New ‘Food Start-Up Boot Camp’ offered to local foodies

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Central Indiana foodies are coming-together to help more Hoosiers start their own local business.

Tuesday marked the first-ever “Food Start-Up Boot Camp” at the Golf Club of Indiana in Lebanon. The event connected local food artisans, producers, chefs and entrepreneurs.

Indiana magazine “Edible Indy” hosted the event after getting a lot of food business start-up questions. Organizers say they hope to help Indiana’s growing food scene and boost the local economy.

“Indiana itself has really started to become a major player in the food scene,” said Edible Indy owner Jennifer Rubenstein.

“We have a lot of great artisans, we have over 90 some breweries, 90 some wineries, we also have all of these wonderful cheesemongers and creameries and all of these wonderful farmers who are bringing to the market all of these great products that are seasonal, fresh, local,” Rubenstein said.

Rubenstein says the “farm to table” movement has also been big for central Indiana since many grocery stores are demanding more local produce, increasing the need for more local artisans.

The demand for Tuesday’s event was high too — it sold out with more than 100 people in attendance. Organizers hope to offer the event year after year.