Columbus State hosts Taste the Future tonight, showcasing tasty bites from more than 50 local restaurants on the Downtown campus. It's shaping up to be a perfect night for the outdoor event, so go early and go hungry -- there'll be lots to eat.

The college is also unveiling a green initiative this year to lessen the environmental impact of the large event (more than 1,200 attend). They're using Eco Products plates, utensils and cups, which are made with sugarcane or corn and are 100-percent compostable. The service pieces are said to look and feel like plastic -- but they're not. (The Eco Products were donated by Columbus-based Wasserstrom Company.)

Special disposal stations and volunteer assistants will also be available to help patrons properly dispose of paper, food, dinnerware, plastic bottles, glass and aluminum, according to the college.

What: Taste the Future When: 5:30-9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15 Where: Columbus State Community College, Downtown Ticket info: www.tastethefuture.com