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Food (Truck) Fight at CSCC June 25th 10 am to 6 pm – Eat and Fight Hunger at the Same Time!

14 Jun

Food Fight June 25th

The Mid-Ohio Foodbank and the Central Ohio Restaurant Association (CORA) have partnered for several years to work together to fight hunger. The concept is simple. The restaurants commit to donate 5% of sales to the Foodbank on a set day, you eat and the Mid-Ohio Foodbank gets more funds to do good things in our community. This is called Food Fight!

This year working with CORA and Columbus State Community College (CSCC) several of our local food trucks are getting on board to join the cause with a special preliminary round of the fight on June 25th.

CSCC will host several food trucks on their campus from 10 am to 6 pm to feed all diners – students, staff, downtown workers and residents as well as anyone that would like to drop by. The trucks will be set up at the intersection of Cleveland Ave. and Mt Vernon Ave.

Please share this with anyone you would know that is interested.

To learn more:
Mid-Ohio Foodbank

Thank to the many in the community that have partnered to make this event possible including:

CORA, CSCC, 614 Magazine, CD102.5, NBC4 and Yelp as well as our food truck community.

Upcoming Cooking Class Series at the Food Fort

25 Feb

Bleu and Fig introduces:

Cooking Classes with Sass

at the Fort.

Cool original ideas by local female chefs.
Fun night out with good food and good friends.
Bring your own wine.

March 12:

Featuring:

Treats Logo 1Dinner Rescue Crew

Chef Kelly of Treats 4 Everyone (now known as Local Bake Shop) and Chef Melissa of Dinner Rescue Crew

Menu:
Chicken Veloute (you’ll never use the stuff in the can again)
15 Minute Chicken a la King
Healthy Biscuits, yes…healthy biscuits
Seasonal Fruit Cobbler

Help support us in the Job Raising Challenge!

13 Feb

We are now in 7th place (update) 5th place (as of February 20th) in the JobRaising Challenge! We still need your help.

Please pass along the link below to all of your friends and contacts!

Job Raising Challenge

One of the primary missions of the JobRaising Challenge is to tap into the job-creating potential of nonprofits to raise money, awareness, and help put Americans back to work.

That is what we do.

How do we do this? We do this by investing in a job a day and a business a week.

How can you help us? Donate!

Follow this link to our direct ECDI page.

Every donation brings ECDI that much closer to bringing the $150,000 grand prize home to the state of Ohio where we will invest, educate, and innovate with the businesses and people we inspire.

Thank you in advance for your continued support of ECDI and our programs!

JobRaising Challenge Update: Help ECDI earn up to $150,000 with your support

25 Jan

The Economic and Community Development Institute (ECDI) was selected as one of the finalists in the Huffington Post JobRaising Challenge.

The contest began on January 21st and will conclude on March 1st.

The three non profits that raise the most donations will receive up to $150,000 (from a pool of $250,000) to invest in their community.

One of the primary missions of the JobRaising Challenge is to tap into the job-creating potential of nonprofits to raise money, awareness, and help put Americans back to work.

How can you help us? Donate!

Follow this link to the ECDI donation page for the Job Raising Challenge.

Job Raising Challenge

With every donation, ECDI is that much closer to bringing the $150,000 grand prize home to the state of Ohio. The funds will be used to educate, invest in and innovate the businesses and people we inspire.

ECDI is competing with 74 non profits from across the nation – some big, some small, some local and others national so the competition to be one the three organizations that raises the most money will be fierce. Every donation will count but with some tough competitors out there, we need your help to get the word out. Winning the grand prize would make a big difference in the work ECDI does to create jobs in the community (including The Food Fort).

So please Tweet away, share on Facebook and anything else you can think of to help (including a donation).

Thank you in advance for your continued support of ECDI and our programs!

Support ECDI in our fundraising efforts with the JobRaising Challenge!

22 Jan

JobRaisingChallengeBanner

We are pleased to announce that ECDI has been selected as one of the finalists in the Huffington Post JobRaising Challenge. This is an effort to tap into the job-creating potential of nonprofits to raise money, raise awareness, and help put Americans back to work. This link will give you an explanation of the Challenge in Arianna Huffington’s own words.  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/arianna-huffington/the-jobraising-challenge-_b_2517273.html

Our first official blog, written by our own Douglas Craven, has been one of the first to be posted on the Job Challenge site. You may see Douglas’ blog about ECDI and what we do, posted at:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/economic-and-community-development-institute/small-business-jobs_b_2517689.html

Log on and let the world know about the great things happening at ECDI!

