Taste the Future--one of the tastiest parties of the year--is tomorrow, and I wouldn't miss it for all the T-bills we owe to China. Above is the great Chef Tetzloff of G. Michael's, and expect this top-ingredient-using, Southern-influenced food artist to be there on the Columbus State campus dishing up his deservedly famous shrimp and grits. Also serving gourmet concessions will be tons more representatives from many of the other best restaurants in Columbus. (I recommend you eat a very light lunch so you can cut loose on the super good, unlimited savories later.)

Slice of Columbus keeps the good times rolling the very next day outdoors at the LC. There, from 5-10 p.m., savvy attendees kicking in an extremely well spent $10 ($12 at the gate) for Nationwide Children's Hospital will enjoy live music and the opportunity to hog out endlessly on as many pieces of pizza they choose to eat from about 20 locations (if you eat a slice from each one, I'll buy you a beer). It's fun and cheap, and the weather's supposed to be perfect so you should go...oh, and when you do, stop over by the judges area where I'll be and say hello!

This Saturday, I'll scurry straight from the big Bobcat vs Buckeye matchup to Independents' Day 2010. The daylong fest celebrates Columbus' creativity and independent spirit and does so in groovy style: 200 vendors, over 20 local bands plus roving street performers and public art projects. Also, a handful of rockin' DineOriginals Columbus restaurants (like Skillet, Trattoria Roma, Barrio, G. Michael's, Tip Top) will be there selling their delicious independent wares. Be there or be square.