Columbus is pretty incredible--in so many ways. We have: the BEST library in the country the best zoo in the country the best science center in America and America’s largest University. We have also been recognized as one of the 7 Smartest Cities in the World-pretty cool, huh? So, it really should be no surprise why we won the U.S. Department of Transportation $40 million Smart City Challenge. As Mayor Ginther said, "Stop acting surprised." It's true. Columbus really is the place to be and I'm darn proud of that. Because we won the Smart City Challenge and we were awarded a $40 million dollar grant, we are taking great strides to connect...

I was fortunate enough to have an amazing opportunity. I was able to go behind the scenes at Raising Cane's Hamilton location, where their G.M. Gaige McNutt graciously showed me around and gave me the “ins and outs” of this truly amazing company. Everywhere you look and turn there are stories. Stories behind what's hanging on the walls.  Gaige decided to hang framed jerseys of all the schools in his area that they have partnered with in the past by donating their time, food or funds.  And the stories are meaningful. Intentional. And full of rich tradition. Take this hard hat here. After working at Raising Cane’s...

DESIGN, ENTER & WIN CHIPOTLE BURRITOS FOR AN ENTIRE YEAR! It may be obvious, but we're obsessed with Chipotle.  OBSESSED.  As in, we literally eat there once a week.  But, that's not the point. We have good news. If you have an obsession too, than your dreams can become a reality, because they've partnered with one of our favorite local FitFashion apparel brands, Bend Active to bring you an "Avocad-ohhh Active Wear" design contest. But, it's much more than just a contest.  You know we can't hold back from a good story. Well, in this case, the story is one of you.  Local creatives are being asked to design an "Avocado"...

#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...

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...

Meet Mike Davis: Behind the Scenes of Cap City Diner, Dublin {3/3} Mike is the Diner Manager at Cap City Diner's newest location in Dublin. He started out as a Fine-Arts major in college waiting tables at the Ocean Club.  There, he fell in love with the company and got into business. "We're allowed to take great care of our people and our guests. There is no other place like it." You can tell the minute you meet Mike that he truly loves what he's doing.  His enthusiasm and knowledgable of not only the restaurant industry, but the history of Cameron Mitchell, as well as, each restaurant was--inspiring. Before landing...

Food By Bel provides grocery shopping, custom meal plans, meal delivery, and in-home meal prep services. Isabel, or Bel, also provides her custom meals plans worldwide. Her business, based in Westerville, had its start earlier this year and has been rapidly growing since. Serving clients throughout the larger Columbus area and on the web, she has begun to establish herself as one of the competitive meal delivery services in the area. For the past two weeks Isabel has been coming to my house dropping off our groceries. It has been a game changer. It’s the same as Amazon Prime but better, because it’s a thousand times...

There's no question that when you think of barbeque, you think of City Barbeque. How could you not, really? The beef brisket (my all-time favorite), the pulled pork, baked beans, corn pudding, I could go on. The barbeque is so good that it's been given many awards, countless times, in local and national articles, competitions, and festivals. How did this place get so good?  Why is it so good?  And, who makes it happen? There's definitely a story behind it. It all started almost 17 years ago in Upper Arlington, Ohio. Rick Malir, one of the Founders of City Barbeque, quit his day job at John Deere & Co....

Husband and wife, Navin and Rebecca are the dynamic duo behind Trucking Delicious, a scratch made gourmet food truck serving Columbus.  Yes, the name is supposed to be comical.  Navin likes joking around and believes a food truck should be fun.  And, I couldn't agree more. Together they are two corporate finance and IT gurus-- turned into street food geniuses. "She's the rolling pin and I'm the knife."  With Navin's Caribbean background and worldly experience, he's able to infuse lots of west indian flavor profiles into their food, without overwhelming your tastebuds.  Trucking Delicious gives traditional dishes an upgraded taste.  Their focus is on providing made from scratch creative dishes...