Tales from the Trails Blog

  • Holiday Hands On Experience at McCord Candies

    Posted on Saturday, November 3, 2018 — By Admin

    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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  • The Fiddlers Three

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 — By Admin

    The Fiddlers Three

    While IFA is about the food sometimes there is a history that must be shared. Fiddlers Three is one of those stories true local business that has been a stand out in Shelbyville. Kathy De Moss shared her Dad's story about the care he took in planning and building the restaurant. The planning of the structure took almost five years. All beams are authentic and all fancy woodwork, display cases and cabinets were manufactured on the premises by the proprietor, William Dugan,and his able assistant, Steve Lower. The leaded glass windows and doors, with over 1700 pieces of glass, were also constructed on site by these same two craftsmen.

    The large chimney in the main dining room starts six feet below floor level and extends forty feet into the air, weighing nearly one hundred ton. Fireplaces were built by Harley Q. Brown, Master Mason of Shelbyville, Indiana. Bricks used in the lower fireplace are over one hundred years old and were taken from the Odd fellows Hall in St. Paul, Indiana. The mantel is a 148 years old hewn beam from Shelby County. The menu is an unexpected surprise for land locked Indiana featuring: Lobster, Maryland Crab Cakes, Alligator, and Shrimp.

    Soup specialty French Onion Soup with a slow cooked dark rich broth and melted cheese. Lobster Bisque creamy rich with large pieces of lobster.

    Steaks selections Ribeye, New York, Filet Mignon and Chateau Briand. Friday and Saturday nights feature Slow Roasted Prime Rib, a local favorite. The Menu is so varied I could not leave out other menu favorites: BBQ Ribs, Oriental Sesame Salmon and New Zealand Lamb

    Some locals say this is where we always go to celebrate special events, for others it is a staple to be enjoyed anytime.

    Blog Written by Becky Harper

    The Fiddlers Three can be found on the IFA's Here Fishy Fishy and Cut Above Trails.

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  • Indiana Fall Fun

    Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2018 — By Admin

    Indiana Foodways Alliance's Farm to Table Trail has some of the best U-picks and Fall Fun in Indiana. Find the latest happenings and fun below!

    It's apples galore at Lafayette's Wea Creak Orchard. A variety of apples are ready for a day filled with u-picking. Mark your calendars for their Apple Pie Baking Contest next weekend, customers can sample the apple pies of each contestant, then vote for your favorite one. This event takes place on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 12 PM - 4 PM. Seasonal Hours: July-Oct, Thursday 10AM-6PM, Friday 10AM - 6PM, Saturday 10AM - 6PM, Sunday 12PM - 6PM.


    Wea Creek is located at 5618 South 200 East, Lafayette, IN, 47909 Phone: 765.807.6142 http://management595.wixsite.com/weacreekorchard

    Tuttle Orchards - It is Fall Fun every Saturday with u-pickings, hayrides, corn mazes, apple slushies, and other fall fun activities. The apples are ripe for a one of a kind, apple u-picking experience, filled with adventures for everyone. Below are activities for this Saturday so bring your appetite or your sweet tooth and get ready to have some fun!

    Activities: Pick your own Apples in the orchard to take home. Choose from $6, $12, $20 size bag to pick. Tractor Town Adventure Farm Area Open: $5/child or see info below about our combo pass. Watch the Bees: See the honey bees hard at work making honey. Take a hayride: Hop on the hayride and hear about the farm. $4/person or see our combo pass info below. Agrimaze/Corn Maze $5/person or see combo pass info below. Save with a Combo Pass: Includes a pass to Tractor Town, Corn Maze, and Tractor Rides. $9/child or adult Treats to Eat: Tuttle's Grill: Will be open from 10:30AM-5:30PM offering hot dogs, bratwurst, pulled pork sandwiches, ribeye sandwiches, and more. Tuttle's Cafe and Sweet Shop: Caramel apples, apple donuts, apple cider slushies, fudge, and more. Cost: There is no admission or parking charge to visit Tuttles. There is a separate charge for some activities and food items. Tuttle Orchard is located at 5717 N. 300 West, Greenfield, IN Phone: 317.326.2278 http://www.indianapolisorchard.com/fall-overview/

