Weekend Update: Wine & Cheese and Wolf Park Easter Egg Hunt!

Lafayette-West Lafayette 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 or near Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.


Wildcat Creek Winery offers the latest in their “Perfectly Paired” series – this time, Perfectly Paired: Wine & Cheese! This classic combination is sure to wow the tastebuds. This Friday,

March 23rd, grab your tickets to this private event — offering a tasting of 5 wines, paired with a wide variety of local cheeses, including Fair Oaks Farms and Heritage Ridge Creamery. If you’re over 21, you definitely don’t want to miss out on this. For more information about how to tickets, pricing, and other questions, please visit their website! Tickets must be purchased in advance (either in person or overthe phone).


Easter comes early to Wolf Park! This Saturday, help the wolves and other animals of Wolf Park celebrate the holiday with their very own Easter Egg Hunt! Special appearance by the Easter Bunny himself! Starting at 2pm, help the Easter Bunny to hide special treats for the wolves (marshmallow peeps, eggs, sausage, cheese and more). Following this at 2:30pm is a guided tour of the entire park. Explore and learn all about the animals and programs that the park has to offer. Finally, at 3:30pm, kids ages zero to 15 will have their very own egg and candy hunt! Learn more about the event and about Wolf Park itself here.

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

Golf Stay and Play: Lafayette-West Lafayette

When you combine spectacular courses, Stay & Play Packages and a golf trail to “Dye” for, you have a perfect formula for a great golf getaway! Check out this video showcasing Lafayette-West Lafayette’s 6 spectacular courses.  Enjoy!

Dining Divas Swirl & Taste at Cellar 422

Cellar 422 Cheese and Meat Platter

Cellar 422 Cheese and Meat Platter

When Cellar 422 Wine Bar opened in September 2015 the owners/sisters, Michelle Wise & Marla Milner, wanted to offer something they felt was lacking in downtown Lafayette; a comfortable place to meet, enjoy a good glass of wine, and purchase a bottle to take home. Since then the menu has matured to include local and craft beers, appetizers and entrees, seasonal specials, and international cuisine.

For Michelle and Marla, the business is a real family effort. Ethan Wise, Michelle’s son, is the Cellar’s chef, trained in Santa Barbara at City College Culinary Program. The eclectic vintage décor and natural wood wine bar were influenced by Michelle and Marla’s parents and give the restaurant a familiar cozy feel.

Cellar 422 Diving Divas Group 2Best for small groups; the Wine Bar can seat 30, while the patio accommodates another 10 during warmer months. We chose to sit on the patio during our October visit. The exterior arched brick doorway and overhead string lights give an added charm to the space.

Our server, Colton, started us out with a large appetizer board that easily served our group of seven (Divas plus husbands Dan, Dick and Jeff). We combined the large cheese board with four cheeses, apple slices & green grapes, crackers and fig jam: $20, with the charcuterie board adding three meats and olives: $10.

  • Cheeses:

White cheddar, not too sharp; Gorgonzola camazole from Germany, with a smooth creamy blue cheese flavor; Gruyere from Wisconsin; and Butterkase from Germany, Bev’s favorite – smooth, highly pleasant cheese, soft, creamy and delish.

  • Meats:

Delaware fireball, definitely has a peppery kick said Jeff; Gin and juice (lamb persimmon orange), delightful taste, you can definitely pick up the orange; Sopressatta, a great basic next to the other two stronger flavored options.

DIning Diving Gigondas WineAfter taking Dan’s beer order, Colton lead us through an extensive wine menu offered both by the glass and bottle. It felt like a travel show with red and white wines from all over the world.

The four red wine members of our group selected one of Colton’s favorites: Fernandez Gomez (Crianza) 2013 from Rioja, Spain with red fruit, baking spices, soft tannin, balanced acidity and not overly dry. A very drinkable choice and good for a new red wine drinker. It was a great value at $20/bottle.

