Ramp Fest returns to benefit Hardesty Scholarship and other causes

Ramp Fest returns to benefit Hardesty Scholarship and other causes

After a successful debut in 2023, Ramp Fest is back for its second year, promising another unparalleled culinary experience at Kan-Kan Cinema & Restaurant located in Indy’s Windsor Park neighborhood. Building on the success of the inaugural Ramp Fest, this year’s...

Chefs honored at ACF awards gala

Chefs honored at ACF awards gala

Chefs honored at ACF awards galaCulinary Crossroads was honored to attend the recent Presidents Gala of the Indianapolis chapter of the American Culinary Federation. The event, held at the Hotel Carmichael in Carmel, recognized the talent and dedication of numerous...

Two Indiana chefs on James Beard Award list

Two Indiana chefs on James Beard Award list

The “long list” of semifinalists for the James Beard Foundation Restaurant & Chef Awards was released Feb. 24, and two Indiana chefs made the cut. Chef Thomas Melvin of Vida in Indianapolis and chef Sal Fernandez of Bridges Craft Pizza & Wine Bar in...

Looking Back at a Busy Year in 2023

Looking Back at a Busy Year in 2023

It’s almost 2024! All of us here at Culinary Crossroads hope you’ve had a great year and a wonderful holiday season. And, of course, the season isn’t over quite yet. We’re sending wishes for a Happy New Year as well! But before we launch into January, we thought we’d...

Support local businesses with your holiday shopping

Support local businesses with your holiday shopping

The Christmas shopping season is upon us, and as you’re making your list and checking it twice, all of us here at Culinary Crossroads hope you’ll consider supporting local for some of those holiday presents. A made-in-Indiana gift does more than make the recipient...

Indy student chefs win big at the World Food Championships

Indy student chefs win big at the World Food Championships

Two Indiana middle school students took first place in a new junior division at the World Food Championships in Dallas.

Paramount Schools of Excellence student chef Tony Fernandez, aided by sous chef Tiffany Smith, both 14, won first place and $2,500 Nov. 8 at the competition that included 12 middle and high school teams from Dallas and Indianapolis.

Paramount CEO Tommy Reddicks launched a Junior Chef Academy program this past year that aimed to address food insecurity among student families by teaching cooking skills. Student chefs in the program, taught by local chef Ross Katz, competed during the school’s TURN Festival in September, and the top-scoring teams earned golden tickets to the World Food Championships.

Terre Haute collaborative chef dinner a success

Terre Haute collaborative chef dinner a success

Three of Central Indiana’s top chefs came together for a fabulous collaborative dinner Wednesday evening at the historic Ohio Building in Terre Haute. Jeff Ford of J. Ford’s Black Angus, George Azar of The Saratoga restaurant and Kris Kraut of Federal Coffee + Fine...

Terre Haute chefs collaborate on upcoming On the Road dinner

Terre Haute chefs collaborate on upcoming On the Road dinner

The next Culinary Crossroads “On the Road” dinner is set for Oct. 25 in Terre Haute at the historic Ohio Building. Ivy Tech Community College Terre Haute campus is the presenting sponsor for the dinner, which spotlights three top chefs who will be collaborating on a...

Indiana chefs win golden tickets to World Food Championships

Indiana chefs win golden tickets to World Food Championships

Three more Indiana chefs received a golden ticket to the World Food Championships recently and will be joining Team Indiana at the November competition in Dallas. Chefs Brady Foster of Foster’s Café and Catering, Dean Sample of Bonge’s Tavern and Youssef Boudarine of...

Chefs and students to compete in “Perfect Bite” competitions

Chefs and students to compete in “Perfect Bite” competitions

Here at Culinary Crossroads, we’re big fans of food sports. From burger battles to bake-offs, we love to see what competing chefs can cook up on the spot. We got a chance to enjoy a competition up close last September, when our partners at Paramount Schools of...

Shop local at the state fair’s Indiana Grown Marketplace

Shop local at the state fair’s Indiana Grown Marketplace

Here at Culinary Crossroads, we’re all about Indiana products, and one of the best places to find those local products is at the Indiana Grown Marketplace storefront at the Indiana State Fair. The fair runs through Aug. 20, so you still have plenty of time to stop by...