I usually don’t promote events on the front page (instead, I list them on a separate Ohio Events page), but these are ones I wanted to bring attention to specifically, either because I’m involved directly, or because they are fundraising efforts for charities I believe in. Please be sure to check out one of these events if possible, and do your part in recognizing the awesome food and talent in some of these local restaurants.
Tomorrow (September 28th) is A Taste of Columbus, hosted by the Renaissance Hotel and Latitude 41, and benefitting OhioHealth HomeReach Hospice, will be held on the rooftop pool deck at the hotel. It will feature cocktails and food from some of Columbus’ best restaurants (the Refectory, G. Michaels, Latitude 41, Barcelona, Basi Italia, and Jeni’s Ice Cream). The event runs from 5:30-8pm. The tickets are $50 per person, and tickets can be purchased here.
If A Taste of Columbus is a bit out of your price range, then consider checking out A Taste of Grandview, which has free admission – the catch is that if you’d like something to eat, you’ll most likely pay a nominal amount which each restaurant will set separately (last year, from accounts I’ve read, some samples were free, other cost as much as $5 or $6).
It will be held Sunday, October 3rd from 2-7pm, rain or shine, in McKinley Field Park at 1661 Goodale Blvd. According to their Facebook page, it looks like there are 25 different restaurants participating, so this is one you don’t want to miss.
Last but not least, Local Matters is hosting Local Foods Week from October 2nd-8th, a celebration of all things local. Here is more information, according to their press release:
The Food Revolution Comes to Central Ohio
Local Foods Week and Eat Local Challenge, October 2-8, 2010
Columbus, Ohio, September 13, 2010 — Central Ohio not-for-profit Local Matters announces its second annual Local Foods Week from October 2-8, 2010 and issues a challenge to the community in support of local food.
In addition to a week of fun festivities for Local Foods Week like the Harvest Ball, the Market to Market Ride, and the Grilled Cheese Throwdown, Local Matters is also challenging the community to deepen their connection to local food through their first Eat Local Challenge.
“This year we wanted to use Local Foods Week to ask the community to step up their commitment to eating more local food, so we’ve launched the Eat Local Challenge. Individuals pledge a personal commitment to local food and get entered for a chance to win great prizes like a ‘Pantry Makeover’ with local products from Whole Foods, or 26 weeks of the Weekly Fresh Market Bag from the Greener Grocer,” says Local Matters Executive Director, chef Michael Jones.
“We’re inviting people to step out of their normal routine and try some of the delicious foods that are grown, raised and prepared here in Ohio,” said Dr. Shella Farooki a radiologist and member of the planning committee for Local Foods Week. “Increasing the proportion of fresh foods in your diet can have a big impact when it comes to your health.”
Angela Stoll Petro, founder of Two Caterers and a lead sponsor of Local Foods Week, shared her thoughts: “Two Caterers made a commitment to local food because fresh Ohio foods taste better on their own, which means less salt and sugar are needed. Fewer preservatives make it great for your health. The shorter distance from farm to fork means more nutrient rich food and less fuel consumed. And then there’s that much needed boost to family farms and Ohio’s economy. You can’t ask for a better way to confront many of the biggest issues we’re facing right now, and all at once!”
Full details and registration for Local Foods Week events and the Eat Local Challenge can be found at EatLocalOhio.org.
Local Matters work directly confronts the childhood obesity and diabetes epidemics; provides healthy food access in our communities; supports family farms; and advocates for fair food policies. To learn more, visit Local-Matters.org.
Here is a rundown of the events for the week:
Friday, October 1, 2010, 5-7pm, $5 for the tasting purchased at Whole Foods
Pre-party at Whole Foods (Lane Ave and Dublin locations)
Whole Foods “Fridays Five After Five” wine tasting will benefit Local Matters in celebration of Local Foods Week.
Saturday, October 2, 2010, 9am-2pm, FREE
Harvest Festival at North Market
We’ll kick off Local Foods Week at the North Market Harvest Festival with cooking demonstrations and the launch of the Eat Local Challenge.
Saturday, October 2, 2010, 8am-1pm, $15 in advance, $20 day of
Market to Market Ride
Bicyclists can sign up to participate in the festive ride from North Market to Hills Market in celebration of local food. Reserve your spot in the Market to Market Ride now.
Saturday, October 2, 2010, 10am-2pm, FREE
Ohio Market Day at The Hills Market
Meet the people who make your food. Find new (and delicious) Ohio food products to put on your shelves. Taste new treats and learn about what makes local food (and local markets) so great! Hills Market will be having cooking demonstrations featuring local ware, as well as prizes and giveaways.
