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 December 10 at Gallerie Bar & Bistro. The James Beard Foundation Kitchen in New York is the epicenter of cookery transcendence and this local dinner will be the next best things for Columbusites. Gallerie’s Chef Bill Glover will play host for the region’s top toques: Jonathan Sawyer of Cleveland’s Greenhouse Tavern and Trentina, Daniel Wright of Cincinnati’s Senate and Abigail Street, Garrett Lipar of Detroit’s Torino, Spencer Budros of Columbus’ Pistacia Vera, and Matt Danko of Cleveland’s Greenhouse Tavern and Noodlecat. The evening will feature a cocktail hour, as well as unforgettable meal with the opportunity to interact with the chefs throughout the evening. Tickets cost $170. Visit for more.

With all the buzz surrounding The Market Italian Village, including head chef Julian Menaged and sous chef John Fuller’s star making turns at the Freedom a la Cart Eat Up Columbus! event last month, many don’t realize the corner shop serves until midnight Sunday through Wednesday, and until 1 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. In order to highlight its later hours, The Market is doing a sort-of reverse happy hour with fantastic specials happening after 9 p.m. during the week. For example, on Monday, partake in a hot, bubbly cheese pizza for $5, or on Wednesdays, go continental with a $3 Croque Monsieur; on Thursdays, enjoy two half-glasses of wine and a chef’s choice cheese plate for $8.  For those into the vino, Tuesdays feature a mystery brown bag wine bottle: simply choose white or red and go home with a bottle for $10. Like The Market Italian Village on Facebook to keep with the daily after-nine specials and other menu news.

After an epic cleaning, the former Betty’s space in the Short North will be occupied by another concept from the Northstar Café team. The group’s first post-Café outing—Third & Hollywood in Grandview—was such a success that Kevin and Katy Malhame, et al. are turning out a new idea and menu once again. Look for the new spot to open in 2015.

Baba’s, a new market adventure in Olde North, is a meeting of food-focused minds. Opening this spring, the Hudson and Summit space will feature the smoked meat genius of That Food Truck’s Dan Kraus, former Per Zoot trucker and current Matija Breads baker Matt Swint, and Pistacia Vera alum Jackson Roecker. Get excited for top-notch charcuterie, sophisticated breads, and luscious pastries. With a tag of “Ethical Flavor,” Babas’s will feature loads of take away, as well as a handful of two-tops to start with. Baba’s will offer breakfast—featuring Thunderkiss Coffee – Tuesday through Saturday, while That Food Truck will be parked outside for lunch. On the dinner tip, Baba’s will be open for dinner Wednesday through Saturday for a sit down meal, which, among other offerings, will highlight a “black menu,” which is code for Chef’s choice adventure time! Visit for updates on the March 2015 opening.

And, yo, talk about throw back: Neil Hertenstein will show no mercy this January when his group unveils the Cobra Kai food truck. With a menu of 10 signature hot dogs and grilled mac ‘n cheese, Cobra Kai will attempt to sweep the legs out from competing dog trucks. Already a huge success on the food truck scene with Hungry Monkey, Melty Crüe, and Juniors Tacos, Hertenstein certainly knows his way around mobile munchies.