1. Local

Top 5 November Eating Experiences

By

November is all about food, whether you celebrate Thanksgiving or not, the cooler weather always makes you want to cuddle up to some comfort food. Try out my 5 foodie experience to have this month.

1. Chefs Around Town: Tom Smith

November 1, 2012
Thursday 6-9 p.m.
Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
1777 E. Broad St., Columbus

Franklin Park Conservatory's Chefs Around Town series is one not to miss if you call yourself a foodie or simply love to eat.

From the website: Learn from the best! Notable central Ohio chefs prepare a multi-course tasting menu inspired by the gardens. Pre-registration required. Chef Tom Smith received his training from working in some of the best restaurants in Columbus, including Lindey's, Rigsby's and Alex's Bistro. Chef Smith is now the executive chef at Worthington Inn and has been there since 2002. He describes his menu as global cuisine with strong roots in classic French and Italian.

Don't miss my Thurman Cafe Review

2. Columbus International Festival

November 3-4, 2012
Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Adults $7 or $5 in advance
Veterans Memorial
300 W. Broad St, Columbus

From the website: The 2012 Columbus International Festival will continue a 57 year tradition of bringing together the diverse cultural community in Central Ohio. We are proud to present many new and exciting features such as: a naturalized citizenship oath ceremony by a federal judge; Columbus International 5K Run/Walk; and children's activities and arts & crafts. There also will be free flu shots, eye, dental and other medical screening free of cost.

Don't miss my North Market review

3. Culinary Capers Celebrates Ohio

November 9, 2012
Friday 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
$100
Bridgewater Banquet Center
10561 Sawmill Parkway, Powell

This is an interesting event, live music from ProMusica and great food!

From the website: The ProMusica Sustaining Board joins the "eat local" movement as Ohio author and cook, Marilou Suszko, demonstrates recipes from her book The Locavore's Kitchen. Lunch showcases the bounty of Ohio's farms with a menu created by Marilou. Take home a copy of her book that's full of recipes and information on finding, preparing and preserving local food. Come early to shop Ohio artisans' booths and enjoy live music from ProMusica.

Don't miss my Moshi Restaurant review

4. Dine Originals Week

November 12-18

Columbus is host to a large group of foodies and Dine Originals Week is an event everyone looks forward to marking off their culinary "To Do" list.

Dine Originals is a group comprised of independently owned restaurants in Central Ohio and their mission is to promote the "eat local" philosophy.

From its website: "For every one hundred dollars you spend in a locally owned business, sixty-eight dollars remains in the community through taxes, payroll and other expenditures vs. forty-three dollars spent in a national chain."

Read my Dine Originals Week article for all the info.

5. Not Your Grandma's Turkey Day! - Food and Wine Pairing at Good Vibes Winery

November 17, 2012
Saturday 4-8 p.m.
$40
Good Vibes Winery
2 S. State St., Westerville

From the website: Join us for a Thanksgiving inspired food and wine affair at Good Vibes Winery presented by It Starts with a Grape, a custom food and wine affair company! Each course, crafted with locally sourced, seasonal ingredients will be paired with a selection of Good Vibes small batch wines. Don't miss my Pattycake Bakery Review

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.