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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 […]

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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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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Dig IN to Indiana Pork

by Rob Gaston, March 3, 2015 We have now been featuring seasonal Indiana ingredients for a full year under our #INSeason campaign. Although there are more and more products all the time being grown in hoop houses, green houses, and hydroponic farms, we’re getting closer to those first warm season crops to come out of […]

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Tulip Tree Creamery

by Rob Gaston, February 25, 2015 If you’re like me, food is kind of your thing. As of today I couldn’t tell you who won Oscars a few nights ago, if I watched the Grammys I wouldn’t know the singers, and I only know the Colts are in town due to the sea of blue […]

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Kelsay Farms and More!

By Rob Gaston, February 10th, 2015 What’s going on in the month of February? Well, Valentine’s Day and lots of chocolate of course! It’s also our #INSeason month of dairy, and just so happens to be Lactose Intolerance month too. You can still enjoy dairy foods even if you do have lactose intolerance. Check out […]

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Love for Indiana Dairy this February

by Rob Gaston, February 5th, 2015 The days are getting longer again, hopefully also starting to get warmer little by little, but the time of hearty greens and asparagus poking up out of the ground is still a ways off. As you know, for our #INSeason campaign of fresh Indiana goods, we’ve talked about poultry in […]

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The Simplest, Tastiest, Newest Burger In Town

Chef Tyler Herald, Public Greens, features Fischer Farms Beef to wow diners By Duncan Alney, January 29th, 2015 The short version of this story: the burger that Chef Tyler does at Public Greens is unbelievable. Now for the longer version. Take a ride to Broad Ripple Village and visit Public Greens Urban Kitchen. Public Greens […]

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J Ford’s Black Angus

By Rob Gaston, January 27th, 2015 Jeff and Kelly Ford have been faithful participants at the Taste of Indiana festival and great supporters of the Dig IN mission. Along with the style and quality of their restaurant, this made them the perfect choice to be featured for the #INSeason campaign during the month of beef! […]

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Beef: It’s what’s INSeason!

A filling sloppy joe from Leah Beyer at Beyer Beware by Rob Gaston, January 16, 2015 As a reminder, our #INSeason program is teaching consumers what options you have to buy Indiana grown ingredients all year long. We’re providing facts, recipes, shopping tips, as well as chef recommendations on how to use and prepare these […]

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Moody’s Butcher Shop

By Rob Gaston, January 12, 2015 As we begin the new year with ice, cold, and snow, we’re reminded that a lot of food will not grow outside of the proper season, but a goal of our #INSeason campaign is to show you what you CAN eat from Indiana even in the coldest of months. This […]

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INSeason Recipe: Fried Chicken

The fried chicken plate at Thunderbird with house made apple butter Fried Chicken in Pickle Brine, recipe from Andrew Whitmoyer at Thunderbird Serves 2 to 4 people   1 whole Chicken – broken down into 2 legs, 2 thighs, 2 breast (off bone), If not comfortable butchering chicken ask your butcher to cut it down […]

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Meet the Chef: Andrew Whitmoyer

  Q&A by Erin Till, December 15th, 2014 Dig IN Chef Spotlight—December                 Andrew Whitmoyer, Thunderbird   Who are you and what do you do? My name is Andrew Whitmoyer, I am the Chef de Cuisine at Thunderbird in Fountain Square.  I just took over the kitchen there a little over a month ago.  I am […]

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Indiana’s Duck: Maple Leaf Farms

From Janelle Deatsman, Maple Leaf Farms, posted December 11, 2014 Maple Leaf Farms is a fourth generation family-owned business located in Leesburg, Indiana.  Although the company is the leading provider of duck products to retailers, restaurants and institutions throughout the country, it has a very rich Hoosier heritage and partners with more than 140 local […]

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Small Business Saturday

By Rob Gaston, November 26th, 2014 2015 Update: INgredients, mentioned below, is now closed. Just another reminder of how important it is to support local food and small businesses, to reinforce your neighborhood economy. Other options now available in Indianapolis include Wildwood Market, R2GO, as well as the established Goose the Market. Plus, there are […]

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Persimmon Tortellini with Apples in Brown Butter

By Karen Mangia, November 25th, 2014 The humble persimmon is nature’s greatest practical food joke in the making.  Persimmons look beautiful hanging from trees, and many an unsuspecting guest to Hoosier farms has been lured into plucking one and taking a big bite, only to pucker in disgust.  It stands to reason that fruit can […]

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Meet the Chef: Chris Eley

Erin Till, November 17, 2014 Who are you and what do you do? I am not sure who I am or what I do and that’s how I like it. I end up doing whatever needs to be done in order for us to be the best we can be. This often means tying up […]

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Meet the Chef: Brad Gates

By Rob Gaston, October 22nd, 2014 If you’ve been to the Indianapolis City Market for lunch, you may have seen some giant club sandwiches or amazing looking salads coming from a corner shop, Brad Gates Catering. Not surprisingly, the man behind the food at this shop is indeed Brad Gates, who along with his wife […]

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Apple Breakfast Crisp

By Sara Sterly, October 9th, 2014 We try to eat and live as seasonally as possible. My favorite thing about eating seasonally is the self-imposed limits that it places on us. Don’t get me wrong – I love the environmental benefits, I love providing more for ourselves, keeping our food dollars mostly local, and all […]

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