Catching up with Indy chef Erin Kem

Catching up with Indy chef Erin Kem

Indianapolis food fans might know chef Erin Kem from the dozen years she spent at the highly regarded R bistro on Mass Ave. But when that restaurant closed in 2016, she took on the challenge of cooking in a very small footprint – behind the bar at the former Cannon...

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Enjoy a taste of Indiana with our dinners and newsletter

Enjoy a taste of Indiana with our dinners and newsletter

We’re taking the show on the road! Our Culinary Crossroads team heads to Fort Wayne later this month for another On the Road dinner. As we’ve done in Evansville and in the New Albany/Jeffersonville area, our Fort Wayne dinner will bring together talented chefs to...

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Q&A with Joseph Decuis chef Marcus Daniel

Q&A with Joseph Decuis chef Marcus Daniel

Marcus Daniel is the executive chef at Joseph Decuis, a fine-dining restaurant in Roanoke, Ind. The restaurant features Wagyu beef raised on the restaurant’s nearby farm along with Mangalitsa pigs, heritage chickens and turkeys, and a wide array of vegetables. Chef...

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Reimagined former factory includes food hall, market & more

Reimagined former factory includes food hall, market & more

The former General Electric plant in Fort Wayne, which closed in 2015, has been brought back to life in spectacular fashion as Electric Works, a sprawling multi-use development that now houses a food hall and market featuring fresh and prepared foods, a bar, a...

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Collaborative chef dinners bring local food fans together

Collaborative chef dinners bring local food fans together

Here at Culinary Crossroads, we believe strongly in building community and bringing people together around the dinner table. Our Dinner Series initiative began in April 2021, with our Spring Dinner Series at Highland Golf & Country Club in Indianapolis. Our 2022...

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Team Indiana at the World Food Championships

Team Indiana at the World Food Championships

Team Indiana was well represented at the 2022 World Food Championships in Dallas this year. The competition took place Nov. 9-13, and Culinary Crossroads helped support seven Indiana chefs as they competed. This year’s Team Indiana group of chefs included Cindy...

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Indy pastry chef to compete at World Food Championships

Indy pastry chef to compete at World Food Championships

Indianapolis pastry chef Cindy Hawkins, owner of Circle City Sweets, competed in her fifth World Food Championships in November as part of Team Indiana, a Culinary Crossroads initiative, and placed in the top 10. We caught up with Hawkins at her shop and production...

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Award-winning rye in Indiana

Award-winning rye in Indiana

The Indiana Rye Whiskey designation took effect in 2021 and follows the federal requirements for rye whiskey — a minimum of 51 percent rye in the grain bill, distilled at no greater than 160 proof, placed in a barrel at no more than 125 proof — then adds the...

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New culinary scholarship created in honor of Indy chef

New culinary scholarship created in honor of Indy chef

Chef Greg Hardesty, who passed away in the spring of 2021, left an indelible legacy through the training and mentoring of many of Indy’s premier chefs at his restaurants H2O Sushi, Elements, Recess and Room 4. To honor this legacy, Culinary Crossroads has helped...

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