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Discount Date Destinations: Saturday Samplings at The Refectory

Lindsay Pinchot

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Welcome to Discount Date Destinations, where we’ll bring you the best places in the city with date-night-worthy atmospheres and food and drink specials that won’t break the bank. In today’s installment, we head to The Refectory.

For many, The Refectory evokes images of elegant anniversary dinners and impressive date nights, and rightly so. The Refectory has long been established as one of Columbus’ best and most beautiful restaurants, serving contemporary American and classic French cuisine. It probably isn’t one of the first places you think of when you hear “discount,” but maybe it should be.

Every Saturday afternoon from 12pm- 3pm, The Refectory hosts Saturday Samplings, a weekly wine tasting event. For only $15-$20 per person, depending on the flight that week, you taste a selection of different wines and help yourself to light hors d’oeuvre while relaxing in the Refectory’s charming bar area.

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When you’re done tasting, additional glasses of the wines are only $5 each, so you can stay and sip your favorites. Last weekend, my husband and I attended the first in a themed, two-part Saturday Sampling series: For the Love of Wine. We had a great experience.

The ambiance was wonderful, especially for a wintry Saturday. Upon arrival, we were given a warm welcome and tasting cards listing information about each of the wines we’d be sampling. At the top of the tasting cards was a question, “When did you first fall in love with wine?” which led to some entertaining conversation, both between the two of us and with the staff. The sommelier poured each wine as we were ready for it, giving us a little background on it and explaining what we could expect from the taste. Between glasses we snacked on an array of breads, cheeses, oils, and hearty dips.

The best part? None of the selections were too pricey and all were available for purchase from The Refectory’s wine shop. Our favorite taste of the day was only $12.99 a bottle.

Saturday Samplings is a fun, relaxed way to experience The Refectory where all wine drinkers, from newbies to decades-long aficionados, will feel welcome. For the Love of Wine (Part 2) is this Saturday, so grab your valentine and head to The Refectory for a cozy afternoon. When you’re done, buy your favorite bottle to take home and split snuggled up on the couch.

“When did you fall in love with wine?This Saturday we are inviting all oenophiles- connoisseurs or newbies, to join us…

Posted by The Refectory Restaurant and Wine Shop on Monday, February 10, 2020

The Refectory is located at 1092 Bethel Rd. For more information, visit refectory.com.

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New bakery rising on Parsons Avenue

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A bit of sugar, some spice, and a whole lotta nice are being put into a property at 1540 Parsons Ave. J’s Sweet Treats plans to hold a soft opening on February 28.

The award-winning sweet boutique bakery specializes in luxury wedding cakes that are sure to leave a lasting impression on all who indulge. Flavors range from traditional favorites like vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry to gourmet options such as banana pudding and butter pecan.

"We specialize in making magical memorable moments through edible art because let’s face it... without us, it’s just cake," J's says on its website.

The sweets shop also offers desserts like cupcakes, cake pops, cookies, chocolate-dipped fruits, parfaits, and more.

Interested in learning how to decorate beautiful cakes, roll fondant, or make a mouthwatering pound cake like grandma used to? J's also offers one-on-one, small group, children, and corporate classes! Email [email protected] to schedule your session.​

For more information on J's Sweet Treats, click here.

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3 of the best unique pancakes in Columbus

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Columbus getting sneak peek of Wendy’s breakfast before national rollout

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Update: A week ahead of the national roll-out date, Wendy's is offering its new breakfast menu at all Columbus locations.

Fuel up with items like the Frosty-ccino, the Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit, and the Breakfast Baconator.

Read more details below.

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02/06/2020: “Bold new morning options” will soon be available at Dublin-based Wendy's.

Breakfast Baconator, Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit, Frosty-ccino, and more will roll out nationwide on March 2.

“We've crafted unique sandwiches that will leave you craving another, like the Breakfast Baconator, which features a fresh-cracked egg, signature sausage patty and six strips of Applewood smoked bacon," Kurt Kane, President, U.S. and Chief Commercial Officer of The Wendy's Company, said in a press release.

In true Wendy's fashion, the fast food chain made the announcement by taunting its competitor.

"Hey @McDonalds, roast us," they tweeted.

With no response, Wendy's went on to tweet, "Yeah, we wouldn't wake up for your breakfast either. Don’t worry, on 3/2 there will be something worth waking up for."

https://twitter.com/Wendys/status/1224725170235019265?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwgr%5E393535353b636f6e74726f6c&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.foxnews.com%2Ffood-drink%2Fwendys-launching-new-breakfast-options-in-march

Wendy's promises their breakfast to be "fresh, craveable, and bold." Think they can follow through?

Find out on March 2.

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