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

August 21, 2017 Leave a comment
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Mama Carolla’s Old Italian Restaurant is one of the participating restaurants in Devour Indy 2017. AroundIndy.com 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 www.devourindy.com to plan your two weeks of Devour Indy today!

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Welcoming America Week in Lafayette, Sept. 15-24, 2017

August 21, 2017 Leave a comment
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The Tippecanoe County Fairgrounds is one of the participating venues in Welcoming America Week. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2017, all rights reserved.

By Kathy Mayer
http://www.kathymayer.net

(Lafayette and West Lafayette, Ind. – August 21, 2017.) Residents in area communities are invited to join in a lineup of events during Greater Lafayette Welcoming Week from Sept. 15 to 24, 2017.

Activities include a naturalization ceremony, Global Fest, OUTfest, Tippecanoe Latino Festival, a documentary film showing, immigrant entrepreneur panel and ice cream social.

“We have partnered with several groups to celebrate people of all backgrounds, recognize the important contributions immigrants have made to our community, and send a message that being a welcoming community makes all of us stronger-culturally, socially and economically,” said Kirsten Serrano, founder of Greater Lafayette Immigrant Allies.

The organization promotes fellowship among immigrants and allies, educates the community on immigrant issues and advocates for immigrant rights to create a safe and welcoming Greater Lafayette community.

It has affiliated with Welcoming America (www.welcomingamerica.org), a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization at the forefront of creating inclusive communities and spotlighting the benefits immigrants bring to all residents.

For Welcoming America Week locally, Greater Lafayette Immigrant Allies’ partners include Global Fest, Tippecanoe Latino Festival, OUTfest and MatchBOX Coworking Studio.

“Neighbor-to-neighbor is an important way for people to connect,” Serrano said. “Coming together in larger group activities fosters a culture and policy environment for everyone to feel valued.”

Event details are available at:
www.convocations.org/-GlobalFest, www.outfest.pridelafayette.org,
https://www.facebook.com/tippecanoelatinofestival/
https://www.facebook.com/GreaterLafayetteImmigrantAllies/.

If You Go

Sept. 15, 2:45 p.m.
Naturalization Ceremony
White Horse Christian Center
www.convocations.org/-GlobalFest

Sept. 16, noon to 10 p.m.
Global Fest, Streets around Morton Community Center
www.convocations.org/-GlobalFest

Sept. 16, 4 p.m. to midnight
OUTfest, Downtown
www.outfest.pridelafayette.org

Sept. 17, noon to 6 p.m.
Tippecanoe Latino Festival, Fairgrounds
https://www.face-book.com/tippecanoelatinofestival/

Sept. 18, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Screening, “8 Borders, 8 Days” documentary, MatchBOX
https://www.facebook.com/GreaterLafayetteImmigrantAllies/

Sept. 21, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Immigrant Entrepreneur Panel, MatchBOX
https://www.facebook.com/GreaterLafayetteImmigrantAllies/

Sept. 24, 2 to 4 p.m.
Ice Cream Social, Murdock Park
https://www.facebook.com/GreaterLafayetteImmigrantAllies/

Portillo’s Opens Sept. 26, 2017 in Fishers

August 20, 2017 1 comment
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Artist’s rendering of the Fishers Portillo’s.
Image provided by Portillo’s and used with written permission.

By Ana Espinoza
On behalf of Portillo’s

(CHICAGO, August 16, 2017) – Portillo’s, the fast-casual concept known for its menu of Chicago-style favorites, announces the opening date for its first central Indiana location at 9201 E 116th St. in Fishers, IN.

Opening at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 26, 2017, the Fishers location will mark the 52nd restaurant opening for the brand.

The company plans to hire over 150 employees for the new location; interested parties can visit Portillo’s temporary hiring center location at The Wellington Banquet and Catering Center at 9775 N by NE Blvd., or apply online at joinalegend.com. More information on Portillo’s hiring opportunities can be found online at http://www.portillos.com/now-hiring-in-fishers-in.

Once complete, the restaurant will feature a Prohibition-themed interior, drawing décor inspiration from the 1920’s era. The 9,000-square foot restaurant will include seating for more than 200 guests, a seasonal outdoor patio, and drive-thru. Guests to the new Fishers location can enjoy all of Portillo’s classic menu items, including Chicago-Style Hot Dogs, Italian Beef Sandwiches, char-grilled burgers, fresh salads, and Portillo’s famous Chocolate Cake.

