Prohibition Party with Repeal Restaurant, 12.05 Distillery first of 5 Prairie Plates dining experiences of year


    Duane Brodt
    Director of Public Relations
    Conner Prairie
    (800) 966-1836

    FISHERS, Ind. (Tuesday, March 29, 2016/Conner Prairie) – Guests will travel back in time to the Roaring Twenties and dine and drink in a speakeasy environment at the first of five unique gourmet dining experiences at Conner Prairie this year.

    Prohibition Party with Repeal Restaurant and 12.05 Distillery starts at 6 p.m. April 17 inside the Chinese House at Conner Prairie. The venue, which served as Conner Prairie founder Eli Lilly’s summer home, is rumored to have been a prohibition-era speakeasy, with a tunnel from the basement leading to the White River that aided the flow of alcohol into and out of the area.

    Finely crafted barbecue and pub fare are staples of Repeal Restaurant, located in Fletcher Place in Indianapolis. 12.05 Distillery will serve vintage cocktails and other spirits. Guests can embrace their 1920s inner self by attending the Prohibition Party in clothing from the era and dance the night away. The Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra will be providing live entertainment throughout the evening.

    Tickets are $150 for non-members and $140 for Conner Prairie members. To order, visit connerprairie.org or call (317) 776-6000.

    The Prohibition Party is the leadoff event of this year’s Prairie Plates series, which is in its third season at Conner Prairie. Nearly 1,000 guests have attended a Prairie Plates event, all of which celebrate the popular farm-to-table food and craft drink movement. Each event features one of the region’s top chefs and gourmet artisans and each experience is held at an iconic location on the grounds of Conner Prairie. Other Prairie Plates events include:

    MAY 22
    6-8:30 p.m., Bicentennial Celebration with J. Ford’s Black Angus
    : Attendees can celebrate Indiana’s bicentennial at the historic Conner House at Conner Prairie with acclaimed J. Ford’s Black Angus restaurant in Terre Haute, Ind., and Upland Brewery; $95 non-members, $85 members.

    JUNE 16
    6:30-9 p.m., Petite Chou Bistro and Champagne Bar at the Balloon
    : Restauranteur Martha Hoover and Executive Chef Tyler Herald of Petite Chou Bistro and Champagne Bar add a French flare to Conner Prairie’s 1859 Balloon Voyage with delectable wine and epicurean delights. After dinner, guests are invited to soar 350 feet in the air in Conner Prairie’s tethered helium balloon, which was created by French company Aerophile; $95 non-members, $85 members.

    OCT. 2
    6-8:30 p.m., Meridian Restaurant on the Covered Bridge
    : Chef Dean Sample of Meridian Restaurant and Bar serves an innovative and artful evening of gourmet food and fine wine on Conner Prairie’s covered bridge. Guests can then take in the sights from Treetop Outpost, a new exhibit connecting people to the outdoors set to open July 1; $95 non-members, $85 members.

    NOV. 5
    11 a.m.-1 p.m., 100 Mile Brunch with Ivy Tech
    : Chef Jeffery Alan Bricker and students from Ivy Tech’s hospitality administration program prepare a gourmet brunch featuring products obtained within a 100-mile radius of Conner Prairie; $65 non-members, $60 members.

    Prairie Plates events are for guests ages 21 and older. Seating is limited. Tickets can be purchased online at connerprairie.org or by calling (317) 776-6000.

    Spanning 800 wooded acres in central Indiana, Conner Prairie welcomes nearly 390,000 visitors of all ages annually. As Indiana's first Smithsonian Institute affiliate, Conner Prairie offers various outdoor, historically themed destinations and indoor experiential learning spaces that combine history and art with science, technology, engineering and math to offer an authentic look into history that shapes society today.


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    Conner Prairie's mission is to inspire curiosity and foster learning about Indiana by providing engaging, individualized and unique experiences. Created by Eli Lilly in 1934, Conner Prairie combines history with science, technology, engineering and math and encourages visitors to explore Indiana’s natural and cultural heritage through hands-on, immersive and interactive experiences. Inspiring visitors of all ages to discover more about the events, discoveries and forces that shaped the American Midwest, Conner Prairie offers various historically themed, indoor and outdoor experience areas throughout its 800 acres of wooded property in Fishers, Ind. Indiana’s first Smithsonian Institute Affiliate and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, Conner Prairie is a 501(c)3, non-profit organization that relies on grants and philanthropic donations from corporations and individuals for sustainability and growth. Visit connerprairie.org or call (800) 966-1836 for admission dates, hours, ticket prices and opportunities to donate and volunteer. Conner Prairie is on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Flickr and YouTube.