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What You’ll Eat at Dig-IN on August 28

I hate food blogs. I hate food books. I hate food magazine articles.

It’s not because they’re boring or awful or the people who write them are mean to their mothers. It’s because I want to eat the thing the writer is describing, and I can’t, because it’s just words on a page or computer screen.

(“I also don’t like reading about places that I’ll probably never visit,” complained the travel writer.)

But when I got the list of who’s going to be cooking and what they’re serving for Dig-IN this month, I decided I could kill two birds with one stone (and then eat them both) by telling you all about it. Then, you’ll either come to Dig-IN and thank me, or you’ll hate me forever for doing this to you.

These Indiana farmers are providing the following food

  • Becker Farms of Mooreland, chicken
  • Cook’s Bison Ranch of Wolcottville, bison tenderloin
  • Creighton Brothers, Atwood, eggs
    Dougherty Farm Fresh Beef of Franklin, ground beef
  • Fisher Farms of Jasper, turkey and beef
  • Gunthorp Farms of LaGrange, pork and turkey
  • Indiana Packers/Indiana Kitchen, Delphi, pork
    Kuehnert Dairy Farm, Ft. Wayne, chocolate milk from Prairie Farms
  • Maple Leaf Farm of Milford, duck breast and leg
  • Bill Peters, Sharpsville, pork
  • Royer Farm Fresh of Clinton, beef
  • Smith Dairy, Richmond, cream
  • Walnut Valley Bison, Twelve Mile, bison
  • Alan Wilhoite, Lebanon, pork

And here’s who’s serving it (and how)

Chefs/Restaurants

  • Nicholas Carter: Black Swan Brew Pub, Plainfield
  • Brad Gates: Brad Gates Catering, Carmel
  • Jack London: Butler University, Indianapolis
  • Tyler Herald: Café Patachou, Indianapolis
  • JJ Boston: Chef JJ’s Back Yard, Indianapolis
  • Cindy Hawkins: Circle City Sweets, Indianapolis
  • Roger Hawkins: Circle City Soups, Indianapolis
  • Susan Orebaugh Grand Grilling to Go catering, Muncie
  • Mark Cox, Joshua Henson Fermenti Artisan, Indianapolis
  • Greg Schiesser Indiana Downs, Shelbyville
  • Joseph Hewett: Indigo Duck, Franklin
  • Nate Jackson: IUPUI Food Service, Indianapolis
  • Thom England: Ivy Tech Community College of Central Indiana
  • Jeff Ford: J. Ford’s Black Angus, Terre Haute
  • Aaron Butts: Joseph Decuis, Roanoke
  • Douglas and Marla Rennie: Just Rennie’s Cookie Company, Evansville
  • Brendon Cheney JW Marriott, Indianapolis
  • Keltie Sullivan Domina Keltie’s Restaurant and Café, Westfield
  • Regina Mehallick: R bistro, Indianapolis
  • David Tallent: Restaurant Tallent, Bloomington
  • Sam Brown: Second Helpings, Indianapolis
  • Christopher Eley: Smoking Goose & Goose the Market, Indianapolis
  • Braulio De La Torre: Severin Bar and Grille, Indianapolis
  • Justin Cowan: Served Café/Bistro, Indianapolis
  • Lucas Trinosky/Tony Hanslits: The Chef’s Academy, Indianapolis
  • Craig Baker: The Local Eatery and Pub, Westfield
  • Cara Dafforn: U-Relish Farm, Indianapolis
  • Valerie Vanderpool: Zest! Exciting Food Creations, Indianapolis
  • Alan Sternberg Restaurant 2(oh!)4, Muncie

Breweries

  • Barley Island Brewing Company, Noblesville
  • Brugge Brasserie, Broad Ripple
  • Black Swan Brewpub, Plainfield
  • Crown Brewing Company, Crown Point
  • Figure 8 Brewing, Valparaiso
  • Flat 12 Bierwerks, Indianapolis
  • Mad Anthony Brewing Company, Ft. Wayne
  • Oaken Barrel Brewing Company, Greenwood
  • Sun King Brewing, Indianapolis
  • Upland Brewing Company, Bloomington

Wineries

  • Best Vineyards, Elizabeth
  • Buck Creek Winery, Indianapolis
  • Carousel Winery, Bedford
  • Chateau Thomas Winery, Indianapolis
  • Chateau de Pique Winery, Seymour
  • Rettig Hill Winery, Columbus
  • The Rowland Winery, Dillsboro
  • Winzerwald Winery, Bristow
  • Wolfcreek Wines, Columbus

Indiana Artisans

  • 240Sweet of Columbus: marshmallows
  • Big Brick House Bakery: Wabash, breads
  • Burton’s Maplewood Farm, Medora: maple syrup
  • Capshew Cellars, Lanesville: vinegars
  • Chocolate for the Spirit, Shelbyville: chocolates
  • Coe’s Handmade Style Noodles, Lynn: beef and noodles
  • J. Evelyn Confections, Indianapolis: chocolates
  • Salt Creek Valley Farms, Batesville: jams and relishes

Beverages

  • Bjava Coffee and Tea, Indianapolis: sparkling iced coffee with plum and poplar bark syrup
  • Hoosier Momma’s Bloody Mary Maker, Indianapolis: shots of Bloody Mary mix for “red beer”
  • Indiana Family of Farmers and Pogue’s Run Grocery, Indianapolis: water
  • Natural Born Juicers, Indianapolis: exotic flavored juices
  • Prairie Farms, Anderson: chocolate milk

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