The Scoop: Five things to know in Columbus dining news

Beth Stallings, Columbus Crave

Every week, Crave editors dish on five things we're gabbing about in Columbus food news. Here's the latest.

We're sorry to report this week that The Worthington Inn's longtime executive chef Tom Smith will be leaving his post at the end of October. It was a tough decision, Smith told us, and one he didn't make lightly. We'll miss his farm-to-table fare at the historic restaurant, but look forward to visiting him at his forthcoming pizza shop in Upper Sandusky.

Has bacon jumped the shark? Not according to the people behind the Ohio Bacon Fest, which takes place Friday, Sept. 25 at the Columbus Commons. From 4 to 10:30 p.m., vendors will serve bacon themed dishes and a few brave eaters will even race to see who can eat the most cured pork belly. You can find tickets and more information here.

Even though Cravings Carryout Cafe may be out of its Italian Village home, owners Matt and Lindsey Tewager are still turning out great dishes. They are now selling Hop-Pockets-savory pastries filled with ingredients like bulgogi cheesesteak and chorizo-at North High Brewing. And their popular brioche doughnuts (or bronuts to Cravings regulars) can be found Saturdays and Sundays at Bodega in the Short North.

Here's a restaurant to add to your dining-out list: Herb'n Cafe in Pickerington. The GMO-free eatery that proudly declares "Stop Monsanto" on its list of chalkboard specials opened quietly eight months ago serving breakfast and lunch. Settling into a groove, and building a steady following, the restaurant is now serving dinner. Here's our first look.

The Brewery District continues to grow with the recent opening of comfort food eatery, Copious. The restaurant celebrates its official grand opening this week. Before you go, check out our behind-the-scenes story here.