Even though it’s been a tough year financially, I was fortunate enough to still be able to attend the Taste of Dine Originals this year as a guest of Dine Originals Columbus. I’ve been a fan of theirs for a long time now, and have greatly enjoyed attending their yearly fundraiser, Taste of the Independents for a few years now. Although they changed the name this year, it’s still the same great event.
Unfortunately for me, I was still feeling a bit under the weather, so I didn’t have much of an appetite. Although I sampled a lot, I didn’t get around to trying everything. I did have some definite favorites from what I did try, though.
One of my favorites was the Smores Napoleon from Due Amici. It’s a regular item from their dessert menu, so I’m looking forward to visiting the restaurant to eat it again. So, so sweet (and a bit messy to eat) but absolutely delicious.
I also absolutely loved the short ribs over wild mushroom ravioli from Bexley Monk. Although it’s not currently on their menu, P. talked to the chef and it looks like they’re planning on adding it in the future.
As usual, Alana went all out this year – we especially loved her rice cakes with wasabi caviar.
The scallop and grapefruit ceviche from Barrio was nice and light – perfect for a humid evening. I glanced at their menu and I didn’t see the ceviche on it any more – a shame, because it would have been worth the trip.
I was pleasantly surprised to see Local Matters there – Colleen and Michael whipped up a fantastic farro dish.
All in all, it was a wonderful night. Be sure to check out the rest of the pics in my Flickr set.