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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.
Learn the basics of brewing beer at home with a live demonstration. The class will cover topics including brewing processes, ingredients, sanitation, and tips and tricks while brewing a sample batch of beer. Please make reservations at least 48 hours in advance. Class lasts about two hours. $20. To register, visit eventbrite.com. For class schedule, visit greatfermentations.com.
Learn how to make your own wine from beginner kits, all the way to using fresh grapes. Great Fermentations offers various classes that are suited for all skill levels, as well as classes on mead and cider making when in season. $20. To register, visit eventbrite.com. For class schedule, visit greatfermentations.com.
Prepare and dine on a delicious, 19th century meal by candlelight, tour the historic 1823 Conner House, learn about life in 19th-century Indiana from costumed hosts, and enjoy entertainment in the parlor. The 2014 menu includes: spiced cider, popcorn, and pounded cheese with water wafers; onion soup with soppets, rump of beef with forcemeat, and roast chicken with herbs; brandied peaches, apple black-cap, mustard potatoes, carrots the Dutch way, biscuits with jam and honey, and rice pudding with fruit sauce. Beer and wine. $60. Reservations required. For more information or to make reservations, call 317-776-6006.
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.
Rock Bottom is hosting its annual Fire Chief Ale promotion, a special beer release and "fiery" menu items like the 3-Alarm Brisket Chili and Campfire Shrimp. Brewed in-house, Fire Chief Ale is a medium-bodied, auburn colored ale that gets its sweet side from the caramel and crystal malts and has a little toasty character for balance. A portion of the proceeds from Fire Chief Ale will benefit the Indianapolis Fire Dept. and the Pike Township Fire Dept. Don't miss out on the tapping party at the College Park location on Feb. 25 at 6 p.m., and the downtown location on Feb. 27 at 6 p.m., where guests can be the first to taste the new beer and menu items.
Diners will soon be able to experience culinary delights from independent and upscale chain restaurants on the northside of Indianapolis. Guests will be able to take advantage of specially designed three-course, value-priced menus for one person or two people. In its fourth year, there is an anticipated total of more than 30 restaurants who will be participating providing guests with various options including drink pairings, vegetarian, and gluten-free choices. For a list of participating restaurants and more information, visit northsidenightsindy.com.
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.
After crowd-sourcing its employees for new food and beverage concepts and polling servers, bartenders, preps, and line cooks from over 160 locations, Mellow Mushroom has curated the new Homegrown Picks menu. They weeded it down to seven finalists whose recipes comprise the featured menu including items like, Thaidal wave hoagie; blueberry vodka mojito; chicken cordon bleu calzone; quirky turkey club pie; Slow Ridin' Chick salad; The Pom Pom; and a cucumber melon cooler. For more information, visit mellowmushroom.com.
Go behind the butcher's table to help Smoking Goose owner and butcher Chris Eley go from nose to tail. Together the class will break down a whole hog through traditional, seam butchery techniques. Participants will be able to take home a prime selection of the pork cuts butchered that evening, as well as a Smoking Goose butcher's hat. $150 includes a hearty spread of snacks and drinks, plus a lot of fresh pork, and a butcher's hat. Reservations required. To register, call 317-638-6328.
IU Film Archives Library is bringing up a selection of the best of their 48,000+ retro educational films on 16mm complete with projector to give it that old school feel. The topics range from grooming to dating, to drugs and alcohol, and as you can imagine, are comical by today's standards. For more information, visit flat12.me.
Slow Food Indy presents this class in collaboration with Maggie Goeglein of Fall Creek Gardens. Maggie will lead students through a 90-minute course designed to give you all the information you need to plant a small salad garden anywhere you have room–in your backyard, on your deck, or even on a windowsill. Designed with city-dwellers in mind, this class is made for container gardening, from flower pots to raised beds. Attendees will learn how to direct seed lettuce, herbs, flowers, and greens that will result in a delightful homegrown salad. $5. For tickets, visit eventbrite.com.
