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Still no James Beard finalists for Indy

Mar 15th, 2017 | News, Restaurants

The short list of finalists for the 2017 James Beard Foundation’s Restaurant and Chef Awards was announced today. None of Indiana’s semifinalists made the list of nominees. Five Indiana names were on the “long list” of semifinalists that was released last month, including three from Indianapolis. Milktooth chef/owner Jonathan Brooks and Bluebeard chef/partner Abbi Merriss were … more »

Long-awaited Owner’s Wife to open soon in Indy

Feb 17th, 2017 | News, Restaurants

For all of you waiting for news on The Owner’s Wife, here’s the press release annoucing the opening. The Owner’s Wife will officially open its doors on Feb. 26 in Indianapolis’ historic Chatham Arch and Massachusetts Avenue district. The project is led by Outliers Brewery and Brugge Brasserie’s husband and wife team, Ted Miller and … more »

Indiana has five 2017 James Beard semifinalists

Feb 15th, 2017 | News, Restaurants

Coming at a very volatile time for the Indianapolis restaurant community, the James Beard Foundation Restaurant & Chef Award semifinalists were announced today. Amid news of longtime restaurants closing and others rebranding, just four Indiana chefs and restaurateurs made what is often called the “long list” of semifinalists. In the category of Best Chef Great … more »

Learn spice blending from a master

Feb 8th, 2017 | Events, Jolene’s Blog

I hear about a lot of cool food-related events, but I can’t always get to them or even just get them posted. But this one is too good to miss. Cardinal Spirits in Bloomington is hosting master spice blender Lior Lev Sercarz, author of The Art of Blending and The Spice Companion and owner of … more »

Neal Brown to close Mass Ave Pizzology; will reopen as Stella

Feb 7th, 2017 | News, Restaurants

Indy’s restaurant scene is definitely in the midst of a shakeup. On the heels of last week’s announcemet from Greg Hardesty that he will be closing Recess and Neal Brown taking the space for his Japanese restaurant Ukiyo, Brown has more news for local food fans. He will be closing his Massachusetts Avenue Pizzology on … more »

Q & A with chef Greg Hardesty

Feb 3rd, 2017 | Uncategorized

After seven years, chef Greg Hardesty of Recess has announced that he will close the restaurant Feb. 18. The space will be taken over, he said, by chef Neal Brown for Ukiyo, the Japanese restaurant that Brown has had planned for Fountain Square. I sat down with Greg yesterday to talk about his decision. So … more »

Recess to close in Indy

Feb 2nd, 2017 | News, Restaurants

Greg Hardesty, one of Indianapolis’ top chefs, has said he will close Recess, his 49th Street and College Avenue restaurant, on Feb. 18. “After seven years, I’ve decided to close Recess,” he said. “We’re going to shut down on the 18th. That’ll be our last night. Get your reservations now.” He also encouraged people to … more »

Cornbread: sweet or not?

Jan 26th, 2017 | Cook, Jolene’s Blog

I got the chance to talk with celeb chef Alex Guarnaschelli last weekend at the Fantastic Food Fest in Indianapolis, and among the topics our conversation touched on was cornbread, specifically whether her recipe includes sugar. Short answer: It does. Which makes sense, as she’s from New York. Apparently, it’s a northern thing to add … more »

Fantastic Food Fest brings celeb chefs and more to Indy

Jan 16th, 2017 | Events, News

Celeb chef Alex Guarneschelli headlines this weekend’s Fantastic Food Fest at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. The food expo will feature demos by Guarneschelli, an Iron Chef, a regular judge on Chopped and executive chef at Butter in New York City. (I’ll have an interview with Guarneschelli on Eat Drink Indy Radio this Satuday; be sure … more »

Patachou empire to grow in 2017

Nov 30th, 2016 | Jolene’s Blog, News, Restaurants

We’ve heard a lot lately about the number of new Indianapolis restaurants that have opened in the past few months. (Twenty? Really?) Well, look for plenty more in 2017. And count on at least five new spots in restaurateur Martha Hoover’s growing Patachou empire. She’s already announced Crispy Bird, the fried chicken restaurant that will … more »
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