All About Food Truck Culture in Columbus: A Quick Bite: Columbus’ Food Truck Scene

10 Dec

world premiere

A Quick Bite: Columbus’ Food Truck Scene is a multi-media documentary by OSU students Alexia Preskar and Dan Saltar. The final cut is ready for the world, here is a sneak peek for the world outside the Food Fort and OSU. We had a sneak peek during our Food Fort Mixer on December 2nd.  we are pretty sure they got an A.

Click Here/

Food Trucks have a Fan at Wasserstrom

5 Dec

We work with several business and organizations in town to source food trucks and food carts for special events and lunches. One of the sites we coordinate with is Wasserstrom on Front Street.   As a company that services the food industry, the employees at Wasserstrom love to eat well (and so do their neighbors).  We started sending vendors to the site in the summer and it has been popular enough to continue through the winter.  All of our vendors enjoy going because of the support of the neighborhood and specifically the Wassertrom employees.  When we heard that there was a budding food writer on site, we asked for some details and found that every vendor gets a review which is shared among staff.  Any new business values feedback.  The accolades are great for the ego and the complaints help grow a better product.  We checked with the creator of Tasty Review to see if we could share some of her work.  See a couple of samples below.

So – let’s share the compliments.

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OH! Burgers

OH Burgers Wasserstrom

OH Burgers specialties lie with the very fresh and moist mini burgers.  Not real sure if I’ve had better from any other restaurant.  I suggest instead of using the ketchup, put a dab of A-1 in your boat to dip in.  You don’t need much at all because the burger does all the work that your taste buds will need.

When you go down stairs there is a board listing the different burgers.  Feel free to mix and match.

Today I tried the OH Burger, the Pineapple and the Korean.  Oh WOW!  I’m missing a burger!  Did I finish it without realizing it?  Just that good!

Oh, and did I forget to tell you about the sweet potato chips?  There’s just enough sweet in them to compliment your meal. 

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Blu Olive

I ordered the beet-and-ricotta ravioli with poppy-seed butter, potato purée fennel soup and a tiramisu dessert.  The ravioli are not what you would expect.  There is a very slight sweetness with the meal and you can’t even taste the beets.  I’m love the light taste of the poppy-seed butter that is drizzled over the top.  I would order this dish every time!!!

The soup is just what the doctor ordered on this mildly cool day.  Makes me want to leave work and curl up with a good book. (Just kidding LJ )  And could you ever say anything bad about tiramisu?  The two cookies that are packaged are nice and moist. 

So go on out there everyone and enjoy. 

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Schmidt’s

Hallo,

Wie Geht Es Ihnen?

Well, I’m great!  I’m sitting here eating my German Bologna sandwich with red cabbage and spicy brown mustard on a toasted bun.  The bologna is a thick spicy grilled round slice of goodness!

Don’t know if you like red cabbage but it add a little sweetness to mellow out the heat a bit. 

And guess what else fellow employees?  I’m going to finish off my yummy sandwich with Schmidt’s world famous jumbo creampuff.  Not going to give anything away on that one.  You’ll have to get back with me on what you thought about your meal and desert. 

So there’s your invitation.  Let’s hear from you:

I have to tell you that Creampuff, WOW!!!  I haven’t had one in years but tasting it again melted away days of years and brought back that feeling that I had when I took my first bite.  Can someone throw me a rope so that I can pull myself back down from this light, fluffy, tasty cloud.

JM I think summed up Schmidt’s lunch truck just right – “Reminds me of growing up.”

And LS said – “Boy was that cream puff good!”

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Thank you Tasty Review(er) for being a great supporter!

P.S. all of the mobile food customers out there everywhere:

Again – keep in mind that compliments are always appreciated but if you have a less than positive experience with food from any vendor, let them know, it gives them a chance to make it right for you, provides an opportunity to fix it for the next customer and makes sure they can grow their business to the best of their ability.

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