Head Backstage to be in the know. 

We want to take you behind the scenes, to give you insider information you won't find anywhere else. This is where we pull Bloomington's hip happenings together with recommendations from our team, first-hand accounts from project producers, and guest blogs by local gurus.  The Backstage Blog helps you stay in front of it all.

Category - Wine & Culinary

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The first sign of spring in Bloomington is a pair of flip-flops and short shorts on IU students. The second sign of spring is the opening of restaurant and bar patios. These outdoor spaces stay full from the early spring to late fall. The food is just as tasty outside as in, and the people watching... Read More

Friday, March 24, 2017

Brunch is big in Btown. After a late night out downtown, there's nothing like a little hair of the dog and chicken and waffles to cure whatever ails you. If you're traveling with family and don't want to miss out on this weekend feast, there's plenty of choices perfect for even the pickiest pancake... Read More

Monday, March 13, 2017

Guest blog by Sydney Tilford, Director of Marketing for One World Enterprises Part of Bloomington’s immense charm is the plethora of diverse events the wonderful community has to offer. But none is like Little 500, a special weekend in April, rout in tradition, with a palpable energy different from... Read More

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Eating out with little ones can be stressful, especially on vacation when you want to try a local restaurant but don’t know if it’s kid friendly. You go into a place because they have mac-n-cheese on the menu, only to discover it’s made with goat cheese and roasted peppers. That sounds tasty to... Read More

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Lee Fields and the Expressions You’d be hard pressed to find another singer who’s ever worked as hard as Fields, a man who’s been making soul and funk anthems since 1969. Lee Fields and the Expressions bring some soul to B-town on March 1. Indiana Heritage Quilt Show The Indiana Heritage Quilt... Read More

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Fall is finally here and the event calendar is filling up! From events around campus, to the arts, and family fun, there is something for everyone in Bloomington, this fall. First Thursdays at IU Fall is a great time for festivals in Bloomington. This year the contemporary arts and humanities at... Read More

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

There are over 100 independent restaurants in Bloomington so the options for lunch are endless. We've decided to narrow down some quick and affordable eats near campus to help you decide. Laughing Planet - California style burritos, salads, and soups Nick's English Hut - Bloomington icon with pizza... Read More

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

August is a month of split personalities. It starts out a little quieter, still missing those IU students, and folks trying to cram in a few more fun activities during summer vacation. Then it ends with an influx of energetic students and more action throughout the campus and city. Throughout the... Read More

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The Taste of Bloomington is a one-day culinary extravaganza, with tons of food, drinks, music, kids' activities, and socializing in the heart of downtown. Head to Showers Plaza on June 18, but not before you read these expert tips from seasoned Taste attendee Laura Newton. 10. Parking doesn't have... Read More

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Experiencing IU basketball in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall is one of the most exciting and intense sporting events in the known universe. The passion you feel from the players, coaches, and other fans will give you goosebumps. But tickets are hard to come by, and when the team is playing on the road,... Read More