Tuesday, November 27

Broadway in Indianapolis Announces Jersey Boys Schedule Shortened

*Press Release*

Indianapolis, IN (November 27, 2012) – The return engagement of the Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning hit musical JERSEY BOYS, the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, will play the Old National Centre January 9-20, 2013 instead of the originally scheduled January 9-27.
"We can confirm that the Indianapolis return engagement of JERSEY BOYS has been shifted due to tour scheduling issues beyond our control. The show's itinerary has changed, and this change has resulted in the new schedule for JERSEY BOYS in Indianapolis," explained Leslie Broecker, Broadway in Indianapolis president.



                  Jersey Boys Will Now Run for 2 Weeks Only, January 9-20

Ticket holders for performances originally scheduled for January 22 through January 27 can exchange tickets through their original point of purchase. Every attempt will be made to facilitate comparable seating.
If not exchanged, tickets will be automatically refunded if purchased directly through Ticketmaster either by phone or online. Those who purchased in person at a Ticketmaster outlet should return to point of purchase for their refund. If purchased through Broadway Across America, call 866-880-9572 or email IndianapolisService@BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com to receive a refund.

To purchase tickets to a new performance, patrons can contact Ticketmaster customer service at 1-800-982-2787.

Catch a sneak peek of Jersey Boys at JerseyBoysTour.com/watch.

JERSEY BOYS is the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons ~ Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi ~ a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks who became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide ~ all before they were 30.

Tickets for JERSEY BOYS are available at TicketMaster.com and BroadwayinIndianapolis.com.

For more information on JERSEY BOYS, go to JerseyBoysTour.com.

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated fine-living, travel columnist, freelance writer and photographer, and performing arts and restaurant critic for Gotta Go. Read Infused, at GottaGo.us and FoodandDrinkDigital.com and catch her as Indy’s Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC. Gotta Go is published on Gottago.us, BroadwayWorld.com, in magazines and several Indianapolis area newspapers. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Sunday, November 25

The Cabaret at The Columbia Club Announces 2013 Season Includes Broadway and International Stars

The Cabaret at The Columbia Club
2013 Winter/Spring Season
(Due to the number of performances, lineups are released bi-annually)

KURT ELLING: 1619 BROADWAY, THE BRILL BUILDING PROJECT
January 19, 7:00 & 9:30 PM
JAZZ GREAT SHOWS HIS SOULFUL SIDE
Grammy-winning jazz vocalist, Kurt Elling, brings a bit of New York City to Indy. Featuring music from his recently released recording, Elling highlights songs that came out of New York’s Brill Building, famous for its three decades of musical tenants from Jimmy Van Huesen to Paul Simon. The show, which has received high critical acclaim for “its beautifully crafted, razor-edged mix of bittersweet ballads, reconfigured doo-wop, and upgraded soul,” includes such songs as “Come Fly with Me,” “You Send Me,” “On Broadway,” “A House is Not a Home,” and more.
Price: $45, $55, $65

SHOSHANA BEAN: GET HAPPY, THE STREISAND SONGBOOK
February 14, 15 & 16, 8:00 PM
BROADWAY DIVA TAKES ON MUSICAL ICON
Broadway star, Shoshana Bean, takes the audience on a journey through The Streisand Songbook. From classic to contemporary, the show features her own interpretations of standards like “Cry Me A River,” “On A Clear Day” and “Don’t Rain on My Parade.” Like her idol Streisand, Shoshana began her career in New York in the off-Broadway revival of Godspell. She then went on to star in the Tony-Award winning original cast of Hairspray and eventually went on to replace Idina Menzel as Elphaba in Broadway’s Wicked. Most recently Shoshana wowed listeners with her modern soulful stylings in her solo CD Superhero.
Tickets: $35, $45, $55

