Indianapolis Monthly April 2019

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that’s a fact

As we celebrate the newcomers to Indy’s culinary scene in this month’s issue (p. 61), I’d be remiss not to point out the significant contributions of another group of newbies: the interns here who bring us coffee, fetch our dry-cleaning, and are regularly berated by the magazine’s foul-mouthed publisher. In truth, none of that is in the job description or actually occurs, as evidenced by the many interns (find a complete list on our masthead, p. 6) who received bylines in the Best New Restaurants package, which was, in parts, reported and writt en by a few of the college students who have joined us for the spring semester. Whether they earn bylines or not, all of our interns carry out one of the magazine’s most vital functions: fact-checking. Is it…

eat and ink

“I would have my thumbs done up like chicken wings—one BBQ, the other hot. Then I could pretend to eat them.” —MIKE BOTKIN, PRODUCTION MANAGER “Measurement conversion tables so I can stop looking up on my phone how many cups there are in a gallon or how many ounces are in a pint.” —JOE BALL, DIGITAL EDITOR “A sleeve of different ice cream scoops all the way up one arm.” —TODD URBAN, DESIGN DIRECTOR “Just the words ‘Fruitcake, b-tches.’ In a pretty script, of course.” —ALLISON EDWARDS, SPECIAL PROJECTS ART DIRECTOR “I would get the words ‘Julia … slow down’ inked on my right hand.” —JULIA SPALDING, DINING EDITOR “Mussels on my muscles.” —MARGO WININGER, ASSOCIATE ART DIRECTOR…


Casey Kenley When freelance writer Casey Kenley ordered a bloody mary in Manhattan this winter, she wasn’t expecting to be reminded of Indiana. But her drink came with a paper straw, the Aardvark URL printed on the side. She returned home to write a story (p. 14) about the Fort Wayne straw manufacturer’s growth spurt, due mostly to the backlash against singleuse plastic. “Waste is a source of outrage for me,” she says. Alyssa Konermann Drinking on the job typically carries a bad connotation. But for freelance writer Alyssa Konermann, drinking was the job this month. Her stay at the new DogHouse brewery-hotel in Columbus, Ohio (p. 36), gave her the opportunity not only to unwind, but to sample some IPAs. “Freelance can be a grind,” she says. “But it can also mean…


“I love this photo so much, it’s my inspiration for my Halloween costume next year.” —JESSICA HAYES, via Instagram “Love the cover and love Mab’s work. She deserves every bit of it.” —JACK MACHETTE, via Instagram “She looks like a Pre-Raphaelite beauty.” —CARMEN KHOURY EVE, via Instagram “This is a frameable piece of art.” —BILL LEVIN, via Facebook WHO IS INDY’S MOST TALENTED ARTIST? VOTE ON OUR NEXT POLL AT INDIANAPOLISMONTHLY.COM/POLLS 56% Mab is fab. Everyone else is playing for second. 22% Walter Knabe. The guy worked with Warhol. 11% Casey Roberts. Dreamlike and original. 11% Pamela Bliss. The Reggie Miller mural seals it.…

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SNAP JUDGMENT We chatted with a local winner of Apple’s worldwide iPhone photography contest. INTRODUCING STUDIO C Chef Greg Hardesty dishes with us about his latest concept. EVENT GUIDE Find out what’s happening in our community calendar and ticket portal. A Moving Story I just read Philip Gulley’s column about movers and stayers. I’m the latt er. I’ve lived in the same house for 45 years, taught the same grade in the same building for 40 years, married the guy I fell in love with, and we will soon celebrate our 50th anniversary. I don’t even rearrange the furniture. INGRID SAXMAN via Facebook Sometimes, movers wish they had the ability to be stayers. But for some of us, that necessity to move is ever restless, and will overwhelm us even in the best situations. LUKE STEPHENSON via Facebook Case Briefs Great article…

swept away

Storm Chasing THE GOAL: A TORNADO SIGHTING. The clouds are gathering, the sky lit by bolts of lightning that scar the horizon like strobe lights. A swirling column of 200-mph wind looms like a beanstalk. Noblesville-based photographer and sometime–storm chaser Wil Foster mashes the gas pedal, camera in tow—and drives toward the funnel cloud. YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A WEATHER EXPERT. Just a little crazy. Foster, a self-proclaimed adrenaline junkie, caught the bug three years ago. He and some friends crisscrossed the Midwest and Southwest in their SUVs for 15 days, dodging hail, staking out the Doppler Radar app on their phones, and driving 400 miles a day in pursuit of tornadoes. FLYING COWS? NO. TRICYCLES IN TREES? YES. Mounds of twisted metal. Barns flattened. Trees toppled. “It’s mind-blowing when you see…