In early August, 20 friends gathered around a table in Indianapolis, Indiana. Our goal: to celebrate the food renaissance in our city. Generally overlooked as a culinary hotspot, Indy is starting to put itself on the map with an explosion of local farmers and artisans.
This gathering of local writers, urban farmers, photographers, musicians, and artists was aptly described by guests throughout the evening as “magical.” Held in a renovated industrial warehouse, diners sat at a long table illuminated with kerosene lamps and dined on seasonal produce including roasted vegetables with sweet corn polenta, tomato tarte tartin, and kale salad. A highlight of the evening was live music by The Yellow Kites, a local folk duo whose earthy voices accompanied by strains of guitar and lap dulcimer provided a fitting soundtrack for the evening.
Below is the evening’s menu.
Lillet-Grapefruit Cocktail (recipe below)
Tomato Tarte Tartin
Honey Roasted Onion Tart
Tomato, Mozzarella, and Basil Skewers
Crostini with Artichoke Tapenade
Roasted Ratatouille Vegetables with Sweet Corn Polenta and Fresh Ricotta
Beer-Infused Grilled Chicken
Roasted and Glazed Eggplant
Raw Kale Salad with Zucchini Ribbons and Ginger Soy Dressing
Artisanal Cheese Plate
Cantaloupe with Fresh Mint
Raspberry Cake with Fresh Whipped Cream
Peach and Blueberry Tart
Recipe: Lillet-Grapefruit Cocktail
1 bottle Lillet Blanc
Grapefruit, cut into wedges
1. Fill a cocktail glass with ice, then fill it one-half to two-thirds full with Lillet Blanc.
2. Top off the glass with soda water. Add a wedge of grapefruit.
Recipe courtesy of Janneane Blevins.
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