#CauseCuisine "I grew up in poverty. My mother and step-dad were alcoholics and addicts. I got into drugs at an early age, and my mother signed papers for me to drop out of school. I guess you could say my upbringing was training for the life of human trafficking that would eventually choose me. I see what my human traffickers must have seen when they coerced me into that life – easy prey. My life changed in 2010 when I was put into a treatment program in lieu of serving jail time for criminal activity. After three years of continued sobriety, I started my job search and...

"My name is Jenny Aquino and I was born and raised in Columbus. I am an avid Justin Timerblake and Gilmore Girls fan. I also love spending time with my family and friends. I am a first grade special education teacher at an amazing school. I really hope that my story can help others that may be experiencing a tremendous loss. The last 3 years have been really trying on my family, and I would love others to see that it’s possible to celebrate your lost loved ones. 2015 was an exceptionally tough year for my family. It started out incredible, on January 14th I got engaged to...

"I was a normal kid growing up. I cheered ever since I was little and did it all through school. I went to The Ohio State University for college. In 2015, my sophomore year of college,  I started experiencing numbness on the right side of my body.  All of a sudden my body couldn’t do what it used to do. I thought I was getting a cold or something. So, I went to the chiropractor's office where I lived, and they thought I had a pinched nerve in my neck. Which I did. But, the chiropractor saw me everyday for a week and I wasn’t getting better. I...

"I am a mother of 3 loving children. I have 2 girls and 1 boy who are the light of my life. I am also a mother with a child who has cerebral palsy and cancer. In June of 2017, a routine MRI turned into something no mother, father, or family should ever have to go through. Trey was born with cerebral palsy which led doctors to order a routine MRI. After the MRI my family and I sat in front of a doctor as he told us that they found a tumor. After completion of a biopsy, it was confirmed that not only did Trey have a...

Every snow day needs to end with a sweet treat, right? Ours ended with ice cream--seems a bit crazy with this cold weather, right? This ice cream was a bit different, though. Our ice cream was made with the snow (yes, the fresh white kind). With four simple ingredients, we had our very own ice cream that the kids were able to help make. Here's how we made it: 8 cups of clean snow.  1 cup of milk (we used 2 percent). 1/3 cup of granulated sugar. 1 tsp. of vanilla extract. In a large bowl, whisk the milk, sugar and vanilla extract. Pour milk mixture into bowl of snow. Stir together. Put in bowl and add...

When we met Chris at his Clintonville duplex remodeling project, we both instantly felt a level of comfort. Chris was so easy going and laid back.  But, it's no surprise why after we heard his amazing story. If you've been following along our series than you already know a little background about North Creek Construction, but if you haven't let me just briefly bring you up to speed. North Creek Construction serves all of Central Ohio, bringing nearly "50 years of combined experience to every project. From knocking down walls and rebuilding entire kitchens, to sprucing up a laundry room or adding custom tile." The biggest thing about...

Growing up I always had a real tree. Always.  When I married Cliff he talked me into a fake one that we put up each year. I didn't mind it at that point in my life because it was just the two of us. I even let it go the first year Delaney was born. Heck, now that I think about it, we had a fake one up until last year. But, last year we went for the experience of cutting our own tree down. And truly, that's what it it's all about...

Meet: Generation2:28 James Michel is the founder of Generation 2:28, a new apparel company here in Columbus that's merging fashion with scripture. James grew up in a Christian family, so faith was always a critical component in his life. "Faith has always been an integral part of my up bringing."  But 1994 was a pivotal year.  It was the year he decided to make a commitment to his faith. "I was called to be an expression of the Father's Love on earth."  And that's what he's doing now--expressing and helping others express too. James is an ordained Evangelist.  He's been invited to speak at several churches in New York,...

Meet David Moeser: Behind the Scenes of Cap City Diner, Grandview {3/3} [caption id="attachment_9677" align="aligncenter" width="200"] {Photo From CapCity Website}[/caption] David Moeser is the General Manager at Cap City Diner’s Grandview location, but he didn't start there.  He is starting his 16th year with Cameron Mitchell Restaurants (CMR). He started training in 1999 at Cameron's beloved Ocean Club.  Moeser's first management role was at Martini's and he shifted to Cap City in 2002, at the Gahanna location.  Then, he spent time working at the Fish Market.  Let's just say, he knows hospitality inside and out. So, what keeps someone working in the industry for so long? Moeser said, "It's...

Meet Alexis: Behind the Scenes of Cap City Diner, Grandview {2/3} Alexis is a new associate at Cap City Diner's Grandview location.  And, if you don't already know-- the language that's used in the Cameron Mitchell Restaurant industry-- is very "person first" focused.  So instead of "servers" or "waiters" you hear words instead like, "Associates."  Because, similarly to law firms, the idea is to build careers and encourage promotions within the company. Which is why, you'll find lots of individuals who have worked for years with Cameron Mitchell. Alexis was previously managing a garage company, but came back to serving.  She actually heard of the open position...