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Tenderloin Throwdown in Decatur County, July 19

July 14, 2014 Leave a comment
Breaded Tenderloin

That most classic of Hoosier delicacies: the breaded pork tenderloin. staff photo, (c) 2011, all rights reserved.

By Katie Shrader
Greensburg/Decatur County Tourism

Who will answer the call to “Come Show Us Your Loins?” Visitors to Greensburg, Indiana on Saturday, July 19, 2014 will find out for themselves during Mainstreet Greensburg’s inaugural Tenderloin Throwdown.

The search for the best tenderloin in Indiana begins at 10 am on the Tower Tree Square and continues until 6 pm. Competitors will be vying for top honors in four categories: Breaded, Grilled, Creative, and the People’s Choice. An esteemed panel of judges will gather at 1 pm to begin sampling the tasty loins in each category. Winners will be announced at 2:45 pm. Visitors will be able to participate in voting for the People’s Choice between 11-2 pm.  One sample per booth per visitors; each sampler must have a passport to participate.  Stop by the main event tent to get your passport.

Why a Tenderloin Throwdown? “Hoosier Soul Food” is how one tenderloin groupie describes it. “Greensburg is home to many restaurants that serve their unique variations of the tenderloin, so we thought, ‘Why not invite all to a throwdown and see who comes out on top?'” said Stephanie Kress, Mainstreet Greensburg. It shouldn’t be hard to find: just head down to the square and the festivities will be all around the famous Tree on the Courthouse tower.

Some of the competitors announced to date include: Lil Charlies, Mayasari’s Indonesian Grill, Columbus Bar, Sugar Shakers Bakery, and Lincoln Street Grill.

During the Throwdown there will entertainment and activities for the entire family. The Arts and Cultural Council is hosting a Chalk Expo where Greensburg High School students will be creating chalk art. Youth visiting can pay $1 and take a section of Franklin Street to create their work.

According to Bill Rethlake, ACCDC executive director, “We look for a way for projects to challenge creativity and involve our youth! The Chalk Expo supplies this in abundance.”

In addition, families can check out the Kid’s Zone which will have a variety of activities for our smallest visitors including:  a bouncy house obstacle course, a 16 ft tall inflatable slide, gold fish pond, and an air brush tattoo artist for free.  And don’t forget to stop by our Selfie Photo Booth! Post your selfie online with a  #tenderlointhrowdown hashtag.

Entertainment is being planned throughout the day. At 10 am Devon Brown, Elite Obstacle Course competitor including Spartan World Championships and World’s Toughest Mudder, will be offering a free Spartan Boot Camp demonstration presented by Change Fitness at 10 am on the courthouse lawn. The demo will last approximately 60 minutes and will include several fun-themed fitness challenges. Participants will also receive priority registration to future boot camps. A free will offering will be accepted for the Wounded Warrior Project to benefit those who have served our country. For more information, check out their website: or call Devon directly at 317-674-3327 or email

In addition, Pressed in Black will be performing in the Gazebo at 3 pm and Country Music singer Tony Foster is set to be on from 4-6 pm. Foster has been writing songs and playing music for over 20 years. His passion and love for the classic country sounds have taken him to play with country music greats including Jonny Lee at The Yellow Rose of Texas in Shepherdsville, Kentucky. In addition he has shared the stage with Razzy Baily, Clay Underwood, Ken Mellons, Ron Gaddis, Ernest Ashworht, Dennis Adkins, Dave Rowland,and upcoming artist Maria Stamper. Tony has also performed on the Country Junction television show.

Mainstreet Greensburg’s Tenderloin Throwdown is made possible in part with the support of Enhanced Telecommunications, First Federal Savings and Loan, Duke Energy, Visit Decatur County, Inc., Link’s, O’Mara Foods, Elanco, JBS United, Ag Pro, Diversified Services, Greensburg Printing, and Corya Pork Farms.

Mainstreet Greensburg presents the Tenderloin Throwdown. For information on it and the other programs supported by the organization, visit us online at http:// or call 812-222-0037.  Check us out on Facebook as well at

Things to do in Indianapolis, July 14-20, 2014

July 13, 2014 Leave a comment
UniverSoul Circus

UniverSoul Circus at Lafayette Square Mall, July 15-20.
Photo provided by the circus and used with written permission. Logo

