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Devour Indy Winterfest, Jan. 21 to Feb. 3, 2019 @indianarla @devourindy

January 11, 2019 Leave a comment

Weber Grill in downtown Indianapolis is one of the participating restaurants in Devour Indy. staff photo, (c) 2016, all rights reserved.

By Sarah Stegmeyer
On behalf of Devour Indy

Devour Indy Winterfest will kick off on Monday, Jan. 21 and continue through Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, at more than 200 participating restaurants around Indy.

Feast your eyes! Devour Indy Winterfest presented by Faegre Baker Daniels has released the exclusive, three-course menus from participating restaurants so foodies can start planning their Devour experience.

Devour Indy is excited to have Faegre Baker Daniels return as the official sponsor of Indy’s premier dining event. Faegre Baker Daniels is a full-service law firm that provides business solutions to local, national and international organizations.

With the firm’s support, Devour Indy will once again proudly support Riley Children’s Foundation through this event. Begin planning your two weeks of Devour Indy by choosing a new restaurant to experience, checking out a local attraction, and booking a night at one of the preferred hotels.

Devour Indy Winterfest has restaurants participating throughout the entire greater Indianapolis area. Visit to get those taste buds going by viewing the available menus (posted as they become available). For more information, call 317-673-4211.

Devour Indy Aug. 21 to Sept. 3, 2017 @devourindy

August 21, 2017 1 comment

Mama Carolla’s Old Italian Restaurant is one of the participating restaurants in Devour Indy 2017. staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

By Sarah Stegmeyer
On behalf of Devour Indy

INDIANAPOLIS (Monday, Aug. 21) – More than 200 restaurants in the Greater Indianapolis area are serving up exclusive, value priced menus for Devour Indy 2017
Summerfest. Take advantage of these tasty menus from today, August 21, through Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017.

Beginning today, participating restaurants will be flaunting their three-course menus and showing diners why Indianapolis has been named the “Most Underrated Food City in the U.S” by Zagat.

Sip on the Mr. Cantarito – the official Devour Indy cocktail at Mr. Tequila’s Cantina and Grill in downtown Indianapolis.

Devour Indy welcomes more than 20 new restaurants to the mix, along with those traditional Devour favorites and an additional dozen hotels offering exclusive Devour Indy room rates.

Experience Indianapolis like never before by taking advantage of Devour Indy offers from various hotels and attractions across the city.

Book a stay at one of Indy’s A List hotels, explore the Magnificent Macaw exhibit at the Indianapolis Zoo and cheer on the Indy Eleven at one of their two home games during Devour.

Visit to plan your two weeks of Devour Indy today!

May 2016 in Downtown Indianapolis

April 22, 2016 Leave a comment
Indianapolis skyline

Indianapolis skyline. staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

By Amanda Dorman
Downtown Indy, Inc.

Wholesale District Beautification Day
Community members are coming together for a morning of partnership, productivity and fun as district employees participate in the ninth annual Wholesale District Beautification Day Monday, May 2. More than 200 volunteers will create a clean, pedestrian-friendly environment for the district’s sidewalks, store fronts and businesses. Tasks include sweeping the sidewalks and curbs, removing stickers, painting over graffiti and picking up litter.

100th Running HandleBar Hot Lap on Monument Circle
In the spirit of the 100th Running of the Indy 500, HandleBar, Downtown Indy, Inc. and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway are hosting the 100th Running HandleBar Hot Lap on Monument Circle Friday, May 6 at 11:30 a.m. Races include one-on-one laps around Monument Circle with pit stops and vehicle tweaks. The races will be structured into a 24-team single elimination bracket, narrowing down Indy’s best, culminating in a championship race between the top two teams. Businesses are invited to register a team (10 participants) online for $100/team.

Georgia Street comes to life with Downtown Indy, Inc.’s Summer Series
Downtown Indy, Inc. has again partnered with local fitness studios for Workout Wednesday – fun, all-levels group fitness sessions on the Boardwalk. Hip Hop on Georgia Street in partnership with the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis begins May 4 and reoccurs weekly from noon – 12:45 p.m. Each workout will begin with a local personality/celebrity for the warm-up. The celebrity will be announced each week via Twitter (@GeorgiaStIndy). A new addition to Workout Wednesday this year will be Sunrise Yoga on the Canal in partnership with Invoke Studio. Sunrise Yoga begins June 1 and takes place weekly on the Vermont Street Plaza from 6 – 6:45 a.m.

Happy Hour Thursdays return to the Boardwalk beginning May 5.
Georgia Street’s center block will turn into a work respite from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. every Thursday. Listen to music from live DJs, relax with friends and order appetizers and drinks from the Boardwalk Bar staffed by the Omni Severin Bar. There’s no cover charge, but all attendees must be 21 and older.

Downtown workers can also enjoy ongoing Food Truck Fridays.
Eat lunch alfresco on the Georgia Street Boardwalk and enjoy the sights and sounds of Downtown during weekly from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

May means 500 Festival events
Race fans are invited to Rock-IN-Roar 500 – a music festival and community celebration on Georgia Street that officially “drops the green flag” on Race Week in Indianapolis. On May 20 from 5 – 10:30 p.m., 500 local musicians, led by John Mellencamp keyboardist Troye Kinnett and IndyCar driver Will Power, join together to perform One Republic’s “Love Runs Out” in a musical tribute to the spirit of the 100th Indy 500. Attendees can witness SPECTACLE: Sights & Sounds of the Indy 500 on Georgia Street, featuring a unique light show with some of the most memorable radio calls from the past 100 years. Following this FREE Rock-IN-Roar 500, SPECTACLE will run at 9 p.m., 9:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. May 21 – 29.

