Chef JJ Is Loyal To Local

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Chef JJ’s Big Green Bistro was born with the idea that locally sourced product is second to none. We know the importance of supporting small, local businesses because we are one. We use local meats and produce to create dishes for private, corporate and special events around Indianapolis on a regular basis and we wanted to stay true to this when preparing for our largest event ever! The Super Bowl brings a unique opportunity to our city, and we want to show off the highest quality food our state has to offer. From the hamburger patties to the cookies we are offering, each item on our menu has a local connection. Here’s the story of the Bistro Box…

Our hamburgers were processed at Moody’s Butcher Shop which has two Indianapolis-area locations. The beef used was fed grass and grain with no hormones or antibiotics. The cattle were raised by Joe Phelps in Montgomery County, Indiana. Moody’s also produced the sausage for the breakfast sandwiches we’re serving with our Kegs & Eggs Menu. Moody’s Butcher Shop owner, Adam Moody, is a fifth-generation farmer. He and his wife Lucy reside in Southern Montgomery County on their 250-acre farm.

The Bakery at Geist is relatively new to Indianapolis. The family-owned small business is committed to using the freshest and finest ingredients in everything they make. Our sliders sit atop their fresh-baked wheat buns. The breakfast sandwich biscuits also come from Chef Ron’s team, and just might be the best we’ve EVER tasted. The Bakery at Geist also specializes in cakes and pastries and has a local retail store.

The pork for our tacos came from Gunthorp Farms in LaGrange, Indiana. Gunthorp’s commitment to quality is obvious, “We raise purebred Durocs in virtually the same manner as the past four generations of Gunthorps. Our pigs are raised ‘farrow to finish’ on pasture. No crates or A.I. here, we like to keep things natural and simple!” After arriving in Indianapolis, each pork butt spent 22 hours smoking on our Big Green Egg grills. The pork was rubbed with our house blend rub. The tacos are assembled on Milagro corn tortillas delivered from Chicago, Illinois.

Burton’s Maplewood Farm made the 100% Pure Maple Syrup on our Kegs & Eggs menu possible. Burton’s is an official Indiana Artisan, and the family originally tapped into maple syrup making over 200 years ago. The Burtons are proud of their history, and stay loyal to producing an amazing Southern Indiana product.

It’s hard not to love bacon, but Smoking Goose bacon seems even more lovable than the average pork delicacy. That’s why we give you the option to put it on everything! Smoking Goose is located near downtown Indianapolis on Dorman Street. They opened their new facilities this past Fall as a sister company to Goose the Market. Goose the Market is also located downtown, and provides Indianapolis residents a place to purchase handcrafted meats and cheeses along with other local fine foods. Smoking Goose describes their loyalty to Indiana meats with, “We only cure and smoke the meat from healthy animals raised on independent, Indiana farms by people who care as much about the well-being of the animals and the land as they do their own families.”

One might not guess that the city’s best cookie can be found at a sushi restaurant but H2O Sushi makes that claim! Located in the Broad Ripple neighborhood of Indianapolis, owners Eli and Nicole Anderson have mass produced their famous cookie recipe for the first time ever. They wanted to make the thousands of visitors to Indianapolis aware of this deliciously simple cookie. Although the recipe contains only seven ingredients, we promised to keep it a secret as to not lose its local fame! If you would like to taste the magic of “The Cookie” another time, stop by H2O Sushi.

Also located in Broad Ripple, u-Flavor allows individuals or small businesses to customize their own drinks – we have custom cola, diet cola, and cream soda available in the Local Underground. If you are rehydrating with a bottle of Re:Newal Water you can breathe easy about your impact on the environment. Each bottle is made entirely from plants, and is completely compostable. You can feel better about drinking this premium water, and not worry about creating a bigger problem with where all the bottles go.

Thank you for taking the time to experience a true Indiana event at the Local Underground. We at Chef JJ’s Big Green Bistro are proud to partner with Sun King for such a great event with an awesome focus. Whether you are visiting from another city, or just supporting your favorite local beer, food and music we thank you!

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