Sample dishes from some of the city's best restaurants, and benefit a good cause at the same time. Columbus State Community College's Taste the Future is an event that tastes good and does good, too.

When I moved to Columbus in late summer 2010, I admit I didn't know much about the Columbus dining scene. Sure, I knew of Jeni's (and already harbored a healthy addiction to pistachio honey) and Cameron Mitchell. But beyond that, I knew I had a lot to learn.

Thankfully, a coworker suggested I attend that year's Taste the Future event-a food showcase fundraiser that benefits student scholarships at Columbus State Community College. It was here where I got my first taste of restaurants like The Refectory, G. Michael's, Lindey's and Barcelona. And as the food scene has grown in the city, so has this event.

This year's Taste the Future is Tuesday, Aug. 12 from 6 to 9 p.m. on the CSCC campus at 550 E. Spring St., Downtown. The funds raised from the $100 tickets go to support student scholarships and programing. And, if this year is anything like year's past, there will be more than your money's worth of eats from nearly 50 area restaurants, food trucks and catering companies, plus drinks from local distilleries Middle West Spirits and Watershed.

From here, I'll let the food do the talking for me. Here's a look at some of the restaurants and dishes you'll find next Tuesday. For a complete list, and to purchase tickets, visit the event website.

Barcelona Restaurant
Chilled Strawberry Soup with Saffron Yogurt
Lamb Sliders with Goat Cheese and Apple Carrot Slaw
Tres Leches

Bob Evans
Pimento Cheese Crostini with Tomato Andouille Jam
Creole Green Salad with Arugula, Tasso, Pickled Green Beans, Charred Tomatoes, Cornbread Croutons and Vidalia Onion Dressing
Cajun BBQ Shrimp and French Bread
Cajun Spiced Caramel Corn with Pecans and Dried Cherries

Creole Kitchen
A Taste of Etoufees

Cherbourg Bakery
Double Lemon Bars
Espresso Brownies
Carrot Cupcakes

Hae-Paul's Restaurant
Korean Short Rib Tacos
Summer Rice Salad with Cucumber Kimchee

The Hills Market Downtown
Tenderloin Brioche Mini Sandwiches
Mini Crab Cakes
Mini Hills Own Ohio Beef Meat Loaves
Hills Own 4 Cheese Mac-n-Cheese Lollipops (with Veggies)
Hills Own Mini Carrot Cake Bites
Hills Own Grilled Veggie Kabobs

Hubbard Grille and Mezzo
Saffron Poached Shrimp and Peach Salad with Aleppo Chili Gastrique
Chilled Heirloom Tomato and Corn Gazpacho

Made From Scratch
Smoked Bacon Brittle
Grilled PB&J: Confit Pork Belly & Guava Jelly with White Cheddar on Potato Bread
Homemade Cheese-Stuffed Tater Tots. Served with scratch-made Aioli

Sweet Carrot Casual Cuisine (pictured)
Spicy Chicken Meatballs with a Corn Fritter and Sweet Carrot Slaw and Corn Salsa

Tucci's
Veal Meatballs
Mini Silk Pie

Two Caterers
Chilled Melon Soup Shooter with Sherry & Basil
Grilled Shrimp with toasted Crab Biscuit
Creole Vegetable Stew and Candied Jalapeno Remoulade