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Seventh Son Brewing Co. Now Open

Seventh Son Brewing Co. Now Open | Columbus Life | Scoop.it

After over a year in the works and going through a name change, the Seventh Son Brewing Company officially opened their doors for the first time last weekend for a soft launch party. The new business boasts 4,500 square feet of rentable event and entertainment space divided into two indoor areas and a beer garden patio out back.

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“We’re not sure how much we’ll be open as a regular venue,” said co-owner Collin Castore. ”But at first we need to get people in here to see the space.”

Last weekend’s launch party included food trucks parked out front and a full bar featuring other local brews on draft such as Weasel Boy, Elevator, Four String and CBC.

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Dinin'Hall

Dinin'Hall | Columbus Life | Scoop.it
Dinin’ Hall began as a design idea trying to solve practical issues of eating at food trucks and carts. Tim and Eliza love to eat as much as they love to sit, and eating street food while standing has become challenging. So, they started to dream.

Dinin’ Hall was born, a perfect marriage of street food and casual dining experiences. It features a rotating roster of food trucks and carts and their signature items, promoting their innovative menus. It provides a cool dining area of industrial charm with community tables and bar seating. This is going to raise the bar for high quality, gourmet (yet casual) street food dining, right in Columbus!

More than anything else, Dinin’ Hall is about good food and people makes a great community! It is a destination where passion for food and innovation thrives.

Great Food, Great Space, Great Community.
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brēzel

brēzel | Columbus Life | Scoop.it
brēzel makes hand-rolled Bavarian-style pretzels with a kick. We specialize in gourmet pretzel products including pretzel buns and pizzas made to order, just for you.

 

Who doesn’t love a good pretzel?

 

brēzel is a gourmet pretzel company specializing in hand-rolled Bavarian-style pretzels and pretzel products in a multitude of flavors (savory, spicy, sweet, seasonal, etc.). Not a pretzel fan? Let us convince you!

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Eating in Columbus

Eating in Columbus | Columbus Life | Scoop.it
Columbus, Ohio is a city that invites walking, from German Village up through downtown, Victorian Village, Short North, the University District and beyond.

 

 

Columbus, Ohio is a city that invites walking, from German Village up through downtown, Victorian Village, Short North, the University District and beyond.

 

Which is fortunate, because it also encourages overindulgence at just about every turn. Inspired food options abound, from locavore breakfast spots to taco truck tours and the best small batch ice cream I’ve ever eaten.

 

I visited Columbus for the first time last fall on a press tour (you’ll find that story here), a guest of Experience Columbus, a non-profit organization that promotes the city as a travel destination. The tour was orchestrated by Weirick Communications, a Columbus-based tourism marketing firm. The city utterly charmed me, and not just because of the food. So a couple of weeks ago, Marion and I visited. It was her first time there, and she was as taken with the city as I was.

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New Tuscan Grato and Scotch Bar Opening Downtown Columbus, OH

New Tuscan Grato and Scotch Bar Opening Downtown Columbus, OH | Columbus Life | Scoop.it

The Downtown Columbus restaurant scene continues to blossom with new options with the addition of “Manifesto” in November. Located at 21 East State Street in the Fifth-Third Building, this new venue is being described as a “rustic Tuscan Grato and full scotch bar” by owner Yavonne Sarber, who also owns de-NOVO Bistro and Bar located just two blocks away on High Street.

 

“Our scotch bar will be extensive with knowledgable bartenders serving proper methods,” said Sarber. “The space will be beautiful, in a manly way.”

 

Manifesto will seat 90 guests and will be open from 7am for breakfast through 1am on weekdays and 2am on weekends. The culinary team for the new restaurant includes leadership from Chef Robert Harrison, executive sous chef Mike Gadd, and sous John Franke.

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New Columbus Chef: Andrew Smith — ColumbusUnderground.com

New Columbus Chef: Andrew Smith — ColumbusUnderground.com | Columbus Life | Scoop.it
Over the next few weeks, Columbus Underground is taking a look at some of the amazing young talent in the kitchens of your favorite local restaurants, food trucks and other dining establishments in the relaunch of our series ...

 

Over the next few weeks, Columbus Underground is taking a look at some of the amazing young talent in the kitchens of your favorite local restaurants, food trucks and other dining establishments in the relaunch of our series known as “New Columbus Chefs“.

 

The Rossi has been a jewel in the Short North for years. Remember it before the expansion?

