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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

  • The Little Red House with Big Italian Taste

    Posted on Tuesday, October 11, 2016

    Iannarelli's is a family owned Italian restaurant located in Howe, Indiana in LaGrange County. Terry and Joyce Iannarelli have owned the restaurant for 14 years. The restaurants home is a quaint historic home built in 1845 and decked out in red with white detail. It stands out in this little town clearly as something special. As their surname suggests the Iannarellis are in fact Italian with bloodline one generation to Italy. Always having an entrepreneurial spirit Terry and Joyce started out by owning an Ice Cream Parlor. As the economy changed, their business declined too, so they closed the Ice Cream Parlor and decided to go back to their roots of Italy.

    When first opening the restaurant they knew they had to perfect the secret family red sauce recipe. A perfect red sauce is key to a successful Italian restaurant. Using the family's secret recipe passed down from generations to generations. Now when Terry's mother comes to visit she sneaks into the kitchen and performs her own little taste test. She has memorized the recipe and she can tell if a pinch of spice is needed here or there just by a small taste.

    Iannarelli's uses the freshest vegetables and even have the locals bringing them produce from their own gardens. Daily they will find bags of produce hung on the knob of the restaurant door. We loved that story they shared with us. The locals share the garden wealth per say.

    We had the opportunity to try several menu items while visiting Iannarelli's Italian Restaurant. First, we sampled Grandma's Pizza, named after, you guessed it, Grandma! It is the real Italian deal with olive oil, garlic, parmesan cheese, tomato, and a four blend cheese. Voted Best Pizza in LaGrange County, it is rich in flavor and crunchy in all the right places. The pizza topping choices are endless. Choose from the traditional menu options or create your own.

    The entire menu is an Italian lovers dream, not just offering pizza, it features flatbreads, soups, fish, chicken, pasta, and other traditional favorites. The Shrimp D' Angelo is a pasta dish made up of angel hair, olive oil, garlic, Italian spices and parmesan cheese. Chicken is an option too if seafood isn't a favorite. One of the most popular and a signature dish is the Lasagna. Layered with ricotta, four blend cheese, parmesan cheese and, of course, the secret family recipe meat sauce. We couldn't decide which item was our favorite, as each one appealed to our appetites and taste buds. We topped the day off with their tiramisu and a cannoli. In true Italian fashion, they both were homemade and simply divine!

    The restaurant's tag line is The little red house with the Big Italian Taste. That statement is nothing short of an understatement. Good authentic, Italian food is hard to find in Indiana. Their authentic recipes passed down from generation to generation are noted in each entrée, pizza, and dessert.

    Iannarelli's offers weekly specials that includes a buffet, so be sure to check out their website or Facebook page for specific specials. Iannarelli's is member of Indiana Foodways Alliance and featured on the Italian and Pizza Trails. 405 Third Street, Howe, IN 46746 260-562-2500

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  • Fresh Local Produce at Wea Creek Orchard

    Posted on Thursday, October 6, 2016

    Wea Creek Orchard Looking for something to do this weekend? Why not head to Wea Creek Orchard in Lafayette, IN and pick some fresh peaches, nectarines, apples, pumpkins, enjoy a wagon ride, purchase some honey or apple butter, jams and jellies, etc.? Youll have loads of fun!

    Wea Creek Orchard is a 7th generation family farm, started in 1829. Originally, a livestock and row crop farm, it is now home to around 2000 fruit trees! The current owner, moved here in 2007 and started planting trees about 200-400 at a time. Now they farm 72 acres total but 17 acres of that are made up of specialty crops. They selected dwarf tree varieties as they knew they wanted to make this a U-pick orchard and it makes it easier to get to the fruit, especially for young children as the fruit is lower to the ground. In addition to the orchard they have two barns on site, one built in 1870 that they rent for special events such as weddings from April to November and one built in 1880 that houses their market. They have an average of about 30 weddings a year in the barn and even has their own wedding planner to help you plan your big day for no additional charge!

