Home of Purdue IN Love Contest 2017 Winner

We have the winner of our “Home of Purdue IN Love Contest 2017″ worth over $500! Congratulations to Marilyn from Knox, Indiana.

She shares, “My husband and I were both excited to win this prize to Lafayette and West Lafayette, one of our favorite places to visit and shop. We are both Purdue grads and have strong ties to this community. We enjoy the variety of activities and dining and shopping opportunities this community provide for us.”

Thanks to all who participated in this latest contest! Stay tuned for our next big contest/package we will be hosting in March of 2017. The theme will be “Guyscation”

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Weekend Update: Perfectly Paired & John Lennon and Me

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Wildcat Creek Winery

Weekend Update! Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway? Or do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by? Check out the endless possibilities for fun events happening this upcoming weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

Enjoy decadent chocolate and sweet wine during Wildcat Creek Winery’s “Perfectly Paired” event this Friday, February 17.  The popular Steuben is back on the shelves, and will be featured during the month of February and during this evening of fun and romance.  Wine and chocolate pairings from Wolf’s Chocolates will be offered. Relax, sip wine and let your taste buds rejoice!

John Lennon and MeThe Civic Youth Theatre Production presents “John Lennon and Me”, this February 17-19. In this play, Hollywood-wannabe, Star, the ultimate Beatles fan, spends most of her time in the hospital, where she confronts cystic fibrosis with her imagination. Star’s new roommate, Courtney, is Star’s opposite—a pretty cheerleader and apparently not very sick. Eventually they come to understand each other, and ultimately, themselves.

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com

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Fall IN Love at Red Seven

Love at Red Seven

Love at Red Seven (John and Deanna have been married for 48 years!)

Love, romance and new beginnings. “Fall IN Love” at Red Seven Bar & Grill this Valentine’s Day. The romantic atmosphere, specialty cocktails, divine food, and refreshingly kind service sets the mood for the beauty of romance.

Sweaty palms, nervous laugh and twitchy eye. This is how my first date with my husband, Marc, started when he picked me up. We both had sweaty palms, I had a nervous laugh and he had an eye twitch (which truthfully he had the first month of our dating!). He took me to Red Seven, which we both enjoyed and have come to love as it is now our official “date night” restaurant.

IMG_3839We were seated at a booth in the dining area and settled into a comfortable conversation as we discussed what types of food we enjoy. When Marc shared he loved Red Seven’s almond and parmesan crusted chicken served with Yukon gold mashed potatoes, citrus spinach, in a lemon cream sauce, I suggested we share.  He said that comment was the moment he knew I was the one. Truthfully, I feel like I knew right away as we sat at Red Seven that something special was happening. We enjoyed a glass of the best sangria we’ve ever had and just talked the night away.

Cocktails!

Cocktails!

Major moments have taken place at Red Seven. Not only did we have our first date at this restaurant, but the night of our engagement we ate there before Marc proposed on the John T. Myers Pedestrian Bridge. A month ago, we were enjoying a family night out with our 3- year-old daughter, when we watched a young man propose to his girlfriend in front of their family and friends. Special moments taking place in a unique location. This Valentine’s Day “Fall IN Love” at Red Seven!

For more information about this restaurant and others in Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

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Valentine’s Day Wedding Planning

Wedding at the Farm at Prophetstown

Wedding at the Farm at Prophetstown

Love is in the air! And what fun it is to start planning a wedding! Look no further that right here in our very own community for some exceptional wedding reception venues!

Wea Creek Orchard Wedding

Wea Creek Orchard Wedding

Barn weddings are very trendy right now. The newest barn venue is called “The Barn” and is located off US 231 S.  This is a beautiful space for up to 300 banquet style that has nice restrooms, a bar area and table and chairs are provided. The Farm at Prophetstown has hosted some gorgeous outdoor and barn weddings. The barn can be used and space expanded if a tent is brought in for up to 300. Wea Creek Orchard is a family owned and operated space where one can get married in an apple orchard, with up to 350 of their closest friends and family. Exploration Acres is a family farm and autumn fun destination with their corn maze, lazer tag, corn cannon and more, but from May through August, they can also host weddings in the barn for up to 320 people.

Golf courses are another great place to host a wedding or even the bachelor party. Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex, Coyote Crossing, Harrison Hill Golf Course, Lafayette Country Club, and West Lafayette Golf and Country Club all have different types and sizes of facilities.

Unique venues are another great option for weddings. Wolf Park gets the group outdoors and next to adventure, Tippecanoe County Amphitheater can host a wedding under the  169079_1681033398481_8194388_nstars, Ross-Ade pavilion is a great location for Boilermaker Alumni, and Mike Aulby’s Arrowhead Bowl provides unique entertainment right on property.

