Rene's Bakery: A Beloved Indy Staple Faces an Uncertain Future, Community Rallies

Albert Trevino, owner of Rene’s Bakery in Indianapolis and known by everyone as Rene, was recently diagnosed with brain cancer, prompting an indefinite closure of the bakery. Rene’s health journey began in the fall of 2022 when he noticed persistent throat issues that were eventually diagnosed as laryngeal cancer in April 2023. His daughter, Olivia Trevino, announced on Friday, July 13, that the coming weekend would be their last weekend open indefinitely as their family turned their efforts towards supporting their dad. She later shared her father’s most recent brain cancer diagnosis.

This news was met with an overwhelming wave of support from the community with lines of patrons wrapping around the block on Saturday. The community support is a testament to Rene’s deep roots in Indianapolis and the deep connections fostered over years of shared smiles and delicious pastries.

For over 20 years, Rene’s Bakery has been a cornerstone of Indianapolis’ food scene, known for its array of French pastries and delectable treats like pumpkin bread and the cranberry loaf (two team favorites.) This cozy bakery has always delighted its customers. Nestled in a cozy shop where customers can witness the joyful hustle of baking, Rene’s has built a loyal following.

A visit to Rene’s is an experience in itself; the small shop, which comfortably fits only a handful of patrons at a time, offers a glimpse into the bustling kitchen where bakers are often seen laughing and sharing jokes. The warm and inviting atmosphere is a testament to Rene’s commitment to his customers, many of whom are regulars.

While the future is uncertain, the community remains hopeful for Rene’s recovery.  “I just want people to know that our goal is to come back, and we appreciate every one. There aren’t words to explain the amount of support from everyone, it is mind-blowing. My dad sees and hears all of the support, and that is what is motivating him to get better.”

Rene’s Bakery has become a pillar of the Indianapolis community, with its croissants playing a part in building the city’s vibrant food scene. But the Indianapolis food scene is more than just about food—it’s about community, people, and sharing daily life together. The outpouring of love and support for Rene reflects the city’s spirit of resilience and solidarity. For those wishing to support Rene during this challenging time, a GoFundMe page has been set up to help with his medical bills.

As we send our best wishes to Rene and his family, we are reminded that it is the people and their shared experiences that make Indianapolis a truly special place. 



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Things to Do This 4th of July Weekend (Beyond the Fireworks) in Indianapolis

It’s good to remember that a Thursday 4th of July means some are getting a whopping four day weekend this Independence Day– so what is one to do with all that glorious time? Savor the summer with these activities, taking the long holiday weekend to downtown and beyond.

Check Out Indy's Largest Food Fest 

If your tastebuds are looking for something to do this weekend, Taste of Indy, the city’s largest food festival, is it. The food festival will take place in White River State Park on July 6th from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. With diverse dishes from local eateries, live music, and family-friendly activities, it's the perfect way to enjoy the holiday weekend.

Grab a Drink with Your Furry Friend

Metazoa Brewing Company is a great place to enjoy a craft beer with your furry friend. This pet-friendly brewery offers a relaxed environment where you can unwind, sip on locally brewed beers, and let your dog socialize. Their 4th of July extravaganza is happening July 4th from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. with live music, local vendors, food trucks and new beer.

 

 

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Jam Out at a Concert at Everwise Amphitheater

Enjoy live music at Everwise Amphitheater at White River State Park. With a lineup of talented artists, it’s the perfect spot to dance the night away under the stars. You can catch The Beach Boys and Whiskey Myers this holiday weekend, and there are a few tickets left. Plus, there’ll be a killer view of the Victory Field fireworks from the back ridge of the lawn (more on this later).

Watch a flick during Newfield's Summer Nights 

Relax under the stars at Newfields’ Summer Nights Film Series. Bring a blanket and some snacks to enjoy a classic movie in the beautiful outdoor setting of the Newfields campus. It’s a perfect low-key way to spend the evening. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the film begins at dusk. This weekend’s film is a classic, National Treasure. What better way to celebrate Independence Day than by watching Nicholas Cage steal one of the nation’s founding documents?

 

 

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Get Festive at Red White and Brew

Celebrate the holiday at Howl at the Moon’s Red, White, and Brew party. Enjoy live music, dancing, and festive drinks. This patriotic party kicks off your Independence Day weekend celebrations on Georgia Street this Friday.

Catch a Fever Game Against the New York Liberty

If you can snag tickets, support the Indiana Fever as they take on the New York Liberty at Gainbridge Fieldhouse, happening Saturday, July 6th at 1 p.m. We’re still only a few weeks into the season, so there’s still plenty of time to catch the Fever before the shot clock runs out. 

Visit the Red White and Blueberry Festival 

Head to Mallow Run Winery for their Red, White, and Blueberry Festival. Enjoy wine tastings, live music, and delicious blueberry treats. It’s a delightful blend of festive fun and relaxed vineyard vibes; this Bargersville winery is known for hosting indoor and outdoor events year-round, so this is a great option for people trying to get into the countryside without venturing too far from the 465 loop. More details can be found through Mallow Run.

Catch a Baseball Game at Victory Field

This holiday weekend is the quintessential time to celebrate America’s favorite pastime. Head to Victory Field to catch the Indianapolis Indians in action. After the game, stick around for a spectacular fireworks display that lights up the Indy night sky. You can catch a game on July 4th, 5th, and 6th– tickets are available through the Indians box office.




