Thursday, June 7, 2012

What's Cooking At Indy's Kitchen?

Finalists Announced for Local Kitchen Entrepreneur Challenge

Original food biz concepts appeal to human and canine customers


Three finalists have been selected to participate in judging for the Hottest Kitchen Entrepreneur Challenge, a regional contest to find the next great food entrepreneur. The Challenge is sponsored by Indy's Kitchen , a local food business incubator, and by Reliable Water Services a local provider of commercial water heaters, boilers and water softeners. Aspiring chefs and home cooks were invited to enter by submitting a short application and a photo of their recipe or product concept. Finalists were selected based on the originality and viability of their concept and appearance based on an initial photo. Finalists include:
  • Suzanne Clifford- Indianapolis, Ind. – Brainy Kids Snacks - kids and parents will lovethese tasty treats packed full of protein, fiber and Omega 3s. Snacks are individually packaged with fun trivia questions to increase knowledge about the brain and overall health.
  • William Schmidt – Carmel, Ind.Sals"RA"! Taste the Power of the Sun – a unique salsa geared towards the true spice enthusiast. The salsa starts with the sweet taste of berries, and ends with a fiery blast of a signature threepepper blend.
  • Sherri Campbell – Indianapolis, Ind.Blizzard Bones and Polar Paws gourmet, home-crafted, organic frozen treats for dogs. These doggie snacks are available in both sweet and savory flavors that are tasty enough for humans to enjoy.
Finalists will compete for the grand prize in a judging event at Indy’s Kitchen on Tuesday,
June 19th at 2:30 p.m. The grand prize winner will receive $2,500 in seed money to start their
business and over $500 of professional cookware from Reliable Water Services, and expert
consultation and commercial kitchen time from Indy’s Kitchen valued at $500.

Judges for the contest include Ian Kille, executive chef, MCL Restaurant & Bakery, Emory
Costanios, executive chef with Hilton Indianapolis North and Becky Eaton, owner of Becky’s
Healthy Kitchen in Indianapolis.

Finalists of the Hottest Kitchen Entrepreneur Challenge will also have the opportunity to
provide samples of their recipes and participate in a ‘People’s Choice’ judging on Wednesday,
June 20th at Bankers Life Fieldhouse during Schmooza Palooza, the Indy Chamber largest
party of the year and an energetic gathering for business professionals.

Events at the kitchen in June 


Flavor NoLabor Cooking Class - Root Naturals: Cooking with Caramelized Onions
Date: Thursday June 14th
Time: 6:30 - 9:00 PM
Cost: $60
Onions are the workhorses of the kitchen, transforming countless dishes into delicious meals. Learn how to make flavorful recipes. Hands-On.

Flavor NoLabor Cooking Class - Seasons 52 @ Home: Techniques of Healthy Cooking
Date: Thursday June 21th
Time: 6:30 - 9:00 PM
Cost: $60
Learn the secrets of cooking like Seasons 52 restaurant from ingredient selection for calorie control to specific cooking techniques.

Introduction to Small Batch Canning
Date: Saturday June 23rd
Time: 2:00-3:30PM
Cost: $20.00
Excited to learn about one of the oldest methods for putting up food, or just interested in surviving the zombie apocalypse? Look no further - Introduction to Small Batch Canning is the perfect class for you!
Our class will show you the ropes of preserving food in jars. We'll cover the basics of food safety, what jars to use (and where to buy them), pickling spices (how to make them on the cheap and easy), and basic recipes.
We'll include a demonstration of our new favorite recipe, sweet and spicy beer pickles, so you can watch the entire canning process from start to finish. There will also be giveaways and some secrets we just can't share until you get there!


Becky's Healthy Kitchen VEGETARIAN AND VEGAN COOKING
Date: Wednesday June 27th
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Cost: $35.00
Are you interested in decreasing animal proteins? Want to learn about tasty alternatives like tofu, tempeh, soybeans, legumes and nuts? Come to this class! We will also go over vegetarian and vegan alternatives for traditional kitchen staples like mayo and butter. Class limit: 15 participants


Flavor NoLabor Cooking Class Caribbean Flavors for Summer
Date: Thursday June 28th
Time: 6:30-9PM
Cost: $60
Caribbean dishes mix the sweet tastes of tropical fruit with spices to give a dish bursting with flavor. Learn how to bring the tastes of the islands to your table.








 


 








Monday, April 2, 2012

Hottest Kitchen Entrepreneur Challenge

Indy's Kitchen and Reliable Water Services are excited to present a contest for aspiring chefs and foodies with an innovative food business concept. Registration is closed and the judges will select the three finalists who will cook-off at an event at Indy's Kitchen on Tuesday, June 19th. All three finalists will showcase their products at Schmooza Palooza held at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Wednesday, June 20 from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.

