Real Food, Real Indiana

Welcome to the Indiana Foodways, a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to the celebration, promotion and preservation of the authentic food culture of Indiana. We are a membership organization of inquisitive eaters, good cooks, culinary historians, chefs, food journalists, restaurateurs, culinary tourists, artisans and manufacturers.

Our membership encompasses a field to table spectrum from agriculture to fine dining, with emphasis on all the specialty foods, farm markets, diners and hands-on restaurants in between that are so dear to the hearts of Midwesterners who love real food.

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Tales from the Trails Blog

  • Valentine's Day

    Posted on Wednesday, February 10, 2016

    Needing a little help this year on your Valentine's Day Gifts? IFA has 10 Ways to Spoil Your Valentine

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  • Indiana Foodways Awarded Indiana Office of Tourism Development Grant

    Posted on Monday, January 18, 2016

    Alt TextWe are pleased to announce that Indiana Foodways Alliance has been awarded a Marketing Asset grant from the Indiana Office of Tourism Development (IOTD) in the amount of $1,907.50. This grant, funded through state appropriated dollars, is for the development of IFA's 2016 marketing plan to increase awareness among leisure travelers and enhance the marketing and promotion effectiveness of Indiana Foodways Alliance along with Indiana tourism.

    The Marketing Asset Grant Program is intended to contribute to the development and improvement of local economies and communities by means of enhancing, expanding and promoting the travel, tourism and hospitality industry.

    IFA will use these funds for exhibition at AAA Great Vacation, mobile responsive website development and reprint of IFA brochures. We thank the Indiana Office of Tourism Development for this Grant and the opportunity to further our marketing plan.

    For more information on Indiana Office of Tourism Development visit

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  • Perry County - An Indiana Hidden Gem

    Posted on Thursday, December 3, 2015

    Perry County, An Indiana Hidden Gem by Lindsey Skeen

    Winzerwald Winery is one of many stops in Perry County, Indiana. Known for their German and Swiss Heritage influences as grapes were brought over by from Germany generations ago. Tell City, the county seat, is a river town of 7500 people nestled on the Ohio River. It may be a small town but it packs a big punch in the restaurant arena. The Post Restaurant, a historic former United States Post Office turned restaurant specializes in American cuisine. The restaurant still has the bank vault from the early 1900s. The Pour Haus Pub and Eatery is housed in the former Tell City Foundry and Machine Works, one of Tell Citys earliest industries, established circa 1876-80. The restaurant recently opened a brewery featuring craft brews and other Indiana beer. Julies Tell City Café is a local and tourist favorite. Breakfast and lunch are served daily with low prices and generous portions. For more information

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  • Mmmm PIE

    Posted on Friday, October 2, 2015

    Visit Indiana's Blogger Carrie Lambert Talks All Things Pie in her latest blog Mmmm Pie! Read here

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  • Fall is Officially Uncorked at Country Heritage Winery!

    Posted on Friday, September 25, 2015

    Country Heritage Winery Wines Summer might be over, but who says the fun has to stop? Last Friday, September 18th, Country Heritage Winery celebrated the release of their fall wine flavor: Fall Harvest. The celebration didn't stop there; a live performance by Hubie Ashcraft & the Drive, and food vendors (Shigs in Pit and Spicer's Food Truck) were also at the winery to provide entertainment while visitors enjoyed a glass of delicious "Fall Harvest".

    Not only was Friday a success, but "Saturday Night Wine Down",the next evening, was the place to be as well! "Pizza Diva" was there to serve up wood fired pizzas, and "Roustabout" put on a fantastic music performance.

    The best part is, you will have many more opportunities to attend these fun events. Country Heritage Winery will be continuing Friday and Saturday "wine down" evenings through the fall season and even into December!

    WHEN: Friday and Saturday Evenings (Now through December)

    WHERE: Country Heritage Winery

    185 Co Rd 68, LaOtto, IN 46763

    TIME: 5:00 PM-8:00 PM

    CONTACT: Phone (260) 637-2980 |

    Blog provided by Dekalb County Visitors Bureau

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  • Satisfy your Sweet Tooth at Ahlemeyer Farms Olde Tyme Bakery

    Posted on Thursday, August 20, 2015

    Located in Columbus, IN, not too far from Downtown, you will find a bakery with all of your sweet favorites! Kim Kiel, the owner of Ahlemeyer Farms Olde Tyme Bakery is a pro and has been making delicious baked goods professionally now for 25 years. As you walk in the door you are greeted by the most amazing smell, all the pies, cookies, breads and other baked goods baking. The smell alone made my mouth water, not to mention the sights! The pies are gorgeous, especially the meringues with absolutely perfect peaks and just the right touch of brown on the tops. It almost looks too good to eat! Note I said almost! Trust me they taste even better than they appear.