The attached photo is an artist’s rendering of what the Fishers restaurant will look like.

Fans can register for a chance to attend a sneak peek training meal prior to opening and receive updates on the Portillo’s Fishers location by signing up at www.portillos.com/fishers. For more information on the company, please visit www.portillos.com or follow Portillo’s on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

About Portillo’s

In 1963, Dick Portillo invested $1,100 into a small trailer to open the first Portillo’s hot dog stand in Villa Park, IL, which he called “The Dog House.” 53 years later, Portillo’s has grown to include restaurants in more than 40 locations across several states. Portillo’s is best known for its Chicago-style hot dogs, Italian beef sandwiches, char-grilled burgers, fresh salads and famous chocolate cake. The Portillo’s brand also includes Barnelli’s restaurants that serve award-winning ribs, pastas with homemade sauces, and fresh sandwiches, soups, and salads. Portillo’s ships food to all 50 states via Portillos.com. Portillo’s Home Kitchen is the company’s fast-growing catering business.

50th Gen Con Gaming Convention, Aug. 17-20, 2017

August 16, 2017 1 comment
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Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

By Stacia Kirby
On behalf of Gen Con

Gen Con Sells Out Historic 50th Convention

Indianapolis (August 14, 2017) Gen Con, North America’s longest-running and best-attended tabletop game convention, has announced a complete sellout of badges for its 50th convention to be held August 17-20 in the Indiana Convention Center. The convention will not sell badges on-site and attendees, as in prior years, will be asked to display their badges while attending the show. In addition to its 50th convention, this Gen Con marks 15 years in Indianapolis.

“Our team is ecstatic to see so many choose to celebrate gaming history with us at the historic Gen Con 50,” said Adrian Swartout, Gen Con CEO. “In this milestone year, we have seen gamers from around the world decide to make Gen Con their summer destination, and we’re anticipating our best show yet. We’ve made optimizing the attendee experience a core goal for Gen Con 50, and we are committed to balancing growth with world class programming.”

In 2016, Gen Con had attendees from all 50 states, every Canadian province, and more than 60 countries. This year, the convention has expanded to the field level of Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts, in addition to its space in the Indiana Convention Center and participating hotels. For the first time, Gen Con also will host a concert in Bankers Life Fieldhouse with a performance by Grammy winning recording artists They Might Be Giants. This concert and entrance to Lucas Oil Stadium both require Gen Con 50 badges.

About Gen Con

Gen Con LLC produces the largest consumer hobby, fantasy, science fiction, and adventure game convention in North America, Gen Con, The Best Four Days in Gaming!™. Acquired in 2002 by former CEO and founder of Wizards of the Coast, Peter Adkison, the company is headquartered in Seattle, Washington. Celebrating 50 years in 2017, Gen Con 50 will be sponsored by Mayfair Games, Paizo, Inc., and Rio Grande Games. For more information, visit http://gencon.com/

“Just Us Girls” Packages in Richmond, Indiana @Visit_Richmond

July 28, 2017 Leave a comment
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“Just Us Girls” Pouch in Richmond, Indiana.

By Bob Burchfield, Editor
AroundIndy.com
, LLC

The other day I was sightseeing in Richmond and Wayne County, Indiana. While visiting with Nancy Sartain at the Richmond/Wayne County Convention and Tourism Bureau (CTB), I came across a unique package that should be of interest to women.

If you stop by the CTB, located at 5701 National Road East in Richmond, you can pick up a “Just Us Girls” pouch (see photo above) containing eight (8) coupons (see below) for discounts on purchases at local galleries, restaurants, boutiques, and more (see below).

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There is also a Visitor Savings Booklet included in the pouch, with 54 discount, free admission, BOGO, and free gift offers (see the “Experience Richmond” image below).

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All coupons expire on Dec. 31, 2017. So now is the time to round up a group of your best friends and head to eastern Indiana to take a day trip with your BFFs, do some shopping, have some fun, and enjoy some good savings on products and services at area venues.

For more information, go to http://visitrichmond.org/, or call 765-935-8687.