 

They have always had one of the best burgers to be found in Columbus and now also has many of the best entrées and pizzas.

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Whole Foods Dublin Opens In-Store Gastropub “The Local”

Whole Foods Dublin Opens In-Store Gastropub “The Local” | Columbus Life | Scoop.it

Eager to stay ahead of the dining-inside-the-grocery-store trend, Whole Foods Dublin is opening “The Local” today, an in-store gastropub concept where customers can enjoy a drink or a bar snack before, after or during their shopping.

 

“We’re always looking to provide an innovative and special experience for our customers,” said Tiffany Smith, Marketing Team Leader at Whole Foods Market Dublin. “In-store dining venues create a good energy and are the best way for us to celebrate food.”

 

The Local features twelve draft beers including regional drinks from The Columbus Brewing Company, The Rivertown Brewing Company in Cincinnati, The Elevator Brewing Company and others from Ohio, Michigan and Kentucky. The Local will also serve wine and Brother’s Drake mead on tap.

 

The menu at the new in-store restaurant will feature locally inspired upscale bar snacks, an all-organic coffee bar and other seasonal and speciality options.

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Yak burgers to Korean hodduk: Columbus' surprising food scene

Yak burgers to Korean hodduk: Columbus' surprising food scene | Columbus Life | Scoop.it
The culinary scene in heartland city Columbus, Ohio, might surprise you.

 

When considering a getaway that's focused on eating great local food, certain cities spring to mind -- New Orleans, San Francisco, Santa Fe, Columbus…

 

Columbus? As in Ohio? As in HQ of White Castle, Max and Erma's and Bob Evans? Yes, that Columbus.

 

I was there for a conference recently and had a chance to sample its vibrant culinary scene. From an innovative, multi-course pairing of food and cocktails at the elegant M at Miranova downtown, to spicy tacoscampechanos dispensed from the Taco Nazo food truck parked behind a pawn shop on the north side, my visit was both eye-opening and mouth-watering.

 

There's a bustling food-truck scene, including 40-plus taco trucks alone. A hundred or so others dish out fare ranging from Korean hodduk (hot griddle cakes stuffed with walnuts, sugar and cinnamon) to duck confit salad.

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Ohio State retires class bell system - OSU - The Lantern

Ohio State retires class bell system - OSU - The Lantern | Columbus Life | Scoop.it

The bells that ring between classes will ring for the last time at 4:18 p.m. on Friday, and will silence forever.


With the end of the quarter system, Ohio State is retiring the bell system that rings at the beginning and end of classes.


“We knew this change was coming. It was something being talked about for a while, even before we knew we were switching to semesters,” said Jack Miner, associate registrar. “It’s a really good reminder for students to prepare for semesters. It’s one more opportunity for everyone to realize things are going to be different.”


One reason the bell system will be retired with the quarter system is that few universities use bells at all. Miner said it was probably just tradition at this point.
“For years, probably for literally close to a dozen years, the university has talked about how the bell system was an outdated model,” Miner said. “I think it probably started long enough ago that it was probably commonplace in most universities. The difference for us is the schools we compare ourselves to most frequently now are large research universities, and when you get into that size or reputation, it’s almost unheard of to have bells.”


Miner said practicalities also played a role in the decision, as the bell system cannot accommodate variations in the times that classes begin under semesters.

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Can’t Find A Food Truck? Franklinton Creates A Spot

Can’t Find A Food Truck? Franklinton Creates A Spot | Columbus Life | Scoop.it

Columbus now has an estimated one-hundred food trucks or carts scattered around town. And while parking lot diners love the food, finding a food truck on any given day and finding a place to eat can be a problem. But now, following the lead of other cities, Columbus has at least one hub for mobile eateries.

 

Dinin’ Hall is a mobile truck food hub in Franklinton. Food trucks park in a lot next to an old warehouse-turned artist colony on West Rich Street. Diners can get their food and go or they can sit in a part of the building converted into a café.  It’s a little hard to find but little red signs that look like bulls-eyes show the way.

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Ohio Village to reopen to public

Ohio Village to reopen to public | Columbus Life | Scoop.it

"After a nine-year absence because of budget cuts, Ohio Village will reopen this summer."

 

This won’t be your great-grandfather’s village, however. Visitors will still be able to stroll the wooden boardwalks of the 19th-century village, visit the church, schoolhouse and town hall. But the paid staff members and vendors will be gone, replaced by volunteers to save money. There will be self-guided cellphone tours, a treasure-hunt game (Ohio Village Quest), and other special activities.

