Grand Tasting

The fourth year is fabulous for Columbus Food & Wine Affair Grand Tasting!

Like some wines, the Columbus Food & Wine Affair Grand Tasting is getting better with age! Now in its fourth year, the event attracted 1,200 guests at its September. 29 gala held at Franklin Park Conservatory.

Those who attended were treated to their choice of more than 450 wines from over 200 wineries. They also were served generous tastings of delectable foods from 28 of Central Ohio’s finest restaurants. Bordeaux, lamb, Sauvignon Blanc, crab cakes, sparkling wine, chocolate…what wasn’t there to enjoy!?

The beautiful backdrop provided by the Franklin Park Conservatory with music provided by Louis Tsamous and The Columbus Jazz Arts Group added to the ambiance. Guests roamed through colors and foliage, smells and sips, music and conversation to enjoy this unparallel Central Ohio gala.

Sponsorship of this year’s Columbus Food and Wine Affair included members of the Central Ohio Restaurant Association, WBNS 10TV, the Mix 97.1, American Express, Cameron Mitchell Restaurants, Giant Eagle, Heidelberg Distributing Co., imedia, inc., RMD Advertising, The Wine Buzz and many more. This event has enjoyed tremendous support from the corporate community from its very first year.

With the support of so many, the Columbus Food & Wine Affair is able to donate to multiple deserving local charities including 10TV Family Fund, United Way of Central Ohio, Adventures for Wish Kids, and the Ian Adams Van Heyde Memorial Scholarship Fund.

On behalf of Gail Baker, Executive Director of the Central Ohio Restaurant Association, we thank you for another wonderful event and look forward to seeing you again next year!

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2nd Annual Columbus Food & Wine Affair

Relax for the evening and let your taste buds do the work at the Columbus Food & Wine Affair. Brewmaster’s Gate, located in the Brewery District in downtown Columbus, will be the new location of this year’s event on Friday, Sept. 10 from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

“This event is great for the city of Columbus, great for the restaurant and wine industry, and meaningful to many non-profit organizations,” said Greg Maurer, executive vice president of Heidelberg Distributing and co-chair of the Columbus Food & Wine Affair.

The Columbus Food & Wine Affair is an evening for guests to sample some of the 450 featured wines from 175 wineries, dine on samplings prepared by 25 of Columbus’ best chefs representing the top 25 restaurants in the city and bid on silent auction items to benefit United Way of Central Ohio, 10-TV Family Fund, Adventures for Wish Kids and Central Ohio Restaurant Association. In 2003, more than $47,000 was donated to these organizations and more than 850 guests attended the event.

“Last year’s event exceeded our expectations on all levels, and it is our hope to build on that success,” said David Miller, executive vice president of Cameron Mitchell Restaurants and co-chair of the event.

The cost per guest is $75, and admission includes a commemorative Riedel wine glass and an official Columbus Food & Wine Affair Taster’s Guide. Tickets are available online at Only 1,000 tickets will be sold this year, and the event is expected to sell out early.

Three pre-events are scheduled in anticipation of the affair. The first, on Saturday, Aug. 14 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., will be the Columbus Food & Wine Affair Wine Competition at Columbus Fish Market in Grandview. Rob Somers, Ohio Regional Manager for Southcorp Wines, organizes the flights of wines, trains the judges and tallies results. Guests at the Columbus Food & Wine Affair are able to view the medals of the award-winning wines before tasting.

The second, on Sept. 3, will be a Culinary Signature Dish Competition at Columbus State Community College. Students will compete in this American Culinary Federation (ACF) Certified competition for scholarship prizes.

On the day of the event, from 2-4 p.m. at Brewmaster’s Gate, a wine tasting will be offered at the Hospitality Trade Tasting for industry employees. Attendees can sample wines for a nominal fee and network with local peers and winery representatives. Proof of industry employment is required.

“The Central Ohio Restaurant Association (CORA) has many active members serving on this committee, and has recruited many wonderful community partners to help make it a success,” said G. Michael Reames of G. Michael’s Bistro, manager of the Columbus Food & Wine Affair and CORA president.

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