The 40th OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini Marathon takes off Saturday, May 7 at 7:30 a.m. The course begins at the intersection of Washington and West streets, heads west to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and does a complete lap around the 2.5 mile track before heading back down New York Street. In addition to the Mini, kids ages 3 – 10 can participate in the non-competitive Chase 500 Festival Rookie Run May 14 at 10:30 a.m. After the Mini, head to Military Park for the FREE 500 Festival Post Race Party.

The 60th IPL 500 Festival Parade kicks off at noon May 28 at noon. About 300,000 spectators from around the country will line the streets of Indianapolis for one of the nation’s premier parades. The month-long roster of events culminates with the 100th running of the Indy 500 on May 29 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Original Farmers’ Market returns May 4
Downtown’s Original Farmers’ Market returns to Indianapolis City Market on May 4 and continues every Wednesday through October. The market is open from 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. on Market Street between Delaware and Alabama Streets. Market Street will be closed each Wednesday during this time.

Bring Mom Downtown on Mother’s Day
Downtown attractions and restaurants will make Mother’s Day extra special. Visit Mother’s Day Weekend at the Indianapolis Zoo May 7 and 8 and enjoy a Zoo-wide scavenger hunt, photo stations, free treats and more. Attend Mother’s Day at the IRT on May 8 and enjoy brunch at noon followed by a performance of The Mousetrap at 2 p.m. Georgia Reese’s is offering a special Mother’s Day brunch buffet all day from 10:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Hot happenings at Downtown attractions
Mini Golf that combines original art and playful competition is coming to the Indianapolis Museum of Art. The much anticipated Artist Designed Mini Golf opens to the public May 10. The course features 18 holes designed by local and regional artists and in honor of Indiana’s Bicentennial, each hole is inspired by Indiana history and landmarks. Tickets are FREE for IMA members and included in regular admission for non-members.

Easley Winery’s outdoor music series Groovin’ in the Garden kicks off on May 21 and runs through September. Enjoy daily wine specials and live music in a relaxing environment every Saturday from 2 – 5 p.m. This series is FREE.

Indiana Historical Society’s Concerts on the Canal return on May 26 and take place every Thursday night from 6 – 8 p.m. through July 28. The 2016 Concerts on the Canal series features a spectacular lineup of entertainers including Shannon Forsell, Flying Toasters, Funk Quarter and The Bishops. Seating is FREE on the grassy hill across the Canal or reserve a table on the terrace for extra.

Cheer on your favorite teams
Catch one (or more) of the 16 Indianapolis Indians home games at Victory Field this month. Enjoy monthly promos including 2-for-1 Tuesdays, Thursday Craft Beer Night, Friday Fireworks and Kid’s Eat Free Sundays. On May 3, share your favorite game with your pup: Bark in the Park allows dogs and their owners a chance to enjoy the game from the right field lawn. There are two chances to catch the Indy Eleven at home: May 7 and May 21.

For more information, call 317-237-2222.

Tickets on Sale for Indianapolis Zoo’s Zoolala

January 12, 2016 Leave a comment

White River Gardens at the Indianapolis Zoo. staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Carla Knapp
Indianapolis Zoo

Guests will be transported to the mysterious African wilderness when the Indy Zoo Council hosts Zoolala 2016: Amazing Africa on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, in the White River Gardens building (pictured above).

This fourth-annual event will begin at 6:30pm with a VIP reception presented by Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP, followed by general admission from 7:30pm to midnight. Tickets are now on sale exclusively through the Indianapolis Zoo’s website.

This vibrant evening of fabulous food, fun and philanthropy provides the perfect opportunity for Central Indiana’s emerging and aspiring leaders to network and engage each other in a social setting while also supporting the Zoo’s animals and programs.

New this year, attendees can start the party early during the VIP reception, which will include special animal chats in the Hilbert Conservatory, early bar access and delicious offerings from The Oceanaire Seafood Room and Open Society Public House.

During the main event, guests will enjoy tempting fare prepared by Zoo Executive Chef Joe Hsu and other area restaurants as well as an open bar with beer provided by Sun King Brewing Co. Additionally, the craft cocktail competition presented by Southern Wine & Spirits will feature the specialty drink creations of some of Indy’s top mixologists. Plus, party goers can dance the night away to live music by the Brett Wiscons Band and DJ Lockstar.

The festivities will continue into the early morning hours with the official Zoolala After Party at Severin Bar. Plus, as the event’s official hotel partner, the Omni Severin Hotel is offering Zoolala guests a discounted room rate.

Tickets for Zoolala 2016 are $150 per person for general admission and $200 for VIP. Attire is black-tie and all guests must be at least 21 years old.

Founded in 2011, the Indy Zoo Council is comprised of community leaders age 25-40 who are dedicated to supporting the Zoo and its mission of advancing animal conservation. Zoolala is the Council’s signature event, which in its first three years has raised more than $100,000 to help fund the feeding and care of nearly 1,400 animals and 31,000 plants in the Zoo’s collection as well as its global animal conservation initiatives.

For more information, call 317-630-2001.

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. staff photo (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

By Bob Burchfield, Editor, 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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] 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, 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.