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February 1, 2012

For more information, contact Isabella Chism, 317-692-7803

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Food event to benefit food bank, Ronald McDonald House 

Two Indianapolis celebrities, two chefs and two farmers will work in teams to create a great new dish during Zest ‘n Zing: A Foodie Event for the At-Home Chef at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick History Center in downtown Indianapolis on Feb. 22.

“We know that consumers have a lot of questions about farms and farming,” said Isabella Chism, 2nd vice president of Indiana Farm Bureau, one of the event’s sponsors. “Zest ‘n Zing will give them a fun atmosphere to meet farmers and ask the burning questions about what goes into getting food from the field to their plates while seeing some of that food turned into a tasty meal.”

The main event – a cooking competition – will feature two teams consisting of a chef, a local celebrity and a member of the Real Farmwives of America using the same ingredients to create two different dishes that people can recreate easily at home with common ingredients. Teams are Dave Smiley from WZPL’s Smiley Morning Show, Chef Jason Anderson from Dunaway’s and Real Farmwife of America Heather Hill from Hill Farms near Greenfield versus Indiana’s weatherman Paul Poteet, Chef Chip Huckaby from Barto’s Catering and Real Farmwife of America Liz Kelsay from Kelsay Farms in Whiteland.

Prior to the cooking competition, attendees will have a chance to visit with Indiana food companies, including Smith Dairy, N.K. Hurst and Clabber Girl, and Indiana farmers while enjoying food and Indiana wines and beers.

A panel of judges including Jennie Runevitch from WTHR and Jacob Tamme from the Indianapolis Colts will taste the two dishes and determine a winner.

Ticket sales will run through www.infarmbureau.org under the “Events” tab. Ticket cost is $20. Proceeds from the event will benefit Ronald McDonald House and Gleaners Food Bank.

The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Centeris located at 450 West Ohio St., Indianapolis. Doors open at 5 p.m.; the main event begins at 7 p.m.
Parking is free but limited at the history center.

Zest ‘n Zing is sponsored by Indiana Farm Bureau, the American Farm Bureau Federation, Syngenta and Farm Credit Services.