Local Chocolatier Captures International Awards

July 22, 2014 Leave a comment
Bronze Medal Chocolate Award

Bronze Top Chocolate Bar Award.
Image provided by Chocolate for the Spirit and used with written permission.

Press Release
Chocolate for the Spirit

Hosted by the International Chocolate Salon, the annual Top Chocolate Bar award competition honored Chocolate for the Spirit’s Mayan Spice Bar with two bronze medals, one in the “Most Unique” category, and another for “Best Ingredient Combinations.” Indianapolis-based Chocolate for the Spirit artisan chocolate company is owned and managed by certified artisan chocolatier Julie Bolejack.

The International Chocolate Salon holds a number of product-specific competitions in four venues around the world, annually naming the best toffees, caramels, truffles, chocolate beverages, and more. The Salon’s 15-judge panel of chocolatiers, food writers and bloggers and chefs, included experts from the Huffington Post, Candy Industry Magazine, Chocolate Covered, Gastrolust, TheChocolateAddict.com, Viva Cocolat, and Serious Eats for this competition selecting the Best Chocolate Bar.

Chocolate for the Spirit’s Beauty Bark, bonbons and truffles were recognized in 2010 by Indiana Artisan, the statewide organization that identifies and promotes Indiana’s highest-quality foods and art. As an Indiana Artisan, Bolejack regularly submits additional work for review, and her Mayan Spice Bar also is part of the Indiana Artisan brand.

As Chocolate for the Spirit’s founder/owner and its certified artisan chocolatier, Bolejack develops all recipes and sources the chocolate and ingredients for her work. All Chocolate for the Spirit gourmet chocolates are her personal creations, and she has received numerous honors: named among the Top 5 at the New York Chocolate Show; participation in Salon du Chocolat Paris, the world’s most prestigious chocolate event; showcased at the MTV Movie Awards, Kentucky Derby celebrity events, Rolling Stone magazine’s Super Bowl bash, and ESPN’s National College Championship football party, to name a few.

Chocolate for the Spirit’s awards from the International Chocolate Salon reinforce the high quality of foods produced in Indiana today. Since Indiana Artisan was launched in 2008 by Lt. Governor Becky Skillman, jury panels have reviewed applications from nearly 1,800 art and food artisans. Because the brand defines the best work coming from the State, the review is rigorous and fewer than 20 percent of applicants are named Indiana Artisans.

Chocolate for the Spirit retails from two locations: the Indianapolis City Market, in downtown Indy at 222 East Market Street, and in Carmel at 301 East Carmel Drive, Suite A700. For more information, visit http://chocolateforthespirit.com/, or call 317-518-8842.

Rock Bottom Brewery Remodeling Celebration, July 22

July 21, 2014 Leave a comment
Rock Bottom Brewery in downtown Indianapolis.

Rock Bottom Brewery in downtown Indianapolis.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2009, all rights reserved.

By Kelly Young
On behalf of Rock Bottom Brewery

Rock Bottom, one of Indy’s first craft breweries, is completing its first major remodel since opening downtown in 1996. The modifications allow Rock Bottom to remain on the cutting edge in the craft beer and hospitality industry. As one of Indy’s founders of craft beer, Rock Bottom invested in the downtown location project to stay ahead of the curve and remain competitive in the market. The new look complements Rock Bottom’s classic, brewed in-house beers and made from scratch food.

Rock Bottom will celebrate its new look with an event July 22, 5 p.m., benefiting Simon Youth Foundation as its charity partner. The event will feature its original downtown Indy beer, Circle City American Light Ale, from its opening in 1996, available on July 22 for $. 96. In support of Simon Youth Foundation, 10% of all food day sales will benefit the organization.

Rock Bottom opened in downtown Indianapolis in 1996, during the first craft-beer boom. Today, Rock Bottom is still making history, with 37 locations, over 700 original brews, and more than 125 of the industry’s most esteemed medals and awards to the Rock Bottom name.

“We are committed to the Indianapolis market, so reinvesting in the downtown location made perfect sense for us,” said Tony Hiatt, general manager. “We are excited to celebrate nearly two decades in downtown Indianapolis and look forward to being that creative craft brewery and restaurant friends come to enjoy good times and good beer.”

The restaurant refresh is designed to help enhance guests’ experience. Open spaces to view the tanks, a community table in the center of the bar, new entry vestibule, new décor and lighting, and upgraded audio/visual experiences are just a few of the enhancements. The improved appearance, food, and beer choices support Rock Bottom’s simple idea about sharing good times with good friends through good beer.

Rock Bottom Downtown Indianapolis is located at 10 W. Washington St. The restaurant boasts the talents of Chef Victor Garcia and Brewmaster Jerry Sutherlin. For more information visit www.rockbottom/indianapolis, or call 317-681-8180.

Editor’s Acknowledgement: Baise Communications.

