Dine Originals 10…A Culinary Adventure is coming!

January 30, 2013 – 1:00 pm Posted by Katharine Moore

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Dine Originals 10

Our contest to name the new 10 day promotion celebrating the vibrancy of the local food scene drew 130 submissions! Many of them were wicked clever and others were very funny, but it was the overwhelming spirit of “We get just what you are trying to do” that the board of trustees found so rewarding. In the end, we could have happily gone with any one of a dozen options, but the one we landed on Dine Originals 10…A Culinary Adventure, seemed to provide the greatest foundation for a far reaching marketing campaign. Congratulations to the winner. She asked to remain anonymous, but said she has been a Dine Originals devotee since landing in Columbus. “The Dine Originals roster gave us a road map for exploring our new city…that’s why the idea of a culinary adventure came to mind. We have been on one for six years!” Her prize of 10 gift certificates is certain to provide more remarkable experiences.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to each of the Dine Originals champions who submitted entries. Here is just a sampling of how fun they were:

Cowtown Chowdown
Eat the Bus
Taste It or Leave It
Fork It Over
Ate, Dine, Ten
Dine Originals Columbus….The Way It Was InTENded
Discover Authenticity
Dine Originals “X”cellence
Our Table, your adventure
Savor the Difference
First & 10

On a scale of one to ten, our followers are a perfect ten when it comes to creativity, loyalty, and engagement!

Original Works of Art

Dine Originals Columbus has a special affinity for the arts patrons…we find a total overlap in audiences. Those who appreciated original works are the like-minded folks who seek out and support locally owned restaurants. They have that discriminating eye (and palate) that knows a special that was created earlier in the afternoon when the chef got back from North Market, versus a special that was designed in a corporate test kitchen in Wisconsin two years ago. No faux food for these people!

So we seek out opportunities to collaborate with arts organizations. We have 21 partners in our Out on the Town campaign, we are sponsors of the Wexner Center’s Off the Grid event, and we have just been invited to sponsor the café at this year’s Decorator’s Show House, an every-other-year project that benefits the Columbus Museum of Art.

From April 23 through May 12, 2013, the house, located in Bexley, will showcase numerous interior design and exterior landscape spaces that will be transformed by Central Ohio’s most prestigious interior and landscape designers. The Dine Originals Café will be open for lunch each day, and will feature a series of special dinner events by members including Barcelona Restaurant & Bar, G. Michael’s Bistro, and The Top Steakhouse.

Membership News

With heavy hearts we announce the closing of Babushka’s Kitchen. If only there had been a business model that provided a fair return on all of the love poured into the family recipes that were prepared from scratch each day.

And we share the news that Mezzo Gahanna has sold the business. A new owner will open a different concept in the space this spring. Meanwhile, Mezzo Dublin continues to thrive and the team there rocks on.

Hmmm…two available memberships and a waiting list of applicants. Can’t wait to see how things work out! In the meantime, gift certificates will be honored, exchanged, or refunded as you wish.


Taste of Dine Originals, the $100 ticket that provides entrance to a night of sipping, noshing, savoring, grazing, chatting, dancing, and clinking with the owners, chefs, brew masters, sommeliers,and patrons of 50 amazing restaurants, 30 notable vineyards and 2 local breweries. Factor it into your plans, budget and calendar for May 9, 2013!