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Meat Men

My papa was a butcher—one of those gregarious, old school, Buddha-bellied guys. The larger than life, cleaver-wielding stereotype whose rosy cheeks matched his stained work apron. The type of person who knew the first name…

Photo by Chris Casella

S.T.E.A.M.

Around the year 230 CE, Zhuge Liang, Chancellor of the Northern Chinese state of Shu Han, equal parts famed politician, adroit strategist, and feared warrior, returning with his army from a rout of the Nanman…

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…

Photo by Chris Casella

Growing Pains

Every spring, I squeeze my eyes shut, click my Crocs together and chant, “There’s no place like a garden, There’s no place like a garden, There’s no place like a garden.” Sadly, when I open…

Photo by Chris Casella

The Anarchist Gardener

Guerrilla gardening tactics, although within the realm of not being crystal-clear legal, are a brilliant way to spread beauty and good cheer throughout this urban space we all share and call home. Urban gardening author…

Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard

Avon’s Calling

Whether he knew it or not, Chef Maxwell Avon’s future was decided for him at the age of 16. That was when the Worthington native took an after-school job at The Macaroni Grill as a…

Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard

All in the Family

While the parents and grand parents clear grilled cheese sandwiches and homemade cinnamon rolls, I’m left with a trio of beaming children. “When I grow up, I want to be a chef! The oldest!” Gracie…

Fresh Tastes: Issue 8

Sweet Carrot 1470 W Fifth Ave. Located in the gone-but-not-forgotten Riffe Market space at Grandview and Fifth avenues, it’s heart-warming to see a local take over the corner spot. The concrete version of the Sweet…

The Fifth Element

You know the moment. The “wow” eye bulge across the table as you and your friend, both nodding, mouths full, silently agreeing that you’ve both bitten into something amazing. Your immediate thought: What the hell…

Photo by Chris Casella

Market Spotting: Mushrooms

I picked up these gorgeous oyster and crimini mushrooms at Little Eater Produce and Provisions at he North Market recently. The oyster mushrooms are so gorgeously sculptural to look at, I almost didn’t want to chop them up – it felt…

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Rock Star Chef

With the rise of the chef-lebrity, watchers of pop culture have posited that chefs and food personalities are the new rock stars. It’s easy to believe if you’ve ever seen Gina OIUOIUIO mobbed on the…

Photo by Rachel Joy Baransi

Wishes for Dishes

Food pantries are an essential cog in the safety net machine – we donate to them, we volunteer to sort foods, we have canned drives in our businesses and schools. This is a good thing….

Photo by Chris Casella

On the Line: The Pearl

In my first memory of now Executive Chef Natalie Bidinger, she is perched atop a 6-foot, double stacked convection oven, shoes off, Technicolor socks at the end of long, often times ungainly legs; her torso…

No Forks Given

Within the pages of Stock & Barrel, our exploration of the world of food and drink most often takes the form of reviews, recipes, essays, and sometimes even prose, but what we don’t always get…

Meat on the Main Stage

I saw somebody’s dog dressed as bacon for Halloween this year. The dog looked adorable—albeit in a morbid sort of way—and at the time I just giggled and walked on without giving much thought as to…

Photo by Chris Casella

Sugar and Spice

Visiting a friend lately, I mentioned that I was stopping by Sweet Carrot, a newcomer to the Grandview restaurant crawl. Before she had a chance to answer, her son piped up, “They have great macaroni…

Photo by Rosa Cautela

Grilled Cheese for Grownups

This city’s sandwich scene seldom sides with nostalgia. From experimental to reckless, Columbus “carbovores” reward few endeavors more than a radical idea between two pieces of bread. But simple pleasures aren’t easily outgrown. “It’s the…

Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard

Hand to Mouth

Columbus is a working class town with a working class appetite, and no metaphor better embraces our close-to-the-bricks heritage than a meal that doesn’t require utensils. Sadly, some of our city’s unsung sandwiches are hiding…

Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard

At-Home Chef: Stale Mate

Cooking’s biggest enemies: motivation and patience. The idea of making something from scratch is always nice—but the execution? Before you’ve finished your mental list of the ingredients you need to grab from the store, you’ve…

Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard

Reinventing the Meal

“If anything, I would like people to know that I am accessible. I have been told that some people are intimidated by me, and I don’t see why.” Well, on the surface, it’s not hard…

Photo by Chris Casella

Roll Call

Time for a weird confession from my past: I was a lunch lady. Pardon the gendered title, but in the interest of effective written communication, I felt it necessary. Lunch guy or lunch person doesn’t…

Photo by Jon McAllister

Elevated Comfort

The cardinal rule of restaurant work, with respect to post-labor revelry and general socialization, is as follows: Never make plans for after work. This rule is predicated upon the rule that there is an inverse…

Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard

One Pit Wonders

Barbeque is easily maligned as the one-night stand of comfort food. Whether it’s slow and smoky or sticky and sweet—even when it’s not that good, it’s probably not that bad. But barbeque is also becoming…

Photo by Chris Casella

Hog Heaven

It’s hard to take celebrity chefs seriously—the rub is right there in the title. They seem to be celebrities first, chefs as an afterthought. For every humble hero grinding it out in the kitchen, there’s…

Photo by Jon McAllister

From the Editor

It’s 2016, ya’ll! Well, it should be. Maybe you snaked one of the early-bird copies of this winter edition in those waning days of December, but hey, you’ve had your office Christmas party, you’ve turned…

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