Restaurant Roundup: Events, New Drinks & The Moonlight Market
Dan the Baker
Dan the Baker will host a pop-up inside Café Brioso during the Moonlight Market this April 12th. Café Brioso is typically closed on the weekend, but will open for a series of pop up restaurants during the Moonlight Market. Dan the Baker is known for his breads and pastries, like the popular Sunflower Flax Seed and Country Sour Breads, and has his product featured in coffee shops and restaurants around town. At the market, he will be offering seasonal pizzas baked on the stone hearth of an Italian deck oven. Dan the Baker’s Pop Up will sell from 6pm -9pm, or until it’s all gone. Look for different local vendors, including Destination Donuts, to host pop-ups at Café Brioso in the coming months of the Market. Café Brioso is located at 14 East Gay Street.
Il Mercato is the name of the pop-up Italian food market that will make its debut at this first Moonlight Market. It will feature house-made charcuterie, imported Italian products, like olive oils and pastas, and wine. The pop-up will be held on Due Amici’s patio and part of the interior dining room, but only for this month. It will regularly be held in the restaurant’s private space. Il Mercato hopes to feature a different special for every Moonlight market, like fresh produce, a butcher shop, and seafood. Il Mercato will be open the duration of the Market, 6pm – 11pm. Due Amici is located at 67 East Gay Street.
Sidewalk Food Vendors
- Lily’s Mini Delights – Gluten-free Mini Doughnuts. Comes sprinkled with Cinnamon Sugar. Other options include Chocolate Sauce and Powdered Sugar.
- Manna Banana – Gourmet frozen bananas. Flavors include Graham Cracker, Toasted Coconut, and Sprinkles.
- Willowbeez SoulVeg – Vegetarian Soul Food. Menu items include Carm’alized Sweet Pot, Curry Cabbage, and Lefteye Soul Chili.
The Grove City Food Truck Festival will be held on Sunday, April 13th from 10:30am – 4:00pm at The Naz (Grove City Church of the Nazarene), 4770 Hoover Road. Nineteen food trucks, including Sweet! The Mobile Cupcakery, will be on hand, and a portion of all proceeds will go toward Hang Time, a ministry that mentors local youth. There will also be a car show beginning at 10:30am, and an Easter Egg Hunt, with 50,000 eggs to be found, starting at 1:30pm. This event is free for all. For more information, visit www.thenaz.tv.
To commemorate Earth Day 2014, Due Amici will again host Drinks in the Dark, a lights-off dining event, on April 26th. This event has become part of Due Amici’s tradition, and this year, the dinner will begin at 8pm. The full dinner menu will be available, so diners will be able to enjoy Lamb Arancini, among other offerings, with the lights turned out. Not only does this help in the light-conservation effort tied to Earth Day, but a really cool way to taste your food. To make a reservation for this very popular event, visit www. due-amici.com.
Alana’s Food & Wine
The Coop will host a pop-up restaurant inside Alana’s Food & Wine, 2333 North High Street, on Sunday, April 27th. The fun is set to begin with a cash-only cocktail hour at 4pm before dinner at 5pm. The cost for the event is $50, and for that, guests will get to enjoy a series of small plates, one of which will definitely be a Timpano. Payment is required upon reservation, so to book your seat, call 614.581.9353.
Dirty Frank’s Westgate
Dirty Frank’s Westgate, located at 2836 West Broad Street, will be launching a new Spring menu very soon. Part of that menu, the Mojito Nights: a refreshing combination of pomegranate vodka and juice, fresh mint, lime, sugar, and soda. Billed as Spring in a glass, it’s a drink worth trying very soon.
Seventh Son Brewing/Barley’s Brewery Company
To celebrate a popular blogger’s wedding, Seventh Son and Barley’s came together to create Tobias, a special, limited release brew. It’s the marriage of Seventh Son’s Oubliette Imperial Stout and Barley’s Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale. At 10.9% ABV, this dark, rich brew may seem heavy for the season, but beer this good is good every month of the year. Seventh Son Brewing is located at 1101 North Fourth Street. Barley’s Brewing Company is at 467 North High Street.
And for the wine lovers – Camelot Cellars, located at 958 North High Street, is now offering a Pinot Noir wine flight. Winemaker’s Choice Pinot Noir, a Chilean Pinot Noir and a Sonoma Valley Pinot Noir compose the sampling, which will only be around for a limited time, so plan to stop in in the near future.