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

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.


Dine Originals 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. 

You can buy The Deck online. Click here.

Dine Originals Deck

All hands on deck for a new promotion…52 cards, each with a $10 promotional offer…a $520 value for just $20.. Being the best Secret Santa EVER just got easy!

Offers from each of the 47 Dine Originals Columbus member restaurants, as well as Jazz Arts Group, German Village Society, Wexner Center for the Arts, Watershed Distillery, and Side Car Catering.

Click here to view all 52 Offers included in The Deck! 

The Deck is also available at the following retail locations:

Experience Columbus Downtown Visitor Center
277 W Nationwide Blvd
Columbus OH 43215

Experience Columbus Easton Visitor Center
188 Easton Town Center (inside the Station Building)
Columbus OH 43219

Dine Originals Columbus Holiday Hours

Here is a list of hours and schedules for Dine Originals Member Restaurant. This is not a complete list. If you don’t your favorite Originals restaurant listed here, please call them directly for holiday hours and schedules!

Christmas Eve 
Mezzo opening for dinner at 4pm
Spinelli’s Deli Christmas Eve- 6am to 5pm
Z Cucina will be open Christmas Eve and accepting reservations from 5 PM to 7:30 PM
Hubbard Grille opening for dinner at 4
G. Michael’s Bistro & Bar serving dinner from 4:00 – 7:30 (bar service until 8pm)
Bodega open regular hours
Shaw’s Restaurant & Inn special menu from 4:00 – 8:00pm
Bel Lago Waterfront Dining 11:00 to 4:00 for lunch and 4:00 to 8:00 for dinner. Offering a duet of Pheasant and Sea Scallops as a special for that evening.

Bodega open for evening bar service
Spinelli’s Deli 7am to 2pm

New Years Eve 
The Oak Room at the Grandville Inn serving dinner from 5 – 9
Bodega, no cover, no package…just an easy fun evening
Basi Italia acceptiong reservations now for celebrtaoy dinner
Z Cucinia New Year’s Eve will be standard hours and menu, open @ 5pm
Local Roots will be open. Contact the restaurant or visit their website for further details.
Shaw’s Restauarnt & Inn 4:30 – 9:00pm
Spinelli’s Deli New Year’s Eve – 6am to 5pm

New Year’s Day
Spinelli’s Deli 7am to 5pm

“Spill the Beans” contest

We invited Dine Originals Columbus followers to tell us about the most difficult person on their gift list and to explain why a Dine Originals Gift Certificate would be a solution to the problem.  The essays were a mix of “I have the greatest Mom and she is hard to buy for” with more than one “You have no idea how picky a person who works for Abercrombie can be”, and a few “I drew the most impossible person to please in the family gift exchange…help!”  We drew one winner, as promised, and added an extra $100 certificate for some comfort food for a supporter who is down and out this season.

The winner (who shall remain anonymous to maintain family ties!) told us:

I drew my sister-in-law for our sibling gift exchange. Worst draw ever. The most materialistic individual I’ve ever met, married into one of the least materialistic families ever. The results: A slew of gifts that don’t measure up. Anything that is out there that would be a great gift for her is a no go, because she’s already bought it. She doesn’t even wait until she is done opening the gifts to start asking for gift receipts. It comes mid-wrapping paper tear! I need a DOC card. They love to eat out, and there is no gift receipt to give!

And, the essay that grabbed our hearts explained:

Ordinarily my wife is very easy to please at all gift occasions. A quick, but expensive, trip to the jewelry store and she will, once again, be surprised. The surprise, of course, is in the details, not the gift category.

This year, however, thanks to our vicious early winter, she is in surgery rehab recovering from a broken hip and wrist. After four day of hospital food and who knows how many days of rehab facility food, a fine meal from one of her favorite local restaurants is going to be the best gift ever.”

Thanks to the dozens of supporters who entered the contest in great spirits, with such terrific support of the notion that a Dine Originals Gift Certificate can solve most any holiday challenge.  It’s true…from loving mothers who won’t treat themselves, to divas who want to order their dinner in French…a Dine Originals Columbus Gift Certificate will WOW them all!