Category Archives: Northwest Indiana

What is Certified Naturally Grown (CNG)?

The more I attend farmer’s markets in the area, the more I learn about and meet local farmers. I have lived in this area of Indiana most of my life and, somehow, had no idea that many of these farms even existed. As someone who is in support of eating local, I almost feel ashamed. Apparently,…

Indiana Farmer’s Market: LaPorte #NWIndiana

As I mentioned in an earlier post (Indiana Farmer’s Market: Plymouth and Valparaiso), I am trying to make my way around area farm markets in order to promote more fresh, local eating. This past weekend, I decided to drive a bit north to see what was up with the LaPorte, IN farmer’s market. The growing…

Farm Food Challenge: Madagascar Red Bitter Lettuce

The Madagascar Red Lettuce Challenge Recently, I was approached by Farmer Damien of Native Roots Organic Farm in Westville, IN with a farm food challenge: creating a recipe using Madagascar Red Bitter Lettuce. He mentioned that most people aren’t sure what to do with bitter lettuces but thought I might be able to come up…

Indiana Farmer’s Market : Plymouth and Valparaiso #NWIndiana

As an avid #EatLocal advocate, I love attending a summertime farmer’s market to support local growers and artisans. For me, it’s quite exciting to see how the products and food items change availability as the season moves along. One minute you are fighting for asparagus and the next you are comparing heirloom tomato prices. Personally,…

Fanatic About Food Swaps

Have you ever heard of food swapping? Yes, bartering for food goes back gazillions of years to when the dinosaurs traded berries for eggs. However, in recent years, food swap events have popped up all over the nation and world. Basically, they are gatherings where people bring food and trade for food made by others….

Old World Market – Taste of Oktoberfest

Need something to do on Saturday, September 22nd? How about a little free drink and food tasting at Old World Market in Valparaiso, Indiana? Anytime from 11am to 3pm, come spend an hour celebrating Oktoberfest by sampling some great German and Fall brewed beers, wines and German themed foods! Last year, we picked up a…

It’s Vegas Baby! Go Big or Go Home…

We all know the old saying, “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas,” but what about the food? Though 1793 miles away, Chef Jeremy Wood has brought a Las Vegas style menu all the way to Northwest Indiana. Inside the heart of the Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa lies “It’s Vegas Baby!,” a 152…

Obsession Confession: Secret Suppers

So…yeah…there’s this thing I’m slightly obsessed about…this fabulously dreamy obsession…this far fetched idea of finding, attending or holding secret suppers. Are you familiar with this trend in the foodie subculture? If not, ohhh, let me enlighten you about this dark and daring side of the gastronomical lifestyle. Supper clubs, underground restaurants or guestaurants…I know them…

First Fridays at 5: “Culinary Cool”

Hey local friends! Mark your calendars! On Friday, March 2nd from 5:00 to 8:00 pm CST, the Lubeznik Center for the Arts will once again be having it’s First Fridays at 5. Held once each month, these free events revolve around a certain chosen them and showcase vendors/artists in the Michigan City, IN art district….

JD’s Crepe Company – Northwest Indiana

J.D.’s Crepe Company “Who gives a crepe…we do!” 3125 N. Calumet Avenue Valparaiso, IN46383 219-242-8611 Hours: Tuesday thru Saturday, 8am to 8pm / Sunday, 8am to 2pm Parking: Free in lot Cost: Under $10.00 Don’t let this little strip mall eatery fool you. It’s a hidden gem. Clean and casual with it’s bench seating around…