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With about 40 vendors offering Indiana-grown and produced fruit, vegetables, meat, dairy, baked goods, and more, the Market's mission is to directly connect farmers and producers with the community and foster personal relationships while promoting access to local, healthy food for all. As an initiative of the Indianapolis-based nonprofit Growing Places Indy, the Market is will accept SNAP benefits, also known as food stamps, and to offer matching programs as part of its Eat Well Initiative—intended to increase the community's access to good, fresh, local foods. The Winter Farmers Market is also excited to be the launching market for Indy Fresh Bucks, a citywide program to match food stamp purchases at farmers markets. For more information, visit indywinterfarmersmarket.org.
Celebrated Sous Chef Erin Kem will be conducting cooking classes where she will take you through a hands-on culinary journey. Learn proper techniques from basic to advanced preparations while cooking in a professional kitchen. Dates include: Tuesday, February 18th: Knife Skills; Tuesday, March 25th: Foods of Eastern Europe; and Tuesday, April 29th: Foods of South America. Space is limited to eight for each class. $80 per class. Pre-payment is required to reserve a space. 24-hour cancellation required. To make reservations, call 317-423-0312.
Celebrate the arrival of spring with the return of Eddie Merlot's two-month long event inviting diners to enjoy a number of specialty seafood menu options. The menu, crafted by Executive Chef Raymond Dial, features lobster with pappardele pasta ($26); house-made lobster bisque ($8); and individual servings of its signature lobster macaroni and cheese ($12). For more information on Lobster Madness, visit eddiemerlots.com.
Inspired cooks with an innovative food or beverage business concept are invited to enter this regional contest to find Indiana's next great food entrepreneur. This year's contest features two categories: one for start-ups who have a brand new food business idea, and a new category for early-stage food entrepreneurs who have already launched, but are looking for some help to get to the next level. Beginning April 2nd, aspiring chefs, home cooks, and early-stage food entrepreneurs throughout Indiana can enter online at hotwater247.com. FInalists will be selected in late May to participate in a final judging event at Ivy Tech Corporate College and Culinary Center. Judges for the contest include: Scott Wise; Carrie Abbott; Ian Kille; Erin Edds; Brian Shapiro; Heather Tallman; Adrienne Nicolosi; Daniel Opalesky; and Bill Eckrich. For more information and to enter the contest, visit hotwater247.com.
Here's how it works—restaurants all around Indianapolis agree to give The Damien Center 25, 50, or 100% of their food and beverage sales for one day, and in exchange The Damien Center does everything they can to get Indy residents to dine out at those restaurants. Red Lion Grog House in Fountain Square has agreed to give them 100% of sales for the event. At last year's event they had 45+ restaurants participate and raised $84,000 for The Damien Center. This is Indy's largest dining fundraiser that helps The Damien Center fight HIV/AIDS right here in our city. The Center provides free HIV/AIDS testing and a huge range of services to support those living with HIV in moving forward each day with dignity, and the event allows them to do all of that free of charge to the community.
Andrew Brake of Nap Town Chickens will be leading this event. For more information, visit Agrarian's Facebook page.
Each May, the Indianapolis Monthly dining department anonymously seeks out the top restaurant establishments in the area to create a well-received "Best Restaurants" feature and reference guide. Just as this issue hits newsstands, these top spots will be celebrated through an intimate soiree, complete with signature dishes by these establishments, complemented with wine, beer, and cocktails. The evening will begin with a reception-style tasting followed by a seated, interactive multi-course dining experience. $150 for two guests includes all food and drink. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit eventbrite.com.
Indiana Girls Pint out and theCityMoms have joined forces for a night of fashion and beer. The event will include fashion trucks and vendors to pepper you with some fun spring things, wardrobe stables, and styles including Retro 101; Ellen & Elvin; Genie's Closet; Bizzy's Mobile boutique; Boho Pretty; GrowlerGirls; TheBrickShirtHouse; and GIFIHZDesigns. Scratchtruck will also be in attendance. Bring friends, your wallet, and your appetite to this unique event.
