New lunchtime walking tours of the Short North offer delights even for those already intimately familiar with the neighborhood. At each of a half-dozen stops, Columbus Food Adventures groups are treated to off-menu eats made from seasonal ingredients and get to chat with chefs and owners to learn about the methods behind their menus. The brainchild of local food blogger Bethia Woolf, the culinary tours are designed to give visitors a taste of the city and provide locals with a more personalized experience. The tours visit the North Market, plus a handful of locally owned eateries like Knead Urban Diner, Tasi Cafe and Jeni's. "It's a fantastic way for people to get acquainted with places that are taking the extra time to do things the old-fashioned way," said Knead owner Rick Lopez, "employing people locally and supporting small family farms."

Columbus Food Adventures offers tours for groups of up to 12, and tickets cost $45 per person. Tours leave at 11 a.m. Thursdays and Fridays and last about three hours. For more, visit ColumbusFoodAdventures.com.