The concept for Artisano’s Oils and Spices came
from Owner David Burcham’s travel abroad.
David found Fantastic olive oils and succulent
spices during his adventures but found it nearly
impossible to buy most of these treasures locally
upon his return home.
It was then that David decided that traveling
around the world shouldn’t be the only way to
To take an international culinary journey and thus, his desire to bring those
ingredients to Indianapolis was born.
Basic Roots Community Foods was started in December of 2005 to address the needs of the lack of good, local foods. Basic Roots is supported by a network of approximately 75 growers, locally & regionally, to provide year round farm fresh goodies.
Wasabi ginger truffles? A tower of bon bons, caramels, English toffee and pecan turtles? Can it get any better? It can. White chocolate and raspberry popcorn and gourmet trail mix round out the offerings at this candy store on Mass Ave. Owner Elizabeth Garber parlays her fine-arts background into designing chocolates fit for Indy’s finest restaurants and jazz clubs, and her beautiful, edible art also benefits breast cancer research and helps in the fight against Lupus, so you’re sharing the love and giving back. It’s a delicious, unforgettable gift that’s all made fresh right in the heart of Indy’s art district.
Winner of the Indiana State Fair’s Champion Brewery award in 2011 and 2012, Bier Brewery produces up to ten new beers every week, roughly enough to fill five hundred growlers. Offerings range from Witt and Kolsch in the summer, through IPAs of varying intensity, to barley wine in the holiday season. The quality is seldom less than excellent: Bier Brewery proves itself impressively adept in a wide range of styles. Tasting is free and the staff effusively knowledgeable and friendly. Best get there early in the release cycle (ideally on Wednesday or Thursday) to ensure a growler or two.
Ignore the decor at this Plainfield-based brewpub; it's about the beer, and at $3.75 a pint, brewer D.J. McCallister offers excellent quality and a clear understanding of what he's doing. Much kudos to the man for using Fuggles hops and Ringwood yeast, two seldom-seen ingredients which elevate this brewery way above the commonplace. The food, though offering a refreshing departure from typical brewpub fare, needs a lighter touch; missteps are common, though the grilled eggplant rolls could've come out of Indy's better Italian kitchens.
With more than 100 shopping, dining, and entertainment options, including Bath & Body Works, P.F. Chang's, and the United Artists Theatre, Circle Centre Mall has been the place to shop since it opened in 1995.
A wonderful place to shop for gifts or to stock up for your own soirees. The staff here is uber-friendly and can help you pair wine, cheese, crackers and other treats whether you intend to give or receive. An amazing selection of 400+ wines (many at $20 or less) and great micro-brews to choose from (six and twelve pack options, some mix-and-match). Take time to explore the cheese selection. With new arrivals constantly, they have some of the best Italian and French products available in town.
Looking for the ultimate urban winery experience? Swirl, sip and savor over 20 award-winning craft wines made in downtown Indy, only 6 blocks from Monument Circle. Named one of Yahoo! Travel's Top 10 Urban Wineries and home to Reggae & Sweet Tulip Wines, the knowledgeable and engaging wine stewards at Easley offer tastings every day. Enjoy the whimsical gift shop or sit in the outdoor wine garden that features a great view of Downtown.
Learn how the winemaker takes premium local grapes and crafts them into nationally recognized wines during their Free tours offered Sat & Sun.
Free live music every Saturday May-Sept from 2-5pm.
Candy with a conscience is the mission of this Oregon transplant, now located on Indy’s northwest side. Once found only in small health-
food stores, the company has gone national, offering premium chocolates made with environmentally friendly
fashion good life ingredients. With an eye on fair trade
practices and shade-grown beans, these guys let you save the earth or benefit animal species on the verge of extinction, all while satisfying your sweet tooth. Ten percent of their profits are donated to conservation efforts. Products range from their original, all-natural chocolate bars
to gluten-free and organic fruit and nut mixtures, to tempting toffees in 100-percent recycled containers.
Farm to Fork Market is the only farmer's market in Indiana that requires vendors to be using completely organic/natural practices and/or ingredients in the products they sell. Additionally each vendor may only sell what they produce.
The Root Cellar lays under your feet, if your feet are located inside Farm, Bloomington's rural-chic restaurant. After dining on a maplewood baby back ribs or Hoosier corn and blue cheese fritters, head downstairs to the stone and mortar-ed cellar club. DJs host a variety of club nights throughout the month, but if you're looking for a quieter space, sneak into the limestone room or wine cellar to recline in low-lit armchairs.
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