Things We Love: The Commissary's Kate Djupe's picks

Brad Keefe, Columbus Alive

Kate Djupe opened The Commissary - her long-ruminating idea for a "maker space for food and drink" - in the past year. Her enthusiasm for this city is pretty much second to none, so we asked her to share a few of her favorite things. - Brad Keefe

Roasted Carrot Salad

I crave Sassafras Bakery's Roasted Carrot Salad - a collab between A.J. Perry (Sassafras) and Matt Heaggans (Flatiron) - so strongly and often that I will plan my family and work schedule so that I can pick one up as soon as the bakery opens in the morning. I feel like I won the lottery when there are small sour cherry pies ready too.

Cast iron

I think cast iron is the very best birthday gift, and my birthday is in September.

The Olentangy Bike Trail

If there is an afternoon free of rain, work, and kiddos, my Paul and I will ride our bikes along the Olentangy Bike Trail with detours to Strongwater, Land Grant, Zauber, and the food trucks in between. This is one of the best date activities in town.

Maker Spaces

Are you ready for me to get sappy? I admire the people that chase their big and little ideas, so I really love the spaces that make it safer for them to do so. Businesses like Igloo Letterpress (paper, printing, bookmaking), Columbus Idea Foundry, Wild Goose Creative and The Wonder Jam (photography). They provide space, tools, guidance, and allowartists and creatorswith an ideato begin and businesses to scale up.They are also places that I - a woman with limited talent and a lot of ideas - can go and try new things. An adult summer camp. I hope The Commissary is able to be as kickass.

My rainbow moon boots

Can it be winter yet?

Huckleberry Taffy

It has been 735 days since I was last in the mountains, and I am currently suffering low-altitude sickness. So many of my favorite experiences involve backpacking, hiking, sleeping atop mountains, and eating huckleberries before the bears get to them. There is a truck stop in Montana where you can get huckleberry-stuffed French toast, a huckleberry milkshake, and a huckleberry soda for less than $10 and I want to be there. In the meantime, I eat huckleberry taffy from Lucky's Market like they are happy pills.