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Special Dinner - Bacon Crab cakes and Mac N Cheese!

Special Dinner – Bacon Crab cakes and Mac N Cheese!

IMG_7671We all know most of the restaurants on Purdue’s campus, but one may come as a surprise to many. Marriott Hall may seem like just a normal classroom-style building, but it houses the Hospitality and Tourism Management students. Their classrooms are not just desks and whiteboards!

The John Purdue Room, a full-service, student run restaurant is housed in Marriott Hall. During an HTM student’s education they are required to take two different restaurant labs during their time at Purdue. They are put into roles that stretch their learning of the restaurant business; from mangers to servers to cooks to dishwashers.

The day-time lab runs from 8:30am-2:50pm. This time frame preps for lunch, serves lunch and cleans up before the next shift begins. During these seven hours’ students rotate from front of house servers, managers, and cooks.

Lunch is served from 11:00am-1:00pm, Tuesday through Friday, so this makes the perfect place to bring a guest to show off all the fine things Purdue has to offer. Here they can get a light salad, sandwich, or a more filling entrée. Make sure to try the John Purdue Plate since it is always changing and you get to try different items every time you go back.

The night time lab runs from 3:00-9:50pm. During this lab, students are given more responsibility since they know the basics of the restaurant and how it should be run. Every week a front of house and back of house manager are picked to run the “staff.” They also are in charge of designing and preparing a three-course special that is served throughout the week.

Dinner is served from 5:00-7:30pm, Tuesday-Thursday, but make sure to call in advance because seating is limited. The menu consists of some heartier meals like slow braised beef short ribs and crispy fried buttermilk chicken. Each menu item is also paired with a wine for your convenience. Make sure to try starting off with the creamy potato soup, then getting the Maple Leaf Farms house made duck pasta for your entrée and then finishing with one of their amazing daily desserts!

Check out their Facebook to see their many events that they hold as well for an extra special date night!

Hannah, Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Intern and Purdue University Student, shares this blog.

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Taste of Lafayette-West Lafayette Contest 2016 Details

Taste of Lafayette 2016 Prestart[1]Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, has 7 fabulously fun contests this year.  The current contest features all the amazing food in our area.  The competition started on Monday, September 12, and we want to share why each business who has donated to these packages is so great!

  • Enjoy a visit to the classy and historical Union Club Hotel, an icon to Boilermaker country since 1924.
  • Arni’s Pizza is best known for their savory pizza and the Arni’s Junior Salad. This has been a local hotspot for many years!
  • Scotty’s Brewhouse offers fabulous service along with delectable bar food including specialty burgers, sandwiches, wraps, salads and more!
  • Triple XXX or Route 66 are known for their root beer and chopped steak burgers, but we love their breakfasts, which offer homemade biscuits and gravy, Belgium waffles, corned beef hash and much, much more.
  • “Thank goodness for great food!”? Every time we make a visit to Bruno’s Pizza and Big O’s Sports Room in West Lafayette, Indiana, we have this feeling of jubilation!
  • Kathy’s Kandies: Satisfy your sweet tooth with truffles, gourmet popcorn, cakes, toffee, shakes and smoothies, licorice, artisan chocolates; need we say more!
  • Great food, specials, and atmosphere are the key ingredients to what makes Sgt. Preston’s a dining experience not to be missed (plus home to the largest patio seating in Indiana!)
  • From Velveeta loaded french fries to duck egg roles, the options are interesting at Digby’s Pub.
  • Specialty lattes, coffee, crepes and more at Greyhouse Coffee & Supply Co.!  Their crème brûlée coffee is a favorite!
  • Fiber / fabric wall art, fine porcelain & stoneware pottery, hand-made ‘Green Gifts’ and much, much more can be purchased a Grateful Heart Gallery & Gifts where 5 area residents present their craft.
  • Enjoy meeting the many farm animals at The Farm located within the state park., hike the park trails and embrace the utter beauty of nature at Prophetstown State Park.
  • Have you ever come face-to-face with a wolf? Wolf Park gives you the extraordinary opportunity of meeting numerous wolves, coyotes, and foxes; each have their very own story and background to share!
  • Tour the 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!
  • Test your mini golf skills at Monster Mini Golf: 18-holes of surprises, twists, and turns! What’s the catch? It’s all in the dark with neon monsters around every corner!
  • Arrowhead Bowl: Bowlers will find great bowling and family fun in a smoke free environment.

