Columbus State Community College’s culinary arts program is getting a big boost from Cameron Mitchell Restaurants. The college announced this week that CMR has pledged $2.5 million towards the new Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts building, a $33 million project located at 250 Cleveland Ave. The 80,000-square-foot building will be named Mitchell Hall after CMR’s CEO and founder Cameron Mitchell. Completion of the project is expected in fall 2019.

Tickets are still available for Columbus Monthly’s Best New Restaurants event on Wednesday, March 14, at Le Meridien Columbus, The Joseph. Attendees will get to sample dishes from some of the city’s best newcomers to the dining scene, including The Keep Liquor Bar, Service Bar, Smoked on High Barbeque Co., Tiger + Lily and more. Visit for more information.

Jeni Britton Bauer’s interview (taped live in Columbus) with NPR’s entrepreneurship podcast “How I Built This with Guy Raz” dropped this week. You can listen below.

The food truck Los Potosinos is now open for the season at its new location at 1500 E. Long St.

Fronteras, a restaurant serving a variety of Mexican, Cuban, Colombian and Venezuelan dishes, is now open at 6608 E. Broad St. on the East Side.

Land-Grant Brewing Co. and COSI are teaming up on Thursday for the brewery’s latest beer launch. The new beer is Binary Star, a black IPA named after a system with two stars orbiting an even larger central mass. The event, which takes place 5-10 p.m. at the Franklinton brewery, will feature a Q&A with Paul Sutter, COSI’s chief scientist and astrophysicist. A portion of the evening's proceeds will benefit COSI.

Hills Market Downtown is hosting a March Madness Wine Tasting 6-8 p.m. on Friday, March 2. For $15 ($20 at the door), attendees receive 10 tickets to taste wines and local beers. Tickets are available at

The Wolf's Ridge Brewing taproom is hosting a fundraiser and tapping party to celebrate International Women's Day on Thursday, March 8. The brewery will unveil its Ladies Who Brunch beer, an imperial-style breakfast alewhich was brewed by a female-led team at Wolf's Ridge. A portion of proceeds from draft and bottles sales will be donated to YWCA Columbus. The event will take place 3-11 p.m. at the taproom located at 159 E. Hickory St.

TRY THIS: CaJohns Mayan Sun Hot Sauce

Not long ago, I found myself wedging a knife blade under the plastic insert that sits atop bottles of CaJohns’ hot sauces. The clear disc in question was restricting the flow of Mayan Sun sauce to an agonizing drip, and I’d decided to do away with such restraints. Pop—off came the dripper. Then, predictably, I dumped far too much on my sandwich. I enjoyed every sweet-hot bite.

John Hard, the founder of CaJohns, says Mayan Sun is a test sauce that the company debuted in mid-December. It stars the Maya Pimento chili, which he’d never seen until 2016 when he was handed the rare Peruvian pepper by a Mennonite grower in Shelby, Ohio. “I was really impressed because it was so sweet, and then it has some late heat to it,” Hard says.

Bottles of Mayan Sun and El Castillo, another of CaJohns’ new sauces featuring the pimento, can be purchased from the company’s North Market stall or the retail store at its Westerville production facility (816 Green Crest Drive). I recommend buying a bottle and putting too much of it on everything. —Chris Gaitten

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