Drinks for the class include homemade Irish cream, and a recipe for a great Irish coffee; a margarita; and a sidecar. Class is free and each attendee takes home their own bar kit.
The second annual MyDrinkOn St. Patty's pub crawl will visit bars such as, Tiki Bob's, Taps & Dolls, 247 Sky Bar, Subterra Lounge, Ike and Jonesy's, and more. Tickets include admission, drink tickets, and drinks specials throughout the night. A portion of the proceeds will benefit a local charity. Must be 21 to attend. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit eventbrite.com.
Learn how to use a kegging system to perfectly carbonate your beer. They will demonstrate how to rebuild and fix a keg and share tips and tricks to demystify the whole process. Great Fermentations is a home brew and wine making supply shop. From beginners to experts, they have all the ingredients and equipment you'll need to make a great fermentation. $15. For tickets, visit eventbrite.com.
Le Chef is a French comedy that offers viewers a front row seat to the politics of restaurants, when a revered chef goest toe-to-toe with the restaurant's CEO. Dinner for the evening will be a French-inspired fare including a fromage and pate butcher board, citron chicken breast, and dijon pureed potatoes. This is the second installment of Indy Film Fest's FIlm to Fork series, which pairs thought-provoking, food-driven films with corresponding themed menus, and is presented by the Center for Urban Ecology at Butler University. $35. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit indyfilmfest.com.
A sister event to Beefsteak, which refers both to the event and the featured menu item, a cut of rare beef served over a crusty slice of bread. Participants wear white aprons and are encouraged to eat all the beefsteaks their hearts desire without the luxury of cutlery or napkins. The traditional Beefsteak is a men-only event, however, these women have started a new tradition. This is the second annual Chic-Steak event and includes wine tastings, Nordstrom Rack shopping experience, breakfast bar for early arrivers, prizes, and a photo booth. $65 all-inclusive. For more details and to RSVP, contact Jenn Motely at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-915-8045.
Like last year, guests will enjoy an adult beverage bar and Italian fare including pasta, salad, and dessert. The silent auction will have offerings from dog items to jewelry, legal services, lawn services, and gifts, along with a vocal/guitarist serenade. Participate to raise money for these exceptional service dogs (Canine Companions for Independence) that are given free of charge to people with disabilities. Guests will have the opportunity to meet puppies-in-training and some of the teams that are working in Indiana. $35. For tickets, visit brownpapertickets.com.
A gathering of some of the best mixologists in the City for a fun night where each competitor will be asked to do their take on a Bijou recipe with La Fabrique Gold Rum. Attendees will get to sample each recipe. All other cocktails and food will be available for cash. $25. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit eventbrite.com.
Only once a year, this annual marketplace brings together a majority of Indiana Artisans allowing guests to talk with the state's highest-quality artisans in one place, taste their foods, see their talent, and buy their work. More than 150 artisans will participate in the 2014 Marketplace that gives visitors a chance to buy one-of-a-kind artwork and foods directly from the artists themselves. $10. Tickets available at the door. For more information, visit indianaartisan.org.
Somm, which follows four young sommeliers as they prepare to sit for the Master Sommelier exam, a grueling test with some of the lowest pass rates in the world. The film takes the viewer on a humorous, emotional, and illuminating look into a mysterious world. The events wine pairing menu includes a caprese salad stack, roasted chicken breast, asiago risotto timbale, and sauteed spinach and kale. This is the third installment of Indy Film Fest's FIlm to Fork series, which pairs thought-provoking, food-driven films with corresponding themed menus, and is presented by the Center for Urban Ecology at Butler University. $35. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit indyfilmfest.org.
