INDIANAPOLIS -- Foodies can get a lesson in Indiana art and history at this year’s “Indulge, Imbibe, Imagine” event.
The folks at DIG IN are behind the culinary collaboration that puts a chef, a bartender and an artist together and asks them to create a dish, a cocktail, and a piece of artwork inspired by a landmark on the Indianapolis Cultural Trail.
DIG IN’s Executive Director, Chef Thom England says 15 teams will share their creations on June 26 at the Madame Walker Theater.
“Art is the biggest part of this. I think that is the most exciting thing to see, how an artist looks at a landmark and says oh my gosh this makes me think of this or that," England says. "And the chefs and the bartenders are really inspired by the artist and seeing what they do”
Visual Artist Corrie Jagger’s team is focused on the Fountain in Fountain Square.
“The history of the neighborhood and the landmark even. I’ve been thinking visually of the ingredients they are going to use for their drinks and their food they are going to use,” Jagger says.
Michael Grey is with Starlight Distillery. His team will use American style gin, Maple Leaf Farm duck and the Coca Cola building to wow guests.
"The garnish, the way it’s presented, the way we can put a cocktail in a glass, and then put a garnish to it," Grey says about the process. "Or the way we can design the duck on a plate and obviously the artist has the most ability to create something unique to this on canvas or sculpture or however he decides to do it.”
Tickets are available on line at digindiana.org
The landmarks and their teams will be:
Madame Walker Theatre
Ricky Hatfield, Peterson’s
Cindy Hawkins, Circle City Sweets
Fountain Square Theatre
Omar Guzman, Cobblestone Grill
Beth Murphy, Maple Leaf Farms
Scottish Rite Cathedral
Ian Phillips, 3 Carrots
Lorie Lee Andrews
Nick Traeger and Shane DeWeese, Patachou
Dean Sample, Meridian Restaurant and Bar
The Fountain at Fountain Square
Joseph Tabor, Taxman Brewing Company
Erin Till, Clustertruck
Indiana War Memorial
Jonathon Brooks, Milktooth
Kurt Vonnegut Library
Pete Schmutte, Cerulean
Cunningham Group Chef
Abbi Merriss, Bluebeard
Craig Baker, The Local/Plow and Anchor/Bent Rail Brewery
The Canal Walk
Sam Brown, American Culinary Federation