The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the largest sporting facility in the world: It offers permanent seating capacity for more than a quarter million race fans in the stands plus there’s room for another 100,000+ in the infield! Each Memorial Day weekend visitors from around the world descend on Indiana’s state capital for the big race—but if that’s the only reason you visit, you’re missing out on fantastic eating and drinking. Indianapolis, Indiana is worthy of a foodie’s attention any time of the year.
What’s an American picnic, holiday gathering or family reunion without deviled eggs? The dish of boiled eggs sliced in half and stuffed with a yolk/mayonnaise filling has been an American staple for decades.But our love affair with deviled eggs wasn’t born in the New World. The dish’s origin dates back centuries to ancient Rome, Spain and other parts of Europe. Around the first century A.D., Romans enjoyed boiled eggs enhanced with spices, oil and wine. Spain began stuffing its eggs in the 13th century, adding flavors such as cilantro, pepper and a fermented fish sauce. Over the next few centuries stuffed egg fever spread across Europe, and what filled the boiled eggs ran the gamut from raisins to herbs.
Surrounded by historic dairy farms—some of which have made cheese for over 175-years!—Madison is the capital of a state that has long been the top cheese producer in the United States. In Wisconsin, the craft of cheese-making is so rigorous that every producer must obtain a license to make cheese. (A license is also required to produce butter.)
The pink boots area sign that this craft brewery employs something just a little different than most breweries.Rubber boots are a necessity for workers on the production floor of a brewery—but they’re most often black. At 515 Brewing Company in Des Moines, Iowa, Barbara Becker wears pink boots. The 35-year-old is the only female brewmaster in the state of Iowa and is a self-proclaimed nerd when it comes to the science of brewing great beer. “It’s never the same day and I’m always intrigued by the microbiology of what I do,” she says. “The yeasties do what the yeasties will do.”
Farm-to-table dining is a term most popularly used to describe restaurants that source ingredients from local or regional producers—in such relationships, the executive chef proudly sources ingredients directly from food producers (from farmers to winemakers, ranchers to cheese makers, and so on). It’s an arrangement that can yield fresh results.
Chicago might be noted as one of the Midwest U.S.’s meat and potatoes (and pizza) capitals, but during the last century it’s earned the title"Candy Capital of the World."
Back in 1884, the national Confectionery Association was founded in Chicago. In those days, the Windy City boasted 69 candy factories, including the companies that introduced Snickers, Baby Ruth, Tootsie Rolls, M&Ms and even Cracker Jack.