    Kim and family started out selling produce. Where they were finding that a lot of the produce that hadn't gone bad, but was not perfect for market, was getting thrown away. In hopes to preserve the produce, the idea came about to start using this food to make bakery items. One thing led to another and the bakery business was growing faster than the produce. As a result of this growth Ahlemeyer Farms Bakery was established in 1989.

    Ahlemeyer Bakery Kentucky Chocolate Pie

    All of the delicious pies are made from scratch where pie shells are hand mixed and rolled out. They are also made using farm fresh ingredients and consist almost entirely of local fruit. The pie crust is thin, buttery and flaky. One of my favorites was the Kentucky Chocolate Pie. This seemed to be a cross of a pecan pie (without the pecans) and a chocolate chip cookie. Super rich but amazing! The chocolate was melty and there was a creamy sweet base but still had a cookie like crunch with the crust and the top.

    The next time you are in Columbus, IN be sure to stop in Ahlemeyer Farms Olde Tyme Bakery to satisfy your sweet tooth! Tell them the Indiana Foodways Alliance sent you!

    This blog was shared by Ashley Gregory

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  • Vote for Us!

    Posted on Monday, July 20, 2015

    Have you voted for us in the USA Today and 10 Best, Reader's Choice Best Food Trails contest yet? Let's make Indiana Number 1! Check it out here: Return every day to vote again! Then be sure to follow the trail!

    Let's go Hoosier Pie! Mrs. Wick's Sugar Cream Pie

    For Media Inquiries please call Lindsey Skeen @ 812-592-0163 or

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  • Diesel's Sports Grille

    Posted on Tuesday, July 7, 2015

    Craving a great sandwich? Visit Diesel's Sports Grille and Pub in Danville, IN on the Courthouse Square. We recently visited for lunch and were not disappointed! They have awesome lunch specials that include a sandwich, side and a drink for $7! You can't beat that and take a look at how big my sandwich was!

    Deisel's Sports Grille Caprese Sandwich with Onion Rings

    Now I'm not from Hendricks County and as a Mayberry Café and a Bread Basket Café enthusiast, it was very hard for me to branch out and try something different as those two restaurants have amazing food and are on or very close to the square as well. Unfortunately for me, my decision on where to eat when in Danville, just got even harder! Maybe I need to do a progressive meal and have something at all three next time. Diesel's moved right up there to one of my favorites in Hendricks County.

    I ordered a Grilled Caprese Sandwich with onion rings. It's house made bacon, roma tomato, fresh basil and provolone cheese on a parmesan Texas toast. It makes my mouth water just thinking about it! So fresh and light but still very filling. When I returned home I thought, I could make this Caprese sandwich and actually attempted to make it but it just wasn't the same. Those onion rings too! Don't forget them, they were huge and perfectly crisp! My friends also ordered the Dagwood (which is Applewood smoked turkey, roast beef, ham, spring mix and cayenne mayo with choice of cheese on a toasted baguette) with the very delicious looking fries and the Taco Salad (Spring mix with pico de gallo, avocado, queso, ground beef and tortillas with ranch dressing) both of these looked fantastic too! I'm told the wings are fantastic too! So much I want to try on their menu, I'm afraid I'll never visit enough times to try it all! I would definitely travel a bit out of my way to stop here for lunch though!

    Diesel's is open for lunch and dinner and you can find them at 20 West Main Street in Danville, IN.

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  • The Hour Time Restaurant- A special place to gather

    Posted on Monday, June 29, 2015

    Hour Time Clock Come eat under the clock! You cant miss this distinctive clock off of South Street at Interstate 65, welcoming guests to the community. The large four-faced clock gave the restaurant its name. Before arriving in Indiana it had stood for more than 50 years (constructed in 1910) atop the Times Mill Railroad Station in Rochdale, England. It was a well- known feature of Yorkshire County and was often called The Big Ben of Northern England. The Roachdale Clock was shipped to the states after its removal in 1962 and the restaurant owner; Roy Meeks purchased the clock at an exclusive Los Angeles auction of architectural antiques. The restaurant was then designed around it.

