Take Your Tomato to Dinner Week 2014

This summer, helping to put food on the tables of area families in need is as easy as walking out to the backyard garden. Take Your Tomato to Dinner Week, a dining event benefitting the Mid-Ohio FoodBank, runs Monday, Aug. 25 through Saturday, Aug. 30 at participating Dine Originals Columbus restaurants.

The concept is simple. Diners are encouraged to bring a tomato from their backyard garden (they should be ripening right about...now!) into any of the 30 participating Dine Originals Columbus restaurants. The chef will take your tomato and incorporate it into a dish for you to enjoy, whether it's a seasonal Caprese salad, a side salad or a daily feature. 

You'll pay the menu price for your tomato item, and the restaurant will donate $1 from each tomato item sold to the Mid-Ohio FoodBank -- enough to provide a meal for a family in need. Simple, delicious and rewarding!

The idea for Take Your Tomato to Dinner Week originated with Peter Danis, owner of Figlio Wood-Fired Pizza and a founding member of Dine Originals Columbus. He and his wife, Laurie Danis, have held Bring Your Tomato to Figlio Week for the past few years.  

“It’s about leveraging the gardening efforts of our guests to harvest  the bounty in their backyards to help nourish others,” Peter Danis says. “This is a grassroots program that is an absolute win-win for everyone involved.”

The Danises were so inspired by positive response from their customers, they decided to increase the visibility and impact of the tomato promotion by inviting more restaurants to join in the fun. This year they recruited fellow Dine Originals Columbus restaurants to participate, and Danis would love to see Take Your Tomato to Dinner Week continue to expand on a regional and even national level over the next few years.

Says Danis, “Laurie and I were thrilled to enlist the support of our fellow restaurateurs who feel as strongly as we do about addressing hunger in our local community.”


Participating Restaurants

Barcelona Restaurant
Basi Italia
Black Creek Bistro
Columbus Brewing Company Restaurant
Dirty Frank’s West
Due Amici
Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus
Ella Restaurant & Bar
Figlio-Wood Fired Pizza
G. Michael’s Bistro & Bar
The Jury Room
Katzinger’s Delicatessen
Local Roots
The Refectory
Rigsby’s Kitchen
Shaw’s Restaurant & Inn
Surly Girl Saloon
Tasi Café
The Top Steak House
Tip Top Kitchen & Cocktails
Trattoria Roma
Vino Vino Restaurant & Wine Bar
The Worthington Inn
Z Cucina

Summer Gift Certificate Sale!

Each quarter, as a thank-you from our member restaurants for supporting our local restaurant scene, Dine Originals Columbus offers a limited number of gift certificates for 30% off face value! Our summer sale is happening right now! Visit our Instagift storefront to start shopping!

If you've purchased gift certificates with Dine Originals Columbus before, you may notice that we've upgraded our Instagift storefront. The new system will be able to securely store your credit card information to allow for one-click shopping, and will make future purchases much more convenient! The only change you'll notice is a requirement to log in or sign up for an account before you can begin your purchase. If you have any difficulties with our storefront, please check out our FAQ here or email support@instagift.com for assistance! 

Introducing Wednesday Originals!

We're spreading the Dine Originals fun out over the whole year with Wednesday Originals, our new signature event series!

On the first Wednesday of each month, each of our member restaurants will offer their own special dining experience, whether it's a prix-fixe dinner, a tasting menu, a retail wine night or a fun promotion. Each individual offering is a great reflection of the restaurant’s personality and vibe.

Each restaurant's offering stays the same throughout the year, but the specifics (foods, wines, themes) will change month to month.

All that is to say, block out the first Wednesday of each month on your calendars now—no matter which Dine Originals restaurant you visit, you’ll be treated to an exclusive dining experience that can’t be found anywhere else.

We’ll detail what each restaurant is offering as part of Wednesday Originals here on the Dine Originals Columbus site! 

Taste of Dine Originals – May 15th

Taste of Dine Originals
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Capital University’s Fieldhouse
6:00pm – 9:00pm
Unlimited tastings and pours for $100.
Tickets available at: https://buckeyeranch.instagift.com

Taste of Dine Originals, is one of Ohio’s best food and wine events, featuring tastings and samplings from 48 regional restaurants30 vineyards3 craft breweries, and a couple of micro distilleries.   Whether you’re a seasoned foodie or an intrigued beginner, chefs, brew masters, and winery representatives welcome you as they mix useful knowledge with samples of their signature dishes and out-of-the-ordinary beverages.  The silent auction features cooking lessons, private dinners, special events, and rare bottles of wine.

All Hands on The Deck!

The Dine Originals Deck has 52 cards. Each one offering a promotion valued at $10. Each offer is good until March 2015. The Dine Originals Deck sells for $20. Most of the cards feature offers that are restricted to Sunday through Thursdays, some are for specific offerings like Brunch and Lobster Night…all are $10 real dollars off the bill.

Do the math. If you rule out half the cards because you are too predictable to mix up your routine and try new places, and you give 5 away to people with whom you work because you know they will use them that very night at their favorite places, and if you don’t get around to using 5 of the cards you hold onto…you will still have spent $20, gotten $160 in discounts, pleased 5 people with $50 in gifts, and you will still have cards to…well decorate your bike or to incorporate into some new version of strip poker.

The Dine Originals Columbus Deck can be ordered online and shipped.