The Scoop: Five things we're talking about in Columbus food

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

Crave is excited to introduce our new weekly column, The Scoop. Every week, our editors will dish on five things we're eating, drinking and gabbing about in Columbus food news.

1. Monday marked the start of Columbus Negroni Week. More than 60 area bars and restaurants are serving the classic bitter cocktail, along with a clever riffs (negroni slushies anyone?). The best part: A portion of proceeds from every drink will benefit a nonprofit of the bar's choice.

2. This month local veggie master and Little Eater owner Cara Mangini is the featured columnist on TheKitchn blog. Throughout June, Mangini-who's dubbed herself The Vegetable Butcher (which also happens to be the name of her cookbook due out next spring)-will share produce tips, tricks and recipes. Up first, identify your radish soul mate. If you get hungry, find Mangini slinging her vegetable-centric fare at the North Market.

3. Speaking of, our favorite spicy fried chicken joint shared some exciting news this week. Hot Chicken Takeover's pop-up in the North Market will now be a permanent fixture. HCT owner Joe DeLoss signed a three-year lease and plans to upgrade the space, adding additional checkouts and upgrading the kitchen. We can also expect a call-ahead carryout space (no lines!) to debut later this summer. Hours may expand, too, but for now we'll have to get our fix between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., Thursday to Sunday.

4. Pierogis, homemade ginger ale and bluegrass music-what could be better? Law-enforcement-themed food truck, Paddywagon, has launched its second bar-kitchen takeover. As of June 3, Jailhouse | Roots will serve up Appalachian-inspired food (think boiled crawdads, homemade cracker jacks and brisket nachos) alongside craft sodas at Rambling House Soda's Old North bar.

5. Tomorrow night (June 4) two of our favorite mobile food vendors will team up for a pop-up: the Jew-ish deli Challah and meat-centric Kenny's Meat Wagon have paired up to create five meaty sandwiches. They'll be serving from 5 to 10 p.m. at Land-Grant Brewing Co. in Franklinton. We've been warned to bring our beefiest appetite.