The annual Dinner with the Docs brings together Riley doctors and those interested in learning more about Riley Hospital for a fun and unique night while enjoying a three course meal. This year, a Riley mom will be there to share her story. Benefits Riley Children's Hospital. $50 for two tickets; $60 for one. For tickets and more information, visit eventbrite.com.
A three-day, family-friendly music and mushroom festival celebrating the elusive morel mushroom while jamming to some of the finest bands and musicians around. For the second year in a row, the festival will feature seminars and guided hunts from morel mushroom experts, over 15 world class bands, and a variety of food and apparel vendors. Last year, there were over 1,000 morel lovers and hunters from across the United States who spent the weekend camping, listening to music, and sharing stories. $40. For more information, visit morelfestival.com.
The Big Green Bistro will be traveling north for appetizers and a four course dinner featuring local farm to fork cuisine prepared on the Big Green Egg. This family owned farm and elegantly decorated barn provides a unique backdrop for the evening. $65. Seating is limited. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit chefjjs.com.
A two-day charcuterie and butchery class taught by Chef Brian Polcyn, an award-winning chef and charcuterie expert, includes a copy of Chef Polcyn's book "Charcuterie or Saluml," charcuterie for each attendee, wine and beer pairings, and a Q and A session at the end of each day. Each attendee must bring their own knives, apron, and notepad. $650 for two day class. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit curedcuisine.com.
This unique dining experience will put a modern twist on classic American recipes for a four course dinner with appetizers amidst the setting of Conner Prairie's historic covered bridge. Cocktails and appetizers begin at 6:15 p.m.. Dinner at 7 p.m. Must be 21 to attend. $75. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit chefjjs.com.
An event benefitting Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana to sip fine wines, shop the latest shoes and accessories, bid on one-of-a-kind auction items, savor delicious food bites, mingle with charming Shoe Guys, and enjoy a fashion show by Saks Fifth Avenue. Now in its tenth year, the WW&S team has produced over 175 events, which have helped net $20 million for various women's and family-related causes. $100. To purchase tickets, visit gleaners.ejoinme.org.
For its fourth annual season, Leinenkugel is bringing back Indianapolis' own Food Truck Festival. Guests are invited to indulge in the savory selections of Indy's best food trucks, brews, live music, and entertainment. With a fleet of over 50 food trucks, this year's festival will showcase alternating line-ups of 30 trucks monthly. $5. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit oldnationalcentre.com.
Twenty artists representing various mediums will have their work on display and will feature demonstrations throughout the event where artists will be revealing techniques and tips of their trades. Artists will have items available for sale. Event is free. Maps can be emailed by request by calling 812 -427-3237 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Organized by the American Homebrewers Association (AHA), this event brings together thousands of homebrewers from around the world, all brewing the same beers simultaneously. More than 7,000 homebrewers from North America, Europe, Africa, Asia, South America, and Australia are expected to participate this year. Specific events include "Coffee and Beer" with Bee Coffee Roasters; "Off Flavor Seminar," covering three most common off flavors in beer; and "Ask-A-Judge," consulting with a judge to determine if your brew is competition worthy. Cutie Pies Pizza will be providing lunch and Bier Brewery will serve pints at their location. For more information and to register, visit greatfermentations.com.
For the first big cookout of the year, Georgia Street will be shutting down and the grills will be coming out for the annual Red Kettle Cook-Off. This competition between Central Indiana's favorite television and radio personalities raises funds for The Salvation Army Bed & Bread Club. Competitors will grill up their signature burgers in order to raise the most money with their dishes. Local food critics will be on hand to award one celebrity chef the coveted Silver Spatula for "Best Burger." $10 and includes a burger, sides, and a drink. For more information, visit salvationarmyindiana.org.
The first charitable event of its kind, for foodies and IndyCar enthusiasts, hosted by Methodist Health Foundation and IU Health, will be an evening of entertainment and fun, featuring celebrity and local chefs creating foods inspired by IndyCar Series drivers. Funds raised in the first year will provide support for IU Health Statewide Trauma programs. $200. $300 for VIP. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit revindy.org.
