Weekend Update: Into the Woods and Jazz Festival

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.

Into the Woods runs at the Lafayette Civic Theatre this lovely weekend! Have you ever wondered what the lives of your favorite fairytale characters were really like? James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim bring together these characters for a timeless yet relevant piece and a modern classic. Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood… Everyone’s wishes are granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later. Into the Woods is a musically sophisticated show and an enchanting dark comedy. For tickets and more information, please visit their website here.

Photo from a previous production by the Lafayette Civic Theatre!

The 29th Annual Purdue Jazz Festival is this weekend on January 19th! From 8:30 AM to 6 PM, high school and middle school instrumental jazz ensembles from five states will arrive early on Purdue’s Campus for the Purdue Jazz Festival. It will stretch throughout the day in nine performance venues in the Purdue Stewart Center, Purdue Memorial Union, and Pao Hall. You will love enjoying the amazing talent that these students have! For further details, you can check here. These events will be free and open to the public in addition to clinics provided by all of the festival guest artists on Saturday.

For more information about these events and other events happening this weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at HomeOfPurdue.com.

The Knickerbocker Saloon: An Old School Bar in a New Town

The Knickerbocker Bar West Lafayette

As I sat at a heavy walnut bar surrounded by mirrors that illuminated the impressive liquor display, it was hard for me not to feel like a character out of a Fitzgerald novel. The Knickerbocker Saloon, located at 113 N. Fifth St. in downtown Lafayette, is Indiana’s oldest bar, with an equally impressive legacy. Though the Knickerbocker Saloon has hundreds of tiny details that are worth exploring, listed below are the five most notable.

A prohibition liquor plaque displayed at the Knickerbocker Saloon in Lafayette, Indiana

Calling my History Buffs

Receiving its liquor license in 1835, the Knickerbocker Saloon is the oldest bar in Indiana! Throughout the bar’s history, it has been visited by such notables as Neil Armstrong, Ulysses S. Grant and John Purdue. Featured on the walls by the bathroom are two plaques; one commemorating the Knickerbocker’s 175th anniversary in 2010, and the other displays a certificate for the prohibition of liquor in 1922!

A Zombie Dust beer at the Knickerbocker Saloon in Lafayette, Indiana.

99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall

Though they don’t serve 99 different types of beers, the general manager, Deborah Walstra, informed me that they carry 80 to 84 brands of beer at a given time, rotating with the seasons. Sorry to disappoint tap lovers, but they only carry bottled beers, which was a quirky surprise. I tried a Zombie Dust beer, which is a powerfully hopped pale ale that had a great, refreshing flavor and a unique package design. Walstra also mentioned that the Knickerbocker hosts a free beer school on the first and third Monday of every month, in which different breweries offer information and samplings of their products (no sign-up necessary). To support local businesses, the Knickerbocker also carries beer from local breweries in Lafayette, making sure everyone can sample the best that Indiana has to offer.

A caramel apple martini at the Knickerbocker Saloon in Lafayette, Indiana.

Martinis Galore

My interview at the Knickerbocker took place on a Wednesday, which just so happens to be martini night (coincidence- I think not). From the classic martini to an equally impressive “flirtini,” the Knickerbocker offers any type of martini you can dream of (and even some that would never cross your mind). I sampled a caramel apple martini, which was made with a smooth caramel vodka base and tasted like I was biting into an taffy apple: needless to say, I was in love. Walstra said that she encourages her staff to experiment with different martini flavors, creating a new concoction almost every night (truly an impressive feat).

Entertainment room at the Knickerbocker Saloon in Lafayette, Indiana.

Not the Taj Mahal, but….

With a history dating from 1835, the Knickerbocker was bound to have some awesome architectural features. What struck me first was the beautiful bar. Constructed from walnut with a cherry veneer, it exudes a 1920s feel. I also loved the high, tin ceilings, which added to the “old money” ambiance. Because of the stunning architectural features, the Knickerbocker hosts many business and wedding receptions.

Live entertainment offered at the Knickerbocker Saloon.

Live Entertainment

Perhaps the most attractive feature of the Knickerbocker Saloon is the live entertainment. On Monday the bar features karaoke. Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, live piano music entertains. Every Friday a unique artist is featured from People’s Live (a local brewery that supports regional musicians), and on Saturday live music is offered! In the extended green room, a stage is set up to make accommodating artists and large groups a breeze.

Open every day from 4 p.m. to 3 a.m., the Knickerbocker is sure to dazzle you with its impressive history and diverse drink menu. For more information about the bar visit its Facebook or call (765) 423-2234. For more information about local bars in Lafayette/West Lafayette be sure to check out the Home of Purdue Blog.

Sarah Staatz, Purdue University Student, shares this blog.

Weekend Update: Winter Wolves & Cinderella

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.

