Love is in the Air at Home of Purdue

Bq4PncK9AvuzqH5xiqATpAL0vMpFc15Qff4RXQUOIqAWhat do you think of when you think of Valentine’s day? Roses, hearts, lace, wine, spending time and doing something special with the one you love? Do you still need to plan something special for that special someone? Well, I have a romantic date idea for you!

Start by getting flowers. Call your favorite local florist now. Don’t wait. This is one of the busiest times of the year for a florist. Don’t know where to go? Check out this list: http://www.homeofpurdue.com/meetings/pro_florists.html. Too late for a pre-made arrangement? Rubia Flower Market, Payless Grocery Stores, Target and Meijer all tend to have a good selection of pre-made bouquets to pick up the day of, you just may need to have your own vase to put them in if that’s the route you want to go. (Or just hand her the bouquet… I bet she has something that will work!)

Now, plan dinner. Some people book reservations for Valentine’s Day weeks and months in advance so your first option or two may be booked or you’ll have to wait a long time to get in if just walking in. I’m not a huge fan of crowds or waiting in line. I’d be just fine having my date make me dinner on Valentine’s Day. It’s actually, really sweet. I know my husband doesn’t cook a lot and if he put forth the effort to plan a special meal, I would love it! Just be sure you clean up the mess too! Pasta is always an easy go to in my book and is so

La Scala Lasagna

La Scala Lasagna

versatile.  If you need help looking for a recipe just check out Pinterest ,you’ll find thousands! Don’t forget the wine too! Wildcat Creek Winery has some great ones if you need help! If we go out, one of our favorite romantic restaurants is LaScala Italian Restaurant. You typically have a short walk to hold hands and cuddle up together to stay warm, it is February in Indiana after all! Once inside, the lighting is low and sets just the right mood. Of course, again most of the dishes are pasta. Always a plus in my book! How can you go wrong? My favorite is the Seafood Giorgio. The roasted red pepper cream sauce is amazing. Bring me anything with that on it and I’d be happy!

Now for an activity. Well, you are right downtown, why not take a little stroll? Walk over the pedestrian bridge and then maybe try out some ice skating at the Riverside Skating Center. If your date skates anything like me you’ll at least get to hold her a lot as I am on the ice more than I’m on my feet, but I still have fun!

IceSkating171231005795Need to warm up a bit after ice skating? Try one of the many coffee houses nearby. I’m not a coffee drinker but love a good cup of hot chocolate or hot tea. Try Java Roaster, Star City Coffee & Ale or Greyhouse Coffee (might want to drive to Greyhouse, especially if it’s cold, but it’s worth it!).

The rest of the night is up to you. Hopefully this gives you some ideas and helps put you in the Valentine’s Day mood.

Enjoy! Ashley, Director of Sales, shares this blog.

Date Night at East End Grill

Looking for unique place to surprise your valentine this year? East End Grill is the ideal spot for you and your date. The exterior and interior decor are unlike any other Lafayette eatery. You’re sure to love the industrial and modern feel within this dining area. This local establishment gives off the big city vibe without the hustle and bustle.

East End Grill is the home to one of my favorite date night experiences. From the beginning to end everything was perfect. The hostess greeted my date and I in the most professional, timely, and welcoming manner. From the moment we sat down we received excellent service. The waiter was friendly and helpful when trying to chose what to eat. Everything about the environment inside the restaurant made the date even better. I enjoyed the Cubano sandwich which was full of flavor. Of course, I had to try some of my date’s shrimp and grits. They were comparable to a dish we had in New Orleans, and I would say they were actually better. This is one of those places you don’t want to leave, even when the meal is finished.

Enjoying the Cubano

Enjoying the Cubano

The menu is truly one of kind and full of original flavor. The menu combines a steakhouse feel with a nice bistro twist. The lunch menu contains a variety of sandwiches, soups, salads, and delicious entree choices. The dinner menu offers some of the best food options in the area such as filet mignon and delicious pasta. You are sure to find a meal you’ll love that will have you coming back for more.

I can’t forget to talk about the full service bar. The wine list is always expanding, offering amazing choices by the glass or bottle. East End Grill’s main focus is on craft beer. The mission is to choose the best lagers and ales around. The bar team has created a cocktail list of classic drinks and modern drink favorites. Whatever your eating or drinking needs are, East End Grill is sure to be able to fulfill them.

East End Grill- "Our Cuban"The restaurant opened it’s doors in May of 2016.  Owner, Scott Trzaskus made it his mission to make East End Grill a place for the community to gather and that is exactly what it is. East End Grill is a welcoming environment from the moment you walk in the door to the moment you leave.

