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Apr 17 Short North Gala Chef Spotlight: Jeni Britton Bauer of Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams
It’s safe to say Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams and its creator, Jeni Britton Bauer, are names that have become synonymous with Columbus. The popularity Jeni’s has experienced outside of Columbus - and even outside of Ohio - has recently surged as opportunities arise and the business expands. But for Britton Bauer, making and selling...
Apr 15 Short North Gala Chef Spotlight: John Dornback of Basi Italia
For owner and executive chef John Dornback, operating his Short North restaurant, Basi Italia, has always been a labor of love. After completing his formal culinary training at the French Culinary Institute in New York City and honing his skills at Cleveland landmarks such as Ristorante Giovanni in Beachwood, Hecks Cuisine in Rocky River, and...
Apr 10 Short North Gala Chef Spotlight: Lara Ranallo of Surly Girl Saloon
Pittsburgh native Lara Ranallo grew up baking with her mom, who eventually made her get a restaurant job the summer after she turned 15, while Ranallo said she was “avoiding getting a job.” Now, Chef Ranallo wouldn’t want to be anywhere but a kitchen. “I love the energy of a kitchen and the fast-paced work environment,...
Apr 09 Business Spotlight: Columbus Running Company
The newest addition to the Short North Arts District, Columbus Running Company isn’t your average retail store. Like its predecessor, Sole Classics (now at 846 N High St), the main focus of the CRC storefront is shoes, though CRC’s offerings are decidedly different than the premier sneaker and streetwear boutique. “Our main...
Apr 08 Short North Gala Chef Spotlight: Josh Cook of Hubbard Grille
Before becoming executive chef at Hubbard Grille in 2011, Josh Cook had already gained considerable experience working in Columbus restaurants, including Wilhelm’s, Bravo, Abbracci, Due Amici, and Barrio. Though he has no formal culinary training, Cook developed his style and skill from his experiences at these restaurants and brought them...
Apr 03 Short North Gala Chef Spotlight: Andrew Smith of The Rossi Bar + Kitchen
While working construction for one of his dad’s companies in California and then building homes with his brother in Washington, Oregon native Andrew Smith always wondered what it would be like to be a chef. “I found myself just taking notes watching cooking shows and reading tons of books,” Smith said. Without any experience...