LESLIE ODOM, JR.: INTRODUCING… LESLIE ODOM JR.!
February 22 & 23, 8:00 PM
BROADWAY AND SMASH STAR STEPS OUT IN FRONT
One of stage and screen’s brightest young stars shines in his cabaret debut. Leslie’s show features songs from his roles on Broadway (Rent, Leap of Faith,) and the hit NBC musical drama Smash, along with songs by his idols including Marvin Gaye and Michael Jackson. Armed with a voice that scintillates with subtle power and brilliant clarity, Leslie is worthy of the spotlight.
Price: $35, $45, $55

BARB JUNGR: THE MAN IN THE LONG BLACK COAT, A TRIBUTE TO BOB DYLAN
March 8 & 9, 8:00 PM
INTERNATIONAL ARTIST BOLDLY REINTERPRETS “THE POET”
With fresh and insightful interpretations, cabaret star Barb Jungr breathes new life into the music of Bob Dylan. Hailed by critics, the show has been called “revelatory” by the NY Post and “cosmic” by The Wall Street Journal. The New York Times praised the performance saying it “landed with an explosion.” In 2011, Jungr received NY Nightlife’s Award for Outstanding Cabaret Vocalist, the Backstage Bistro Award for Best International Artist, and Time Out NY’s #1 Top Live Cabaret Act for 2011.
Price: $35, $45, $55

MEOW MEOW: Feline Intimate
March 27 & 28, 8:00 PM
AUSTRALIA’S NAUGHTY KITTY IS “PURR” DELIGHT
Bustier-clad, singing sensation Meow Meow has wowed audiences globally with her provocative brand of post-post-postmodern performance. With a voice described as “Diamanda Galas drowned in cherry liqueur,” the vampy, comical, sexy and slightly deranged chanteuse “drags cabaret kicking and screaming into the 21st century” (Time Out NY). Sequins and satire; witty wicked Weimar; 60’s French pop; Brel, Brecht, Kitt, and more.
The multi-award-winning Meow Meow has had sell-out shows from New York’s Lincoln Center and Berlin to London’s West End and the Sydney Opera House. Meow Meow’s shows have been curated by David Bowie and Mikhail Baryshnikov, amongst others. In 2013 Meow will appear in Paris and London with the London Philharmonic as Jenny in Brecht/Weill’s Threepenny Opera.
Price: $35, $45, $55

SCOTT ALAN & CASSIE LEVY: THE SCOTT ALAN SONGBOOK
April 5 & 6, 8:00 PM
CONTEMPORARY COMPOSER EXPLORES THE PATHS OF LIFE
Renowned musical theatre composer/lyricist, Scott Alan and Broadway star, Caissie Levy, perform music from Scott’s extensive original songbook and share the inspiration and stories behind them. Scott’s thoughtful and moving original compositions have made him a favorite among many well-known artists including Sutton Foster, Jonathan Groff, Stephanie J. Block and Liz Callaway. The evening features songs from his four original albums and his new musical, Home, which debuted on Broadway in 2012.
Price: $35, $45, $55

CABARET: THE NEW GENERATION
April 19, 8:00 PM
TALENTED PERFORMERS FROM RIGHT HERE AT HOME
If you have any doubts that this town is chock full of talented, aspiring performers, doubt no more! The Cabaret will present an evening of Indy’s best up and coming performers. Select performers have been chosen through their participation in The Cabaret Conservatory’s educational programs and master classes. Prepare to be wowed!
Price: $15, $25, $35

PARIS COMBO: AN EVENING IN PARIS
April 23, 7:30 PM
HIP & QUIRKY GLOBAL GYPSIES
With one foot in Gypsy jazz and the other dancing to Latin and North African grooves, Paris Combo celebrates the rich diversity of world styles in a chic Parisian cabaret style. Their off-center lyrical themes offer up equal parts comedy, surrealism, love-ballad, and biting commentary. Don’t miss your chance to experience this vibrant cabaret combo!
Price: $45, $55, $65