Two of our staff, Ashley and Sara, hosted their wedding receptions at the Trails Banquet Facility in West Lafayette. There are multiple rooms that can accommodate a group from 25 to 325.

Many girls dream about the perfect wedding, why not start planning this Valentine’s Day!  Other great spaces to host a wedding and reception spaces and ideas can be found at homeofpurdue.com/meetings/venues.html.

Be Mine – Valentine’s 2017

Purdue Jazz Band

Purdue Jazz Band

Valentine’s Day is almost here!! If you are looking for a romantic weekend getaway there is still time to book your travel! Or if you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by, check out the endless possibilities for fun events happening this upcoming weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

  • Heart of Art, February 10th – This is special evening has become the most important annual fund-raising event for the Art Museum. Get your tickets early as it sells out quickly! Their annual Heart of Art wine dinner event will celebrate Valentine’s Day with six fine wines from Carroll Wine and Spirits. Each wine will be paired with gourmet small plates, selected and prepared by the manager and the head chef at the Lafayette Country Club. A silent auction of fine art, wines, and special events and tours begins with a walk-around reception in the Ball Room. Guests will then be seated in the dining rooms, where the wines are poured and dinner plates served. At each new pouring, three items will be auctioned, live, by auctioneer, Dan Baker. Tickets cost $125 per person.
  • An Evening of Romance at Marriott Hall, February 11th – Celebrating a partnership with Purdue Hospitality & Tourism Management, this annual event will include dancing to live music performed by the Purdue Jazz Band. This cabaret-style event, which celebrates Valentine’s Day, recreates the atmosphere of big band dance clubs of the 1940’s – where couples came to enjoy music, dancing, food, and each other’s company.
  • Lafayette Chamber Singers Present: Valentine’s Afternoon Delight, February 12 – Savor mouthwatering sweets and the poetry and music of love as the Lafayette Chamber Singers explore the delicate, whimsical and dramatic moods of love through the centuries through the bubbly mix of classical and pop melodies. Singing starts at 3pm!

  • Wildcat Creek Winery: Galentine’s Day, February 13 – Gather your gal pals and come out for a fun evening pairing Wildcat Creek Wines with Wolf’s Fine Chocolates! The event includes the following: a tasting of 6 wines paired with 6 chocolate, an exclusively designed box of Wolf’s Fine Chocolates and 20% discount on items in the retail shop.

  • Sweet On Art, February 14 – A celebration of art, music, and delicious food at Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art. Guests will enjoy a glass of wine, entrees, light hors d’oeuvres, decadent desserts and chocolate while strolling through the Museum. Live jazz music by Danny Weiss. Admission Fee: $25
  • PMO Singing Valentines, February 14 – This Valentine’s Day, melt the heart of the one you love with a Singing Valentine delivered by the students of Purdue Musical Organizations! Singing Valentines are $30 and include a song, rose, cookie and personalized card. Orders begin Wednesday, January 25 and must be placed by 5pm on Thursday February 9th. Singing Valentines are preformed 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on February 14, 2017.

    Wildcat Creek Winery

    Wildcat Creek Winery

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

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Beverage Heaven and a Side of Fries

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Celebrate frozen custard all year long! The Indiana Foodways Alliance shares their delicious visit to local frozen custard restaurant, the Igloo!

Recently, I stopped by Igloo Frozen Custard to experience what I heard was a delicious custard and Lafayette tradition, first hand. My business colleague and I had no idea what was in store for us! We were greeted by Owners, Bill and Kathy Lodde. The ambience is bright and cherry atmosphere is bright and welcoming with the diner feel. In the warmer months, order from the walk up window then eat outside. We really could get a sense of community when Bill was preparing orders for a group of local teachers lunch. He has them ready and waiting, so they dont waste their precious lunch time.

The story of the Igloo Frozen Custard goes back to 1932, when Florence and Charles Kirkhoff opened The Original Frozen Custard near Columbian Park, also in Lafayette. Then, in 1998, the 3rd generation decided to branch off and Bill and Kathy Lodde decided to open their version as the Igloo and now have two Igloo locations. Now Bill and Kathy’s sons are starting to get involved in the family business, making this a 4th generation family business. The custard recipe at the Igloo, is the same frozen custard recipe made by Bill’s grandfather, father and brother at the Original Frozen Custard. The Igloo makes 16 different flavors of custard daily, changing some seasonally and all are made in-house. Hand-dipped flavors include, mint chocolate chip, birthday cake, blue moon, and the staples; vanilla and chocolate. They also feature holiday and seasonal flavors such as pumpkin, peppermint, cinnamon, apple cider sorbet and more! Your taste buds will be begging for more!

