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Del Sroufe, Columbus’s resident vegan celebrity chef and the author of Better Than Vegan, is opening up the creative cookery floodgates to share his green genius with the world. Through the Wellness Forum, Sroufe is offering a Personal Chef Certification course for those who want to turn a passion for healthy deliciousness into a career, or for those already in the home chef business to add another notch to their knife handle. Participants don’t have to be kitchen wizards but are expected to have basic skills. In four two-hour virtual classes, spread out between March, April, and May, students will learn the fun stuff—how to cook!—as well as the business stuff—insurance! sanitation! Sroufe has a quarter-century of experience up his sleeve and this opportunity for a knowledge bump is unparalleled. Like Wellness Forum Health Personal Chef Certification on Facebook to start the journey.

Clintonville Community Market is heading into 2015 with a positive energy blast that has the whole place beaming. The walls are getting a new sheen of exuberant color, and the kitchen and deli have reopened. Dustin Brafford, fromer chef at The Crest, is giving the market deli a jump-start before leaving town. Sunday brunch service kicked off on Valentine’s weekend with a dish to please everyone, including crème brulée French toast and vegetarian biscuits and gravy. Additionally, the hours have changed to 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. For details on joining, events, and the kitchen reopening, visit communitymarket.org.

Olde Towne East has always had a love for the word “hot.” First there was the Hot Times in Olde Towne East festival, then there was Hot Chicken Takeover, and now, with HCT burning up the North Market, J Hot Fish will soon be firing things up in an Oak Street vacancy. Debuting March 5, look forward to lunch and dinner hours Friday-Sunday. Like the J Fish page on Facebook for all the updates.

Who says we need those Democrats? We’ve got food! The Columbus Mobile Food Conference and Expo just announced its arrival in our hosting city this October. Seeing as we are arguably the food truck capital of the Midwest, it is only appropriate that the inaugural expo happens in the 614. Sponsored by Experience Columbus, House of Media, and the Columbus Food Truck Festival, this event is expected to draw meals-on-wheels purveyors from gourmet to street meat to fair food. Mobile food cheerleader and Food Truck Festival maestro Mike Gallicchio will spearhead the festival. “The success of Columbus Food Truck Festival has shown not only the demand but longevity of mobile food. Our first festival four years ago, we had 25 mobile food vendors and 7,000 attendees, and last year we had 64 mobile food vendors and 40,000 attendees. We think the future is bright,” he said. “The conference and expo is still a work in progress, but we think we can pull it off. Our goal is to continue to grow our mobile food scene locally … and keep the focus here in Columbus. It would be great to grow a nationally renowned mobile food conference and expo in our city.”

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