Food News: Veteran Columbus chef plans ’Plas Food and Drink; Modist Brewing comes to city

The latest updates from the bar and restaurant scenes

By Erin Edwards
Amongst the Madness

Jamie George has left his position as executive chef at Grandview’s Z Cucina to open his own restaurant with partners Jackie Williams and Eric Bearfield. Their new venture, ’Plas Food and Drink, will replace The Table at 21 E. Fifth Ave. in the Short North. The Table’s owners, Sangeeta Lakhani and Jen Marlatt, put the restaurant up for sale last year after the pandemic hit. George is a veteran Columbus chef whose past experience includes time at Trattoria Roma and Basi Italia. The new restaurant is expected to open this spring.

A Pan-Asian restaurant is opening soon in the former Happy Dragon space, located at 277 E. Livingston Ave. in German Village. Běndì Wok N Bar is the latest concept from George Tanchevski, the owner of Local Cantina, South Village Grille, Jonys Sushi and Mid City Garage. The menu will showcase a variety of dishes inspired by Thai, Vietnamese and Chinese cuisines. Meanwhile, the full bar will focus on creative, Polynesian-inspired cocktails. Běndì is targeting a March 5 opening.

This week, Ohio History Connection is hosting a worthwhile virtual event called “Evolution of American Cuisine.” The event takes place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18. The discussion, featuring culinary historians Michael Twitty and Sarah Lohman, will focus on two historical influences on our American cuisine today: enslaved people and immigrants. Tickets are $20 for non-members. Sign up for the virtual event here.

Kokoborrego Cheese Co. marks its 10th anniversary this month. To celebrate, Kokoborrego is hosting a virtual wine and cheese tasting with sommelier Donnie Austin and cheesemakers Lisa Sippel and Ben Baldwin from Kokoborrego. The Facebook Live event takes place at 5 p.m. on Feb. 20. Registration includes access to the virtual tasting and the cheeses that will be tasted, which can be picked up at Worthington Farmers Market. Register here.

Beer from Minneapolis-based Modist Brewing Co. is now available in Ohio. Locally, The Hills Market, Victorian Village Market, Weiland’s Market and others are carrying it. Here’s where else you can find Modist brews locally.