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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

  • Bowman Bakery Specializing in Delicious Goodness!

    Posted on Monday, December 1, 2014 — By Admin

    Travis Bowman knows a thing or two about baking. He began his passion while at Hagerstown High School in 4-H. Following graduation, Bowman earned his degree in baking and pastry arts at the Orlando Culinary Academy where he then served several years as a pastry chef for Walt Disney World. Opening Bowman Bakery in 2009, Travis works from sun up to sun down making pastries from scratch. Bowman Bakery is known for having Indianas #1 Cheesecake and shipping it all over the United States. Having a wide range of options to satisfy your sweet tooth, Bowman makes doughnuts, cheesecake, cream horns, cakes and cookies. Specializing in creating unique cakes for weddings or your special occasion, Travis is up for the challenge. Bowman also takes his delicious creations to festivals so be on the lookout for a little bit of delicious goodness.

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  • Lumpy's Cafe of Cambridge City

    Posted on Monday, December 1, 2014 — By Admin

    Lumpys Café is a favorite spot for Cambridge City locals and there really is a great reason why. Known for their enormous breaded tenderloin and friendly atmosphere, you may forget that you are not in your hometown. The range of options to choose from is wonderful and you will make sure to find something to satisfy your hunger. Lumpys has been family owned since 2002 and dont be surprised if you are waited on by the owners, George and Nancy or a family member. In fact, it was their daughter who told me that some of the must try items on their menu are the breaded tenderloin, The Pony Shoe and the Pot Belly Breakfast. The breaded tenderloin lived up to all of the hype. Hand cut and breaded, the tenderloin made the bun look small. I also had to try this great sandwich that didnt sound like a sandwich at all. Normal sandwiches have a top and bottom bun but the Pony Shoe requires a fork. Texas coast on the bottom, hamburger patty and covered in fries and cheese sauce. Im not sure that I would have ordered this before but I promise that the Pony Shoe will be ordered again. Finally, was the Silver Dollar Special which consisted of eggs, bacon, sausage and 3 silver dollar cakes. Breakfast is always my go to meal and this comfort food was great!

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  • Lafayette-West Lafayette, Two Great Cities, One Great University!

    Posted on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 — By Admin

    Just an hour north of Indianapolis and two hours south of Chicago, off of Interstate 65, the Lafayette-West Lafayette area has something for everyone! While you are in town enjoying one of our great Indiana Foodways Alliance Restaurants please be sure to check out some of our wonderful attractions such as:

    Wolf Park Columbian Park and Zoo Tippecanoe Battlefield and Museum Prophetstown State Park and Historic Prophetstown Several art galleries and The Art Museum of Greater Lafayette 9 Area Golf Courses Two Micro Breweries and a Winery A variety of nightlife activities A vibrant Downtown Purdue University And So much more! For a listing and more information on things to do visit our website at: www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

    For those of you that find more things than you can do in one day, there are 30 different lodging facilities not including several campgrounds, waiting to welcome you home for one night or multiple nights! For a listing please visit: www.HomeOfPurdue.com/stayingthenight.html

    For more information on the Lafayette-West Lafayette area, contact the Lafayette-West Lafayette Convention & Visitors Bureau at: 301 Frontage Road Lafayette, IN 47905 765-447-9999 or 1-800-872-6648 info@HomeOfPurdue.com www.HomeOfPurdue.com

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  • Cafe DuCirque

    Posted on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 — By Admin

    Cafe DuCirque is a small, quaint cafe & coffee shop in downtown Peru, Indiana. We serve all specialty coffee drinks, fresh roasted coffees, teas, lemonade and soft drinks. Our coffees (regular, decaf & our espresso) are all roasted in-house using organic, fair trade & shade grown beans from around the world.

    Cafe DuCirque is located at 65 N Miami St in Peru, in an historic building dating back to 1906. We have lovely apartments onsite, making it a unique mixed use building for our area and giving it a somewhat European flair that we love. The interior is very bright & open with many windows and an ever changing gallery of local art. We have a very charming courtyard with a large Bradford Pear tree shading some outdoor tables for al fresco dining.

    Our menu is very diverse. We have 2 types of fresh quiche every day, several croissant sandwiches, using fresh croissants made by a local bakery, hot & grilled panini sandwiches on a house made focaccia bread. We also make crepes, some savory for lunch and a few sweet for dessert. Our popular banana & Nutella crepe is enough for any sweet tooth, and we feature locally home made desserts which change regularly.

