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Salad Days: A Five Course Tribute To Punk presented by Founders Brewery

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Three Carrots Fountain Square

920 Virginia Avenue

Indianapolis, IN 46203

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I remember the first time someone called me a chef. My band had just finished playing a show to a raucous drunken crowd at a house/venue in Richmond VA called, I kid you not, The Bone Zone. Feeling a bit drunk and hungry, I was happy to see that the Bone Zone, indeed, had a kitchen. It was a disaster- honestly, what else would you expect from a punk house venue named “The Bone Zone”- but after cleaning their kitchen, I got to work. They had some dumpstered onions, celery, and carrots; I had brought a couple cans of black beans and vegetable broth with me, so I started making some soup. Walking into a clean kitchen and seeing me set up with my mis en place, one of the drunken residents of the Bone Zone walked in, took a shocked step back, and said to me, “are you some sort of fuckin chef or something?”

Being vegan and on the road with a DIY punk band, you had two options: spend a bunch of money and feel terrible eating Taco Bell or strip mall Chinese food for every meal or you stock up on cans of vegetables and make yourself dinner when you can. It’s not that I necessarily wanted to save money or can’t stand Taco Bell, it’s just that being in a van with a bunch of sweaty unshowered dudes is bad enough before you inject Taco Bell or roadside Kung Pao Tofu into the mix. So I cooked. Before we left on tour, I’d always stock up on canned tomatoes, veggies, beans, pasta, and hope that the places we played had some pots and pans I could use. And, look, I get that taking a bag full of canned beets and peas on tour with your band seems weird, but once again, I’d rather be a little weird than hot box Taco Bell and Tecate farts for weeks at a time.

I wouldn’t be cooking if I never got into punk rock. Working in restaurants was fine enough, I guess, but I always loved cooking for people. I cut my teeth in the vegan punk pitch-in scene where the best dishes were lauded and the laziest ones were mocked. I made chili and beans and rice with Food Not Bombs. I prided myself on making the best and most elaborate food spreads for the bands staying at my house. Cooking and punk have always been inextricably linked in my mind.

As we ring in Virginia Ave Music fest, join us and our friends at Founder’s Brewery as we pay homage to the punk scene that shaped me. For this dinner, I am taking five formative punk shows that I attended in the Indianapolis/Bloomington area and interpreting them as dishes, paired with beers from Founders. The shows are the following:


Indy Fest/ Hardcore Weekend Summer (Los Crudos, Day of Suffering, Avail, Hatebreed, Despair, Reversal of Man, Birthright, a million others)- Emerson Theater, Indianapolis 1997

At the Drive In- South Walnut House, Bloomington 1998

Fugazi- Second Ave Indianapolis, 1995

By The Grace of God (Last/Not Actually Last Show)- Rhino’s, Bloomington 1999

Sick of It All- Melody Inn, 2006


We’re planning on two seatings, both will be the same. Beer pairings included in the ticket price. Menu will be announced soon. Tickets include a free 8 page zine and mix tape featuring some Indianapolis punk classics. 21+ to drink, ID required.

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