Book signings, author talks, for "Food for Thought: An Indiana Harvest"

Event Details

Date(s) & Time(s)::

Daily from September 26, 2012 until September 27, 2012


Event Description

September 25, 2012 Updated Sep 25, 2012 at 8:49 AM EDT

More than 80 Hoosiers, including Gus Rodriguez and Yalili Mena from Fort Wayne’s Caliente Cuban Cuisine, and Joseph Decuis owners Pete and Alice Eshelman, are featured in a book called Food for Thought: An Indiana Harvest, commissioned by Indiana Humanities. Featuring first-person narratives and rich photography, the coffee table book captures and shares stories from Hoosiers about the food renaissance taking place across the state. To celebrate the release of the book, several Fort Wayne locations are hosting book signings and discussions with author David Hoppe, photographer Kristin Hess and some of the book interviewees on Sept. 26 and 27.

Food for Thought: An Indiana Harvest features a broad spectrum of Hoosiers statewide, and is a legacy of the two-year award-winning program called Food for Thought, in which Indiana Humanities encouraged Hoosiers to think, read and talk about food and its role in our lives. The book went on sale Aug. 1 and these stops are part of a two-month, statewide tour by Hoppe, Hess and the interviewees. The tour is funded in part by Farm Credit Mid-America.

Tour locations and times:

5 – 9 p.m., Wed., Sept. 26
800 Degrees Three Fires
“Victory Tap Takeover”
Featuring: Hoppe, Hess and Greg Gunthorp (one of the book interviewees; he supplies the restaurant’s pork and chicken)

11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Thurs. Sept. 27
Caliente Cuban Cuisine
Featuring: Hoppe, Hess, Rodriguez and Mena (Read their story, here.)

6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Thurs. Sept. 27
Auer Center for Arts and Culture
Hosted by Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne
Featuring: Hoppe, Hess and Jeff Hawkins (one of the book interviewees; he runs the Hope CSA out of North Manchester)

Food for Thought: An Indiana Harvest retails at $24.95 but will be discounted to $20 at signings, and all proceeds go toward funding humanities programs for the people of Indiana.

“Through our Food for Thought program, we met an amazing group of people involved in Indiana food – from Caliente’s Gus and Yalili to Joseph Decuis’ Pete and Alice Eshelman,” said Keira Amstutz, president and CEO of Indiana Humanities. “We wanted to share their stories about making a living through food, how the creative, entrepreneurial passion drives people to take risks and introduce food-based innovations, and how Hoosiers’ efforts are working to solve food-based challenges across the street and around the globe. These are the stories we will be telling about through our book, and through the book tour.”

Food for Thought: An Indiana Harvest was published by IBJ Publishing and printed by an Indiana company. The book is also available online (

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