Things to do in Indianapolis, July 21-27, 2014

July 20, 2014 Leave a comment
Indianapolis Motor Speedway

21st Brickyard 400, July 27, Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
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15 Public Events in Indianapolis and Indiana

  1. SUN: 21st Running of the Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
  2. THU-SUN: ‘Cirque du Soleil: Varekai’ at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
  3. THU-SUN: Kroger ‘Super Weekend at the Brickyard’ at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
  4. THU-SUN: Indianapolis Colts Training Camp at Anderson University
  5. WED: Panic! at the Disco in Concert at The Lawn at White River State Park
  6. MON-SAT: 11th Annual Indianapolis International Film Festival
  7. THU-SAT: 6th Annual Dixie Days Festival and Art Fair in North Webster
  8. THU: Lady Antebellum in Concert at Klipsch Music Center
  9. THU-SUN: 17th Annual BBQ Ribfest, Indianapolis Edition at Military Park
  10. MON-THU: Indianapolis Indians Baseball at Victory Field
  11. FRI-SUN: Bass Lake Summer Splash Festival in Starke County
  12. FRI-SUN: Whiting Pierogi Fest in Lake County
  13. FRI-SAT: 17th Annual Indiana Gospel Music Festival in Noblesville
  14. FRI-SAT: Frankfort Hot Dog Festival in Clinton County
  15. MON-SAT: Madison County 4-H Fair in Alexandria

To see thousands of upcoming event listings and things to do in Indianapolis and Indiana, visit our main Web site at http://aroundindy.com/, or check out the mobile version on your smartphone or tablet PC at http://aroundindy.com/mobile. Thank you for using AroundIndy.com as your #1 source for things to do around Indy!

Civil War Dinners at Benjamin Harrison Home, July 24

July 19, 2014 Leave a comment
Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site

Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2014, all rights reserved.

By Kelly Young
On behalf of the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site

The Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site is serving up its popular Civil War Dinners on Thursday, July 24, 2014, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Guests will enjoy an authentic dinner experience with  “General Benjamin Harrison” and members of his “Aide-de-Camp” during this unique and interactive event.

Rather than sheet-iron crackers, canned foods and dehydrated vegetables that soldiers rationed and ate, guests will enjoy fine wine, hors d’oeuvres and a full dinner. The event begins in the Carriage House and includes a tour of President Benjamin Harrison’s home.

Civil War Dinner with “General Benjamin Harrison and members of his “Aide-de-Camp”

Thursday, July 24, 2014

6:30-9:30 p.m.

Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, 1230 N. Delaware St., Indianapolis, Indiana

$75/per person, $150 per couple or $1,500 sponsored dinner for 20

http://bhpsite.org/ or 317-631-1888


About Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site

The Benjamin Harrison Home, a 16-room Italianate style house, was constructed by Harrison in 1874 and is a National Historical Landmark recognized by the United States Department of the Interior. The non-profit organization is dedicated to increasing public understanding of, appreciation for, and participation in the American system of self-government through the life stories, arts and culture of an American President. www.bhpsite.org

Editor’s Acknowledgement: Baise Communications.

Auto Racing at Anderson Speedway, July 19

July 17, 2014 Leave a comment
Anderson Speedway

Anderson Speedway. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2011, all rights reserved.

Press Release
Anderson Speedway

Racing action returns to Anderson Speedway on Saturday, July 19, 2014, with McGunegill Engine Performance Late Models, NASH FM ThunderCars, Pro Compacts,  Front Wheel Drives Oval and Legends.

Jack Dossey lll has a 38 point lead in the McGunegill Engine Performance Late Models over Billy Van Meter. Third in the standings is Jeff Marcum with Kent Baledge and first time winner Greg VanAlst rounding out the top five.

Four feature wins and seven top-10 finishes have placed Robbie Wyman in first position in the NASH FM ThunderCars point standings. Curtis Chapman ranks in second position, just 29 markers behind Wyman.  Third is Lonny Burton with Morte Lewis and Austin Russell filling out the top five.

Jerry Dane holds a comfortable advantage in the Front Wheel Drives Oval division with a 115 point lead over Jared Keller in the standings. The remainder of the top five includes Dylan Hoppes, Billy Hooten and Brandon Cook.

Saturday’s visit marks the third event this year for the Legends. Eric Black and John Robbins have scored feature wins in March and May.

The Pro Compacts will also make their third appearance at the high-banked quarter-mile oval. Richmond’s Chris Jennings has collected both the wins in the division. In the 50 lap feature on June 7, Jennings was followed by Jason Timmerman, Rodney Sutton, Greg Isbell and Gary Eaton.

On Saturday, July 19, spectator gates open at 5 p.m. with the racing beginning at 8. Admission is $12 for adults and $4 for kids ages 6-12. Children five and under get in free.

For additional information on Anderson Speedway, visit www.andersonspeedway.com or contact Anderson Speedway at 765-642-0206.


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