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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 Thursday, February 7, 2019

    Alt Text Martinsville Candy Kitchen - Buy your loves heart shaped candy canes, flavored in peppermint or cinnamon, it is an Indiana tradition! They also feature Valentine's Day sugar cookies and chocolate dipped strawberries (milk, dark or white chocolate). Martinsville Candy Kitchen is one of the oldest business in Morgan County.

    Good's Candy Shop

    It's Valentine's Month!

    Shelves are stocked with a large assortment of our Valentines creations. This heart box does it all. Provides a beautiful reusable heart box, is filled with the world's best chocolates and comes with jewelry! A pretty little necklace is attached! Good's also offers a Pure Lovers' Red, heart box in a 1lb., 1 1/2lb, and 5lb full of Chocolates. The Pink Cheetah is a Good's Candy most popular heart box selections. Order chocolate covered strawberries on the go February 13th and 14th, we recommend ordering ahead to get what you like, when you like.

    At Pea-fections in Vincennes - Cheesecakes, Tortes, and Cookies are the sweetest temptations at the stop! Order between now and Valentine's Day for your a special gift.

    Hand-painted Chocolates from Ghyslain Chocolatier in Winchester are exquisite gifts. They offer truffles and variety of handmade gourmet chocolates packaged in various gift boxes. The leather window gift box is a little something for now and storage for later.

    McCord Candies in Lafayette has hand-crafted candies, chocolates, and candy fruit slices are the way to your sweetie's heart. Satisfy your truffle craving with tiramisu, caramel, Irish crème and other scrumptious flavors. Take your love to the store to share a phosphate, soda, or shake!

    French Lick Resort

    French Lick/West Baden French Lick West Baden has the ideal getaway for lovers this Valentine's Day, indulge your senses here! Pampering your significant other is a given for this special day, why not pamper them at one of the most magnificent places in the country. Read More

    The French Lick Chocolate Festival is happening February 9th. For more details click here.

    Sharlette's Fudgery and Candies - Fudge can be the route to your loved one's heart. More than just a candy store in Portland! They offer specialty gifts, food, bulk candies and specialize in more than 40 fudge flavors. It is the perfect place to pick up last minute gifts for Valentine's Day or any occasion.

    The perfect Valentine's Day date! Share a decadent evening with your loved one by enjoying Wildcat Creek Wines paired with Wolf's Fine Chocolates.

    **NEW FOR 2019: GROUP SEATING! Request a group seating with your friends! Tables hold 4, but if you have a larger group, we can try to seat you at nearby tables**

    Purchase your ticket at the winery (or over the phone - 765.838.3498) for $20/person. Tickets must be purchased in advance. This event SELLS OUT, so don't delay! Tickets are available for purchase on/after January 15.

    The ticket includes: **Entry to this private event (limited to 28 guests!) **A flight of Wildcat Creek wines paired with hand-crafted chocolates selected by our winemaker **An exclusively designed box of Wolf's Fine Chocolates (1 box per couple) **20% discount on items in gift shop (excludes wine and consignment items) **A chance to enter an event raffle

    Guests are welcome to purchase glasses of wine to enjoy with light snacks while browsing our gift shop after their tasting, or to buy bottles to take home.

    Celebrate wine, chocolate, fun, and above all, love! "All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt." - Charles M. Schulz

    This is a 21+ event. Valid ID is required upon event entry.

    South Bend Chocolates

    Find the chocolate that your Valentine adores from The South Bend Chocolate Company. So many endless choices shop online or in stores.

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  • The Holiday Season with Indiana Foodways

    Posted on Thursday, November 15, 2018

    1. The spirit of giving. Surprise a less fortunate person or family with a gift card to one of 240+ members.

    2. Bring a pie to your Holiday gathering from one of our 22 stops on our Hoosier Pie Trail.

    Place your orders now for Thanksgiving! Some places like Lisa's Pie Shop, orders need to be placed by Friday before Thanksgiving. Bluebird Restaurant - Call and order yours today! $13.99 a pie --must be picked up Wednesday the 21st by 8pm.

    3. Take a load off and go out to eat at Gray Brothers Cafeteria for your Thanksgiving or Christmas Holiday Meal.

    4. Buy locally made pottery at Lost River Market & Deli in Paoli. While you're there, check out all the locally made products from Indiana Artisans. Don't forget to order your Holiday Pie at 812-723-3735.