Go to www.homeofpurdueblog.com to sign up! Entries will be accepted through Monday, September 19. The winner will be announced via social media after they have been notified. And stay tuned to our next social media contest coming in September – the theme is food!

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Arni’s Pizza Eating Contest September 25

DSC_0902Pizza Eating Contest! How many pizzas can you eat in one hour? 1, 5, or maybe more??  Enter to win the Arni’s Pizza Eating Contest! This special foodie event is being held on Sunday, September 25th at 4:00pm in the Arni’s Market Square parking lot at 2200 Elmwood Avenue in Lafayette.

This competition puts up to 100 contestants against each other in a battle to see who can eat the most pizza within one hour. Over $3,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded with the champion winning $1,000! Additional prizes like best costume and best cheering section will also be awarded.

The contest is limited to the first 100 people who complete their registration. Contestants can obtain the registration form by visiting any Arni’s location or by downloading the form online at www.meetyouatarnis.com.

To those participating, good luck! To the crowds of fans, cheer on your pizza eating contestant to victory!

Enjoy these photos from last year’s event!

Ready, set, eat!!

Ready, set, eat!!

Pizza makes me strong!!

Pizza makes me strong!!

All dressed up to eat pizza!

All dressed up to eat pizza!

Cheer on your pizza contestant!

Cheer on your pizza contestant!

Check out all these empty boxes!

Check out all these empty boxes!

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Out To Lunch Diving Divas Visit La Hacienda

Bar managerMargaritasHow do you set your Mexican restaurant apart from the others? How about a tequila bar with 79 distinct tequilas, most 100% agave, differentiated by age and processing! Tequila tastings are now a thing in this town.  The Dining Divas, plus intern Bryce, decided to try the made-from-scratch margaritas upon the recommendation of bar manager Braden. Margy tried the mango margarita which was sweet and fruity, lovely to look at, and garnished with orange instead of lime.  “Refreshing!”  Bev and Bryce went the classic route with the house margarita on the rocks.  “Really good!” Kay had the frozen Texas margarita which differed from the house version by addition of a higher end Triple Sec.  “Yum!”  Jo passed–someone has to keep order!

Manager Juan Carlos Fuentes-Milan reported that this West Lafayette location is the seventh La Hacienda; the others are in greater Indianapolis.  Proximity to Purdue made this the perfect spot to try out their first tequila bar.

Out to Lunch GroupWe enjoyed chips with salsa, guacamole, and queso, all with a nice kick, with our margaritas.

The décor is wildly festive and chock full of custom-made benches and tables. The owners saved the beautiful hand-made tiles that were part of an earlier restaurant on site.  We ate in the bar which boasts 5 televisions and Braden was very helpful to us in making our selections. Our food came out quickly after we ordered, making this a good choice for working people with limited time.

Quesadilla Del Mar

Quesadilla Del Mar

Kay, our seafood specialist, had quesadilla del mar ($10.99) with guacamole salad.  This consisted of a generous portion of shrimp, scallops, crab, cheese, onions, green peppers, and mushrooms stuffed into a large flour tortilla with queso on top.  She was pleased that there was lots of seafood, perfectly grilled, and a large portion of guacamole, tomatoes, and lettuce on the side.  Kay says, “I’d happily have this again!  La Hacienda has a large selection of seafood on the menu and they are justifiably proud of their seafood dishes.”

