There's no doubt about it - Columbus is a foodie destination. If you've got a foodie in your life, there are lots of ways to share the Columbus Food Scene this holiday season.
Columbus Food Adventures - These tours are the perfect introduction into all the flavors and behind-the-scenes info on the city's food scene. Chose among several options, including a tour of Short North restaurants, more adventurous ethnic fare on the Alt Eats tour, and in warmer months, the Taco Truck tour. A gift certificate lets you pick the tour, and allows the recipient to pick a date that works best for them.
Juergen's Bakery - Juergen's, a Bavarian bakery located fittingly in German Village, offers the ultimate in sweet treats exclusively this time of year - the Stollen. Stollen is a traditional fruit-studded sweet bread that's sure to become a tradition on your holiday table. You can also choose among other German pastries like strudel and linzertorte.
Books - This year, some great Columbus food books were published. Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home shows home cooks how to create Jeni's world renowned ice cream in their own kitchen, and how to play with imaginative flavors. Breakfast with Nick is a book written by Columbus' premier breakfast blogger, Nick Dekker . It's perfect for the person on your list who loves bacon, eggs, donuts and coffee.
Distillery Tours - Columbus' spirits scene is taking off and gaining national attention. Treat the cocktail maven on your list to a tour and tasting at Watershed Distillery (outstanding vodka and gin) and Middle West Spirits (flavorful vodka and whiskey.) If you're really nice, a bottle from each would be the perfect foundation to for a Columbus-based home-bar.
North Market School of Cooking - The North Market is arguably the hub of the Columbus Food Scene, with vendors selling locally grown ingredients and a whole range of prepared foods. The top floor of the market holds a treasure: the Dispatch Kitchen, where cooking classes with the city's best chefs are offered. It's dinner, wine and a show for the foodies on your list.
Dine Originals Gift Certificates - If you want to treat someone to a special night out, Dine Originals gift certificates are a perfect choice. Choose from almost 50 locally owned, independent restaurants, ranging from DeepWood between the Short North and Downtown, Alana's Food and Wine in Clintonville, Black Creek Bistro in Old Town East, and Luce in Powell.
What else would you recommend for folks shopping for foodies? As always, you can keep up with the Columbus Food Scene on Facebook .