East End Grill.Customers

East End Grill is located at the east end of Main Street, making it the perfect spot for a winter stroll down Lafayette. Enjoy the shops in the area while also enjoying the winter scenery. East End Grill is the place to be this Valentines Day!

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

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Be Sweet at Kathy’s Kandies!

Valentine’s Day is less than 2 weeks away! Do you have a special present for your Valentine? You must make a stop at Kathy’s Kandies, where a plethora of Valentine’s Day treats are handmade for this special day and all year long. Kathy’s Kandies owner Kathy, spends 12 to 18 hours a day making 12 different kinds of candy in over 80 different flavors. There is something for everyone!IMG_4858Valentine’s Day: this day means Hallmark cards, handmade local sweets and smiles.  Every year growing up my Mom always had a special Valentine’s Day present for my Dad, Sister and I. My Mom would choose our favorite chocolates, sugary sweets and pick out a silly, yet sweet, Hallmark card.  And we always received socks with little hearts all over them.  I am in my 30’s and she still puts together themed packages, only now she has husbands and grandchildren to add to the mix!

Past Romantic Getaway Winners!

Past Romantic Getaway Contest Winners!

If you are looking for delicious, handmade candy to add to your own Valentine’s Day present, Kathy’s Kandies is the perfect place to visit. Visitors have the choice of 12 scrumptious truffles, fudge, chocolate covered nuts or fruit, crème filled chocolates, gourmet popcorn, bark, pastries, cheesecakes, and/or the perfect Valentine’s dessert, chocolate covered strawberries (call to order these in advance!) And the list goes on!

Kathy!

Kathy!

This candy shop is a what kids (and lets be honest, adults) dream about!  Visitors walk into a bright, airy room filled with every candy one could imagine.  Kathy is behind the counter with a smile on her face greeting guests and fulfilling their sugar cravings.

Also, note Kathy’s Kandies is the perfect place to host a fun party! Get a group of your friends and family together and savor decadent desserts.  Death by Chocolate – this is one party theme! If there is one way to go, why not by chocolate!!!

Share with us your favorite chocolate or sugary treat?!  What special snack puts a smile on your face? Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Home of Purdue Love is in the Air Contest 2018 Details

22548739_10155084568509021_7206271988582690598_oRomance is in the air! Enter to win this special contest for your loved one this winter.  The contest is worth over $400! Here are some special details about the local places who have donated:

  • Newly renovated, the Homewood Suites by Hilton, provides a lovely night sleep and gracious and friendly service.
  • Lafayette Symphony Orchestra: Be swept way on a musical adventure when you attend a lovely performance by this local group of musicians.
  • 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!
  • Enjoy the cold wind as it whips through your loved one’s hair as warmth feels both of your hearts at Riverside Skating Center.
  • Shop for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift this year at LE Originals, where Linda Elmore is using her magical ability to take a piece of glass and make it into something beautiful!
  • To experience “Hoosier Hospitality” at its finest visit Arni’s where the food is delicious and the service is exceptional.  Arni’s is a staple in the Lafayette area.  This restaurant which offers pizza, sandwiches, salads and more has been serving the community since 1965.
  • Bruno’s not only has delicious pizza, but order their fried shrimp and/or catfish entrees and you will leave completely satisfied. In addition, their Swiss menu and decor will make your dinner very memorable.
  • Located halfway up Chauncey Hill, lies a Purdue University tradition. Triple XXX is one of the most historic landmark restaurants in the Lafayette-West Lafayette area. Founded in 1929, Triple XXX is known for their delicious root beer!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Share a frozen custard shake or flavored soda as you gaze into your loved one’s eyes at the Igloo Frozen Custard.
Ice cream novelties at the Igloo!

Ice cream novelties at the Igloo!

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

 

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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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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Valentine’s Weekend Update! Love is in the Air!

PMO Singing Valentines

PMO Singing Valentines

Valentine’s Weekend Update! Love is in the Air! 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 12, enjoy Romance and a good cause with the Almost Home Humane Society’s “Spay-Ghetti and No Meatballs” Valentine’s Dinner. The dinner is all-you-can-eat spaghetti and meatballs. The event will be held at the Lahr Atrium connected to the Knickerbocker. Animal themed movies will be played all night to set the mood, and live music, dancing and wine sales to benefits the pets will follow.

HTM 492 cordially invites you to join them on Friday, February 12 for a special Valentines Dinner.  Enjoy a fabulous meal of six courses and six wines prepared and served by the students of the Advanced Food Service Management Class in the beautiful John Purdue Room located in Marriott Hall on the Purdue University Campus.

