I was lucky enough to attend the second annual Dig In event this past Sunday courtesy of my good friends at Yelp! Indy. More on that in a minute. First, I have to deal with a bit of business. Last week’s Eversave giveaway yielded ZERO entries! So obviously it didn’t appeal to my readers. If anyone has any comments, I’d love to hear them. Now, back to Dig In.
Dig In at White River State Park
Dig In is a farm to fork event–in other words, Indiana chefs, food producers and farmers come together to celebrate Indiana food. If that isn’t cool enough, the event took place at White River State Park , a great setting on such a gorgeous day. There were 27 chefs, 11 breweries and 9 wineries offering samples as well as many more producers offering products for sale. I was determined to taste everything, but had to call it quits after visiting 13 chefs, and even at that I only had a bite or two of many of the dishes. It simply isn’t possible to leave this event hungry!
A Selection of Tarts by Chef Greg Scheisser
Here are some of the highlights. My favorite dish was a tie between the pulled pork with baked beans and bacon foam by Chef Brendon Cheney from the JW Marriott and the applewood smoked lamb with grilled peach and poblano relish and corn, wild rice and goat cheese fritter by Chefs Braulio de la Torre and Ryan Evans from the Severin Bar & Grill. Another stand out for me was the smoked turkey and ginger sausage by Chef Chris Eley of Goose the Market. As for the sweets, I really enjoyed the peach and frangipane tart by Chef Cindy Hawkins at Circle City Sweets and the toasted salted caramel marshmallows from 240Sweet.
Pulled Pork w/ Baked Beans & Bacon Foam by Chef Brendon Cheney
There were so many more foods I loved, as well as many beers. And there were so many more things I didn’t get to try! I’d like to hear from those of you who went–what were some of your favorites?
Save the Date!
I recently partnered up with Eversave to offer daily deals to my readers. In case you don’t know about Eversave, it is a deal site that offers daily deals or “saves” in Indianapolis and other major markets throughout the country. And they are allowing me to give today’s Indianapolis deal for FREE to one lucky reader!
|Occasions DivineToday’s Save:$25 for a ticket to a mystery dinner and wine tasting with Occasions Divine ($50 value)
Expires 11:59 PM – Aug 28, 2011
Here are some more details about today’s save:
- Dinner and the murder mystery show takes place at the historic Propylaeum and lasts about three hours
- Tour the Victorian club house located in the Old Northside neighborhood
- Choose French, Continental or Cajun cuisine as your culinary theme
- Buy multiple Saves to dabble in your crime-solving detective skills with friends
You can buy today’s save by clicking here. But how can you win it?
First, follow me on Twitter (if you don’t already). Then, use this link to do the following before midnight on Sunday, August 28:
- Become a member of Eversave
- Become a Fan of Eversave on Facebook
- Follow EversaveIND on Twitter
Then tweet this blog post and mention both @tweet2tj and @EversaveIND. Want to increase your chances of winning? Each additional tweet before midnight on August 28th is worth one additional entry. Winner will be chosen by random drawing on Monday, August 29.
Last time Devour Downtown came around, I posted that while I appreciate the prices, it isn’t my favorite way to enjoy a restaurant. That being said, there are some restaurants who really do Devour well, with great menus and great service that is too good to pass up. In general, I think the steakhouses do a great job. Fogo de Chao offers the full experience (including dessert!) for $30 which is a steal. And I have had great experiences at both St. Elmo and The Capital Grille during Devour Downtown.
This time I’m looking forward to trying Sensu and Turner’s. How about you? What do you think about Devour Downtown–love it or leave it? What restaurants do it well?
Oakley's Bistro Suckling Pig Starter
Oakley’s Bistro is the restaurant equivalent to a trophy wife–so beautiful you believe it’s worth every penny. The dining room has a french country feel and the food presentation is beyond artistic–it’s stunning. You really can’t help but “ohhh and ahhh” over the plates as they come out. But the over-the-top presentation and menu prices caused me to have very high expectations. While the food and overall dining experience was good, I left feeling disappointed. Continue reading