Now You Can Have A Taste of Worthington!
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By Nicholas Dekker

Anyone with even passing familiarity of the Worthington area knows that there are plenty of great places to eat, and at A Taste of Worthington, you’ll get a chance to taste it all!

Think of it like a big block party, with food, drinks, family games, and good neighborly fun. Put on by the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce, A Taste of Worthington features 50-60 appetizers, entrées, and desserts from 25 area restaurants. Guests even get to vote on their favorite bite of the evening.

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Food will be on hand from eateries like Cameron’s American Bistro, Dairy Queen, J. Gilbert’s, J. Liu, Jet’s Pizza, The Whitney House, and many more. Everest Cuisine, Eddie Merlot’s, Tomatillos, Woodys Wing House and Yappy Greek will make their debut at this year’s event!

There will be plenty of tastes, like refreshing gazpacho from Cameron’s, hearty barbacoa tacos from Tomatillos, filet tips with mashed potatoes from Eddie Merlot’s, samosas and momos from Everest, baby back ribs from J. Gilbert’s, beef tenderloin from Willow Brook, J. Liu’s popular lettuce wraps and Jason’s spicy chicken, pork sliders and satay from Star Lanes, banh mi sandwiches from Whitney House, and much, MUCH more!

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Of course, you’ll need to finish with a sweet treat. So Mrs. Goodman’s will be on hand with cookies, mini pies, and tartlettes. Willow Brook will feature double strawberry chiffon cake with mascarpone buttercream. Or you can finish with a cold dessert from Graeter’s, Dairy Queen, and Kona Ice.

Most dishes from the participating restaurants range from $1-7.

To pair with all these delicious eats, guests can enjoy everything from Signature Wines’ offerings, White Claw spiked seltzers, and craft beers from Worthington’s own Zaftig Brewing.

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But it’s not just about eating (although that’s a big part of it!). A Taste of Worthington will also feature live music from Matt Steidle & That’s the Breaks, B + K, Blue Jays Jazz and Funk Band, and Megan Hoover & Co.

The kids will keep busy at the play area (supervised by Kiddie Academy) and a bounce house provided by the Ohio National Guard.

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There’s no need to register ahead of time! You can pay at the gate: $3/person or $5/couple. Kids 6 and under are free, and parking is free, too!

A Taste of Worthington is presented by the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by The Shops at Worthington Place and Wright-Patt Credit Union.

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A Taste of Worthington 2018
Friday, July 27
5:30-10 p.m. (rain or shine)
In the parking lots between 400 and 450 W. Wilson Bridge Rd. (the OfficeScape Corporate Center)

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Get to Know Random Precision Brewing Company

By Nicholas Dekker

Random Precision Brewing Company opened this past St. Patrick’s Day at 2365 W. Dublin Granville Rd. in Linworth. Owned by Jason and Andrea Grable, the brewery specializes in sour beers. We caught up with them to learn more about the brewery, sour beers, and what’s coming next!

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Nick: Who's involved in Random Precision?
Jason:
RPBC is owned by Jason and Andrea Grable. The day to day operation, brewing, etc. is handled by Jason. We've had a lot of help from family and friends who have pitched in to help paint, hang TVs and speakers, bartend, and the occasional HVAC work. Right now we have a few part-time bartenders and, as we grow, those positions will turn full time and additional staff will be hired.

Nick: What led you to start Random Precision? Do you have a background in brewing?
Jason:
We've always loved craft beer and have attended beer festivals all over the country. I've been a homebrewer for several years and, like most homebrewers, wondered if this hobby could be turned into a career. On a trip to Portland, Oregon about six years ago, I visited Cascade Barrel House and was blown away by sours beers. I returned, brewed several batches, and impatiently waited nearly a year for the results. Finding this new love of sour beers and noticing a lack of sour breweries in Columbus and Ohio at the time, we made leap to start Random Precision.

Nick: For guests who are new to sour beers, how do you introduce them?
Jason:
We explain the process of making the beers and how they are different than "clean beers." For our Bending Towards the Sun Berliner Weisse, a more accurate description is a 'tart' taste. For those who have never had a sour beer, or maybe had an experience that they did not like, we suggest that they try the three-sip method. The first sip is to begin to acclimate your palate. The second sip allows the taste of the beer to begin to come through without the initial 'shock' of the sourness/tartness. By the third sip, the person can truly taste the beer. Without this process, many people would likely give up on a great beer.

