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Dig IN, a Taste of Indiana, Aug. 30, 2015

August 10, 2015 Leave a comment
Dig IN, a Taste of Indiana, Aug. 30, 2015.

Dig IN, a Taste of Indiana, Aug. 30, 2015. Photo provided by the event organizers and used with written permission.

By Jen Thomas
On behalf of Dig IN, a Taste of Indiana

Indiana’s favorite food festival – Dig IN, a Taste of Indiana – returns for the sixth year on Aug. 30, 2015 at White River State Park.

The farm-to-fork festival will feature more than 80 dishes and drinks prepared by some of the top chefs, food artisans, brewers and vintners from around the state.

“There’s no other event that brings together so many great Indiana chefs in one place, offering dishes that include local meats and off-the-vine produce grown and harvested right here in Indiana,” said Thom England, executive director of Dig IN.

A general-admission ticket for $35 ($45 after Aug. 23), includes all the samples, plus live performances by Indiana-based musical groups. It’s a menu like no other.

Try pickled shrimp with fried toast, pancetta mac & cheese, watermelon soup or grilled peach shortcake with wildflower Ridge Honey lavender crème.

There will be smoked beef, sweet corn (and street corn), pork carnitas with avocado mousse and fresh, stuffed tomatoes. Plus, there will be plenty of drink options to wash it all down, including more than 15 Indiana craft breweries.

The event is noon to 5 p.m., but an early admission ticket for $60 gets visitors in to begin tastings at 11 a.m. Or, for the ultimate VIP Experience for $120, you’ll get to savor your tastings in an air-cooled tent, plus get rare and reserve beer and wines, and enjoy additional foods prepared by Bluebeard, Milktooth, Recess and FARM Bloomington.

Purchase tickets in advance online at www.digindiana.org, or at the gate.

Following is the list of participants and the dishes they’ll be serving on Aug. 30:

FOOD SAMPLES

18 on the Square – Pulled Pork and smoked sweet corn salsa

240sweet Artisan Foodworks – BBQ goat and sweet corn cake

Bee Coffee Roasters – Crimson Coffee Soda

Bea’s Soda Bar – Honey Blossom Crème Soda

Cerulean – Corn Pound Cake with Mango and Lime

Citizen Hash – Tijuana Bacon Street Corn

Circle City Soups – Pintxo of Mushroom and Goat Cheese

Circle City Sweets – Grilled Peach Shortcake with Wildflower
Ridge Honey Lavender Creme

Cobblestone Grill – Pork Carnitas with avocado mousse, sweet
corn relish and cilantro green tomatillo salsa

Delicia & La Mulita – Carnitas with yogurt-tomatillo salsa

Duo’s Indy – Scnabeltier Raclette with Heirloom Potato and House
Pickle

Fresh Artistry – Hoosier stuffed tomatoes

Gates Catering – Sweet Corn Gnocchi with Grilled Fischer Farms Pork Belly, Blistered Anaheim Peppers and Traders Point Fleur de la Terre

Goose the Market and The Smoking Goose – Smoked Beef Sammy

J. Ford’s Black Angus – Oriental Brisket Steamed Buns with Pickled Chilies, Honey Ginger Scallion Mayo and Cilantro Greens

Joseph Decuis – Wagyu Manga Meatball Bahn Mi

Just Rennie’s Cookie Company – Just Rennie’s Cookies

Lasalle Grill – Braised and Chilled Maple Leaf Farms Duck Breast

Late Harvest Kitchen/The North End BBQ – Rabbit Sausage with Giardiniera and Country Mustard

Local Eatery and Pub – Chicken and its lunch…. Cured, Braised and Grilled Chicken Drummettes, Corn Meal, Bacon Root Vegetable Gravy

Meridian – Hot Brown-Roasted Turkey, Bacon Jam, Mornay Sauce, White Bread, Tomato Salad

Mesh – Pickled Shrimp with Fried Toast

Napolese – Heirloom Tomatoes & Cottage Cheese

Natural Born Juicers – Live at the BBQ

Northside Social & Kitchenette – Pancetta Mac & Cheese

Nourish – Duck Confit Chilaquiles

OAKLEYS bistro – Red Chile Braised Duck w/a Scallion Masa Pancake and Lime Cilantro Crema

