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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 Mounds, the Indiana Dunes, Monument Circle, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and James Whitcomb Riley’s tomb. Each team displayed its interpretation of a landmark. Those who attended the event experienced the history of the landmarks through samples of the dishes and signature cocktails.

Before the event, the i3 artists start working on their pieces. This allows attendees to view the art in progress. The finished artworks are later displayed at Dig IN’s Taste of Indiana event in late August.

A few of Indy’s favorite restaurants were represented last year, including Trader’s Point Creamery, Bluebeard, Patachou, and Plat 99.

Bluebeard, paired with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, prepared a spicy pork and corn nacho. The Cunningham Group created a sweet croissant topped with caramelized peaches to represent the Indiana Dunes. Trader’s Point Creamery, which was paired with Monument Circle, prepared a pork tenderloin served on soda bread. To represent the era in which Monument Circle was constructed, the Creamery made the bread over a brick fire. To symbolize Angel Mounds, Patachou prepared a thick and creamy corn chowder. And Bent Rail Brewery, which hosted the event, prepared a sugar cream pie topped with apples and pecans to represent James Whitcomb Riley’s tomb.

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The i3 cocktails are not to be missed, either.

In 2015, the bartender from Plat 99 made a concoction sprinkled with pink pepper, and Bluebeard’s cocktail mixed ginger beer with a pale ale.

This year, Dig IN selected 15 landmarks located along the Cultural Trail. On May 16, at a special i3 drawing event at the Libertine, teams comprising one chef, one bartender, and one artist randomly were assigned a landmark. The three-person teams have until the June event to plan and create their dishes, cocktails, and artworks.

Event attendees will be given the opportunity to vote for their favorite chef, bartender, and artist. Bluebeard was the 2015 winner, so this year’s chefs are eager to take home the 2016 title.

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.

Watch for an announcement of the 15 three-person teams and their assigned landmarks! In the meantime, tickets to i3, held on June 26, are available here.

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