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November 4, 2010

Dine Originals Week | November 2010 Menu Previews

Dine Originals Week starts this Monday, November 8th and runs through Sunday, November 14th.  Truly, this is one of the best times of year to visit one of the 53 independently owned and arguably best restaurants in Columbus.  At all 53 you will find specially designed three course meals for $10, $20 or $30.  Perusing this year’s preview menus, I’ve staked out a few (just a few, really…) that I’m wanting to try.  Give a click to any of the restaurant names below to link to the proposed menus.

For $10 you can sample of the tremendous fare at Tasi for lunch, lose yourself in a dreamy, sugary collection of six pastries from the elegant folks at Pistacia Vera or enjoy real New York-style deli fare at Katzinger’s.  Or head to Bodega, one of my favorite bars (Persephone has favorite bars, I just realized this.) for an inexpensive dinner.  These are all for ten bucks, people.  Get out there!

For a bit more at $20 a person you have a wealth of choices.  Dinner at Columbus Brewing Company is a good choice, especially if you opt to try some of Eric Bean’s (CBC’s skillful brewmaster) new beers while you’re there.  The Sticke Alt and the Winter Warmer are two that would pair pretty well with this week’s menu.  Or for a warm, cozy dinner head to Figlio, for a great menu with several choices for each course.

For $30, you’re really starting to get into some serious culinary fireworks.  I stalk the folks at Skillet (they know I do, it’s a friendly kind of stalking…) for menus such as the one Chef Caskey has proposed for this week’s dinner.  I also will admit to kind of a restaurant crush on Rigsby’s Kitchen and G. Michael’s Bistro, both have really luscious looking menus.

And for absolute fun, for the love of Pete, head to Surly Girl Saloon.  For $30 you get dinner for two!  And they have a choice of menus: a little bit trashy or a little bit classy.  I think I’m partial to the trashy side of things.  Anyplace that serves Frito Pie as an appetizer and ding dong cupcakes for dessert is ok in my book.

To top it all off, dine out next week at these wonderful places because a portion of the proceeds benefit the educational programs run by Local Matters.  Eat good, do good!

Have fun next week, kids.  See you out there!

November 4, 2010

Jeni’s Launch at Middle West Spirits

I was almost giggly when I found out about the Jeni’s Splendid launch party for the new flavor Oakvale Young Gouda with Vodka-Plumped Cranberries.   Hosted by Middle West Spirits in the Short North, the belle of the ball was served out of Jeni’s pretty new mobile ice cream truck. 

 

Now add to this that Middle West held tastings of their boutique vodka OYO, and Foodie Cart was serving Japanese Crepes outside and Clever Crow was running in fresh cornbread crust pizzas from across the street and the Salty Caramels were crooning and playing the saw (awesome!).   I thought for a minute it was my birthday.  Well, the birthday of my dreams.  My dream birthday would have mariachis doing a set when the Salty Caramels took a break and there would be fireworks.  But I digress.

The ice cream, first off, is amazing.  It’s a locally-sourced and locally-made treasure.  Jeni’s great base made with Snowville cream is layered with OYO soaked cranberries and bits of Oakvale’s young gouda.  It’s a sweet and savory flavor combination that makes your tongue want to turn cartwheels.  Oh happy, happy day.  “Sweet and unique it’s Jeni’s ice cream.”

Hades and I stopped to visit with Kenny and Misako at Foodie Cart.  Did I say stop to visit?  I meant to say

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