Posts from Joe Vargo

Joe Vargo

Joe is the Director of Interactive Marketing for Experience Columbus, so he’s the voice behind EC’s Twitter and Facebook pages, and puts together the blog calendar. If there’s any information you’d like to see covered in the blog, he’s the guy to talk to! Joe has lived in Columbus for the past ten years, and really loves the city’s food scene and the walkability of the downtown neighborhoods. You’re most likely to find him with his wife and young daughter at Schiller Park, Pistachia Vera on 3rd Street in German Village, Northstar Cafe or at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams.

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4 Fine Dining Spots in German Village

This post is written by Nick Dekker, blogger at Breakfast with Nick and author of a book all about breakfast in Columbus. You can follow him on Twitter @BreakfastwNick. German Village is home to many great dining spots, from pubs, taverns and burger joints, to bakeries, cafes, and delis. Many restaurants have garnered national attention, [...]


Gallerie Bistro Chef Invited to Cook at Prestigious James Beard House

Columbus’ food scene is thriving and consistently garnering national recognition. The opportunity to showcase the city as one of the nation’s most innovative culinary capitals continues when executive chef Bill Glover of Gallerie Bar and Bistro at the Hilton Columbus Downtown cooks at the prestigious James Beard House on Sept. 11 in New York City. [...]


Your Campus-Area Dining Guide

This post is written by Nick Dekker, blogger at Breakfast with Nick and author of a book all about breakfast in Columbus. You can follow him on Twitter @BreakfastwNick. With the start of classes at Ohio State, the neighborhood is a hubbub of activity once again. Throughout the year, many people are drawn to Campus [...]

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8 Columbus Events to Plan Your Fall Around

Columbus really shines in the fall. Our leaves turn every imaginable shade of red, orange, yellow and brown, the air is crisp and the local fields and orchards are full of the season’s best produce. It’s also the time when the city heats up with unbeatable festivals and events featuring everything from ethnic heritage to [...]

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Plan Your Next Reunion in Columbus!

Want to make your family reunion the best ever? Don’t miss Experience Columbus’ free Reunion Planning Seminar at LA Catering on Oct. 3. You’ll get tips from genealogist/family historian Gayle Dowdell Wilson on how to make your reunion run smoothly and how to create memories your family will treasure for years to come. Get answers [...]


The Guy’s Guide to Fashion in the Short North

Columbus is the Midwest’s new fashion mecca – the next time you or the guy in your life is looking for some new, stylish clothes, check out these five Columbus treasuries of style. Tigertree – Walking into the Short North’s Tigertree is like walking onto the set of a Wes Anderson movie. Vintage school maps [...]

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10 Columbus Dishes You Have to Try

Last year we detailed 10 Columbus dishes to try, and now we’re here to suggest 10 more. If you’ve never had these signature Columbus eats, it’s time to explore! 1. Salty Caramel ice cream at Jeni’s You could say Jeni’s ice cream is one of Columbus’ chief exports. The hometown ice cream shop has expanded [...]


4 Peaceful Public Gardens Around Columbus

This post is written by Hannah Henthorne, convention services assistant for Experience Columbus. As the metropolitan hub of Ohio, Columbus undoubtedly has awesome architecture and a plethora of pavement. But it is also home to many public gardens, green spaces and parks – all of which provide locals and visitors with a space to stretch [...]