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Chow Down Midtown in Indianapolis, June 2-15

Moe and Johnny's

Moe and Johnny’s is one of the participating restaurants in Chow Down Midtown. staff photo, (c) 2014, all rights reserved.

Press Release
Indiana Restaurant & Lodging Association

Grab your family and friends to experience 14 days of delicious dining deals during Chow Down Midtown, June 2-15, 2014. More than 40 restaurants in the midtown area will offer three-course, value-priced menus.

This year’s event includes such restaurants in midtown Indianapolis (generally in the Broad Ripple area) as Ambrosia, Binkley’s, Delicia, Fat Dan’s Deli, Mama Carolla’s, Moe and Johnny’s (see photo above), Thr3e Wise Men, Union Jack Pub, Yats, Zest! Exciting Food Creations, and many more.

From seafood, fancy food to pizza, you and your friends can experience it all at your favorite restaurant or a new one. View the complete list of participating restaurants and menus at For more information, call 317-673-4211.

Porter County Burger Wars Underway in Northwest Indiana

A perfect cheeseburger.

A perfect cheeseburger. staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Ken Kosky
Indiana Dunes Tourism

Burger Wars, a bracket-style contest to crown the best burgers in Porter County, began on Friday, May 16, 2014. The Epic Eight, identified as having the best burgers in the county through social media mentions and surveys, will battle head-to-head until a winner is crowned.

Porter County’s Epic Eight are:

  • Burgerhaus, Valparaiso
  • Franklin House, Valparaiso
  • Industrial Revolution, Valparaiso
  • Octave Grill, Chesterton
  • Piggies and Cream at the Depot, Kouts
  • Pikk’s Tavern, Valparaiso
  • Village Tavern, Porter
  • Wagner’s Ribs, Porter.

Readers can visit to vote in the first round. The winner of each pairing will advance to a round of four on May 26, with the final round of two kicking off on June 2. The winning restaurant will be announced June 10, and will compete against burgers from six other Northern Indiana counties starting June 13 to pick a Northern Indiana champion.

The contest, an initiative of Indiana Dunes Tourism and the Northern Indiana Tourism Development Commission, is designed to highlight the fact that there are so many great burger places in the area and to encourage residents and visitors to experience multiple restaurants.

The eight restaurants competing against each other will have tourism-produced posters at their businesses and are encouraged to use social media and be creative in getting diners and voters to come their way.

“Burger Wars not only allows people to participate in the battle for the best local burgers, but it will help visitors decide where to go when they’re here and are craving a juicy burger, whether it’s beef, pork, bison, veggie or Ahi tuna. We anticipate that Burger Wars will be the first of several future ‘Wars’ in coming years,” said Angela Pasyk, niche market director for Indiana Dunes Tourism.

In addition to awarding prizes to the restaurants, Indiana Dunes Tourism will award a $100 gift certificate – purchased from the winning Porter County restaurant – to one lucky person from among those who dine and vote for their favorite burger. People are encouraged to check and for opportunities to win other prizes. For more information, call 219-926-2255.

Northside Nights Dinner Specials, Mar. 3-16

February 25, 2014 Leave a comment
Castleton Grill

Castleton Grill, one of the participating restaurants in Northside Nights. staff photo, (c) 2011, all rights reserved.

By Susan Decker
On behalf of the Indiana Restaurant and Lodging Association

Diners will soon be able to experience culinary delights from independent and upscale chain restaurants on the north side of Indianapolis from Monday, March 3 to Sunday, March 16, 2014. For 14 days, guests will be able to take advantage of specially designed three-course, value-priced menus for one person or two people.

In its  fourth year, Northside Nights anticipates more than 30 restaurants will participate in the event providing guests with various dining options including drink pairings, vegetarian and gluten free choices.

Participating restaurants and corresponding menus will be updated online at

Updates will also be posted on the Northside Nights Indy Facebook page and via the Twitter handle @northsidenightsindy. For more information, visit, or call 317-673-4211.

Editor’s Acknowledgement: Susan Decker Media.

Things to do in Indianapolis, Jan. 26-Feb. 2, 2014

January 26, 2014 Leave a comment

Indiana Foodways Alliance ‘Show Us Your Pie’ Contest

January 17, 2014 Leave a comment
Cherry Pie at Storie's Restaurant in Greensburg, Indiana.

Perfect cherry pie at Storie’s Restaurant in Greensburg, Indiana. staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

Press Release
Indiana Foodways Alliance

Peach Pie at Storie's Restaurant.

Peach Pie

Celebrate National Pie Day all month by traveling The Hoosier Pie Trail. The Indiana Foodways Alliance kicked off their Facebook “Show Us Your Pie” Contest to Celebrate National Pie Day (January 23, 2014). Visit one of Indiana Foodways Alliance’s Hoosier Pie Trail Restaurants and take a photo of yourself with your pie and the participating restaurant logo. Submit the pictures to enter the contest to win an Overnight Getaway Package.

Find IFA’s Hoosier Pie Trail Restaurant information and enter to win the contest at

The package includes one overnight at the Hampton Inn & Suites and two dinners from Storie’s Restaurant in Greensburg, Indiana (known for its excellent pies; see photos). Contest runs Jan. 1, 2014 through January 31, 2014. Winner will be notified February 17, 2014.

Banana Cream Pie at Storie's Restaurant

Banana Cream Pie

Indiana Foodways Alliance is a statewide non-profit organization created by members of the I-69 Cultural Corridor Association in January 2007. A membership organization which encompasses a field to table spectrum from agriculture to fine dining, with emphasis on all the specialty foods, farm markets, diners and hands-on restaurants in between that are so dear to the hearts of Midwesterners who love real food.

Storie’s is one of the restaurants on the Hoosier Pie Trail, located across the street from the famed Decatur County Courthouse (you know, the one with the tree growing out of the tower) at 109 East Main Street in Greensburg. It is renowned in southeastern Indiana for its pies, where 30-50 pies of all varieties are made fresh daily and served to the restaurant’s appreciative patrons.

For more information about the Indiana Foodway Alliance, visit, or call  317-853-4944.


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