Jolene’s Blog

Duos to open in Indy City Market

Jul 13th, 2017 | Jolene’s Blog, News, Restaurants

Amid the bad news of restaurant closings in Indianapolis, it’s nice to hear some good news of expansion. Duos, the popular restaurant from Becky and David Hostetter and John Garnier, which also has locations at Eskenazi Health and in the International Medical Group building at Meridian and 30th streets  — as well as a food … more »

In Praise of Supper Clubs

Jul 8th, 2017 | Jolene’s Blog

When was the last time you had dinner with friends?  While looking for an email about the local dining group Circle City Supper Club, I found this draft of a story that appeared in The Star in 2008.  It’s about supper clubs — friends who get together regularly to cook and enjoy a meal and … 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 »

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 »

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 »

Crux dinner tour to hit Indy; tix available

Sep 10th, 2016 | Jolene’s Blog, News, Restaurants

  I just found out that a handful of tickets have become available for the upcoming Crux dinner Tuesday at Milktooth, with chefs Jonathan Brooks and Brandon Baltzley, and you should probably grab them.   I’m serious. I know there’s going to be a lot of great food being made that night in Indy, what … 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 »

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 »

The first new blog post in months

Oct 29th, 2015 | Jolene’s Blog

Hi — Welcome back! I haven’t blogged in ages, mostly because I didn’t have my nifty new website set up like I wanted. But thanks to the nice folks at Fight For Small, I think things around here are looking pretty good. And that’s kind of how things are for me right now – looking … more »
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