Winter Wolves is back at Wolf Park this January 12, 2019! Join everyone for a day of fun as the wolves explore and are in their glorious full winter coats! Hot drinks are available indoors so that visitors can warm up in between activities, which often include talks on how animals survive the winter, outdoor games and sometimes a demonstration of how Wolf Park cuts up road kill deer to feed to the wolves. Winter is a great time to see the wolves, since they love the cold and tend to be active and howling all day long, unlike those long hot summer afternoons which they spend napping. When the pond is frozen over, the wolves skate and play on the ice. Winter Wolves is a great time for families to come visit — there is something for everyone.

Guess what Disney classic is taking place at Purdue Convocations this Saturday, January 12? CINDERELLA is the Tony Award®- winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. Bring the family to enjoy this wonderful production and enjoy an evening of merriment!

For more information about these events and other events happening this weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at HomeOfPurdue.com.

Beyond the Vine Wine Tour

The Visitor Information Specialists at the Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Visitor’s Center were given the fun opportunity to go on a Beyond the Vine Wine Tour. They truly enjoyed their experience and want to share three reasons why you should consider taking the tour! Read their review:

We arrived on a cold Sunday afternoon prepared to experience the Beyond the Vine Wine Tour. It was a day full of friendship and fine wines, and we would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys tasting wine, relaxation, and unique experiences. Below are the top three reasons why you should consider booking a Beyond the Vine Wine Tour.

1. Stress-Free and Relaxing

The first reason is because of how stress-free and relaxing your time on the bus will be because of the preparation of Jill Smit. She takes time to consider every detail of your day and has each detail planned and prepared perfectly. Simply book your reservation and let Jill take care of the rest! From the timeline of the day to paying for everything in advance, all you have to do is show up (and bring your ID!). Jill arrives on time and with the bus stocked full of a cooler, wine themed decor, and a playlist of your choice. Guests are welcome to bring their own food on board the bus or you have the option of a delicious boxed lunch from Great Harvest Bread Co. Of course, with Jill driving the bus, you are able to taste and enjoy all the wine you wish without worrying about driving home. All these factors combined create a relaxing, stress-free experience.

Jill, our Wine Tour Extradorniaire!

2. Great Wine and Great People

Another awesome perk of the Beyond the Vine Wine Tour is knowing that the wineries you are visiting have been tested and approved by many tasters before you. Our visit began with a tasting at Whyte Horse Winery in Monticello, IN. Here we tasted five different wines ranging from sweet to dry and three of their specialty drinks including an apple cider slushy. You must visit at Christmas time when the winery is decorated beautifully with Christmas trees and lights. Next on our tour was Carpenter Creek Cellars. It is located in Remington, IN and is one of the best wineries around. With world-class award-winning wines, this stop is a must. You will be treated to a tour of the facilities where you can see where all the wine is produced and corked, and taste every single wine listed on the menu. And don’t forget to say hi to the winery dog, Port! Our final stop was Hooker Corner Winery where we had 5 different tastings as well as mulled wine an

d a mulled wine slushy. This is the perfect spot to enjoy a glass of wine while viewing the quiet countryside. These are only three of the several options of wineries in the area, and the Beyond the Vine Wine Tour also offers options to visit local breweries. One thing all three wineries had in common were people passionate about wine. These winemakers love to talk about wine and share their wealth of knowledge with guests entering their doors. You will definitely feel that on the Beyond the Vine Wine Tour.

Having fun on the bus!

3. Unique and Fun

The final reason to experience the Beyond the Vine Wine Tour is because it is fun! This is a unique experience to safely support locally owned Indiana wineries and have fun doing it. You can trust that each stop has something unique and different to offer and expand your understanding of Indiana wines. It is the perfect way to celebrate a bachelorette party, a fun date night, or even a mother-daughter day out. Even if for no other reason than because you like to drink wine, the Beyond the Vine Wine Tour is for you!

So, if you are looking for something fun to do and like supporting local business, then check out the Beyond the Vine Wine Tours. We had a fantastic experience and recommend it to any visitor or local in the area. You will board the bus as a guest and leave as a friend.

Jaclyn, VLWL Visitor Information Specialist, shares this blog. For more information about this wine bus and other fun attractions in our area, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

Hunter’s Pub Celebrates 20 Years

Chicken quesadilla platter.

20 years of amazing food, excellent service, and fabulous fun; Hunter’s Pub in West Lafayette is celebrating its 20th birthday this year! Looking for a great place to hang out with friends and watch our Purdue Boilermaker sports teams take on their competitors? Hunter’s Pub has TV’s galore that are playing the best games and are placed all around the restaurant offering great views for all.

