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In Columbus, it’s not just the chefs and cocktail artists and writers pushing our palates forward, it’s the everyday folks who via social media are leaving a trail of crumbs for the rest of us to follow. Taste Profile, a new monthly feature in (614) will introduce you to the local handles and give you [...]
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In Columbus, it’s not just the chefs and cocktail artists and writers pushing our palates forward, it’s the everyday folks who via social media are leaving a trail of crumbs for the rest of us to follow. Taste Profile, a new monthly feature in (614) will introduce you to the local handles and give you the low-down on what’s good in the capital city.

What’s the last great dish you had?

I’m torn between Hai Poké’s tofu bowl and Condado’s Vegan Hesher burrito. They are both ridiculously delicious, cheap eats.

What’s the last great dish you cooked?

A vegan, gluten-free coconut cream pie recipe from Minimalist Baker [http://minimalistbaker.com/coconut-cream-pie-vegan-gf/]. It’s topped with whipped coconut cream. To tell the truth, I barely shared that pie.

What drives you to be a tastemaker in Columbus?

I’m driven to find the amazing vegan food that is hidden around Columbus, since there aren’t many dedicated vegan/vegetarian restaurants. I love sharing what’s out there with Columbusites who are interested in veganism or eating a more plant-based diet.

What is the most significant way food and drink has changed in Columbus in the last five years?

I think there is more support and community for food entrepreneurs now. It’s great to see chefs, farmers, and local business owners come together and help each other out, especially in the form of pop-up restaurants. I think both business owners and consumers in Columbus are benefitting from collaborations like these. I’ve also seen food entrepreneurs connecting with their customers in meaningful ways. For example, teaching classes at The Commissary.

Favorite filter:

I am addicted to the VSCO filter A5. Talk about your moody blues.

Least favorite style of Instagram food photo:

There are exceptions, of course, but I’m generally not a fan of hyper-saturated colors in food photography. And I wish I could disable everyone’s on-camera flash. It just makes food look flat or slimy.

Put together your perfect night on the town, from pre-meal cocktail, to dinner, to nightcap:

I’d start with dinner and a drink at Basil in the Short North. I’m absolutely obsessed with their veggie egg rolls and vegan Green Curry with tofu. Next, I’d stop in next door at Barrel on High for a Manhattan, or maybe a scotch, depending on my mood. Then a short walk over to Kingmakers for some board games. In a perfect world, I’d be lucky enough that they’d have a vegan Rogue Bakery cookie, and I’d have it with some coffee. Or maybe a beer. Don’t judge.

One Columbus celebrity you want to break bread with?

Natalie Dee. Once I got past the mortifying awkwardness of meeting someone I find so hilarious, I think she and I would have some pretty fun dinner conversation.

Describe Columbus’s taste in a six-word sentence:

An eclectic use of local ingredients.

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Harvest Pizzeria sowing last seeds in German Village

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Eight years ago, Harvest Pizzeria cropped up in a small space in German Village. Today, the local pizza chain announced the closure of its flagship location.

Harvest Pizzeria German Village will open its doors for the final time on Saturday, April 27th.

“Despite the success of Harvest in German Village and our strong ties to the neighborhood, the owner of the property will not honor our renewal of the lease,” wrote founder Chris Crader in an email. “…the landlord’s demands for a new lease at a higher rate would not allow our little pizzeria to remain viable.

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Crader added that he is proud of the strides Harvest German Village has made over the years, and thankful for the community that’s supported it. He hopes they can return to the neighborhood when the right spot presents itself.

As far as the employees go, Crader wrote that with the success of the other locations, the German Village workers will be able to join a team at another restaurant.

“Harvest sincerely thanks all of its loyal supporters and we hope to see you at our other locations soon,” wrote Crader.

This news follows the announcement of the Grandview Harvest closing back in February. Read more here.

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Crawfish boils claw their way into Columbus Saturday

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What’s the deal with crawfish boils? Sure, they’re delicious, but as a true land-lubbing midwesterner, my knowledge of this particular culinary phenomenon is fairly lacking.

That said, I definitely can’t tell you why there are multiple crawfish boils going down this Saturday. Best not to overthink it—just enjoy the experience!

Pecan Penny’s |113 East Main Street
Saturday at 4 PM – 7 PM

Sponsored by Brewdog, downtown BBQ joint Pecan Penny’s is kicking off patio season with an all-you-can-eat Crawfish boil, complete with giveaways and a DJ.

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Rehab Tavern | 456 W Town St
2 PM – 6 PM

Rehab’s own 4/20 crawfish boil kicks off at 2:00. Your $15.75 entrance fee will net you a pint of beer in addition to all-you-can-eat crawfish and fixins’!

Can’t make either of these, or want to try the boil experience before committing to a large-scale event? Check out Kai’s Crab Boil or Boiling Seafood Crawfish—both on Bethel Road —for first-rate seafood experiences you won’t soon forget.

Why are there two crawfish boils on the same day? Why are there two crawfish restaurants on the same road? We may never know, and honestly, who cares? Crawfish is the bomb! Just put on your bib and get crackin’!

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Condado knocking on your door with big news

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Fifty years ago, people may have thought we would be traveling around in flying cars by now. Instead, we’ve got a “skip intro” button on Facebook and now, Condado online ordering and delivery!

Beginning today, you can order your favorite tofu bowls, Sweet Lucy tacos, and quesos from the comfort of your home, then swing by your local Condado to feast! Delivery is also available Downtown, Clintonville, and Short North locations locally via DoorDash.

Sorry guys, we’re still not at a place where margarita delivery is possible. Stay tuned, though, stay tuned.

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