Indianapolis: The Midwest’s Culinary Hotspot

A Sponsored Message from Visit Indy


All meeting attendees have to eat—so why not eat well in Indy?

Doing business in Indianapolis comes with countless perks for attendees: a highly connected convention center campus, unique cultural districts to explore, easy walkability to museums and attractions, and sports options galore. But one of the most exciting reasons to plan an event in Indiana’s capital city is its knockout food scene. Recently named by Zagat as one of the most exciting food cities in America, Indy delivers fresh farm-to-table concepts, a huge selection of international options and standout chefs who have chosen to call this new culinary powerhouse home.

Local Flavors

Community is the foundation of the food scene in Indianapolis; 64 percent of the city’s downtown restaurants are locally owned, with more opening every day. Hedge Row (serving rustic American, wood-fired fare) and Public Greens (farm-market inspired menus) are local favorites beloved not only for the food they make but for the work they do stimulating the local farm economy and helping to feed food-insecure children. There is truly something for everyone downtown, from farm-to-table cuisine to creative vegetarian and vegan meals to delicious burgers and steaks.

Only in Indy

James Beard-awarded, superstar chefs Jonathan Brooks (of Milktooth, a hip, modern diner) and Abbi Merriss (of Bluebeard, a seasonal, farm-to-table spot) are two of the many reasons Indy’s culinary stock has risen in recent years. Both of these food pioneers have developed strong local followings and are developing even more new dining concepts for attendees to enjoy while in town. Another Indy can’t-miss is the Indianapolis City Market, a public food market and city landmark. Opened in 1886, today locals and visitors alike come here to grab a glass of wine or beer, pick up a quick meal or stroll among the more than 30 artisan booths that sell fresh produce, unique gifts, ethnic foods and more.

As Seen on TV

If your attendees want to explore some of Indy’s most TV-famous dining locations, there are more than a few great choices. TV chef Guy Fieri loved the piled-high meatball sub from Steer-In and the homemade jambalaya from Zydeco’s, both featured on his show, Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives. The world’s spiciest dish, the St. Elmo shrimp cocktail at St. Elmo Steak House, was featured on the Food Network Show, The Best Thing I Ever Ate.

Count on an abundance of delicious dining options when you plan an event in Indianapolis.