August Top 5: Editors’ Picks for the Best of the City This Month

From the August 2014 edition

Girasole Dinner
Aug. 10

Growing up, Sunday supper was a sacred event for farmer Val Jorgensen. That’s why she started hosting casual Sunday night dinners at Jorgensen Farms four years ago. After taking last year off, the annual Girasole Dinner (the one Jorgensen anticipates most) is back. Dinner, prepared by a local chef, is hosted in an alleyway through sunflowers (“girasole” is Italian for “sunflower”). In between the rows of tall yellow blooms, roughly 200 guests dine at one continuous community table, sharing wine and conversation amongst the Westerville farm’s scenery. The evening kicks off with a 5:30 p.m. farm tour, which includes a stroll through the hoop houses Jorgensen built herself and from which she grows herbs for local eateries including Northstar and Third & Hollywood. jorgensen-farms.com —Beth Stallings

Kevin James
Aug. 15

Kevin James got famous playing lovable, well-intentioned but usually out of line Doug Heffernan on “The King of Queens,” but he was a standup pro for years before the show debuted in 1998. He’s back on the road (after recently wrapping “Paul Blart: Mall Cop II,” which opens in April 2015) and performing his relatable, self-deprecating, schlubby-man routine at the Palace Theatre. James’ bits are about relationships, food, friends, pop culture—basically all the things you sometimes find irritating in life, only retold with belly laughs in store. He also has a talent for physical comedy, twisting his expression and body into contortions to take the jokes that much further. livenation.com —Kristen Schmidt

Columbus Food Truck Festival
Aug. 15 to 16

The premise of Columbus’ annual Food Truck Festival, hosted at the Columbus Commons on Aug. 15 and 16, is simple: food, beer, live music. And as fans of the city’s burgeoning food-truck scene know, it’s an incredible opportunity to sample an impressive array of dishes, from tacos to authentic Korean. More than 50 local and regional food trucks will be present, in addition to kid-friendly entertainment, games and music from Angela Perley & the Howlin’ Moons, The Wet Darlings and Jared Mahone. Did we mention it’s free? columbusfoodtruckfest.com —Jenny Rogers

Kirk Urso Memorial Match
Aug. 19

Midfielder Kirk Urso was only 22 years old when he died of a genetic heart disease in August 2012. For the second year, Urso’s teammates will honor his memory in a benefit match against his alma mater, the University of North Carolina. (Urso was team captain during the Tar Heels’ 2011 championship season.) Last year’s match raised nearly $30,000 for the Kirk Urso Memorial Fund, aimed at furthering heart health research. Tickets for the 7 p.m. match are $10 in advance and $15 at the gates. Urso apparel will be for sale at the Crew Gear Store, with a silent auction offering additional specialty merchandise. thecrew.com —Anthony Dominic

Craft Brew at the Zoo
Aug. 23

Back after a four-year hiatus, with a slightly new name and much bigger aspirations, the 2014 Craft Brew at the Zoo festival is shaping up to be quite something. The fest begins at 6 p.m., but your ticket also gets you access to the zoo and aquarium the day of the event, in addition to your own tasting glass and six 4-ounce craft-beer samples of your choice. Choose from several national breweries like New Belgium Brewing Co., Magic Hat, Harpoon and more, as well as local faves Columbus Brewing Co., Four String Brewing Co. and Rockmill Brewery. There will also be food trucks and live performances by J.T. Hillier, Drake White & the Big Fire Band and Keith Anderson. columbuszoo.org —Tristan Eden