IBJNews

2011 Forty Under 40: Christopher Eley

Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share

 
About me...
Christopher Eley
Owner
Goose the Market
33
Web sites:
Social media:
On my hip:
DroidX
Most-used apps:
Yelp
Porcine
Favorite stuff:
Family; friends; employees; pork; duck; bourbon; "Dexter;" fire; very sharp knives
 

Christopher Eley is particular about his food and thinks you should be, too. Since opening Goose the Market at 25th and Delaware streets three years ago, he has carefully nurtured its growth and reputation among foodies as a go-to place for locally grown and prepared meats, cheeses and produce.

Working alongside a staff of 12, he oversees every aspect of the shop, from the butcher and cheese cases, produce and lunch counter on the main floor to the beer and wine displays and service area in the basement.

“I look for people who are passionate about food,” said Eley, 32, who worked in the restaurant business as a chef for 14 years, mainly in Indianapolis and Chicago. “I’ve enjoyed every job I’ve had, and you take different things from different jobs.”

As his own boss, Eley can follow his instincts and values, such as buying only what is in season and grown locally. He is on the board of Slow Food Indy, part of a global movement that promotes good, clean food at a fair price.

“I just focus now on what I’ve always liked the most, which is the smoking and curing of meats,” Eley said.

To that end, he is working toward a spring opening of the Smoking Goose, a wholesale production business for cured and smoked meats that embraces the same slow-food philosophy of his market. He plans to sell his meats to hotels, restaurants and markets.

“There’s nobody in the Midwest doing anything like it,” he said.

An Indianapolis native, Eley graduated from Lawrence Central High School, then learned his trade at the College of Culinary Arts at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I., and at Purdue University, where he studied hotel and restaurant management.

“What I enjoy the most is a sense of belonging and a sense of community” in the Fall Creek Place neighborhood where his shop is located. He and his wife, Mollie, own the building and live on the second floor. They had their first child, a boy, in January.•

___

Click here to return to the Forty Under 40 landing page.

ADVERTISEMENT

  • congratulations
    Chris, Mollie and the whole staff at the Goose do a tremendous job. The goose is a great example of the evolution of the food scene in Indianapolis, and I can't wait for the Smoking Goose!

Post a comment to this story

COMMENTS POLICY
We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
 
You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
 
Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in IBJ editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
 
No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
 
We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.
 

Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

Sponsored by
ADVERTISEMENT

facebook - twitter on Facebook & Twitter

Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ on Facebook:
Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ's Tweets on these topics:
 
Subscribe to IBJ
  1. Choice between a democrat and a question mark? Take the question mark. We have all seen what the democrats will do.

  2. Its easy to blame workers. What about the Management of the Mill. Its not smart in business to not have a back up plan. Workers are afforded sick days in most cases. Union or not. Whether drunk partying, or a real sickness. Why would you as a businessman/woman not have a rotation of workers incase this happens. This is not an exclusive union protection. If the company can prove bad intentions on the part of any union employee. They can take action. Most CBA's have a 3 strike policy. Just like most Non-union company policies. You should read a CBA sometime. There are protections for companies too. Unions understand that businesses need to make money. If they don't, the union's member won't have a place to work.

  3. My kids play hockey on the North side and we have been very happy with the youth program. More Ice would create more opportunity for kids to pay this great sport. With 3 rinks that would also create more figure skating opportunities. What better gift to give your kids than a sport they will love!

  4. Naah, only Indy place fans were robbed of seeing Zanardi race. CART fans saw his amazing talents just about every weekend. And F1 fans saw him too. Zanardi didn't care he wasn't at Indy, neither do 99.18% of other race fans world wide. And CART fans are quite pleased of the domination of their drivers and owners have had at Indy, in the IRL, and in the current Indycar series....almost 99.18% of the time since 2000 Indy 500. I respect Zanardi, but his life goes on without Indy. Sucks to be you Capt.

  5. So let me get this right: gun permits online are fraud proof, but voting is as easy as 1-2-3.--But at least we agree that someone without a photo ID cannot be trusted with a gun.

ADVERTISEMENT