NFL Combine Experience in Indianapolis, Mar. 2-5, 2017

February 23, 2017 Leave a comment
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Lucas Oil Stadium hosts the NFL Combine, Mar. 2-5, 2017. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2009, all rights reserved.

The 2017 NFL Combine is coming to Indianapolis Mar. 2-5, 2017, and will feature more fan experiences than ever before. The NFL Combine Experience: don’t miss your only chance to get inside Lucas Oil Stadium and see the action LIVE.

Register today to watch top NFL prospects display their skills and compete in a series of drills. This televised event features more than 300 top prospects who are looking to achieve their dream of being selected in the 2017 NFL Draft.

These viewing opportunities include in-ear radios with access to the NFL Network broadcast as well as exclusive insight from NFL Legends and Combine staff. Fans in attendance will also receive access to the NFL Combine Experience immediately following the conclusion of their selected viewing opportunity. 

Don’t miss the chance to watch these talented top NFL prospects showcase their strengths and abilities! Please sign up at www.1iota.com and use the PROMO CODE: AROUNDINDY to receive Priority Tickets!

Circus Coming to Children’s Museum Feb. 18, 2017

February 14, 2017 Leave a comment

Photos provided by the Children’s Museum and used with written permission.

By Leslie Olsen
Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

Have you ever thought about running away to join the circus? Now you have a unique opportunity and you don’t even have to pack your suitcase!

“Circus — Starring YOU!” is a colorful, highly interactive exhibit filled with the sights, sounds and even some of the enticing food smells of some of the greatest shows on Earth.

Opening at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis on February 18, 2017, children and families are invited to step right up and join three rings of circus fun and history under the big top.

See the circus world as it was decades ago when it served as a rare form of exotic entertainment. Experience what has changed, and what has remained the same including the highly skilled athletes and performers who dazzle and amaze. Become part of the circus family as you dare to walk the virtual tightrope, learn to juggle, or practice your rigging skills.

“Visiting the circus has been a family tradition for millions over the centuries. Nowhere will you see such teamwork and talent that is passed from generation to generation,” said Dr. Jeffrey H. Patchen, president and CEO, The Children’s Museum. “We want our visitors, which often consist of multiple generations to share those circus memories, create new memories, and practice teamwork and build confidence as they conquer circus skills together.”

Here is a sampling of some of the fun families will experience when they join The Children’s Museum circus experience:

· Virtual Reality Tightrope: Experience the thrill of the high wire when you put on a headset and walk along a “wire” from one basket to another in a realistic simulation of a classic circus act.

· Lyra Rings: Practice a real circus aerial act using real equipment in a safe and secure environment.

· Rigging Knots: Learn to tie and secure knots similar to those used in real circus rigging.

· Juggling: Work together as a family on a stationary roller board to learn the rhythm and timing of basic juggling then try your new skills using scarves or beanbags.

· Roman Ladders: Two sizes of ladders allow you and all members of your family to practice acrobatic skills on special ladders created just for circuses.

· Clown Car: Dress in clown costumes and see how many of your family members you can “fit” in a simulated clown car. Don’t forget to take your family selfie!

Clown Face-Painting Touchscreen Game: Create your own clown face after learning the different types of clowns. Email your finished product to yourself.

Circus — Starring YOU! is presented by Chick-fil-A. It is supported by Purdue University and Aquafina. For more information, visit http://childrensmuseum.org/, or call 317-334-3322.

Chef JJ’s Culinary Incubator Network @jjsbackyard @chefjj

February 9, 2017 Leave a comment
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Photo provided by Chef JJ’s and used with written permission.

By Ryan Cunningham
On behalf of Chef JJ’s

2017. What an exciting time to be in Indianapolis! So many restaurateurs, diverse business opportunities, the Indianapolis restaurant scene is one of the hottest in the country.
As with all change, comes challenges. Opening a restaurant takes more than being a culinary rock star. Selecting the right location, finding financial support, and developing the proper branding are just a few of the demands that a new restaurateur must endure before taking one single step into their dream kitchen.

Chef JJ’s is announcing a new concept to provide a shared space where both established and up and coming chefs can try out their small business concepts, ultimately sharpening their skill set, while working side by side with Chef JJ’s talented chefs and culinary team. In addition, participants will receive real feedback from clients.

Aspiring chefs will not only be cooking in Chef JJ’s state of the art kitchen with the one and only Big Green Egg, they will also learn about the value of growing and harvesting their own produce, where and how to source local food in the community and the importance of using the freshest ingredients whenever possible.

When asked about this innovative new program, Chef JJ Boston had this to say, “The Chef JJ’s Culinary Incubator Network was created with the goal of supporting beginning local artisans who aspire to open their own restaurant model or specific business venture. Our program will allow both young and seasoned chefs to test new menu ideas, refine their culinary skills and connect with other local entrepreneurs, farmers, chefs, investors and potential clients in the community.”

