Restaurant Round Up: St. Patrick’s Weekend EditionMarch 14, 2014 8:45 am Ayana Wilson
St. Patrick’s Weekend
On Friday and Saturday evening, treat yourself to From the Pubs of Ireland Candlelight Dinner, to be held at the American House Hotel at the Ohio Village, 1982 Velma Avenue, next to the Ohio Historical Society. The dinner lasts from 6:30pm – 9:30pm and will feature Irish melodies, drinking songs, and Irish humor put on by the Ohio Village Players in addition to a hearty Irish Pub meal. Tickets to this events are $60 per person, $50 for members of the Ohio Historical Society. Spaces are filling up fast, so make a reservation today by calling 800.686.1541.
Sur La Table
Date night gets a revamp at Sur La Table, located at 3990 Bond Street #236 at Easton Town Center. On Friday, the cookware store will offer a class on New Irish Cooking, where guests will work in an interactive environment to create meals with a lasting impression. The first course prepared will be an appetite-whetting soup, followed by glazed fish for the main course, and, of course, chocolate for dessert, all infused with distinct Irish flair. Participants will also receive a 10% discount coupon to use the week after the class. This New Irish Cooking course is $69 per person, and will run about 2 – 2½ hours, beginning at 6:30pm. The event has limited space, so to book a night of new romantic fun, visit www.surlatable.com.
Easton Town Center
For cigar aficionados, there’s the Smoking Tent event, to be held behind Tinder Box and Fadó Irish Pub at Easton on Sunday. This is the second time this event will be held, and it’s a day of fine cigars, live music, and a special buffet. This is Columbus’ largest cigar event of the year, with an anticipated 250-300 guests. In addition to cigar samples and a buffet dinner, there will be a full bar available, and a large raffle with over 50 prizes. All raffle proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. Tickets are $99, and the event will run from 2pm – 9pm. Those wishing to attend can purchase tickets at Tinder Box at Easton, 4028 Townsfair Way or call 614.475.7872.
Mozart’s Bakery & Piano Café
Despite usually being closed on Mondays, this St. Patrick’s Day, Mozart’s Bakery & Piano Café, located at 4784 North High Street, will open for a St. Patrick’s Day Celebration with live traditional Irish music and a special menu of Irish fare. Diners will enjoy Irish Potato Pancakes with Smoked Salmon, Reuben Salad, Lamb Stew, and House-Corned Beef with Cabbage and Red Potatoes among other dishes, and be treated to music from the General Guinness Band. The entrance fee for this special event is only $5 per person, with a cap at $20 for families (parents and children). There is no reservation needed. Dinner runs from 4pm – 8pm. For more information, visit www.mozartscafe.com.
You can find more St. Patrick’s Day events by CLICKING HERE for our Events Calendar.
Swoop! Food Truck
After a long winter, the Swoop! Food Truck, part of the Swoop! Food Group which includes Bebe at the Hey Hey, Crèpes a la Carte, and PRESS Sandwich Cart, will return to the streets of Columbus on Friday, March 14th. The truck will be at 1400 Goodale Boulevard for lunch from 11:30am – 1:30pm, and will debut a new streamlined menu. Customers can expect Twice-Cooked Chicken Wings, confit-then-fried treats served by the half or full pound with choice of sauce, Jerk Chicken Sliders, and of course, the Hand-Made Tater Tots for which they’re known. The Swoop! Food Truck will be at Goodale every other Friday beginning April 11th, and will also be at Wasserstrom Company, 2300 Lockbourne Road, Ohio Department of Agriculture, 8995 East Main Street, and the Alliance Data at Easton Square Place on other days. For more on locations and a longer look at the menu, check out www.swoopfood.com.
The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls
It was recently announced that The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls, one of the Hocking Hills’ premier destinations located at 21190 State Route 374, has hired a new Executive Chef: Doug Manfrin. Chef Manfrin graduated from Hocking College with a degree in Culinary Arts and Baking, and has worked as a sous chef at Spagio in Grandview. His most recent appointment was as Head Chef at now-closed Sushi Rock Restaurant. Chef Manfrin will be working closely with the Inn’s Gardener, Kelli Hutchinson, to expand the Inn’s on-site gardens, as well as develop recipes around foraged ingredients produced on-property or at local farms and forests. The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls is a member of the Select Registry Distinguished Inns of North America. For more information, visit their website, www.innatcedarfalls.com.
Franklin Park Conservatory
For those curious about a gluten-free diet, the Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 East Broad Street, is offering two cooking classes designed to answer your questions and teach basic skills. On Sunday, March 16th, Courtney Denning will lead a class about gluten-free baking from 3:30pm – 5:30pm. Participants will be part of a hands-on demonstration and tasting that will include Ginger Gem Cookies, Brazilian Cheese Rolls, and Dark Chocolate Lime Brownies. On Thursday, March 20th, kick Spring off with a class all about living the gluten-free lifestyle: shopping correctly, avoiding gluten in every day foods, and making the right choices when eating out. This class, which also includes demo and tasting, will be led by Chef Jim Yeu, and will run from 6pm – 8pm. Tickets for non-members cost $35, while members of the Conservatory pay only $30. To save your spot, visit www.fpconservatory.org.
On Saturday, March 29th, Speakeasy Kitchen, the mobile bar, will host a Pop-Up Bar experience at The Kitchen, 231 East Livingston Avenue. The event begins at 7pm, and guests will enjoy four small plates and one craft cocktail for the $30 participation fee. Additional cocktails will be available for $10 all night. The menu will feature a PDT Bacon Old Fashioned paired with Fried Green Tomatoes & Mini BLTs, a Moscow Mule paired with Shrimp Spring Roll & Crab Rangoon, Cilantro Chile Caiparinha paired with Chicken Satay & Chorizo Tacos, and a French 75 with Beet Juice paired with House-Made Pierogis & Blinis. Tickets to this evening can be purchased by visiting www.facebook.com/events.
Taste of Clintonville will host its inaugural event on Monday, March 31st at Mozart’s Bakery & Piano Café, 4784 North High Street. This experience is designed to showcase the best of what Clintonville has to offer, food-wise, and will feature almost 20 food businesses, including Pattycake Bakery, Portia’s Café, The Crest Gastropub, The Coop Food Truck, Global Gallery, and the newly-opened Angry Bear Kitchen. Tickets cost $25 per adult, $10 for children 12 and under, and the night will begin at 5pm and end at 8pm. This event is hosted by Experience Clintonville, a non-profit group dedicated to promoting and improving the quality of life in that northern neighborhood. To reserve your seat, visit www.experienceclintonville.com.
Bluescreek Farms Meats
Once a year, Bluescreek Farm Meats, which is located inside the North Market, 59 Spruce Street, hosts the ultimate butchering class, where guests learn how to correctly break down an entire half of a cow. Beef 105 is a much more in-depth version of the Beef 102 class. Students learn where the different cuts of beef come from, discuss cooking and shopping techniques, and master the art of knife-sharpening. There’s also snacking involved. This class costs $120, and will run from 6:30pm – 10:30pm on Tuesday, April 8th. These seats are limited and fill up quickly, so to book your spot, visit www.bluescreekfarmmeats.com.