Carlos Jawabrah is passionate about cooking — a love that benefits him greatly at his restaurant Little Italy, located at 4430 N. First Ave. “I love food so much,” he says with a smile. “I’m always cooking, always creating. I put my heart in it; I believe in it.” Started in 2013, Little Italy showcases more than just Italian dishes — selections also span through Mediterranean dishes. Jawabrah prides himself on making sauces, bread, dressings, and more in-house.
January / February 2018
Take a bite out of Evansville! From juicy burgers and delectable pies to local artisans and shops, we present this year’s Best of the City, selected by the readers and editors of Evansville Living.
Simply put, the Nissan GT-R sports car is a beast. It may not turn as many heads as a Chevy Corvette or Dodge Challenger with its looks, says Kale Viehe, owner of InterPro Barbers in Downtown Evansville, but the performance of the GT-R speaks for itself. “I’m a techie guy, so I love the technology that goes behind the GT-R,” he says. “People always are putting this car on the chopping block because of the technology behind it. Honestly, if they’ve never had the chance to open it up, they won’t realize it really does have a soul.”
Around here talk of Columbus most often refers to Columbus, Indiana, known for its modern architecture, the 2017 movie “Columbus,” and as the headquarters of Cummins, Inc. But the 14th largest city in the nation, Columbus, Ohio (Indianapolis is the 15th largest; Louisville is the 29th largest, for comparison), is an easy, less-than-five-hour drive from Evansville and offers a diverse change of scenery.
On the night of April 4, 1968, Robert F. Kennedy arrived in Indianapolis for a scheduled presidential primary campaign rally. But as he reached the largely black crowd gathered at 17th and Broadway, he disregarded his speechwriter’s notes.
Three motorized dollies straddled the centerline of Newburgh’s Water Street one cloudy December morning. On top of the dolly rig was a series of metal beams, and on top of them was the Little Red Brick House. People poured out of their homes, and Newburgh Elementary fourth graders made the trip to see the small spectacle roll. Crews from Vectren, WOW, Spectrum, AT&T, and the Newburgh Street and Police departments coordinated to ensure a safe move for the nearly 150-year-old building.
If you’re looking to do a little treasure hunting in Evansville, one of the top spots is Goldman’s Pawn Shop, 107 S.E. Fourth St. The selections at the 120-year-old store range from fine jewelry, musical instruments, collector’s pieces, and more. Among its more interesting items are a fine antique lorgnette circa 1890 (a pair of glasses which are held in front of a person’s face); a bubble-back style Rolex made between 1952 and 1961; and a 1940s vintage hollow-back Gibson ES250 guitar.
It all started with soap, says Cary Gray. While visiting Nashville, Tennessee, she and her husband Michael — who own Rare Bird Uncommon Gifts and Gray Photography — were browsing an arts market when they came across a woman selling handmade soap wrapped in sheet music. “We were so taken with her and her product that we said, ‘Hey, let’s just put a bowl of this up at the counter in the studio,” says Cary. “Then it just grew from there.”
There is no denying traveling has its pros — exploring unknown places, tasting exotic foods, learning a foreign culture and language. For a lot of adventurers, though, traveling also comes with its cons — being away from the comforts of home. Airbnb, founded in August 2008, has fought this by connecting travelers to local hosts in more than 191 countries and 65,000 cities throughout the world. In 2017, Indiana hosts welcomed 175,000 Airbnb guests and earned a combined $20.7 million.
If you’re anything like me, preparing dinner after a long day at work can be intimidating. It takes planning and you have to have the right ingredients. It also takes time; even with the right ingredients, being able to plan ahead enough to commit to a new recipe can be stressful. Enter the electric pressure cooker. Soups in 30 minutes. Bread in less than an hour. Pasta complete with sauce from scratch in 45 minutes and all in one pot. This appliance has completely changed the landscape of “30-minute meals.”
It’s a partnership that likely will set some tails wagging in excitement. In December, Carson’s Brewery and It Takes a Village No-Kill Rescue launched a specialty brew to help raise funds for the shelter and support local businesses and restaurants. “We had the idea to look for some strategic partners in the community,” says Carson’s sales representative Matt Easterling. “In our mind, we thought it would be with a retailer. Then Brian Buxton from ITV reached out to us, and his idea fit the mold we were looking for.”
While most people looked at the former home of the Farmer’s Daughter at Third and Main streets and only saw a dilapidated, old building, Joshua and Kali Tudela saw a thrilling opportunity. “When my wife and I saw this building, we thought it had so much potential,” says Joshua. “Even though it looked rough when we bought it, we saw the potential.”
