Cerulean is set to host the first James Beard dinner in Indianapolis 

October 17, eat a meal made by some of the best chefs in the Midwest

click to enlarge Inside Cerulean's dining room. - AUDRA STERNBERG PHOTOGRAPHY
  • Inside Cerulean's dining room.
  • Audra Sternberg Photography
Cerulean is hosting the first ever James Beard Foundation dinner in Indianapolis on October 17. This is a huge step for the city in the realm of nationwide (and worldwide) dining scene acclaim. In case you are unfamiliar with the James Beard Foundation, this would be like presenting your film to the Academy. It is also a way Alan Sternberg and the team at Cerulean are helping fund James Beard Foundation scholarships, which "provide support to aspiring students in multiple areas of food and culinary studies." 
click to enlarge Alan Sternberg cuts a massive pork loin from a Gunthorp Farms pig.
  • Alan Sternberg cuts a massive pork loin from a Gunthorp Farms pig.

The event will be a one-of-a-kind experience for diners, as Sternberg has collected a grouping of chefs to create an 8-course meal that highlights the best of the Midwest.

The evening will begin with a cocktail hour, and if you've ever had Cerulean's cocktails you know that is already going to be a treat. 

click to enlarge Peter Schmutte in the kitchen at Cerulean
  • Peter Schmutte in the kitchen at Cerulean
Then, it will be time for the meal which is to be prepared by a few of the best chefs in the Midwest: Alan Sternberg from Cerulean Downtown, Kevin Ashworth from 610 Magnolia in Louisville, Ryan Santos from Please in Cincinnati and rounded out by one of the most highly praised dessert chefs in the country, Cerulean's Peter Schmutte

Many of the dishes will be expertly paired with a glass of wine, these are part of the ticket price. But, there will be a cash bar available for those that wish to have a little more to imbibe. 

One look at the menu below and you can see it's bound to be an incredible meal and the best part is by enjoying the best food in the Midwest, you are giving back to the James Beard Foundations scholarship program. It's a win (Indy), win (Cerulean), win (JBF), win (You) situation. 


Hors d’Oeuvre
  • Assorted Canapés
  • Dried Tomato Tartare with Toasted Buffalo Mozzarella Purée, Purple Basil, and Espelette Pepper on Yeasted Rolls
  • Indiana Goat Cheese Dumplings with Shiso and Peppers
  • Veal Sweetbreads with Apples, Brown Butter, Aged Sherry, and Benne Seeds
  • Enoki Mushrooms with Pine Nuts and Nettles
  • Smoked Halibut with Fermented Quince Jam, Green Peppercorns, Corn Curry, and Chanterelles
  • Aged Beef with Carolina Rice, Koji, Pears, and Squash
  • Grilled Fig–Buttermilk Profiterole with Thyme and Honey 
  • Fermented Butternut Squash Cake with Foie Gras Caramel, Puffed Spelt, Pickled Thomcord Grapes, and Passion Fruit

    James Beard Dinner at Cerulean, October 17, 6 p.m.
    Tickets are available by calling: 317.870.1320
    Member Price: $150
    Public Price: $175

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