Ashley Brooks

June 22, 8:30am - 10:00am EDT. Hosted at The Tube Factory

part of a series on Craft

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Tickets available 6/18 @ 8am EST.

Ashley R. Brooks loves to feed and foster community by nurturing the budding food industry around Indy. She is a mother and creator of many things, most importantly an adorable 6 year old chess-playin’ cat lover, Roman.

After spending a few years bouncing around the country, she landed back in Indianapolis to follow a passion for all things food and philanthropy. A little seam butchery here, a little cheesemaking there.. these experiences culminated into a darling underground supper club which eventually launched a fine diner called Milktooth. Brunch was a natural choice for two young parents on their first restaurant endeavor. After opening in the Fall of 2014, this labor of love caught the eye of a couple of national publications. Food & Wine awarded the restaurant “Best New Chef” in 2015, followed by Bon Appetit “Hot 10 Best New Restaurant,” and a spot on the Food Network. At the heals of some national attention came a steady stream of much appreciated local accolades and awards, including the Mayor’s official declaration of “Milktooth Day” on October 2nd (Ashley’s personal favorite).

Personal circumstances brought her to a delicate exit from the fledgling diner, but since then she has not stopped working hard to foster the community that is so near and dear to her heart. She is a co-founder and president of the Garfield Park Farmers Market, a non-profit community organization addressing food access for locals. She co-founded a growing networking group, Indy Women In Food, and she owns and operates her new hospitality design company A.Rose, which contemplates and executes large and small events. From organizing Baby Got Brunch, a large festival in benefit of The Patachou Foundation, to intimate in-home dinner parties, and she’s not stopping there… Ashley aims to continue her work with local food advocacy and philanthropy. Maybe she’ll organize another Big Gay Day, maybe she can help blossom another Indianapolis neighborhood with brick and mortar. Whatever the local food community needs, thats probably where you’ll find her making connections.