It's another hot summer, and there's nothing better to do on a Sunday afternoon than lay in the shade at Goodale Park listening to some awesome tunes and enjoying some delightful grub.
If you haven't been to a concert at the Goodale Park Music Series, then you are missing out. I went to the first show of the season last Sunday and thought to myself "why don't I do this every Sunday?" Even though it was hot, there is tons of shade and a nice breeze was blowing. It was great.
So, what's this potluck thing? Well, everyone can participate. Bring a dish to serve 16 people - you don't have to make it, it doesn't have to be fancy. Remember church potlucks as a kid? My favorite was always the bucket of chicken.
My theme is going to be Southern Cuisine; I'm not quite sure what that means yet....but there will definitely be cornbread.
The band will be the Moocussers, and word on the street has it some special guests will also be showing up!
I hope to see you there!!!
Here's a slideshow from the Lonely Bones show last Sunday...(which features mostly dogs because I suck at taking pictures of crowds of people)
It's no secret I love Anthony Bourdain. Kitchen Confidential is a rite of passage for anyone in the restaurant industry, and the Nasty Bits is one of the best collections of essays of any sort. Bourdain's writing is tough, honest, and brutal. It's rarely sentimental, so if he does wax nostalgic, you know it's for a good reason.
Lest you think I'm just a raving sycophantic fan girl, there was a time when I wasn't quite sure about Mr. Bourdain. I wasn't crazy about the Cook's Tour show on Food Network, and I started to think perhaps he was a character - an affect - full of himself and riding the laurels of an accidentally good book.
I remember there being one single point where I became fully re-convinced that he was indeed the bard of the back of the house, but I can't remember what it was. At some point I realized he was completely honest; there was no affect. He really was that cool.
There were a few murmurings of people wondering what he would be doing. I thought he might do some reading. It was a little like standup; nearly ever famous cook (not chef, but cook) on the Food Network and beyond, but he also poked fun at himself. The show was not just laced with but knitted with delightful profanity, just like a restaurant kitchen. I don't want to say too many things just in case anyone in another city googles and finds this.
One of the things I loved the most was the Q & A portion of the evening. Mics were set up in the theatre - even in the balcony - and audience members lined up to ask questions, which Mr. Bourdain answered honestly and completely. There was one funny moment when some dolt from the corn industry stood up and started reciting everything they tried to shove down our throats in last year's High Fructose Corn Syrup ad campaign (literally, the same verbiage); "it's fine when used in moderation" until everyone booed and shut her up. Actually that was pretty funny.
All in all, I found the talk to be completely inspiring; Mr. Bourdain waxed lyrical about traveling and food and his family. The man can turn a phrase on the fly like no one I have ever heard. It was super cool.
So now I've seen two of my heroes at the Palace - Anthony Bourdain and David Sedaris. When's Neil Gaiman coming?
Dine Originals Columbus is an organization which promotes locally-owned independent restaurants. Beginning earlier this year, DOC has featured Restaurant Weeks during some months which are typically slow. This is a great chance to sample a restaurant you might not have a chance to otherwise.
Alas, those of us who work in these restaurants don't really get much of an opportunity to get out there and sample everyone else's fare, but then again, this week gives us a chance to make some money during a typically tight time of year. Participating restaurants will have a menu (typically a pre-set, fixed price, multicourse menu) for either $20.09 or $30.09. Some lesser-priced restaurants even have 2-for deals
One great thing about this event is that there is a huge variety from which to choose. If you only have $30 to spend on eating out this week for 2, you can do it at Surly Girl. You can splurge and do $30 each at some of the best restaurants in the city (The Top, the Refectory, G Michaels) - the options are pretty endless.
You can read the menus on the DOC website; having perused them, I thought I'd offer my 2 cents - where I'd be going if I could. I hope to get a chance to do a few lunches. Columbus Foodie is hoping to hit 8-10 restaurants this week, so you can keep up with her.
Alana's has quite a few options; including vegetarian options (kabocha squash risotto? yes, please!), and then there's that Mexican Chocolate tart with Jeni's Salt Caramel, the only dessert Husband will order in a restaurant.
Black Creek Bistro has gone out with four courses on offer - appetizer, salad, entree, and dessert!
The Elevator has options for meat, fish, and vegetables, including a winning-sounding nut brown braised short rib.
G. Michael''s also has choices to run the gamut of desires. The Widow family ate there last night and it was amazing, as usual.