Beverage Heaven…  They are known not just for their frozen custard but also their fruit drinks and flavored sodas. I think we tasted every drink on the menu! I must admit I’m a sucker for a good fountain drink or flavored beverage. All of the simple syrups they use are made in-house. They use the best vanilla extract Bill can get his hands on for all the vanilla flavored drinks. I would have to say, my favorite, one I’d never tried before, was the marshmallow soda. It was the perfect fusion of Coca-Cola and a little bit of sweetness with the marshmallow flavoring. I can’t believe this was my first one! Igloo’s Fruit Beverage called “fruit drink” is ”Pop’s secret tropical blend”. All made fresh with real juices. It is oh so sweet with a side of tang! This recipe has been around for 4 generations as well. Buy by the cup or gallon. It is a perfect party drink too. If I lived in Lafayette this would be my PDRD (Proper Drink Run Drink).

Igloo Frozen Custard Treats were the biggest treat of the day. We sampled the cheesecake on a stick and a myriad of their novelty treats but seriously, if you like cinnamon and are visiting in the fall or winter when they have cinnamon custard, order the Snickerdoodle Sandwich as known as the “snickwich” OMG! I couldn’t stop. A huge Snickerdoodle cookie that sandwiches cinnamon custard and frozen perfectly together. Periodically, but more in the Autumn Season, they offer a Granny Smith Sundae. Apples, crushed snickers and vanilla custard, Wow. Who knew that combination would taste so divine?

My travel companion and I decided we needed something to soak up all the treats so we tried the chicken tenders. Real chicken not pressed meat, cut into tenders. Very tasty and it made me remember my youth. We also tried the Nacho Coney fries. THE BEST TOPPED FRIES I HAVE EVER EATEN, No Really!!!! The Coney Sauce I couldn’t put my finger on exactly all the spices and that’s because it is another secret family recipe. Bill has a knack for that and the Coney Fries. I took some Coney Sauce home so my husband could try it. He is a fry connoisseur and let’s just say he was so impressed with the sauce that we went back that weekend so he could order his own. I suggest trying the burgers too. They are reminiscent of the old-fashion burgers from the mid-century.

There are so many choices when visiting Igloo at either location in Tippecanoe County. Bring your appetite big or small there is something for everyone at The Igloo Frozen Custard. Igloo has two locations Igloo Frozen Custard 1817 Troxel Dr, Lafayette, IN 47909 and 4909 Tazer Dr, Lafayette, IN 47905 Lafayette, IN 47905. Both are featured on The Sweet Temptations, Ice Scream You Scream, and Just Cruisin’ Trails.

Blog Written by: Lindsey Skeen, Indiana Foodways Alliance

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60 Minutes; Mission: Breakout

Sadly, we lost...

Sadly, we lost…

You have 60 minutes. Can you breakout? Mission: Breakout is an escape game brought to life. Players are “locked” in a themed room and must work together with other players to solve clues, to work on puzzles, and to find the key to breakout before time runs out! Think you’ve got what it takes? Give one of their three uniquely themed rooms a try. It’s fun and addicting!

img_2759Going into the Sherlock’s Study themed room, I was very nervous about what to expect. I had no experience with escape rooms and was curious about how it would work. I’m happy to report that the rooms are not scary in any way; they’re just a test of your problem-solving skills. In our hour, we found clues and solved riddles to try and find our breakout key. Alas, we did not win the game. Our team got to the very last clue, which was a combination lock to the box that held our breakout key, but unfortunately time ran out. We were so close! But, we didn’t let that get us down. In fact, the success rate for Sherlock’s Study escape room is only 29%, which made us feel better that we weren’t part of a minority that didn’t escape in the hour. I look forward to my next visit to Mission: Breakout where my team and I will hopefully win the game and break out in time.

img_2760The three rooms that you can choose from when booking your visit are: Bank Heist (recommended for 2-6 players), Sherlock’s Study (recommended for 2-10 players), and Apocalypse (recommended for 4-10 players). Mission: Breakout even specializes in team-building and corporate retreats. My experience with the escape room was a very positive one; I can’t wait to try another room soon! We built some team skills all while having a blast. If you’re looking for a group activity, look no further than Mission: Breakout!

Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Intern and Purdue University Student, Bailey, shares this blog.  For more information about this attraction and others in Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

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Weekend Update: Lollipop Concert & Dare to Bear

Weekend Update! Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway? Or do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by? Check out the endless possibilities for fun events happening this upcoming weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

We love February because it brings the annual Lollipop Concert, a fun filled family night at the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra! Start your adventure at their Instrument Petting Zoo where kids have the chance to touch and try many of the instruments of the orchestra. Then, join the ensemble on a funny and enlightening musical journey through the mind of a composer with Mr. Smith’s composition by Gregory Smith. This event takes place on Friday, February 3.

