March / April 2017

Evansville Living

Coffee Culture

Cup of Joe, brew, brain juice, java, morning jolt, high octane. A cup of coffee by any other name would smell as strong. It fuels the Earth and gives us the energy to make it through our days. According to

Some Like it Hot

For most homebuyers, the kitchen is the heart of the home. A nexus of activity including family time together and cooking, the kitchen is where food is prepared and shared with loved ones and friends. Anthropologists know food sharing is

Restaurants of Yesteryear

Evansville, Indiana, is a city that likes to dine out. We also like to reminisce about our favorite long-closed eateries. Get your taste buds ready to dine down memory lane. The Brown Derby opened in 1932 with 21 guest cottages

Soaring to New Heights

Lauren Norvell releases a red-shouldered hawk into the air and just as it flies a beeline overhead, she reels it in with the leash. The hawk came to Talon Trust, on the West Side of Evansville, five weeks prior with a broken humerus

Shaping Up to Ship Out

Indiana may not have oceanic waters, but it soon will be put to sea. The USS Indiana SSN 789 is being built at Huntington Ingalls Industries-Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Virginia. The christening of the attack submarine is planned

Wayward Walkers

When it is time to run to the grocery store, the post office, or on any other errand, hardly anyone in Evansville actually runs. We like to talk the talk, but we rarely walk the walk. In 2012, the Healthy

Girl On A Mission

Jaimie Sheth’s inspiration for mission work began 10 years ago in India on a trip to visit the school where her grandmother taught. Two years later, she went to Vietnam where she met people who were building playgrounds, which inspired

Thymely Adventure

The smell of good, home-cooked food wafts through the air the moment the door opens at Thyme in the Kitchen. Nestled along West Franklin Street, the shop owned by Marcia Jochem offers a mix of out-of-the-ordinary kitchen gadgets, top-brand cookware

Golden Brown

 “A devilishly handsome raconteur who enjoys telling tales about food and its preparation,” Alton Brown quickly spouts when asked if he can describe himself in one sentence. The fact is, the guy is modest. In direct opposition to kitchen “unitaskers”

Pure Imagination

Fictional candy maker Willy Wonka famously said the only way to make chocolate just right is churning it by waterfall. Evansville’s own chocolatier Stephen Libs Finer Chocolates may not boast a waterfall and oompa loompas, but the family-owned company certainly

Dram Good

Small-batch craft distilleries and drinks with strong flavors are all the rage these days. Traditional American whiskies, especially rye, are enjoying a new golden age and Dusty Barn Distillery, located just a few miles west of Evansville, is at the forefront of these popular

Holy Guacamole

Tableside creations can transform a dining experience. From the flourish of hibachis and flambéed desserts to traditional Caesar salads and cocktails, tableside service brings a little entertainment to premium dishes. Los Bravos offers a popular southwest tableside service with its

Editor's Letter

The Winter That Wasn’t

Let’s talk about the weather. Since weather will forever be the faithful fallback conversation topic in any banter between Southern Indiana residents — an accurate stereotype — let’s talk about it first. As this issue was in the final production

Chew On This

Chew on This

Nellie’s Restaurant, 8566 Ruffian Lane, Newburgh, IN, is now open Sunday through Saturday offering a breakfast and lunch menu with choices such as omelets, pancakes, waffles, sandwiches, burgers, and salads. Sakura, 4833 Highway 261, Newburgh, IN, is now open for

Check It Out

The Big Three-Oh

Still turning heads on the runway after 30 years, the annual Vanderburgh Medical Alliance Style Show will bring its glitz and glam to the new DoubleTree by Hilton in Downtown Evansville on April 7. Each year, the VMA puts on

Dreams Coming to Life

Put on your glass slippers, crystal tiaras, and billowing gowns—it is time for the Magical Fairy Tale Ball once again. Cold Stone Creamery hosts the fifth annual fundraiser April 15 at the Evansville Country Club in support of Ark Crisis

Encyclopedia Evansvillia

The Ocean at Evansville

On Aug. 11, 1937, the Evansville Journal announced the Salt Pool had suddenly closed. Located on Buchanan Road at the base of Mount Auburn, near Pigeon Creek, the Salt Pool had been a fixture in Evansville for 45 years. Around 1886, an oil well

Digging In

A Royal Attraction

Summer is fast approaching and, as we dip our toes in the green grass and soak in the sun’s rays, we may notice an absence from our backyards and gardens this year. Over the past 22 years, the population of


Informants of Faith

 A rabbi, a reverend, and a Muslim walk into a Jewish temple. For Rabbi Gary Mazo of Temple Adath B’nai Israel, Reverend Kevin Fleming of First Presbyterian Church, and Dr. Mohammad Hussain of the Islamic Society of Evansville, this was

Back to the Basics

I had visited Fredericksburg, Texas, before and vowed to return. The town of 10,829 just north of San Antonio and Austin has more than 400 B&Bs, guest houses, and inns; two dozen wineries; 80 restaurants; an airport for private aircraft, with an onsite hotel (I


Artist in Residence

Tony Treadway keeps an old theory on clay in his mind as he works — hand-thrown pottery pieces should be affordable to everyone. “I’ve always taken that to heart,” says the New Harmony, Indiana, resident. Treadway started throwing clay in

Farewell Act

Inside the Evansville African American Museum sits a unique display honoring the life and work of an Evansville native who had a successful career in Hollywood. Ron Glass, who graduated from the University of Evansville, passed away Nov. 26, 2016, in Los Angeles at the age of 71.  An exhibit created in 2007 to illuminate


Expressive Transformation

Paige Talbert of Newburgh, Indiana, was very young when her mother Jenna, a physical therapist, and father Marco, an engineer at Vectren, suspected something was amiss.  Just an infant, Paige was inconsolable at times. At six months, doctors fitted little Paige

Anatomy of a Dish


Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard all the talk about Downtown Evansville’s newest restaurant scene — BRU Burger Bar in the former Greyhound bus station. This house of burger connoisseurs stack up more than a dozen signature

Online Exclusives

Link Up

To show how stories in the March/April issue of Evansville Living fit into the broader world, this edition of Link Up brings the Internet to you. Food Network darling Alton Brown hits the stage at the Old National Events Plaza