Indiana City Brewing Co. is hosting a beer versus beer home brew tournament ruled by popular vote at the brewery. The victor wins the right to have a large-scale batch of their winning recipe brewed at Indiana City and placed on the tap in the brewery taproom. The competition is limited to the first 16 entrants. Each brewer is required to supply a five-gallon cornelius keg of their home brewed ale. Free. Brewer registration and taster's passes are available at eventbrite.com.
Learn how to make beer the way the pros do. The class will give you tips and tricks to make the transition from extract to all-grain easier and more successful. Class meets for a minimum of two hours. $25. For tickets, visit eventbrite.com.
Jerome Delbridge of Tree-Centric Solutions will be leading this event. For more information, visit Agrarian's Facebook page.
More than 200 brews from 50 specialty breweries will be up for tasting at the fourth annual ultimate beer sampling event. Featured breweries include Back Road, Burn Em' Brewing, Bulldog, Shoreline, Upland, Three Floyds, New Belgium, and many more. Blue Chip will hold a silent auction for items such as a mini-fridge, coolers, and other beer-themed collectibles. Proceeds will benefit the United Way of LaPorte County. Food will be available for purchase including brats, hot dogs, nachos, and pretzels. $40 for general admission; $75 for VIP admission; and $99 for Brewmaster Package. To purchase tickets, visit ticketmaster.com. For more information, visit bluechipcasino.com.
Second Helpings commemorates 16 years of food rescue, hunger relief, and culinary job training with an evening of indulgence, complete with heavy hors d'oeuvres prepared by top chefs in Indianapolis, wines, a silent and live auction, and entertainment. $125 for general admission. $250 for VIP. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit secondhelpings.org.
Look forward to the talented chef, Erin Till, making dinner, and Adam Ramsey of The Rail (Bloomington) behind the bar for one night only. This is the second Chef's Night Off in a series of pop-up dinners. Proceeds will benefit Project Endure. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit eventbrite.com.
Work with Smoking Goose owner and butcher Chris Eley to carve a whole lamb by hand from nose to tail. Chris teaches the butcher's tricks for a perfect Easter lamb roast, as well as the best ways to cut, tie, prepare, and carve each cut. After the hands-on class, participants will be able to take home a prime selection of fresh lamb ideal for the upcoming holiday, as well as a Smoking Goose butcher's hat. $150 includes a hearty spread of snacks and drinks, plus a lot of fresh lamb, and a butcher's hat. Reservations required. To register, call 317-638-6328.
A Spanish comedy about couples' life-changing dinner. It's been a year since Marc and Rachel booked a table at the best restaurant in the world, situated in an idyllic cove of Costa Brava. When it turns out that the booking is on the same date as the last night before the restaurant closes forever, the night becomes even more important. The tasting small bite menu includes wild mushroom and sherry soup, petit chopped salad timbale, shrimp cocktail martini, and petit filet. This is the final installment of Indy Film Fest's FIlm to Fork series, which pairs thought-provoking, food-driven films with corresponding themed menus, and is presented by the Center for Urban Ecology at Butler University. $35. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit indyfilmfest.org.
A spinoff event debuting in April, put on by the organizers of Oranje, will incorporate food and drink (with an emphasis on craft and local), fashion, and film. It will feature a variety of interactive exhibits and performances in an environment similar to what Oranje has presented over the last 12 years. For more information, visit tanjerineindy.com or email email@example.com.
Join Chef JJ and fellow Egg heads for a Big Green Egg cook off. Sample delicious food and vote for your favorite griller while in the comfort of Captain Morgan Cove, or bring your family and enjoy the comfort of the lawn. $15 for lawn, $55 for The Cove. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit chefjjs.com.
A prix fixe menu by Perotta's Kitchen Supper Club. Menu includes: roasted tomato bruschetta; lobster and avocado salad; lobster and truffle mac and cheese; and is finished with a rosemary cake. $50. For more information and to register, visit perrottaskitchen.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.
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.
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 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.
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.
The first annual craft beer and music festival. Camping, craft beer, food, live music. An epic festival coming to Brown County this fall.
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