    Beasley's Orchard located in Danville, opens their Fall Attractions beginning September 21 through October. Experience their amazing Circle City Corn Maze paying homage to Indianapolis. Enjoy your day with U-picking apples, hayrides, a trip to the pumpkin patch and so much more. Their award-winning cider is a great way to cool off during this Indiana Summer or enjoy it warm when the temperatures cool off, either way, it will hit the spot! Attractions Hours: Friday: 1pm-6pm, Saturday: 10am-6pm, Sunday: 12pm-6pm. Beasley's Orchard located at 2304 East Main Street, Danville, IN 46122 http://www.beasleys-orchard.com/

    Apple of His Eye located in Anderson is a U-taste Orchard. What is a U-Taste Orchard? Answer: A variety of apples made available for tasting so the customer can find the perfect match for their taste buds. Sweet treats are available such as apple cinnamon donuts (a special recipe crafted with the Pillsbury company), jams, jellies, cider, and local honey. Seasonal Hours: Open Mon. - Sat. 10-6 Apple of His Eye located at 3185 S. 300 E. Anderson IN 46017 Phone: 765.378.6265 http://www.appleofhiseyeorchard.com/

    The Big Peach is a family owned farm market open daily May through October. This southern Indiana market offers a vast variety of fresh produce grown right on their farm. Their gift shop boasts local jams & jellies, local honey, handcrafted embroidery items, homemade pies, gift items, fudge, and much more. Grab your phone and be sure to take your picture on the iconic "Big Peach" in front of the property. During weekends in October families can enjoy a festival-like activities including a pumpkin patch, corn maze, bounce house, and games. Hours: Mid-May - October (daily), 10:00am - 6:00 pm Sun. 12:00-6:00pm. The Big Peach located at 7738 N. US Hwy. 41 (7 Miles North of Vincennes on Hwy. 41) Bruceville, IN 47516 Phone: 812. 324.2240 https://www.facebook.com/thebigpeach14/

    McClure's Orchard and Winery is your one stop shop for apple u-picking, handmade apple dumplings, and handcrafted apple cider. Popular items also include delicious wines and hard cider made from the fruits and vegetables grown on the farm. Pumpkins are available now with u-pick beginning on September 22nd. The Cafe and Apple Barn are Open Daily, 10 am - 6pm. McClure's Orchard and Winery is located at 5054 N. US 31 Peru, Indiana 46970 Phone: 765.985.9000 http://www.mccluresorchard.com/

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  • French Lick's Irresistible Desserts

    Posted on Saturday, August 18, 2018 — By Admin

    There are so many lovely things about French Lick/West Baden Area, so top off your visit to this sweet spot in Indiana with their irresistible desserts. We welcome several of their "sweet stops" to IFA's Sweet Temptations Trail to include Vintage Cafe at French Lick Winery, French Licks Ice Cream and Coffee Bar, and decadent desserts from Sinclair's inside French Lick Resort. Read the inside scoop on this delicious destination. http://www.visitfrenchlickwestbaden.com/play/articles/details.aspx?id=3827

    Find all the sweet stops on our Sweet Tempations Trail.

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  • First Rate Dining in Downtown Lafayette at East End Grill

    Posted on Friday, July 13, 2018 — By Admin

    Written by Ashley Gregory

    (Photos coming soon!)

    Walking down Main Street in historic downtown Lafayette you will come across many wonderful local businesses and restaurants but one that really stands out is the East End Grill. As it states in the name, it's on the East End of Main Street between 10th and 11th Streets. As you walk by, you are welcomed by inviting outdoor seating and stately lanterns on the front of the building. As you enter, you see a large open area decorated with industrial, urban features. This is something you would expect to see in a larger city such as Chicago or Indianapolis. The owners really wanted something urban and modern but also something that was classic and would blend well with the block's history. The buildings on that block date from the 1870's after all.


    The food here matches the atmosphere, with a more upscale feel than most places yet still casual. The owner has traveled across the U.S. but has spent most of his career in the South. Therefore, you will find, many of the dishes has a Southern flare, such as their famous Shrimp and Grits and another guest favorite, BBQ Ribs. While there, our group ordered a good mix of items. To start we tried a couple appetizers, the House Cut Fries and Arancini Balls. The tables at East End are designed to be a bit larger than usual with sharing in mind, which is exactly what we did with the appetizers (and of course we tried each other's meals too, they were too good not to share!). The House Cut Fries were perfectly cooked, thin cut fries. Crisp on the outside and smooth and soft on the inside dusted with Parmesan and herbs. The fries are served with a wonderful roasted garlic aioli dipping sauce, which in our opinion was so much better than ketchup. The Arancini Balls are lightly battered saffron risotto balls covered with house made Bolognese sauce and served over Pomodoro sauce. Again, it was crisp and crunchy on the outside yet smooth and creamy on the inside. We loved the flavor and the texture of these balls.