Do you have the guts and fortitude to participate at Dare to Bear?  This annual event takes place on Friday, February 3, at the Riverside Skating Center. Here’s your opportunity to celebrate winter and welcome in the New Year by skating in your swim suit.  That’s right, everyone is going to “bear” it all; well, down to your swimming suit at least. Participants must wear a swim suit to participate. And yes, this is OUTDOORS! Cocoa and pizza will be provided to all survivors – while supplies last!

Could you ice skate in a swim suit? These skaters have the right of it wearing full outdoor winter gear!

Could you ice skate in a swim suit? These skaters have the right of it wearing full outdoor winter gear!

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com

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Dive into the Gut Buster at Eye Opener Café

Eye Opener Biscuits & Gravy

Biscuits & Gravy

Battle Ground, IN is filled with local attractions to visit; Tippecanoe Battlefield, Wolf Park, Prophetstown State Park, The Farm at Prophetstown, The Battle Ground Golf Club, but where to eat? Look no further than the Eye Opener Café!

Nestled on the corner in the small downtown of Battle Ground is this great local restaurant with amazing food! Some might call it a dive but if you want to go where the locals eat, for sure check this place out! My favorite time to eat at the Eye Opener is for brunch. My personal favorite is the Western Omelet (without the onions). The egg is somewhat thin but it’s stuffed with ham, peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms and don’t forget the CHEESE!

Omelet and fried potatoes

Omelet and fried potatoes

Their cheese is so smooth and creamy (maybe Velveeta?). Whatever it is, it keeps me coming back for more! My husband loves the Gut Buster. It’s a gigantic breakfast burrito! My husband has a hefty appetite and even he can get two or three meals out of it! Definitely one to share or take home as left overs. When it comes, it always amazes me as it is as long as the oval plate it comes on and I’m guessing about 4 inches tall or so. It’s just jam packed with ingredients as well. Some of my friends also rave about their biscuits and gravy. We love the others so much we haven’t tried that yet, but for sure its on our list. Typically, I’m in a breakfast mood when I go, but on the occasion, I want lunch items, I’ve never been disappointed, I especially like their burger and the BLT.

eye-opener-cafe-2012-4jpgDon’t expect anything fancy and be sure to bring cash because they don’t accept credit cards. But you will be sure to have a satisfying meal and friendly service when you visit this restaurant. You might even luck out and have some live entertainment while you eat, I know Scott Greeson and his band, The Trouble with Monday play here occasionally. Be sure to give it a chance the next time you are in the area.

Ashley Gregory, Director of Sales for Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette, shares this blog. For more information about this restaurant and others in Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

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Home of Purdue IN Love Contest Details 2017

UnknownValentine’s Day is near and we are celebrating all things “Love” in Lafayette-West Lafayette!  To celebrate, local restaurants, shops, attractions and a hotel have donated gift certificates creating a special “Home of Purdue IN Love Contest”. Enter to win a weekend getaway of food, drinks, and entertainment with your love!

Here are some special details about the local places who have donated:

  • Newly renovated in 2016, Homewood Suites by Hilton allows guests to enjoy all the comforts of home during their stay.
  • Wine and dine at Spageddies and savor their complimentary loaf of warm, fresh-from-the-oven bread, Italian specialties and full bar.
  • Arni’s Restaurant offers divine customer service, delicious thin crust pizza and fresh salads with homemade dressings to compliment them.
  • Fall in love over a mug of fresh roasted coffee at Greyhouse Coffee.
  • No where else do you get the chance to taste the world-famous Duane Purvis Peanut Butter Burger besides Triple XXX / Route 66? No where! Come and see why this diner was featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives!
  • Digby’s Pub & Patio offers an informal tavern serving appetizers, salads, sandwiches, entrees and amazing burgers along with handcrafted cocktails.
  • Give your taste buds an experience like never before at Kathy’s Kandies with homemade treats such as: gourmet popcorn, scrumptious truffles, and fluffy pastries!
  • There is a local hand-craft beer craze going on and People’s Brew
     is part of it! They are serving up fresh, high quality hand-crafted beer and providing free samples and tours of their business on Saturdays.
  • Tour the building that was once featured at the St. Louis Worlds Fair, Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art! It holds some of the most historic and valued Indiana art pieces in the state!
  • Hold your sweethearts hand and skate around Riverside Skating Center this winter!
  • Can you escape?  Visit Mission: Breakout and enjoy this escape game adventure brought to life.
  • In 1950 the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra was founded and its mission is to engage audiences and inspire a love of music through exciting live symphony performances, innovative programming, and educational outreach.
  • The enchanting musical Pippin will swing into Elliott Hall of Music with a dazzling new production based on the revival originally directed by Diane Paulus

Enter to win this fabulous contest at HomeOfPurdueBlog.com.  Good luck!

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