 

The village opened in 1974 but closed to the general public in April 2003, except for special events and tours by school groups.

 

Activities will change daily. “Part of the adventure will be discovering who is ‘home’ in Ohio Village each time you visit,” a spokeswoman said.

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Rush hour into Downtown Columbus, 1961

Rush hour into Downtown Columbus, 1961 | Columbus Life | Scoop.it
The morning commute was clogged back then, too...

 

On my way in to work this morning, I was delayed a bit because a car had broken down along the freeway. For a while, it was "bumper to bumper" on Rt. 315.

 

Maybe it's just the nature of the rush-hour drive-time beast. Here's a photo The Dispatch ran back in 1961, with this caption:

 

JAMMED -- Apparently most people living on the North Side elected to try reaching the downtown area by way of Summit St. and the 3rd St. viaduct. This "bumper to bumper" jam clogged the viaduct about 8 a.m. as the peak traffic period reached its crest.


I like the classic cars in this photo ... and that the LeVeque Tower was really the only skyscraper in town. 

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President Gee walks the line of tribute with Johnny Cash statue

President Gee walks the line of tribute with Johnny Cash statue | Columbus Life | Scoop.it

About 150,000 black Crayola crayons were used to sculpt the life-sized statue of Johnny Cash that sits in President E. Gordon Gee’sBexley home, and it was put together one piece at a time.

 

“I knew Johnny Cash,” Gee said during his April 23 meeting with The Lantern. “I’m a great fan of country music and when he died, I was very sad.” 

 

Cash, a country music legend who was born in 1932, was based in Nashville, where Gee was chancellor at Vanderbilt University from 2000-2007. Cash died in Baptist Hospital in Nashville due to diabetes complications in 2003, but Gee said he met Cash, often referred to as The Man in Black, before he moved to Tennessee.

 

“I actually saw him one time before I moved to Nashville and got to know him a little bit,” Gee said. “I actually saw him in an airport wearing a big, long, black coat and a big, black hat and he was a caricature of himself. And he was a big man. I mean, he’s quite a big man.”

 

Cash was about 6 feet 2 inches tall, and the statue in Gee’s house measures the same. And attaining this one-to-one ratio with crayons was one of the hardest parts about sculpting Cash for artist Herb Williams, based in Nashville.

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Savor: My Saviour, Thank You For Embracing Clintonville

Savor: My Saviour, Thank You For Embracing Clintonville | Columbus Life | Scoop.it
The Indianola strip of Clintonville is the Rodney Dangerfield of the area, no respect. In particular, the Beechwold enclave of Clintonville (Cooke Rd. to Morse Rd) along Indianola is even less endowed with anything to be a draw to the area (well, maybe the Food Trucks at Charity Newsies, being the brilliant initiative that it is would be an exception). The area and it’s residents want what the rest of the area has – more eateries, more independent business and more traffic for the existing businesses along this thoroughfare. Enter Savor.

The space that Savor has taken over was a standard carry-out for many years. It was a place for lottery tickets and last-minute emergency party needs. It was OK as far as carry outs go but noting to speak of, or blog about. However, one day I drove by and noticed a new sign which piqued my interest. Then I saw some flyers and ads – which features a nice logo, some nice photos and whoa….wait a minute, FREE DELIVERY. Someone will deliver beer and wine to my home? Why yes, they will, for free! That is convenient.
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I have found out about another place to visit near where we live.  This one delivers beer!

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Worthington pizzeria serious about pies and suds

Worthington pizzeria serious about pies and suds | Columbus Life | Scoop.it
Pies & Pints has opened at the entrance of the Shops at Worthington Place.

 

Pies & Pints is the latest out-of-towner to join the central Ohio pizza ranks, offering a full-service experience and a multitude of craft beers.

 

The West Virginia-based pizzeria has opened in a 4,500-square-foot storefront 7227 N. High St., near the entrance of the Shops at Worthington Place.

 

General manager Kenny Harper said a lot of work goes into the dough, made on premises and tossed fresh before each order. The result is a thinner crust firm enough to stand out straight.

“You’re not getting that cardboard taste or that extremely doughy taste,” Harper said. “You get what I like to call perfection.”

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Brezel. Pretzel Pizza Crust.