Katzinger's is offering up a menu for 2 (or 1!); choose a salad, sandwich, and dessert!
I certainly hope to get to Pistacia Vera for dessert for 2!!
The Top Steakhouse has a great menu - escargots and prime rib!!
Aside from a lunch and dinner menu, the Worthington Inn will have 2/$30.09 brunch on Sunday. I will tell you right now, it's way worth it. The brunch ladies visited in May and it was one of the best brunches in the city.
If you already checked this post out, you know I accidentally erased all of it. And it was such a good list! At any rate, I have tried to remember everything. As always, if you have anything to add, please do so in the comments.
Can you believe how amazing the weather has been?! Seriously, I can't think of a nicer July in years and years. I hope it's at least warm enough for the tomatoes and everything to be really great...
At any rate, I hope everyone is enjoying their summer and doing all the nice shopping and eating seasonally and event-hopping that I haven't been doing. This is yet another great weekend of events in Central Ohio.
As always, if you have anything to add, please leave it in the comments. Always remember, too, that you have my permission to add me to your email list of special events or press releases.
I am about to head out to the country for a few days of peace, quiet, and family. And maybe the occasional political debate. Oh! and of course, emus.I will be completely disconnected from the Intertubes (yes, if I think about that too closely I do start to feel panicky). But I wanted to let you know about a few great things going on this weekend.
Fist up, tonight OEFFA will be hosting the Columbus premier of Food, Inc. (click on the link to see a preview of the film); there will be a reception featuring local foods (and Jeni's Ice cream!). The 7:30 showing filled up so fast they've added a 9:30 seating. The event will take place at the Drexel East. You should go, because I can't. I'll be making beef and fish tacos for my whole family tonight.
Saturday at noon, I will briefly emerge from the cornfields to partake in a panel discussion on eating local foods. This WCBE Coffee Klatch session will take place in the Dispatch kitchen at the North Market (2nd floor). I will be joining other locavores to discuss the state of food in Central Ohio. The others include:
On August 1st, Wild Goose Creative will be hosting Bacon Camp, a national event which celebrates all things bacon.
Test your own bacon prowess by submitting a bacon-based dish or crafting a bacon-related item! You can find more information on their website.
Our next Sunday Supper will be Sunday, May 17th on the Veranda at the Hill's Market! We will finally have a few more local produce by then!! Well, at least lettuce. . .
Click below to reserve your spot (you will be able to adjust quantities on the next page), the dinner is $55, all-inclusive, and don't forget to let me know about any concerns you have, or anything you'd especially enjoy!
I can't wait to see you there!
Husband is starting a new series of wine classes. There will be a series of classes where you will learn progressively more about wine, regions, and tastings. This first set of classes will focus on the fundamentals of tasting.
Well, it looks as though after today, the cold snap is going to be over for awhile, so it's time to start thinking about planting seedlings inside, maybe getting a little spring cleaning done, or whatever you're going to do this spring.
I think there might be a few spots still open for my cooking class this Thursday, March 5th! It's only $35 which includes an amuse + 4 courses and wine (more info)!
Finally, finally, Columbus has its own Restaurant Week!! From March 9th through the 15th, all 42 restaurants who are members of Dine Originals Columbus will feature a prix fix dinner for either $15 or $30.
Spring is in the air. For today, at least. Maybe that means I'll magically become motivated to do all the writing I'm behind on! The Home & Garden show is always a sure sign that Spring - and home improvement time - is right around the corner.
Raise your hand if you're tired of winter. Bleh. It's funny because it seems as though every year during February, all I want to do is sleep and stay in the house and read, and it always catches me by surprise. Somehow I think Spring should be close! I suppose I should be grateful that I live here in Ohio; a friend was just telling me it's still only 12 degrees where her parents live in Michigan!
Wow. Is it cold out there or what? I hope this means we're going to have a warm and early Spring...
Well, it's winter here in Central Ohio, and being the first week of December, that means there are lots of things to do this weekend, mostly involving spending your money on cool gifts.
There are so many things to list; if you emailed me an event and I forget, please let me know. Also, if you have an event to add, please don't hesitate to leave a comment or send me an email.
Of course, those special folks who follow me on Twitter are going to be visiting me at my new job tomorrow night!
This Sunday is the Home for the Holidays tour of homes in Olde Towne East. OTE is home to some of the most beautiful houses in Columbus, so this will certainly be a great tour. While you are in that part of town, you can take in the topiary garden or just stroll around. It's pretty.