EMILY SKINNER: BROADWAY HER WAY
May 3 & 4, 8:00 PM
BROADWAY WITH A TWIST!
Broadway vixen Emily Skinner performs some of her favorite and arcane tunes from the classic Broadway songbook...with a signature Skinner-style twist! Skinner has wowed audiences in musicals such as Side Show, for which she nominated for a Tony Award, Billy Elliot, Jekyll & Hyde, and The Full Monty. Performing songs by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Sondheim, Gershwin and more, Skinner proves why she is one of Broadway’s true leading ladies.
Price: $35, $45, $55

UTE LEMPER: THE LAST TANGO IN BERLIN
May 16 & 17, 8:00 PM
GERMANY’S SEARING SIREN
German cabaret icon, Ute Lemper takes the audience on a journey through Berlin (Brecht, Weill) to the poetic universe of the French chansons (Brel, Piaf, Ferre) and to the Argentinean world of Tango (Astor Piazzolla) all while telling the stories of love lost, survival, and passion.
Ute Lemper is renowned all over the world for making her mark on the stage, in films, in concert and as a unique recording artist. Theatrical credits include a recreation of the Marlene Dietrich-created Lola in The Blue Angel, the original European Sally Bowles in the Paris production of Cabaret, the title role in Peter Pan, the Viennese cast of Cats and Velma Kelly in Chicago.
Tickets: $45, $55, $65


Tickets: call 317-275-1169, or order at TheCabaret.org. Subscription packages are available.

The Cabaret is located in The Columbia Club at 121 Monument Circle, Indianapolis, IN.


Images furnished by The Cabaret at The Columbia Club

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated fine-living, travel columnist, freelance writer and photographer, and performing arts and restaurant critic for Gotta Go. Read Infused, at GottaGo.us and FoodandDrinkDigital.com and catch her as Indy’s Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC. Gotta Go is published on Gottago.us, BroadwayWorld.com, in magazines and several Indianapolis area newspapers. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Saturday, November 24

Where is the L.S. Ayres Christmas Cherub in Indianapolis 2012

The legend of the Cherub continues...

It was 1946. World War II was over and thousands returned home to Indianapolis from military service. Among them, Virginia Holmes--a prize-winning commercial artist--came back to Indianapolis and began her job in the advertising department at L.S. Ayres, a downtown department store. When it came time to compose the '46 holiday catalog, merchandise was still in short supply, so Holmes created whimsical cherubs to fill the somewhat empty pages. The cherubs captured hearts and began an Indianapolis holiday tradition that continues today.

Customer response to the cherubs was so great, Ayres perpetuated their appearance in its '47 holiday advertising. It was Ayres’ 75th Anniversary, and that called for a special addition to their holiday celebration plans. Ayres commissioned nationally recognized Indianapolis sculptor, and Herron School of Art instructor, David Rubins to create a bronze cherub for the store’s landmark clock, located on the outside of their building on the corner of Washington and Meridian streets.

Cherub Keeps Watch
As the story is told, the whimsical Cherub mysteriously appeared atop the clock on Thanksgiving Eve 1947 to keep a watchful eye on the holiday shoppers (beginning Thursday, Nov. 22) until Santa took over on Christmas Eve. In the 65 years since, thousands have had the pleasure of seeing the Cherub perched atop the famous clock each holiday season. This powerful tradition lives in the hearts and minds and memories of a city and its grateful citizens.

The May Department Store Co. purchased L.S. Ayres in 1986 and in 1992, moved the Cherub to its headquarters in St. Louis. There was tremendous public outcry when the Cherub did not appear that holiday season. So May donated the Cherub to the City of Indianapolis and in 1994 Indianapolis Downtown, Inc. became the Cherub’s legal guardian.

If you look carefully, you will spot where the Cherub is in Indianapolis...

In addition, find replica Cherub ornaments at the Indiana State Museum gift shop, visit IndianaMuseum.org.

