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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 […]


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 […]


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 […]

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Dig IN Announces New Executive Director

We are thrilled to announce the appointment of a new executive director, Chef Thom England. “After five years of success and growth, Dig IN believes it is time to make the jump to the next level. Thom is our ideal choice with deep industry expertise, a formidable network, and experience leading our board,” said Tony […]


Stalking Asparagus

by Rob Gaston, May 5th, 2015 I am guessing you have never heard of MAAB, am I right? I had not either, until this morning I visited and learned of the Michigan Asparagus Advisory Board. Who knew our neighbor to the north housed a repository of knowledge about our “speary” ingredient of the month? […]

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Greens Roundup

Arugula, celery hearts, dates, feta, and almonds recently offered at R Bistro this month. By Rob Gaston, April 21st, 2015 Regina Mehallick has been involved in Dig IN and the Taste of Indiana festival since its inception, and last year we interviewed  her about our #INSeason ingredient for April, greens. Since the opening of her new local […]

Hearty Green Recipes

By Haley Sorenson April 16, 2015 It is so easy to take Indiana greens and make just about anything! Here are a few things that some of the Indiana bloggers are cooking up! Basil Momma made this Spinach Feta Dip a few weeks ago, and it looks like the  perfect, healthy snack for any day. If […]

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Greens are #INseason for April

By Haley Sorenson, April 9, 2015 April’s #INseason ingredient is Hearty Greens! Indiana greens, like lettuce and kale, are usually grown by hydroponics or inside in greenhouses. This week, we had lunch at Duo’s Kitchen at IMG in Indianapolis, IN to explore some of their delicious greens. One of Duo’s secret recipes is their collard greens, […]


Meet the Chef: Carl Chambers

By Haley Sorenson, March 31, 2015 For March’s Meet the Chef, we talked to Carl Chambers at Cunningham Restaurant Group. He has quite an extensive resume!   Could you give us a little bit of information about your culinary background? I have been cooking 16 years and worked in all style of restaurants. The short […]

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Pork Recipe Round-Up

By Haley Sorenson, March 11, 2015 Now that we’ve learned all the new names for cuts of pork and learned how to cook each one (if you missed that post, find it here.), let’s get cooking!  Sara over at Solid Gold Eats has a great recipe for a pulled pork using New Day Meadery hard cider […]

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