    Beyond nourishing the body, we like to think we can nourish the mind and community. Cafe DuCirque has worked since our inception with local artists, helping form the Community Artists Co-Op. This serves to provide local artists with an outlet for friendship, critique, and of course work in their chosen medium. It provides Cafe DuCirque and our customers with a feast for the eyes and hopefully an appreciation of the amazing talent we have growing right here in our area. We meet at the cafe once a month, and are a very informal & friendly group. No registration, no dues, just come and have a good time. You are not required to display or sell work, and neither are you required to meet with the co-op if you have art to display. Just contact us we'll get you going.

    Cafe DuCirque also works with local growers and suppliers for home grown food products. In the spring, summer & fall months we have a bounty of fresh stock and use it constantly in our menu. We love to talk about where our products come from. Our family farm, Twin Pines, is located south of Peru in Miami County. Here we raise Belted Galloway beef cattle and some pork in a naturally grown way. We also rely on our overly-spoiled hens for some eggs every now & then. The farm also seems to be a rest stop and eventually home to whatever wayward cat happens by, and eventually becomes friends with Caleb the cattle dog.

    Cafe DuCirque has been a wonderful thing for our family and, hopefully, to Peru. It seems to be a place where strangers become fast friends, and then family. We always have something new going on and love to see and meet new people. Find us on the web at www.cafeducirqueonline.com. You can also 'friend' us on facebook - but best of all come by and say hello!

    Cafe DuCirque 65 N Miami St Peru, IN www.cafeducirqueonline.com

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  • Folkies Tavern

    Posted on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 — By Admin

    In 1942 Bernard Folk built a sturdy little building near the river in Marion, Indian. The upper level of the building contained three apartments and a barber shop.

    The first level housed the new Folkies Tavern. The cozy little pub provided drinks and sandwiches to the downtown businessmen. Attorneys, shop owners, and factory workers gathered to discuss the news of the war raging across the Pacific.

    Today the sturdy little building still stands near the river in Marion. The Barbers pole still hangs on the front corner, and Folkies Tavern is still a cozy little pub providing drinks and sandwiches to the downtown businessmen, and womenJ. Step inside Folkies today and you will find attorneys, shop owners, and construction workers gathered around the bar discussing world news and local events.

    Steve Schrader, the current owner of Folkies, is proud of role Folkies plays in the community. A downtown bar and grill is more than a place to eat and drink. It is a place for people to come together. And Folkies has been the meeting place for a long time. Many businesses have come and gone over the past 65 years, but Folkies has remained. It is one of the few constants in the downtown business district.

    Though Folkies is a constant, some things about the operation have changed with the times. The original menu of pub grub (sandwiches and fried food) has expanded to include salads and daily meal specials. The patio is a popular option on summer evenings. Steaks and burgers are sometimes prepared on the outdoor grill.

    Folkies Crab Races are the most popular entertainment option in town on Wednesday evenings. The weekly races are held on a large round board. Several tables are pushed together, and patrons gather round to root on the tiny contenders. Race fans purchase crabs for $1 each and win a prize if their crab wins. When the bell sounds, the lid containing the crabs is lifted and they race from the center of the board to a ring near the edge. The first crab to get two claws over the line wins! Some weeks the crabs face the obstacles of the Space Crab course maneuvering around holes representing craters. The train track course is even more treacherous with a mini locomotive running round the track that the crabs must cross to win. Everyone is a winner at Folkies Crab Races as proceeds from the event benefits local charities.

    Folkies is definitely more than a place to eat and drink. It is a downtown landmark that continues to bring people together.

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  • Sandra D's Italian Garden

    Posted on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 — By Admin

    DeKalb County's only Five Star Restaurant. Sandra Ds offers fine dining in a casual garden setting. Certified Chef, Bentley Dillinger makes all of the outstanding salad dressings and sauces, as well as warm fragrant breadsticks and flatbreads to go with hand-cut-steaks, authentic, Italian specialties and seafood dishes offered on a seasonal basis. Homemade soups and desserts round out the menu.

    Full bar available in a non-smoking environment. Reservations are also accepted.

    Sandra D's is located at 1330 S. Main St. in Auburn, In. 46706 and can be reached at 260-927-7282 or you can visit their website at www.sandradsitaliangarden.com for more information.

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  • Highpoint Orchard

    Posted on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 — By Admin

    Nothing says country like a trip to the orchard in the fall and Highpoint Orchard and Winery in Greensburg, Indiana has all the bases covered for a complete day in the country. You can start with a wagon ride through the orchard, stop in the café for lunch, shop a bit in the gift shop, and leave a moment to sample some of the wine in the restored historic barn.

