Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Wanna take a bite out of time and nibble on tomorrow? Don't look at me that way. See, I'm talking about visiting the 20th-annual culinary gala called Taste the Future. Tuesday, that soiree will be overtaking the Downtown campus of Columbus State Community College and an estimated 1,000 guests will be whooping it up and grazing gleefully from the fare of over 50 of our best local food purveyors.

It's always a good time and a guaranteed great way to check out the directions so many interesting menus are heading. Plus, all the dough (tickets cost $100) goes to an admirable cause: it helps fund scholarships for Columbus State.

A quick gaze at the list of goodies and chefs shows plenty of healthy seafood swimming up. Here's a little preview: shrimp paella from Barcelona; the incomparable shrimp and grits from G. Michael's; Hawaiian Big Eye tuna tartare and French onion soup from Mitchell's Steakhouse; seared tuna with spicy tomato jam and duck confit with blackberry ketchup from Sage; and a surprising shrimp ceviche with heirloom tomato gazpacho from, of all people, Bob Evans. In addition, the cost of admission entitles attendees to drink up from a selection of Eagle Eye wines - made in Napa Valley by a Columbus State graduate.

This just in! Doral Chenoweth - yes, the Grumpy Gourmet - will be addressing the Columbus Metropolitan Club that same Tuesday from 5 to 6 p.m. in a related event. Attendees to this talk - which costs a mere $25 - will be treated to belly laughs and will receive free, yes I said free, admission to the $100 Taste the Future. Man, you can't beat that deal with a poleax. Click to TastetheFuture.com for ticket information.