Our second shared bottle of red was The Ned, a New Zealand, Southern Valley, pinot noir, 2014. Bev reminisced about Eddard Stark (Ned) from Game of Thrones so she was biased to like it but it really was a good bottle of wine. Colton pointed out its flavors of “ripe cherries, and a reasonable amount of backgrounds of earth like a forest floor, kind of mushroomy and quite smooth.” Another good value at $28/bottle.

The white wine drinkers selected a South African Sauvignon Blanc- Rustenberg, “It’s a perfect drink for a warm night on the patio,” said Kay at $8/glass. Dick had the California Greystone Cellars Chardonnay at $7/glass. It was an incredible value for the experience, fairly dry and a generous pour!

With our appetizer plate emptied, we selected one last bottle of red wine to enjoy with our dinner order. Colton suggested one of their best, Gigondas, a French Rhone Valley blend, very potent, dry, with concentrated flavors at $42/bottle. This wine is slightly sweeter. “It’s a subtle, smooth and satisfying sip,” says Jeff. “I don’t like the French, but this is good,” added Brit Dick.

Salad, shrimp and tomatoes

Blackened Shrimp Salad

For dinner, Bev chose the blackened shrimp salad made up of arugula, roasted sweet corn, cherry tomato, bacon, shallots and sage dressing (gluten free) for $12. “I love the dressing– it’s inventive and refreshing,” she said.

Jo ordered the salsa verde swordfish with tomatillo salsa and sweet corn sofrito, roasted Anaheim chilies, poblano cream and toasted pumpkin seeds for $21. “It’s a beautiful presentation with the fish perfectly done,” Jo said, “and the pepper and pumpkin seeds and sauce are perfect for this dish.”

Salsa verde swordfish

Salsa verde swordfish

Dick ordered up the spicy shrimp mac & cheese which featured blackened seasoned shrimp, cavatappi, white cheddar Moran sauce, with panko crust for $12. “I don’t usually like mac and cheese but I love theirs. It’s spicy and fun to eat,” Dick said. “I’m not really keen on blackened things but it’s well done with tons of shrimp.”

Mac N Cheese

Mac N Cheese

Kay ordered the smoked salmon plate served with sliced cucumbers & cherry tomatoes, capers, garlic hummus, dill goat cheese and artisan crackers for $14. This is part of the appetizer menu but works well as an entree. The salmon is mild and tender and delicious. There are two spreads– a garlic hummus and dill goat cheese– both are good.  “That’s a hunka hunka salmon,” said Jeff.


Pesto Orzo & Meatballs

Jeff opted for the pesto orzo & meatballs with artichoke hearts, parmesan, pine nuts and arugula for $18. “Anyone can make a meatball but these are a cut above,” said Jeff. With a crisp exterior and moist inside, Jeff was pleased by its hearty flavor. “The dish is balanced beautifully by the pesto orzo, and tender artichoke heart, with a nice crunch from the pine nuts. It’s delightful.”

Dan decided on the ginger pork gyoza featuring ginger marinated pork wonton dumplings, steamed napa cabbage and ponzu for $8. “Very tasty,” Dan said between bites. “The light noodles with the ginger sauce makes for a nice flavor. It’s excellent.”

Margy opted for the risotto alla mulligatawny including Granny Smith apples, curried, red lentils, parmesan and toasted almonds for $14. “Incredible,” Margy reports, “There is a little sweetness because of the apples but it’s also savory. The chef was not timid with the spice.” A new favorite for Margy!

“Did anyone leave room for dessert?” Colton smiled. We soon learned all the desserts are house made and include a truffle board, cheesecake of the day, and crème brulee. In the end we shared a slice of dark chocolate peanut butter cheesecake for $6. “Wonderfully creamy” said Jo. “The dark chocolate and peanut butter mix is just awesome on a very thin crust. It’s not overly sweet.  It’s fabulous.”



Altogether, it was a delightful experience. Everything was very well prepared and presented. The food prices were reasonable and in line with other restaurants in town. Our final impression? Wonderful, but next time, dessert first!

