From Tradition to Table

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Co-Op Catch-Up

When I was a kid, my mother sold alfalfa sprouts up and down the state of Vermont from the back of her yellow Suburu. Sprouts that she grew herself in the underground sprout house that…

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Rook Cook

In the world of kitchens, there are myriad stereotypes—the unshaven veteran whose bark makes the line stand up pencil-straight; the young slingers who are making money for band van gas; the stoner dishwashers who giggle…

Good Grub, On the Go

The term “fast-casual dining” might seem like an oxymoron—or even an underhanded attempt by restaurateurs at letting their customers know that their business is a notch above McDonalds—while still cheaper than Hyde Park. But the…

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DeliciOSU

There ain’t a thing wrong with loving any long-standing joint universally admired and constantly sought after; even if it is a beautiful dish of saturated life-shortener. Everybody loves that shit, and no one should be…

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Toque & Dagger

In another life, I would be a spy. Sneaking around, knowing everyone’s secrets, plotting and planning, all that seductive subterfuge adding a current of danger to the daily routine. Sadly, I am in this life…

Foodwire

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…

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Tempered Temperance

Westerville was once a stronghold for the dreaded temperance movement, a misguided effort to rid the world of anything that brought people joy. Though the primary focus was alcohol, and other substances that induce a…

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Foodwire

While the weather might not be heating up, the food scene certainly is. In this at-time bleak February, what better way to beat back the chill than spend time soaking up the warmth and good…

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Dinner & A Show

“All day we’ve got three salmon, two pot pie, two hamburguesa…” “One trout sells this ticket! Let’s move!” “Everybody should be helping!!” Sauté pans clang against the gas stove burners. Stacks of plates rattle against…

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Muy Bien

Friday night, 6:30 p.m.—prime time for any restaurant. For a brand new addition that sits about 50 yards from Nationwide Arena, half an hour before a Blue Jackets game is tantamount to DEFCON 1. Yet…

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Fresh Tastes

A multitude of new bars, breweries, and restaurants opened up in the last year, signifying a legitimate boom for the Columbus food and drink industry. These are just a few of the standouts: 1  …

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Pop Goes the Menu

From infrequent seasonal events and festivals to word-of-mouth happenings, pop-up eateries have become the edible whack-a-mole of the local scene. Originally, pop-ups were simply kitchen takeovers for brief periods of time—unemployed cooks giving the dream…

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International Comfort

The United States is a culinary mash-up of influences from various immigrant groups, indigenous peoples, and new-fangled food concoctions. Ask five different people what our national dish is and you’ll get five different answers: hot…

Foodwire

In this day of celebrity chefs, hotshot ingredient wranglers go on tour much like rock stars. The apex of chef tours is the James Beard Foundation Celebrity Chef Tour and the Columbus stop takes place…

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Toastmaster

Everyone has a story about toast. Okay, perhaps that is for the more specific breed of food nerd, but at the very least, I do. There was the time my stepmother went all out on…

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High Bräu

Years ago, German immigrants in Columbus—many of them getting off a long day of brewing or building carriages—might have found their way down to one of a number of traditional beer halls that used to…

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On Point

I love getting dressed up. Flipping through the hangers in the closet, trying to find the just-right look for the night – the make-up, the hair product, the universal shoe quandary – it all comes together…

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