Palate & Palette: Indy Offers Great Taste in Food and Art

When you're hungry for both culture and cuisine

Chefs and brewmasters prove they are as much artists as the greatest painters and sculptors from the ages. This fall tour of the Indianapolis area will satisfy your appetite for both culture and cuisine, bringing a deeper appreciation for those who master their crafts.

Taste sensations

Two artsy areas of Indianapolis offer masterpieces to eat and drink. In Broad Ripple, see what’s on tap at Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Company. In the mood for King Solomon’s Chocolate Stout? Or maybe Two Lucy’s Blackberry Wheat? Menu also includes pizza, appetizers and desserts. For a meal with Belgium flair, try Brugge Brasserie, which serves up 55,000 pounds of mussels (flown in live from Prince Edward Island three times a week) and 187,000 pounds of pomme frites (French fries) each year. They also feature their own Brugge Beer, like Black or Triple de Ripple. In the Mass Ave Cultural District, you can always count on something fresh and local at R bistro. While the owner/chef has European training, she calls her weekly changing menu “contemporary American.” Try some of her delicious recipes at home with a copy of Regina’s Seasonal Table cookbook.

Don’t miss Goose the Market, a neighborhood specialty food and wine market in the heart of Fall Creek Place. Stop in for a glass of wine with cheese in the market’s Enoteca section, featuring communal tables built from a hundred-year-old Indiana barn. The chef-owned market offers fresh meats, wines, beers, European-inspired dry goods, produce and even flowers.

Outdoor works of art

The owners of Traders Point Creamery in Zionsville know that their grass-fed Brown Swiss dairy cows deliver more nutritious milk than cows that are fed grain. Visit their artisan dairy farm to purchase whole milk, cheeses, ice cream and yogurts. Enjoy seasonal, organic fare at The Loft Restaurant or a treat in The Dairy Bar. On Fridays through October, purchase from like-minded organic farmers and vendors at The Green Market. Oktoberfest is slated for October 13, with live music, hayrides, German dishes, cow milking and pumpkin carving.

Make the most of a perfect fall day by exploring 100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Eight giant outdoor sculptures take their place within nature to create a never-the-same experience for you. Inside the museum, admire more than 50,000 works of art in the permanent collections. Special exhibits this fall include Bill Viola: Caputring Spectacle and Passion, The Onya La Tour Collection: Modernism in Indiana, and The Rise of American Modernism.

Make the new JW Marriott homebase for your Indy cultural tour. This giant, blue glass, 33-story hotel – Indiana’s tallest –overlooks White River State Park, giving you instant access to the Indiana State Museum, Eiteljorg Museum and other sites.

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