    After the appetizers we were getting pretty full, yet we couldn't resist the entrée items. We each had something different; the Crab Cake Salad, Shrimp and Grits and the East End Burger. The Crab Cake Salad was a large, meaty, flawlessly crisp lump crab cake served over field greens and corn salsa. The dressing is a Remoulade and Roasted Red Pepper Aioli, which was sweet and creamy. This dish was full of flavor and really made an otherwise boring salad, something exciting, fun and filling. The Shrimp and Grits was delicious! I'm not a grits person at all and usually curl my lip at it, but my friend encouraged me to try this and I was very surprised. The flavor was amazing and the texture, which is usually what gets me, was silky and smooth. It does have a bit of a kick for my very wimpy palate, but I would even consider ordering it in the future. It was very cheesy and served with smoking goose tasso ham, roasted red peppers and green onions. My friend just calls it "yumminess!". Now for the East End Burger. The presentation of this burger is fantastic. I had to pause a moment to figure out how I wanted to eat it as it was as tall if not taller than my hand turned on its side. The meat and other toppings were perfectly and evenly portioned. A huge slice of tomato and large chunky slice of sweet pickle topped Applewood smoked bacon, 8 ounces of prime beef, cheddar cheese and baby greens. The flavor was amazing, I couldn't help but lick my lips to make sure I got every morsel of flavor after every bite. We are told that the Wagyu Burger is even better than the regular East End Burger. While they were not offering the Wagyu Burger the day we were there, we are told it will be back on the menu very soon. We can't wait to try that one as well.

    We walked out of East End Grill fully satisfied and very pleased with our meal. We cannot wait to return and try some of the other offerings such as the Cutting Board, Wagyu Burger, Pan Roasted Salmon, East End Pastrami Cobb Salad and the BBQ Baby Back Pork Ribs, not to mention the dessert items! We were too full for dessert, but they sounded delicious! There is a good variety of menu options for everyone, but they are also very open to working with special diets or religious beliefs that prohibit certain items. Those that like to make dining reservations can easily do so with East End Grill's online reservation system powered by RESERVE, found on the homepage of their website or social media pages. I know I will be going back very soon! If you go, be sure to tell us what you loved!

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  • Midwestern Favorites Served at Koffee Kup Diner

    Posted on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 — By Admin


    By: Blake Watson, Staff Writer, Jay County Visitor & Tourism Bureau

    Midwestern Favorites Served at Koffee Kup Diner

    Delbert Beals, a Portland Businessman started his Diner at the current location of Koffee Kup Diner, 301 North Meridian Street around 1964. Beals' restaurant enterprise grew, and he became a well-known local restaurateur offering customers with a full menu of delicious food. A young lady, Kathy Davidson began working for Beals' restaurant at the young age of 18 years old in 1968. Davidson became familiarized as a waitress with taking orders from customers and learning how to produce and prepare tasty dishes. Her passion for learning the behind-the-scenes operation of a diner also grew.

    After leaving the restaurant business for some years, when the opportunity arose, Davidson purchased Beals' Diner around 2006. From her experience at working for Beals many years earlier, she continued to realize that this was her calling and passion to serve families and individual customers in the restaurant business. Davidson renamed the restaurant to Koffee Kup Diner, which matched well with the first letter in her first name, Kathy. As a new restaurant owner, she decided to preserve the interior of the Diner in reverence to its retro-feel with a few important and essential upgrades. Davidson's business mission, which she still pledges is to serve high-quality homecooked meals, where customers feel like they are being served from her own personal kitchen at home. Customers are welcomed by friendly staff and have the choice to sit at either table or booth seating. If you are in a rush or prefer to order from home, Customers can take advantage of ordering from the Koffee Kup Diner's extensive To-Go Menu.

    Koffee Kup Diner is always found bustling with customers during its business hours. Davidson remarked that not only does her Diner have a strong following of local "regulars", but it also is home to those familiar "regulars" who visit annually for the Tri-State Gas Engine & Tractor Show, Vintage Bike Show and many other heavily attended, local events around Portland. Today, the Diner is known for its 1960s Charm, along with serving many Midwestern favorites, including mouth-watering Jumbo Breaded Tenderloins, Beef & Noodles, Biscuits & Gravy and a wide selection of homemade Pies.

