Luck food event
is a popular spring festival
Family Winery has cultivated
a following for its Hot Luck & Fiery Foods
(April 2012) Hanging out with the chili-heads,
getting new recipes and stocking up on supplies thats
what its all about, says Jennifer Lake.
Better known as Tiki Jenni, Lake is one of the featured
vendors at one of the hottest events in Madison, Ind. Each
year she joins vendors from throughout the region to turn Thomas Family
Winery into the Hot Luck and Fiery Foods Marketplace.
by Brandi Worrell
and Elizabeth Thomas
opened their winery in 1995 in
a building that once housed a
White Star Bus Station. They are
now adding an outdoor seating
area with the recent purchase of
the parking lot next door.
The 16th annual Indiana Hot Luck and Fiery Foods Marketplace
this year brings culinary adventure to Madison on April 13-14. The Hot
Luck begins at 7 p.m. Friday. The Fiery Foods Marketplace runs from
noon to 6 p.m. Saturday.
For the past 16 years, Thomas Family Winery has awakened both locals
and tourists to the hot side of favorite foods. Conceived as a display
of favorite chili recipes, the event has grown to include dishes from
breakfast jellies to main dishes to after-dinner treats. Participants
not only sample specialties from neighbors kitchens at the community
pot luck, they also glean new ideas from the chef demonstrations occurring
throughout the market day.
Even better do you already have a favorite spicy recipe
but have trouble finding the ingredients? The Marketplace features vendors
specializing in spicy peppers, sauces and other essential for creating
your unique dish.
Thomas Family Winery opened in 1995 and has become a favorite gathering
place for locals and tourists alike. Steve Thomas, 56, operates the
winery with his wife, Elizabeth. Together, they offer a cozy, welcoming
gathering place for the perfect date night or to catch up with friends
and sample a range of wines and ciders accompanied by bread and cheese.
Each Saturday night you can also enjoy live music with your wine from
groups as diverse as Davis and Deavitt to the Scottish-Irish Louisville
band, Highland Reign.
Last year, the couple bought the adjacent parking lot and have been
working to convert it into an outdoor seating and entertainment area.
They plan to have the area completed in time for the April event.
Once a year, they turn the winery into a marketplace to explore, taste
and learn to prepare spicy foods.
Are you unsure whether spicy foods are to your taste? Do you love fiery
foods and want more ideas? Come Friday night for the Hot Luck Pot Luck.
The winery transforms into a fire-breathing buffet, where participants
grab a plate and sample specialties from the kitchens of other attendees.
Admission is a fiery, covered dish of your own concoction plus several
copies of the recipe for all those who want to duplicate your masterpiece
in their own kitchens.
Once you have recipes in hand, plan to return Saturday for the Fiery
Foods Marketplace to buy all the necessary ingredients. Chile growers,
sauce makers, spicy food purveyors exhibit a wide variety of necessary
but hard to find foods to ensure your recipes turn out right. Exhibitors
also offer cooking demonstrations throughout the day introducing participants
to new dishes or new twists on old favorites.
Tiki Jenni said she looks forward to seeing fellow vendors each year
and making new acquaintances as the Marketplace grows. She encourages
both fellow vendors and friends alike to come for the whole weekend.
Fridays pot luck gives time to visit, catch up and explore different
recipes. On Saturday she gets down to business demonstrating
her wares and educating attendees.
This year, Jenni offers demonstrations of various fruit garnishes you
can add to spice up drinks. You can get a sneak peek on
her Facebook page www.facebook/tikijenni. If you want to get a personal
sample, she will add a garnish to your purchase from the winery.
Jenni also brings a variety of salsas for the Marketplace. A Marketplace
favorite features pineapple as the main ingredient and offers a sweeter
taste than traditional salsa.
She notes many people enjoy cooling their taste buds on this salsa as
a contrast to the spicier versions.
Other vendors include local favorites: Paradise Cove Catering, Madison
Fudge Factory, Marions Greenhouse, Dattilos Produce, and
The Galena Garlic Company. Vendors from across the state also come to
show their wares. They include Capshew Cellars Vinegars, Hoboken Eddies
Hot Sauces, TFW Outdoor Food Co., Kennys Farmhouse Cheeses and
The Chile Woman. Stroll the aisles to ask questions, sample their wares
or see how the pros pull together the perfect balance of spice and sauce.
The Marketplace winds down just in time for Greg Ziesemer and Kriss
Luckett to take the stage for an evening of music. The duo played together
for years singing songs that blend folk, country, blues, rock and roll,
and bluegrass in the unique Americana tradition. As they set peoples
thoughts to music, they found their own love song and married. After
your day of shopping, order a glass of wine or cider and relax to their
You may want to enjoy that glass in Thomas Familys new outdoor
patio. Saturday, the patio will be full of vendors. By evening the patio
returns to a relaxing eating area to enjoy the scenery of downtown Madison.
Still a work-in-progress, the patio promises to be a favorite place
to take a break from downtown shopping or to meet friends for the weekend
For information on the festival, call Thomas
Family Winery at (812) 273-3755.
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