The Chef JJ’s Culinary Incubator Network will:

– Provide a real platform for chefs to try food items, tackle marketing, and receive instant feedback and authentic client responses to the new brand.

– Grow participants’ social capital through Chef JJ’s public ticketed events and unique dining experiences.

– Offer business support and strategy, provide access to professional development, and connect participants to other entrepreneurs and artisans in a peer network.

Chef JJ Boston says, “The incubator aims to serve chefs who are defining their market, figuring out who their clients are, while developing a business plan for their own unique restaurant concept. Being part of the Chef JJ’s Culinary Incubator Network gives entrepreneurs an actual inside look at learning how to run their own place. It creates an opportunity to help small, independent businesses find success.”

The program offers participants a kitchen to test and simulate ideas through public ticketed events at both Chef JJ’s Downtown and Chef JJ’s Back Yard locations. Chef JJ’s will continue to offer grilling classes, local craft beer dinners and boutique wine dinners but patrons will also see new chefs showcasing their talents, more accomplished artisans hosting dinners and a variety of foods and cuisines that will leave Indianapolis residents hungry for more. With this announcement there is bound to be some exciting things happening with the Indianapolis food scene in 2017 and beyond.

Founded in 2005, Chef JJ’s is a unique, personal and hands-on culinary experience with a focus on the Big Green Egg®, corporate team building, private events and grilling classes. For more information about Chef JJ’s Culinary Incubator Network, please call 317-602-3828 ext. 2.

Summary

Chef JJ’s in Indianapolis announces a new concept in the food space, an urban kitchen incubator program to support local artisans who aspire to open their own restaurant or business venture.

NCAA Div I Hoops @thefieldhouse, Mar. 17 & 19, 2017

February 2, 2017 Leave a comment
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Bankers Life Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2016, all rights reserved.

By Brett Williams
Indiana Sports Corp.

The 2017 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship preliminary rounds hosted by the Horizon League, IUPUI and Indiana Sports Corp will be held at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Friday, March 17 and Sunday, March 19, 2017.

Single-session tickets for the Division I men’s championship preliminary rounds are now on sale. Tickets are available at www.NCAA.com/mbbtickets.

“Indianapolis is excited to welcome back NCAA men’s basketball fans from across the country to kick-off March Madness with the First and Second Rounds at Bankers Life Fieldhouse,” said Ryan Vaughn, Indiana Sports Corp president. “Hoosiers know basketball and they are looking forward to taking part in the action all weekend.”

The NCAA encourages fans to use www.NCAA.com/mbbtickets for ticket purchases to ensure they are receiving genuine NCAA championship tickets and not counterfeits. PrimeSport, the official ticket and hospitality provider of the NCAA, also has official tickets and hospitality options available through The NCAA Experience for every location of the 2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship, including the Final Four in Phoenix. For more information on The NCAA Experience, or to purchase tickets, please visit NCAA.com/VIP.

NCAA, Final Four, March Madness and The NCAA Experience are trademarks of the NCAA. All other licenses or trademarks are property of their respective holders.

Gumbo Cookoff @indycm, Feb. 28, 2017

February 2, 2017 1 comment
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U-Relish is one of the participating contestants in the Gumbo Cookoff.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2016, all rights reserved.

By Joe Perin
Indianapolis City Market

INDIANAPOLIS (February 1, 2017) – The Indianapolis City Market is gathering some of the area’s best chefs to help Hoosiers through the end of winter with a family-friendly gumbo cook-off. Ten local chefs will enter their best gumbo recipe to help celebrate Mardi Gras on Fat Tuesday: Feb. 28, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

A 4-ounce sample of each of the 10 gumbo recipes, as well as a slice of French bread with each sample, will be included in the price of every ticket. Traditional French bread will be provided by City Market merchant Circle City Boulangerie. Attendees will also vote for their favorite recipe using green, yellow, and purple Mardi Gras beads. Water, craft beer, and wine will be available for purchase in the Tomlinson Tap Room.

Participating restaurants and chefs include:

The Meridian Restaurant and Bar | Alan Smith

Libertine Liquor Bar | Matt Stum

Rook | Carlos Salazar

Kountry Kitchen Soul Food Place | Cynthia Wilson

Pogue’s Run Grocer | Alan Walker

Love Handle | Chris Benedyk

Twenty Tap | Shannon Baugher

U-Relish Farms | Cara Dafforn

Three Carrots | Ian Phillips

Circle City Soups | Angela Osborn

WHAT: Market Gras Gumbo Cook-Off (All Ages)
WHEN: Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
TICKETS: marketgras2017.brownpapertickets.com (Ages 5 & Under: FREE, Ages 6-17: $10, Adults: $20)