Salumist, owner of Turchetti’s Salumeria, and one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in 2019, which recognizes trailblazing entrepreneurs in the U.S. and Canada
The start of culinary school in 2011 was my first experience with a whole animal. We had a class called Meat / Seafood Fabrication where my instructor, Andrew Smith, owned a food truck called Affine. He would purchase whole animals through his food truck and bring them to the school for the students to learn off of. This was really the moment I decided I wanted to do something with meat. It wasn’t until 2015 that I decided to pursue full-time butchery positions.
An animal’s life is something we can’t take for granted. I’m a firm believer in the complete utilization of every part of each animal we purchase and use. We have strict guidelines for the types of animals we purchase, including only heritage breed, pastured animals raised without the use of antibiotics or growth hormones. Through complete utilization of every carcass, we’ve created a thoughtful line of charcuterie products from bacons to salumi. Good things take time, and so does properly produced meat treats. Our processes are meant to take extra time to help develop the unique flavor of our products.
We are expanding the butcher shop and retail side of the business, so expect plenty of grab-and-go options, a well-stocked butcher’s case, a dry-aged beef program, and all the fixings for an incredible charcuterie and cheese board, complete with select wine and beers to take home seven days a week. The deli/cafe portion of the business will remain the same – open on the weekends only and serving our full deli menu.
We have been on the menu around town for two years now. Milktooth was one of our first accounts, and we deliver there every week. Our neighbors have been good to us – Bluebeard has our charcuterie, and Amelia’s keeps us stocked in their coolers. Porter Books and Bread has several of our deli meats on their menu. We produce King Dough’s Italian sausage, and they use our peperone, pancetta, and more on their perfect pies. The new Daredevil Hall, Meridian, Union 50, and Black Market all carry something from us. Our products are also delivered via Green Bean Delivery.
I was humbled for being recognized for my work with whole animals. I have traveled all over the country gaining the skills and knowledge to make my work successful, so it represented a collective win for my community of passionate, young butchers.
We try to get out and support other locally run spots as much as possible, but we always return to our favorite corner of Bluebeard. Chef Abbi (Merriss) consistently provides a high-quality experience for diners. The bar is always filled with familiar faces, and the atmosphere is just right. I think Esteban Rojas at Black Market is doing good things on Mass Ave, and I look forward to eating there more.
Neal Brown was the first chef to hire me in Indianapolis, and he continues to be a supporter of mine. I admire his commitment to providing Indianapolis with a new dining experience even when it hasn’t been easy.
The Rosino sandwich is representative of both my family heritage and our dedication to high-quality ingredients. This cold cut Italian sub illustrates the work and care each farmer invests into their animal and represents our practice of patience – it takes 120 days to create the paper-thin slices of salami piled high on each Rosino. We ferment each batch of giardiniera in house and serve it alongside our crispy chips and a full sour pickle (also made here) so this “simple” sandwich is the whole package.
Calvin Fletcher’s in Fletcher Place is consistently my spot for a coffee but, when I can, I like to stop by Coat Check or Provider for their creative take on a perfectly steamed latte.
Workingman’s Friend has never done me wrong. That counter has 100 years of hospitality, and I’m not going to argue with anyone behind it.
My fiancee and I love hiking in Hoosier National Forest. Being eastsiders, we also go to Fort Harrison State Park every chance we get.
Fountain Square is home to so many great (and often free) events every year. There’s always something going on just outside our door. We are really looking forward to the fifth Virginia Avenue Music Fest this year!
I think a great way to get a feel for a city or community is to shop at a farmers market when you’re in town. Garfield Park Farmers Market is the country’s only Slow Food–certified market full of vendors who care about what they produce. Talk to the farmers and producers about what makes them excited to be there every Saturday morning. That’s how you find the best of what’s around.
Well, I don’t get to spend enough time in my own neighborhood, Little Flower, on the east side right now, so does that count as visiting? But really, Fountain Square has it all, and it’s exciting to be a part of the growth and development. The best places to eat, get a tattoo, get your hair did, shop, and drink are all right there – plus the people-watching never gets old.
Madam Walker Legacy Center
Owner of James Dant
Drink Culture Podcast
Local Historian and Author
Phoenix Theatre Dance Company
City Market Director
Indianapolis Colts Player
Curator of American Art
Saxophonist and Restaurant Manager
Salumist and Owner of Turchetti's Salumeria
Barber Shop Owner and Barista
Realtor and Fashion Expert
Indy Eleven Head Coach
Indy Pride Executive Director
Music Club Owner and Promoter
Vinyl Record Collage Artist
Food and Drink Purveyors
Ice Cream Innovators
Illustrator and Educator
Painter and Biking Enthusiast
Manager, RUCKUS Makerspace, and Executive Director, Latinas Welding Guild
Food Bloggers and Authors
Artist and Illustrator
Magician and Illusionist
Public School Principal
DJ and Founder, Rad Summer
Mascot, Butler Bulldogs
Zoo Membership Director
Pastry Chef, Vida
T-Shirt Shop Owners
Owner, The Smoking Goose and Goose the Market
Co-Founder, Sun King Brewing
Writer and Exhibit Designer
IndyCar Driver and Team Owner
Owner, Indy Eleven soccer club
Former Colt Linebacker and Owner, Brackett Restaurant Group
Blogger, Seersucker + Saddles
Fine Artist and Musician
News Anchor, WTHR
Executive Director, Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library
Director of Marketing and Community Initiatives, Ambrose Property Group
Executive Director, Pattern
Former WNBA Star, Indiana Fever
President, Garden Party Botanical Hard Soda
IndyCar Racer, Contestant on Dancing with the Stars
Stars of HGTV's Good Bones
Chalk Artist and T-Shirt Shop Owner
Owner, The Gallery Pastry Shop
Owner, Manayunk Calligraphy
Owner, Like the Lettuce: Fitness + Health Coach