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Chef Joseph’s at the Connoisseur Room goes on Holiday!

June 22, 2013, Indianapolis, IN – Chef Joseph's is going on Holiday! We're taking the week of July 4th off to refresh and renew! We will return on July 9 with our new Seasonal Dinner Menu, a new Lunch Menu format, new Performers, a Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids benefit - Big Broadway Sing-Along night, Wednesday Gourmet Pizza night and a new Chef Joseph's App for your smartphones to reward our loyal friends and guests.

Of course we will remain true to our current specials including 1/2 Priced Small Plate Happy Hour from 5 - 7pm Tuesday - Friday, 25% off Wines by the Bottle on Tuesday, $4 Draughts of Wednesday, $5 Martini Thursday and 1/2 Priced Well Drink Fridays. We will also continue to support the Arts in Indy by offering 20% off Dinner Entrees for guests who present their Date Appropriate Indy Arts ticket to their server.

Our Highlights for July:

Wednesday, July 17 – Broadway Cares, Equity Fights Aids Fund Raiser- Big Broadway Sing-Along with Sean Baker, the Music Maker and John Phillips, your Host with the Most! Join John Phillips and Sean Baker for Chef Joseph’s first Big Broadway Sing-Along. We will provide the words in Chef Joseph’s Broadway Hymnal, Sean’s got the Baby Grand and John will coach you along. You provide the fun! Sing-along if you like, or just enjoy our fine Food and Spirits and listen in! Prepare your wallet when we "pass the hat" for this great cause!

Thursday, July 18 – The Wines of RNDC Wine Pairing Dinner! Join us as RNDC presents selected wines from their catalogue. This wine pairing dinner includes a special “Encore” course right after dessert, do don’t rush off! See the full menu at under the “Upcoming Events” section. The cost is an amazing $60 per person, including tax and gratuity.
Reservations are highly recommended as these popular events sell out quickly! Reservations are available by calling 317.600.3577.

Saturday, July 27 – DINNER BLACKOUT! We are proud to host NASCAR as they invite their guests to Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the NASCAR Chevrolet Pace Car! We are honored to be a part of this great Indianapolis tradition. Contact or call 317.600.3577 to plan your own special event!

Proprietor John Mays says "We are very excited about all that we have accomplished here at Chef Joseph's over the past year and a half. I look forward to keeping our scene fresh with new ideas, new foods and more new local entertainment. We are Indy's Supper Club, and our guests expect the best."

- Dinner is served Tuesday through Saturday nights, 5 to 10 p.m. Lunch, a favorite spot for the executive crowd, is served Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

- Live music is featured every Wednesday through Saturday and includes some of the best vocalist and entertainers in the Midwest.

- Tuesdays through Saturday, 5 to 7 p.m. enjoy Half Priced Small Plate Happy Hour with small plates like Fried Calamari Strips, Bleu Cheese Deviled Eggs, Baked Goat Chees with Roasted Pepper Tomato Sauce, Asparagus Tempura or Piquillo Peppers stuffed with Sriracha Mac & Cheese.

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(It changes about every six weeks)

- Because Chef Joseph's at the Connoisseur Room loves and supports the arts, all theatre tickets presented the evening of the performance receive 20% off of the food menu. (This doesn't apply to wine pairing dinners and other special events.) Reservations are highly recommended. Book reservations by visiting, view our diner reviews at, or call (317) 600-3577.

Chef Joseph’s at The Connoisseur Room, an independent downtown restaurant opens for dinner to help Indianapolis serve the Super Bowl masses.

Indianapolis, IN – Chef Joseph’s at The Connoisseur Room is an elegant, downtown restaurant featuring world fusion cuisine by renowned and award-winning Indianapolis chef, Joseph Heidenreich. Proprietors John Mays and Tom Forman are heeding the city’s call to help feed the masses by extending their regular Monday through Friday business lunch service to include dinner, as well as weekend hours. Beginning Friday, January 27 and ending February 5, Chef Joseph’s at The Connoisseur Room will be open to the general public every day from 10 a.m. until at least midnight, with lunch service from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and dinner service from 5 – 10 p.m. “We are excited that our beloved city is host to such an incredibly high-profile event that gives us the opportunity to truly shine under the gaze of the country and the world. The Super Bowl Host Committee has done its very best to provide downtown businesses with the tools and information we need to make this ten-day event a wonderful experience for locals and visiting fans alike. We look forward to doing our part to introduce our guests to all of the wonderful things Indianapolis has to offer while providing them with an elegant, relaxing and affordable world-class dining experience throughout the entire ten days,” said John Mays, co-owner of Chef Joseph’s at The Connoisseur Room. “We want them to be talking about their next visit to Indy, as soon as they arrive.”

Chef Joseph’s at The Connoisseur Room, a new downtown restaurant opens.
Elegant, executive lunches featuring world fusion cuisine


November 24, 2011, Indianapolis, IN – Chef Joseph’s at the Connoisseur Room is a new, elegant, downtown restaurant featuring world fusion cuisine by Chef Joseph Heidenreich, renowned and award-winning Indianapolis chef. John Mays, the proprietor and owner, brings his extensive experience in party planning and fine dining to new heights with this current venture.

Address, phone and website for Chef Joseph’s:
Chef Joseph’s at the Connoisseur Room
115 E. Ohio St., Indianapolis, IN 46204
(317) 600-3577
Lunch hours: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, beginning Monday, November 21.

Grand Opening Celebration: You Dine, We Donate
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, Chef Joseph’s at The Connoisseur Room invites Indianapolis diners to join them in their Grand Opening celebration benefitting two Indianapolis charities close to their hearts - The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the Arts Council of Indianapolis – on Wednesday, November 16 through Friday, November 18, 2011.

During this three-day event, half of all food sales from their executive lunch, served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. will go directly to these charities. Reservations recommended, as seating is limited. Call (317) 600-3577.
For more information about Chef Joseph’s at The Connoisseur Room, including the Grand Opening menu and their partner charities, visit

Classically sophisticated, Chef Joseph’s warm interior features plush banquettes, walnut paneling, exposed brick walls, a two-story wine cellar, baby grand piano, private boardroom, and architectural accoutrements reminiscent of a bygone era; all featured in a smoke-free environment. Special evenings of entertainment featuring cabaret and wine pairing dinners, in addition to executive lunches, are planned. Chef Joseph’s provides a world-class, elegant and refined experience for all of your senses.

Chef Heidenreich will utilize his 30 years of international, award-winning, culinary experience to provide a seasonally focused menu, which will change bi-weekly to ensure a varied and eclectic dining experience.

Mays says, “Our goal is to meet our customers’ unique needs and exceed their expectations. I am absolutely thrilled to be working with Chef Joseph to create an exceptional culinary experience for our clients.”

About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society ® (LLS) is the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services.
Founded in 1949 and headquartered in White Plains, NY, LLS has chapters throughout the United States and Canada. To learn more, visit or contact the Information Resource Center at (800) 955-4572, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET.

About the Arts Council of Indianapolis
The Arts Council of Indianapolis builds financial support and widespread appreciation for meaningful engagement in the arts. It also owns and operates the Indianapolis Artsgarden, which offers more than 350 free arts events and exhibits each year, and Gallery 924, a 1,300 square foot fine art gallery featuring work by central Indiana artists. For more information, visit