Friday night: Columbus Food & Wine Affair Grand Tasting

Calling all wine lovers and foodies! It is time again for the Columbus Food & Wine Affair Grand Tasting , Sept. 24 from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. This is by far one of my favorite events of the year and the place to be seen in Columbus.

Located at the majestic Franklin Park Conservatory , the event combines food tastings from over 35 of the finest restaurants in central Ohio with and pourings of over 300 international wines. As you walk throughout the Conservatory, you can watch chefs create some of your favorite dishes and see how they prepare some of their specialties. To see a list of the entire chef demonstration schedule, click here .

Here is a peek at just a few of the menu items:

Barrio – Red Wine Chorizo
DeepWood – Beet Cured Salmon with Herb Creme Fraiche in a Crepe Napoleon
G. Michael’s Bistro – Shrimp and Grits
Haiku – Sake and Sushi tasting flight
Marcellas Short North – Goat Cheese Ravioli with Pancetta and Mushrooms
Martini Modern Italian – Braised Short Rib in a Chianti Reduction
Smith & Wollensky – Cajun Filet and Brown Butter Scallops
The Refectory – Scallop Pomponnette
The Top Steakhouse – Filet Tips with a Red Wine Demi

And here’s a video preview:

To make this event even sweeter,  the proceeds from the Columbus Food & Wine Affair will benefit charities like the WBNS-10TV Family Fund, Children’s Hunger Alliance and many more .

If I haven’t made your mouth water already, there’s more: readers of The Columbus Experience can save $20 on this fantastic event when you purchase tickets online. To order, visit the Columbus Food & Wine Affair website , click the "Tickets & Gifts" link and enter the discount code CFWAexperience .

If you can’t make the Grand Tasting, you can still participate in Food Re-Wine’d , Sept. 25 – Oct. 2. Restaurants will provide special menu offerings and feature select wines all week long. For participating restaurants, click here . You can also check out a quick video about Re-Wine’d here .