Had such a nice (if steamy) evening last night for Taste of Dine Originals! The venue, Grange Insurance Audubon Center, was lovely, with a back patio offering a gorgeous view of the Whittier Peninsula and downtown skyline. And, of course, there was tons of food from Central Ohio's independent restaurants.
Everything was delicious, though I gravitated toward the chilled offerings, like the ceviche shooters up top from Worthington Inn. Chef Thomas Smith put together a ceviche bar, with Gulf Shrimp and Avocado, Cucumber-Habanero, and Beef and Sweet Onion varieties. Delish.
The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls makes very pretty food, including these Applewood-Smoked Duck and Wild Mushroom crostinis and cubes of Lavendar and Brandy Pound Cake with Dark Chocolate Ganache.
Finally got a chance to sample the Refectory's Alpaca Terrine, an eccentric little dish I've been hearing buzz about since this year's Dine Originals Week. A must-try for adventurous eaters.
Some other fab bites:
Skillet's little polenta cups topped with morels.
Rigsby's Sicilian Eggplant Salad served on crispy flatbread chips. (Their Lamb Tagine was also outstanding.)
DeepWood's Ohio Beef Carpaccio Rolls.
Oh, and there were great things to drink, too. It was especially great to see all of our local offerings, like Columbus Brewing Company's refreshing Summer Teeth and Gin & Juice made with Watershed Gin.
The Middle West Spirits table was quite a popular spot. Ryan Lang and Brady Konya were mixing up Collins and Sidecar cocktails with their vodkas and new whiskey.
Then there were the desserts. So many amazing sweet treats from around the city. My faves:
The mini pies from DeepWood, including these Citrus Meringue ones plus some terrific Cherry Pie-lets.
Due Amici's S'mores, made with blondies, Belgian chocolate and bruleed housemade marshmallows. Divine.
Yep, it was a great evening for a great cause: proceeds went to Buckeye Ranch, a local nonprofit that provides mental health treatment for children and families.