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Should You Join the Whiskey Barrel Society?

Ayana Wilson Ayana Wilson Should You Join the Whiskey Barrel Society?

Did you know that September is National Bourbon Heritage Month? Kyle Dynes does. And he should. He’s started and brought a brand new drinkers club to our fair city, and its introduction couldn’t come at a better time. Kyle Dynes is the founder of the Whiskey Barrel Society, “an organization focused on creating community through […]

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Improve Your Drink Palate with These Cocktail Upgrades

Ayana Wilson Ayana Wilson Improve Your Drink Palate with These Cocktail Upgrades

The Fall season signifies the end to a lot of the things (hello, it’s called Fall), like warm weather, real vacation time, and for some, a hot fling. But it’s also a time of year for beginnings, none of which holds more import than that of the recent graduate. The end of college should signal […]

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Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer Making a Splash in Columbus

Ayana Wilson Ayana Wilson Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer Making a Splash in Columbus

It’s arguably an acquired taste. Ginger beer is peppery, refreshing, and potent, and with the recent resurgence of the Moscow Mule cocktail, popularized during the 1950s vodka boom, can now be found at most bars around town. Ginger beer is more commonly sold as a non-alcoholic product, but UK import brand, Crabbie’s, has become a […]

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How to Infuse Vodka and Other Liquors

Ayana Wilson Ayana Wilson How to Infuse Vodka and Other Liquors

For the past few years, infused liquors have been making their presence felt throughout the drinking world, showing up in reimagined versions of traditional cocktails, as well as headlining their own new classics. Indeed, there are over 70 different varieties of flavored spirits out there, running the gamut from vodkas to bourbons. And their popularity […]

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Catch Up With: Custom Chef Gourmet Café

Ayana Wilson Ayana Wilson Catch Up With: Custom Chef Gourmet Café

When Chef Bo Carter opened Custom Chef Gourmet Café in June 2011, he was excited to bring something new to the Downtown lunch landscape. Up against similar eateries in Lexi’s on Third and Market 65, Chef Carter employed a craft-your-own approach to the sandwiches and salads on his menu. That approach was only marginally successful. […]

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First Look: Yats Cajun Creole

Ayana Wilson Ayana Wilson First Look: Yats Cajun Creole

Bringing some much-needed bayou flavor to the Columbus food scene, Yats Cajun Creole held its grand opening this past Sunday, August 24th at 1386 Grandview Avenue. This franchise of the popular Indiana-based company is run by brothers Michael and Jason O’Rourke, whose excitement for their new venture is only rivaled by the delicious – and […]

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zpizza Opening Fourth Store on Grandview Avenue

Ayana Wilson Ayana Wilson zpizza Opening Fourth Store on Grandview Avenue

When California-based zpizza launched in Columbus six years ago, it was met with enthusiasm and gratitude. Their approach to pizza-making – using less-processed, fresher ingredients, like hormone and preservative-free meats and cheeses, and orgainc flour – was bold, refreshing, and essential. With three local franchised branches currently in operation — the original Short North store […]

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The Columbus Coffee Festival Returns!

The 6th Annual Columbus Coffee Festival returns on Saturday September 25th and Sunday September 26th!

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS & INFORMATION