On our plates: Dunkin' Donuts locations, James Beard awards, more

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By: Danielle Waldron
dwaldron@elkharttruth.com

Ryan Martin/Flavor 574

As northern Indiana picks itself up from last week’s Valentine’s Day blizzard, we have already started thinking about the turn of the season and new beginnings for chefs, restaurants and more in our area. 

1. INDIANA BREWERS, CHEFS REACH SEMIFINALS IN JAMES BEARD FOUNDATION AWARDS 

Each year since 1990, chefs, cookbook authors, food writers and more are honored at the James Beard Foundation Awards, or the “Oscars of Food,” as foodies call it. The awards honor and celebrate leaders in the culinary world and are first nominated through a submission process, then narrowed down by a panel of professionals and former recipients. 

This year, a handful of Indiana chefs from Indianapolis and Bloomington were distinguished as semifinalists, as well as Mike, Nick and Simon Floyd of Three Floyds Brewing in the “Outstanding Wine, Beer or Spirits Professional” national category. 

“It’s mind boggling,” Nick told Flavor 574. “People work their whole lives to get a James Beard so I am really surprised and really happy.”

2. ELKHART WATER COMPANY GETTING SOME STAR POWER AT THE OSCARS 

Just think on it for a second — Oscar winners will be drinking water from an Elkhart-based bottled water company.

When nominees and presenters rummage through their swanky gift bags at the 87th Academy Awards on Sunday night, Feb. 22, they will find bottles of IndigoH2O

“It’s a surreal feeling bringing this product up from nothing and into the hands of dozens of celebrities,” founder Yuri Cataldo said. “It’s very humbling.”

3. MORE DUNKIN’ DONUTS ARE COMING TO THE HOOSIER STATE 

During the next two or three years, you’ll be seeing more doughnut shops popping up in Indiana — the company announced last week it would be opening 46 new stores in the state, which will double the amount of stores in the state now. 

The exact locations are undecided, but the expansion is part of a larger, nationwide initiative to compete with industry-leader Starbucks

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