KeyBank Guest Chef Program

More than ever it is important that we support local independent food entrepreneurs. That is why KeyBank, Pacers Sports & Entertainment & Levy have partnered with local chefs who are part of the eclectic culinary experience that makes Indianapolis a national food hub!

During select games of the 2023-24 Pacers season, guest chefs will showcase their signature dishes at The Kitchen stand located on the Main Concourse of Gainbridge Fieldhouse (Section 17). Fans will have the opportunity to experience Indy’s amazing local food cultures and flavors!

2023-24 Featured Chefs:

Chef Shawn Bartlett - Kitchen Ego Catering

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Chef Shawn Bartlett

Chef Aries Crowell - The Zodiac Chef

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Chef Aries Crowell

  • Restaurant: The Zodiac Chef
  • Social Media: Facebook | Instagram
  • Featured Games: February 2, 6, 8
  • Signature Dishes:
    • Coming Soon!

Chef Eric Bankhead Jr – CookedByEj

 

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Chef Eric Bankhead Jr.

  • Restaurant: CookedByEj
  • Social Media: Instagram | TikTok
  • Featured Games: January 10, 23, 25, 26, 28
  • Signature Dishes:
    • Tomato Soup with Garlic Crostini

    • Cobb Chopped Salad Sandwich

    • Veggie Chopped Salad Sandwich 

Chef Turon Cummings - Soul Kantina

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Chef Turon Cummings

Chef Pierre Blais - EZ Taste

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Chef Pierre Blais

  • Restaurant: EZ Taste
  • Featured Games: December 30
  • Location: 1545 N Post Rd Indianapolis IN 46219 
  • Signature Dishes:
    • Soup Jaoumou: traditional Haitian soup with beef, squash, and pasta
    • Fritay: traditional platter of taro fritters, fried pork & plantains
    • Classic Haitian Rice and Beans: with chicken, plantains, and spicy slaw

Chef Ron Gilmore - 1313 Eatery

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Chef Ron Gilmore

  • Restaurant: 1313 Eatery
  • Social Media: Facebook | Instagram
  • Location: 4602 E 10th St
  • Featured Games: November 27, December 16, 18, 20, 23
  • Signature Dishes:
    • Fried cinnamon sugar biscuits with local apple butter
    • Signature Grippo's dusted wings
    • Wings & waffles with sweet maple drizzle

Chef Karyn Lander - Purely Joy LLC

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Chef Karyn Lander

  • Restaurant: Purely Joy LLC
  • Social Media: Instagram
  • Location: Coffee shop at Indy's Kitchen - 2442 Central Ave
  • Featured Games: November 19, 22, 24, 26, and KISS on November 25
  • Signature Dish:
    • Signature Dirty Rice topped with choice of Chimichurri Steak Bites, Sweet Chili Chicken, Bang Bang Shrimp and served with Brown Butter Cornbread

Chef Brittany Moore - KRAB HEAD

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Chef Brittany Moore

  • Restaurant: KRAB HEAD
  • Social Media: Facebook | Instagram
  • Featured Games: November 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, plus P!NK on November 7
  • Signature Dishes:
    • Veggie Gumbo
    • Chicken & Sausage Gumbo
    • Chicken & Sausage Gumbo with Shrimp
    • Signature Shrimp Boil: Poached Shrimp, Potatoes, Corn and Spicy Sausage tosssed with Herb Butter or Spicy Herb Butter

Chef Myka Gurvitz - Eve's Garden Deli

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Chef Myka Gurvitz

  • Restaurant: Eve's Garden Deli
  • Social Media: Facebook | Instagram | X
  • Location: 6310 Oaklandon Rd
  • Featured Games: October 16, 20, 25, 30
  • Signature Dishes:
    • Dejhan's "Silly" Potato - Jumbo baked potato loaded with chicken, spinach, fried egg, tomato, onions, Eve's sauce, and sour cream.
    • Mykail's Turkey Sandwich - Shaved turkey, gouda cheese, Eve's sauce, lettuce, and tomato on a Hawaiian bun

Chef Michael McFarland - Smokin’ Barrel Barbeque

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Chef Michael McFarland

  • Restaurant: Smokin' Barrel Barbeque
  • Social Media: Facebook | Instagram
  • Location: 2316 S German Church Rd
  • Featured Games: March 29, April 1, plus NCAA Men's March Madness First and Second Rounds  on March 22 & 24
  • Signature Dishes:
    • Coming Soon!

Chef Melanie - Melanie's Menu

Chef Melanie

  • Restaurant: Melanie's Menu
  • Social Media: Facebook | Instagram
  • Location: 7023 Kensington Drive
  • Featured Games: April 4, 7, 14
  • Signature Dishes:
    • Coming Soon!

