Pro ‘Grammers

As a society, we love taking photographs. Who doesn’t have hundreds, if not thousands, of images on their phone as they read this? Each of these Columbus “’grammers” are skilled at this practice, and we chose them for their image finesse. If they have many followers, it’s for that very reason alone. They help set the tone for food trends by bringing that instant awareness and availability to a smartphone near you.

You may be annoyed by the flash of a camera, but their images of food on Instagram inspire us to go outside our self-made boundaries or comfort zones and try new dishes and places.


Alicia Ritchey

@alicia.wanders

Alicia Ritchey

What’s the last great dish that you had? Locally, it’s a tie between the ahi tuna bowl from Hai Poké and the Dutch Baby from The Table. Otherwise, I’ve been obsessing over this tortilla española I had in Spain.

Last great dish you cooked? Ddakbokkeumtang (spicy Korean braised chicken) from HYPERLINK “http://www.maangchi.com/recipe/dakbokkeumtang”Maangchi is everything.

What drives you to be a tastemaker in Cbus? I’ve always had adventures through food, but being able to share it on social media has given me the opportunity to meet other like-minded people and discover new places.

What is the most significant way food & drink has changed in Columbus in the last five years? We’ve cycled through many trends in the past five years, but the emphasis on locally sourced ingredients looks like it has staying power.

Put together your perfect night on the town, from pre-meal cocktail, to dinner, to nightcap: Soju and Korean barbecue with all the fixings at Kaya followed by drinks and arcade games at 16-Bit, and a midnight snack at Dirty Frank’s (namely Slappy Pappy’s Super Sloppy).

One Cbus celebrity you want to break bread with? Since it’s not specified whether this person has to be dead or alive, I’m going with Roy Lichtenstein.

Describe Columbus’s taste in a six-word sentence: Surprisingly diverse and high quality food.


Kathy + Sophia

@kasuallife

Kathy + Sophia

What’s the last great dish that you had? Hai Poké bowl.

Last great dish you cooked? Bun Bo Hue (Vietnamese spicy beef noodle soup).

What drives you to be a tastemaker in Cbus? Food makes us happy and it’s a great way to open up to other cultures. Columbus has so many different neighborhoods that offer different restaurants. Food brings people together and offers opportunities to explore the city. We love seeing what people like to eat via Instagram and we enjoy supporting the restaurants we frequent. It’s a win-win situation!

What is the most significant way food & drink has changed the Columbus food scene in the last 5 years? People in Columbus have really shown their enthusiasm for food, especially via social media. Food has driven the community together. A photo of a new spot or dish on social media influences others to try it! Columbus has also been a great location for corporate businesses and we think restaurateurs are seeing the potential to open up their businesses here.  There are so many new craft breweries, coffee shops, taco shops, ramen shops, bakeries … it’s not just about quantity any more—people are looking for quality, taste, and atmosphere.

Perfect night on the town from pre-meal cocktail, to dinner, to nightcap: Happy hour cocktails at Forno. Brassica for a casual and delicious dinner. Denmark on High for drinks.

One Cbus celebrity you want to break bread with: Jeni Britton Bauer. Hands down.

Describe Columbus’s taste in a six-word sentence: Columbus’s taste is flavorful, diverse, growing.


Ewa and Jeremy

@nom_life

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What’s the last great dish you had? The last *greatest* dish we had was some beautiful wagyu beef in Hong Kong that melts in your mouth like butter. Seriously so crazy good. Drooling about it right now.

What’s the last great dish you cooked? Ewa doesn’t cook often—her main dish is cereal when I’m not home—but I made a pretty mean steak the other night in the cast iron. We’ve also been experimenting with this simple salt and pepper shrimp which has come through in the clutch multiple dinner times.

What drives you to be a tastemaker? We started this account to showcase places people had maybe never heard of or been to, there are so many awesome local places to try whether in Columbus or when you’re traveling! We love being able to help show some of the local places around as people pour their heart and soul in their businesses and we want to feature what they are doing. We love showing how many options and choices people have and may not even realize! And also we love to eat.

What is the most significant way food and drink has changed in Columbus in the last five years? The most significant scene is the cultivation around the foodie scene, five years ago there wasn’t a base of food bloggers in Columbus, Stock & Barrel didn’t exist, new restaurants and bars weren’t popping up every month. Now we have such a food scene in Columbus that continues to grow and gain national attention (hey USA Today, wassup)!

Least favorite style of Instagram food photo: Dimly lit flash food photos when it’s not a joke or if it’s not Martha Stewart doing it.

Put together your perfect night on the town, from pre-meal cocktail, to dinner, to nightcap: Start with a light workout to get the metabolism going (and as a deterrent for over-indulgence guilt). Next, shower and dress up, cuz you can’t be stanky for the night out. Start with cocktails and snacks at The Walrus. Once sufficiently boozed up, head over to Salt & Pine for dinner. Start with the porcini pâté and a bottle of wine. Take a moment to digest, then head over to 16 Bit and beat Ewa at some Smash Bros. Next head down to Oddfellows in the Short North to meet friends, hang out, and probably also grab a slice of Mikey’s. Around the 1:30am mark, get hit with the sudden urge to sing karaoke. Go to The Voice Karaoke bar near OSU campus and have a blast. It’s more fun if you bring a bunch of people from the bar with you and the owners will give you light snacks too. When they boot you out at 2:30 a.m., head to Tee Jaye’s for late night grub. Chug plenty of water to avoid a hangover. Pass out in the Uber and stumble to your front door when you get home. Make sure to take off your shoes before going to bed…on the floor.

One Columbus celebrity you want to break bread with? Jeni Britton Bauer. Jeni, if you see this, holler at us. Dinner is on us, ice cream on you.

Describe Columbus’s taste in a six-word sentence: Winner winner, Hot Chicken Takeover Dinner.

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