Kokomo Culinary Corner: “Best Thing You Ever Ate”

Happy New Year!  To start out this new year, Culinary Corner wants to do something a little bit different.  We want to know the “Best Thing You Ever Ate.”  We would love if you would participate and even forward this on to anyone else who might be interested.

This column is all about Kokomo!  We want to know the “Best Thing You Ever Ate” in several different categories.  You don’t have to give answers in every category, only in those that you have a favorite. 

The categories are: Pizza, Dessert, Breakfast, BBQ, Wings, Salads, and Cocktails.

All comments must be about a restaurant, bar, or eatery located in HOWARD COUNTY.

Culinary Corner will be published on the blog every other month.  There will be ONE category per issue.  We will use the categories that have the most responses, and all responses from each category used will be included. 

Please respond with your favorites along with a description of the item, where you can get it, and how you feel when you eat (or drink) it!  Please submit your responses by February 28, 2011.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me at kmorgan@visitkokomo.org or 765-457-6802.

Dining Out in Kokomo

I was recently talking with someone about all the dining options in Kokomo and thought I would post our Dining Guide link on the blog.  There is definitely no shortage of options!  Pizza, American cuisine, Mexican, BBQ, Chinese, seafood, Italian, old-fashioned ice cream sodas & malts, Thai, Indiana favorites such as hand-breaded tenderloins, cajun & creole, Japanese, and even Irish fare are just some of the selections offered at the great restaurants in Kokomo. 

From local family-owned eateries to national chains to unique and off-the-beaten path, the choices are plentiful to accommodate small families to large tour groups!  Check out our online Dining Guide or call the Kokomo Visitors Bureau at 800-837-0971 for more information on dining out options in the Kokomo area!

Visit the 2011 Chocolate Celebration For a Sweet Time!

One of my all-time favorite annual events in Kokomo is just around the corner, and my sweet tooth is ready!  J. Edwards Fine Chocolates will present the 9th Annual Chocolate Celebration on Thursday, February 3, 2011 at the Kokomo Mall.  Local restaurants, caterers, bakeries, and chocolate connoisseurs will offer their special (and delicious!) chocolate creations from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  My advice is come early for best selection!

Chocolate-dipped strawberries offered at 2010 event

Red Velvet Kisses offered at 2010 event (red velvet cake covered in chocolate - one of my favorite selections from last year!)

Chocolate lovers will be in paradise with the large variety of sweet desserts available, including brownies, cheesecake, flavored coffee, cookies, hot chocolate, cake, crème brulee, cupcakes, pastries, truffles, chocolate-dipped fruit, fudge, and many other tempting chocolate treats.  I am, of course, a HUGE chocolate fan and look forward to what will be offered at the event each year.  There is definitely something for everyone, including Valentine’s Day gift items you can purchase for your sweetheart or family members if you don’t enjoy chocolate yourself.  Visit their website for a list of items that will be offered this year.

J. Edwards Fine Chocolates' 2010 booth featured desserts & beautiful gift items

Half Moon Restaurant & Brewery served their decadent Chocolate Porter Cake in 2010

This is one day of the year that I completely enjoy devouring chocolate desserts for lunch.  However, if you wish to eat first, several vendors will offer lunch items, and Grace United Methodist Church will sell soup and sloppy joe sandwiches in the Kokomo Mall.   

Admission to the Chocolate Celebration is free.  Tickets are 2 for $5 and can be redeemed for one chocolate treat of your choice.  Tickets are available at the event or in advance at J. Edwards Fine Chocolates and Samaritan Caregivers.  Plan now to satisfy your sweet tooth at this great annual event!  For more information or to see more photos from last year’s event, visit their website.