One World Catering – Goose with the Golden Egg – Saffron Pickled Egg, Smoking Goose Salumi, Raita, Tulip Tree Tuile

Peterson’s Restaurant – Trout In a Fur Coat
R2GO + R bistro – Confit of chicken thighs, watermelon soup + watermelon salad

Severin Bar – Stone Ground Grit Bar

Scratchtruck – Blackstrap Molasses & Sriracha Pulled Pork

Shoefly Public House – Peri Peri Roasted Sweet Corn

Soulshine Market – Sweet Potato Shawarma

Spire Farm-to-Fork Cuisine – Mushroom Ragout with Gnocchi, Jowl Bacon and Smoked Corn Coulis

Spice Box – Chicken Panache

Taxman Gastropub – Cheese and cracker

The Loft Restaurant at Traders Point Creamery – Composition of Tomatoes, Farmers Cheese and Indigenous Sunflowers

The Oceanaire Seafood Room – Roasted Elk with Corn and Pickled Jalapeño

Tinker Street Restaurant and Wine Bar – Tomato gazpacho with Watermelon Relish

Tulip Noir – Chilled Sweet corn Buttermilk soup

Union 50 – Beer-Braised Serrano Lamb Sausage

Valley Kitchen & Bar – Brush Your Shoulders Off

CRAFT BREWERIES:

Barley Island
Bent Rail
Black Acre
Bloomington Brewing Co.
Brugge
Daredevil
Scarlet Lane
Sun King
Taxman
Three Floyds
Tin Man
Triton Brewing Company

WINERIES:

Blackhawk Winery
Country Heritage Winery
Easley Winery
Heagy Vineyards
Hopwood Cellars
Mallow Run Winery
New Day Craft
Rettig Hill
Schnabeliter
Simmons Winery
Thomas Family

WHAT:
Dig IN, a Taste of Indiana 2015

WHEN:
Aug. 30, 2015, Noon to 5 p.m.

WHERE:
White River State Park, 801 W. Washington St., Indianapolis

TICKETS:
ww.digindiana.org and at the gate, while they last

$35 for General Admission ($45 after Aug. 23)
$60 for Early Admission at 11 a.m.
$120 for the Ultimate VIP Experience, including:
• Parking in nearby underground garage
• Climate-controlled luxury restrooms
• Air-cooled tent
• Rare and reserve beers and wines available exclusive for VIPs
• Bistro table seating

INFO:
www.digindiana.org, 317-363-4625

Scotty’s @Brewhouse Unveils New Menu Items

April 18, 2015 Leave a comment
Scotty's Brewhouse

Scotty’s Brewhouse on East 96th Street in Indianapolis, IN. AroundIndy.com staff photo (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

By Bob Burchfield, Editor
AroundIndy.com, LLC

Scott Wise

Scott Wise

I’ve been a big fan of Scotty’s Brewhouse ever since it opened a few years ago, for its wide variety of menu items, great atmosphere, an enthusiastic social media presence (e.g. @brewhouse on Twitter), and the amusing, gregarious, oft-irreverent tweets of owner Scott Wise (see photo at right), who was on hand at Monday’s event to present the new menu.

Candidly, I’ve been enthralled by watching Scotty’s grow quickly from its single location in Muncie to a dozen locations statewide, including Bloomington, Lafayette, Carmel, Brownsburg, Mishawaka, Fort Wayne, Noblesville (coming in 2015), Franklin (also opening soon in 2015), Southport, two Indianapolis locations (plus a first-cousin: Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Company in Broad Ripple), and a third Indy location coming soon on the near northside–just wait until Scott tells you WHERE! I admire and respect the assertive entrepreneurship inherent in the company’s rapid growth! There’s even an unconfirmed rumor of Scotty’s first out-of-state location.

So even though my recent medical issues precluded me from sampling the fare, I was in attendance at Scotty’s spring menu rollout event at the 96th Street location earlier this week, where 12 new menu items were introduced to a receptive group of 50 social media influencers.

