IndyStar Wine & Food Experience

Food + Indy Chefs + Wine + Clay Terrace + Scott Conant = A foodie’s paradise.  Where could you find such an experience? I know, I am getting to the point. The IndyStar Wine & Food Experience, a premier Indy foodie event, is taking place in Clay Terrace (Carmel) on September 29 from 1:00-4:00pm. 

[https://wineandfood.indystar.com/event-schedule/]

What happens at this event, you ask?  Well the Wine & Food Experience is a part of, “a 12-city tour celebrating the best chefs, wine and food in our communities.”  This year’s event will be in partnership with the Martha Stewart Experience and will feature celebrity chef, Scott Conant. If you do not already know, Scott Conant is a renowned chef known for his Italian cuisine. He has several restaurants in New York City including L’Impero, Alto, and Scarpetta, just to name a few.  He also has restaurants in Los Angeles, Miami, Las Vegas, and Arizona. He is most widely known, however, as a judge on Food Network, primarily on Chopped.  He will be leading a cooking demonstration and will have a Celebrity Chef Meet & Greet for those who purchased the Chef’s Package ticket.

I am sure a question mark appeared above your head when I said Martha Stewart.  No, Martha Stewart will not be in Clay Terrace on the 29, but her Martha Stewart Experience staff will be.  They will lead cooking demonstrations and will have different activities for guests to do in the Martha Stewart Pavilion.  Believe it or not, Martha Stewart does attend other events in this series, but she seems to be visiting only the big glamorous cities like New York, Las Vegas, Chicago, and Santa Monica. 

Last but certainly not least, the most exciting portion of the event is the Grand Tasting.  What is the Grand Tasting? Think of over 25 awesome Indianapolis restaurants all together in the same place offering samples of their fare.  Sounds like heaven to you? I know. Guests are free to roam the grounds, sampling delicious foods, wines, and beers. What makes the Grand Tasting even better is that many of the restaurants will have the chef or owner present at the event.  Some of these chefs will be a part of demonstrations, seminars, and panels throughout the event. Talk about rubbing shoulders with some of the elite foodies of Indianapolis! Restaurants attending this year, so far, include:

  • Al Rayan Restaurant
  • OAKLEYS Bistro
  • Oca
  • Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano
  • Big Lug Canteen
  • Blue Sushi Sake Grill
  • Bridges Craft Pizza & Wine Bar
  • Cobblestone Grill
  • Conner’s Kitchen and Bar
  • DeBrand Fine Chocolates
  • Eddie Merlot’s
  • Four Day Ray Brewing
  • Gallery Pastry Shop
  • Giordano’s
  • Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse
  • Kizuiki Ramen & Izakaya
  • Late Harvest Kitchen
  • Local Eatery & Pub
  • Meridian Restaurant & Bar
  • Mimi Blue Meatballs
  • Ocean Prime
  • Prime 47
  • Red, the Steak House
  • Salt on Mass
  • Shoefly Public House
  • Taxman Brewing
  • The Loft at Trader’s Point Creamery
  • The Melting Pot

I know by now you are likely chomping at the bit wondering – how do I attend this fabulous event? There are three different ticket packages for this 21+ event.  You should purchase your tickets now as many of these deals are likely to change as the event gets closer! These include (taken from the event’s website):

  • GRAND TASTING – The Grand Tasting package gives just a “taste” of what Indiana has to offer — Includes:
    • Access to The Cellar Wine Seminar – seating is first come, first served
    • Unlimited sampling of chef creations
    • Discover the best local restaurants
    • Access to chef demonstrations, seminars, and panels
    • Tastings of fine wines and craft beer
    • Pricing increases August 15th!
    • No other discounts apply
      • $50 presale
      • $100 day of
  • VIP GRAND PACKAGE – The VIP Grand Tasting is for the wine and food enthusiast, with a higher level of appreciation for fine premium wines. — Includes:
    • One-hour early access to food and beverages, no lines!
    • Access to the VIP Lounge – tastings of premium wines and hors-d’oeuvres
    • VIP Restrooms
    • All benefits included in the Grand Tasting – unlimited samplings, tasting of fine wines and craft beer, access to demonstrations and seminars
      • $120 presale
      • $135 day of
  • SCOTT CONANT CHEF’S PACKAGE – Upgrade to the Scott Conant Chef’s Package! This ticket allows you to experience the event at the highest level. — Includes:
    • Meet & Greet and autograph signing with Celebrity Chef, Scott Conant
    • All benefits included in the VIP Grand Tasting – One-hour early access, VIP restrooms, access to VIP Lounge
    • All benefits included in the Grand Tasting – Unlimited samplings, tasting of fine wines and craft beer, access to demonstrations and seminars
      • $180

To find out more information and to purchase tickets, visit the official event website at https://wineandfood.indystar.com/.  I already have my ticket – who’s in?