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3rd Annual Local Foods Week

Celebrate local Ohio food with the Local Matters’ 3rd annual Local Foods Week. The celebration kicks off this Friday, September 29th, with a happy hour at locations around Columbus, including Harvest Pizzeria, Latitude 41, Alana’s, SPAGIO, MoJoe Lounge Downtown and more. Local Food Week celebrates a delicious week filled with fun and educational activities, events and eating local food.

Schedule of events:

Friday, September 30

Local Foods Week Happy Hour (5-8 pm)
Visit bars and restaurants around Columbus to taste some of the best local brews, wines and liquors around along with some great food specials! Participating restaurants include Harvest Pizzeria, Latitude 41, Alana’s, Deepwood, SPAGIO, MoJoe Lounge Downtown and more.

Saturday, October 1

Kids Cook Off Challenge at WOSU@COSI (10 am – 1 pm) Admission is free
Join us for a special Local Matters Kids Cook-off Challenge! Sign up your 5-12 year old to compete in this fun, hands-on and delicious experience. In addition to the cook off we’ll have a variety of activities for kids of all ages and an Ohio apple tasting. For more information or to sign up your son or daughter for the Kids Cook Off Challenge email Lyndsey at murphylyndsey@gmail.com. Spaces are limited so sign up today!
Location: WOSU@COSI, 333 W. Broad St, Columbus


Grilled Cheese Throwdown in the Short North (4–7 pm) $5 admission
Chefs will compete alongside talented amateurs for the title of “grilled cheese master” using local breads, cheeses and toppings. Featured chefs include reigning “master” Kevin Caskey of Skillet, David MacLennan of Latitude 41, Catie Randazzo of the Jury Room, and Jeff Lindemeyer of Cameron’s American Bistro. Taste their amazing creations and cast your vote for the winner! Tickets are limited so reserve a spot for your taste buds today! http://grilledcheesethrowdown.eventbrite.com
Location: Poplar Park (just north of MoJoe Lounge) 600 N. High St, Columbus, OH


Yummy! Art Show Opening at Brothers Drake Meadery (7-11 pm) Admission is free
Yummy! is an art exhibition hosted by the Couchfire Collective which explores eating, drinking, cooking, dining, and everything related to food. Yummy! will showcase food-themed artwork by local artists as well as raise funds for the Mid-Ohio Foodbank and promote Local Matters’ Local Foods Week! Please bring non-perishable food items or a monetary donation for the foodbank. More details can be found here.
Location: Brothers Drake Meadery, 26 E. 5th Avenue, Columbus, 43201


Near East Side Harvest Festival (10 am-10 pm) $3 adults, $1 12-18 year olds, kids free
This festival will feature art, food demonstrations, music from jazz artist Sabrina Tutstone, a kids zone, and local growers. Sponsored by Full Circle Soil.
Location: 462 Kimball Place (at Mound), Columbus, OH 43205

Sunday, October 2

Food Cart Rally at Eartha Limited (4-8 pm) $5 ticket includes 1 drink ticket
An evening of music, drinks and amazing food from a dozen food carts celebrating local ingredients! Presented in partnership with the Small Business Beanstalk and Eartha Limited. And, with the help of Eartha Limited, the event will be zero waste! Tickets are limited to ensure short lines and adequate food for all. Purchase your tickets now! at  http://foodcartrally.eventbrite.com

Location: Eartha Limited, 371 Maier Place, Columbus, OH 43215 (on the Whittier Peninsula in Scioto Audubon Park)

Monday, October 3

Food Forum on Urban Farming at the Wexner Center (6:00-8:30 pm) Admission is free
We will hold a special edition of our monthly Central Ohio Food Forum featuring the experts! Urban farmers from all over Central Ohio will be on hand to share their stories and photographs from their operations. RSVP to make sure you have a seat! http://octoberfoodforum2011.eventbrite.com
Location: Wexner Center for the Arts, 1871 N. High St, Columbus, OH

Speakers include:
Wayne Shingler, Frijolito Farms
Trish Dehnbostel, Hoover YMCA Gardens
Ashley Laughlin, Franklinton Garden
Joseph Swain, Swainway Urban Farm
Jerry Ra, Compost & Gardens
Jessica Roach, Homesteader
Yolanda Moser, Godman Guild Association
Bill Dawson, Franklin Park Conservatory
Roger Beck, Cornerstone Garden

Tuesday, October 4

Movie Night at the Drexel in Bexley (7-9 pm) $7 admission
The inspiring documentary Fresh! will be screened and delicious movie snacks will be available. Tickets are limited so get yours today! http://lfwmovienight.eventbrite.com
Location: Drexel Theatre, 2254 E. Main St., Bexley, OH


Local Food Tour with Columbus Food Adventures
Local Foods Week tour presented by Columbus Food Adventures highlighting some of the city’s most talented chefs who emphasize local sourcing. Tour stops will include Skillet, Harvest Pizza, Market 65, Latitude 41, and Knead.
This tour is sold out!