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated fine-living, travel columnist, freelance writer and photographer, and performing arts and restaurant critic for Gotta Go. Read Infused, at GottaGo.us and FoodandDrinkDigital.com and catch her as Indy’s Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC. Gotta Go is published on Gottago.usBroadwayWorld.com, in magazines and several Indianapolis area newspapers. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Larry Hagman Dies at 81

Larry Martin Hagman (September 21, 1931 – November 23, 2012)
 Larry Martin Hagman died today at a hospital in Dallas with his best friend, Linda Gray, by his side. Gray portrayed Hagman's wife on television for the role he is best known for ~ his ruthless, villanous character J.R. Ewing ~ from the mega hit television prime time soap opera "Dallas." The show, which climbed to international fame ran from 1978-1991. Millions wondered, "Who shot J.R.?"

The actor is also well known for his situation comedy "I dream of Jeannie" a popular show during the '60s. Hagman portrayed a bewildered astronaut Major Anthony Nelson who stumbles across a genie in a bottle.

Hagman was the son of a Texas lawyer and stage and film actress Mary Martin. Martin is best know for her role as Peter Pan.

The television star was known for drinking and advocating marijuana. After decades of drinking alcohol, he was diagnosed with liver cancer in 1995, he turned instead to marijuana. Hagman died as a result of throat cancer.

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated fine-living, travel columnist, freelance writer and photographer, and performing arts and restaurant critic for Gotta Go. Read Infused, at GottaGo.us and FoodandDrinkDigital.com and catch her as Indy’s Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC. Gotta Go is published on Gottago.usBroadwayWorld.com, in magazines and several Indianapolis area newspapers. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Wednesday, November 21

5th Annual Gotta Go Ultimate Gift Guide 2012 Winners Announced

Judge's Favorite 2012
It's time for the 5th annual Gotta Go Ultimate Gift Guide 2012, giving you the best ideas accumulated through personal experience, referrals and submissions. The handy list is gift-wrapped with links and recipient suggestions making it easier to find a perfect gift for just about everyone.

Last year's new item ~ Judge's Favorite Award ~ was so popular, we are continuing it. This year's Ultimate Gift Guide has another new item: Twitter links so you can follow the companies.

Without further ado...

JUDGES' FAVORITE AWARD
Fischer & Wieser
Gift: 3-Sauce gift pack
What: Pineapple Bourbon, Raspberry Chipotle & Mango Ginger Habenero
Who: Hostess gift, gourmet cooks, gourmands
Website: Jelly.com
Twitter: @FischernWieser
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Cantina di Soave Volere
Gift: Wine in a purse
What: Purse-shaped wine container,
available in Pinot Grigio, Rose or Merlot-Pinot Noir blend
Who: Gal pals, hostess, Secret Santa
Website: VolereWines.com
Twitter: N/A
(Read review here)

Franciscan Estates
Gift: Magnificat
What: Meritage Blend wine
Who: favorite wine enthusiast, hostess gift

Orchids at Palm Court-Hilton Netherland Plaza
Gift: Executive Orchids at Palm Court cookbook
What: personalized cookbook by Cincinnati's award-winning Executive Chef Todd Kelly
Who: Gourmet cooks, newlyweds, foodies
240 Sweet
Gift: Gourmet Marshmallows & Bourbon barrel-aged Sugar
What: Top quality gourmet marshmallow holiday pack; gourmet sugar
Who: stocking stuffer, monthly club lover, sweets lover, gourmet cooks, bakers, gourmands
Website: 240Sweet.com
Twitter: @240Sweet

St. Elmo Steak House
Gift: Shrimp Cocktail Sauce
What: World--famous hot shrimp cocktail sauce
Who: Seafood lovers, stocking stuffer, hostess gift, Secret Santa
Website: StElmos.com
Twitter: @stelmo

