Chef Joseph Visits Smoking Goose for a Look at a New Local Source for Heritage Meats

by Kellie Welborn

When walking into the beautiful, sparklingly new Smoking Goose, located at 407 N. Dorman Street on the Near East Side of Indianapolis, we were greeted by our restaurant contact, Andy Cochran, just back from a sales trip to Chicago.

Chef Joseph visits Smoking Goose

Chef Joseph visits Smoking Goose

The space, a labor of love for owner Chris Eley, “made you feel like you were in Chicago or somewhere on the east coast where you can actually still find small smoke houses,” said Chef Joseph Heidenreich. “It took me back to my childhood visits to my grandparents’ farm in Greencastle.”

Andy gives Chef Joseph a Tour of the Smoking Goose.

Andy gives Chef Joseph a Tour of the Smoking Goose.

Donning hairnets and long, white butcher coats, we headed through the soapy disinfectant area into a long room from which the smokers and a number of other meat preparation rooms are accessed.  Behind each door, we found beautiful meats at different stages of the preparation process, meeting friendly butchers, smoker stokers, sausage makers and meat packers along the way.  It was amazing to see this team in action.

Smoking Goose Meat Masters Hard at Work.

Smoking Goose "Meat Masters" hard at work.

Chef beamed like a kid in a candy store when hearing about a few of the products that he could get his hands on through Smoking Goose instead of having to ship them in from Chicago or across the globe.  “It seems like they’re having an awful lot of fun dry curing and smoking these meats,” said Heidenriech. “Getting to know them and their products was fantastic. I’m excited about the opportunity to be more creative with my dishes at the restaurant incorporating things like lomo and duck prosciutto and knowing that they’re willing to provide us with exactly what we need.”

Local Smoking Goose Meats

Local Smoking Goose Meats

We left with an armful of samples that Chef excitedly added to a gorgeous meat tray for our guests to enjoy at Chef Joseph’s special bourbon-tasting event that evening.  The bourbons, including Blanton’s, Buffalo Trace, Maker’s Mark 46 and Woodford Reserve, and the Smoking Goose meats received a big thumbs-up!

Bourbon Tasting at Chef Joseph's

Bourbon Tasting at Chef Joseph's

Currently, you can find several Smoking Goose products on the menu at Chef Joseph’s, including their delicious lamb brats and thick-cut, apple wood-smoked bacon.  Chef’s menu changes every few weeks to keep things fresh and exciting for our guests as well as the guys in the kitchen.  Once you taste one of these special dishes, you’ll want to come back and see what fabulous, new plates he’s preparing that incorporate this amazing, local product.

Happy dining!

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Beer Here! Pre-Game Local Brew Tasting at Chef Joseph’s on January 24, 2012

Well, doing beer and pub food was a kick, tonight!  20 people made the bar feel full, but not over-crowded. Grant Curlow from World Class Beverages and Cari from Upland mixed and mingled with the group, giving them beer facts to mull over as they sipped and ate.

Local Beer Tasting at Chef Joseph's

Local Brews Enjoyed at Chef Joseph's.

The Flat 12 Glazed Ham Porter went great with the Schnitzel Sliders and the chocolate truffles.  Talk about having your cake and eating it too!

The pretzels with the red pepper jelly, jalapeno cheese dip, honey mustard and spicy mustard, along with the seafood cakes, went down easy with Gumballhead’s complexity.  With its hoppy aroma and notes of grapefruit, lemon zest and peach, it was a great palate cleanser.

Local Beer Tasting at Chef Joseph's

Guests sip local beers which Grant gives a little background on the brews.

We made some beer battered white cheddar nuggets that went well with the Barley Island IPA.  It was a great, well-balanced beer with mad body and a strong backbone.  Helped cleanse the palate with cheer.  Who needs sauce?  I’ll just have another nugget!

Upland’s Dragonfly is killer.  Just remember to drink this in moderation with its 9.1% alcohol content.  Have a sip and savor!  This IPA cranked up on malt and hops went well with the corndog-battered veal brats from Smoking Goose and some jalapeno mustard.

Triton Sin Bin Pale Ale is one of Indy’s newest dogs in town.  You have to go to them for this one, as they don’t sell it outside of their storefront.  Great pale ale.  Sophisticated and complex.  Was a great match for the corndog brats and cheese nuggets.  Now if you could only take food into their brew tasting room.