Wednesday, October 5

Hungry Planet Presentation at Franklin Park Conservatory (7-9 pm) Admission is free
Presentation about the work of Local Matters as part of the Hungry Planet lecture series along with a cooking demonstration by Executive Director, Michael Jones.
Location: Garden Campus at Franklin Park Conservatory (accessed from S. Franklin Park Drive)


Local Food Tour with Columbus Food Adventures
Local Foods Week tour presented by Columbus Food Adventures highlighting some of the city’s most talented chefs who emphasize local sourcing. Tour stops will include Skillet, Harvest Pizza, Market 65, Latitude 41, and Knead.
This tour is sold out!

Thursday, October 6

Local Drink Tasting at House Wine (6-9 pm) $15
House Wine will offer a variety of Ohio beverages like Rockmill Brewery’s beers, mead from Brothers Drake, along with additional Ohio beers, wines and bites for their Thursday night tasting. Hosted in partnership with Drink Up Columbus.
Location: House Wine, 644 N. High St, Worthington, OH 43085


Speak Easy at Wild Goose Creative (7-9 pm) $5
This hilarious story telling event will focus on local food with the theme “Ohio Grown” in honor of Local Matters’ Local Foods Week! Event details can be found here.
Location: Wild Goose Creative, 2491 Summit St., Columbus, OH 43202


Fall Family Fun Dinner w/ Jeni (6-8:30 pm) $10 adults; $5 kids
Hills Market will present a buffet of Hills Own house-made chicken tenders (made with Gerber Chicken from Kidron, Ohio), Ohio sweet potato wedges and Ohio apple sauce. They will have Snowville Creamery milk to drink and Jeni Britton Bauer from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams will present her Pumpkin Tiramisu Parfait for dessert. Ohio wine and beer cash bar will be available.
Reservations are required and can be made by calling 614.846.3220. Please let us know how many adults and how many kids (10 and under) will be in your party. Seating will be outside on our heated Veranda, so please dress accordingly.
Location: The Hills Market | 7860 Olentangy River Road Columbus, OH 43235


Jeni’s Happy Hour and Fall Flavor Preview (5-7 pm)
Preview Jeni’s Pumpkin Tiramisu Parfait during happy hour. Pumpkins, coffee, crean and whipped cream are all Ohio ingredients. Sales of the pumpkin parfaits will benefit Local Matters.
Location: Jeni’s locations (except German Village)


Local Food Tour with Columbus Food Adventures
Local Foods Week tour presented by Columbus Food Adventures highlighting some of the city’s most talented chefs who emphasize local sourcing. Tour stops will include Skillet, Harvest Pizza, Market 65, Latitude 41, and Knead.
One more ticket left – here!

Friday, October 7

Harvest Dinner (6-9 pm) $100 for dinner and the ball
Prior to the Harvest Ball, the Harvest Dinner will feature a fabulous seasonal five course dinner by Two Caterers. Suggested dress is cocktail attire. Tickets are now available!


Harvest Ball (9 pm-midnight) $20 in advance, $25 at the door
A party of grand proportions featuring great music from MoJoFlo, delicious local bites, a dessert bar and delightful drinks! Tickets are now available!
Location: Grange Insurance Audubon Center | 505 W. Whittier St., Columbus, OH 43215

Saturday, October 8

Market to Market Ride and North Market Harvest Festival (8 am -12 pm)
Ride your bike from the North Market to the Hills Market (and back!) or start in Worthington and make your way south. The Market to Market Ride is entering it’s fifth go-round with a special theme – Zombies vs. Pirates! Get into the fun of fall with this ride for foodies and cyclists of all ages. Details are available here.

Local Matters is a not-for-profit based in Central Ohio whose mission is to transform the food system to be more secure, prosperous, just and delicious!

We do this by teaching kids and families about healthy Ohio-grown foods, by increasing access to wholesome, delicious food and by advocating for fair food policies. For more information about Local Matters, please visit http://www.local-matters.org. For more information about Local Foods Week and the Eat Local Challenge, please visit http://eatlocalohio.org.

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