choice Best Thai Restaurant from 1998-2002.

In their website’s description about Thai food, Thai Café says it is known all over the world for its originality and nutritional value.

“It is very much in line with Thai character to take an ingredient that is alien to the culture and combine it with native herbs, spices and condiments to create an end product that is distinctly Thai.”

Thai Café’s menu has different spice levels ranging from one to five.  Welch ordered the (chicken) Satay and Masaman Curry appetizers.

“The food was excellent,” Welch said. “I did level three, which was fantastic. I sampled a friend’s level five.  Good flavor but the hot factor intensifies for about 10 minutes before cooling back off, this holds true after eating bread.  Way too hot for me.  The poor guy was sweating—that’s hot!”

Not including an appetizer, the average cost of an entrée at the Thai Café is $10.

Welch enjoyed the Thai Café’s good service, large portions and large number of guests dining there as well.

“(It’s a) great place to go with a group of friends and sample several entrees.”