» Looking for something new to serve at your holiday party? Food & Wine magazine recently mentioned Smoking Goose’s (407 Dorman St., 317-638-6328) New Day South Cider salami (in collaboration with New Day Meadery) as one of its “New Party Essentials.”
» Former Zest owner Valerie Vanderpool has a new gig. The veteran chef now offers nutrition coaching and teaches cooking classes as part of her new business, Taste Your Fitness.
» Specialty coffee, wine, and South American flavors will hit Meridian-Kessler in early 2016 with the opening of Open Society Public House (4850 N. College Ave., 317-460-9022).