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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 Ball Brewery. When that spot was purchased by Scarlet Lane Brewing, she oversaw the kitchens at two of the brewery’s locations. With her latest move, she has even more locations to cook for. Look for Chef Erin to kick off our Culinary Crossroads Spring Dinner Series in Indianapolis in April. Catch us up on where you are now. After working in brewery tap house kitchens for nearly six years, I left to take a position as the Culinary Director of Small Victories Hospitality Group...

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Indy creamery features milk, cheeses and farm-to-fork restaurant

Indy creamery features milk, cheeses and farm-to-fork restaurant

Just off of West 86th Street in Indianapolis, a turn to the north on Moore Road, and you’re truly off the beaten path. The surroundings quickly change from suburban shopping centers and interstate highways to rolling farmland where historic barns dot the landscape. And if you spot a herd of brown Swiss cows, you’ll know you’ve found Traders Point Creamery, Indiana’s first certified organic dairy. You might not see those cows right away, though, as they’re free to roam on the 112-acre farm. But they head in for milking every day, and visitors often stop in to watch. The organic dairy, owned by Jane Elder Kunz and husband Peter “Fritz” Kunz and situated on family property, will mark its 20th anniversary this year. As they note on the...

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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 create a one-of-a-kind evening celebrating great food, great talent and great causes. These collaborative chef dinners feature multi-course meals that never fail to wow our guests and support a variety of local causes chosen by the chefs. The dinners also bring together local food fans and supporters of Indiana’s culinary community while spotlighting businesses, farms, wineries, distilleries and breweries. We hope to see you at one of our events around the state! We’re also...

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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 Hawkins of Circle City Sweets competing in the dessert category; Craig Baker of HAIV Hospitality in the sandwich category; Justin Miller in seafood; Turon Cummings of Soul Kantina in burger; Marcus Daniel of Joseph Decuis in vegetarian; Travis Hitch of Kan-Kan Brasserie in bacon; and Mike Gomez of Gomez BBQ in rice/noodle. Five Team Indiana chefs made it into the top 10 in their categories: Hawkins, Baker, Cummings, Daniel and Hitch. They all went on to compete in the final round...

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