Columbus, OH: Food Happenings

By Lisa Abraham  |

DISPATCH FILE PHOTO  Food trucks parked at Columbus Commons
DISPATCH FILE PHOTOFood trucks parked at Columbus Commons

Truck-court return

The Food Truck Food Court will kick off on Thursday at Columbus Commons, S. High and E. Rich streets, and continue from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays through Oct. 29 (except Sept. 17).

Ten trucks will take part weekly, with 10 others joining the lineup on a rotating basis throughout the summer.

This month, Ohio egg farmers are partnering with 10 of the trucks to celebrate National Egg Month.

Participating trucks will compete weekly with egg-inspired menu items. The winner will get $500 and have its menu items featured

Fried-chicken competition

The Columbus food trucks the Queens Table and the Rolling Kitchen, and the Zanesville eatery the Modern Southern Table will compete in a “Fried Chicken Throwdown” before an audience from 6 to 8 p.m. May 14 at the Food Fort at the Economic & Community Development Institute, 737 Parkwood Ave.

The cost is $20, including food samples, refreshments, live music, arcade games and the opportunity to vote for the winner. Register by Sunday at, or call 614-559-0115.

Dinners & tastings

• “Old World Treasures” ($29), seven wines with imported cheeses, olive oils and crafted breads, 6 p.m. May 13, the Refectory Restaurant & Bistro, 1092 Bethel Rd.; reservations: 614-451-9774

• “Wine and Dine” ($20, or $15 for members), recipes from TheChina Study Quick & Easy Cookbook by chef Del Sroufe, 7 p.m. May 14; the Wellness Forum, 510 E. Wilson Bridge Rd., Suite G, Worthington; reservations: 614-841-7700

Cooking classes

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 1777 E. Broad St., will offer the following classes; to register, call 614-715-8022 or visit

• “Afternoon Tea & Scones” ($35, or $30 for members), 1 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday

• “Mother’s Day Brunch” ($45, or $40 for members), cooking demonstration and tasting, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday

• “Thai Me Up, Thai Me Down” ($35, or $30 for members), 6 to 8 p.m. Monday

• “Celebrate National Salad Month” ($35, or $30 for members), 6 to 8 p.m. May 13

The Glass Rooster Cannery, 1673 Rt. 605, Sunbury, will offer the following classes; to register, call 614-499-2958 or

• “Chocolate: What Other Dessert Is There?” ($70), 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday

• “We CAN! Water Bath Canning: Artisan Fruit Jam With Herbs” ($45), 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. May 14

Touring adventures

Columbus Food Adventures will have the following tours; to register, call 614-440-3177 or visit

• Friday: Alt Eats Ethnic Tour ($60), 6 p.m.

• Saturday: Columbus Coffee Tour ($50), 9:30 a.m.; Grandview Avenue Walking Tour ($55), 2:30 p.m.; German Village Walking Tour ($60), 2 p.m.; Food Truck Tour ($60), 2:30 p.m.

• Sunday: Taco Truck Tour ($55), 4 p.m.