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Celebration of life plans announced for local culinary legend Greg Hardesty

Hardesty was diagnosed with leukemia last spring and spent much of the pandemic in treatment.

INDIANAPOLIS — A celebration of life is planned for local culinary legend Greg Hardesty.

Hardesty passed away Wednesday.

The "celebration of Greg" is Sunday, July 11, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. with a eulogy at 2 p.m.  The celebration will take place at the Mavris Art and Event Center at 121 South East Street in Indianapolis.

Greg was diagnosed with leukemia last spring and spent much of the pandemic in treatment.

Hardesty was the muscle behind Room 4 and Recess restaurants. He twice was a James Beard "best chef" finalist and trained the chefs behind the popular Milktooth, Bluebeard and Ukiyo eateries.

The family went public with his fight, regularly posting health updates on his progress online and expressing gratitude for the fundraisers and prayers offered in support of Hardesty and his family.

Hardesty is survived by his wife Susan and two daughters. He was 52.