Dig In Celebrates Hoosier Food

31 Aug

I was lucky enough to attend the second annual Dig In event this past Sunday courtesy of my good friends at Yelp! Indy.  More on that in a minute.  First, I have to deal with a bit of business.  Last week’s Eversave giveaway yielded ZERO entries!  So obviously it didn’t appeal to my readers.  If anyone has any comments, I’d love to hear them.  Now, back to Dig In.

Dig In at White River State Park

Dig In is a farm to fork event–in other words, Indiana chefs, food producers and farmers come together to celebrate Indiana food.  If that isn’t cool enough, the event took place at White River State Park , a great setting on such a gorgeous day.  There were 27 chefs, 11 breweries and 9 wineries offering samples as well as many more producers offering products for sale.  I was determined to taste everything, but had to call it quits after visiting 13 chefs, and even at that I only had a bite or two of many of the dishes.  It simply isn’t possible to leave this event hungry!

A Selection of Tarts by Chef Greg Scheisser

Here are some of the highlights.  My favorite dish was a tie between the pulled pork with baked beans and bacon foam by Chef Brendon Cheney from the JW Marriott and the applewood smoked lamb with grilled peach and poblano relish and corn, wild rice and goat cheese fritter by Chefs Braulio de la Torre and Ryan Evans from the Severin Bar & Grill.  Another stand out for me was the smoked turkey and ginger sausage by Chef Chris Eley of Goose the Market.  As for the sweets, I really enjoyed the peach and frangipane tart by Chef Cindy Hawkins at Circle City Sweets and the toasted salted caramel marshmallows from 240Sweet.

Pulled Pork w/ Baked Beans & Bacon Foam by Chef Brendon Cheney

There were so many more foods I loved, as well as many beers.  And there were so many more things I didn’t get to try!  I’d like to hear from those of you who went–what were some of your favorites?

Save the Date!


5 Responses to “Dig In Celebrates Hoosier Food”

  1. Nathan Miller August 31, 2011 at 4:57 PM #

    Very hip article. . But I missed Dig In last year, but made it a point to go this year, and you are right. It was spot on. Top class. And worth every penny. Thank you for spotlighting some of the local chef’s, restaurants’ businesses and artisans. Great day and amazing work put in by all. My favorites was the Tomato Gazpacho form Petite Chou and the Corn Chowder from My Dads Sweetcorn. Also the amazing Rum Syrup from Burton’s Maple Farm, the Chocolates from Chocolate for the Spirit, Puffs from 240 Sweet, and the refreshing juice bar from Natural Born Juicers!

  2. @hust0058 August 31, 2011 at 4:59 PM #

    Glad you were able to find this event via Yelp!

    Nice review of the event. My favorite line is very fitting “It simply isn’t possible to leave this event hungry!” I only wish I had more time to train for this foodie marathon. If you sampled from each chef you’d have 54 oz of food, 11 oz of beer and 9 oz of wine. That’s 4.625 pounds of goodness. Thank goodness for the free bottled water to help wash all the food down.

    This is one of my favorite events in Indianapolis. What’s not to love!

  3. Lori August 31, 2011 at 7:39 PM #

    My favorites were the sweet corn chowder from Circle City Soups, the Indiana peach and frangipane tart from Circle City Sweets, and the Oaken Barrel brew. I was surprised so many breweries were sampling heavy, winter-y beers on a hot summer day – will cross my fingers for some more pales and ambers next year. Overall, loved this event and will definitely attend again!

    • City Nom Noms September 1, 2011 at 2:55 PM #

      Hands down my favorite was the bread pudding from Kelties. Plus, there was a maple syrup tasting – bourbon barrel love at its finest! I’ll have to post my review asap!

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