    The Diner is a proud Member of the Indiana Foodways Alliance and the Hoosier Pie Trail. Current Diner Business Hours are Mondays through Fridays, 5:30 AM to 4 PM, Saturdays, 5:30 AM to 2 PM and Sundays, 7 AM to 1 PM. If you would like to inquire further about the Diner or place a To-Go Order, Customers are encouraged to call the Diner at 260-726-3800.

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  • Food Trails You Don't Want To Miss

    Posted on Friday, June 29, 2018 — By Admin

    Check out the Indiana Secretary of State's MoneyWise June Issue featuring Indiana Foodways Alliance.


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  • Summer Food and Fun

    Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 — By Admin

    We know Summer hasn't officially started however, our Farm To Table Trail has something for everyone. Make your plans now to feed the mind and belly!

    Strawberry Day at Tuttle Orchards

    Enjoy everything Strawberry on Saturday, June 9th at Tuttle Orchards, located in Greenfield. The café will be cooking up everything Strawberry! Strawberry Pizza Cookie Decorating for Kids, Kid's Craft, Tractor Town Adventure Farm, Hayrides around the Farm. Times and prices vary so please check out their facebook page here

    Highlights of Tuttle's Strawberry Day Menu in the Cafe Includes: Strawberry Spinach Salad, Turkey & Brie with Strawberry, Creamy Chicken Salad with Fresh Strawberries, Locally Raised BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich with Tuttle's Apple Butter BBQ Sauce, Strawberry & Nutella Crepes, Strawberry Rhubarb Pie, Strawberry Donuts, Strawberry Nachos, and a myriad of Strawberry Drinks.

    Please Note: They do NOT have pick your own strawberries at the orchard so be sure to pre-order your strawberries to take home. Due to the high demand pre-ordering is highly suggested. Click here for ordering.

    Hunter's Honey Farm Looking for for an activity to occupy the kids? Take a drive to Morgan County and tour the 100 year old Honey Farm. Hunter's Honey Farm has several different tour options to include Beehive Tour, Honey Barn Tour, bottling your own Honey Bear, rolling your Beeswax Candle, The Worker Special Tour, and many other combined options. https://www.huntershoneyfarm.com/tours/

    Fair Oaks Farms is hosting our fourth annual Dog-A-Palooza on June 9, 2018 from 5:00pm until 10:00pm CST. The Dogs Days of Summer are just ahead so start them right with Dog A Palooza . The whole day is filled with fun! From 2k Dog Glow Walk, Dog Show, and a Dog Obstacle Course, it is a fun way to celebrate summer! Cool off with treats from Fair Oaks Farms Café or Bakery! Many vendors will be on hand for more treats! IFA gives ap"paws"se to this cause, 50% of proceeds of the 2K Glow in the Dark goes to Shelter of the Year. For more details http://fofarms.com/dogapalooza

    McClure's Orchard

    Come celebrate summer!! Enjoy some delicious food and a pint of cider while listening to some tunes played by Mike Almon. The outdoor fun starts at 5pm and lasts until 8pm on Saturday, June 23rd! McClure's Winery & Orchard tours will also be offered during this time. For more information, click here.

    Beasley's Orchard

    Take the kids to Beasley's Orchard in Hendricks County to experience u-picking at its finest. Strawberries are in season but due to high demand, be sure to call first for u-pick availability. Strawberries are also available in the market, as well as, South Carolina peaches, tomatoes, and MUCH more! Indiana Rhubarb and Asparagus are in full swing too, so plan your farm to table meal with all the available delicious produce! For more info - Click here The Big Peach

    Swing by The Big Peach in Bruceville for all your locally grown produce. The Big Peach is a family owned farm market that is open daily May through October. The market offers a variety of fresh produce, jams & jellies, local honey, embroidery items, homemade pies, gift items, fudge, and more. In season are strawberries, peaches, asparagus, tomatoes, zucchini, yellow squash and potatoes. Don't forget to the photo op at the Big Peach Tower.

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  • Tuttle Orchards, Rich in Soil and in History

    Posted on Thursday, May 17, 2018 — By Admin

    Located northeast of Indianapolis in Hancock County sits a family business that is bountiful in soil, in fruit and in history. Tuttle Orchards is a farm destination and remains a constant in Indiana as they turn 90 this year.

