Fine dining with a modern sensibility. Minimalist decor with an artistic flair. These are but a few things I have said about Cerulean Restaurant since it opened in November of 2012. Located in the CityWay development on the doorstep of the city’s professional sports venues and top entertainment sites in the Wholesale District in Indianapolis, Indiana.
I was lucky enough to snag a few minutes of time with Chef/Owner Caleb France and his executive Chef Chase Hinton at the restaurant and talk to them for a bit about the genesis of Cerulean, their philosophy and what we can look forward to on their Summer menu.
Having access to fresh ingredients is more than just perusing the local markets and sourcing from local growers. The chefs of Cerulean are using the resources of a forager as well. Foraging, while not a new concept, is not widely done in the Indiana culinary scene. Building a relationship with a forager who can bring you ingredients that are new to the consumer and that promise to open up palates and minds is an exciting move. How many of us truly know how to prepare ramps, fiddlehead ferns or stinging nettles. I sure don’t but I do love to eat them!
Have you ever thought about being a tourist in your own state? My family and I spend many days during summer break exploring and having fun in and around the state of Indiana. In my last segment I filled you in on something that I tried last weekend. You will never believe it!