Brezel. Pretzel Pizza Crust. | Columbus Life | Scoop.it
pretzel crust pizzas

 

Last night, we attended a class involving the ladies from Brezel (a local german-style pretzel company). They told us a little about how their business got started. Basically, the owner was traveling in Germany and lived on the chewy dense pretzels sold on almost every corner (she is a vegan). After she returned home she tried to re-create what she had in Germany out of her kitchen.

 

Fast-forward four years later and she now owns a thriving little spot at North Market as well as takes orders for her endless pretzel products. She makes pretzel buns, bread bowls, twists and pizza crusts!

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Middle West Spirits Launching OYO Bourbon Whiskey (Columbus, OH)

Middle West Spirits Launching OYO Bourbon Whiskey (Columbus, OH) | Columbus Life | Scoop.it

Columbus will soon be home to not one, but two local bourbons, which is great news for connoisseurs of the spirit. Last week we wrote about Watershed Distillery adding Bourbon to their product lineup and this week we’ve got news that Middle West Spirits has been working on something similar — creating a bourbon by blending their locally-made whiskey with a Kentucky straight bourbon.

 

Middle West launched in the Spring of 2010 with an initial focus on vodkas, but the development of dark spirits has always been a part of their business plan.

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Ohio taps Smithsonian treasures

Ohio taps Smithsonian treasures | Columbus Life | Scoop.it
A new affiliation between the Ohio Historical Society and the Smithsonian Institution means Ohioans may get to see rare items from among 136 million in the world’s largest museum.

 

A new affiliation between the Ohio Historical Society and the Smithsonian Institution means Ohioans may get to see rare items from among 136 million in the world’s largest museum.

It’s also likely that some of the Smithsonian’s 30 million annual visitors will view historical items, documents and photos collected by the National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center in Wilberforce.

 

The affiliation agreement is reciprocal, meaning items can go both ways. The deal will be completed next Wednesday, when Harold Closter, director of Smithsonian Affiliations, visits Columbus.

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Eat and Drink Your Way Through Columbus

Eat and Drink Your Way Through Columbus | Columbus Life | Scoop.it
With craft distilleries, a new wave of microbreweries, and a growing restaurant scene, Ohio's capital city is a destination on the rise.

 

Get a taste of the city’s food scene on a one-and-a-half-mile walking tour ($50) of the Short North, led by Columbus Food Adventures. Along the way, you’ll hit the North Market, an indoor collective of small businesses and artisan producers that’s been around since 1876; get a whiff of the 25-year-old sourdough starter at the Eleni Christina Bakery (641 N. High St.; 614-461-0021); and sample the gnocchi Bolognese at Rigsby’s Kitchen, the restaurant that put this once-gritty neighborhood on the map.

 

Take a self-guided tour of the regional microbrew scene, now experiencing a second coming thanks to a handful of new entrants, including Hoof Hearted (outside the city, in Marengo), which uses a peddle-powered grain mill to make its silky, chocolaty porter, and Seventh Son, scheduled to open in November in a converted auto-body shop in Italian Village. Among the more established newcomers is Zauber, which introduced growler hours—with free tastings and a rotating roster of food trucks—for its German-style alts and kölsches in May and has plans to open a brewpub in early 2013. For a short day trip, pack picnic fare—meats and cheeses from Katzinger’s Delicatessan and cannelès and macarons fromPistacia Vera—then drive 30 miles south to Rockmill Brewery, where former L.A. talent agent Matthew Barbee makes Belgian-style beers on a horse farm in Lancaster. Pair the Trippel with a marbled blue and the Dubbel with dark chocolate, then work off your buzz with a walk around the grounds.

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Beers and Burgers | Drink Up Columbus

Beers and Burgers | Drink Up Columbus | Columbus Life | Scoop.it

Summer technically ends this Friday – and with it the seasonal tradition of preparing slabs of meat on the grill with a cold brewsky in hand. But astronomical calendars be damned – there are several upcoming events for you to enjoy freshly fried meat and locally-brewed beer, well into early Autumn.

 

First is the weekly Local Brews and Burgers series happening each Thursday through October 11 from 5-7pm at the Columbus Commons. Full lineup...

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Marvelous Menagerie - a Roman Mosaic at the Columbus Museum of Art

Marvelous Menagerie - a Roman Mosaic at the Columbus Museum of Art | Columbus Life | Scoop.it

For fans of archaeology like me, there’s no better place in Columbus this summer than the Columbus Museum of Art. When you visit, you’ll find a 1,700-year-old masterpiece that looks almost as good as the day it was created.

