Lunch Break Series

Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Sounds fancy right? Maybe even a little intimidating? I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve always been curious but never taken the plunge, until recently. I’ve wanted to head to symphony on the prairie but could never get a group to commit to a date. Not to mention, I’m lucky if I can make it through an entire movie with my attention span.

The solution? The ISO Lunch Break Series! A brilliant 45-minute long performance featuring some of the pieces that are played in the longer performances. You can even bring your lunch and eat it in the theater. The best part is that the performances are only $5 for a ticket. The cost and time commitment totally drew me in. Low risk, high reward.

The first lunch break series that I was able to attend was the Gershwin and Bernstein presentation. This was right around the time of the Orlando tragedy. In light of the tragedy, they offered free admission and refunds to any pre-purchased tickets. Music is quite healing and I was very impressed by this gesture.

Last week, I was able to attend The Force: The Music of John Williams and More. This was incredible! Have you ever heard the introduction to Star Wars played live? It gave me goosebumps. I loved the piece from Raiders of the Lost Ark as well. The venue is stunning and the ISO members play in their “normal” clothes since the event is more relaxed.

There is one “Lunch Break Series” left for the season – this Thursday (7/21). It is featuring selections from Elton John and Billy Joel! Be sure to check it out here.

 

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Boho + Botanicals

If someone were to ask what some of my hobbies are, they would be:

  1. Eating and drinking delicious foods
  2. Enjoying live music
  3. Volunteering
  4. Going to YELP! Events

Yes, completely serious about #4. You read it correctly. Yelp events have quickly become a favorite of mine over the past few months. For those who aren’t familiar, Yelp is a platform that allows you to leave reviews for restaurants and businesses. I find it most useful when I am traveling and want to find a cool place to grab a bite. I am no Frank Bruni, but it is quite fun to leave reviews and take pictures. I started leaving more reviews and was pleasantly surprised when I got asked to join the Yelp Elite squad. I thought I would just gain a shiny badge by my name. I had no idea that Yelp put on events for both Elite and regular users. How fun! The most recent event I was invited to was the Boho + Botanical event featuring Hendrick’s Gin.

 

Ok, I know what you’re thinking. Gin.. GROSS!!! Yelp events never fail so I signed up. Did I mention that they are always free as well? Free food and drinks? I’m already there.

 

The event took place at the Aristocrat Pub located in Broadripple – 52nd and College. I’ve never been! I was greeted by the lovely Brittany who runs the yelp show in Indy. Signed in, grabbed a drink and headed towards the food..

FooooodCucumber sandwiches, humus, fried green tomatoes, shrimp.. and most importantly, the brie. OH the brie. It was incredible. It had a brown sugar topping and just melts in your mouth. I definitely now have a go-to brie restaurant.

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The place was hopping so seating as limited! I sat down and made two new friends. That’s one of my favorite things about Yelp events – all of the people you meet! After living in LA, I have absolutely no problem going anywhere by myself. As soon as the food was finished we went to the upstairs dining area to start making some DRINKS!

Drinks

 

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First off – how cool was the set up? Everything was perfect! I need that Hendrick’s place mat.  The room was set up well and the servers were very gracious whenever we ran out of ice. Fred lead the class. No wonder he was a big time bartender in NY – I’m pretty sure everyone in the room was in love with him. He walked us through the history of Hendrick’s and how to make the drinks. Apparently, Hendrick’s has floral notes to it which makes it sweeter than a regular gin. I’m totally sold.

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My favorite part was making the punch drink. Everyone from the table contributed step by step. I am already brainstorming the perfect punch for my Christmas extravaganza this year.

 

Absolutely loved the event. If you’re not on yelp, you should be. Hats off to the entire yelp team, the aristocrat pub, Hendrick’s gin, and everyone else who made this possible.

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