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

Be Reclaimed at Sacred Grounds

Located two miles from Purdue campus, and just a short drive from downtown Lafayette is a hidden treasure known as Sacred Grounds [Reclaimed].  It’s a quiet and cozy coffee shop that is the perfect environment to spend time on homework, catch up with friends, and enjoy a delicious cup of coffee.

drink3Sacred Grounds is not your typical coffee shop; it is a non-profit coffee shop with a purpose. By partnering with Harvest Bible Chapel, Sacred Grounds has created a space that promotes community, builds ministry, and encourages relationships. With more plans for re-purposing space upstairs into a Reclaimed House for Women, this coffee house and café truly cares for the community and those who live in it.

One of the central themes surrounding Sacred Grounds is the “reclaimed” aspect. Everything in the shop has been reclaimed from somewhere else, and this gives a homey and natural feel. The furniture is vintage and distressed, and the lights are antique. Exposed brick reveals the history of the building, and all of the décor combined sincerely showcases a welcoming and vintage coffee house that is open to all. Feeling welcome is a common aspect of spending and enjoying time at Sacred Grounds.

ReclaimedWith a student discount, a stage for live music, and a heart for the community, Sacred Grounds is an excellent choice for anybody looking to drink hot, fresh coffee, enjoy a tasty lunch, and spend quality time with friends and family. It genuinely is a one-of-a-kind coffee house.

Jaclyn, Visitor Information Specialist and Purdue University Student, shares this blog.

Weekend Update: Curious George & Triptych

image_533Lafayette-West Lafayette 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 or near Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

image_535On Sunday, March 4, Curious George—that lovably inquisitive little monkey and icon of books, movies, and an Emmy Award-winning PBS TV series—comes to the stage at Purdue University in a delightful new musical from TheatreWorks USA. Each year, George eagerly awaits the only day more important than his birthday: All-You-Can-Eat Meatball Day, when he helps his friend Chef Pisghetti cook and serve delicious meatballs to a hungry crowd. But this year, the crowd has vanished—lured away by Phineas T. Lightspeed and his Meatballs O’Matic 9000 machine. In despair, Chef Pisghetti vows to cook no more. However, his buddy George decides to enter the chef’s meatballs in the world-famous Golden Meatball Contest to prove they’re the best. Can a determined little monkey make it all the way to Rome and win the big prize? With every swing and flip, George leads the audience through a fun-filled adventure in which he learns more about Italy’s capital, friendship, and the “secret ingredient” to cooking! Curious George: The Golden Meatball delivers a can’t-miss recipe the whole family will enjoy!

More entertainment to be enjoyed this Sunday is Triptych at Carnahan Hall. The Jazz Club presents Triptych, featuring violinist Zach Brock, bassist Matt Ulery and drummer Jon Deitemyer live at Carnahan Hall. As a compositional collective they are creating new repertoire through an unorthodox combination of jazz, post-Romantic classical and Appalachian dialects fused with rhythms from West Africa, South America and Eastern Europe. This event starts at 3:30pm.

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

Lafayette-West Lafayette Fun Facts


Amelia Earhart

What is the most unique, fun fact you know about Lafayette-West Lafayette? Any interesting story you know that most people do not?  Please share as we love to learn about all the one of a kind stories there are about our area.

Check out the “Fun Facts” we have gathered that may be a surprise to you!

  • Did you know that Amelia Earhart prepared her plane for her last around the world flight at the Purdue University Airport? She was working at Purdue as a visiting career counselor for women at the time.
  • Buzz Aldrin on Moon

    Buzz Aldrin on Moon

    Did you know that the first (Neil Armstrong) and the last astronaut (Eugene Cernan) on the moon were both Purdue graduates? There are also 22 other Purdue alumni who are astronauts.

