Charisa Perkins started serving at Tin Man Brewing Co. a year ago, but when the owners discovered she had a culinary degree, they “pulled me into the kitchen.” A 2009 graduate of Sullivan University in Louisville, Ky., with a culinary degree Perkins, 26, learned everything from knife cutting techniques to calculating food costs, which has helped prepare the Henderson, Ky., native for her position as head chef at Tin Man.
March / April 2014
Does it surprise you that we live in the second-largest wine appellation in the U.S.? Or that the country’s first successful winemaking business was in the Indiana Territory? Wineries, each with a distinctive style, dot our rural landscape. Tasting rooms, like Winzerwald Winery, are opening shop on city streets. Wine destinations — think Healdsburg, Calif. — attract a growing number of visitors. From refining our palates to enjoying wine just for fun, there’s never been a better time to be a wine lover.
When Kristen and Paul Gubbins toured their future home for the first time, the real estate agent apologized profusely. As they walked through the rooms with newspapers in the windows, no electricity or running water in parts of the home, and in a “depressed” neighborhood, the agent told the newly married couple everything could be modernized. But that was always what they didn’t want — Kristen and Paul had found the time capsule they were looking for.
What’s more comfortable than a T-shirt? Not much. And when you add in a little Midwestern style, it becomes the perfect weekend attire. These companies help keep you stylish with a look all their own.
Whether it’s looking for a lost tooth on the ice or aiding a player with a bloody nose, Brian Patafie says it’s all part of the job. After all, Patafie is an athletic therapist/coordinator of injury management for the Evansville IceMen hockey team, which competes in one of the sports best known for physical contact. The 58-year-old is in his third year with the minor league team in the ECHL (formerly known as the East Coast Hockey League).
On May 10, 1814, George Rapp wrote to the Harmonists living in Harmony, Penn., telling them he’d found a suitable place in the Indiana Territory to establish a new town. On that spot along the Wabash River, Rapp set about creating a communal society that eventually became New Harmony. This year, the Indiana town’s residents will celebrate its 200th birthday with the printing of a new book, the construction of a new house, and a 10-day festival in early August called the Capstone Week. There will be other special events through the year.
Thyme in the Kitchen chef April Boeke admits her hatred for measuring cups in front of 13 women at the start of class. When Boeke began her culinary career, she recalls she was a “dump cooker” — someone who throws together leftovers from her fridge, hoping the mixture results in a tasty meal.
Mitch Luman is director of science experiences at the Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science. He has worked at the museum for nearly 30 years. On Feb. 7, the museum opened the Koch Immersive Theater, a $14.1 million replacement for the old planetarium. The upgrade includes a 40-foot dome, a 10,000-watt digital surround sound system, and stadium seating. We talked to Luman recently about the museum’s newest feature and what part of the sky catches his eye.
Home to the first bank in Indiana, the first college, the state’s first Catholic church, the first — well, everything, it seems. Indiana’s first city, Vincennes, has character and charm nurtured by residents who believe in the city’s past and present.
For the last decade, Bob Swallows, founder and owner of all four locations of Bob’s Gym in the Evansville and Newburgh, Ind., area, has wanted to change the way people eat by cooking and offering healthy meals. About a month ago that idea translated into a large commercial kitchen at the West Side gym location on N. Rosenberger Avenue and Perfectly Fresh meals. Convenient, affordable, healthy, and delicious are the four goals of Perfectly Fresh meals.
Signs of Girl Scout cookie addiction: You have a mini refrigerator at work to store your arsenal of Thin Mints or you smuggle a sleeve of Peanut Butter Sandwiches in your purse to work and guard them like a pit bull. We’ve all done it, and now the Girl Scouts of Southwest Indiana are making it a little harder to resist temptation with cookie inspired dinner entrées.
Tom Bippus and Jill Isaac, siblings and third-generation owners of Bippus Frame Shop in Evansville, have yet to be given a framing challenge they couldn’t solve. “Haven’t found it yet,” says Jill, standing in the stucco, terracotta-colored shop on the edge of Evansville’s historic district at 200 Cherry Street. “We do it all.”
This year finds Ukraine in a state of political and civil unrest, though my recent experience with the country comes in an art form representing hope and life. I don’t remember the first time I saw a Ukrainian Easter egg, but the bright colors, intricate patterns, and pure artistry of the craft stuck with me. I finally decided to order a starter kit and challenge myself to create some of my own pysanky.
From chocolate chip to macarons, take your pick of favorite cookie using this roundup of the delicious treats and sweets available around Evansville. Hump Cookies
Life happens in the kitchen. That’s what independent producer Jane Owen is discovering through working with WNIN on a program called “Evansville’s Great Kitchens,” which features kitchens from around the Tri-State, including Evansville, Jasper, Ind., and Henderson and Owensboro, Ky. The program is slated to premiere in June. “Eating is something we need to do everyday,” says Owen. “Our culture has embraced making it more than just a necessity and more of a daily celebration.”
Center of Attention
When Evansville native Terri “Detroit” Hughes was approached about being a part of the major motion picture “The Soloist,” she was told there was no acting involved. She just needed to be herself — living on Los Angeles’ Skid Row, homeless, suffering from an eating disorder, and delusional. As Hughes watched the completed film, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jamie Foxx, which tells the true story of a journalist who befriends a homeless Juilliard-trained musician, it became her reality check.
