Real meat has a story. This is one of the founding principles at Goose the Market, where the meat does, in fact, have a tale to tell, albeit a short one without many characters. That’s because Goose works directly with Indiana farmers, who slaughter their all-natural livestock mere hours or days before delivering its meat to the market. As a result, the shop’s customers always know where their meat comes from and how it was raised.
The neighborhood market of bygone eras was always the place to go if you wanted a good sandwich. Goose has picked up that torch with its own roster of sandwiches—Bon Appetit magazine even placed it on its list of Top 10 Sandwich Shops in the country in 2008. The “standout sandwich” then, and now, is the Batali, named after Armandino Batali, a famous salumi maker. This Italian creation features spicy coppa, soppressata, capicola, tomato preserves, and hot giardiniera for an extra kick.
The enoteca—an Italian word for "wine repository"—at Goose resides in the basement. Here, a rotating menu of wines shares space with a wide selection of craft beers. In keeping with the market's passion for all things local, the enoteca houses communal tables for neighbors to meet up over small plates of artisanal cheese or charcuterie.
Though less well known for its barbecue style than its neighboring states, Arkansas-style barbecue offers up a different take on smoking and grilling meat. Rubs, sauces, and slow-cooking techniques rule this meticulous meat-prepping style, and the pit masters at Kinney -n- Lee's BBQ and Catering have mastered it. The restaurant's tender, juicy cuts can be ordered up in a choice of baskets, sandwiches, platters, and buckets. The house specialties are ribs and rib tips, which can be eaten up as part of a hearty meal combo such as the King Kinney bucket, which pairs a colossal 2.5 full racks of ribs with a choice of three homestyle sides. Chefs also cook up and smoke cuts of pulled pork, turkey legs, catfish, and ocean perch, offer take-home packages by the pound so clients can pack delicious picnics without searching for a chef small enough to fit inside a basket. Kinney -n- Lee's BBQ and Catering also provides catering services.
Behind the old-school facade of Side Street's American Grill, the kitchen prepares a host of classics during lunch and dinner. Exposed brick arches stand out in the casual, family-friendly dining room where their work gets delivered. In business for more than 30 years by the Wheaton family, Side Street– renamed in 1998– was a natural evolution for Chef Wheaton, who had owned and operated his own catering company for more than three decades. From the kitchen, he curates a menu comprised of dishes such as blackened catfish, St. Louis–style ribs, and cajun chicken and mac. Flowers at the table are either a nice decorative touch to complement meals or a wondrous new kind of plant that grows spontaneously when near a salt shaker.
When Occasions Divine planted its roots in a trio of historic locales, the event-hosting company made sure to keep most of the buildings' original décor and architecture intact, though they added modern kitchens and other amenities. The staff orchestrates an ever-changing combination of themed dinners, wine and beer pairings, multiple-course meals, performances, and art classes.
Signature events, such as 10-course meals and dinners with magic shows, occur within The Propylaeum, a manicured Victorian clubhouse and historic landmark built in 1890. Guests mingle in meeting rooms, private guest rooms, and a third-floor ballroom while surrounded by period-accurate décor. An intimate house built in 1868 hosts Serenity events, including educational family etiquette dinners, which invite patrons to enter through antique doors, traverse vintage carpeting, and learn the difference between salad forks and back scratchers. A communal table presents light meals and traditional english tea, and reconstructed outdoor gardens let patrons reenact scenes from crime-thriller reboots of Romeo and Juliet. Serendipity 2 events convene at The Propylaeum's original carriage house, which did a stint as a children's museum starting in 1925. Parties ramble through the main floor and balcony under tall ceilings and light from antique windows.
Scrumptious catering services brings the restaurant group's menu to diners' homes for birthday parties, office get-togethers, or family dinners.
Originally constructed in 1890, The Prolylaeum has been fully restored to its original splendor?but appointed with the best of modern convenience, too. The entertainment facility is equipped with meeting rooms, a grand ballroom, and seven guest rooms for staying the night. It's home to a variety of special events, ranging from engaging mystery dinners to a four-course meal that focuses on the many rules and nuances of good manners.
Sister restaurants in Zionsville and Indianapolis, respectively, Serenity and the Signature at the Propylaeum serve helpings of English tea in historically inspired settings. In 1888, May Wright Sewall founded the Propylaeum as a place where women could gather for social and cultural events. Today, the Victorian clubhouse?s historically sensitive renovations and period-inspired decor welcome guests to Signature, a dining venue that serves up English tea and a menu that rivals the setting in elegance. Serenity transports guests back to a similar time period inside a home that was built in 1868. Antiques, aged rugs, and period lighting add to the old-timey verisimilitude, along with outdoor gardens?among which guests are invited to dine?that have been restored to mimic the original flowerbeds.