In just one week, there has been rain, sleet, snow, ice, almost 50 degree temperatures and 50 to 60 mile per hour winds. There's nothing quite like the climate of Central Ohio.

I hope all of you have survived the elements and are enjoying the holiday season. Experiencing a hearty meal is certainly a great way to stay warm during these cold months, so please let me know if you try a great dish at a restaurant around town. And, if you're planning to dine out during the holidays, be sure to check with restaurants about their hours, as they tend to vary during the season. Now, for some news: Black Creek Bistro has a holiday group menu available at the restaurant and for catering. There are three options, priced at $20, $30 and $40 per person. Click here to see the menu. Please note that because this menu includes items normally not offered, you must place your reservation five days in advance. "We've seen a trend of people really enjoying these prix fixed menus. We can offer a lot of items we don't normally have on the menu, so there's more opportunity for creativity," says Katie McGuire, a manager at the restaurant. This special menu is available until the end of January. Eddie Merlot's has a special holiday lunch menu through Dec. 24. The lunch hours are 11 am to 2 pm Monday through Friday. Click here to see the full menu. Also, if you'd like to send USDA Prime steaks as gifts this holiday season, you can now order them through the restaurant's website. Details are available here. As everyone knows, especially in Buckeye country, the holiday season also means Bowl season. If you're planning to host a football party, the Montgomery Inn has an "ultimate tailgating guide" for you. They are offering four catering packages: the pre-game ($99), halftime ($199), third & long and touchdown (both $149). Click here to see the full menus. Note: Each option feeds 12 to 18 people. A manager at the Dublin restaurant says the menu will be available year round. There's a three-course dinner special for $19.95 at Powell restaurant C. William's Bistro. The menu, located here, is available until at least the end of December. There's been a lot of controversy surrounding the recent parking meter hike downtown. Due Amici and Barrio have decided to offer a special deal to their customers to help out with the cost to park near the restaurants. If you make lunch reservations for two or more, you will receive $1 in quarters for the meters. Click here or here to read the details. (You have to sign up for the mailing list to be eligible.) This deal is expected to last through December. That's all for now. Stay tuned for some news about tasty New Year's Eve menus around town. If you have restaurant news to share with Taylor, you can reach her at (614) 410-0671, tswope@acncolumbus.com or on Twitter.