15 Public Events in Indianapolis and Indiana

  1. MON-SUN: 44th Annual Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration in Downtown Indianapolis
  2. THU-SAT: 77th Annual Mid-Summer Festival at St. Christopher Parish in Speedway
  3. SAT: Inaugural ‘Tenderloin Throwdown’ Competition in Greensburg
  4. SAT: Indy Eleven Pro Soccer at Michael Carroll Stadium at IUPUI
  5. FRI: Indiana Black Expo Music Heritage Festival I at American Legion Mall
  6. MON-SAT: Johnson County 4-H Fair in Franklin
  7. MON-SAT: 46th Annual Three Rivers Festival in Fort Wayne
  8. TUE-SUN: UniverSoul Circus at Lafayette Square Mall
  9. THU: 26th Annual WTHR Employment Opportunity Fair at the Indiana Convention Center
  10. SAT: 19th Annual Indiana Microbrewers Festival in Broad Ripple
  11. TUE, THU: Indiana Fever WNBA Basketball at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
  12. MON-SAT: Circus City Festival in Peru
  13. MON-SAT: Hendricks County 4-H Fair in Danville
  14. SAT: Anthony Hamilton in Concert at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
  15. WED: Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Live at Holliday Park

To see thousands of upcoming event listings and things to do in Indianapolis and Indiana, visit our main Web site at, or visit the mobile version on your smartphone or tablet PC at Thank you for using as your #1 source for things to do around Indy!

Tenderloin Throwdown in Greensburg, July 19

March 1, 2014 Leave a comment
Tenderloin Throwdown

Logo provided by Visit Decatur County, Inc. and used with written permission.

By Bob Burchfield, Editor, LLC

Anyone who has read this blog for any length of time is surely aware that if you want to get my attention quickly, just mention that great Hoosier classic: the breaded pork tenderloin (BPT). Melanie Maxwell, Executive Director of Decatur County Tourism in Greensburg, is one individual who knows this.

So she got my attention quickly recently with the announcement that Main Street Greensburg and Visit Decatur County, Inc. will host the inaugural Tenderloin Throwdown competition on Saturday, July 19, 2014, to determine who makes the best tenderloin in the state of Indiana. WHOA!

Why didn’t somebody think of this before? I’ve heard of all kinds of burger competitions. In fact, I attended a great one last summer at Family Leisure judged by George Hill from the Indiana Pacers and Anthony Castonzo from the Indianapolis Colts, among others. Someone is always trying to outdo the competition when it comes to making a great burger. Same goes for chili cookoffs, BBQ competitions, pie wars at the City Market recently, and so forth. But have you ever heard of a tenderloin competition? That would be news to me and lots of others, even though it’s been dubbed the state sandwich of Indiana (I don’t think that’s official, but it might as well be).

A pan of pork tenderloins

A pan of homemade pork tenderloins
at the Burchfield residence.

So this is kind of exciting. Why? Well…I make a pretty mean BPT, if I do say so myself. And it appears that this competition is open to both professional chefs as well as amateur cooks like me. I’m getting kind of enthusiastic about entering this contest, to tell you the truth. I don’t know if I can match the culinary talents of some of the professional chefs in Indiana, but I know how to make a darn good tenderloin. I’m hopeful that they might divide the competition into two classes, one for chefs and one for amateurs. I wouldn’t mind taking a shot at the amateur title.

The official announcement arrived in my inbox yesterday:

“Do you claim to have the best pork tenderloin sandwich in Indiana? Prove it! Join us in Downtown Greensburg, Indiana on July 19, 2014 for the Inaugural Tenderloin Throwdown.  Each participating team will line up around the Decatur County Courthouse, cook their famed sandwich and enter their creation to win in one or more of the following categories: Best Breaded Tenderloin, Best Grilled Tenderloin, Most Creative Tenderloin and People’s Choice. Winners will receive a prize package and more importantly, bragging rights. Come show us your loins!

“The Tenderloin Throwdown will be made possible with the support of Mainstreet Greensburg. Registration is $50 for Decatur County participants and $75 for out-of-county participants. All participants must apply for a temporary food service permit from the Decatur County Health Department ($15).”

You know what? This could be a big deal for the victor. Can you imagine winning the competition and owning the bragging rights that go with that? The right to say that you make the best tenderloin in Indiana in a state known for its great tenderloins! That would be pretty cool for either a professional chef, restaurateur, or amateur cook.
So I might just do some tinkering with my recipe to see if I can think of a way to add more flavor and taste to my tenderloins and put them over the top in this competition. Lots of places and people claim to make the best tenderloin in Indiana. This is an opportunity to put up or shut up.
In the meantime, for entry forms and additional information contact Staci Schutte or Elizabeth Nobbe with Mainstreet Greensburg at 812-222-0037. Or email
Breaded Tenderloin at the Tie Dye Grill

Breaded Tenderloin at the Tie Dye Grill in Indianapolis. staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

Breaded Tenderloin, Gas Light Inn

Breaded Tenderloin, Gas Light Inn in Indianapolis. staff photo, (c) 2011, all rights reserved.

Breaded Tenderloin at Storie's Restaurant.

Breaded Tenderloin at Storie’s Restaurant in Greensburg.
(Across the street from the site of this competition, no less!) staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.