On Friday and Saturday May 10-11, Ohio State University's Chadwick Arboretum will host their annual Mother's Day Plant Sale, an opportunity to take home annuals, perennials and herbs from Ohio nurseries and support the gardens, which span 60 acres on the south side of Lane Avenue, just west of the Olentangy River. The two-day plant sale is Chadwick Arboretum's largest source of revenue for the year, and will host 19 visiting vendors, including native plants from Scioto Gardens and flower baskets, ideal for Mother's Day gifts. Look for compost bins, garden art, soaps, crafts and other artisanal items. Garden tool sharpening will be offered on site.

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A lot of buzz has been growing around the new Upper Arlington Whole Foods Market that will open on Wednesday, March 6. The store has become so much more than a grocer. From an in-store pub and a Wi-Fi equipped café to a fully equipped cooking department, it promises to be quite the destination. We wanted to learn more about the new store and its Grand Opening, so we caught up with Tiffany Smith, marketing team leader for Whole Foods Market Upper Arlington.

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Leah Wolf: What activities are you planning around the Grand Opening of the new store?

Tiffany Smith: The Grand Opening of Whole Foods Market Upper Arlington starts even before the store opens on Wednesday, March 6. On Saturday, March 3 and Monday, March 4, we are hosting sneak preview tours of the new store. The tours are an exciting opportunity for community members to get a glimpse of the store in its working state and to learn about what makes us special—our core values, quality standards and the passion of our team.

You can count on us always having exciting events, activities and educational food opportunities at Whole Foods Market. Our Grand Opening won't be an exception.

The store opens at 10am March 6, but starting at 9am we’ll have coffee samples from Silver Bridge Coffee for anyone waiting outside, music from the Upper Arlington High School band and entertainment from the OSU Spirit Team. After our bread breaking ceremony at 10am, you can find delicious samples throughout the store, music from local bands and happy hour 4-7pm, Monday through Friday at The Social, our in-store pub and organic coffee bar.

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Dave Filipi is Director of Film & Video at the Wexner Center for the Arts, where the fourth annual Field & Screen series will commence this February. The series takes a closer look at topics surrounding our food and environment, screening a number of films throughout the month, entirely open to the public. This year's films include the journeys of foragers, the radioactive repercussions of the 2011 Japanese tsunami, a popular safari park in Quebec and a look into our global sushi obsession, among others.

Along with regular film screenings, a panel discussion organized by Ohio State's Department of Art's Living Culture will follow the February 7 showing of "Covenant", which peers into raising livestock and the complexities of human-to-animal bonds. Before the Valentine's Day showing of "Step Up to the Plate", Heirloom Cafe, located inside the Wexner Center, will offer a special menu.

We are looking forward to this year's intriguing lineup, and we're pleased to learn more from curator Dave Filipi about the process of film selection, the origins of Field & Screen and which films are on his radar this year. 

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Monday, 14 January 2013 15:34

614 Chocolate Bar Celebrates Local Flavors

As long as she's been crafting gourmet chocolates, Stacey Peters has incorporated the flavors of local purveyors into her truffles and bars.

Featured in an article from our winter issue, Stacy describes how intrinsic Ohio-sourced ingredients are to her products and home-based company, O'Chocolate. “Chocolate is the perfect medium for exhibiting local vendors’ products. I find a unique local product and design a bar or truffle to showcase it.”

Last fall, Stacy collaborated with a handful of local producers to create the 614 Bar, celebrating our capital city from the packaging to the ingredients. An organic, fair trade dark chocolate provides the base for the bar. Peanuts from Krema Nut Company are roasted and candied with Sticky Pete's maple syrup. Then, subtle heat is added with Scotty McHotty's hot pepper blend, grown in Plain City by Scott Wheeler, husband of our Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, Tricia! The sweet and spicy nuts are folded into the dark chocolate and finished with a smattering of currants and sea salt for balance. The result is a snappy bar nicknamed the "Surly Buckeye with Currants."

