3D: Culinary Talent + Experiences
Support efforts to expand local culinary talent through accessible, formal and informal training and through programs that reduce the costs and risks of starting or expanding a culinary business. Such efforts should reach into immigrant, ethnic, and communities of color, providing pathways for entrepreneurs while expanding the international cuisine available in the city. In addition, we must support the rapid recovery of local restaurants, bars, and producers and more strongly embed them into the Indy experience, including development of immersive food experiences that transform a meal or drink into an event.
Value to the CommunityFood and drink are perhaps the most approachable way in which cultures are shared and people of diverse backgrounds can be brought together. Oftentimes, they are the motivation for travel, allowing food to serve as the gateway to a broader experience and understanding of different neighborhoods and people. Also, food-based businesses provide pathways of economic opportunity for residents.
Value to the Hospitality IndustryUnique culinary experiences drive tourism. Finding ways to increase and diversify culinary talent, and reduce the barriers to opening and sustaining a restaurant, will help satisfy this demand while also increasing Indy's cosmopolitan flair.
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