Farm-to-table dining is more than just a fad in Columbus. Many area restaurants make use of the abundant farmland around central Ohio to draw high quality meats, grains, cheeses, vegetables, fruits and so much more. Columbus has several great restaurants with farm-to-table menus that are perfect for all occasions and group sizes, including convention attendees and those in the city for meetings.
Many of these options are just steps or a short CBUS or Uber ride from the Greater Columbus Convention Center. If you're up for exploring how Columbus does farm-to-table, we recommend starting with these restaurants.
Gallerie Bar & Bistro: Located in the Hilton Columbus Downtown, this inspired French Bistro serves artfully prepared food from locally-sourced ingredients. Chef Bill Glover proudly features items from local farmers and artisans who maintain sustainable practices in the creation of their products, and he was recently invited to the James Beard House in New York City, where he prepared an all-Ohio dinner.
The Seasoned Farmhouse: A recreational cooking school, learning garden, cookbook library, specialty culinary boutique and private event space that is perfect for group team-building activities. The year-round cookery, gardening and educational programming celebrates seasonal ingredients from the bountiful farms and artisan producers throughout Ohio.
The Guild House: Nestled in the Short North Arts Districts new boutique hotel, Le Meridien Columbus, The Joseph, The Guild House is an artisan eatery that proudly sources locally grown ingredients with which their chefs create seasonal offerings that are regionally and globally inspired.
The Worthington Inn: Executive Chef Tom Smith believes strongly in the farmer-to-chef concept and works with local purveyors to feature as many locally grown fruits, vegetables, meats and food products as possible in the global cuisine he prepares for the historic restaurant and event space. Their website even lists the farms, bakeries, breweries, markets, and distilleries from which they draw ingredients.
Latitude 41: Located inside of the Renaissance Columbus Downtown, the restaurants modern American cuisine showcases seasonal, local-sourced artisan ingredients and naturally raised meats, poultry and seafood in a menu that changes daily. Cocktails are also mixed using locally-sourced spirits.
Wolfs Ridge Brewing: This family owned and operated craft brewery and restaurant located in downtown Columbus offers a restaurant area as well as a tap room, both serving high quality craft beer brewed on site and an American menu featuring fresh, seasonal ingredients.
The Table: Encourages diners to fork responsibly, which is easily done at the restaurant which sources all meats, cheeses, vegetables and fruits locally and uses every bit from nose to tail. They even bake their own bread and cure their own meats in house. Space is also available for cooking classes, great for group team-building.
Many of the spirits produced in Columbus use all Ohio ingredients, too. Middle West Spirits sources Ohio red winter wheat for their signature OYO vodka, for instance, while Watershed Distillery draws on Ohio ingredients for their spirits. Brothers Drake uses all Ohio honey to craft their meads and also has some great bands playing depending on the night of the week.