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

  • 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 Thanksiving! 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. http://www.bluebirdmorristown.com

    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. Dont forget to order your Holiday Pie at 812-723-3735.

    5. Gifts that give all year round such as gift cards to one of our 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 Brewry 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 State 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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  • The Fiddlers Three

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2018

    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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  • More Tails for the Trails:

    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
    5/17/18 - Tuttle Orchards, Rich in Soil and in History

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