If you need a example of how much the local dining scene has changed in the last four or five years, just take a look at the lineup for tomorrow night’s charity dinner at The Oceanaire Seafood Room.
The $100-per-person dinner, to benefit the Indianapolis Chapter of the American Red Cross, will feature dishes from Oceanaire chef Mark Marlar along with chefs Abbi Adams of Bluebeard, Layton Roberts of Mesh, Craig Baker of The Local and Mark Cox of Fermenti Artisan along with a cocktail created by Zach Wilks of Wilks and Wilson.
According to a press release about a similar Oceanaire event in 2010, for example, the seven-course meal (which was $150 per person) featured Oceanaire’s then-chef Ryan Nelson along with chefs Marc Urwand and Deidra Henry, Greg Hardesty, Tony Hanslits, Eli and Nicole Anderson, Karl Benko and Regina Mehallick. And while those chefs are still some of the biggest names in the local food scene, it’s fun to see that newer names have become a draw as well.
Tickets for the April 17 dinner are still available; for info call 317-955-2277.
— Jolene Ketzenberger