Saturday, October 2, 2010, 6:30-8:30pm, $5 tickets at the door
Grilled Cheese Throwdown during the Short North Gallery Hop at MoJoe Lounge
Chefs from Skillet, Deepwood, Betty’s, and the MoJoe will compete alongside amateurs for the title of “grilled cheese master” using local breads, cheeses and toppings.
Sunday, October 3, 2010, 9am-11:30am, $10 for adults, $5 for children 3-12, FREE for children 2 and under
Local Breakfast in Old Worthington
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams will provide delicious waffles and toppings paired with locally made ham alongside sausage from the Worthington Inn for a fantastic breakfast feast. Snowville Creamery will be on hand to pour their delicious milk and Stauf’s Coffee will give you the jolt you need to get going! Reserve your spot now.
Sunday, October 3, 2010, 12-2pm, FREE
Brookside Elementary School Garden Tour and Picnic
Tour one of Ohio’s award winning (and largest) school gardens at Brookside Elementary in Perry Township/Worthington and hear more about our Food is Elementary Curriculum. Bring a picnic and games to enjoy with your family.
Sunday, October 3, 2010, 5:30-7:30pm, $15 Student Tickets, $25 Public Tickets
Iron Chef Competition at OSU Student Union
Chef Ricky Barnes from Ohio State and Chef Stazi Dulman from Whole Foods will compete to impress at the OSU student union using a “secret ingredient” grown at Honey Run Farm. Hosted by OSU student group Dollars 4 Change. Buy your tickets now!
Monday, October 4, 2010, 5:30-7pm (happy hour) $25 Happy Hour and 7-9pm (dinner) $75 Dinner
Local Matters Benefit Happy Hour and Dinner at Alana’s Food and Wine
Chef Alana Shock, a founding partner of Local Matters will host a private happy hour and benefit dinner for Local Matters and show how her food exemplifies the best of the season. Happy Hour tickets will include hors d’oeuvres and wine; Dinner tickets include a multiple course meal served family style and wine. Make your reservations by calling Alana’s at (614) 294-6783
Tuesday, October 5, 2010, All Night, Prices Vary
Featuring Local Restaurants listed on Fresh Connect who will feature special dishes from local farms. A great chance to get out and support local restaurants who are supporting our local farmers. Participating restaurants will be announced during the week of September 20th.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010 5-7 pm, $25
Tour Jeni’s Splendid Kitchen
An exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams’ delicious operations. Jeni will prepare a special Pumpkin Tiramisu Parfait with Ohio Heirloom Pumpkin Icecream, Stauf’s Black Coffee Icecream, Mascarpone Whipped Snowville Cream, and a Marsala Honey Sauce. Tour and taste! Buy your tickets now.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010, 7-9pm
Screenings of Fresh- a movie that celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Locations to be announced soon.
Thursday, October 7, 2010, 6:00pm or 7:30pm seatings, $10 adults, $5 kids (10 and under)
Local Foods Fall Family Fun Dinner
A Benefit for Local Matters at The Hills Market
All Ohio house-made chicken tenders, Ohio sweet potatoes and Ohio apple sauce served with Snowville Creamery milk and Ohio Apple Sundae with Jeni’s ice cream for dessert. Includes fall holiday activities and fun in the kitchen with a special guest. Ohio wine and beer cash bar available.
Location: The Hills Market 7860 Olentangy River Rd, Columbus
Time: Buffet runs between 6:00 seating and 7:30 seating – limited to 60 people.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Ohio Wine and Food Tasting at House Wine in Worthington
House Wine will offer a variety of Ohio wines and foods for their weekly Thursday night wine tasting.
Thursday, October 7, 2010, 6-9:30pm, $60
Local Foods week tour presented by Columbus Food Adventures highlighting some of the talented chefs who emphasize local sourcing. Four stops include Skillet, Latitude 41, Clever Crow (at Circus) and Knead and will also feature CBC beer to accompany Clever Crow pizza. Tickets must be booked in advance and can be purchased at www.columbusfoodadventures.com
Friday, October 8, 2010, Harvest Dinner 6:30-8pm, $75, Harvest Ball 8-12pm $25
Harvest Dinner Prior to the Harvest Ball the Harvest Dinner will feature a five course dinner with beer and wine. Harvest Dinner tickets include entrance to the Harvest Ball.
Harvest Ball Local Matters will close out Local Foods Week and the Ohio Eat Local Challenge with a party of grand proportions featuring great music, delicious local food and delightful drinks. Reserve your tickets now.
As you can see, many of the events are low cost or free, so there’s something for everyone. Hope I see you all at one or at all of the events.