This year's Local Foods Week is scheduled for October 2 - October 8. This second annual event is a celebration of locally grown foods. Many exciting events will take place and will benefit Local Matters. Local Matters is a nonprofit based in central Ohio working to build awareness in the community through their one-of-a-kind programming, which was developed to promote healthy food education, increase access to wholesome, delicious food, support family farmers and advocate for fair food policies. You can learn more about Local Matters here.
Participate in Local Foods Week by taking the Eat Local Challenge and attend any of the events below.
Schedule of Events for Local Foods Week
Pre-party at Whole Foods (Lane Ave and Dublin locations)
Friday, October 1, 2010, 5-7pm, $5 for the tasting purchased at Whole Foods
Whole Foods “Fridays Five After Five” wine tasting will benefit Local Matters in celebration of Local Foods Week.
Harvest Festival at North Market
Saturday, October 2, 2010, 9am-2pm, FREE
Kicking off Local Foods Week at the North Market Harvest Festival with cooking demonstrations and the launch of the Eat Local Challenge.
Market to Market Ride
Saturday, October 2, 2010, 8am-1pm, $15 in advance, $20 day of
Bicyclists can sign up to participate in the festive ride from North Market to Hills Market in celebration of local food. Reserve your spot in the Market to Market Ride.
Ohio Market Day at The Hills Market
Saturday, October 2, 2010, 10am-2pm, FREE
Meet the people who make your food. Find new (and delicious) Ohio food products to put on your shelves. Taste new treats and learn about what makes local food (and local markets) so great! Hills Market will be having cooking demonstrations featuring local ware, as well as prizes and giveaways.
Grilled Cheese Throwdown during the Short North Gallery Hop at MoJoe Lounge
Saturday, October 2, 2010, 6:30-8:30pm, $5 tickets at the door
Chefs from Skillet, Deepwood, Dirty Frank’s, and the MoJoe will compete alongside talented amateurs for the title of “grilled cheese master” using local breads, cheeses and toppings.
Local Breakfast in Old Worthington
Sunday, October 3, 2010, 9am-11:30am, $10 for adults, $5 for children 3-12, FREE for children 2 and under
Jeni’s will provide delicious waffles and toppings like locally made ham and cheese, alongside sausage from the Worthington Inn for a fantastic breakfast feast. Live music from Freedom n’ Folk Revival (One of the band members moonlights as a Local Matters Food Educator!). Snowville Creamery will be on hand to pour their delicious milk and Stauf’s Coffee will give you the jolt you need to get going! Click here for more information and to buy your ticket.
Brookside Elementary School Garden Tour and Picnic
Sunday, October 3, 2010, 12-2pm, FREE
Tour one of Ohio’s award winning (and largest) school gardens at Brookside Elementary in Perry Township/Worthington and hear more about our Food is Elementary Curriculum. Bring a picnic and games to enjoy with your family. Learn more and RSVP here.
Iron Chef Competition at OSU Student Union
Sunday, October 3, 2010, 5:30-7:30pm, $15 Student Tickets, $25 Public Tickets
Chef Ricky Barnes from Ohio State and Chef Stazi Dulman from Whole Foods will compete to impress at the OSU student union using a “secret ingredient” grown at Honey Run Farm. Hosted by OSU student group Dollars 4 Change.
Local Matters Benefit Happy Hour and Dinner at Alana’s Food and Wine
Monday, October 4, 2010, 5:30-7pm (happy hour) $25 Happy Hour and 7-9pm (dinner) $75 Dinner
Chef Alana Shock, a founding partner of Local Matters will host a private happy hour and benefit dinner for Local Matters and show how her food exemplifies the best of the season. Happy Hour tickets will include hors d’oeuvres and wine; Dinner tickets include a multiple course meal served family style and wine. Make your reservations by calling Alana’s at (614) 294-6783.
Fresh Connect Restaurant Night
Tuesday, October 5, 2010, All Night, Prices Vary
Featuring Fresh Connect restaurants Black Creek Bistro, Local Roots, Latitude 41, Basi Italia and the Worthington Inn, each restaurant will highlight special dishes from local farms. A great chance to get out and support local restaurants who are supporting our local farmers. Make your reservations now with the restaurants directly.
Tour Jeni’s Splendid Kitchen
Tuesday, October 5, 2010 5-7 pm, $25
An exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams’ delicious operations. Jeni will prepare a special Pumpkin Tiramisu Parfait with Ohio Heirloom Pumpkin Icecream, Stauf’s Black Coffee Icecream, Mascarpone Whipped Snowville Cream, and a Marsala Honey Sauce. Tour and taste!
Wednesday, October 6, 2010, 7-9pm $8.50 adult, $5.00 student
Local Matters is partnering with the Ohio Environmental Council and the Gateway Film Center to unleash the power of green with a screening of the movie, Ingredients. They will also show their Food is Elementary short documentary. Tickets available at the door!
Local Foods Fall Family Fun Dinner: A Benefit for Local Matters at The Hills Market
Thursday, October 7, 2010, 6:00pm through 7:30pm seatings, $10 adults, $5 kids (10 and under)
All Ohio house-made chicken tenders, Ohio sweet potatoes and Ohio apple sauce served with Snowville Creamery milk and Ohio Apple Sundae with Jeni’s ice cream for dessert. Ohio wine and beer cash bar available.
For reservations call the Hills Market at (614) 846-3220.
Location: The Hills Market 7860 Olentangy River Rd, Columbus
Time: Buffet runs between 6:00 seating and 7:30 seating – limited to 60 people.
Local Tasting at House Wine in Worthington
Thursday, October 7, 2010, 6-9pm, $15
House Wine will offer a variety of Ohio wines, mead from Brothers Drake Meadery, gouda from Oakvale Farmstead Cheese and other delicious foods for their weekly Thursday night wine tasting.
Thursday, October 7, 2010, 6-9:30pm, $60
Local Foods week tour presented by Columbus Food Adventures highlighting some of the talented chefs who emphasize local sourcing. Four stops include Skillet, Latitude 41, Clever Crow (at Circus) and Knead and will also feature CBC beer to accompany Clever Crow pizza. Tickets must be booked in advance and can be purchased at www.columbusfoodadventures.com
Harvest Ball and Harvest Dinner
Friday, October 8, 2010, Harvest Dinner 6:30-8pm, $75, Harvest Ball 8-12pm $25
Harvest Dinner Prior to the Harvest Ball the Harvest Dinner will feature a five course dinner with beer and wine. Harvest Dinner tickets include entrance to the Harvest Ball.
Harvest Ball Local Matters will close out Local Foods Week and the Ohio Eat Local Challenge with a party of grand proportions featuring great music, delicious local food and delightful drinks. Reserve your tickets now.