    The clock isn't the only unique feature of this restaurant! In the middle of the restaurant you will find a live Ficus Benjamina tree. It grows up through the three levels of the restaurant and is a great addition to the ambiance of the restaurant. The multi-levels of the restaurant also add a sense of privacy making this a great place for a romantic date night, there are all sorts of nooks and crannies where a couple or group of people can gather to enjoy a semi private dinner. Over the years my family has held many of our special occasions here; Valentines Days, anniversaries and birthdays, including my 21st birthday party with my family! Wine was always on the table when visiting the Hour Time and I was very excited to be able to finally partake in the wine that day! So much so, Im pretty sure I drank two bottles of Martini & Rossi Asti Spumante all on my own! Good thing I wasnt driving that day! Besides the special occasions, many regular meals out with the family have been enjoyed here throughout the years.

    The Hour Time is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week and they really do have a large variety to choose from. Now, down to the part you really want to know& the food! For breakfast I would recommend trying their Benedict Florentine. Eggs Benedict isn't something you find at a lot of places but in addition, this is special as it has spinach on it, which just makes the dish. Its two poached eggs, served on an English muffin, creamed spinach and smothered with hollandaise sauce. Served with breakfast potatoes and a Parmesan tomato. For lunch I would recommend the Chicken Salad Fresh Fruit Plate. Hour Time Chicken Salad Fresh Fruit PlateIt's a great lite lunch, featuring chunks of all white chicken, mixed with their special dressing, accompanied with a medley of fresh seasonal fruit chunks, butter pound cake and a special creamy dipping sauce. Okay, so maybe it isn't so lite on calories, but when you leave you will feel satisfyingly full but not stuffed. I'm not a big steak eater but I've heard they have fabulous steaks for dinner. Family members often get steaks and are always thoroughly pleased. My favorite is the Chicken Tortellini Alfredo. Its a sautéed skinless chicken breast blended with a rich blend of Parmesan cheese, butter, seasonings and cream, tossed with tortellini and accompanied with a toasted garlic bread wedge. Yum, my mouth is watering as Im writing this&.hmmm wonder if dinner is ready yet? If not maybe my husband would be up for the Hour Time tonight! (Who am I kidding; of course its not ready! Haha!)

    I hope you will try the Hour Time soon! Oh and for something fun be sure to go in the restaurant entrance from the parking lot and check out the fun mirror in the vestibule. Dont worry; you dont really look like that!


    The Hour Time Restaurant is located at the Best Western at 4343 South Street in Lafayette. To learn more, see the menu or make a reservation check out their website at: or call 765-448-4669.

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  • Taste of Tippecanoe

    Posted on Tuesday, June 16, 2015

    Looking for something to do this weekend? Plan a trip to Lafayette-West Lafayette on Saturday,June 20th, 2015! 4pm to midnight will be one of Lafayette's biggest summer events, The Taste of Tippecanoe! Everything is good! This event has a lot of something for everyone. From food to music, this one night event features the absolute best from the Greater Lafayette area.

    Taste of   Tippecanoe

    Admission is $10, cash per person upon entering the gates. After that, you can purchase tickets for $1 a piece. Each vendor will then have a few different options for one or just a few tickets. This allows guests to easily make transactions with vendors without having to carry around a bunch of cash. Most vendors will offer a one ticket special that will be for a sample of their main dish. For example, one small scoop of ice cream or a mini bun with pulled pork on it. This gives you an opportunity to really get a taste of all that the greater Lafayette has to offer!

    This year three different stages will be set up that feature all different types of music. Music will range from rock to country to blues and many more! I highly recommend arriving as soon as you can in order to really get a Taste of all of the music! Local artists can really be the best performers and entertainers.

    For those of you whom are of age, local wines and great summer beers will also be available for a few tickets to enjoy with all of your scrumptious tastes.

    The night continues on with lots of friends, family and laughter. Once it becomes dark outside, last year it was at 10:45, the sky will be brightened up again. This time not with the sun, but with a spectacular fireworks show! One of the coolest memories of mine from attending last years Taste was sitting on the pedestrian bridge over the Wabash with some of my closest friends watching the fireworks. This was the best ending there could have been to end such a spectacular night!

    Blog shared by Rachel Blankenship, Intern at Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette.

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