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ThisWeek Community News host Abby Armbruster moderates debates on the central Ohio food scene, with a variety of guest panelists weighing in on what's good and what's not.

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ThisWeek Community News host Abby Armbruster moderates debates on the central Ohio food scene, with a variety of guest panelists weighing in on what's good and what's not.

    Dining from a tasting menu (with Chef Josh Dalton)

    Dining from a tasting menu (with Chef Josh Dalton)

    When Chef Josh Dalton moved Veritas Tavern from Delaware to downtown Columbus, he dropped "tavern" from the name and added a unique spin with the menu: a seven-course price-fixed chef's tasting option.

    This tasting menu allows customers to have a relaxing dining experience without needing to make any decisions, as well as lets the chefs at Veritas, 11 W. Gay St., to create interesting dishes with higher-end products, Dalton said.

    But if a tasting menu isn't your thing, Dalton also keeps busy with his other restaurants, Speck Italian Eatery and 1808 American Bistro, both in Delaware.

    Dalton joined "The Great Food Debate" podcast host Abby Armbruster for an in-depth look at juggling his daily life between the three restaurants.

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    This podcast was produced and hosted by Abby Armbruster, ThisWeek social-media strategist.

    • 32 min
    Dog-friendly restaurants

    Dog-friendly restaurants

    Dog-friendly restaurants

    • 22 min
    The work behind the perfect pastry

    The work behind the perfect pastry

    People often have a romantic view of owning a bakery. Whether customers think of "It's Complicated," "Moonstruck" or another classic cinematic bakery scene, the real work required to make pastries or run a store isn't as glamorous, according to two local business owners. 

    This week's episode of "The Great Food Debate" dives into the work behind making pastries delicious, which treats didn't make their way to the menu and the story behind their unique restaurant names. 

    This week's panelists are: 

    - Michelle Allen, owner of MMELO Boutique Confections

    - Jeff Excell, owner of Fox in the Snow

     Other restaurants mentioned in this episode are:

    - Laughlin's Bakery, (15 E. 2nd Ave., Columbus)

    - Dan the Baker (1028 Ridge St., Columbus)

    - Dough Mama (3335 N. High St., Columbus)

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    This podcast was produced and hosted by Abby Armbruster, ThisWeek social-media strategist.

    • 45 min
    In-depth look at starting a rooftop bar

    In-depth look at starting a rooftop bar

    Rooftop bars are having a moment in central Ohio -- from Seventh Son Brewing Co. adding a retractable rooftop to their second-story space last year to the brand-new Lincoln Social Rooftop opening in downtown Columbus.

    For this week's episode of "The Great Food Debate," host Abby Armbruster discussed the work that goes into opening a rooftop restaurant and bar in a one-on-one interview with Orcun Turkay, the general manager of AC Hotel Columbus Dublin, which has VASO on its top floor.

    Turkay has been with the hotel since it was under development, and has seen its share of awards, including "most beautifully designed bar" in Ohio by Architectural Digest. 

    Listen to this week's episode to find out what it takes to create a new menu, something that Turkay and his team do at least twice a year, and if they'll bring back the snow globe-esque domes for its patio this winter.

    Other spots mentioned in this episode:

    - Lincoln Social Rooftop, 711 N. High St., Columbus

    - Juniper, 580 N. Fourth St., Columbus

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    • 22 min
    Restaurants Inside of a Store

    Restaurants Inside of a Store

    Central Ohio doesn't have that many restaurants that are inside of another establishment... right?

    As the conversation got rolling, our panelists came up with dozens examples of delicious eats that you can find within another store, hotel or even arcade. These restaurants do not need a storefront of their own to have a big impact with our taste buds.

    Listen to this week's episode to find out why our panelists are urging you to #SayYesYestoNoNo.

    This episode's panelists are:

    - Dilara Casey, founder of @FerociousAppetite on Instagram

    - Scott Hummel, assistant manager of ThisWeek Community News, digital

    - Nikki Seeley, founder of the SweetlyCBUS blog

    Our panelists' picks for the best restaurants inside of another establishment are:

    - Dilara: Costco (three locations in Columbus)

    - Scott: Cabela's (1650 Gemini Place, Columbus, plus locations nationwide)

    - Nikki: Saraga International Grocery (1265 Morse Rd, Columbus, plus two more on the way)

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    New episodes are released every Friday. Subscribe to our podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher. Have any suggestions on what we should talk about? Email us at online@thisweeknews.com or tweet us at @ThisWeekNews.

    After you subscribe, the latest episodes will be downloaded automatically to your phone or tablet so you can listen during your commute while working out or making dinner.

    This podcast was produced and hosted by Abby Armbruster, ThisWeek social-media strategist.

    • 35 min
    International cuisine

    International cuisine

    So many cultures are represented in restaurants in central Ohio -- from Ethiopian (Addis Restaurant) to Somali (Hoyo's Kitchen) to French (the new Le Vieux Lyon Bakery Cafe in Reynoldsburg). Our weekly column by Gary Seman Jr., called "Table Talk," often shares the newest cuisine available for Columbus diners.

    For this week's episode of "The Great Food Debate," host Abby Armbruster speaks with three central Ohio residents who spend their time enlightening people to different cuisines, including Asian and Indian food.

    This episode's panelists include:

    - Bethia Woolf, co-founder of Columbus Food Adventures

    - Mita Shah, co-owner of Mardi Gras Homemade Ice Cream

    - Kevin Wang, sushi chef and owner of Akatsuki Sushi

     What international cuisine would you like to see in central Ohio?

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    New episodes of “The Great Food Debate” are released every Friday. Subscribe to our podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher. Have any suggestions on what we should talk about? Email us at online@thisweeknews.com or tweet us at @ThisWeekNews.

    After you subscribe, the latest episodes will be downloaded automatically to your phone or tablet so you can listen during your commute while working out or making dinner.

    This podcast was produced and hosted by Abby Armbruster, ThisWeek social-media strategist.

    • 37 min

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