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A Note From The Board

Dig IN was founded over eight years ago to help connect local farmers, chefs, and consumers to the “farm to fork” movement. This has proven to be an important economic driver to Indiana and our mission remains the same. Dig IN has connected more than 100,000 individuals to the local independent businesses and farming communities that […]


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 […]

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Vendors and Dishes for Taste of Indiana 2016

We cannot wait to see all of you on Sunday! The dishes for Taste of Indiana are below and the number next to the restaurant name indicates the tent number. 5280 BISTRO 3 Duck, Duck, Mousse Three Ways Chef: Joseph Hsu Farm: Maple Leaf Farms ARTISAN FOODWORKS 4 Cantonese Duck Taco Chef: Alexa Lemley Farm: […]

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By Libby Simmons, August 23, 2016 Hoosiers from all over the state will be in Indy this weekend to experience 40 dishes from the best chefs and culinary ninjas that Indiana has to offer. In preparation for the festivities this Sunday, we have compiled a few tips on how to conquer Taste of Indiana like a […]


Why Taste of Indiana Matters

By Libby Simmons, August 17, 2016 With less than two weeks until Dig IN’s annual Taste of Indiana, I spoke with Dig IN co-founder Annie Schmelzer and Napolese Chef Tyler Herald to discuss what Taste of Indiana means to them. It is much more than a one-day food festival: Dig IN’s mission is to educate […]


Beekeeping in Indiana

By Libby Simmons, August 9, 2016 I recently spoke with a friend, Stephanie, from college about her beekeeping hobby. She is a wife, mother, successful businesswoman, and now a part-time beekeeper. While patience is a virtue when it comes to beekeeping, the results (a whole lot of honey!) make it worthwhile. How long did the […]

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 […]

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21st Annual Indiana Microbrewer’s Festival

This past Saturday, the Indiana Brewers Guild hosted the 21st Annual Indiana Microbrewer’s Festival in Military Park. The event featured hundreds of varieties of beer and supported the Indiana brewing community.  The list of participants was vast and there was a pale ale, hefeweizen, stout, blonde, amber, and wheat for every palate. We were happy to serve as a Keg […]


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 […]


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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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