2022-23 Featured Chefs: 

Chef Carla Daniels - Mambo's Cheesesteak Grill

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Chef Carla Daniels

Chef Natasha Bledsoe - Tastys by Tasha

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Chef Natasha Bledsoe

Chef Deja Austin - Deja'Vu Kitchen

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Chef Deja Austin

Chef Juszina Maria - Classy Diva Catering & Gourmet Meal Prep

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Chef Juszina Maria

Chef Gibson - Gip Got Tips

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Chef Gibson

  • Restaurant: Gip Got Tips BBQ Co.
    • 2073 N Emerson 

      Indianapolis, IN 46218 

    • Curbside pickup only: 317-258-1447

  • Social Media: FB: @GipGotTips, IG: @GipGotTips
  • Signature Dish:
    • Hand-sliced Rib Tips
    • Smoked Chicken Salad

Chef Geldar Jeanbaptiste - Samosa N Sauce

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Chef Geldar Jeanbaptiste

Chef Dale Gant - Chef Dale's Kitchen

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Chef Dale Gant

Chef Lance George - Comdia

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Chef Lance George

Chefs Juanita & Tony Coleman - J & J A Taste of Home Catering

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Chefs Juanita & Tony Coleman

Chef Tasha Claytor - TStreet Eatz

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Chef Tasha Claytor

  • Restaurant: TStreet Eatz
    • 222 E Market St. Indianapolis Indiana 46204 

      Inside of City Market Downtown Indianapolis 

  • Social Media: FB: @tstreeteatzindy, IG: @tstreeteatzindy
  • Signature Dish:
    • Grilled Chicken Alfredo
    • Nola's Cajun Pasta
    • Southern Banana Pudding

Chef Vikki Massie - Savory Catering

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Chef Vikki Massie

  • Restaurant: Savory Catering
    • 317.809.0838- Catering Inquiries
    • 317.698.9585- D’ssert Inquiries
  • Social Media: IG: @savorycateringllc and @dssert_and_co
  • Signature Dish:
    • Short Rib Poutine
    • Maple Bourbon Bacon Sticks
    • Lemon Pepper & Honey Glazed Chicken Wings

Chef Phillip Guy - Guy's Cooking Creation

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Chef Phillip Guy

Chef Kenneth Hardiman Jr. - Forked Up Catering

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Chef Kenneth Hardiman Jr.

2021-22 Featured Chefs: 

Chef Gibson - Gip Got Tips

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Chef Gibson

  • Restaurant: Gip Got Tips BBQ Co.
    • 2073 N Emerson 

      Indianapolis, IN 46218 

    • Curbside pickup only: 317-258-1447

  • Social Media: FB: @GipGotTips, IG: @GipGotTips
  • Signature dish: 
    • Smoked Chicken Salad Croissant with lettuce, tomato and American cheese, served with kettle chips

    • Signature Hand Sliced Rib Tips served over white bread with coleslaw and sweet BBQ sauce on the side.

Chef Monique & Chef Kara - Taste of Innova

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Chef Monique & Chef Kara

  • Restaurant: Taste of Innova Wings + Greens
  • Website: tasteofinnova.com
  • Social Media:
    • FB: Taste of Innova Wings + Greens 
    • IG: @tasteofinnova
    • TW: @TasteofInnova
  • Website : tasteofinnova.com
  • Signature dish: 
    • Menu Items: Innova Traditional Wings / Sweet Heat / African Pepper + Zest / Innova Greens with Smoked Turkey

Chef Que - The Missing Brick

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  • Restaurant: The Missing Brick
  • Social Media: FB & IG @TheMissingBrickIndy
  • Signature dish: 
    • OG - meat lovers pizza wtih pepperoni,Italian Sausage,spicy sausage,bacon and ham

    • The Hippie - veggie pizza with mushrooms, tomatoes, red onions, black olives and banana peppers. 

    • The Swisher Sweet - bbq pizza with grilled chicken, bacon and red onions.

Chef Monica - Ummi's Table

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  • Restaurant: Ummi's Table
  • Social Media: FB @Ummi's Table, IG: @UmmisTable
  • Signature dish: 
    • Jumbo Roasted Chicken Wings
    • Sweet Potato Waffles drizzled with Spicy Maple Glaze and Scallions

Chef Chris Mitchell - Just Like Sunday

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  • Restaurant: Just Like Sunday Food Service &. Catering
  • Social Media: IG @justlikesunday
  • Signature dishes:
    • The Loaded Jerk Fry - french fries, nacho cheese, jerk chicken, ranch, jerk sauce, green onions
    • Jerk Taco - flour tortillas, jerk chicken, shredded lettuce, shredded cheese, mango pico, drizzle of ranch, drizzle of jerk sauce and a lime

Chef Terry Anthony - The Block

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Applications for the 2023-24 KeyBank Guest Chef Program are now closed. Check back next season!