Roundup: Fun food events this week

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

The Grass Skirt Tiki Roomgrand opening

The newest addition to Elizabeth Lessner’s group of fun, quirky, rock ’n’ roll restaurants and bars is a fresh take on the classic tiki bar in the Discovery District. Expect fun updates on Polynesian food — spam and swiss sliders are on the menu — and a cocktail list that gives rum a starring role.

The Grass Skirt Tiki Room

6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, grand opening

6 p.m.-midnight Tuesday-Saturday, regular hours

105 N. Grant Ave., Discovery District

Surf & Truck Tuesdays with Pitabilities

Chances are, if you drop by The Hills Market on any evening or weekend day, you’ll find a food event. We think the Surf & Truck Tuesdays is a standout. Stop by Tuesdays after work for a half pound of peel-and-eat shrimp ($8) and beers on the veranda. Follow that up with dinner, offered by a different food truck each week. The upcoming event features Pitabilities, which, as the name suggests, puts delicious things in pitas.

The Hills Market

7860 Olentangy River Road, Worthington


Local Brews & Burgers

Another weekday happy hour option for you: Hang out at Columbus Commons for burgers and beers from local breweries. Local music will keep the party going. It’s a great chance to try local beers and meet the people who are making them. Four String Brewery is featured this week. Local Brews & Burgers returns every Thursday this fall through Oct. 11.

Columbus Commons

5-7 p.m. Thursdays through Oct. 11

160 S. High St., Downtown

North Market School of Cooking

Learn some pro cooking tips from Sher Lisak, chef, cooking instructor and recipe tester, and enjoy the delicious results. The menu includes Pecan Crusted Pork Tenderloin with Port Wine Sauce, Grilled Summer Squash with Feta and Mint, Mixed Green Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette and Plum Tarts with Honeyed Whipped Cream. The event is in the Dispatch Kitchen on the second floor of the North Market; tickets are $35 and available at

North Market

1-3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23

59 Spruce St., Arena District


credit: Dispatch file photo by Courtney Hergesheimer