The End of Farmers Market Season-or is it?

by Rob Gaston, October 27th, 2016 While we have had some unseasonably warm days lately, it’s getting colder outside and consequently the season for outdoor farmers markets is wrapping up. But does that mean you can’t buy food from local producers for the rest of the year? It certainly doesn’t! In this post we’ll tell […]


Chef Profile: Ricky Martinez

by Rob Gaston, October 20th, 2016 I had never heard of Ricky Martinez until Delicia and the Northside Social started participating at the Taste of Indiana a few years back. Since then, Ricky has participated every year at Taste of Indiana, as well as our new Munch Madness event, and regularly appears in other local […]

Sous Chef Competition

Dig IN, a Taste of Indiana 2016 Ivy Tech Sous Chef Competition Information What: Sous Chef Competition using local ingredients- competitors should ideally have at least 6 months experience as a sous chef. When: Sunday August 28, 2016 Where: Military Park-Indianapolis, Indiana (Shelter House) How: Sous Chef Candidates should sign up to express interest at […]


i3 2016 Teams Announcement

Announcing the 15 teams for i3: Indulge, Imbibe, Imagine 2016! We would love to see you at i3! Attendees are guaranteed to leave the event with a newfound appreciation for Indiana landmarks, and feel inspired to create the dishes and cocktails at home. i3 tickets are available here. Madame Walker Theatre Bartender: Corey Ewing, Alley Cat Chef: George Turkette, Pigs […]

Food Vending at Taste of Indiana

by Rob Gaston, May 26, 2016 For a quick look at what the Taste of Indiana experience is like, check out this video. Dig IN, a Taste of Indiana is different from other festivals for many reasons. First, it’s not a charity event or fundraiser. The mission and purpose of the event is to promote Indiana food, beverage, and […]


i3: Indulge, Imbibe, Imagine. Again!

by Libby Simmons, May 18, 2016 The second annual Indulge, Imbibe, Imagine (i3) event will be held June 26 at the Madame Walker Theatre. The event draws together a local chef, bartender, and artist who create—respectively—a dish, cocktail, and piece of artwork inspired by a particular Indiana landmark. Last year’s inaugural event featured the following landmarks: Angel […]

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Internship Opportunity

by Rob Gaston, May 5th, 2016 Once May hits, the world of Dig IN, Inc is a roller coaster ride. Although we begin conversations and committees earlier every year, the bulk of the planning for the Taste of Indiana is in May, June, July and August. And during that time, we have a great opportunity […]

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Munch Madness Wrap Up

by Rob Gaston, Tuesday, April 26th If you didn’t join us for Munch Madness, make sure to watch for it next year! We had a great time as Abbi Merriss, Carlos Salazar, Dean Sample, and Ricky Martinez competed on stage at the Athenaeum. Although Abbi Merriss was the Munch Madness winner, we want to thank […]

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Munch Madness Volunteers

by Rob Gaston, Thursday, April 21st If you attended Munch Madness on Monday, you know that it was a great time for both the audience as well as those participating on stage. This fun evening would not have been possible without the support of many organizations, businesses, and individuals. With so many thanks to give, […]


Prepare to Givelify!

by Rob Gaston, April 12th, 2016 Hopefully you’ve heard all about our Munch Madness event, are planning to come, and have bought your tickets! If you haven’t, make sure to reserve your spot now! The next thing you’ll want to do is install the app Givelify on your phone. At Munch Madness the chefs will […]


Munch Madness

by Rob Gaston, March 30, 2016 What is Munch Madness? At first glance, Munch Madness is a chefs competition, but it’s really a show. Four very talented chefs will be taking the stage, and yes they will be competing, but they will also face adversity. What would Carlos Salazar do if we took away his […]


Board Q&A: Karen Hewett

  by Rob Gaston, March 10th, 2016 Under the name of their Franklin restaurant Indigo Duck, Karen and her husband Joseph Hewett were one of the first participants to sign on wholeheartedly for the Taste of Indiana. In fact, Chef Joseph was also one of the early board members until his passing, at which time […]

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Event Advisory Board

by Rob Gaston, January 6th, 2016 This year will see the seventh “running” of the Taste of Indiana, which is Dig IN’s signature event: a showcase of Indiana food, beverage, and agriculture. I was hired in 2013-version 4.0 of the festival-to manage both the event, and at the time, the organizational business of the nonprofit. […]


New Farmers Markets

  by Rob Gaston, December 11th, 2015 We mentioned it last month, and now the Broad Ripple Winter Market is officially underway. Among the eighteen vendors that are currently listed on the website, there is plenty of variety meaning you can pick up fresh veggies, meats, cheeses, and even prepared goods like breads and pastries, […]


Shoefly Public House

by Rob Gaston, November 24, 2015 When Craig Mariutto was the corporate chef of a restaurant group in Las Vegas, he offered a free Thanksgiving meal to loyal customers as well as employees and their families. The restaurant group consisted of 5 units which were gaming operations, meaning an eatery with an extended bar area and […]

Board Member Job Description

Dig IN, Inc Board of Directors Job Description Dig IN, Inc is a 501(c)3 dedicated to the promotion of Indiana food, beverage, and agriculture. Fore more information, please visit, or check out our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds. Board of Directors Role: A member of the board of directors of Dig IN will provide […]

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Board Members Needed

by Rob Gaston, November 17, 2015 UPDATE (11/25/15): To be considered a candidate for the 2016 board elections, you must apply by Friday, December 4th.  For those who don’t know the story, Dig IN was born out of a visit from famed chef Alice Waters, who is often credited with starting the trend toward local […]

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Baker, Hawkins, Apples, and Cupcakes!

by Rob Gaston, November 12, 2015 As promised, we went back to Bent Rail Brewery to check out the new seasonal selections Craig Baker had put on his menu. We found this delightful salad with our #INseason ingredient apples. And this seasonal salad which was too pretty not to post: It just so happens Baker was […]

It's a lot of planning, but very rewarding to see smiles and people enjoying local food

Wanted: Your Photos!

By Rob Gaston, November 4, 2015 Are you a food photographer? No, I don’t mean professionally. Are you the kind of person who whips out your cell phone when your server puts the plate in front of you? Or finds snapping shots of beautiful booths at the Farmers Market a favorite pastime? Here at Dig […]


Apples by the Numbers

by Rob Gaston, November 1st, 2015 Even though we’ve survived Halloween and crossed the threshold into November, there is so much goodness around apples that we’re going to talk about them a little longer while they are still #INseason. How about some fun apple facts? We didn’t know this one: the science of apple growing […]


A Local Halloween?

By Rob Gaston, October 28th, 2015 Too old to trick or treat? Want to do something fun this weekend but not into haunted houses? We were scared you might not have plans for the weekend, so here’s a roundup of three cool new events this Halloween. Brains, Hearts, and other Parts – A Halloween Offal […]


Featured Chef: Craig Baker

  October 22nd, 2015 While The Local Eatery and Pub is a perennial favorite at the Taste of Indiana Festival, you will more likely find Craig Baker these days at Bent Rail Brewery, the most recent business opened by Baker and business partner Derek Means. Their portfolio also includes Plow and Anchor, and as a staunch […]



The Indiana Microbrewers Festival and Dig IN, a Taste of Indiana have a lot in common. Both are top summer events for local food and beer fans to attend. Both feature local food and drink, as well as a nice variety of live music. Since the Microbrewers Festival moved to Military Park this year, both […]

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