Burton's Maplewood Farm
Gift: Brandy-infused maple syrup
What: Limited quantity collection of maple syrup steeped in brandy barrel for 12 months
Who: Foodies, gourmet cooks, waffle lovers, mixologists
Twitter: @MaplewoodFarm

Quench
Gift: Bar10der
What: 10-in-1 cocktail tool in cool colors; the Swiss Army knife for mixologists
Who: professional or home bartender, favorite in-law
Website: TheBar10der.com
Twitter: N/A

Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits
Gift: Ruta 22
What: Patagonia Malbec
Who: Wine lovers, hostess gift
Website: WJDeutsch.com
Twitter: N/A

Red Wanting Blue

Gift: CD and T-shirt
What: Popular modern rock band's latest musical offering
Who: Music lovers, Secret Santa, Stocking Stuffer
Twitter: @RedWantingBlue

Indiana Humanities
Gift: Food for Thought: An Indiana Harvest
What: Coffee table book rich in Hoosier food effort
Who: foodies, craft beer enthusiasts
Twitter: @INHumanities

Seasons 52
Gift: Wine glass set with gift card
What: Etched wine glasses and $25 gift card
Who: Foodies, wine drinkers, hostess gift
Website: Seasons52.com
Twitter: @Seasons52

Lobel's
Gift: Meat and Wine
What: Recipes, pairings and more by NYC's top meat purveyors
Who: Gourmands, wine enthusiasts, chefs
Website: Lobels.com
Twitter: N/A

Pisco Porton
Gift: Gift set
What:  decorative bottle of Pisco Porton and elegant glasses
Who: Brandy enthusiasts, hostess gift
Website: PiscoPorton.com
Twitter: @piscoporton

Avion
Gift: Gift set
What: Three pack of Tequila Avion
Who: tequila enthusiasts, stocking stuffer

Hoosier Momma
Gift: Cocktail mixers
What: Vegan-free Bloody Mary, Margarita mixers
Who: Cocktail drinkers, hostess gift, stocking stuffer

Maker's Mark
Gift: The Ambassador of Bourbon Book
What: Visually intoxicating coffee table book of Kentucky whisky pioneer's history
Who: Whisky drinkers, historians, mixologists, host gift
Twitter: @MakersMark

Dane Clark
Gift: CD-Postcards from the Hard Road
What: Hoosier native shows his rock 'n' roll roots
Who: Music lovers, Secret Santa
Website: DaneClark.com
Twitter: @DaneClarkMusic

Ulysses Press
Gift: Holiday Slow-cooker recipes
What: Cookbook for holiday food in an easy way
Who: singles, couples, elderly
Twitter: @ulyssespress

Chocolate for the Spirit
Gift: Dark chocolate lover's gift pack
What: assorted dark chocolate goodies, including salted caramels
Who: hostess gift, chocolate lovers, teachers, mom

Disney Entertainment
Gift: Brave DVD 5 cd-pack
What: #1 animated film of 2012
Who: family, kids, Disney fans
Twitter: @PixarBrave


Inovasi
Gift: No drama gin by North Shore Distillery
What: Herbacious over-proofed gin
Who: Gin and tonic lovers, home bartenders, host gift
Website: Inovasi.us
Twitter: N/A

Alpha Books
Gift: The Pocket Idiot's Guide to Texas Hold'em
What: Pocket-size aid for real-life tips on winning and keeping your cool
Who: Wanna be poker superstars, stocking stuffer
Website: IdiotsGuide.com
Twitter: N/A


Fusionbrands
Gift: Cup Cooley
What: Keep hands from being burned with to-go coffee cups
Who: Starbucks lovers, stocking stuffer
Website: FusionBrands.com
Twitter: N/A


Images furnished by companies

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated fine-living, travel columnist, freelance writer and photographer, and performing arts and restaurant critic for Gotta Go. Read Infused, at GottaGo.us and FoodandDrinkDigital.com and catch her as Indy’s Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC. Gotta Go is published on Gottago.usBroadwayWorld.com, in magazines and several Indianapolis area newspapers. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Friday, November 9

Beef and Boards Announces its 40th Season 2013 features Menopause, Old Lace and Smoke

Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre, located at 9301 Michigan Rd., Indianapolis, celebrates its 40th season with three new shows to its stage and several popular favorites.

