Dining by Design: Cocktail Hour

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Reserving a 10-person table at Dining by Design's gala dinner could run you a cool $10,000, but the charity event has another, more affordable option for those who want to enjoy the atmosphere and support a good cause.

Held at 7 p.m. Friday, the night before the main event, Cocktails by Design will feature food from 11 local restaurants paired with Castello di Gabbiano wines and Stoli mixers.

You'll get to peep the glorious seating arrangements, sample fare at each one, enter a silent auction and enjoy live music. All-inclusive tickets cost $75.

"It's a great fit for us," said Katharine Moore, executive director of Dine Originals, a coalition of homegrown Columbus eateries. "[We liked] the fusion of who it was benefiting and how the food was being showcased. Sometimes the food can get lost in the event."

Moore said Cocktails by Design will highlight the diverse offerings of the city's vibrant culinary scene.

"It's a fun mix," she added. "When you get food from The Refectory and Tip Top, you have run the gamut."

Public viewing will also be available, sans food and drink, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17. Open house tickets cost $10.

Magnificent Menu

Eleven locally owned restaurants will offer delicious morsels to fuel your eager ogling. Here's a sneak peek at the menu.

Alana's Food and Wine

Thai Chile Lime Beef in Bamboo


Pintxos Gilda (a skewer of Basque pepper, olive and anchovy)

Pan con Tomato Jamon (toasted baguette with tomato and Spanish cured ham)

Piquillo con Atun (piquillo peppers stuffed with Spanish tuna)

The Clarmont

Smoked Chicken Pate on Crisp Butterchip Pickles and Potato Crisp

Cotters Restaurant

Asian Ahi Tuna Wonton Chip


House-made Pancetta & Herb Chevre Stuffed Gougeres

Due Amici

Braised Veal Braciole with Tomato Jam

G. Michael's Bistro

Lamb Lollipops

Pulled Pork Sliders

Tuna Tartare

The Refectory

Sea Scallop Pomponette with a Bonne Femme Sauce

Rigsby's Kitchen

Focaccia Crostini with Cannellini Bean Puree topped with Sambuca-Rosemary Marinated Shrimp, wrapped in Prosciutto

Tip Top Kitchen & Cocktails

Corn Fritters topped with Cilantro-Lime Sour Cream and Smoked Salmon

Trattoria Roma

Butternut Squash & Coconut Spelt Cakes with Smoked Peppers

Baked Pasta with Braised Calamari

Hazelnut Cinnamon Creme Brulee