I am so excited to share with everyone that I am finally starting to work on my first Cake Bake Shop Cookbook! Pam Brandon is my editor and Bob Morris of Story Farms is my publisher. I met with the whole team in Orlando this morning to go over what the cookbook will look like. From concept to recipes to layout style to the size of the book. Pam has worked on numerous Disney cookbooks including ‘Delicious Disney’, ‘Chef Mickey’, ‘Cooking With Mickey & The Chefs Of Walt Disney World’ and many more. I am thrilled to have such an incredible team to work with. The cookbook will be available for the holiday season 2018. @story.farm @brandon.pam #cookbook
» The 13th Annual St. Thomas Aquinas SausageFest is this weekend, August 18 and 19 (4625 N. Kenwood Ave., 317-253-1461). The food and drink headliners are L.E. Kincaid & Sons meat market and Sun King Brewing, with additional vendors on site. There will also be two different music stages (one on a chaperoned teen back lot), plus lots of activities to keep the kids entertained.
» The Broad Ripple Farmers Market is hosting its popular Dinner in the Garden event at Eskenazi Health (720 Eskenazi Ave.) on September 10, celebrating the life of Ross Faris, a beloved champion of the local food movement who died in 2011. The six-course meal with wine pairings will be prepared by an all-star team of local chefs and mixologists, including Tyler Herald (Public Greens), Braedon Kellner (Tinker Street), Craig Baker (The Local Eatery & Pub), Cindy and Roger Hawkins (Circle City Sweets), Brad Gates (Hedge Row), and Jason Foust (Festiva). During dinner, the market will announce the winner of this year’s Ross Faris Award, an honor given to a grower or producer for their contribution to the local food scene. Tickets are $95.
» Chef Craig Baker, owner of The Local Eatery & Pub (14655 N. Gray Rd., 317-218-3786), is collaborating with pastry chef Ben Hardy of SoBro’s Gallery Pastry Shop (1101 E. 54th St., 317-820-5526) on some new desserts for Baker ’s suburban eatery. Baker posted a video on Instagram of Hardy making tiramisu, one of the new offerings on The Local’s menu.
» If you’re in the mood for some ’90s nostalgia (and who isn’t?), grab tickets now for the Girls Pint Out New Kids on the Block Pizza Party. But—sorry, fellas—this one is just for the ladies. GPO is welcoming Cincinnati brewer Rhinegeist to town (finally available in local restaurants), and a $15 ticket gets you all-you-can-eat pizza and breadsticks, a Rhinegeist beer flight, and supplies for DYI slap bracelets and buttons.
» Moveable Feast ( 5143 E. 65th St., 317-577-9901) owners Kathleen Tracy and Peter Courtney are celebrating 20 years in business on August 19 with food, live music, and beer. The family-friendly party will also have an obstacle course set up by Hoffacker Health & Fitness. Entry is free.