    Located on historic Pleaks Hill, which is the highest point in the county, Highpoint Orchard and Winery affords the visitor amazing views of the orchards, Upland Reservoir, and the beautiful countryside. To get into the spirit of the country, take a wagon ride through the orchard where you can see where more than thirty-five varieties of apples, peaches, and Asian pears are grown.

    Head back to the Apple Barn for a delectable lunch in the café. The chicken salad croissant is sure to please with its fresh grapes, celery and pecans. Also a hit is the Orchard Salad made with mixed greens, seasonal fruit (and they have a great source), pecans, cranraisins, against the feta cheese and raspberry vinaigrette it is favorite for a good reason. Two items not to be missed on the menu is the fresh baked bread, pair it with the soup of the day and any fall chill will be a distant memory.

    The apple caramel nut pie is what dreams are made of, well mine anyway. Starting with the made from scratch crust, layers of fresh apples, nuts, and seasonings, it will be dancing in your mouth. The crust is one of the best pie crusts I have ever had, sorry mom. The light crust, golden crisp on the edges and not soggy on the bottom is a tough balance to hit, but they do.

    After your lunch stroll through the gift shop where you can purchase fruit fresh from the orchard, fresh made pies or frozen, or one of their sauces. They also carry cookbooks and apple related items.

    Before you head home, stop by the Old Mill Barn and relax a bit in one of the front porch rockers before heading to the basement of the restored 1850s barn to sample some of the Highpoint Winery selections. A wonderful selection of fruit wines for your perusal and purchase make a great take home memory of your visit.

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  • Historic Broadway Tavern

    Posted on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 — By Admin

    Please pass the Persimmon Pudding&..say that three times and you must be eating at the Historic Broadway Tavern.

    Just down the street from the Historic Broadway fountain in downtown Madison, Indiana is the Historic Broadway Tavern. It is in the same location it was 175 years ago, which makes it Indianas true Oldest Tavern. Now I am not looking to get in the middle of who really is, but I think I will side with the Broadway, after all, they are feeding me and also make some award winning ribs.

    The Historic Broadway Tavern has a great old time, comfortable feel as soon as you walk in. You can feel the history all around you and just wish the walls could talk; you would hear some amazing stories. From the bar area with the carved antique three sided bar with plenty of TVs for watching the game to the dinning section, broken into the different rooms to the outside patio which features live music during the season, you know you are at a place where friends gather and new friends are made over great food and drinks. The menu is varied, offering everything from pasta to steaks to ribs; you will find something to please everyone in your group.

    Signature dishes include the award winning tender hickory smoked pork Baby Back Ribs with Larrys homemade sweet BBQ Sauce and the Persimmon Pudding. If John Wilkes Booth (who really did stay at the tavern) had dined on the Ribs he never would have left and found his way into history.

    Now if Ribs arent your thing, the prime rib special on Friday and Saturday night or the Chicken Marcela will get the bases covered in a tasty way. The Prime Rib is served with their homemade horseradish sauce and the Chicken Marcela, which is a house favorite, is served with fresh mushrooms and a creamy Marcela wine sauce.

    But do not miss the Persimmon Pudding! The Persimmon Pudding, which echoes a bread pudding will surprise and delight you. If this is the only time you ever eat a persimmon, you will be hooked. The award winning, customer pleasing, Food Guru hooking dessert is more than a pudding. It is an argument ending, happiness bringing square on a plate. The pudding is owner Libbys moms recipe which is made by Libbys sister, Kathy at the tavern. The pudding is award winning, and has won at the Mitchell Persimmon Festival, which has been held for over 60 years now so they know a good persimmon pudding when they judge one.

    When you visit Madison, Indiana be sure to take a walk through history and enjoy a great meal at the Historic Broadway Tavern, you never know, you might run into the ghost who roams the halls looking for his lost love, but you do know you will enjoy some fine food in a great setting.

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  • Franco's Family Restaurant

    Posted on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 — By Admin

    I wont mislead you, I love Italian food so trying to be objective while have plate after plate of deliciousness placed in front of me is just not going to happen. So I will share with you my favorites of the day and also some of the family history of Franco's Family Restuarant.