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In 2011, Celebrate Local opened with intentions of temporarily "popping up" for the holiday season. With around 65 original vendors, the store's goal of supporting small, Ohio-based businesses quickly gained momentum and garnered support. Now, Celebrate Local is celebrating the announcement of a new, permanent space in Easton Town Center, and is finding creative ways to incorporate 220+ vendors - a testament to its success. 

Through the Christmas holiday, Celebrate Local will remain open at its current location in Easton's North District, situated between American Eagle and Kay Jewelers. Transition to the new space, one just shy of 3,000 square feet, will begin in January 2013. Co-Creator Heidi Maybruck expects a seamless move to the newly renovated storefront, which is located between Panera Bread and Restoration Hardware across from Crate & Barrel. 

Keeping the holidays in mind, Celebrate Local creates a number of themed gift baskets available in a $30-$100+ price range. A "Wild Ohio" basket contains sauces, chocolate, mead, candies, nuts and other treats. Coffee or chocolate lovers baskets are more specialized, while a "Tis the Season" basket provides seasonal items perfect for house warming or hostess gifts. Questions and customization can be directed toward Ruthie, the gift basket guru at Celebrate Local, who is happy to set you up with a special basket for any occasion. Direct emails to Ruthie at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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When Janine Aquino purchased Camelot Cellars last year, the Short North winery received quite the makeover. Janine helped usher in a rustic and welcoming aesthetic, complete with a handsome wooden bar and floor-to-ceiling "wall of wine" flanking one side of the room. Options for enjoying wine at Camelot Cellars run the gamut from wine flights to tastings at the bar, all the way to crafting personalized wine varietals, including custom label design. 

Artisan cheese and charcuterie plates can be paired with wine choices, and include wines made in-house and from around the world. Outside the winery, Camelot Cellars is available at dozens of stores around Columbus, and is being poured at a handful of area restaurants. (Find the full listing here.) Janine generously pairs a red and white wine selection from Camelot Cellars with featured menus at our evening cooking classes, currently held at MI Homes in Easton. Beyond that, she's extraordinarily busy! See the full Camelot Cellars calendar for upcoming tastings, happy hours, music events, and dinners, including some regular tastings at Celebrate Local in Easton. 

 

What is your role?

I am the Proprietor of Camelot Cellars Winery in the Short North Arts District

 

How long have you been in the business?

 

I bought Camelot February 2011, but have been involved with wine my entire life. I’m a fourth generation wine professional.

 

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The Hills Market is more than willing to talk turkey with you this year.

With five distinct varieties of bird available for ordering, all carefully sourced and delivered fresh to the market, you can find the variety that best suits your family, your meal and your holiday. 

The Hills Market, located in Worthington and in the construction phases of a second location downtown, has always been a source for Bowman and Landes free-range turkeys. Last year, the market added an affordable, Amish-raised variety. And this year, they've kindled a relationship with Teahill Farm in Loudonville to provide a trio of Ohio-raised turkeys, one of which is included in the US Ark of Taste, something we recently explored in the fall issue. 

Information available on the Hills Market blog outlines the varieties of turkeys, their sourcing and details about humane raising, acessible here. Orders can be placed over the phone and will be accepted up until Thanksgiving, though Hills Market Marketing Director Jill Moorhead highly recommends doing so sooner rather than later. Especially in the case of the heritage turkey, a unique and rather rare breed, numbers are going to be limited as the holiday nears. 

 

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Backroom Coffee Roasters, though only about two and half years old, is widely popular among Columbus coffee drinkers. Their coffee is shelved at markets city-wide and, starting just last month, can be found at 125 Fresh Market store across the country, with more on the way. 

Trish Bishop works alongside her son, Chris as owners of Backroom Coffee Roasters. Every batch of their beans is roasted in the back of the Trek Bicycle store on Lane Avenue, Chris' first business venture. Purchases within a five mile radius receive deliveries by bike, something Backroom Roasters has become known for in the last few years. 

Even before striking a deal with Fresh Market, Trish felt the growth of the company was steady. It wasn't long before the roastery struck a deal with Northstar Cafe, which now brews and serves Backroom's Biker Blend at all three of their locations. 

 

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