The Taste of the NFL, along with Greg Hardesty and his local culinary friends, team up to bring the Dinner Series to Indianapolis.
For the past 5 years, Indianapolis Chef Hardesty of Recess has represented the Colts at the national Taste event. With the big game coming to his hometown, he and a few of his Indy culinary friends have teamed up to create the second annual Taste of the NFL Dinner Series. This series of dinners will run throughout the 2011 NFL season and take place at a variety of restaurants in Indianapolis. Proceeds benefit the Gleaner's Food Bank.
The first of the three dinners will be held Sunday, Oct. 16 at Recess restaurant. The event will begin at 6 p.m. with a cocktail reception, followed by a four-course dinner at 6:30 p.m. Joining chef Greg in the kitchen will be chef/owner Dave Tallent of Restaurant Tallent, executive chef Aaron Butts of Joseph Decuis and sous and pastry chef Abbi Merriss of Recess. Each course will be paired with a glass of wine provided by Gallo Wines.
The second wine dinner in the series will be held on Sunday, Oct. 23 at Joseph Decuis. The third wine dinner will be held on Sunday, Nov. 6 at Restaurant Tallent. Tickets are available for $120 per person per event (a portion of which are tax deductible). Reservations can be made through each individual restaurant. Guests are welcomed to attend one or all of the events which are sponsored by E&J Gallo.
Tickets to the upcoming Taste of the NFL “Party with a Purpose” taking place Saturday, Feb. 4 at Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana will be available for purchase at all of the local dinners. The annual strolling food and wine event pairs a chef from each NFL city serving their signature dish alongside a current or alumni NFL player from that city’s team. The Indianapolis chefs participating in the Taste of the NFL Dinner Series will also have the opportunity to represent “The Flavors of Indy” at the February event.