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The one to watch in Ohio

Cleveland gets a lot of buzz, but Columbus is the one to watch when it comes to what’s next with FOODWORKS and food trends in general. In fact, the New York Times recently named this central Ohio city of nearly 880,000 residents one of its top 52 places to visit in 2019. As one of the nation’s fastest-growing cities, Columbus is home to beautifully revitalized public spaces, a cutting-edge transit system featuring self-driving shuttles (earning the city the nickname “America’s Smart City”) and top cultural destinations, including the science center COSI and the new National Veterans Memorial and Museum.


So what is next for Columbus when it comes to food and FOODWORKS?

More food halls, for one. We’re also betting on more exciting chef-driven restaurants to partner with at FOODWORKS. As Food & Wine explored in a recent article, Columbus has become a Midwestern magnet for big-city culinary talent looking to spread their creative wings. Beyond that, the city offers a scene rich in farm-to-table cooking, creative entrepreneurship and artisanal attention to detail, whether the end product is coffee, craft beer or cake. Prolific restaurateur Cameron Mitchell and ice-cream queen Jeni Britton Bauer of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams are both beloved homegrown talents. So is Cara Mangini, owner of Little Eater and author of “The Vegetable Butcher,” who settled here after working in New York and California. Mangini started out of stall at North Market. She’s since expanded to two locations. That kind of growth is what we find deliciously exciting about Columbus.

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