All it took was a walk through the Indianapolis City Market this morning and I’ve got a handful of stories.
Kathy Jones, chef/owner of Junonia Fish Market, was so encouraged by the response to her pop-up restaurant that was open during part of Devour Downtown that she’s going to continue serving dinner on Friday nights beginning in March. “We had close to 500 people in eight days,” she said.
Congratulations to Suzanne Litteral of Litterally Divine Toffee and Truffles for being juried into Indiana Artisans recently. Look for the annual Indiana Artisan Marketplace next month. The event, which includes more than 150 artisans, is scheduled for March 29-30 at the Expo Hall of the Indiana State Fairgrounds.
David Burcham of Artisano’s Oils and Spices is looking forward to moving into new digs. A bigger shop across the street in Nora Plaza — situated between Starbucks and the new barbecue restaurant from chef Ryan Nelson (who hopes to open by May) — will allow him considerably more room than the current location tucked behind Nora Apothecary. The new space will have a rustic Italian look, said Burcham, who will use the extra room to expand his product line.
“We’ll definitely have a couple barrels of pickles,” he said, as well as more from Nicole-Taylor’s and few more items yet to be determined. The new shop should be open by May.
And while I was at the Indy Winter Farmers’ Market, I couldn’t resist picking up some chocolate pasta from Rolling in the Dough. Owner Cathy McMannis said the unusual noodles have been a popular item. “What’s better than chocolate and dough,” she said, “and a little bit of cream?” For shoppers (like me) who are unsure of how to serve the chocolate pasta, McMannis includes a recipe for a Nutella cream sauce. I just might be making that for Valentine’s day.