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Women’s Day Event at ECDI’s Women’s Business Center June 22nd

12 Jun

Womens Day Flyer Jpg June 22

The Women’s Business Center at ECDI invites all to come with family and friends to celebrate Women’s Day on June 22nd from 11 am to 4:00 pm.

The event will be held on the ECDI Campus at 1655 Old Leonard Ave.

The day will feature family friendly activities, mobile food vendors including Pitabilities and Dan’s Deli 41, an e-waste recycling drive from 10 am to 2 pm, live music and guest speakers. Liz Lessner from Columbus Food League (Betty’s, Tip Top, Jury Room, Dirty Frank’s, Grass Skirt Tiki Room, Surly Girl Saloon) and Eartha Recycling will be a featured speaker at the conclusion of the day.

Speaker and event schedule is listed below:

Speaker Schedule

11:15 – 12:00 p.m.
Jacqueline Holland, RN, CRNP, WHNP- Program Manager, Diversity
Diversity Enhancement Program at the James Cancer Clinic
Health and Balance in Our Lives

12:15 – 12:45 p.m.
Dress for Success –“What not to Wear” Presentation and Make-over”

12:30 – 1:00 p.m.
Catfish Lily – Live Music

1:00 – 1:45 p.m.
TaKeysha S. Cheney, Founder, CEO and Publisher of The Women’s Book
The Importance of Making Connections

2:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Dress for Success- “What not to Wear” Presentation and Make-over”

2:15 – 2:45 p.m.
Catfish Lily – Live Music

2:45 – 3:30 p.m.
Liz Lessner, CEO and President of Betty’s Family of Restaurants
The Dream, the Vision, the Budget

RecycleForce Columbus

Donate your old computers, TVs & almost anything with a cord and put
individuals with barriers to employment to work!

What is e-Waste?

Unwanted consumer and business electronic products nearing the
end of their useful life are called e-Waste or e-scrap (computers, game systems, phones, etc.)

A $5 donation/disposal fee is required for computer monitors up TVs up to 27”
and $10 donation for TVs larger than 27”.

Bleu and Fig Valentines Day Cooking Class

8 Feb

Who needs a date when you get to use a blowtorch!

Bleu & Fog Logo
Come to the Food Fort For a cooking class with Bleu and Fig on Valentines Day from 7-9 pm!
We cook, we eat, we enjoy wine (BYOW)!
Come join us for some hands on fun cooking. Learn to make the recipes, and taste all the class creations!
Warm roasted garlic mozzarella focaccia bread pizza
Hot and sassy spicy seared scallops
Cheddar grits
Steamed artichokes with clarified butter
Raspberry brulee

Tour of the Incubator Kitchens

4 Sep

Here is a tour of our incubator kitchens (we have since added more equipment and worked on our handheld recording technique).

Click here to view the video

Find Out More About The Fort on Facebook

23 Aug

Our Facebook Page features links about our clients and customers, stories related to mobile food and kitchen incubators, photos from events and videos that share the Food Fort Culture.  We would love you to like us.  Thanks

The Food Fort on Facebook

Food Fort Fest Press Release for our August 17th Event + Video!

10 Aug

For Immediate Release Contact: Susan Fortner, CEO

The Bowers PR Agency


Celebrate Local Foods Week August 17 With ECDI’s New Commercial Kitchen Open For Public Use

The Food Fort at ECDI will be celebrating the Grand Opening of its new commercial kitchen, August 17, during the Celebrate Local Foods Week. This is the fourth annual event where Columbus businesses come together to promote and support local foods.

Saturday August 11 through Sunday August 18 all of Columbus will be celebrating Local Foods Week for the fourth year. As part of the week long activities ECDI will be hosting a Food Fort Fest on August 17 from 5 pm until 9 pm.

As part of the celebration, ECDI will be hosting the Grand Opening of its new commercial kitchen in it’s subsidiary, The Food Fort. “We will be showing off the new incubator kitchen spaces in the Eddie Grayson Culinary Lab with tours and samples from some of our kitchen clients,” said Steve Fireman, President and General Counsel for ECDI.

The Food Fort’s Commercial Kitchen was established with the small business culinary start-up in mind. Investing in a commercial kitchen can be an astronomical expense for a food company just getting started. With this type of community resource, new food companies can rent a commercial kitchen for a place to prepare their products in an environment that meets all of the local health department’s safety requirements.

Guests, of the Food Fort Fest, will have the opportunity to enjoy signature dishes from several of the resident mobile vendors including Pitabilities, Ajumama, OH! Burgers, Per Zoot, and Kenny’s Meat Wagon. Bleu and Fig Catering, one of the kitchen clients, will be doing cooking demonstrations and passing out samples.

In addition to food for the adults there will be activities and a DJ for the younger set. “We have some other surprises and treats in the works as well, “said James Ellison, Food Fort Coordinator at ECDI.

The Food Fort at ECDI is located at 1655 Old Leonard Avenue in Columbus.

For further information visit their website at or call 614-559-0115.

About ECDI

The Economic and Community Development Institute (ECDI) is a non-profit economic development organization located in Columbus, Ohio. Its mission isto invest in people to create measurable and enduring social and economic change. Since its inception in 2004, the institute has in place a comprehensive suite of programming designed to support Columbus businesses and individuals. Program participants are given the training, tools, and assistance they need to build their businesses, earn living wage incomes in the short term and purchase and maintain assets for the future.

To learn more about the Food Fort, watch this video from 10TV

Food Fort Fest Press Release

AUGUST 17: ECDI Food Fort Fest!

7 Aug

Food Fort Columbus invites you to come celebrate Local Foods Week in conjunction with the grand opening of our commercial kitchen space, The Eddie Grayson Culinary Lab!

The event will be held on FRIDAY AUGUST 17th from 5:00 TO 9:00 at 1655 OLD LEONARD AVENUE.

Come celebrate with us! A  variety of our mobile vendor clients will be selling their food.  Beer and soda will be available for purchase and we’ll have games and activities to entertain the younger crowd. Entertainment will include a DJ, cooking demonstrations and sampling from one of our kitchen clients, Bleu & Fig.  Admission is free.


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