Terre Haute chefs collaborate on upcoming On the Road dinner

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Chefs for the upcoming On the Road dinner are, from left, Kris Kraut, Jeff Ford and George Azar

Chefs for the upcoming On the Road dinner are, from left, Kris Kraut, Jeff Ford and George Azar

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 multi-course menu.

Chefs Jeff Ford of J. Ford’s Black Angus, George Azar of Saratoga Restaurant, and Kris Kraut of Federal Coffee + Fine Foods are creating the four-course menu, which also includes wine pairings. The event kicks off with a cocktail hour with a variety of appetizers from the chefs along with complimentary sparkling wine from Huber Winery and a signature cocktail featuring Starlight Distillery.

“We’re so excited to be bringing our On the Road dinner series to Terre Haute,” said Culinary Crossroads founder and director Larry Dickerson. “The meal that these chefs are creating will be phenomenal, and the Ohio Building is a gorgeous setting. It’s going to be a fabulous evening celebrating great food, great talent and great causes.”

That has been the theme for the On the Road dinners, as Culinary Crossroads is committed to shining a spotlight on culinary talent and making sure participating chefs are compensated for their efforts. Culinary Crossroads also makes a donation to each chef’s favorite charity or cause of choice.

The Terre Haute dinner also provides an opportunity to showcase the historic Ohio Building. The downtown landmark was once home to the Goodie Shop Cafeteria on the ground floor, and before that, the upstairs housed the 40-room Hotel Tuller. Now beautifully restored as an event space, the upstairs is the site for the upcoming On the Road dinner.

“A huge part of why I was so excited to host the Culinary Crossroads event is because I know that the future of this building will benefit by the addition of food and beverage,” said building owner Carrie Clarke. “I don’t think there’s anything that brings people together better than those two things.”

That’s what the On the Road dinner series aims to do: bring together civic leaders, business groups and local food fans to help showcase Indiana’s culinary community. So far, Culinary Crossroads has created dinners in Evansville, the New Albany area and Fort Wayne, along with our annual Spring Dinner Series in April in Indianapolis. We can’t wait to see you in Terre Haute!

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