The Feed: Salt on Mass, CRUX, and More

This week’s trends in Indy dining.
» Salt on Mass is open for business, serving seafood and steaks under chef Neil Andrews—a name that might sound familiar if you’ve been eating well in Indianapolis since the MySpace era. Andrews spent five years in the kitchen of Elements, chef Greg Hardesty’s Mass Ave fine-dining precursor to Recess, and then another five years at The Oceanaire Seafood Room downtown.


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» On September 10, more than 50 craft breweries will set out to prove that good beer doesn’t have to come in a bottle during the fourth annual Sun King CANvitational. The event also features food trucks and live music. Tickets are $50 in advance, $60 day-of. Designated drivers get in for $10.

» Tickets are on sale for the September 16–17 Mixture: Indianapolis Cocktail Tour. Attendees check in on Georgia Street, grab a Tour Passport and Transportation Pass, then sample cocktails from some of Indy’s favorite bartenders on Mass Ave, Fletcher Place, Fountain Square, and the Wholesale District. A bus provides transportation between neighborhoods. Tickets are $50 for one night or $85 for the weekend.

» Just go ahead and clear your calendar for September 13. Oakleys Bistro is hosting its Pig & Pinot event that day. Local chefs will prepare 10 pork courses paired with pinot noirs from around the world. Participants include Dean Sample (Meridian), Ricky Martinez (Delicia), Craig Baker (The Local Eatery & Pub, Plow & Anchor, Bent Rail), Jake Burgess (FoxGardin Kitchen & Ale), and Steve Oakley, Justin Bauerle, and Jarred Miller (Oakleys Bistro). On that same evening, Milktooth hosts the Indianapolis stop on the culinary tour of CRUX, a collective founded by chef Brandon Baltzley of The Buffalo Jump in Cape Cod. Milktooth proprietor and chef Jonathan Brooks will join Baltzley in the kitchen, alongside chef Laura Higgins-Baltzley (also of The Buffalo Jump), and Kyle Paton, chef and owner of The Black Lodge and Grow Kitchen in Ontario, Canada.

Getting crushed by @thebeastgodforgot for our first morning in Indianapolis

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» Avon is getting its own Fresh Thyme Farmers Market. The Illinois-based company is expanding its Indiana footprint with a grand opening at 9040 Rockville Road on September 1 at 7 a.m.. The first 250 shoppers will receive a free bag of groceries.

» If you like beer and donuts for lunch (and who doesn’t?), then mark your calendar now for the second annual Girls Pint Out Coffee, Beer, and Donuts event on October 1 at Indianapolis City Market.

» Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse, opening at the corner of Illinois and Market Streets downtown this fall, is holding job fairs for a variety of positions, from server to line cook. Call 317-229-4700 for schedule details.