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...

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...

Cooking competitions heat up at the Indiana State Fair

Cooking competitions heat up at the Indiana State Fair

Have you ever watched a cooking competition and thought, “I could do that!” Or sampled some barbecue at a festival and decided that your ribs and brisket would win? Maybe it’s your grandma’s biscuit recipe that beats everyone else’s or your killer brownies that...

Enjoying the summer and planning ahead

Enjoying the summer and planning ahead

It’s summertime and the livin’ is easy! That’s the saying, at least. But those lazy days of summer just don’t seem to last. It’s almost the Fourth of July, and all of us here at Culinary Crossroads hope that you’re getting out and enjoying the season before it slips...

Time to hit the road for Indiana’s fabulous food fests

Time to hit the road for Indiana’s fabulous food fests

When you live at the Culinary Crossroads of America, like we do here in Indiana, it’s easy to find great restaurants, bountiful farmers’ markets, unique products and fabulous festivals. This week in our On the Road newsletter, we tell you about a Burmese restaurant in...

Southern Indiana chefs in the spotlight for On the Road dinner

Southern Indiana chefs in the spotlight for On the Road dinner

Indiana has so much culinary talent, and we’re on a mission to shine a spotlight on talented chefs around the state! To that end, we launched our On the Road dinners in 2021, with our first stop at Evansville’s Copper House Restaurant & Bar. We hit the road for...

Skills USA Competition State Finals

As part of our work with Ivy Tech Community College, Culinary Crossroads was honored to help host a reception on April 14 for high school culinary students participating in the state finals of the Skills USA competition. Ivy Tech president Sue Ellspermann attended the...