    A day at the orchard is loads of fun for the whole family! All ages enjoy learning where their food comes from, how it is grown and getting to collect your own fruit, right from the trees. Kids spend time scouring the pumpkin patch for just the perfect pumpkin for their jack o lantern. Take a wagon ride around the orchard to scope out just where you want to go and to learn all about what is available there. Learn about honey and how important bees are to the trees. Pick up some hedge apples for fun or a gourd for your fall decorations. Lots of fun can be had, spending a day at the orchard. After youve picked out the best produce, dont forget to swing by the market and pick up some apple butter, apple cider, jams, jellies, salsa, barbeque sauce and more to get you through the winter!

    A variety of fruit is available at the orchard! This year they have Pixie Crunch apples (were told these are so good, they may replace Honey Crisp! Even better, they are a Purdue variety!), Gala apples, Blonde apples (these have become my personal favorites, taste a bit like a pear, I think), Dande Red apples , Mollie Delicious apples (so sweet, its like biting into sugar), Kane apples, Golden Delicious Apples, Fuji apples, Ruby John apples (these almost look purple!), nectarines and peaches. Theyve just started some Cherry Trees so look for those in the coming years.

    Wea Creek Orchard is open seasonally July-October on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays (check their website or call for hours before you go!) and is located at 5618 S. 200 E. on the south side of Lafayette. We hope you will visit and have a wonderful time!

    Blog written by Ashley Gregory

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  • IFA Apple Fall Fun

    Posted on Monday, October 3, 2016

    Indiana Foodways Alliance has their Top 5 Orchards for Apple, Pumpkins and fall goodies to quench your fall fever.

    McClures Orchard and The Apple Dumplin Inn

    McClures Orchard in Peru, IN gives apple lovers the chance to experience everything from wine tasting, apple dumplings, apple picking, hard cider and more. Sampling the award winning wines and hard cider is a must do this fall. With more than 16 different kinds of hard cider you are sure to find your personal favorite. 5054 N. US 31 Peru, Indiana 46970 Peru, Indiana 46970 (765) 985-9000

    Beasley's Orchard

    It's a Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown This popular orchard is participating in the National Celebration of 50 years of Charlie Brown with their annual corn maze featuring Snoopy and Charlie Brown. This family friendly orchard sells apples, pumpkins and scores of other fresh produce and goodies from May until October. The award winning fresh pressed apple cider and caramel apples are a must try while experiencing the corn maze designed by Brett Herbst. 2304 East Main Street Danville, IN 46122 (317) 745-4876

    Wea Creek Orchard

    Produce galore at this North Central Indiana Orchard, selling peaches, apples and nectarines from July - October. In later fall, pumpkins and honey are abound in their market. Ride a wagon to the u-pick pumpkin patch located on the family-owned farm dating back to the 1855. Biscuit, the dog, and his furry friends will greet you on your journey. Be sure to check out Biscuits blog. 5618 S. 200 East Lafayette, IN 47909 (765) 807-6142

    Apple of his Eye Orchard

    Not just for apple picking, this small locally owned orchard in Madison County, IN has an apple cinnamon donut recipe made with help from the Pillsbury Company. Producing a unique twist to traditional apple butter, they make their apple butter with chunks rather than the traditional dark and pasty consistency. Offering 27 different apple varieties, the Pixie Crunch is the newest variety of apples. This hard to find variety is full of zesty, sweet and tart flavor blends. 3185 S. 300 E. Anderson, Indiana. (765) 378-6265

    Highpoint Orchard

    Pack a picnic, buy lunch, or snack on a u-pick apple while taking in the breathtaking picturesque views from one of the highest points in the county. The historic 18 acre orchard has 20 different varieties of apples, peaches or Asian pears. The most unique apples available are the Mustu, empire, zefstar, and mollies. Be prepared to sample and buy their signature jams, relish and butters all homemade and sold in their gift shop! The Café is open for lunch Tuesday through Saturday until 2pm. 3321 Old US Highway 421 Greensburg, IN 47240 (812) 663-4534

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  • More Tails for the Trails:

    9/15/16 - A little zing from Zing
    9/12/16 - A Few of My Favorite Things -
    9/9/16 - Run, walk, bike, drive or boat to Coody Brown's Lakeside Grill in Wolcottville, IN!
    9/8/16 - French Cuisine in Northern Indiana
    9/7/16 - Sweet Treats on Highway 120 at the Next Door Neighbor Deil & Bakery

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