Bev had arroz texano ($10.99), a combination of steak, grilled chicken, shrimp, and rice.  The steak and chicken were tender and the shrimp were fatties.  This was a substantial meal so some of it went into a to-go box and provided lunch the next day.arroz texano

Jo’s vegetarian fajitas ($11.99) were an ideal meal for a vegetarian low-carb diet– a hard to find commodity.  Grilled mixed vegetables were served with tortillas, guacamole, sour cream, and pico de gallo.  Jo loves hot vegetable salads, so mixed the fajitas and salad for a perfect meal.

Veggie Fajitas

Veggie Fajitas

Bryce ordered tacos de carnitas, which were 3 corn tortillas stuffed with shredded pork served with pico de gallo and rice.  Bryce declared them really good, very fresh. He said, “Carnitas are often dry, but these aren’t! And the pico has a nice kick.”

Veggie tacos and enchiladas

Veggie tacos and enchiladas

Margy’s combination #1 ($8.99) consisted of one taco and 2 enchiladas, all vegetarian, served with beans and rice.  This dish was good, familiar and not too hot.  It would be a good choice for someone who doesn’t like spicy food.

Manager Juan Carlos says business has been brisk since La Hacienda opened at this site and judging from our experience, we’re not surprised.  If you stand in the middle of Howard Street (which we don’t really recommend), you can hear the music of Mexico coming from La Hacienda and the music of Ireland coming from Nine Irish Brothers. And then you know you must be in West Lafayette—the home of great food from around the world!

The Dining Divas; Out to Lunch on the Road Less Traveled consist of:

Kay Conner, photographer, seafood superstar
Margy Deverall, author of Lafayette articles, dedicated vegetarian
Beverly Shaw, author of West Lafayette articles, bring on the beef (or chicken or pork)
Jo Wade, founder of this food blog, very veggie

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Specialty Hand Crafted Indiana Brews & Wines

Wildcat Winery

Wildcat Winery

Specialty Hand Crafted Indiana Brews & Wines; Good Local Owners; One Great Brewing & Winery Destination!  Lafayette-West Lafayette is home to 2 local breweries, Lafayette Brewing Company and People’s Brewing Company and one winery, Wildcat Creek Winery.  Come and spend the day enjoying a taste of Indiana brewed beer and wine at these three fun locations.

Lafayette Brew Co.

Lafayette Brew Co.

Located in a historic, turn-of-the-century building at 622 Main Street, the Lafayette Brewing Company has been serving fresh, handcrafted ales brewed in the Old World tradition since 1993.  Lafayette Brewing Co. ales are produced from only the finest malted barley, generous amounts of fresh hops, water and specially selected ale yeasts. The end result is a wide selection of unfiltered, unpasteurized ales in a variety of classic beer styles.  Lafayette Brewing Co. award-winning ales can be enjoyed at the peak of freshness directly from the serving tanks and make the perfect complement to the tasty pub fare in their restaurant.  Local entertainment including live music and comedic acts take place all year long offering visitors a true local experience.

People’s Brewing Company is a hidden gem in Lafayette-West Lafayette. Guests pull up to what is an old loading dock, and within its space is a fun, relaxed bar where locals and visitors enjoy a fresh brew while sharing their day’s stories.  People’s offers free tours Wednesday through Friday by appointment and Saturday and Sunday every half hour.  Taste a “sample set” of their diverse selection of beers for an overall flavor of the types of beer they brew.  People’s has also expanded their space and added an additional room for visitors to enjoy. If you can’t make it to the local tasting room, try one of their beers on tap at some of our local restaurants; Chumley’s, Black Sparrow, Bistro 501, Spurlocks and many more.