 Visit GottaGo.us throughout the season for theater reviews.

Arsenic & Old Lace
Dec. 28, 2012 – Feb. 3 
Kicking off the season is the classic Arsenic & Old Lace. This comedy follows the deadly deeds of two charming elderly spinsters who believe they are rescuing their lonely lodgers by poisoning them and burying their bodies in the cellar. Between their special secret and their brother who believes he is Teddy Roosevelt, their nephew is in for quite a surprise when he pays them a visit.

9 to 5
Feb. 7 – March 24
Next on stage is the debut of the high-energy hit 9 to 5: The Musical. With music and lyrics by Dolly Parton, and based on the hit 1980 movie in which she starred, 9 to 5 is the story of three female coworkers who plot to get even with their sexist and egotistical boss – and take over the company while they’re at it.


Menopause, The Musical
March 27 - May 12
Set in a department store, Menopause, The Musical brings four women together who have little in common other than a black lace bra. The ladies make fun of woeful hot flashes, forgetfulness, mood swings, wrinkles, night sweats and chocolate binges in this production that includes parodies from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s.

The Sound of Music
May 16 – June 30 
The Sound of Music, follows the adventures of free-spirited postulant Maria as she is sent from the convent to become a governess for seven children of Captain von Trapp in Austria during World War II. With stories and song, she transforms the home and hearts of this rigid family. Adapted from “The Story of the Trapp Family Singers,” with music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. 

Smoke on the Mountain
July 5 – Aug. 18 
Summer brings the return of the mega hit Smoke on the Mountain. One of the most popular shows in Beef & Boards’ 40-year history, this musical follows the Singing Sanders Family, who is invited to perform at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church by its new pastor, the Rev. Oglethorpe. Enjoy the “signing” sister June, and all your favorite characters as they perform energetic Bluegrass and Gospel tunes and share stories that will touch your heart and leave you laughing.

Father of the Bride
Aug. 22 – Sept. 29 
Ready or not, Stanley Banks is about to be the Father of the Bride. His daughter has announced her engagement and the preparations begin for a “small” wedding. But as the plans and the guest list grow rapidly, so does the debt – and the stress. Banks is surrounded by caterers, dressmakers, florists and furniture movers, and faces the unthinkable when his daughter calls the whole event off.

Les Misérables
Oct. 3 – Nov. 24
The musical phenomenon Les Misérables makes its Beef & Boards debut. Journey with Jean Valjean as he finds redemption against all odds in the corruption and chaos of revolutionary France. An eight-time Tony Award winner, Les Misérables is the struggle, the score and the story that has captivated millions around the globe. Based on the novel by Victor Hugo. 

A Beef & Boards Christmas
Nov. 29 – Dec. 23
The holiday season is time for the annual celebration A Beef & Boards Christmas. This variety show has been a tradition for more than 20 years, and makes the most of the season, with beautiful music, energetic dance numbers, colorful costumes and stirring voices.
Read review of A Beef & Boards Christmas 2011 here

Website: BeefandBoards.com

Tickets: Call the box office at 317.872.9664 10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily (10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Mondays). Tickets for main stage shows range from $37.50 to $62.50, and include Chef Odell Ward’s dinner buffet, fruit & salad bar and unlimited coffee, tea and lemonade.

Images provided by Beef and Boards.

