Restaurant Roundup: News From Native Cold Pressed, Tastings, Darista Dips, and more
Columbus always has many new restaurants, expansions, menu updates and other changes, and sometimes it’s hard to keep up with everything. That’s why our Restaurant Roundup series is designed to keep you informed with the latest and greatest updates. Here’s what’s new in the local dining scene:
Restaurants that are members of Dine Originals are offering gift certificates at a reduced cost. Every quarter, member restaurants hold the sale, offering 30 percent off each certificate. The newest round of discount gift certificates went on sale Wednesday, May 3, around 7 a.m.
Native Cold Pressed
The juicery’s Bexley location, located inside Snap Fitness at 2408 E. Main St., has been awarded the Buckeye Kosher Certificate. The location, which opened at the end of last year, caters to a “unique concentration of kosher-conscious consumers.”
“We loved the possibility of being able to market to the kosher-keeping community in the Bexley area,” said Erin Thacker, co-owner of Native Cold Pressed, in a press release. “We knew that becoming kosher-certified would open our products to a substantial market in that area.”
Everything but the salads, which are made under a different brand and sold in the cooler case, are certified kosher. Along with their cold-pressed juices, Native Cold Pressed offers yogurts, smoothies, and power bites. To learn more about certification, visit buckeykosher.org.
Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls
The Hocking Hills destination named Abby Cole as their new executive chef. Cole, who first worked for the Inn in 2014, returned in 2015 as their sous chef after leaving Rhapsody, a kind of training restaurant for Hocking College culinary students.
“Coming back to work at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls with Ellen and Terry and their extraordinary team felt like I was returning home,” Cole said in a press release. “The Inn has always been renowned for its incredible culinary offerings. I’m so excited for the opportunity to play a greater role in directing the truly memorable experiences we create for our guests.”
Cole responsibilities include “designing the Inn’s dining and special event menus, procuring, scheduling and overall direction of its culinary experiences.”
Local dip company Darista Dips is celebrating its third anniversary with a party at the Grandview Giant Eagle Market District next Friday, May 12. Coinciding with the Columbus Craft Beer Week kickoff, the shindig will go down from 6 to 8 p.m. and offer samples of their new spring flavor, Sweet Pea Goddess Hummus, along with five other staple dips at the dip-tasting bar.
“I’ve been obsessed with Green Goddess dressing since forever, so this is my own hummus homage,” founder Dara Schwartz explained in a statement. “Sweet meets herby meets salty in this seasonally inspired dip. It’s a balanced blend of petite peas, parsley, cilantro and mint—fresh green goodness that’s brought to life with a touch of bright lemony capers.”
A crostini bar will also be present, “featuring bites such as Sweet Pea Goddess Hummus with shaved watermelon radish and fresh mozzarella, and a pimiento cheese dip.”
Other treats include a preview of the upcoming Girl Boss Hummus, a Darista Dips-inspired menu from Market District chefs, a Darista birthday cake, a raffle with Darista-branded prizes and Market District goodies, as well as the release of a special version of Speed Merchant White IPA, Platform Beer Co.’s brew to complement Darista flavor profiles. Eight other breweries will also be on site for more special-edition sampling opportunities.
Street Food Finder
Street Food Finder announced a new food truck spot being tested at the intersection of Third and Broad Streets, across the street from the Chase building entrance. The full schedule is available on their website, and includes a new different food truck each weekday.
Starting the week off is Sobremesa on Monday, followed by Graeter’s on Tuesday, Empanadas & More on Wednesday, Chris’ Snack Shack on Thursday and Kickin’ Chickin on Friday.
The Indianapolis-based wine tasting experience and restaurant is celebrating its grand opening this Saturday, May 6. Tastings will offer a selection of 72 wines, available in 2 o.z., 4 o.z. and 6 o.z. pours, as well as a menu of shareables.
They’ll be open 11 a.m. to 12 a.m., Tuesday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday; 12 to 11 p.m. on Monday; and 3 p.m. to 12 a.m. on Monday.
The Barroluco Food Truck will celebrate its “Great Grand opening” on May 27. The first part, taking place from 12 to 3 p.m. at Global Gallery (3535 N. High St.), will feature a presentation about Argentina and the history of the food truck. They’ll also announce their “Social Responsibility Campaign,” which commits a certain portion of their proceeds to various organizations around Ohio, including this year’s contribution to the Guadalupe Center. The party will be from 4 to 8 p.m. and will feature a number of performers.
For more information, visit their website.
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