  • Did you know that Axl Rose, (born William Bruce Rose, Jr.), an American singer-songwriter, musician and lead vocalist for the hard rock 1980s band Guns N’ Roses, was born and raised in Lafayette, Indiana?
  • Did you know that one of the greatest clowns of all time, Emmett Kelly and his persona of “Weary Willie”, choose to call Lafayette his hometown?
  • Triple XXX

    What is better than a bacon cheeseburger and onion rings?

    Indiana’s Oldest Drive-In: Since 1929, West Lafayette’s Triple XXX (named for the house brand of root beer) has been serving up the best old-fashioned burgers and fries around. Featured on Guy Fieri’s Food Network series Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

  • Did you know that Indiana’s oldest bar is right here in Lafayette? Established in 1835 as the “Cherry Wood Bar” of the Lahr Luxury Hotel, and issued Indiana’s first liquor license. The “Cherry Wood Bar” was later renamed the Knickerbocker Saloon in 1874 when the areas first player piano was introduced. The Knickerbocker boasts a guest list including; President Grant, Mark Twain, Al Capone and even Neil Armstrong (though rumored not much of a drinker).
  • Did you know that Kermit the Frog was named after a Purdue professor of philosophy who was a childhood friend of Jim Henson?
  • Did you know that Sydney Pollack, an Academy Award-winning director, producer, actor, writer and public figure, who directed and produced over 40 films was born in Lafayette, Indiana? Sydney Irwin Pollack (July 1, 1934 – May 26, 2008)
  • Did you know that the Wabash & Erie Canal that passed through Lafayette was the second largest canal in the world? The only one longer was the Grand Canal of China.
  • Did you know that Annie Ellsworth sent the first telegraph message of “What hath God wrought?” at the request of Samuel Morse and then moved to Lafayette the next year?

Again, please share or comment on any fun fact you know about our community! For more information about Lafayette-West Lafayette, please visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com.




Weekend Update: Brandy Clark Band & Love is Sweet Event

Brandy Clark Band

Brandy Clark Band

Lafayette-West Lafayette 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 or near Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

This Friday, February 16, Carnahan Hall Presents: Brandy Clark band plus the Fergus Daly Band. Brandy Clark began her musical career as a songwriter in Nashville and her songs were covered by a number of country artists with great success. For example, the Band Perry had a #1 hit with “Better Dig Two”. Then in 2013 she released her own album of her songs “12 Stories” which earned a place in many best album of the year, including American Songwriter, Entertainment Weekly, Billboard and NPR. NPR music critic Ann Powers named the album her favorite of 2013. Powers noted that others share her sentiments, writing, “the top honor on many critics’ lists is going to Clark, a storyteller of the highest caliber.” 

Screen Shot 2018-02-13 at 7.14.15 AMKeep celebrating Valentine’s Day this weekend at Imagination Station. To celebrate the holiday, kids will explore the science behind their favorite candies at the “Love is Sweet” event. The Alpha Chi Sigma chemistry fraternity of Purdue University has teamed up with Imagination Station to answer questions such as, “why are gummies so springy, and what happens to chocolate when it melts in your mouth?”. Families are invited to explore through the hands-on activities. This sweet event will be on Saturday, February 17th from 10 -3pm.

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

Super Bowl Madness Starts with D&R Market

IMG_7332Happening Now!  Planning a stay in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, area? 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. Right now the locals are talking about D&R Market, where the perfect Super Bowl spread is ready for this year’s super celebration!

IMG_7329Have you ever thrown a Super Bowl party?  Or joined in the celebration at a friend or family member’s house?  Did you eat scrumptious appetizers, finger foods and desserts?  I hope so, because when I think of the Super Bowl the first thought in my brain (and stomach) is food!  This annual event is centered around the great American sport, football, that brings together people from all over the United States and beyond.  Yet, truthfully, the food is what brings my family together to celebrate on this day!

