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  • March 31, 2015 @ 3:40:50 PM — Lindsey SkeenGeneral

    A Message From Indiana Office of Tourism Development

    Indiana: ALL are welcome here

    Indiana has a reputation for Hoosier Hospitality, a reputation earned by your dedication and that of the 140,500 travel, tourism and hospitality professionals committed to ensuring all who visit the state have a positive experience. Political disagreements and debates will never change that.

    Indiana does not discriminate, and any business that did would quickly be out of business. Hoosiers would not support any business that discriminates against members of the LGBT community or any other community for that matter.

    Indiana is a welcoming, caring and considerate place, and its people pride themselves on their reputation for Hoosier Hospitality. Hoosier Hospitality is far more than a slogan here; it is a way of life. There has been concern expressed by business leaders, citizens, politicians and online that Indiana is no longer hospitable or welcoming. That could not be further from the truth. Indiana’s commitment to hospitality is unwavering. I invite anyone who questions it to visit Indiana and experience it themselves.

    ALL people are welcome here.

    I was born in Indiana. I have lived here most of my life. I raise my family here. I know that this state is open and welcoming to all visitors. I know that will never change because of the work you and your colleagues throughout the state do. Legislative debates have happened before and will happen again. Our industry will always represent the best of Indiana. I know we will never be sidetracked from doing what we do best: providing a warm, positive and welcoming experience to all who visit our state.


    Mark Newman

  • March 23, 2015 @ 11:48:45 AM — Lindsey SkeenGeneral

    Indiana Foodways Alliance - Hamilton County Restaurant - Pizzology

    Pizzology 13190 Hazel Dell Parkway Carmel, IN 46033 317-844-2550

    Pizza is probably one of the most common foods in America today. I had the opportunity to sample Pizzology located in Carmel, Indiana. However this pizza was anything but common. As I walked in I first noticed stools in front of the kitchen window for families to watch the dough prepared and tossed in the air by the sous chef!! What a nice added bonus while enjoying a slice of heaven with your kids! The atmosphere is modern bar décor with outside/patio seating in the warmer seasons. Chef Paul Robinson, a longtime employee with owner Neal Brown, met us with a smiling face and excited to share his knowledge and expertise of pizza. He first shared that the new menu was coming out in March, click here for the new menu . For instance, one of the new items featured is the grilled Octopus. I have to say I’m a seafood lover however, Mollusks, are not my cup of tea, per say. But as I encourage most, try something new always, no matter what your initial reaction. Chef Paul brought out the Grilled Octopus which is Spanish Octopus braised with Lemon and Herbs and finished on the grill. It was served with San Marzano Tomato, Capers, Basil, Lemon, and Bagna Caudafresh salsa. The presentation was so perfect. When I sunk my teeth into this piece of Octopus, I was enamored by the blend of spices and ingredients. The Spanish Octopus was the perfect combination of the tenderness yet had the succulent mouthwatering consistency of the finest filet mignon. If you want to try something different for an appetizer that will have your taste buds longing for more, order the Octopus!!! Chef Paul shared that Pizzology using fresh and local ingredients whenever possible. They use local farmer’s produce and meat for their pizza and other options. Chef Paul said that the late winter/early spring is when their staff meets with local farmers to discuss which seeds to plant for their ingredients throughout the year. We decided to leave it up to Chef Paul on the type of pizza he was going to prepare for us. He came out with their most popular on the menu the Homemade Sausage Pizza. The pizza is topped with Housemade Fennel Sausage, sweet and mildly spicy Peppadew Peppers, fresh Mozzarella, crunchy Fennel and Onion. The crust was crisp yet doughy on the inside and the sausage was the perfect blend of spices with the extra kick of fennel! The crunch of the shaved fennel and onion topped to perfection! If you want a restaurant that uses local ingredients, has unique starters and blends of toppings on their menu, I highly recommend Pizzology. You will be craving it afterwards, trust me, I did. I cannot wait until they bring their pepperoni and pistachio pizza back to the menu, I HAVE to try that creation from Chef Paul.