» Twenty-nine brewers are participating in Conner Prairie’s (13400 Allisonville Rd., 317-776-6000) History on Tap event on June 1. Tickets start at $40 and include park entrance, beer tastings, demos, food vouchers, and a sample of a historic beer brewed on site.
» Ash & Elm Cider Co. (2104 E. Washington St., 317-600-3164) celebrates World Cider Day on June 3 with a Mexican dinner and cider pairings. Chefs Rachel Hoover (formerly of Festiva) and Victor DeLeon will prepare a four-course meal (including braised beef short-rib barbacoa with masa gnocchi and cinnamon churro sandwiches with banana sorbet), paired with ciders selected by Ash & Elm cider maker Aaron Homoya. Tickets are $60.
» It’s officially soft-shell crab season, that time of year when crabs are shedding their hard shells (in a process called molting), then caught in the crucial few hours before the shells begin to harden again. Soft-shell crabs are a seasonal favorite for many chefs, so look for them to pop up as specials in local restaurants. Rook (501 Virginia Ave., 317-737-2293) recently caught our eye with a Nashville hot version, featuring burnt-coconut Ranch dressing, cabbage slaw, and Japanese milk bread.
» Wildwood Market (1015 Virginia Ave., 317-737-2653) is making it easier to enjoy your coffee in these sweltering temperatures. Sweet Vanilla Cold Brew is now available in the refrigerator case, made with Tinker cold-brew coffee and housemade sweet vanilla cream.
» St. Elmo Steak House co-owner Craig Huse received a 2018 Silver Plate award this month from the International Food Manufacturers Association (IMFA) for “outstanding and innovative talents” in the Independent Restaurant/Multi-Concept category. Huse is the president of Huse Culinary, which, in addition to St. Elmo (127 S. Illinois St., 317-635-0636), owns three Harry & Izzy’s locations and downtown’s Burger Study.