Paint with your Valentine this Saturday, February 13. Whether it’s your first Valentine’s Day date or your 25th, make it a date to create! Do something different with your loved one this year! Together you can draw, paint a canvas, or even propose in plaster at the “Painting with your Valentine” event at the Morton Center.

Stop by the Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art after dinner and enjoy wine and dessert in a romantic and relaxing setting and stroll through the mansion’s amazing display of Indiana art and ceramics during Sweet on ART. Join in an evening of wine, music and chocolate on February 13 anytime from 7 to 10 pm. Enjoy the music of Indiana’s own Cole Porter, performed by the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. A glass of wine, a decadent dessert and tempting chocolate treats all add to your enjoyment of this special evening.
Before the night is over, be sure to capture this memorable evening with a charming free digital photograph by David Marshall. Images will be available for download at your convenience.

Celebrate the perfect Valentine’s Day wrapped up in a single event during Valentine’s Cinema, Chocolate and Cheers at the Delphi Opera House on February 13! Enjoy an evening of early classic film romantic comedies, paired with wines, chocolate and cheese sampling. Film historian Eric Grayson will offer history of the art form and commentary on selected film.

Purdue Jazz Band - Evening of Romance

Purdue Jazz Band – Evening of Romance

On February 13, head to Marriott Hall in the John Purdue Room for an “Evening of Romance.” Celebrating a new partnership with Purdue Hospitality & Tourism Management, this cabaret-style event will include dancing to live music performed by the Purdue Jazz Band. This year, gourmet food and beverage options will enhance the evening, making it a night to remember for sweethearts and friends alike.

February 14 is Valentine’s Day! Lafayette Chamber Singers Present: Valentine’s Afternoon Delight at Duncan Hall. 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.

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

Valentine’s Treats Galore from Kathy’s Kandies

IMG_5688Valentine’s Day is this Sunday! Do you have a special present for your Valentine? You must make a stop at Kathy’s Kandies, where a plethora of Valentine’s Day treats are handmade for this special day and all year long. Kathy’s Kandies owner Kathy, spends 12 to 18 hours a day making 12 different kinds of candy in over 80 different flavors. There is something for everyone!

Valentine’s Day: this day means Hallmark cards, handmade local sweets and smiles.  Every year growing up my Mom always had a special Valentine’s Day present for my Dad, Sister and I. My Mom would choose our favorite chocolates, sugary sweets and pick out a silly, yet sweet, Hallmark card.  And we always received socks with little hearts all over them.  I am in my 30’s and she still puts together themed packages, only now she has husbands and grandchildren to add to the mix!

If you are looking for delicious, handmade candy to add to your own Valentine’s Day present, Kathy’s Kandies is the perfect place to visit. Visitors have the choice of 12 scrumptious truffles, fudge, chocolate covered nuts or fruit, crème filled chocolates, gourmet popcorn, bark, pastries, cheesecakes, and/or the perfect Valentine’s dessert, chocolate covered strawberries (call to order these in advance!) And the list goes on!

Past Romantic Getaway Winners!

Past Romantic Getaway Contest Winners!

This candy shop is a what kids (and lets be honest, adults) dream about!  Visitors walk into a bright, airy room filled with every candy one could imagine.  Kathy is behind the counter with a smile on her face greeting guests and fulfilling their sugar cravings.

DSC00927Also, note Kathy’s Kandies is the perfect place to host a fun party! Get a group of your friends and family together and savor decadent desserts.  Death by Chocolate – this is one party theme! If there is one way to go, why not by chocolate!!!

Share with us your favorite chocolate or sugary treat?!  What special snack puts a smile on your face? Happy Valentine’s Day!

Make Romantic Dreams Come True Contest 2016 Winner

We have the winner of our “Make Romantic Dreams Come True Contest 2016″ worth over $450! Congratulations to Patrick from Brookville, Indiana. Pat shares, “That’s fantastic!!! I came home from quite a challenging day and checked my email and saw I had won! My wife is really excited also. We didn’t have the money when we celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary to go anywhere so now we can have a really nice time out!”

Patrick answered this question correctly and was picked at random: The question was:

QUESTION: How many artists have artwork featured at Grateful Heart Gallery, located in Lafayette, Indiana?

He answered “5”, which is correct.

Thanks to all who participated in this latest contest! Stay tuned for our next big contest/package we will be hosting in March, 2016. The theme is yet to be decided, but may have a Spring Break feel!