    My taste buds happiness started with the Meatballs and Sauce. The meatballs are made with four types of meats, hand rolled and slow cooked for over an hour, served with a homemade marinara sauce. The meat comes from grass fed free range animals. I also had the family style Clam Chowder, which has become a favorite of mine and I will be heading back soon to get my fix. Be sure to ask Mabelle, one of the owners, what she adds to make it so special.

    Mabelle and her husband Franco came to the United States in 1993 from the port city of Genoa in the Liguria region of northern Italy. Franco and Mabelle are the two family chefs who create the wonderful menu items for lunch and dinner and their son, Alberto handles breakfast and the desserts, which I will get to in a few minutes.

    My entrée consisted of Carbonara, Seafood Pasta, Pesto Pasta, Chicken Marsala, Mushroom Risotto, and Lasagna. Wow! The Carbonara was a very simple carbonara that was rich but not heavy. The Seafood Pasta, using their homemade marinara sauce has very crisp defined flavors including New Zealand mussels, shrimp, and clams. The Pesto Pasta was presented with a wonderful aroma and full use of the pesto. The chicken Marsala reflects the recipe of the Genoa region, especially the sauce. Do not be surprised when it does not arrive with the traditional cream sauce you are used to, instead embrace the sauce made with the Marsala wine. It has a strong flavor and a generous use of mushrooms. The one I left for home with extra was the Mushroom Risotto. I do love a good risotto and this one was one of the tops. Very simple, not overcooked or mushy, and with a good use of the mushrooms and garlic to bring the flavors together in a great presentation. Not to be forgotten is the lasagna. It is a little different than the traditional lasagna and is a family recipe.

    Dessert was presented by Alberto and I must say, did not disappoint. If you only come to Francos to try one thing I would suggest the desserts, as hard as that is to say, because I dont know why you wouldnt want to be adopted by Mabelle so you could eat her cooking every day. My two desserts were Chocolate Ganache Mousse and Tiramisu. The mousse was light in texture and a nice play against the home made berry glaze of blackberries, blueberries, raspberries and strawberries. The richness of the mousse and the tart tang of the glaze harmonize for a light dessert. Now the Tiramisu is much like several other dishes here, not what you would expect in the traditional sense of a tiramisu. The frozen crème is served in a scoop style with organic fair trade cocoa powder and with a lady finger cookie dipped in a coffee amaretto mixture. It is sure to please any sweet tooth.

    Located in downtown Madison, Indiana on the historic Main Street, I am sure you will enjoy your visit to Francos and be sure to tell them Angie sent you&..you never know what Mabelle may bring out of her kitchen to the delight of your taste buds!

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  • 150+375=Stories Story

    Posted on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 — By Admin

    Take one hundred and fifty homemade pies and three hundred seventy-five pounds of hand-breaded tenderloin a week and you have just a little of the back-story on Stories Restaurant in Greensburg.

    Jane Storie knows pie&&.when you make twenty-five pies a day, or 150 pies a week she has earned her pie making credentials. Janes list of homemade pies include close to twenty different types. On the menu everyday in season is Strawberry, a must try, along with coconut, banana, graham cracker, peach, butterscotch (my favorite), apple, cherry, and chocolate peanut butter. She also rotates into the mix: lemon, chocolate, pecan, sugar cream, custard, and cobblers. With a homemade crust it is no wonder Stories Restaurant has customers from around the world.

    But I jumped right to dessert; let us go back to the entrée of choice at Stories. They are known for their hand breaded with secret seasonings deep fried tenderloin. I did ask about the secret seasonings, but Don was not cutting loose with the family secret. With the brothers, Don and Chuck cutting, tenderizing, and breading 350-400#s of tenderloin a week, they seem to know what they are doing and I would have to agree.

    I enjoyed a lunch of hand breaded tenderloin with the homemade macaroni salad and potato salad sides. The tenderloin is served on a bun with crisp lettuce, onion and juicy tomato with your choice of sandwich dressing. As I bit into the well seasoned sandwich, I was not disappointed, the years of experience show in a great, no fuss Hoosier tradition.

    Stories Restaurant, a Greensburg institution and main stay in the Hoosier tenderloin tradition has been in business thirty plus years and it is still a family run dining experience. Current owners, Don and Chuck joined their mom and dad back in 1978 to help run the family restaurant. The family operation doesnt stop at just blood family, employees are like family also, with the breakfast cook having been a part of the Stories Story for 34 years and some of the wait staff almost as long.

    Stop in to Stories Restaurant for a Hoosier tradition and enjoy a Greensburg family tradition&.you will soon become family.

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