    5. Gifts that give all year round such as gift cards one of IFA's Ice Cream for Ice Cream Trail stops. Nothing like mid-summer finding and using the gift card to your favorite Ice Cream or custard place such as Igloo Frozen Custard in Lafayette.

    6. Give the gift of holiday spirits

    Cardinal Spirits has the perfect 3-pack Local Libation Combination featuring three of their handcrafted spirits. Bramble - Berry Hisbiscus vodka, Songbird a craft coffee liquor, Flora, liquor made with Raspberry and edible flowers (jasmine, elderflower, hibiscus and raspberries)

    Cedar Creek Distillery has perfect cocktail kits for the cocktail lover or hard to buy for someone. Take a trip to Cedar Creek Distillery, Winery, and Brewery and stock up on gifts. The cocktail kits include everything you need to make a specific cocktail. One stop giving. Spirits, Beer, Wine - that is all.

    6. Watch Candy Cane Pours

    The Martinsville Candy Kitchen will make candy canes every Saturday in Nov. & Dec. Typically, they make twice each Saturday, then move to three times each Saturday as we get closer to Christmas. They might even add in Fridays around 6 pm in December. Watch their FB page for specific pour times they try to post those each week.

    McCord Candies (reservations required for groups) (Need Hours)Open candy cane tours beginning November 16th.

    Friday tours are 5:30-8:30 , Saturday's 12:00-8:00, Sunday's 12:00-6:00

    Cost of the tour is $4.00. This cost includes a candy cane that the guest can twist into a candy cane or personal unique design. Each tour will last about 45 minutes. Come hungry because their candy case will be busting at the seams with candy, chocolates,and truffles!

    7. Take the family to see Santa Korners Kountry Kitchen CALLING KIDS OF ALL AGES!!!!You wont want to miss out to have breakfast with the jolly man himself Santa & Mrs. Claus mark your calendars Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 9 AM - 11 AM.

    Martinsville Candy Kitchen November 24 and December 15 from 2-4 pm. Parents are welcome to take their own photos.

    8. Snuggle up with your lovey with dinner and show at Blue Gate Restaurant and Theatre

    9. Send a little Indiana to your loved ones around the United States with Charlies Caramel Corn and Candy and Tell City Pretzels.

    10. Take the family to Pokagon State Park for toboggan sledding then grab a bite to eat at one of the delicious stops in Steuben County.

    Captain's Cabin

    Caruso's Italian Restaurant

    Clay's Family Restaurant

    Lakeview Grille at the Potawatomi Inn at Pokagon State Park

    Timbers Steakhouse & Seafood at Clay's Family restaurant or The Lakeview Grille inside the State Park

    11. "Hostess with the mostess" - Buy a local wine from our Wine, Wine, Anytime Trail

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  • Holiday Hands On Experience at McCord Candies

    Posted on Saturday, November 3, 2018

    Plan a Holiday outing with your family, club group, girlfriends, or couples getaway at McCord Candies in downtown Lafayette. One of Indiana's oldest and finest candy shops since 1912.

    Celebrate the holidays together by making fun memories with McCord Candies' Candy Cane Tour.

    Group Tours

    McCord Candies will be hosting private candy cane tours for groups of 12 or more beginning November 12th, at 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30. The cost of the tour is $4.00 per person. The cost includes tour and a candy cane that the guest can twist into a candy cane or a personal favorite design. Each tour will last about 45 minutes. Call 765-742-4441 to reserve a time slot. Open candy cane tours beginning November 16th.

    Friday tours are 5:30-8:30

    Saturday's 12:00-8:00

    Sunday's 12:00-6:00

    Cost of the tour is $4.00. This cost includes a candy cane that the guest can twist into a candy cane or personal unique design. Each tour will last about 45 minutes.

    Come hungry because their candy case will be busting at the seams with candy, chocolates,and truffles!

    McCord Candies is a member of Indiana Foodways Alliance and highlighted on The Sweet Temptations Trail. It is located at 536 Main St. Lafayette, IN.

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  • More Tails for the Trails:

    8/18/18 - French Lick's Irresistible Desserts
    7/13/18 - First Rate Dining in Downtown Lafayette at East End Grill
    7/3/18 - Midwestern Favorites Served at Koffee Kup Diner
    6/29/18 - Food Trails You Don't Want To Miss
    6/6/18 - Summer Food and Fun

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