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Nick: What sort of food is offered at the taproom?
Jason:
RPBC has rotating food trucks on site on the weekends. Customers are more than welcome to bring in their own food or have food delivered.

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Nick: What's the vibe of the taproom?
Jason:
The taproom is bright and open, with high vaulted wood ceilings with exposed trusses. Music is always playing, but at a volume that is present, but won't compete with your conversations. Two TVs serve both those at the long wooden tables and benches as well as those sitting at the bar. The TVs are on for major sporting events, but otherwise turned off. We'd rather have people interacting with each other than staring at a TV showing the local news with no volume. Our taproom is family friendly and we have games for kids and adults; although it's surprising to see adults in a heated game of Candy Land.

Nick: Are you hosting any special events?
Jason:
Batches of the barrel-aged sours will be released at the end of October and a huge event will be planned around this. Members of the Sours & Staves Club [where they “adopt” a barrel of beer and name it] will also get to come into the brewery in late September to taste their unblended barrel as well as the other barrels going into that batch of sour beer. It's a great way to get people involved with the sour beer process.

RPBC has been approached by many people to host their private events. It was not something that was expected. We've hosted parties to celebrate a military promotion, birthdays, political fundraisers, wedding showers, and rehearsal dinners. Tables can be reserved or the entire taproom can be booked for a private event.

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Nick: What's coming next for Random Precision?
Jason:
Obviously, the release of the barrel-aged sours later this year is massive. From that point on, we will always have at least six RPBC sours on tap, as well as the Misconstrued Sarcasm IPA and one or two versions of the Bending Towards the Sun. Three or four guest beers as well as wine will remain. Beginning in 2019, we will also start an annual holiday bottle release of a small batch run.

Nick: Can people find your beers anywhere else?
Jason:
We've started limited distribution of the Misconstrued Sarcasm and Bending Towards the Sun. We are on tap at House Wine in Worthington, Grove City Brewing, The Ohio Taproom, Knotty Pine Brewing, as well as 101 Beer Kitchen in Dublin and Westerville.

Discover your new favorite watering hole, and let Jason, Andrea, and their team teach you all about sour beers at Random Precision. Find them at:

Random Precision Brewing Company
2365 W. Dublin Granville Rd.
Columbus, OH 43235
(614) 389-3864
Find them on Facebook and at @rpbsours on Instagram

Hours:
Wednesday and Thursday, 4-10 p.m.
Friday, 4 p.m. to midnight
Saturday, noon to midnight
Sunday, noon to 8 p.m.

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Picnic with the Partnership
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By Nicholas Dekker

It’s a lovely day for a picnic. Or should I say evening?

One of my favorite Worthington events returns for the third time on Saturday, June 23: the Picnic with the Partnership. The neighborhood block party, which closes down High Street for the evening, is the Partnership’s big fundraiser for the year, but let’s be honest – it’s just a fantastic community event, where we get to experience the neighborhood in a different way, celebrate the area businesses, and connect with one another.

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Here’s how it works: you buy a ticket (which you should do soon!), then either bring your dinner or pre-order a meal from The Whitney House, the Worthington Inn, Everest Cuisine, or the new Half Pint. (Pro-tip: the Whitney House also offers a kid’s option.) You get to grab a seat at the tables lining High Street and have dinner with your neighbors.

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Beer, wine, and cocktails will be available at the event (you can’t bring your own alcohol, sorry). But there are games to play, and you can stroll the district and visit the shops, which will be open that evening. There’s also live music and an old-fashioned cakewalk. You can even sign up to donate a cake to it!

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The Picnic sold out last year, so get your tickets soon! Learn more about the Old Worthington Partnership and what they do here.

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The Half Pint will be Pouring Soon in Old Worthington
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By Nicholas Dekker

The space at 671 High Street won’t be staying empty for long! Old Worthington will soon get to enjoy a night out at The Half Pint. The restaurant group behind The Half Pint owns The Pint Room in Dublin, as well as Half Pints in Marysville and the Arena District. We caught up with them to learn more about Old Worthington’s newest stop for food and drink!

Can you tell us a bit about who's behind the restaurant?
Keith Moreland is the owner, but the managers and staff are the biggest component of who is behind making the restaurants a success. We couldn't do anything without each and every one of them!

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Why did he start The Half Pint and The Pint Room?
We had a passion for a chef-driven concept with a casual environment and wanted to incorporate the craft beer 'boom' as well. The Half Pint derived from The Pint Room's concept, which is essentially half of a Pint Room with half as much to offer, still providing the casual environment and a chef-driven menu.

