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  • Inside 43215: Bo Knows Gourmet

    By Melissa Fast 
    | 22 Jul, 2014

    Last year at this time, you might have walked right past Custom Chef Gourmet Cafe, but don't make that mistake again. Owner Bo Carter learned a lot when he first opened up his business. Like, downtown offers amazing food choices so you had better be prepared to bring your A-game. By his own account, Bo says he lost his passion for a bit, but he regrouped. So, get ready for bright and vibrant flavors on the new menu, and read on to find out how to get lunch on Bo.

    Bo was a chef for Cameron Mitchell restaurants for seven years, and he comes from a long line of manly family cooks. But, after he first opened Custom Chef, he admits he stumbled a little.

    "I got thumped around a bit, but it made me a better business person," said Bo. "My passion is back, and I'm serving the food I want to serve, and I feel great about it."

    Slow roasted meats pack bold flavors, and Bo offers a variety of options including hot, braised roast beef, smoked brisket and slow-roasted chicken. Smell the sweet tang of bar-b-que sauce as soon as you walk through the door, but Caribbean and Asian flares make a strong presence too. You'll find sandwiches, salads and combos. Eat in or carry out. Give it a shot, and let us know what you think.

    Want to win a lunch on Bo? Leave a comment below about your favorite downtown lunch plans to be entered to win. Be sure to include your email address so we can reach out to the winner.

  • Inside 43215: Urban Living Live

    By Heather Brown 
    | 22 Jul, 2014

    Are you curious about urban living? Have a urge to poke your nose into some of those hip, new residences popping up downtown? This Sunday is the inaugural Urban Living Tour, the perfect way to take a peek without trespassing.

    On Sunday, July 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Urban Living Tour will include stops at over a dozen apartment, condo and mixed-use residential buildings, as well as several urban lifestyle locations. Some units will be complete and fully furnished, while other will still be under construction. Sounds like a fantastic HGTV show, only live and in person.

    Residential stops include: Grant Commons, The Julian, The Normandy at Neighborhood Launch, The Dennison, Crawford Hoying, Flats on Vine, Flats II, The Keystone at Grandview Yard, Highpoint on Columbus Commons, JDS Companies, Yankee Lofts, 8 on the Square, Atrium Lofts and 199 South Fifth. Columbus Underground, organizer of the event, has added a unique component to the tour - the opportunity to visit spost that reflect the lifestyle choices of urban-dwellers. Lifestyle stops include Denmark on High, The Hills Market Downtown, the Art of Yoga Downtown studio, Global Gifts in the Short North, Cup O Joe on The Cap, The Market Italian Village, Goodale Pro Hardware, The Athletic Club of Columbus and DMG Concierge (virtual tour stop at Cup O Joe).

    If you would like to win a grand prize package worth more than $1,000, just get your map/passport stamped at multiple locations and turn it in to be entered to win. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 the day of the tour. Ten percent of all tickets sales will be donated to Faith Mission. For more information, click here.
  • Inside 43215: Discover-y Collaboration

    By Melissa Fast 
    | 15 Jul, 2014

    Great things happen with collaboration. You see it every day now in the Discovery District. From the landscape altering Long Street Cultural Wall to sand volleyball to Topiary Theater, this downtown neighborhood bustles with activity.  

    If by chance you missed the unveiling of the Long Street Cultural Wall, this is a must see. The area honors local artists, landmarks, community leaders and pioneers bridging the past with present.  Check out the video before you go…cool beans, enough said.

    After you explore Discovery District neighbors, stop by for a drink at the Grass Skirt. From there, cross the street and bury your toes into the sandy beach volleyball courts. The tropical courts provide low-tech recreational fun as well as competitive league play. You can even reserve Discovery Beach for private parties.

    Don’t want the party to end? Good. We’ve got another thing to add to your dance card, and it involves books, movies, post-impressionist art and stargazing. No, it’s not at all exhausting because it’s all gonna happen at Topiary Park. Bring a picnic, spread a blanket and make yourself cozy. Thanks to a partnership with Discovery Special Improvement District, Gateway Film Center and Columbus Metropolitan Library, friends and neighbors will gather for Topiary Theater, which brings book and movie classics to life.

  • Inside 43215: Go Hot and Cold

    By Heather Brown 
    | 15 Jul, 2014

    It's time to celebrate summer with cool jazz and hot ribs at the Jazz & Ribs Fest. You'll find the finest local, regional and international jazz on three stages in the Arena District. Plus, you can fill your belly with mouth-watering ribs, chicken and more from masters of the BBQ arts.

    There is no cost to enter the festival and enjoy the music. Whew, that leaves you more funds for BBQ treats and cold drinks. You'll find vittles from award-winning rib-burners representing 10 states and Canada. The fight is on for the "Best Ribs" award. You won't want to miss a bite.

    The stages at McFerson Commons and North Bank Park will feature performances from the best regional and international jazz artists, including Terence Blanchard, Brian Culbertson, Earl Klugh, Spanish Harlem Orchestra, the Soul Rebels, and Jessy J. The Jazz Cafe at North Bank Pavilion will showcase local artists as well.

    The festival runs Friday, July 18 through Sunday, July 20. The hours are Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.

    For all the cool (and hot) details, visit their website.
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