IMG_7324Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana has a host of wonderful caterers.  One caterer that is sure to satisfy your guests is D&R Market.  Its menu features the best in fresh meats, gourmet products, wine and beer selections and fresh produce. Its famous smoked St. Louis pork ribs,and renowned broasted chicken are just a few of its many meat options.  Party trays include brie cheese topped with dried cranberries, dill and almonds, crab and shrimp dip, b/q meatballs and more.  My personal favorites include Mr. Pat Johnson’s Beef Brisket and baked beans.  Its brisket is slowly smoked for 14 hours in a smoker and served with the chef’s horseradish cream sauce. It is succulent goodness!  And the bake beans are the perfect complement. They are rich with b/q sauce and shredded pork is added to make them rich and hearty.  I keep a current top “3 things I crave” list and these beans are on the list!

IMG_7337For more information about D&R Market and other great local caterers, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com  And don’t forget—Super Bowl equals football, friends, family, fun and food!  Please share with us your party plans!


One Great Wedding Destination – Lafayette-West Lafayette

2 Great Cities, 1 Great University, “One Great Wedding Destination”. Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, is home to many fabulous wedding ceremony and reception venues along with a long list of excellent vendors to serve every bride and groom’s need.



Getting engaged and planning a wedding is a very exciting time in a couple’s life, yet the slew of wedding decisions can be for some people a bit daunting.  Couples ask themselves the following: Where will the wedding ceremony take place?  Should we have a small or large reception?  Who creates beautiful flower arrangements at a good price?  What’s our budget?  This is just a tiny portion of the decisions that have to be made.  The good news is the Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette team has a staff member, Ashley Gregory, who can not only assist with these questions, but make suggestions and help you find locations here in town, help with hotel sleeping room blocks and point you in the right direction for vendors (such as flowers, photographers etc.).

Wedding at Rush Pavillion

Wedding at Rush Pavillion

Most weddings have out of town guests visiting.  Ashley can help couples get the best rates at our local area hotels for these guests.  She has worked with all of our hotels, and visited reception venues, indoor and outdoor locations, traditional and unique and is a great source to take advantage of when planning a wedding.  When I was planning my wedding 7 years ago I did not live in the area and needed help planning, so I called Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette. Ashley provided me a list of reception venues, vendors, and helped me book the hotel for my guests to stay.  My mother-in-law also got in contact with Ashley for local brochures for the goodies bags for our guests.  Each guest received a complimentary Lafayette-West Lafayette visitors guide.

Wea Creek Orchard Wedding

Wea Creek Orchard Wedding

The best news of all is these services are free!  Weddings can be very expensive and I recommend taking advantage of these services that are helpful and make this special day in a couple’s life more spectacular.

For more information about these wedding services, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com


Sledding Fun in Lafayette-West Lafayette

sleddingHappening Now!  Planning a stay in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, area? 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. Right now everyone is talking about sledding at Slayter Hill & Murdock Park.

What is better in the winter time than sledding down a steep hill screaming and laughing?!  Some of my best childhood memories are going sledding with my dad and my best friends.  We would get all bundled up, grab our sleds and head to the great outdoors full of snow and white wonder!  Our bright red cheeks would smile with happiness and glee as we swiftly sled down hills competing who could reach the bottom first.  The friend with the most wins would achieve the great honor of getting the first homemade peppermint hot chocolate from McCord Candies.

bowinsnow.dacidschmidtLafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, offers 2 amazing sledding hills; Slayter Hill and Murdock Park.  Slayter Hill is located on Purdue University and sledding on this hill has become a Purdue tradition. My husband said during his 4 years at Purdue University he never missed a winter season of sledding with his buddies at this popular sledding destination.  The only hill in the area with a man-made snow machine is Murdock Park.  The good news is even if there is no snow in the forecast and the weather remains cold, the hill can be coated, allowing for extended sledding.  I remember in college coming home to visit my family and I saw my best guy friend from grade school zooming down this hill!  All ages come out to enjoy these fun sledding experiences.

For more information about sledding and other fun, free winter activities in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.