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated fine-living, travel columnist, freelance writer, and performing arts and restaurant critic for Gotta Go. Read Infused, at GottaGo.us and FoodandDrinkDigital.com and catch her as Indy’s Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC. Gotta Go is published on Gottago.usBroadwayWorld.com, in magazines and several Indianapolis area newspapers. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Wednesday, November 7

Infused: Book Review Big Shots: The Men Behind the Booze by A. J. Baime

When reviewing books, I seek ones that are out of the ordinary (no surprise to my readers) and ones that are helpful in learning more about a subject. They should also be enjoyable because no one is going to force themselves to read a dry, boring book. If I were to select a boring, non enjoyable book, well … let’s just say readers would be unhappy, and they would send me angry comments. Fortunately I find books covering all three requirements, including this one.

With the growing passion for education of spirits, wines and beers, Big Shots: The Men Behind the Booze by A. J. Baime will come in handy for numerous reasons ~ including good, old-fashioned humor. Based on a lifetime of a writer's boozy lifestyle, the ... ahem ... research has turned up various behind-the-scenes looks into the colorful world of alcohol.

Filled with tidbits, Baime describes the history of how our favorite adult beverages come about. Stories include how Bailey's Irish Cream really got its name, where the "secret family recipe" of Jack Daniel's actually came from and what connection A-1 steak sauce has to Smirnoff vodka.

If you were not aware of Captain Morgan’s scandalous past, he was not quite the lovable character portrayed on the commercials or bottle. A thief, rapist and, by many, considered the original pirate and worst of all ever in the piracy world, Morgan didn’t make rum, but did drink himself to death with the stuff.

Tawdry stories of illicit pasts are not the only parts of this book. Baime also educates with detailed instructions on differentiating tequila from mescal and the origin of rum and more. Pure humorous anecdotes are his own escapades in Mexico and elsewhere as a man who truly believes in “method” writing.

Bottom Line: For a frolicking literary romp through closets filled with the skeletons of the spirits world, Big Shots by A.J. Baime is delicious neat or on the rocks.

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated fine-living, travel columnist, freelance writer, and performing arts and restaurant critic for Gotta Go. Read Infused, at GottaGo.us and FoodandDrinkDigital.com and catch her as Indy’s Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC. Gotta Go is published on Gottago.usBroadwayWorld.com, in magazines and several Indianapolis area newspapers. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Monday, November 5

Indiana Uplands Wine Trail set for Nov. 15-18

SOUTHERN INDIANA— Indiana Uplands Wine Trail  is comprised of nine wineries — Best Vineyards, Brown County, Oliver Winery, Butler, Carousel, French Lick, Winzerwald, Turtle Run and Huber Orchards and Vineyard. The group celebrates the holidays this year with Holidays in the Uplands November 15-18. 

Ticket holders visiting the nine wineries on the Indiana Uplands Wine Trail from Nov. 15 through Dec. 31 receive a gold ornament with each winery's logo as well as a grapevine wreath to display their treasures for a special holiday memento of their travels. Tickets cost $35 per person and are available on-line at UplandsHolidayTickets or at any Uplands winery.

In France, the third Thursday of November marks the day when the first young Beaujolais wines vinted from the current year’s grapes are released with much fanfare to celebrate the harvest. Many of the Uplands’ wineries will likewise be celebrating the tradition by introducing a new wine or a new vintage for tasting that weekend including the following:

· Winzerwald Winery-will offer a new Lieblich, a semi-sweet blend of Riesling, Gewurztraminer and Vidal Blanc

· Butler Winery-will be releasing their new semi-sweet Traminette.

· Carousel Winery-will release its popular Winter Jewel, a mix of Raspberry and Cranberry wines.

· French Lick Winery-will debut a new dry red wine, Noiret.

· Turtle Run Winery-will have a new 2012 Chambourcin.

· Best Vineyards-will release a Chambourcin wine called Nouveau 2012 vinted in the traditional French Nouveau style.