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Wildcat Winery Pix 2009.10JPGWhat is better than enjoying a glass of wine? Nothing!  Well, there may be one thing that is better; sampling multiple wines!  Local winery, Wildcat Creek Winery, offers rich, piercing wines that are available for tasting and purchasing.  When visitors arrive, they are welcomed through the beauty of the outdoor space. Luscious flowers, deep green grass, and a cute small home recreated into a winery greet you. It is almost as if one can smell the wine outside. Once guests arrive within the winery, they are welcomed by the workers to taste their locally made wines in the tasting room that hosts a large wood bar and brick fireplace. Their wines range from medium bodied reds to semi-dry, full-bodied wines. A local favorite, Lafayette Blush, is a wine that is light and fruity and perfect in the spring and summer to refresh the senses. Visitors are welcome to purchase a glass to enjoy outside in their comfortable lounge chairs overlooking the meadow and woods.  Wine tasting is a fun adventure, so do not miss this winery on your next visit to Lafayette-West Lafayette.

For more information about these specialty breweries and winery visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

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Downtown Dine: Spurlock’s Offers Burgers, Drinks, & More

Looking for a great burger, drink, onion rings and more?  Visitor Information Specialist, Marlene, shares thoughts on her visit(s) to this restaurant and pub.

Spurlock’s is located at 721 Main Street in downtown Lafayette. It is in the perfect location if you are walking around the downtown area and want to stop in for lunch, dinner, or just a drink. It’s a small restaurant/bar and it has good food and excellent service.  When you walk into Spurlock’s, it is welcoming. You are invited to choose a seat anywhere you like.

The menu has something for everyone including different flavors of wings, starters, salads, steaks, seafood, pasta, burgers, wraps, sandwiches, and soups. The fried cheese cubes with marinara are one of my favorites.

I love burgers with blue cheese, so needless to say I ordered the Ol’ Blue Burger with a side of handmade potatophoto-9 chips. We also ordered the Black & Gold burger with onion rings. The bartender mentioned that they have the best onion rings in town and I certainly agree.

The prices at Spurlock’s are very reasonable. We were able to have dinner for two for well under $20.  They have $5 daily specials Monday thru Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. They also have a full bar with a nice drink selection.

photo-11For more information about this restaurant and more in Lafayette-West Lafayette visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

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National Lasagna Day – Taste Buds Soar at La Scala

IMG_1855It’s National Lasagna Day and Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, is home to local restaurant, La Scala, where their homemade Italian cuisine can make your taste buds say “thank you”.

IMG_1857What is your favorite Italian food? Are you a red sauce or white sauce person?  Odd question, I know, but my friends and I always describe ourselves by the foods we eat.  I am usually a white sauce person, but at La Scala I love their rich marinara.  My family are creatures of habit and we always start our meal with their hand breaded ravioli filled with white, creamy ricotta in a bed of  their tasty marinara and topped with a splash of their specialty basil pesto.  Then it is onto entree time and this is the part of the meal where I am conflicted. Do I choose their gnocchi (potato and pasta dumplings) created three special ways or does their classic meat lasagna made with their Napolitania (tomato cream) sauce, giant ravioli filled with spinach and cheese and finished in their basil pesto cream sauce, win the day?  Do I have your taste buds watering yet?  Their menu has a limitless selection of homemade, “Farm to Fork”, options.  I recommend going in a group, so you can taste and share all the delectable delights.  Their dessert menu also offers Italian favorites; tiramisu, directly imported from Italy, canolis and more!

IMG_0437La Scala has a majestic, outdoor eating area.  It is the perfect setting for a relaxing night where guests can eat gourmet food, drink fabulous cocktails, share fun stories with friends and family, while overlooking Lafayette’s beautiful 19th century courthouse.  You will be served food created by owner and Chef Francisco “Paco” Serrano.  This restaurant is locally and family owned, and diners can tell how they put all their passion into creating not only a comforting atmosphere, but into their hand crafted dishes.

Co-worker, Lisa, shared, “My girlfriends took me to La Scala for my birthday.  We sat outside and I had the lasagna and pasta with the basil sauce- LOVE it!  It was a perfect evening!

For more information about this restaurant and others in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com

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Midwest Hospitality Encompasses Scotty’s Brewhouse, West Lafayette

Loaded BBQ Nachos

Loaded BBQ Nachos

2 Great Cities, 1 Great University “Midwest Hospitality”.  To experience “Midwest Hospitality” at its finest, visit Scotty’s Brewhouse for not only fabulous service, but delicious bar food!