    In 1928, Roy Tuttle began his fruitful journey when he purchased enough apple trees to fill 10 acres. At that time in history, Roy kept the apples growing through hard times during the depression and WWI/WWII then sold wholesale to the larger cities such as Indy and Chicago. Over the past 90 years, they expanded the farm store which leads their sales. Apples are big business and has been passed down four generations of Tuttle/Roney Family.

    The Cafe and Sweet Shop is open all year and offers seasonal lunch menus highlighting some of Indiana's most delicious locally grown food. The Cafe uses the freshest ingredients grown onsite and sold right in their farm store! Now that's Farm to Table.

    Bring the entire family for a day of fun! Whether enjoying a sweet treat from the Farm Cafe or a day of U-Picking in the Fall Season, delicious hands on fun is overflowing with every season. They host school groups, adult groups, tours, luncheons, and so much more. To find out how they can be a part of your life click here.

    Tuttle's Farm Store is open all year long featuring more than 2000 Indiana made/grown products. Locally raised meats and honey are a big seller and of course, baked goods, 25 Varieties of Apples, Fresh Squeezed Cider, and 50 varieties of produce. Their meat section in the Farm Store is a big draw too. They partner with local meat producers to source great ingredients. Some partners include Miller Poultry, Rhim Foods, Broad Ripple Chip Company and Caprini Creamery.

    Tuttle's Apple Cider is uber popular, winning awards such as, Best Cider in Indiana, 2nd Place in 2018, and 3rd Place 2017 in the National Cider Competition.

    Be sure to check out their greenhouses filled with Annuals, Perennials, and other beautiful plants.

    Locals and visitors in the State look to Tuttle Orchards as their "Must Do" during many seasons. Their U-pick option is a given, so be sure to check back on prime picking times! Fall Harvest Fun surrounds you when visiting Tuttle Orchards.

    Tuttle Orchards celebrates "fruit days" with special activities and events. June 9th is Strawberry Day, June 30 is Cherry Day, July 14 Blueberry Day, and July 21 Peach Day. Check out all their events https://www.indianapolisorchard.com/current-events/

    We are proud to have Tuttle Orchards on our Farm to Table and Sweet Temptations Trails.

    Contact Info

    5717 N 300 W, Greenfield, IN 46140 Phone: 317-326-2278 Fax: 317-326-8674

    Web: www.tuttleorchards.com

    Blog written by Lindsey Skeen

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  • 21 North Eatery + Cellar

    Posted on Friday, February 16, 2018 — By Admin

    In Morgan County, the downtown is receiving a massive overhaul. Have you been there lately? This downtown is under a transformation and 21 North Eatery is front and center. The new gastropub (a British term meaning a pub that features high quality food) is Martinsville's first of its kind.

    We have been hearing so many inspiring stories of restaurant owners that are making dreams a reality! This one is no different! Owner, Connie Musgrave, has had different careers in the past but has always come back to her passion of food. She is woman, hear her roar. Connie had a plan and turned her motto of "doing the if" into action. She took a chance on an old diplapidated building and with much elbow grease and determination, turned the place into a cozy downtown gastropub. Connie's motto is doing the "If". We love it!

    Alt Text Matt Harakal is the French trained chef that spearheads the menu in conjunction with Connie Musgrave. This multi-generational gathering spot is rich in history dating back to 1898. The exposed brick walls gives a histoical feel with arched walls and wooden tables which give a this place a cozy, warm, and inviting ambiance.

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    Do you know the term - Amuse-Bouche? Literally the meaning is "amuse the mouth". It is a small sampling of food served to whet your palate. How to say it: uh-muse boosh. This is the ultimate "Amuse-Bouche" in our opinion. Chef's Cured Meat & Assorted Cheese Tray features baby gherkins, fig preserves, local honeycomb, red onion jam & house made mustard. It's superb way to start out your experience or "whet the palate".

    Alt Text Grilled Herb Chicken Breast is one of their most popular sandwiches. A funky spin on the chicken sandwich. Topped with handcrafted fig aioli, fresh arugula, brie cheese, and fresh brioche bun. The additional toppings are what we love about this sandwich! Choose from oyster mushrooms, cheddar, provolone, goat cheese, fried egg, Cotswold Cheddar Cheese or their special handcrafted Red Onion Jam.

    Lightly Seasoned Pan Seared Filet Steak w/cabernet jus. Tender is an understatement and as a friend always states "it's all about the sauce". How true with this decadent cabernet mushroom au jus.