Local Beer Tasting at Chef Joseph's

Guests at Chef Joseph's Local Beer Tasting.

I had a great time.  Got to know a few folks a bit better who came in to relax a bit before heading to the Pacer’s game.  I definitely see more local beer tastings in our future, here.  Hope you’re able to join us for a little education and a lot of good food and drink!

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New Years at Chef Joseph’s at The Connoisseur Room

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A few pictures from New Years at Chef Joseph’s at The Connoisseur Room

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What are you doing New Year’s, New Year’s Eve?

That was the question asked immediately after we opened Chef Joseph’s at The Connoisseur Room in late November.  Having been through far too many New Year’s celebrations to mention, I know the significance of that question.  One of my dearest friends Lisa and I met at a New Year’s party.   There is significance in whom you spend it with.

Happy New Year

Friends and family gather together to celebrate the New Year.

When my neighbor, Jeanne Chandler asked me to plan her New Year’s party a few years ago, I was honored.  I knew that it needed to be fun and meaningful.   I studied up on New Year’s traditions around the world and developed a menu of “lucky” foods for her.  It included doughnuts from the Netherlands representing the circular flow of the seasons, a whole fish to embody the Chinese symbol of prosperity, orange slice candies for luck, and golden chocolate coins for wealth.

This year, when planning Chef Joseph’s New Year’s celebration, the prosperity and abundance we sought was the company of friends.  So, we decided to create our own traditions.  By taking our guests’ favorite dishes from our 2011 Wine Pairing Dinners, we created a menu wonderfully representative of our “World Fusion” cuisine.  We featured wines from the U.S., Argentina and Italy and foods from Japan, Mexico and France.  The pairing was topped with a dessert of Fresh Marinated Berries in a Chocolate Cup with Marshmallow & Key Lime Whipped Cream.  Our bountiful meal completed, we began our new New Year’s tradition of Cabaret with wonderful, live music from Nancy Moore and Sean Baker.  With our friends and family, we sang and danced the night away, until we joined in the countdown and toasted in 2012, with some fantastic bubbly, slipping into a rousing rendition of “Auld Lang Syne.”

Toasting in the New Year

Toasting in the New Year

Now, we are excited about the new year.  We are very much looking forward to a year filled with great food and wine, family, old and new friends, and the many opportunities we’ll have to meet and get to know all of those who walk through our doors.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to our friends, old and new!

We are excited to be in the heart of downtown Indianapolis, the city we love, where we can serve our vibrant business and residential communities and provide a unique place to entertain clients, escape from the office hub-bub or just relax with family and friends.   We believe in the power and importance of relationships.

Guests relax at a special spirit tasting evening at Chef Joseph's.

Guests relax at a special spirit tasting evening at Chef Joseph's.

We are also very excited to continue our support of the arts in Indianapolis!  From the Indianapolis Philharmonic Orchestra, which was formed within the walls of Chef Joseph’s 72 years ago, to Indy’s fabulous theatres and cabaret performers, the arts are an essential and important element of our city’s unique charm and appeal.  We hope to become an important meeting place for the arts community in Indianapolis.

Sean Baker "The Music Maker" on the Baby Grand.

Sean Baker "The Music Maker" on the Baby Grand.

We are proud that our city is front-and-center to the world as host to the 2012 Super Bowl.  It is quite an impressive way to start off the year!  Working with the city to feed and impress the mass of visitors, Chef Joseph’s has decided to extend our hours, serving both lunch and dinner from January 27 – February 5.  We will begin lunch service at 10 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. and start dinner service at 5 p.m.  We hope that during Super Bowl or whenever you’re downtown enjoying your city, you’ll plan to share a meal with us.

A happy and prosperous New Year to you all!  It promises to be an incredible year for Indianapolis.  I hope to meet you and get to know you at Chef Joseph’s at The Connoisseur Room throughout 2012!  Opa, Salute, Cin Cin and Cheers to you!

Sincerely,

John Mays, co-owner of Chef Joseph’s at The Connoisseur Room

Chef Heidenreich with one of his favorite Indianapolis couples!

Chef Heidenreich toasts to the New Year with one of his favorite Indianapolis couples!

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