Hunter’s Pub offers true pub classics. Nachos, potato skins, jalapeno poppers, wings, mozzarella sticks and more are the perfect munchie while watching your favorite sports teams. We can attest the mozzarella sticks are filled with stringy mozzarella cheese and a fresh marinara sauce. They have a combo plate that includes the ultimate mix of cheese curds, hand-breaded zucchini, breaded mushrooms, cream cheese poppers, and onion rings. YUMMY! Perfect for sharing for a group of friends.

Their menu is diverse with burgers, steaks, ribs, wraps, salads, pasta, seafood, etc. One of my favorite meals is their chicken quesadilla platter. It is a tortilla filled with cheddar, fresh pico de gallo and chicken and is served with rice and refried beans, sour cream and fire roasted salsa. The chicken is juicy, the tortilla is perfectly crisp, and their fire roasted salsa is spicy, which I love! I also love their refried beans that are seasoned with Mexican spices and loaded with cheese.

One of my co-workers, Ashley, is a huge fan of their taco salad and enjoyed the atmosphere.  She shares, “The taco salad had an excellent crispy yet flaky shell with a good portion of meat and vegetables in the shell. The salsa was a bit spicy for my liking but had a great flavor. I opted for ranch dressing instead of using the salsa though. I loved the setting, seemed like a friendly neighborhood bar.”

Taco Salad

Recently, we went to lunch here in the middle of the week and it was packed by noon.  We recommend getting there early, as it definitely is a neighborhood favorite!  Also, please note this bar is 21 and older.

Visit Hunter’s Pub and join in the 20-year celebration!  For more information about this restaurant and others in Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

Weekend Update: Nutcracker & Pickin’ Pear

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.

Since 1990, Lafayette Ballet Company has been performing the full-length NUTCRACKER in early January at Long Center. For 2019 the company presents their complete ballet on Jan. 5 at 2 PM and 7:30 PM, and on Jan. 6 at 2 PM. The sumptuous Tchaikovsky music, the brilliant costumes and sets, the energetic dancing of 40 dancers, and the classic story of a young girl’s dreams are a treat for all ages. Tickets go on sale December 3, 2018 at Lafayette Ballet – 628 Main Street, 47901.

More entertainment is happening Jan. 4 at 9 PM. People’s Live presents: Pickin’ Pear with Naomi Rae at the Knickerbocker Saloon. Tia Martini and Leon Elam – The Pickin’ Pear – branch out from Canyon Collected to create a folk ‘n’ roll duo. They combine their non-traditional stylings to their traditional instruments and create an original mix of modern American music. Together the Pickin’ Pear take the banjo and ukulele down the road of folk, rock, and bluegrass. Sometimes the ukulele will even launch you straight to outer space. A blend of top-notch songwriting and improvisational jamming makes each one of their songs sound unique.

For more information about these events and other events happening this weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at HomeOfPurdue.com.

Katana Japanese Cuisine Delights

Japanese cuisine is known and loved for its abundance of seafood, vegetables and rice. The Dining Divas headed to the Sagamore Park Center on Sagamore Parkway in West Lafayette (in the former location of Heisei near Payless) where Katana Sushi & Ramen promises authentic Japanese cuisine. Customers can eat in the elegant and modern dining room, order out, use one of the private meeting spaces, or sit at the sushi bar enjoying a cocktail from the full bar. This space used to have low tables and cushions and you left your shoes at the door. The owners of Katana installed Western-style tables and chairs so there’s no need to touch up your pedicure before dining there.

The Divas opted for the quiet dining room, which started filling up as we ordered. Our guest, raw seafood eater, Julia Zuchkov, standing in for Margy, joined the other seafood (preferably cooked) eater, Kay, vegetarian (with some fish) Jo, and meat-eater Bev. There was something to please everyone on Katana’s menu.

Edamame at Katana

We started with an order of chicken karagge (pronounced kara-ah-geh) ($6.95) and an order of spicy edamame ($4.95). Karagge is a technique of making fried chicken or fish by marinating with soy, ginger, and garlic and lightly breading with wheat and/or potato starch, and deep frying, similar to the preparation of tempura. It arrived at our table quickly, tasty and hot, and accompanied by a spicy dipping sauce—more soy, ginger, garlic, etc. Karagge chicken is sometimes called popcorn chicken, and it was as easy to eat as popcorn, but more satisfying and complex. Even more complexity came with the spicy edamame, which are edible soybeans, steamed and stir-fried in a garlicky, peppery sauce. There may be other spicy edamames in town, but we haven’t run across them, only the plain, salted ones, which are also available at Katana. But if you like a little kick, try these.

On to the entrees:

Bev ordered the Indiana roll ($13.95), a beautiful concoction of kani (imitation crab), steamed shrimp, avocado, cream cheese wrapped in soy paper and deep fried, served with spicy mayo and eel sauce. Bev loved it. “It’s so tender! It’s really good and creamy with a slight bit of crispness on the outside of the warm rice—comfort food at its best!” she said.