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    The desserts at 21 North are hand made daily and vary depending on the baking schedule. Some of the most popular desserts are the apple cinnamon cake with vanilla ice cream and the pumpkin cheesecake with caramel topping.

    21 North + Eatery is an impressive place not only on the belly but ambiance is such an important piece to any dining experience. It is the place to go for warm comfortable casual with expertly prepared food. Side Note: 21 North has been featured on "Out Here Having a Pint Podcast" part of The Hopped Network. Click here to listen to the podcast. They serve a variety of mixed drinks, local beer, and wine created and served by expert mixologists!

    21 North Eatery + Cellar is located at 21 North Jefferson St., Martinsville, Indiana 46151 (765) 315-0767. The are members of Indiana Foodways Alliance and featured on A Cut Above, Sweet Temptations, and the Soup, Salad & Sandwich Trails.

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  • Valentine's Day

    Posted on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 — By Admin

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    Is your sweetie a marshallow lover? Buy them the sweetest gift of handcrafted marshmallows from 240Sweet.


    Flavor: Dark Chocolate Rose Description: A tantalizing blend of delicious dark chocolate and refreshing rose water. Link: https://www.240sweet.com/products/dark-chocolate-rose

    Promotion: 20% off. Discount Code: LOVEIFA Expires 02.14.2018

    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.

    Edible Candy Heart Boxes are the rage at Confection Delights in Danville. From edible heart boxes to chocolate covered strawberries they are the one stop shop for Valentine's Day.

    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!

    Sharlette's Fudgery and Candies - Fudge can be the route to your loved ones 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.

    Shake it up this Valentine's Day, and treat your sweetie to a decadent evening pairing our Wildcat Creek Wines with Wolf's Fine Chocolates.

    Purchase your ticket at the winery (or over the phone) for only $15/person (+tax). Tickets must be purchased in advance.

    The ticket includes: **Entry to this private event (limited to 15 couples!) **A tasting of 6 wines paired with 6 chocolates **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)

    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. We've revamped the event to better accommodate our guests and to better *serve* you, so join us for a unique Valentine's Day date!

    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

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  • Authentic Italian in the Heart of Pendleton

    Posted on Monday, January 29, 2018 — By Admin

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    Downtown in the heart of Pendleton is an authentic Mozarella bar. You say what? Yes, you heard that correct! Catello's Mozzarella Bar is an authentic Italian Restaurant. The Owner and Chef Catello Avagnale is Italian born and opened his restaurant as part of a master plan. His dream is to one day own a dairy farm in Madison County. In addition to the dairy farm (for cheese making), he wants to expand his restaurant into a deli serving fresh cheeses and meats for purchase. The restaurant will be housed next door so guests can eat in the restaurant then get items to go. His master plan and dream is impressive!

    In the meantime, he is cooking up authentic Italian cuisine transports you to a town in Italy not Indiana. The restaurant may be located in a small Indiana town but packs a big punch in presentation and layers of flavors.

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    To start out your Italian extravaganza many options are available but if sharing choose the Aged Cheese and Meats for Two. It is a beautiful presentation that looks too good to eat.

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    Catello makes his owns mozzarella daily. Sometimes when ordering it can be just an hour old. Wow now that's fresh! He also makes the burrata, cream salmon, Gorgonzola Dolce, and Stuffed Mozzarella. (Shown here) The breads are made by a Midwestern baker in Cincinnati known as Three Bakers Bread.

    Are you a team cream sauce or red sauce? Have no fear, Catello's has both with tantalizing versions of traditional favorites.

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    For your main course, try the handcrafted Ravioli. It is made by a Indy pasta maker, Andrea Bettini. The Ravioli Al Pomodoro pictured is stuffed with homemade ricotta and spinach with a tomato cream sauce.

    Alt Text Ravioli stuffed with Procini Mushrooms and presented in a Walnut Cream Sauce. Rich and made to perfection.

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    Don't forget Italian dessert. It is must while eating at Catello's. Order from a variety of daily specialty desserts. Tiramisu, Cannoli, and other specialty desserts are offered daily depending on Catello's daily baking schedule.

