Author: Eat Drink Indy

Enter the Hottest Kitchen Entrepreneur Challenge

Apr 15th, 2016 | Events, News

I know you’re out there. You’ve got that great food biz idea. And some of you need to take that idea and enter the Hottest Kitchen Entrepreneur Challenge. Indy has so many creative food entrepreneurs that this year’s challenge is going to be a great competition. Anyone with a cool food or beverage business concept … more »

Sign up for a road trip to a Story Inn wine dinner

Apr 13th, 2016 | Events, News

Here it is: an Eat Drink Indy road trip! It’s time to hit the road and get out of town, at least for an evening.  I’ve been working with Taste Indy Food Tours to create a cool road trip to the Story Inn in Brown County on Sunday, April 24. We’ll leave at 3:30 p.m. … more »

No Indy finalists on 2016 James Beard Award list

Mar 15th, 2016 | Uncategorized

The finalists for the 2016 James Beard Awards were announced today, and Indianapolis is not represented among the nominees. All nominees for Best Chef in the Great Lakes region, which includes Indiana, Illinois, Ohio and Michigan, are from Chicago restaurants. Indianapolis semifinalists this year included Greg Hardesty of Recess, Jonathan Brooks of Milktooth and Abbi … more »

Five James Beard Award semifinalists for Indy

Feb 17th, 2016 | News, Restaurants

The James Beard Foundation Restaurant & Chef Award semifinalists were announced today, and Indianapolis has garnered five semifinalist spots. In the Best Chef Great Lakes Region, Greg Hardesty of Recess made the semifinalist list for the fifth time. Chef Abbi Merriss, whose restaurant Bluebeard was a semifinalist in the national category of Best New Restaurant … more »

R bistro to close Feb. 27 — “It was a great run”

Feb 1st, 2016 | News, Restaurants

Opening R2GO market and stepping away from the kitchen at R bistro was supposed to gain chef/owner Regina Mehallick more time for herself. It just didn’t work out that way. Although longtime R bistro sous chef Erin Kem took over the restaurant’s kitchen in the summer of 2014, Mehallick often found herself working weekends at the … more »

Award-winning R bistro to close in Indianapolis

Feb 1st, 2016 | News, Restaurants

R bistro, one of the city’s top-rated restaurants, will close its doors Feb. 27, 2016, after 15 years of business. Located at 888 Massachusetts Ave., the restaurant is owned and operated by executive chef Regina Mehallick and her husband, Jim Mehallick of Indianapolis. “This decision is very difficult because I take great joy in creating delicious … more »

Catching up with dinner at The Loft

Jan 25th, 2016 | Jolene’s Blog

Once again, I’ve lagged behind on my efforts to keep you all up to date on what I’ve been up to. So I will say again that I’ll be posting more frequently – because honestly, there’s so much going on. It’s just that I tend to post so much on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, or … more »

Indy restaurants offer Devour Downtown dining specials

Jan 25th, 2016 | News, Restaurants

Dining event Devour Downtown runs now through Feb. 7 at 90 participating restaurants. For two weeks diners will be able to take advantage of three-course, value-priced menus — including vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.   New participating restaurants include: 1933 Lounge Bangkok Restaurant & Jazz Bar Gandolfo’s New York Deli Hard Rock Cafe Hoagies & … more »

Thanksgiving Q & A with Mario Batali

Nov 24th, 2015 | Jolene’s Blog

Last Saturday I got the chance to interview celebrity chef and restaurateur Mario Batali, who was signing his new cookbook at Market District in Carmel. The only catch? All the local food writers in line to talk to the famous chef would only get five minutes. So I figured I’d get the most info with … more »

Play along: Match the Indy restaurants with their Yelp review

Nov 23rd, 2015 | Jolene’s Blog

If you’ve been following along on Facebook about the Chefs’ Thanksgiving event that I put together with chef Thom England, you’ve seen some of the photos of the competitions he and Karen Mangia came up with. One of them was a match-the-restaurant-with-its-Yelp-review game. Some of the chefs got six or seven out of 10 — … more »
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