Cheers to Indiana: Uncork Me Festival Showcases Local Beverage Artisans

This past weekend, Edible Indy explored the vibrant and diverse offerings at the Uncork Me Indiana festival, hosted by Brothers Malloy Events. Held in Indianapolis, this event was a dream for wine, mead, and cider enthusiasts, featuring unlimited samplings from some of the region's most passionate and innovative beverage makers.

 


The festival was a refreshing reminder of the robust and dynamic food and drink scene that Indianapolis and its surrounding areas have to offer. The local community turned out in force to support Indiana’s artisans, creating an atmosphere buzzing with excitement. Festival-goers eagerly sampled a vast array of drinks, each sip offering a new and delightful experience.

One of the highlights of the event was discovering new favorites. With over 100 wines, meads and ciders to try, the variety was astounding. Whether a seasoned wine connoisseur, a cider lover, or someone curious about meads, there was no shortage of options to explore. Each booth had knowledgeable representatives eager to share their craft, making the tasting experience both enjoyable and educational.

Among the participants were locals, Ash & Elm Cider Co., Easley Winery, Sip & Share Wines, and The Rejoicing Vine. These local gems showcased their best selections, a testament to their commitment to quality and innovation. Ash & Elm impressed with their crisp and refreshing ciders. Easley Winery offered a range of wines that highlighted the rich flavors of Indiana's vineyards. Sip & Share Wines brought a unique and inclusive approach to their offerings, while The Rejoicing Vine delighted with their handcrafted wines that resonated with both novice and experienced wine lovers.

The Uncork Me Indiana festival was more than just an event; it was a celebration of local talent and community spirit. It underscored the importance of supporting local businesses, who in turn enrich our community with their passion and dedication.

For those who couldn’t make it to the festival, there are plenty of opportunities to explore and support these fantastic local businesses. And for those who want to stay in the loop with the best restaurants, recipes, coffee shops, festivals, and more, subscribe to our Edible newsletter here.

Indianapolis has so much to offer right in our own backyard, and we at Edible Indy are excited to continue this journey with you. So, get out there and start tasting all that our city has to offer.


Things to Do This 4th of July Weekend (Beyond the Fireworks) in Indianapolis

It’s good to remember that a Thursday 4th of July means some are getting a whopping five-day weekend this Independence Day– so what is one to do with all that glorious time? Savor the summer with these activities, taking the long holiday weekend to downtown and beyond.

Check Out Indy's Largest Food Fest 

If your tastebuds want something to do on July 4th weekend, Taste of Indy, the city’s largest food festival, is it. The food festival will take place in White River State Park on July 6th from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. With diverse dishes from local eateries, live music, and family-friendly activities, it's the perfect way to enjoy the holiday weekend.

Grab a Drink with Your Furry Friend

Metazoa Brewing Company is a great place to enjoy a craft beer with your furry friend. This pet-friendly brewery offers a relaxed environment where you can unwind, sip on locally brewed beers, and let your dog socialize. Their 4th of July extravaganza is happening July 4th from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. with live music, local vendors, food trucks and new beer.

Jam Out at a Concert at Everwise Amphitheater

Enjoy live music at Everwise Amphitheater at White River State Park. With a lineup of talented artists, it’s the perfect spot to dance the night away under the stars. You can catch The Beach Boys and Whiskey Myers this holiday weekend, and there are a few tickets left. Plus, there’ll be a killer view of the Victory Field fireworks from the back ridge of the lawn (more on this later).

Watch a flick during Newfield's Summer Nights 

Relax under the stars at Newfields’ Summer Nights Film Series. Bring a blanket and some snacks to enjoy a classic movie in the beautiful outdoor setting of the Newfields campus. It’s a perfect low-key way to spend the evening. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the film begins at dusk. This weekend’s film is a classic, National Treasure. What better way to celebrate Independence Day than by watching Nicholas Cage steal one of the nation’s founding documents?

Get Festive at Red White and Brew

Celebrate the holiday at Howl at the Moon’s Red, White, and Brew party. Enjoy live music, dancing, and festive drinks. This patriotic party kicks off your Independence Day weekend celebrations on Georgia Street this Friday.

Catch a Fever Game Against the New York Liberty

If you can snag tickets, support the Indiana Fever as they take on the New York Liberty at Gainbridge Fieldhouse, happening Saturday, July 6th at 1 p.m. We’re still only a few weeks into the season, so there’s still plenty of time to catch the Fever before the shot clock runs out. 

Visit the Red White and Blueberry Festival 

Head to Mallow Run Winery for their Red, White, and Blueberry Festival. Enjoy wine tastings, live music, and delicious blueberry treats. It’s a delightful blend of festive fun and relaxed vineyard vibes; this Bargersville winery is known for hosting indoor and outdoor events year-round, so this is a great option for people trying to get into the countryside without venturing too far from the 465 loop. More details can be found through Mallow Run.

Catch a Baseball Game at Victory Field

This holiday weekend is the quintessential time to celebrate America’s favorite pastime. Head to Victory Field to catch the Indianapolis Indians in action. After the game, stick around for a spectacular fireworks display that lights up the Indy night sky. You can catch a game on July 4th, 5th, and 6th– tickets are available through the Indians box office.