    Catello's is featured on Indiana Foodways Alliance's Italian and Sweet Temptation Trails. Located at 103 East State Street, Pendleton, IN, 46064 (317) 498-5906 Hours of Operation - Lunch Tuesday - Saturday 11:30 am - 2 pm , Dinner Monday - Saturday 5pm - 9pm Sunday - Only open for reservations. 12 or more in party

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  • Wherever I May Roam Blog

    Posted on Monday, January 8, 2018 — By Admin

    IFA and Lafayette/West Lafayette and Visit Indiana hosted blogger Melody Pittman! Here her exciting review and take on delish foods and fun attractions in Lafayette/West Lafayette.


    Check this blog on Wherever I May Roam, Blogger, Melody Pittman talks Arni's in West Lafayette on her BEST of 2017 EATS.


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  • Name That Soda Trail!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 — By Admin

    Name that Trail! That's right, Indiana Foodways Alliance is currently running a contest to name their new soda trail featuring handcrafted sodas and soda syrupsThe contests runs on Facebook (handle @indianafoodway) until Tuesday, December 5th, 2017. If chosen, the winner will receive a $25 gift card to one of the soda trail stops! To enter your trail name suggestion to win, click below.

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  • IFA and Edible Indy

    Posted on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 — By Admin

    "Give Thanks Contest"

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    Indiana Foodways Alliance and Edible Indy are giving thanks to you for supporting local! Enter to win 1 of 5 prizes from five local businesses! Simply submit your email and name!

    $100 from Mrs. Wick's Restaurant

    $25 from Zydeco's in Mooresville

    $25 from 240 Sweet in Columbus

    $25 from Triple XXX Family Restaurant in Lafayette

    $50 from Sorin's Morris Inn in South Bend


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  • Mecca of Food

    Posted on Monday, September 11, 2017 — By Admin

    Mecca is to many..... the Mecca of Food. Mecca Tavern located in Mecca (Parke County) population 330. It became a town in 1833 and is just six miles west of Rockville, Indiana. The town houses one of the beautiful Mecca Covered Bridge on the National Registry for Historic Places. (To learn more about how the city of Mecca and the Mecca Covered Bridge was named click here)

    The tavern itself is the oldest Tavern in Parke County established in 1899. (Their tag line is "Oldest bar in Parke County and we have the floors to prove it".) Founded in 1899 by the Roberts Family and surviving population and economic decline, the tavern has really remained the epicenter for the community. A gather place to have a libation, good food, and catch up on the town news. (21 and older only)

    What started out as a longtime dream of owner and local football coach, Brad Sanders, turned reality and a family affair at Mecca Tavern. Brad's Aunt, Susie Schilling, is the head cook. This lady may not be a professionally trained chef, but she has people coming from all over the Midwest to try her food. Brad's wife, Patty and Mother, Pam, are also heavily involved in the restaurant.

    I immediately fell in love with this restaurant as it reminded me of my Grandfather's Tavern. The shotgun type bar with seating inside and patio seating outside. It is quaint and like a step back in time with wood flooring. It is simple in its décor but the food sets it apart from other taverns. So much of their limited menu is popular which is what makes this place a must taste place in Indiana. Initially, the tavern had limited food but as word of mouth traveled, the menu has grown too!

    The Meathead Burgers range from 1/4lb to 1 pound Burgers using Clinton Spindles Meat, a locally owned Meat Company, in Indiana. Patted and grilled to perfection. The 8oz and 1 pound Ribeye Steak are specials on Saturday, but also available in 8oz all week long.

    The Weekend Specials on Friday Nights are Catfish and Frog Leg Dinners. The weekend specials whether seafood, steak, or sandwiches bring in the crowds, so be sure to time your visits accordingly.

    The recent addition has been the Hoosier Favorite, the Pork Tenderloin Sandwich. Available in grilled or breaded. Susie Schilling uses her own special breading to make the succulent sandwich. It is a HUGE sandwich much like other tenderloins in State. However, Susie has a demand of the Tenderloins from her special breading and the hand pounded to perfection. Her breading is spot on and is the talk of Tenderloin Lovers from afar. (They are currently in the running for best Pork Tenderloin Sandwich in Indiana by Visit Indiana, Vote Here.

    Whether you're visiting the beautiful bridges of Parke County or simply passing through, make sure Mecca Tavern is a stop along the way. You will be enamored by the history, friendly people, and fantastic food. Mecca Tavern is currently a member of Indiana Foodways Alliance's Tenderloin Trail, Here Fishy Fishy and Burgers, Brews and Dogs Trails. (NOTE: The Mecca Tavern is 21 and Older ONLY) Blog by Lindsey Skeen

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