Bon Appétit

The Bismarck Dining & Drinks Guide was posted on the Midwest Chapter Meeting website this morning. Merete Christianson and I included links to Google Maps walking directions and other information, hoping this will be helpful on mobile devices. A printed version of the guide, along with downtown maps, also will be available at the registration desk. The  complete list of Bismarck-Mandan eateries is available from the Convention & Visitors Bureau.

If you’re planning on driving downtown, be aware several places highlighted have street parking only. You may want to keep in mind what downtown parking ramps are available.

plate,napkin, & cutlery

“Chipper” Hunting in Bismarck

Addicted to “chippers” or just want to try some? Here are some Bismarck locations where you can purchase them during the Midwest meeting:

  • Heritage Center Museum Store — open 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. during the Sunday reception (one more reason to attend!)
  • Plaza Drug1116 North 3rd Street (13 blocks from conference hotel), also probably best inventory of all Pride of Dakota products in Bismarck
  • BMCVB, Visitor Information Center & Genuine Dakota Gift Shop1600 Burnt Boat Drive (Exit 157 off of I-94, 4.4 miles from conference hotel), stocks two kinds of chippers including new Dickinson-made one made with Belgian chocolate.

Welcome Reception

Meeting and Greeting

This evening a good time was had by all. The evening began with the Meet & Greet for mentors and mentees. Lots of great conversation. Then the action moved to the Exhibits area for the Welcome Reception with the vendors. There were sweet treats galore and door prize drawings. All good.

Indulge your sweet tooth!
Librarians love door prizes!

For more fun conference photos, check out Flickr photos tagged midwestmla11. And watch for more photos!

Restaurant Guide for Downtown Indianapolis

Image from http://visitindy.com/

As a fan of downtown Indy, I love to be able to introduce people to restaurants in Indy. Contrary to what I sometimes hear, Indianapolis DOES have a variety of one-of-a-kind locally-owned restaurants, as well as some unique restaurants with only a few locations nationally.

Our restaurant guide represents a small portion of dining options available in the downtown area; if you have questions about particular ones, other ethnic cuisine options, etc., please leave me a comment, or stop by the Hospitality table at the conference!

I also highly recommend checking out the map from the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association: http://visitindy.com/web_files/map/DTRestMap_c040110.pdf

This is a great 2-page document with a map showing locations of many landmarks and restaurants in downtown Indy, as well as contact information for those places. I’m a visual person and seeing a location of something on a map is more helpful to me than only written directions.

Things to do in Indy–German Fest! (Groupon special)

*For a limited time only! (well, for the Groupon anyway)

When you think of Indianapolis, it’s race cars, Peyton Manning (well, until this year), breaded tenderloins, popcorn, and….German Fest? Yes, indeed, Indy has its own German Fest, also know as the Third Annual Original and Fabulous GermanFest! GermanFest is a one-day event in downtown Indianapolis on Saturday, October 8 from 12pm to 6pm.

Groupon, a website that offers specials deals each day for various cities, provides special pricing for this event. Choose between the following options:

  • For $15, you get admission for two people (up to a $20 value) and two beers (a $10 value; a $30 total value).
  • For $27, you get admission for four people (up to a $40 value) and four beers (a $20 value; up to a $60 total value)

To purchase the deal, go to Groupon’s website: http://gr.pn/nqfgG5

For full details about GermanFest and all the activities, please visit the GermanFest website: http://bit.ly/owabVE

Some nice details from the website include: “Wiener dog races all day, every hour, Alpine Express and their famous yodel-ers, Jay Fox and his Bavarian Showtime Band, the Steinheben – strong man contest, the 5K Lederhosen lauf and much more!”

GermanFest takes place at the Rathskellar/historic Athenaeum at 401 E Michigan St., about 1.3 miles walking from the hotel.