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If you <3 local food, this is your week

Posted by Kristen Schmidt | August 09, 2012 08:36 AM

 

One of the best things about living in Central Ohio is the abundance of and passion for local food. Farmers markets, grocery stores and menus are littered with references (and rightful boasts) to local producers of meat, dairy and produce. If you can’t get enough of this stuff, either, you’re just going to love the next several days.

Our friends at Crave are putting on a fantastic Farm to Plate Week that includes 40 or so restaurants. The menus contain at least 70 percent local foods. I love that a lot of the menu items are totally unique to the week — you can’t just wander in and get them any time.

At the same time, Local Matters is celebrating its fourth annual Local Foods Week with a mind-boggling array of fun stuff for food fiends.

The complete list of events is below.

I hope I’ll see you (and your money) Saturday at The Hills Market, where they’re throwing a fabulous farmers market/foodie spelling bee event, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. I’ll be hosting a live auction to benefit Local Matters beginning at 4 p.m. Dinner with Crave Editor Shelley Mann is on the block, and so are two tickets to that sold-out Mumford & Sons show we wrote about in this week’s issue.

 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 11

8am–4pm: North Market Farmers Festival
Come to the North Market for a Saturday of farmtastic fun including a Homemade Jam Chef Challenge, kids activities and cooking demos.

10am–5pm: Hills Market Farmers Market & Foodie Spelling Bee
As the official kickoff to the fourth annual Local Foods Week, The Hills Market will host their annual farmers market along with fun and educational events for adults and kids of all ages. Activities include the 2nd annual Foodie Spelling Bee, Local Matters' Kids Cookoff Challenge, the second annual Grilled Cheese Throwdown, and a Live Auction to benefit Local Matters.

12pm-3pm: Local Tour & Dishin’ It Tasting
Whole Foods’ Local Products Purveyor will take you on a tour of the Dublin store to taste some of his favorite Ohio-grown products and learn about what it means to be local at Whole Foods Market. $5

SUNDAY, AUGUST 12

12–4pm: Local Foods Family Day at COSI presented by Chipotle
Go ahead and play with your food! Join COSI, Chipotle and Local Matters for the first ever Local Foods Family Day, presented by Chipotle. Learn where food comes from as we celebrate the beauty and tastiness of locally-grown and produced foods. You'll have the opportunity to sample fresh-picked Ohio produce, plant your own tomato plant, stir up some salsa and create veggie art as you explore the bountiful harvest of Ohio's farms. Some quantities are limited, so come early!

12–2pm: All-Local Giving Grill at Whole Foods Market to benefit Local Matters
Whole Foods is firing up the grill to serve some of their local favorites in support of Local Matters. The menu will consist of fresh, local and seasonal food such as Ohio sweet corn, grass-fed burgers, local potato chips and other treat.

5–7pm: Ohio Cookout at the Farm with Two Caterers at Hoover-Y Learning Garden
Join Local Matters and YMCA of Central Ohio at our collaborative growing venture the Hoover-Y Learning Garden for a cookout dinner.  Dinner provided by Two Caterers and Slow Food Columbus will provide fun and games. Tickets are $25 and all proceeds go to support Local Matters’ Growing Matters programming.

MONDAY, AUGUST 13

11am – 2pm: Local Street Food Week at Dinin’ Hall
Food truck vendors at the Dinin’ Hall will promote eating locally by creating one or more items with locally-sourced ingredients.

6–8pm: Local Brews and Bands at Whole Foods Market
Whole Foods’ regular 6-pack Monday beer tasting is going local while some of your favorite local bands provide entertainment on the patio.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 14

11am – 2pm: Local Street Food Week at Dinin’ Hall
Food truck vendors at the Dinin’ Hall will promote eating locally by creating one or more items with locally-sourced ingredients.

6-9pm: Veggie Van Fundraiser at Alana's Food & Wine
Come enjoy cocktails and a delicious local dinner to help grow the Veggie Van’s work for neighborhood food sovereignty in Columbus. Tickets are $75. Sponsored by Food Conscious Columbus.

6 pm: Local Food Tour with Columbus Food Adventures  
Join this special Local Foods Week tour with Columbus Food Adventures, highlighting some of the city's most talented chefs who emphasize local sourcing. Tour stops will include Knead, Till, Brothers Drake, and more! Visit the Columbus Food Adventures website for details about the tour and ticket information.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15

11am – 2pm: Local Street Food Week at Dinin’ Hall
Food truck vendors at the Dinin’ Hall will promote eating locally by creating one or more items with locally-sourced ingredients.

11am – 2pm: A "Souper" Day for a Market! at Scioto Mile  
Join Growing Matters Manager Trish Dehnbostel and our Food Educators for this fun kids activity at the beautiful Scioto Mile. Children will learn about different parts of the plant and will help prepare and taste delicious gazpacho soup.


