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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…

Photo by Adam Lowe

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…

Photo by Chris Casella

Urban Legend

When I was younger, I fantasized about living in the J. Crew catalogue. Wanted to melt into the pages, have saltwater hair, frolic on the dunes in a cable-knit sweater in front of my perfectly…

Give-and-Bake

Clintonville’s section of High Street is teeming with brick buildings; some squat to the ground, others soar a couple stories high. Approaching the North Broadway intersection, however, a smile of yellow rises alongside the busy…

Photos by Megan Leigh Barnard

The Brass Ring

After months of hammering, building, and revisioning, Brassica has finally risen from the clouds of construction dust. The Northstar group’s new Short North food adventure recently opened to a waiting public, nurtured on the reputation…

Photos by Megan Leigh Barnard

Poké Men

Imagine walking into the local gas station and instead of finding rolling hot dogs sweating pig juice and cardboard pizza with questionable cheese, you see bowls of super fresh cubed ahi tuna marinated in soy…

Going Whole Hog

“First, peel the skin back.” “Then, dive into the cheeks.” “The flesh just behind the ears is the most tender.” While it sounds like Hannibal Lector giving tips to carnivorous Hannibal Junior, it’s not. It’s…

Photos by Chris Casella

Second Wave

Remember those Choose Your Own Adventure books that we read as kids? The one where you make a choice at the end of every chapter and each choice lead to different stories? The menu at…

Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard

Off the Chain

I wasn’t taught specifically to abhor chain restaurants. It just sort of developed over time—this general compulsion to discredit a restaurant for having multiple locations. After all, good food comes from good chefs, and good chefs…

Photos by Megan Leigh Barnard & Chris Casella

Family Style

It’s hard enough being in a relationship—imagine not only living with someone but working with them as well? Sounds like a recipe for disaster. The courts are littered with the divorce papers of those tried…

Photo by Chris Casella

From the Editor

It’s almost sundown on the Tuesday after Labor Day, and I’m sitting at the border between summer and fall, that weird period of Ohio living where temperatures fluctuate so rapidly that the needle on your…

Photos by Jill Strominger

Candy Crush

Guarantee yourself to be the “good house” this Halloween with these homemade candies that are simple enough to make with kids, yet sophisticated enough to serve to judgmental adults. Or don’t share with anyone—dump a…

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