Edible Indy Local Hero Winners 2014

March 01, 2014
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Best Farm / Farmer Winner: Traders Point Creamery

Owners: Jane Elder Kunz and Dr. Peter Kunz

About: Traders Point Creamery is a familyowned organic dairy farm and artisan creamery with a vision to "nourish the land that nourishes us all." Since 2003 we have been raising our happy herd of Brown Swiss cows using 100% grass-fed methods to produce cream line milks, yogurts, ice cream and artisan cheeses. Housed in one of our historic barns is The Loft Restaurant and Dairy Bar, where we are proud to share the food we raise and make on the farm for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch.

Favorite restaurant?
Can't possibly choose just one!

Favorite food shop?
Again, too hard to choose!

Favorite food / beverage artisan?
There are so many great ones!

What nonprofit organization do you support the most?
Eagle Creek Nature Conservancy and Preservation

TradersPointCreamery.com

>> Best Farm/Farmers Runner Up: Heather and Marc Hill

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Best Chef / Restaurant and Best Food Shop Winner: The Fig Tree

Owners: Levi and Bethany Deaton

About: We are a unique sandwich shop in downtown Lebanon, where we feature homemade sandwich creations, homemade soup, salads, baked goods and gelato. We specialize in gluten-free and other special dietary needs. We also off er an ever-growing array of gifts and food items, many of which are made in Indiana.

Favorite restaurant?
Parky's

Favorite food shop?
My favorite food store is the Nature's Market in our local Kroger because they off er everything to meet my dietary needs without having to go outside of town.

Favorite Food / Beverage Artisan?
The Barefoot Contessa Ina Garten. I learned to cook by watching her.

What nonprofit organization do you support the most?
World Vision. Most of the tips we receive actually go to support two little boys in Africa.

Thefigtreecafe.wordpress.com

>> Best Chef / Restaurant Runner Up: Ryan Nelson of Late Harvest
>> Best Food Shop Runner Up: Smoking Goose

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Best Food Artisan Winner: Fermenti Artisan

Owners: Mark Cox and Joshua Henson

About: Focused on proper nutrition and natural simple flavors, we recognize that the most important daily function is to have a relationship with your food, where it comes from and what it does to your body. We place a very strong emphasis on local and organic nutrient- dense foods sourced directly from family farms. Fermenti Artisan specializes in traditionally crafted cultured vegetables and beverages recognizing the importance of gut health.

Favorite restaurant?
INgredients at 71st & Binford

Favorite food shop?
Pogue's Run Grocery

Favorite food / beverage artisan?
Joe Gady, Farming for Life. We love his fermented vegetables and fermented drinks!

What nonprofit organization do you support the most?
Weston A. Price Foundation / Farm To Consumer Legal Defense Fund

Facebook.com/fermentiartisan

>> Best Food Artisan Runner Up: Sun King

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Best Nonprofit Winner: Second Helpings

CEO: Jennifer Vigran

About: Each day, Second Helpings volunteers and staff rescue prepared and perishable food from wholesalers, retailers and restaurants – preventing unnecessary waste. That rescued food is used to create more than 3,500 hot, nutritious meals each day, which are distributed to 70 social services agencies that feed people in need. The Second Helpings Culinary Job Training program trains disadvantaged adults for careers in the food service industry. This helps eliminate hunger at its source.

Favorite restaurant?
Our lunch room, where we serve lunch to volunteers each day.

Favorite food?
Our favorite beverage at Second Helpings is ice water. It gets hot in the kitchen!

What nonprofit organization do you support the most?
At Second Helpings, our meals are delivered to 70 social service agencies. So we support 70 diff erent nonprofits!

SecondHelpings.org

>> Best Nonprofit Runner Up: Love INC of Boone County

Article from Edible Indy at http://edibleindy.ediblecommunities.com/about-us/edible-indy-local-hero-winners-2014
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