North Market Apron Gala

Aprons are for more than staining, as the great North Market proves every year. So how about sashaying about in your best kitchen smock while gobbling up palate-exciting delicacies from the Market's many vaunted vendors?

This Saturday, May 16, from 7 until 10 p.m., the Market is hosting its 13th-annual Apron Gala.

Always one of the best parties of the year and attended by our city's hottest foodies, movers and shakers, the Apron Gala avails visitors to partake of their fill of wine, Columbus Brewing Company microbrews and a slew of great food made out of the best produce and groceries the city has to offer.

There will also be live music, awards for best aprons and silent auctions for terrific entertainment packages. All-inclusive tickets are $75 and proceeds benefit the North Market. Click to NorthMarket.com to purchase tickets.


Hills Market Salmon Roast

Ever wonder what 1,000 pounds of salmon looks like? Well you can find out Memorial Day weekend at the Hills Market.

On Saturday, May 23, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. the Hills Market is marking the 15th anniversary of its salmon roast by hosting a party in its parking lot. There, our local music community will help in the grilling and carving up of the noble pink fish into delicious sandwiches made with the Hills Own Onion Slather and sided with the Hills Own Cole Slaw.

The very reasonable tab of $7.50 will benefit the Columbus Music Co-op, a do-gooder group that aids Franklin County musicians experiencing health-related financial hardships.

Not into fish? Well, there will also be Boar's Head hot dogs, chips, beer, wine, soft drinks and desserts, like free Velvet Ice Cream sundaes topped with Sweet Louise sauces. And Jeni's Ice Cream and Pistacia Vera will be selling their top-shelf sweets there too. Visit TheHillsMarket.com for details.


Sips & nibbles

The Burgundy Room strikes again with another of its 30 for $30 nights of wine tasting. Yes, those numbers are right, even if they seem to add up to an unbelievable deal.

So for $30, you get to taste 30 seasonally appropriate and food-friendly wines made up of mostly roses but also spicy gewurztraminers and floral viogniers. Light hors d'oeuvres will be on hand to help slow you down. Click to BurgundyRoom.net for details; call 464-9463 to make (required) reservations.

Attention all homemade suds aficionados: Entries into Barley's Brewing Company's esteemed and 14th-annual Homebrewer Competition must be submitted May 19-30, so get to mashin' now. The winner will be announced and celebrated by all local brewmasters on June 14 at the Afternoon With the Brewers party. For details, click to BarleysBrewing.com/Downtown.

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