Scotty’s Brewhouse holds many special memories in my heart.  I am a graduate of Ball State University, and Scotty’s original restaurant first opened in Muncie, Indiana.  This restaurant/bar was where I met up with friends to hang out, had my first beer, and would take my parents to dine when they visited.  My favorite memory is meeting up with my sister (who is 3 years older and was a senior when I was a freshman) and her friends and listening to their college tales of fun!  Scotty’s is so laid back and relaxing that this location holds the perfect combination of good food and atmosphere to make the night a fun one.

Burger and loaded fries!

Burger and loaded fries!

When I moved to the Lafayette-West Lafayette area six years ago, I was so excited West Lafayette claims its own Scotty’s Brewhouse!  I would almost say it is becoming an Indiana classic restaurant, where all the great cities in our state can now boast they have one.  I believe the reason they have expanded throughout the state is not only because they have good food, but when you visit this place, you always know you are going to have friendly, Indiana hospitality and service.

Friends eating at Scotty's

Friends eating at Scotty’s

Their menu encompasses everything from burgers (made a million different ways!) to salads to wonderful homemade soups.  A family favorite of ours is their dill chips.  It is the first thing we order every visit.  They have a mo’fo sauce (their signature sauce) they add to many menu options and it adds a kick to the meal that is wonderful.  My husband and I go through stages where we will eat something again and again until we can’t eat it for a year.  At this time Buffalo chicken wraps are our craving and the Mo’Fo Buffalo Chicken Wrap from Scotty’s is amazing!

Living in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, one thing we value is customer service and appreciating the times we receive great customer care.  Midwest Hospitality is Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.  We are  proud of our local restaurants that provide gracious and friendly service. For more information about this restaurants and others in the area, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Thank Goodness for Great Pizza!

IMG_1326Do you ever have a meal where after you think, “Thank goodness for great food!”? Every time we make a visit to Bruno’s Pizza and Big O’s Sports Room in West Lafayette, Indiana, we have this feeling of jubilation! Since 1955, Bruno’s has been serving hand-tossed pizza, famous Bruno dough, fresh garden salads, and house specialties (veal, bratwurst and manicotti just to name a few).

IMG_1332The pizza! Bruno’s pizza is different than any style of pizza I have ever had. It is a medium thickness crust that would be considered more New York Style. Bruno, Orlando (brothers who own the business along with their sister Tina) and their team of master pizza creators, toss the crust into the air, then pat it out onto pizza wood boards. They add a homemade, rich, red pizza sauce, a hearty brick style cheese and all the toppings. (My daughter loves to watch them make the pizzas from their huge glass window as you enter the restaurant.) The pizzas get placed in their massive, hot ovens, and bake together to pizza deliciousness.

You may ask, what makes Bruno’s pizza so special? In my opinion its four things: the crust, the sauce, the cheese and the love that is thrown into it. There is no other pizza around that taste like it and I have traveled throughout the United States and abroad, including Italy.  The love comes from a family that has worked together for over 60 years. Bruno Itin Sr. immigrated to Indiana from his home in Switzerland. Bruno Sr. passed away in 2006, but his two sons and daughter run the restaurant along with 6 granddaughters who all work at the restaurant. It is truly a family business!

Bruno Family!

Bruno Family!

Bruno Dough

Bruno Dough

Bruno’s is a comfort to many from locals to Purdue college students to alumni and visitors. I would say it is a Lafayette-West Lafayette trademark. If a visitor wants authentic Midwest Hospitality, delicious food and a true local experience, he or she needs to visit Bruno’s Restaurant in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Please share with us your favorite pizza place that makes you go, “Thank goodness for great pizza!” 

Whether you are looking for delicious dining, interesting attractions and shops, enticing events or home away from home lodging—a getaway to Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, is sure to satisfy. For more information about this restaurant and others in the area, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com