Archive for the ‘food’ Category

How to get a free cone from Jeni’s every month for year (and a kitchen tour)

September 23, 2009

[Update, 10/1:] The details of the Jeni’s promotion have changed and are as follows:

Become a Friend of Local Matters during Local Foods Week (October 3-9, 2009) and get Jeni’s Ice Cream.

The first 250 Friends who sign-up to give $10 a month will receive a punchcard for four, buy one, get one free cones, available through September 2010.

The first 250 Friends who make a one-time, $120 gift will receive a punchcard for 12 monthly buy one, get one free cones, also through September 2010. You can sign up to be one of 1000 Friends of Local Matters on the website or in person at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream in the Short North on Saturday, October 3 from 4:00-10:00 p.m.

Stop by any Jeni’s location during Local Foods Week, October 3-9.

(Schedule for the week here.)

Join 1,000 Friends of Local Matters by signing up for $10, monthly donation (or a one-time gift of $120).

That’s it.

You’ll get a punch-card for a free cone once a month for a year.

And you’ll help Local Matters in its mission to make local, healthy, and delicious food accessible to everyone.

How to get a tour of the Jeni’s kitchen

Event: Kitchen Tour of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream

Time: Tuesday, October 6, 4:00-5:30 p.m.

Location: Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream Headquarters and Kitchen

Cost: $20 per person

Registration: (limited to 20 people) call Jeni’s at 614-488-3224

[UPDATE:][UPDATE:] 9/23, 1:18pm

And more…

Including local dinners, beer + wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, and a breakfast bike ride… here.

Columbus Tweetup, Jan. 10th: Get Some Culture

December 29, 2008


Do What You Want To Do.  Go Ahead.

When: January 10th — that’s a Saturday — 5:00ish*

*If you want to try and eat (together), a 5:00 arrival is recommended; otherwise, we’ll probably have to split up during the dinner rush and then convene at the bar. If you’re just coming for cocktails, we’ll be there from 5:00ish until 7:30ish.

Where: Tip Top –> Riffe Center (Studio Two).

What: Food and drinks, then hoofing it a couple blocks to catch Available Light‘s new show The Internationalist (starts at 8:00).

How much it’ll cost: At Tip Top, you can order anything you want and pay full price for it.  Happily.  For The Internationalist — and EVERY Available Light show — you can pay what you want.

(Note: tickets are cash only at the door.)

Why: Because it’s good for you.

Brought to you by @Jim1Coe and @slimgoodies.

Please RSVP in the comments so we can keep Tip Top in the loop.

Here’s a map.

Any questions?  Good.  See you then.

*Subject to change.  (Might have to be 5:00ish.)

[Update, 12/31: Is Available Light Theatre for you?]

[Note: Since this is about culture and community, not tools, it’s worth mentioning that being on twitter isn’t a prerequisite for joining us, and neither is blogging or being on facebook, etc.  OK?]

sum of its parts

December 4, 2008

Top 3 BLTs in Columbus, in no particular order:

  1. BLT&A at Surly Girl
  2. Puebla BLT at Cafe Corner
  3. The BLT (can’t remember the name) at Bodega

Please correct me if I’m wrong.


September 10, 2008

DSC_0675 by jenisplendid.

While you’re at Via Colori this weekend, keep an eye out for Caroline and Elizabeth and their Liberte Crepes cart.

[Disclosure: pretty much every post for the foreseeable future is going to be about awesome new clients.]

Had my first one at the Food and Wine Festival a while back — chocolate & black raspberry — and it was @%#$ing delicious.

Try one — I bet you’ll like it.

DSC_0629 by jenisplendid.

(All the above pics are courtesy of Charly Bauer; for more like this, check out his flickr set from that day.)

[9/11 update: If you’re riding in Scoot-a-Que on Saturday, swing on over to the Liberte Crepe cart with your wristband and get a free cheese crepe!]

the excitement was palpable

July 3, 2008

i’m obviously not a photographer.

greener grocer: a new CSA

June 23, 2008

couple weeks ago i had the chance to sit down with michael jones of local matters and the greener grocer for a bit.

sharp guy.  doing all sorts of wonderful stuff.

we talked about connecting the dots in columbus.

e.g., a bunch of us are working towards the same common-good goals — albeit within different, but interconnected, building blocks, in some instances — why not do it together?

the sum is greater than its parts.  etc.

there’s already a proven international model for this in the form of BALLE networks, so there’s no need to reinvent the wheel.

whether it’s jennie, daniel, michelle, adam, jen, etc etc [insert the names of, like, 50 other people making it happen right now], i can’t tell you how many times i’ve had conversations with people interested in something like this.

a business alliance for a local living economy — an economy that sustains itself, our communities, and a healthy environment.

the time is right, no?

wherever these conversations lead, if we’re successful in pulling something together, no doubt local matters will play a major part. they’re doing inspired work.

on saturday, we were a bit late getting down to the grillmaster’s festival at the north market but we managed to catch part of michael’s presentation.

here he is slicing and dicing.

(jami says he looks like steven keaton, a high compliment…)

served up a beautiful salad with grilled pears and a nice vinaigrette that you can get inside the market at the greener grocer.

accessible and informative.

then we went inside to poke around a bit and found out about their urban CSA.

(for an intro into CSAs, check out lisa’s great post from last year.)

sign up, and starting next monday, june 30th, here’s what you get:

…weekly boxes of beautiful, tasty produce from various local growers who follow sustainable farming practices, including minimal or no use of chemical-based pesticides or herbicides….