2 pm: Local Tour & Tasting at Whole Foods Market  
Whole Foods’ Local Products Purveyor will take you on a tour of the Dublin store to taste some of his favorite Ohio-grown products and learn about what it means to be local at Whole Foods Market. $5
 

6 pm: Local Food Tour with Columbus Food Adventures  
Join this special Local Foods Week tour with Columbus Food Adventures, highlighting some of the city's most talented chefs who emphasize local sourcing. Tour stops will include Knead, Till, Brothers Drake, and more!
Visit the Columbus Food Adventures website for details about the tour and ticket information.

6:30-8:30 pm: “Wholly Local: Cooking at Peak Harvest Season” Cooking Class at North Market  
There’s only a few months of the year with a harvest bounty to put together an entirely local meal. Local Matters Executive Chef Laura Robertson-Boyd will teach you to take advantage of peak harvest season and put together an entirely local meal, from appetizer to dessert.


THURSDAY, AUGUST 16

11am – 2pm: Local Street Food Week at Dinin’ Hall
Food truck vendors at the Dinin’ Hall will promote eating locally by creating one or more items with locally-sourced ingredients.

6pm: Slow Money Food and Farm Entrepreneur Showcase at Till Dynamic Fare
Presented by Slow Money Ohio and Local Matters, this event is a great opportunity to learn about real strategies and models for a local food economy. Come meet the entrepreneurs and local enterprises who are working for a better food system in Central Ohio and be inspired!

6 pm: Local Food Tour with Columbus Food Adventures  
Join this special Local Foods Week tour with Columbus Food Adventures, highlighting some of the city's most talented chefs who emphasize local sourcing. Tour stops will include Knead, Till, Brothers Drake, and more!
Visit the Columbus Food Adventures website for details about the tour and ticket information.

7pm: Local Tasting at House Wine
Come meet the faces behind Ohio wine and spirits!

7pm: Queen of the Sun movie screening at Jorgenson Farm
Spend an evening with the honeybees at Jorgensen Farm, presented by Edible Columbus and Whole Foods Market. Val Jorgensen will start the night with a talk about beekeeping at 7:00pm, Edible Columbus and Whole foods will provide honey and snacks while we screen the documentary “Queen of the Sun,” inside the barn at 8p,. Suggested donation of $5 will go to The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation to protect wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitat. The Society advocates on behalf of bees and other pollinators by publishing research, lobbying lawmakers and educating land stewards to restore the landscape for the benefit of pollinators. Space limited to 50 guests. Reserve your space at ediblecolumbus.com the movie trailer at queensofthesun.com.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 17

11am – 2pm: Local Street Food Week at Dinin’ Hall
Food truck vendors at the Dinin’ Hall will promote eating locally by creating one or more items with locally-sourced ingredients.

5pm: 5 after 5 Wine Tasting at Whole Foods Market: Local Libations
Ever tasted wine from Ohio-grown grapes? If not, this tasting is for you! Whole Foods Market Dublin will be sampling several of their favorite local wines paired with delicious, farm-fresh local produce.

5 pm: Food Fort Fest Launch Party at ECDI
Join ECDI in celebrating the official opening of the Food Fort and Eddie Grayson Culinary Lab.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 18

10am-12pm: “Shop with a Chef” cooking class at North Market
As part of North Market's "Shop with Chef" Series, Local Matters’ Sous Chef Laura Hellend will lead participants through the North Market Farmers’ Market to gather ingredients and prepare a local meal.

12pm: Urban Garden Bike Tour and Picnic with Yay Bikes!
Tour some of Columbus' most exciting urban growing operations! Meet at Goodale Park and choose from one of three exciting tours: the "Watermelon" route (23 miles), the Eggplant route (8 miles), and the Cherry Tomato route (2 miles). Site visits will include several Local Matters' Growing Matters sites. All tours start will conclude at Godman Guild for a delicious lunch and a performance of “Stone Soup.”

12pm–2pm: Shake the Hand that Feeds You
Meet the farmers and artisan producers behind many of your favorite locally-grown products. You’ll have the opportunity to try delicious Ohio foods and hear the stories of the people behind them.

12pm–2pm: Kids Klub: So You Think You Can Farm?
The organization Bring the Farm to You is bringing the farm to Whole Foods Market Dublin! Kids will have an opportunity to talk to young Ohio farmers while getting up close and personal with some furry farm friends. Local vendors will also be available with hands-on activities and treats. 

5pm-8 pm: Local Street Food Week Party at Dinin’ Hall
Dinin’ Hall will conclude its Local Street Food Week with a party featuring food artisans and trucks, music and more.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 19

Family Dinner to benefit Cooking Matters
Come enjoy a delicious family-style dinner on the patio of Whole Foods Market Dublin prepared by Local Matters’ own Executive Director, Michael Jones.   TIckets are $50 and benefit Local Matters community programming.

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