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Search is on for Indiana’s Hottest Kitchen Entrepreneur

Do you have a recipe that your friends just rave about? How about entering it into “The Hottest Kitchen Entrepreneur Challenge”?! Chef Jeffrey Alan Bricker, Ivy Tech Hospitality Department Chair, explains how you can enter and what judges are looking for.

Here are a few tips:

– We are looking for innovative food or beverage concepts – could be a bakery item, a new craft beer, or maybe even a new BBQ sauce.

– We will have 2 contest categories 1) start-up for completely new concepts 2) Early Stage -for food entrepreneurs who have been in business for a 5 years or less but need some extra help.

– Finalists will compete in a fun judging event at Ivy Tech and could win seed money and other great prizes.

Today on Indy Style, Chef Bricker makes us his own Spinach Artichoke Dip recipe and pita chips, along with a simple salmon entree using his Sunny Honey Balsamic vinaigrette as a marinade.

Here is a recipe from last year’s challenge winner, the Indiana Pickle Company:


egg roll wrappers

pickle spears

thin sliced ham

cream cheese

Heat oil in a shallow pan

Layer an egg roll wrap diagonally with slice of meat, cream cheese and a pickle spear. Roll as you would an egg roll (from the diagonal, tucking in the sides as you roll.) Lay in pan, seam down then turning till cooked golden brown.

To learn more,

Twitter- @hottestkitchen

Facebook –

Instagram: hottestkitchen


Shoe art by Kokomo native stolen from northern Indiana museum

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WISH) — A shoe by an Indiana native was stolen Saturday from a northern Indiana art museum.

South Bend Museum of Art is seeking help to find the thief of a shoe from the piece titled “Welcome Knives,” part of an exhibit by Kokomo native Chris Francis that’s traveled to other U.S. museums. His work has been described as wearable architecture.

The shoe disappeared between 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday while the museum was open. The museum staff and city police are reviewing surveillance video from the Century Center to gain a lead. South Bend’s show called “Chris Francis: Modern Bespoke 21st Century Shoe Art” is in the downtown Century Center through April 5.

Francis, who grew up in Kokomo and now lives in Los Angeles, said in a statement that he was “saddened to be informed that someone has chosen to steal the piece ‘Welcome Knives’ from the exhibition. The shoes exhibited are all documented and catalogued works of art that have shown in many museums. Every shoe in the exhibition is one of a kind, with no others in existence making them very different than shoes we find in stores.”

Francis has created shoes for runway shows and for celebrities, including Lady Gaga and the members of Kiss and The Sex Pistols.

His work was displayed late last year on the Purdue University campus.

Anyone with information was asked to call the South Bend Police Department at (574) 235.9201 or contact the South Bend Museum of Art via email at, or through the museum’s social media accounts: Facebook, @SouthBendMuseumofArt; Twitter, @southbendart; Instagram, @southbendart.