After graduating from England's Southampton University, Jacqueline Bols began her culinary career in the French and Italian rivieras, serving her creations on private yachts in Cannes, Monaco, and Saint-Tropez. Later, she catered American events, earning the Charles Heidsieck Award for Culinary Excellence and serving her feasts to such famed diners as Oprah Winfrey, Sean Connery, Tommy Hilfiger, and Kevin Costner.
In 2001, Jacqueline opened Jacquie’s Café & Gourmet Catering, drawing on modern French cuisine and local and organic ingredients to craft in-house breakfasts and lunches as well as catered meals. In quarters ornamented with photographs and oil paintings, guests can dine on handcrafted yogurt parfaits, homemade soups, or smoked turkey, brie, and apple sandwiches. The catering arm of the outfit fashions hors d'oeuvres, à la carte items, and boxed lunches for private events, as well as corporate breakfast and lunch dishes, which distract employees from the daily grind of prank faxing competitor companies.
Like the rooster that graces Sunrise Cafe’s logo, owners Jim and Lisa Horsfield rise with the sun. They spend the early hours of each morning overseeing the café’s kitchen, where cooks crack eggs, sizzle bacon, and whip up housemade jam starting at 6 a.m. Come lunchtime, the staff shifts gears, sandwiching corned beef between slices of bread and tossing spinach with strawberries and housemade dressing. Though Sunrise Cafe has been around for 24 years, it continues to modernize with the times, blanketing its booths and tables with free WiFi and forbidding the use of phonographs.
Named Indy's Best Coffee Shop in 2009 by CityVoters, the family-owned café crowds patrons' senses with stimuli, from the freshly brewed aroma of Chauvin Coffee to the fluffy texture of decadent, scratch-made quiches. The friendly baristas at Lulu's ably steam up custom specialty coffee drinks, while java minimalists enjoy a simple cup of the signature bean blend. Try a slice of delicious quiche ($4.39)—daily made in such flavors as spinach sun-dried tomato and bacon cheddar—or feed your fridge a whole quiche pie ($15), which can be customized with a variety of ingredients. Other soul-quenching baked goods include muffins, scones, breads, cookies, college roommates, pies, and more.
In front of an 1868-era house?still painted its original avocado green?a spacious front porch extends to welcome guests. Not much has changed since the 19th century; the elegant yet simple space is outfitted with historic details?antiques, period lighting fixtures, ornate rugs?which lend it its timeless grace. In fact, the house still hosts etiquette classes, usually on the topic of table manners or the proper times to cough during a eulogy. The staff hosts a traditional English tea, complete with freshly brewed pots and dainty dishware. Lunch and brunch echo the lighter bites of teatime: plates of sandwiches, salads, and scones sate appetites without distracting from the thoughtful conversation echoing among the tables.
Standing in a smoky kitchen, with fine particles of coffee chaff drifting through the air, Darrin knew he had found his calling. It all began with a book, in which Starbucks chief Howard Schultz describes his first taste of freshly roasted coffee. For Darrin, it was as an epiphany: he had to give coffee roasting a shot. And so, standing in his kitchen with whisk in hand, he roasted the first of many batches of coffee.
Fast forward to today, and Darrin's motto is simple: to roast the best coffee possible. At Darrin's Coffee Co., he roasts a handful of different coffees as often as James Bond hires a new martini maker: weekly. Darrin then sells the resulting blends in 6- or 12-ounce bags. Brewed varieties include dark espresso, creamy lattes, and the grasshopper—a blend of green coffee, chocolate, and vanilla.
Net Heads boasts a large and chicly modern gaming environment where slick lighting, custom furniture, and a plethora of video monitors will make any joystick jockey feel as if they've been transported to a video-game mothership. A fleet of 45 gaming stations is networked together to allow adventurers to virtually compete against each other or anyone else across the Intertubes. Office workers on a corporate outing can learn the value of teamwork by getting systematically pulverized by a birthday party of fourth-graders in Call of Duty, while Grandma can show off her patented Wii bowling trick shot to her entire church group. The convivial company of fellow gamers can make level grinding in World of Warcraft far less tedious, and makes it a lot easier to play all the instruments in Rock Band at the same time. The freedom to explore dozens of games is yours to share alongside a playing and snacking friend for what can be a game-changing experience.