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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

  • Smoky BBQ at Squealers Barbeque Grill

    Posted on Monday, May 2, 2016

    Squealers Barbeque Grill The smoky scent of BBQ. The tender, juicy meat roasted for hours, just waiting to fall off the bone. The sweet, tangy, spicy sauce rolling off the meat. The great BBQ attraction! You hungry yet? I know my mouth is watering.

    Some of the best meat I have ever tasted was found at Squealers Barbeque Grill in Mooresville, IN! We tried the Ribs, Brisket, Breaded Tenderloin Sandwich and the J's Burger. All were amazing! My favorite was the J's Burger. It is a juicy burger with two strips of maple smoked bacon, grilled onions, American cheese and the smoky sweet sauce on top. Oh my! One bite and I was in love! It is so juicy and has an amazing smoky yet sweet caramelized flavor and you could still taste the cheese and the burger as well. Amazingly, for a BBQ restaurant, their breaded tenderloin was very good as well. It was thin, but incredibly tender, very well-seasoned and very large, as us Hoosiers expect.

    Now for the staple...BBQ. We sampled the Ribs and the Brisket. The ribs were fall of the bone and so tender with a nice smoky flavor that wasn't over powering. The brisket was thinly sliced, very tender and melted in your mouth. Both had a nicely seasoned dry rub on it that offered just the perfect hint of flavor. There were five sauces to choose from, so there is surely one for every taste bud. Mustard Madness is slightly tangy and has a strong mustard flavor. Carolina Red is a vinegar based sauce, its tangy and has a flavor that reminded me a lot of the steak sauce A1. Smokey Sweet is their sweet sauce and is smokey and the perfect amount of sweet. Smokey Mountain is the hot sauce. I'm a wimp when it comes to spicy foods and while this probably wouldn't be hot enough for some, the heat definitely stuck to my tongue. They also have one other sauce with the Smokey Mountain and the Smokey Sweet is mixed. I preferred the sweet sauce, with the mixed one my second favorite. This BBQ was the best BBQ I've had in a long time.

    Dont forget the sides either. We sampled the Macaroni and cheese which was very cheesy and the Potato salad which appeared to be a mustard potato salad but had a sweet mayonnaise flavor. Both of those were very good but our two favorites were the BBQ Beans which are baked beans with a spicy and smoked flavor and the fried biscuit! Oh my! The fried biscuit! Seems like such a simple thing but man did it hit the spot! It is a flaky buttermilk biscuit that has been deep fried, making it taste like a savory doughnut. Its also served with apple butter, a typical Southern Indiana pairing.

    The owner, Jeff, got his start with BBQ competitions which he still participates in. You can see a listing of their many awards on their website: Since the Mooresville location has opened, he has also opened two additional stores, one in Castleton and the other on West 86th Street. If you arent able to visit this original location, we hope you will visit one of his other restaurants.


    Blog written, by Ashley Gregory

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  • Bold and Tangy at Big Hoffa's

    Posted on Friday, April 22, 2016

    Alt TextAs the weather warms so do the smells of open barbecue pits and grills. Driving passed Highway 32 in Westfield will make you crave barbecue. Pull on over at Big Hoffa's to put your cravings to rest. Big Hoffa's Smokehouse Barbeque in Westfield is one of the best barbecue places in Indiana. Big Hoffa's has been voted Third Best Barbecue in the Nation by Tablelog and the Top Indiana BBQ Joint by Yahoo.

    Big Hoffa's is owned by Adam Hoffman a former Californian, turned Hoosier. This pirate themed restaurant pays tribute to the legend of the Caribbean that many pirates ate barbecue as their main staple food.

    Big Hoffa's isn't your typical barbecue joint, the various spices used for the Cole slaw to the barbecue sauce will take your palate to so many levels of satisfaction. The menu features items such as The Hoffanator, packing a big punch with so many layers of flavor. Seasoned french fries topped with pulled pork, mac 'n' cheese, baked beans, and house made ranch sauce. One of Adams unique specialties is called the El Segundo. He starts with a bed of jasmine rice, adds French fries, mac and cheese and tops it off with pulled pork. Secret menu options are all the rage! One of Big Hoffas secret dishes is called The Amendment. It is Jasmine Rice topped with brisket, giardiniera, cilantro, onions, teriyaki glaze and spicy mayo. The spicy and tangy are paired perfectly!

    Try something bold and different, make a stop at Big Hoffa's to experience some fine swashbuckling and amazing barbecue. Big Hoffas is highlighted on Indiana Foodways Alliance's BBQ and Savor The Flavor Trails.

    Big Hoffa's Smokehouse Bar-B-Que 800 E Main St Westfield, IN 46074 317-867-0077 Hours of Operation: Closed Monday Tues  Thurs: 11 am  8 pm Fri  Sat: 11 am  9 pm Sunday: 12  8 pm * Hours subject to change in various seasons

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  • Oasis Diner Highlighted on the Indiana Byways Passport Program

    Posted on Thursday, March 24, 2016

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  • Winner of National Pie Day Contest Shares Childhood Memory

    Posted on Monday, March 14, 2016

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    In Honor of National PI Day 3.14, Indiana Foodways Alliance and Randolph County Tourism, would like to announce the winner of our National "PIE" Day Facebook Contest held on January 23, 2016, honoring our Hoosier Pie Trail. The winner was Lori Joseph of Center Point, Indiana, winning a case of Wick's Pies compliments of Randolph County Tourism.

    Lori shared a wonderful story about Wick's Pie Company located in Winchester, Indiana and her childhood memory to win the contest.

    "Growing up as a kid in Indiana about every 6 months, on a Saturday morning, my parents would load us in the car and drive to the Wick's Pie Factory. My parents would buy 10 - 15 Sugar Crème Pies (the seconds that had a broken crust). Then, every other Sunday, my Dad would cook and dessert was the Sugar Crème Pie! Good memories! Thanks!" Mr. Fleener recalls " The journeys to Wick's Pie began in 1962. It was a special Sunday when we had Wick's Pies."

    On Friday, March 4, 2016, Scottie Harvey, Executive Director of Visit Randolph County, and Indiana Foodways Alliance presented Mrs. Lori Joseph and her parents, Mr. Paul and Mrs. Mary Fleener, of Speedway, Indiana, with a case of Wick's Pies. They each recalled the warm memories of those days of yesteryear with their family and fond memories of Wick's Pie Company.

    Thank you Lori Joseph and Mr. and Mrs. Fleener for sharing your cherished family memories with all of us. An entire list of the Hoosier Pie Trail can be found at

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  • 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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