About

The Region is an interesting place. It sits in the northwest corner of Indiana, but it's not really Indiana; it gets Chicago television after all. You'll find more Bulls fans than Pacers fans and learn the true definition of "industrial landscape". At its heart is Gary, a city that once pulsated to the beat of Gary Work's blast furnace. From here you know the rest; the quick fix was to leave the city and let others deal with the blocked artery. But, for the last 70 years, the quick fix has evolved into a seemingly permanent sentiment of disownership.

Region Rat Dinner Club is the food (and sometimes lifestyle) blog for Region residents who feel they don't belong because it captures their unique voice by demonstrating how to navigate individuality in an area of corporate omnipresence and unenlightened conformity.

This sentiment finds its way into the rest of The Region and few people actually enjoy living here. As a Region Rat myself, I can tell you I haven't always been thrilled about my surroundings.

There are quite a few things we [seemingly] lack in this area: creativity, individuality, a sense of community, and an entrepreneurial spirit. The Region is a desolate wasteland of national chains, warehouse aesthetics, and environmental disregard. There's no soul and there's no culture.

But, I refuse to believe hope eludes us. There are passionate, creative, entrepreneurial individuals from The Region. Getting them to stay seems to be the issue. On countless occasions I've asked myself, "why am I still here"? The answer doesn't matter, nor does the question. I AM HERE. And perhaps, so are you.

Region Rat Dinner Club is the food (and sometimes lifestyle) blog for Region residents who feel they don't belong because it captures their unique voice by demonstrating how to navigate individuality in an area of corporate omnipresence and unenlightened conformity.

While this is a food blog first and foremost, creating a community that is supportive of the arts, individuality, and entrepreneurship is especially important. Creative thinking and entrepreneurship are powerful forces when leveraged and I believe when people feel supported by a community, a sense of ownership can be cultivated, and good change can happen.

Perhaps I'm merely a millennial, Internet activist. But, in an area where culture is so obviously absent, the Internet seems my only initial platform (hint: bigger plans exist should this blog find success). I believe food is the best way to connect to each other (perhaps it's the Italian bloodline) and that creating meaningful change together begins with a conversation over dinner.