Robert Hartman fought in the German Rhine Valley during World War II, published a children’s book, and invented the crushed ice dispenser during his long career at Whirlpool, but one of his proudest accomplishments during his 92 years is a series of drawings of Evansville landmarks. A long-standing West Sider, Hartman attended F.J. Reitz High School where he took two different art classes. “I was kind of a teacher’s pet,” he says. “This lady let two of us go off campus. We went to the Mead Johnson terminal and sketched the boats.”
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Olivia Taylor took her first dance class when she was 2 years old. The 12 year old has been dancing ever since. “I started out taking one hour of dance per week, and then just kept adding more and more,” says the Castle North Middle School seventh grader. “I have not stopped dancing since, and now I train six to seven days per week.”
Welcome to the New Year! Whether you view 2017 as a stellar year, or if from your vantage point it is a year best seen in the rear view mirror, most of us hope for a better next year. At this magazine, we begin each year not only with the hope of better, but with the Best of Evansville — the results of the readers’ poll conducted in the fall, along with a few editors’ picks sprinkled in.
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Hacienda, 600 E. Boonville New Harmony Road, opened its fourth Evansville location, joining the other Mexican restaurants on South Green River, First Avenue, and Pearl Drive. The Rooftop, 112 N.W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., has opened with full bar service and breakfast, lunch, and dinner options like waffles, sandwiches, and pizza. High Score Saloon, 323 Main St., Ste. F, now is open. The “barcade” serves craft beer, hotdogs, popcorn, pizza, and soft pretzels along with arcade games and pinball.
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Christian Picciolini, an award-winning television producer, public speaker, author, peace advocate, and a reformed violent extremist will give a free talk about his life and transformation from a white nationalist and skinhead. His appearance is presented by One God One Community.
Tri-State’s best performers will gather together at 7 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Old National Events Plaza to wow an audience with comedy, music, and dance. Hosted again by 14News Chief Meteorologist Jeff Lyons, alongside Marc Scott, The ARC of Evansville’s The Really Big Show is in its 16th year and better than ever. This year’s show will feature performers like the Honey Roy Band, The Arc of Evansville’s Really Little Dancers, Gina Moore with Eclipse, and Hoops of a Feather.
Looking for a sugary maple syrup fix? The Maple Sugarbush Festival and Pancake Breakfast at Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve provides a remedy. During this annual event March 3 and 4, now in its 40th year, guests are invited to dine on a hearty breakfast of sausage, all-you-can-eat pancakes with pure maple syrup, and juice, milk, and coffee. After finishing your meal, take a guided trek through the woods to see how sap is harvested from the sugar maples each year. Once the sap is gathered, visit the sugar shack to see how it is boiled down into pure maple syrup.
January 7, 2018, marked the 200th anniversary of the formation of Vanderburgh County. The creation of the county was the result of Warrick County being too large to be governed effectively and the need for area politicians to maintain their respective power bases. At the December 11, 1817, meeting of the Indiana General Assembly in Corydon, “Mr. Boon presented the petition of Moses Wood, and others, praying for the formation of a new county, out of the counties of Posey, Warrick, and Gibson.”
With each passing year, we mourn and celebrate the lives lost of members of the community who made a difference in their places of work, to civic organizations, and to their families and others. We pored through death records and obituaries to find notable men and women who helped shape the Tri-State through their contributions.
Art always has been Sara Rappee’s passion, whether molding a lump of clay or working with metal. But jewelry making wasn’t exactly in her career plans. “I decided art was my passion and what I was good at, so even if I was going to be a starving artist, I would make my way through,” says the Evansville native. “But it wasn’t until after I graduated, way after I graduated, that I actually found the path I’m on now.”
Throughout the existence of the University of Southern Indiana, many friends and donors to the school have left their mark on the campus. None of them, however, shine quite like Trudy Mitchell’s. Her sparkling collection of crystal pieces was a gift bestowed to USI in April. Mitchell was a longtime advocate and friend of the university (along with her husband Bill) who passed away on May 17. More than 20 pieces were given as part of the collection, many of which were purchased throughout Europe and Germany.
We spied with our little eyes lots of e’s around Evansville. And we hope you did, too. For this year’s cover of Social Datebook, we gathered snapshots of the letter e from distinctive places around the city to create an “I Spy” scavenger hunt in support of the e is for everyone campaign. Think you figured out where each e is hidden? Or is there an e that has you stumped? Check out the key below to discover the location of all 21 letters. Seen an interesting e of your own? Snap a photo and tag us on social media!
To show how stories in the January/February 2018 issue of Evansville Living fit into the broader world, this edition of Link Up brings the Internet to you.
For our January/February issue, chef Eli Haddix cooked up a delicious tomato soup in an instant pot to help chase away the winter chill. But no tomato soup is worth its bowl without a warm grilled cheese sandwich to go with it. For his soup, Haddix used his instant pot again to bake up this tasty soda bread for a melty grilled cheese.