Currently Reading - 2016


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: Indulge, Imbibe, Imagine 2016

A few weeks ago we held the second annual Indulge, Imbibe, Imagine (i3) at the Madame Walker Theatre. Fifteen teams, composed of a chef, a bartender, and an artist, were assigned a landmark located along the Indianapolis Cultural Trail to use as their inspiration for a dish, a cocktail, and work of art. While Dig IN […]


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 […]

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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. […]

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