FOOD

The Scoop: Five things to know in Columbus dining news

Beth Stallings, Columbus Crave

Every week, Crave editors dish on five things we're eating, drinking and gabbing about in Columbus food news. Here's the latest, including chef Bill Glover at the James Beard House, Crimson Cup's new Brewlab, a Crave Tastemaker's Food Network debut and a barbecue special you've got to eat now.

A huge congrats to Gallerie Bistro & Bar chef Bill Glover, who has been tapped to cook at the storied James Beard House in September. Glover is the first Columbus chef invited to craft a meal at the former New York City home of the late cook and author. Why is it a big deal? Put simply: it's the subtle way a chef is told the powers who nominate chefs for the annual James Beard Awards (the Oscars of the food world) are watching you. Tickets for Glover's six-course dinner that will praise the bounty of Ohio go on sale Aug. 1.

Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea continues its Columbus expansion, transforming its former 7,000-square-foot headquarters (700 Alum Creek Drive) into a coffee innovation and training lab due to open this fall. Their goal is to become the first Specialty Coffee Association of America certified facility in Ohio. We're getting our coffee geek on over this news because the Innovation Lab won't be just a place for the pros to experiment, but it will be open to us coffee-loving consumers, too. For example, Crimson Cup will offer insight into the origins of beans, roast levels, brewing techniques and how to make a great cup of coffee.

Challah! chef Catie Randazzo makes her Food Network debut on Sunday, Aug. 2. The Jew-ish food truck owner and 2015 Crave Tastemaker competes on "Cutthroat Kitchen"-a competition hosted by Alton Brown where four chefs vie to outwit each other for cash prizes. Randazzo's episode airs at 10 p.m. There will be a viewing party from 10 to 11 p.m. at Meister's Pizza in Grandview (1168 Chambers Road).

Barbecue fans, here's what you should be eating now. Ray Ray's Hog Pit (the barbecue trailer that, hands down, serves some of the best smoked and sauced fare in town) has released a new Burnt Ends Thursday special. Translation: 16-hour smoked beef brisket that's been cubed and smoked again in barbecue sauce, then topped with sauteed red bell peppers and white onions and sandwiched between a hoagie roll from Dan the Baker. The sandwich is only available on Thursdays-but you can find the truck parked in the Ace of Cups parking lot in Old North Thursday through Sunday.

With poolside-perfect weather this week, we're hot on tiki drinks. These booze-heavy concoctions somehow toe the line between potent and sweet. Mai tais and daiquiris are great, but some of our favorite cocktail bars are riffing on the classics, such as Curio's Island Riddims (served in a tiki glass, it's as fun to look at as drink) with coconut-infused Scotch. Here are four of our favorites you should sip on this summer.