What a gorgeous weekend in Columbus, huh? Couldn't have asked for a prettier early summer night for North Market's annual Apron Gala, which raises money for the historic market. Apron-clad guests sipped on wine from HobNob and beer from Columbus Brewing Company, plus did lots of bidding on some great silent auction items.
And, of course, the market vendors served up special appetizers, main dishes and desserts, all of them creative and delicious.
An early highlight was Curds & Whey's spread of the Top Ten Cheeses of the Year, served with Raincoast Crisp crackers and olives. I may have tried every single one of them. Don't judge.
Winning my award for the most fun overall menu was Omega Artisan Baking, who whipped up a four-course Summer Picnic spread, including barbecue sandwiches on cheddar-scallion rolls, spicy cole slaw, potato salad and S'MORES.
And not just s'mores, but make-your-own s'mores! First you roasted your homemade marshmallow over an adorable little Weber grill, then sandwiched it between homemade graham crackers and pieces of Belgian chocolate. Favorite of the night.
North Market Spices prepared this gorgeous English-rubbed grilled beef tenderloin from Bluescreek Farms, served with a horseradish sauce
Clever Crow served up slices of this Chipotle Hummus Corn Pizza, plus a Spicy Eggplant with Potato and Leek variety.
I heard lots of people raving about this fantastic Spelt Berry Risotto with Shitake Mushrooms and Asparagus from the Greener Grocer.
Other favorite dishes I devoured too quickly to take a picture of: • Cava cocktails from the Barrel and Bottle. Yeah, I'm going to be making these by the pitcher this summer. • Jalapeno Corn Chowder from CaJohn's • Pretzel Bites with Fresh Salsa Cream Cheese from Brezel • Lan Viet's Vietnamese Sampling: fried cassava vermicelli with grilled chicken and shrimp, pho, cha gio (egg rolls) and goi cuon (summer rolls). All outstanding.
Finally, a couple more desserts: Mozart's made Chocolate Walnut Raspberry Rolls and these Pear Tarts.
And Pure Imagination Chocolatier had many different flavors of these pretty little Mini Chocolate Petit Fours.