What other locations do you have?
We have Pint Rooms located in Dublin; Carmel, Indiana; and Littleton, Colorado. We also have The Half Pints in Marysville, the Arena District, and soon to be Worthington! 

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How do you generally describe The Half Pint to newcomers?
We are a little sister of The Pint Room. We have a focus on local craft beer and a chef-driven menu. We are a place where you can hang out with your friends, enjoy a date night, or bring your family, too. We strive to give great service, awesome food, and an even better dining/drinking experience.

What are some of the signature dishes and drinks of The Half Pint?
A few of our signatures are the PBBJ which is a burger with fresh strawberries, strawberry preserves, candied bacon, jack cheese, and peanut butter, of course! Another signature item is our Topless Salad, which is a salad with a burger patty on it. We complement the salad with four wedge-cut fries as well. Cheese Curds – I can't forget the curds! They are hand-battered and paired with our house-made sriracha ranch. We have a fresh cocktail menu that rotates seasonally – we always have a few Mules on the menu, but not just your basic Moscow Mule – Bourbon Mules, Blueberry Mules, etc. The beer speaks for itself when it comes to our 'features' in that aspect!

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How many beers do you typically have on tap?
At this location we will carry 40 beers on tap. The other locations vary from 40 up to 175 (yes, you read that right!).

What’s unique about the Old Worthington location?
There isn't anything within walking distance that offers what we will be offering. Old Worthington is very similar to the type of community we as a company thrive on. I'd like everyone to know that we are ecstatic to come to such a welcoming area. We have already been welcomed with open arms and we haven't even opened our doors yet!

What's your target opening date?
We are shooting for the first full week of June.

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Visit the Market, Go Green, Test Drive an Electric Car – All This Saturday!

By Nicholas Dekker

Old Worthington is the place to be this Saturday, May 5! From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. there are no less than three big events happening along High Street and on the Village Green. Gather up the whole family for a memorable morning of fun for the first Farmers Market of the season, the annual Green on the Green, and a special visit from Smart Columbus for the Ride & Drive Roadshow!

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What’s New at the Farmers Market?
One of Worthington’s favorite seasonal events, the Worthington Farmers Market, kicks off this Saturday. This season is especially exciting as the market unveils new adjustments to enhance the experience for residents, visitors, and vendors.

Here are some of the changes you’ll see this season:

  • An expanded market footprint: Market vendors will extend farther down the east side of High Street in front of the United Methodist Church.
  • Extended hours: In June, July, and August the market is piloting extended hours until 1 p.m. The extra hour is being tested as part of careful analysis of national farmers market trends, with the goal of better serving market customers and encouraging guests to spend more time in the neighborhood!
  • Improved handicapped parking: The Dewey’s parking lot will now be reserved for handicapped customers. Current tags must be visible in each vehicle.

The market is also partnering with the City of Worthington to present Market Fit. Held every first and third Saturday of the month from 8-9 a.m., Market Fit is a rotating series of classes on the Village Green. They’re open to everyone; guests with a Worthington Community Center Group Fitness Card can attend by using their card or signing in with the instructor; guests without cards can join any class for just $8! Keep up with the class schedule through the Facebook event.

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Go Green on the Green
Started in 2010, Green on the Green is an annual celebration of going green. The free and family friendly event promotes sustainable practices, environmental stewardship, and healthy living. More than 60 vendors will be on hand selling handcrafted items (can we say Mother’s Day gifts?) and offering interactive activities for the kiddos. You can enjoy snacks and live music while you play and browse through everything from candles to tea, pottery to essential oils.

Learn about better living habits, discover health and wellness techniques, and learn how to make your home more environmentally sustainable. See the exhibitors and festival map here, and check out the Big Green Guide to learn more about the vendors.

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Ride & Drive
Green on the Green will be made even more memorable this year with a visit from Smart Columbus’ Ride & Drive Roadshow. Dedicated to exploring electric vehicles and other transportation alternatives, Smart Columbus was formed in 2016 after the City of Columbus won a $40 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

They’re visiting the Northwest Village Green outside the Griswold Center (777 High St.). to demonstrate how electric vehicles are both exciting to drive and affordable. Registered guests will get to test drive one of the electric cars on the market today. This includes a guided, interactive experience about the Smart Columbus initiative and the benefits of electric vehicles.

Guests who want to take an electric car for spin need to be 18 or older and have a valid driver’s license. Register ahead of time here: smartcbus.com/oldworthington

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