Food for Thought: An Indiana Harvest book tour updates

To celebrate the release of Food for Thought: An Indiana Harvest, author David Hoppe, photographer Kristin Hess and some of the book interviewees are going on a statewide tour.

Food for Thought: An Indiana Harvest features a broad spectrum of Hoosiers statewide, and is a legacy of the two-year award-winning program called Food for Thought, in which Indiana Humanities encouraged Hoosiers to think, read and talk about food and its role in our lives. The book went on sale Aug. 1 and these stops are part of a two-month, statewide tour by Hoppe, Hess and the interviewees. The tour is funded in part by Farm Credit Mid-America.

Upcoming tour locations and times:

5 – 9 p.m., Wed., Sept. 26
800 Degrees Three Fires, Fort Wayne
“Victory Tap Takeover”
Featuring: Hoppe, Hess and Greg Gunthorp (one of the book interviewees; he supplies the restaurant’s pork and chicken)

11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Thurs. Sept. 27
Caliente Cuban Cuisine, Fort Wayne
Featuring: Hoppe, Hess, Rodriguez and Mena (Read their story, here.)

6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Thurs. Sept. 27
Auer Center for Arts and Culture, Fort Wayne
Hosted by Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne
Featuring: Hoppe, Hess and Jeff Hawkins (one of the book interviewees; he runs the Hope CSA out of North Manchester)

3  - 4 p.m. , Sun., Sept. 30
Heine Brothers’ Douglass Loop Store (2200 Bardstown Road, Louisville)
Featuring: Hoppe, Hess, and Warren and Jill Schmipff from Schmipff’s Confectionery
Conversation moderated by Ellen McGeeney, from Grasshoppers Distribution

5 – 9 p.m., Fri., Oct.5
Food Con 3
Harrison Center for the Arts, Indianapolis

1 – 2 p.m., Sat., Oct. 6
Monticello Public Library
Featuring: Hoppe and Hess

2 – 3 p.m., Sun., Oct. 7
Michigan City Public Library
Featuring: Hoppe and Hess

6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Mon., Oct. 8
Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library
6:30 food demo and samples
7:30 Book discussion, Q&A, autograph session
(Registration required –

6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Wed., Oc. 17
Knox County Public Library
Featuring: Hoppe, Hess and Don Villwock, from Indiana Farm Bureau

6 – 7 p.m., Tues., Oct. 23
Tipton County Public Library
Featuring: Hoppe, Hess and Lisa Sparks of Lisa’s Pies

7:30 – 9 p.m., Wed., Oct. 24
Hancock County Public Library
Featuring: Hoppe, Hess and Roy Ballard

Food for Thought: An Indiana Harvest retails at $24.95 but will be discounted to $20 at signings, and all proceeds go toward funding humanities programs for the people of Indiana. Food for Thought: An Indiana Harvest was published by IBJ Publishing and printed by an Indiana company. The book is also available online (

Additional upcoming tour locations include (for full details, visit the Facebook page):

Sept. 26-27, Fort Wayne
Sept. 29, Indianapolis (2012 Indy Author Fair)
Sept. 30, Louisville
Oct. 5, Indianapolis (FoodCon 3 at the Harrison Center for the Arts)
Oct. 6, Monticello (Monticello-Union Township Public Library)
Oct. 7, Michigan City
Oct. 8, Mishawaka
Oct. 9-11, Chicago
Oct. 17, Vincennes (Knox County Public Library)
Oct. 18, Bloomington (Bloomingfoods annual meeting)
Oct. 20, Fair Oaks (Fair Oaks Farms for Cowtoberfest)
Oct. 23, Tipton (Tipton County Public Library)
Oct. 24, Greenfield (Hancock County Public Library)
Oct. 30, Indianapolis (Oasis)
Nov. 29, Indianapolis (New Day Meadery)
Dec. 7, Indianapolis (Holiday Harvest at Sun King Brewing)

Indiana Humanities connects people, opens minds and enriches lives by creating and facilitating programs that encourage Hoosiers to think, read and talk. BH