 

A 300-square-foot colorful mosaic from Lod, Israel, is on display runs through Jan. 13, 2013. The mosaic, made of small bits (tesserae) of stone and glass, depicts a variety of life-like scenes, including sea creatures, predators and prey, and intricate geometric designs and is almost completely intact. Because stone and glass don’t fade over time, the exhibit is a rare example of ancient artwork that looks almost exactly as it was intended.

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Mobile munchies: ‘New Wave’ of food trucks broadens choices in central Ohio

Mobile munchies: ‘New Wave’ of food trucks broadens choices in central Ohio | Columbus Life | Scoop.it
What once was an uncommon sight is becoming a traffic jam.

 

About 70 food trucks — many of them recently opened — have hit the streets this spring in central Ohio, said Jim Ellison, coordinator of Food Fort Columbus, a business incubator that offers cart vendors business counseling, overnight parking and networking events.

 

“This is a second wave — a new wave — of trucks doing something at a higher level,” said Ellison, who didn’t factor in the long-simmering taco-truck scene in his growing tally. “Food trucks allow (chefs) to take risks. It gives us more diversity.”

 

Startup costs, he said, start begin at about $50,000, a fraction of what it takes to open a brick-and-mortar restaurant. Most mobile entrepreneurs use social media to inform diners about menus, hours and location.

 

Here’s a look at a few newcomers...

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The Columbus Experience » Columbus’ Beer Scene is Booming!

The Columbus Experience » Columbus’ Beer Scene is Booming! | Columbus Life | Scoop.it

To say that the microbrewery scene in Columbus is on fire right now is a bit of an understatement - adding to great local breweries like Columbus Brewing Company, Barley’s Brewing Company, Elevator Brewing Company and Rockmill Brewery are at least eight new breweries opening in 2012.

 

Here’s an A to Z - no, really, there’s an “A” and a Z” - of the new breweries opening (or already opened) in Columbus in 2012:...

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The Columbus Experience » Columbus Commons Unveils Bicentennial Pavilion, Summer Concert Lineup!

The Columbus Experience » Columbus Commons Unveils Bicentennial Pavilion, Summer Concert Lineup! | Columbus Life | Scoop.it

“If you build it they will come.”

 

Remember that line? It’s from the movie Field Of Dreams. The words take on new life at Columbus Commons. In 2011, droves of people flocked to the newly opened downtown field of dreams. They came for the gardens, concerts and performances; they came for the family events and food trucks.

 

The 2012 season is beginning to take off, Columbus can brace for something even bigger and better than before. For starters, the state-of-of the-art Columbus Bicentennial Pavilion is open. That makes Columbus Commons a bona-fide draw for national acts and outdoor performances. The legendary Michael McDonald (of the Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan) takes the stage on May 24 for a free concert at the Pavilion’s debut. He’s the first of more than seventy acts scheduled to perform at the Pavilion this year. Opening up for the Grammy-winner is the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, and closing out the night will be a glittering fireworks display.

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Columbus Zoo's Jack Hanna Reveals Different Side

Columbus Zoo's Jack Hanna Reveals Different Side | Columbus Life | Scoop.it
There is much more to Jungle Jack Hanna than the man you see on David Letterman and his outspoken advocacy on animal conservation. Behind his trademark smile is a man whose family is in the midst of a very private battle.

 

Thirty-four years after becoming the director of the Columbus Zoo, Jack Hanna recently spoke with 10TV's Andrea Cambern about his life away from wild animals.

In 1978, as his youngest daughter, Julie, battled leukemia in their hometown of Knoxville, Tenn., an opportunity arose that would change his fate forever.  A friend saw a help wanted ad for a zoo director in Columbus.  After discovering the care Julie could receive at Columbus Children's Hospital, Hanna was intrigued by the job and was undaunted by the state of the zoo's facility.

"It was getting ready to be closed," Hanna said.  (It was) ranked one of the worst zoos in the country.  But I never paid any attention to that.  I just saw that beautiful reservoir.  I saw a potential.  I said, 'This could be something else.  This is unbelievable.'”

Hanna, now 65, is credited with transforming the Columbus Zoo into the best in the U.S.  The zoo has become a destination and today brings in millions of dollars, but he admitted it came at a cost.

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