As I edited this issue, I saw a theme of exploration taking shape. That’s what we aim to do with each issue of Evansville Living and its sister publication, the annual City View — encourage readers to explore their city.
Chew On This
Azzip Pizza (5225 Pearl Drive), 812-421-3572 has opened on Evansville’s West Side. The pizza joint offers all personal-sized pizzas (8-inch or 11-inch) made with one meat and all the vegetable toppings included. Thin and crispy pizza is baked in two minutes and 15 seconds. Nibbles:
Check It Out
Celebrate what Downtown Evansville has to offer with the Pop Up Evansville event along Main Street on Saturday, March 29 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The event, Pop Up Main Street, coincides with the Division II Elite Eight NCAA Basketball Tournament played throughout the week at The Ford Center.
Inspired by the popular TV show “American Idol,” the fourth annual Marian Educational Outreach Tri-State IDOL Gala will take place on Friday, April 25 at the Clarion Inn Conference Center on U.S. Highway 41-N. in Evansville. “The first year we raised approximately $20,000, last year we netted more than $60,000 so we’re definitely looking to exceed those numbers again this year,” says Beverly Williamson, Director at MEO.
Visitors to the 16th Evansville Philharmonic Guild Homes of Note Tour will have the unique opportunity to view one of the newly renovated Lockmaster Cottages overlooking Old Lock and Dam Park and the Ohio River in Newburgh, Ind. The cottage, pictured above, is one of five Newburgh homes included on the tour set for Saturday, April 26, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fourth Street in Downtown Evansville has been an important corridor since the earliest days of the city’s history. For many years, farmers brought their produce to a very crowded stretch of Fourth between Walnut and Main streets. The outdoor farmers market was a staple in the city until health laws and other regulation forced its demise. The market was one reason the street still is wider in that section than after it crosses Main.
After the long and cold winter we have had this year, many of us are anxious to get out of the house and back to playing in our gardens. Especially with the unpredictable winter we’ve had, it is important to be cautious before going to crazy on planting things too early.
This is the first winter in memory that I haven’t been on a golf course at least once a week. In fact, I’ve not wandered onto a course all season. However, I’ve seen guys on Prides Creek Golf Course in Petersburg, Ind., in the snow hitting orange balls at invisible white flags, while kids are sledding down the dam.
All kinds of images come to mind with the word “camp.” For some, it evokes thoughts of marshmallows, campfire songs, or roughing it. But at YMCA Camp Carson, which celebrates its 75th summer June 7, “camp” carries much more significance. Since it first opened in 1940, Camp Carson has offered more than marshmallows and campfires to the lives of the youth who have attended its summer programs. Camp Carson challenges children to expand their horizons with new goals and activities with which they may not have been previously familiar.
Shhh…! As a long-time Colorado resident, I hesitated a bit writing this. An avid skier, I’d never before skied anywhere but my own state. But, as a travel writer, I must divulge the truth. On a recent trip to Park City, Utah I discovered that skiing there is an absolute delight.
University of Evansville freshman Roberto Lorena admits that before he first set foot on a racetrack, he couldn’t see the intrigue of auto racing. “I thought, what’s the point of watching cars go around and around for two hours?” he says. But one day, bored, he stopped by a rental go-kart track near his native city of Sao Paolo, Brazil. As soon as he climbed into a vehicle, he was hooked — although, as he recalls, “I was super scared. I couldn’t get my foot off the brake.”
When St. Mary’s planned its new Epworth Crossing outpatient center, it was designed to heal mind, body, and spirit. Since research has shown that environmental factors like light, color, and artwork can have a significant impact on stress levels, great care was taken to make the patient experience as positive as possible.
Two summers ago, a nervous Art Woodward sat across from Nashville songwriting bigwigs Kerry Kurt Phillips and Jason Matthews at the Sandy Lee Watkins Songwriters Festival in Henderson, Ky., Woodward picked up his guitar and performed an original tune about a favorite vacation spot of his youth, Florida’s Lake Minneola. Phillips and Matthews told him the tune had potential, but Phillips, who has penned hits for country stars Joe Diffie, George Jones, and Tim McGraw, said it needed something … or someone. Matthews added, “You need a girl.”
For gardeners, spring is time to get back outside and plant colorful flowers. But for artist Joanne Scott Massey, the flowers are of a different sort. Massey is an Evansville artist known for the delicate details in her lush floral paintings. Many of her florals are on permanent display at Deaconess Gateway Hospital, Deaconess Hospital, and the Communities of Solarbron. April 5, Massey’s floral exhibit will open at Riverwind Gallery in Newburgh, Ind. There will be a reception from 1-4 p.m.
The story of my Kentucky Derby glass collection isn’t about the great lengths I’ve gone to find each year from 1961 to 2013. It’s about my friends, family, and even old boyfriends who have given me a mint julep cup here and there. My old college roommate keeps a running list in her iPhone of the glasses I have in case she stumbles across one in her daily life, while my mom calls me at every auction or yard sale to double check.
From A to Z, the most important wine terms to know. Acidic: The sour or tart taste of a wine due to very high acid levels. Aeration: Allowing air to permeate a wine to improve its quality. Aftertaste: Flavors that linger in the mouth after the wine has been swallowed. Also known as the “finish”. Aging: Holding wine in a barrel, tank or bottle for a period of time to allow it to mature and develop more flavors and aromas. Also known as “cellaring”.