A family-friendly day of fun with entertainment by school choirs and local bands and dance instruction from Fred Astaire Dance Studio. Food trucks and vendors will satisfy your need for shopping and nourishment. Free. For more information, visit eventbrite.com.
Meat school returns in May. The Smoking Goose team is dishing out house sausage recipes and helping participants make their own sausage from start to finish. The team and guests will butcher, grind, spice, mix, stuff, and smoke old-school, handmade encased meat treats. Meaty snacks and libations will be served. Reservations required. $120. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit smokinggoose.com or call 317-638-6328.
The third annual sour, wild, and funky beer festival sampling held by Upland Brewing Company. VIP ticket, $75, includes access to private lounge, food, a VIP presentation and beer tasting, and early entry. General admission, $45, includes light snacks and access to City Market Vendors. 10 percent of the proceeds will be given to Keep Indy Beautiful. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit eventbrite.com.
The 44th annual Art Fair attracts over 22,000 visitors to the Broad Ripple Village cultural district and showcases 230 artists from the U.S. and Canada. The Fair features booths from local cultural organizations, a children's creative area, gourmet food courts, a beer and wine garden, and live entertainment on four stages. All proceeds from the Art Fair help the Indianapolis Art Center serve more than 300,000 people annually through its on-site studio art classes, art exhibits, community events, and outreach programs for underserved youth. $12 gets you access to both days of the fair. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit brownpapertickets.com.
A combination of local art, music, food, and brew. 25% of proceeds go to local, non-profit Epic Initiatives and another 25% go into the Project Brewify fund, a co-op brewery initiative. There will be 16 craft brewers from Indiana and the Midwest showcasing their best local brews. A souvenir pint glass and bag will be provided upon admission. Music headliner is the Stampede String Band. $30. To purchase tickets, visit eventbrite.com.
Bring the whole family and come hungry because grill masters Mark Bailey and Joe Stoutner will be firing up the grill once again. Attendees will gather in the White River State Park parking lot prior to the game for food, refreshments, and fellowship. New this year: the tailgate only option. If you can't stay for the whole game, for $10 you can still enjoy the food and fellowship. $14 for baseball game and tailgate. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit eventbrite.com.
Chef's Night Off Indy's vegetarian dinner will take place on The Patio at City Market and is a four-course meal plus one dessert. Chef's include: Jimmy Edwards, Chef de Parie at Acadia in Chicago; Jessica Selkirk, Bludbeard; Peter Schmutte, pastry chef, Cerulean, and Alan Sternberge, sous chef, Mesh. The menu will be all organic and locally sourced. Price includes one beer ticket. Proceeds benefit Project Endure and City Market. $50. For more information, visit chefnightoffindy.com.
For its 18th annual festival, Indiana breweries will be joined by a select group of guest breweries from around the country at the State's largest craft beer event. Over 300 beer selections to choose from. There are tickets available for every level of beer enthusiast--from casual drinker to major hop-head. Tickets range from $10–$100 and will go on sale starting June 1. For more information, visit craftbeer.com.
The first annual craft beer and music festival. Camping, craft beer, food, live music. An epic festival coming to Brown County this fall.
A day full of desserts and fun inviting 20-30 vendors around Indiana including Louise's Sweets, Best Chocolate in Town, and Sun King, to bring the best of their sweet treats for sampling by approximately 1,000 guests. Event will be include arts programs, live performances, and food trucks. A celebration supporting Arts for Learning, local arts in education programs. $12 presale; $15 at the door; free for kids 12 and under. For more information, visit chocolatefestindy.com.
This year at Indy's premiere Cooking Expo, the Champions Pavilion will turn into the destination for the home cook and food lover. Guests will have the opportunity to shop isles of cooking tools, appliances, and specialty foods, as well as sit in on seminars and live cooking demonstrations. There will also be the chance to enter one of the cooking and baking contests. For more information, visit indycookingexpo.com.
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