· Huber’s Orchard and Vineyard-will once again have its Pop's Reserve Nouveau.
In addition to tasting new holiday releases and collecting holiday ornaments, make sure to also pick up a Passport to the Wine Trail at the first winery. After visiting all nine the last winery will present you with one slate cheese serving tray per passport just in time for those holiday celebrations. Each participant that completes the passport will also be entered into a grand prize drawing which will be held at the 2013 Vintage Indiana Wine Festival in Indianapolis in June.

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated fine-living, travel columnist, freelance writer, and performing arts and restaurant critic for Gotta Go. Read Infused, at GottaGo.us and FoodandDrinkDigital.com and catch her as Indy’s Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC. Gotta Go is published on Gottago.usBroadwayWorld.com, in magazines and several Indianapolis area newspapers. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Thursday, November 1

Infused: Book Review The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Smoking Foods by Chef Ted Reader



Some people stop cooking outside on the grill during the cooler months. However, a true die-hard fan of the healthy cooking style can be performed year 'round, whether you’re in a tropical or four-season locale. Pretty much everyone can flip a burger on a grill, and most of us know that special someone who seems to be born with an extra gene the rest of the world lacks.

These masters of outdoor cooking can barbecue, smoke, and cedar-plank meats, vegetables and fruits with wizard-like magic. They dry rub, marinade and baste, understanding exactly which cuts of meat, wood and fuel to use in every instance.

When approached to review The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Smoking Foods by Chef Ted Reader, I was originally hesitant – since most guides give the same recipes with little change – and stated: “unless Chef Reader has recipes including spirits, wine and beer, I will pass, but thank you anyway.” Immediately my mind was changed when the publisher assured me rather quickly that neither the book, nor the chef was ordinary and that there were several recipes with adult liquids.

How right she is.

Reader shares ways to impress others with your know-how when smoking foods. He gives step-by-step instructions on selecting woods for smoking, how to select a smoker for your own personal style and defines all those cool accessories and gadgets. Also included throughout the book are handy icons with quick tips, safety measures, vocabulary and nutritional facts.
This guide is more than a guide: it is also filled with fabulous recipes with that little extra something.

Award-winning Canadian Ted Reader is known for stepping outside the box ~ way out. Creating recipes for the backyard chef, the barbecue expert gives easy to understand directions in this guide. Don’t expect a normal smoked turkey recipe in this book. Instead plan on finding eye-opening possibilities you never thought of or believed backyard friendly. Food found in upscale cosmopolitan eateries can be whipped up by even a novice with these recipes.

Whisky lovers will appreciate the brine recipe on page 107, whereas dark stout drinkers will want to marinade with the peppered mustard recipe included in Chapter 7. Having been to the Moonlight Inn in Owensboro, Kentucky, (read review here) I was delighted to find the “Owensboro Smoked Lamb Shoulder” recipe, which doesn't include spirits in the recipe itself, does recommend a glass of Kentucky bourbon for the accompanying beverage.

Other spirits, wine and beer recipes include Smoked Mackerel with Maple and Dark Rum and Whiskey Butter-injected Smoked Scallops with Halibut and Crab Topping for entree, Smoked Chocolate-Banana Ice Cream for dessert and the must be tried to believe ~ Smoked Ice Martini.

Yes…a martini that is smoked. You can’t get more 'out there' than that, folks. It is a multi-step process for a vodka martini with smoked honey, bacon and ice wine that your guests will be talking about for ages.

Bottom Line: Whereas many cookbooks and cooking guides are browsed through and put on a shelf, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Smoking Foods by Chef Ted Reader takes the novice into the world of smoking comfortably and takes the king of the grill to a higher level of smoking gourmet meals with a practical guide that will be used again and again.

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated fine-living, travel columnist, freelance writer, and performing arts and restaurant critic for Gotta Go. Read Infused, at GottaGo.us and FoodandDrinkDigital.com and catch her as Indy’s Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC. Gotta Go is published on Gottago.usBroadwayWorld.com, in magazines and several Indianapolis area newspapers. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.