Weekly food boxes will contain a bag of our house salad mix plus 5-7 different kinds of produce, with seasonal variation based on availability. Included in each weekly box will be information about the growers, their farming practices, and a delicious recipe for preparing the food.

As an extra incentive, The Greener Grocer will donate two food boxes for every ten paid boxes to the Clintonville Resource Center’s food pantry program.

the cost of a share for the 20-week program is $600 ($30 a week).  you can pay in full, up front, or (like us), using a credit card as a guarantee, purchase a share using their payment plan.

  • $150.00 at the time when you submit your application
  • $150.00 by July 15th
  • $150.00 by August 15th
  • Final payment of $150.00 by September 15th

there are two sites where you can pick up your weekly food box:

  • Clintonville Resource Center
  • The Greener Grocer (curb side pick-up available between 4PM-6PM. Just call ahead and identify your vehicle!)

and memberships can be pro-rated, too, if you’re late getting in.

[note: the website has 6/24 as the start date, but all the material at the market said 6/30.]

been wanting to try something like this for a while, so it should be a great learning experience. plus it’s the perfect chance to support an organization that’s making things better.

[ps. identity design by element.]


June 18, 2008

checked out giorgio last night for a late-ish dinner.

jami mis-ordered for us both and we each ended up with our own agro dolce instead of the di rucola… (our fault, not theirs).

good, though, and big enough that next time we’ll split the insalate.

the butter is delicious…

we shared a plate of fontina & hazelnut ravioli, substituting for a vegetarian marinara.

and i had glass of wine.

the bill was $38 — more than we’d ideally spend on a weeknight dinner, but, then again, it’s in clintonville and we can bike there.

plus, having been in the r bar before, my wife tells me the interior’s unrecognizable.

music was great…

vibe was good…

looking forward to spending more $ there.


June 15, 2008

had a good first brunch this morning at sage.

chorizo, black bean and sweet potato hash; creme brulee french toast; eggs and such; plus some variatel mimosas.

lisa was there, so hopefully there’s a proper review forthcoming…

until then, you can read a little about it here and here.

meanwhile, i’m giving it my full, unequivocal endorsement. can’t wait to go back soon for dinner.

dinner: tuesday – saturday, 5pm – 10pm; closed monday.

brunch: sunday, 10am – 2pm.

menus below.

go show some love, eh?

[note: lisa’s review here.]


May 12, 2008

heard a juicy rumor over brunch on sunday at the uptown market that northstar‘s working on a third location over in dublin near the shops at river ridge

speaking of westerville, anybody else been to java central yet? there’s outdoor seating, comfy sofas and chairs inside, an amyd boutique. plus the espresso’s excellent.

all of a sudden there’s a couple really good reasons to head north.

try it at home

April 28, 2008

don’t think it’s on the shelves yet, but check out the june issue of food & wine for eight recipes from jeni, including a version of the gallo family gold medal award winning sour-cherry lambic sorbet, adapted for the home cook.

eat it, too

April 18, 2008

a good friend of mine who works at the nfib has a fledgling little cake business on the side.

celebration cakes. delicious stuff.

she was partnering with mean bean for a bit, but she’s looking to do custom cakes for private clients rather than biz-to-biz.

anyhow, she whipped up a BUNCH of cake for the agora preview party tonight. and she’s going to be slicing and serving it up.

her name’s mandy.

stop by, say hello, and grab a taste.

passion, exemplified

January 10, 2008


hany baransi of narazeth.

a true columbus character, with the best middle-eastern cuisine in town — and a great host.

(sorry — scaling issues with the pic. i need a photographer.)

business. highly unusual.

December 16, 2007

you live in columbus. you’re a crafter. an artist. a designer. you run a creative small business. maybe you’ve got a blog. you’re passionate. you shop local. you create original things from scratch that didn’t before exist; or, you combine old ideas in never-tried-before ways to create something new. status quo? rejected it. at some point you took a look around and said: if nobody else can get it right, i’m just going to do it myself. you embrace failure. you’re independent. you prefer interestingness to not. you ‘get it.’ you’re creatively-engaged. you’re a participant. you’re shaping the future. you want to do well by doing good. you want to give something back. are you brilliant? we think so.

goat’s cheese with cognac fig sauce

November 28, 2007

nice little mention of jeni’s in the times here.purplogo.jpg

too much

November 16, 2007

ashley posted eloquently about the ‘tyranny of choice,’ something i’ve been thinking about lately, too. plus the tyranny of features.

more ≠ better.

except, where she comes at it from bras and panties, my chief concern of the moment is food menus.

during a trip to chicago last weekend, we breakfasted at lumes on saturday, and then brunched sunday at m.henry.

lumes had this sprawling, like, 8-page menu with skillets and omelets and crepes and pancakes and all this deliciousness and it was like: how can i possibly choose?

flustered, i ended up ordering an off-the-menu special — which, for me is usually a no-brainer — of chilaquiles, but which ended up being a grave mistake because nobody does chilaquiles like starliner.

plus i forgot to take a picture of the unabridged tome of a menu.

then, sunday, a liberating experience at m.henry. the wait was about 45 minutes, and worth every single minute. fun decor, interesting, diverse crowd. food-wise, this place struck me as what northstar aspires to be, but’s too anal to become.

the brunch menu’s split into two sections: savory & sweet, and really that’s all you need to know. once you decide between the two options, it’s a win-win-win-win-win.

thank you, m.henry, for keeping it simple, but also for not taking yourself too seriously. we love you for it.

*it’s worth noting, too, that m.henry’s menu, while limited, features a number of inventive seasonal specials to shake things up and keep the love affair feeling new…