I’ve got to be honest and say that I can’t personally attest to the tastes and flavors of most of these delicious-looking menu items because of my cardiac diet, but I managed to get some photos, so I thought I’d share them with you here:

Avocado Chicken Club

Avocado Chicken Club at Scotty’s Brewhouse. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

ABOVE: The Avocado Chicken Club includes apple wood smoked chicken, bacon, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, and guacamole. I tried a couple of bites of this (without the bread) and found that the guacamole works really well with the other ingredients. And guacamole is good fat, so hey!

Beer Battered Onion Rings

Beer Battered Onion Rings. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

ABOVE: The Beer Battered Onion Rings are thick cut and served with mofo mustard.

Berry Spinach Salad

Berry Spinach Salad. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

ABOVE: The Berry Spinach Salad is served with spinach, strawberries, blueberries, candied pecans, feta, and honey balsamic dressing. This one is on my list.

Bourbon Chicken Tacos

Bourbon Chicken Tacos. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

ABOVE: With grilled chicken, bourbon honey, rainbow cabbage, jalapeno ranch, and green onions, the Bourbon Chicken Tacos are a winner, IMO.

Grilled Romaine Salad

Grilled Romaine Salad. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

ABOVE: For me, this might be one of the menu items that I could actually have. My cardiologist might go along with this one with a little arm-twisting (smile). The Grilled Romaine Salad has grilled artisan romaine, chopped bacon, bleu cheese crumbles, heirloom tomatoes, and bacon aioli. It’s kind of naked BLT of sorts. For me it was the most eye-catching of the new menu items. Lots of visual appeal.

Instagramwich Bacon Bomb

Instagramwich Bacon Bomb. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

ABOVE: How about THIS one? A hand-pattied burger with a blend of 60% ground chuck and 40% ground bacon, cheddar cheese, battered and fried bacon, bacon aioli, and a fried egg, all on a pretzel bun. Wowzer!

Joker's Wild Burger

Joker’s Wild Burger. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

ABOVE: The Joker’s Wild Burger is served with ghost chili pepper jack cheese, beer battered onion rings, and mofo mustard. Mercy mercy me!

Manimal Smash Burger

Manimal Smash Burger. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

ABOVE: Two quarter-pound patties smashed thin characterize this Scotty’s burger, served with American cheese, sauteed onions, and thousand island dressing.

Paleo Burger in a Bowl

Paleo Burger in a Bowl. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

ABOVE: This is another I might be able to try, with spring mix, heirloom tomatoes, and red onion. You can add the cheese at no extra charge to go non-Paleo.

Piggy Mac Grilled Cheese

Piggy Mac Grilled Cheese. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

ABOVE: This ought to get your motor runnin’! BBQ pulled pork, cheddar and American cheese, plus macaroni and cheese. Oh my!

Roasted Jalapeno Poutine

Roasted Jalapeno Poutine. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

ABOVE: Natural cut fries, ghost chili pepper jack cheese, roasted jalapeno country gravy, fresh jalapenos, and green onions make up the Roasted Jalapeno Poutine at Scotty’s.

Roasted Jalapeno Poutine Burger

Roasted Jalapeno Poutine Burger. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

ABOVE: The Roasted Jalapeno Poutine Burger features natural cut fries, ghost chili pepper jack cheese, roasted jalapeno country gravy, jalapenos, and green onions.

And oh, by the way, can Scotty’s take care of guys like me on a cardiac diet? Sure:

Scotty's Broccoli

Scotty’s Broccoli. [smile] AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

So I was a good boy, stuck to my guns with some chicken and broccoli, came home satisfied, and am here to share these photos with you. All-in-all, it was an excellent evening receiving high praise from those in attendance.

DISCLOSURE NOTICE: A Pots & Pans Production, LLC, parent company of Scotty’s Brewhouse, provided AroundIndy.com, LLC (and many other invited guests) with a free meal at their soft openings and new menu rollout events in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2015 at the 96th Street Scotty’s, Scotty’s Lakehouse in Fishers, Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Co. in Broad Ripple, Scotty’s Burger Joint in Columbus, and Scotty’s Brewhouse in Southport.