Indiana Roll

Kay gambled on Idako (marinated baby octopus $6.95) and was surprised to find 6-8 tiny bright red octopi presented on a bed of seaweed salad. The taste was surprising too, and somewhat indescribable—chewy, nicely seasoned, different! Try them with friends—only Julia would venture a taste. Kay also ordered the soft-shelled crab, a seasonal delicacy, deep-fried and perfectly cooked. She said, “It’s crispy on the outside, succulent on the inside. If you like crab, you’ll love this.”

Octopus

Jo, a fish-eating vegetarian, has found over the years that our local restaurants are very good at accommodating people with dietary restrictions. She was able to choose what she wanted in her salmon teriyaki ($16.95). No rice? No problem!  The salmon was served with miso soup and a green salad. Jo liked the way it was served in a skillet. “I like the fish to stay warm, and the skillet does this,” she said. “It’s saucy and I like the teriyaki sauce!”

Salmon teriyaki

Julia had many raw fish options, but she chose the crazy grill roll ($12.95), which was shrimp tempura and cucumber inside, topped with raw salmon and avocado, and served with spicy mayo and eel sauce. “I really like the tempura because it’s super light,” she said. “Usually tempura is too heavily battered, but this is not. I also like that this roll is simple, not too complicated, and all the ingredients complement each other.”

Crazy Grill Roll

Everything at Katana was super fresh and beautifully presented.  We all enjoyed our experience from entering the stylish dining room to browsing the menu full of mouth-watering photos to the sampling of our delicious meals.

Ring in the New Year 2018-19

Get ready to celebrate this coming new year!  Do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by? Check out the plethora of fun, holiday events happening this New Year’s and New Year’s Eve in or near Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

  • Enjoy amazing deals at Arrowhead Bowl – choose the Family Celebration or Adult Celebration packages for an awesome New Year’s experience for everyone! The Family Celebration alone includes 2 hours of unlimited cosmic bowling (with a DJ), free shoe rental, bumpers, 2 pizzas, 2 orders of breadsticks, unlimited soft drinks, party favors, and more!
  • If you are looking for a great way to bring in the New Year’s holiday, you can find something fun for everyone at one of Faith Christian Community Center’s three locations that are hosting celebrations! Bingo, raffles, swimming, movies, laser tag, bounce houses, food, games… there’s something for everyone!
  • Welcome to Teays River‘s first annual New Year’s Eve party! Make sure to get your tickets before December 31st so you don’t miss out on all of the excitement! Tickets include open hors d’ oeuvre buffet all night, four drink tickets for beer & wine, and champagne at midnight! This will include a raffle ticket for some amazing prizes. Also, door prizes, music, DJ, and a complimentary coat check.
  • Music lovers must check out the New Year’s performance at the Delphi Opera House. The band The Time Travelers performs December 31st! Their great singing voices and musicianship allow them to cover a tremendous variety of classic rock songs from the early days to the present. It’s hard to stay in your seats with this group, so there will be a dance floor!
  • For a healthy start to the year, you can participate in the Wabash River Runners Club’s Run in the New Year event! January 1st at 9AM, the WRRC hosts a FUN RUN to bring in the new year.  This is an event to bring the group together and is open to anyone who wishes to participate! You can register to run here.
  • Celebrate the beauty of Prophetstown State Park on January 1st, with the First DayHike. Meet at The Visitor’s Center for a cool afternoon hike through the prairie and tour of the Native American Village. End the hike by warming up by the fire and drinking cocoa and cider in the council house.
  • Put a TWIST on your New Year’s celebrations with Painting with a Twist and Rat Pak Mobile DJs! Begin the night painting a masterpiece with step-by-step instruction, fun, and games provided by the entertaining artists from PWAT-Lafayette! Ring in the New Year while you sing, dance, and enjoy the live music by DJ SUNN! Enjoy wine, champagne specials, and complimentary appetizers! This is no ordinary art class! 18 and up, 21+ to drink!
  • Enjoy an intimate dinner set by Deux’ Amis followed by Ebony Barrett and the Rukus and DJ Friday Austin to ring in the New Year at the Nami’s Bar & Grill New Year’s Eve Celebration!! They will have dinner specials as well as featured drinks and a champagne toast at midnight.

For more information about these events and other great activities in our area, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

Winter Wonderland Contest 2018 Winner

We have the winner of our “Winter Wonderland Contest 2018″ worth over $500! Congratulations to Michelle from Indianapolis, Indiana.

She shares, “I am just very happy and excited! I will take lots of photos and share!”

Thanks to all who participated in this latest contest! Stay tuned for our next big contest/package we will be hosting in January!