The winner will receive $2,500 in seed money, a $500 gift certificate for professional cookware, commercial kitchen time and expert consultation from Indy's Kitchen, and a chance to be spotlighted in the local media.
Becky's Healthy Kitchen presents:

INDIAN FOOD NIGHT!
May 23rd 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Indy's KitchenIndian food prepared light and right can be so tasty and satisfying. Learn to cook some Daals (lentil dishes); and richly spiced tandoori dishes. Make the food as wild or mild as you like. We will also learn about Indian spices, like Garam Masala, and Curries, and even how to make your own curry powder at home. Take this class to experience some savory and perfectly spiced Indian food! Visit Becky's website for more details.


VEGETARIAN AND VEGAN COOKING
June 27th 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Indy's Kitchen
Are you interested in decreasing animal proteins? Want to learn about tasty alternatives like tofu, tempeh, soybeans, legumes and nuts? Come to this class! We will also go over vegetarian and vegan alternatives for traditional kitchen staples like mayo and butter.  Visit Becky's website for more details.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Coming Soon! Hottest Kitchen Entrepreneur Challenge

Indy's Kitchen and Reliable Water Services are excited to present a contest for aspiring chefs and foodies with an innovative food business concept: You could be Indiana's next great food entrepreneur! Maybe you have a recipe for a unique food product (for example, pasta sauce, mustard, baby food, etc.) or a recipe that you would like to ultimately showcase in a new restaurant or store (the world's best cookie, gluten- free recipe, etc.). Reliable Water Services and Indy's Kitchen want to help you achieve your dream.

The winner will receive $2,500 in seed money, a $500 gift certificate for professional cookware, commercial kitchen time and expert consultation from Indy's Kitchen, and a chance to be spotlighted in the local media.

Starting April 2, 2012 registration will open at Reliable Water Services and entrants can submit an application online by answering four questions and uploading a photo of your recipe or product concept. All entries must be submitted by midnight on Tuesday, May 15, 2012. Three finalists will be selected and notified the week of June 4, 2012. Entrants must be available to attend a winner judging event at Indy's Kitchen in Indianapolis on Tuesday, June 19 (2:00 to 4:00 pm) and a finalists' showcase event at Schmooza Palooza held at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Wednesday, June 20 from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Becky's Healthy Kitchen presents:

HERE FISHY FISHY!

March 28th 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Indy's Kitchen

Are you afraid of cooking fish and other seafood! Why? Join Becky and master the cooking techniques of perfectly cooked fish. LOTS of health and nutrition experts recommend that we eat fish two times per week, but if you don't know how to prepare it properly, you are stuck with canned tuna. Break out of your shell (literally!). You will also learn about the types of seafood that are high in mercury and should be consumed in moderation, plus the types sustainable and responsibly harvested seafood and fish. You can reserve your spot on Becky's website. Enjoy!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

What's Cooking In The Kitchen?

Considering a food business?

It takes more than a great idea to create a successful business. Indy’s Kitchen rents kitchen space so you can try a business idea without the expense of opening your own kitchen. If you have a food product that you’re considering selling, join a discussion about how to get your business started. We’ll talk about all of the things you need to consider before you start producing your product. So if a food business has been a dream that you want to make real, this 2-hour discussion will help get you started! Join us at Indy’s Kitchen on March 3rd at 2:00.  The discussion is free but please let me know you plan to attend. Send an email to Linda to reserve your spot. I look forward to hearing your business idea and helping you take it to the next step.



HERE FISHY FISHY!

March 28th 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Indy's Kitchen

Are you afraid of cooking fish and other seafood! Why? Join Becky and master the cooking techniques of perfectly cooked fish. LOTS of health and nutrition experts recommend that we eat fish two times per week, but if you don't know how to prepare it properly, you are stuck with canned tuna. Break out of your shell (literally!). You will also learn about the types of seafood that are high in mercury and should be consumed in moderation, plus the types sustainable and responsibly harvested seafood and fish.  You can reserve your spot on Becky's website. Enjoy!



Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Becky's Healthy Cooking Class



Wednesday January 18th 6:30 - 8:30

Fundamentals of Healthy Cooking:
How to stock your pantry, plus healthy cooking techniques and some great winter recipes.

Class includes a full meal, hands-on instruction, educational tips and techniques
and a recipe packet to take home.  Just bring your appetite!

Contact Becky to register.

For more information visit Becky's website.