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!
The Harrison Center for the Arts is celebrating the Super Bowl in its own way on Friday, February 3 from 6 to 9 p.m. The show will include “A Fast Thing Slow” by Phillip Lynam in the Harrison Gallery, “From a Car Window: 21 Years Painting the City” by Marc Jacobson in the City Gallery, and “Every Moment is an Epitaph” by Bobby Gilbreath in Gallery No. 2. Bicycle Polo will return to the Gymnasium floor while Shannon Hinkle’s installation “Super Ball” hangs from the ceiling. The work hangs through February 24.
Sun King products will be available for purchase inside the Harrison Center by adults of legal drinking and a portion of the proceeds will go to support the Harrison Center for the Arts.
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When it’s cold and the center of the city is crowded, Super Bowl visitors will find relief and open restaurant seats with the help of free Super Celebration Site circulator shuttles.
With fewer than 30,000 bar and restaurant seats in the center of Indy and more than 100,000 visitors expected during Super Bowl weekend, the Host Committee determined that visitors needed an easy way to spread out across Indianapolis in search of places to eat and drink and things to see and do. The solution is to run free circulator shuttles from the Indiana Government Center with stops every 15 to 30 minutes (depending on the time of day and density of traffic) with stops at Indianapolis City Market, Fletcher Place, Fountain Square and Mass Ave. with stops on College Ave. north and south of Washington St.
Five 25-passenger mini buses will run in staggered shifts between 11 a.m. and 2 a.m. daily from Thursday, Feb. 2 through Saturday, Feb. 4.
The buses are a collaboration between the Super Bowl Host Committee, Indianapolis City Market, Mass Ave Merchants Association, and Fountain Square Merchants Association with support from Sun King Brewing Co., Monarch Beverage, Sysco, Republic National Distribution Company, Rose-Hulman, The Rathskeller, Bazbeaux Pizza, MacNiven’s, Mass Ave Pub, Hoosier Momma Bloody Mary Maker and dozens of merchants and business owners along the circulator route.
All eyes will be on American football this weekend but the Service Center, Big Car’s multi-purpose space on the fringes of Lafayette Square Mall, is throwing a party for the rest of the world.
The World Party is a three-day celebration of music, dancing, food and drink highlighting the cultures of Central and South America (Thurs., Feb. 2), Africa (Fri., Feb. 3), and Asia (Sat., Feb. 4). The parties are 21 and up and each start at 8 p.m. Cover is $8 but if you bring a receipt from any restaurant in the Lafayette Square area you’ll get in for $5.
Families and people of all ages can visit Service Center between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Feb. 1-4 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Super Bowl Sunday. The facility serves as a welcome center for the Lafayette Square/International Marketplace neighborhood and features a Super Car painted to represent one of the teams in the NFL. A variety of free special events, games and activities will happen during the daytime hours.
Sun King is proud to support Big Car and the Service Center for Culture & Community.