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Upper Arlington

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Golfing for Heart to Heart Spring drinks School gardens

For the Greater Good Mary Ann Krauss thrives as a pillar of the community

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6 Community Calendar 8 News & Info from

Upper Arlington

9 News & Info from

The Village of Marble Cliff

10 News & Info from Grandview Heights


12 Faces

A Lasting Impact

Fifty-year Upper Arlington resident is a pillar of the community

16 In Focus

You Grow, Girl!

Grandview Heights teacher gets students out of the classroom and into nature

20 Food on the Run


1400 Foodlab continues to function as a launching pad for aspiring food truck owners

22 Hole in One for Heart to Heart

Tri-Village Rotary Club hosts 4th annual golf outing to benefit Heart to Heart food pantry

24 Living

An Island in the Kitchen

Upper Arlington couple remodels with functionality in mind

28 On the Table


Cool Refreshers

Celebrate spring with new seasonal drinks

29 Around Tri-Village Snapshots from the community



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Mary Ann Krauss Photo by John Nixon

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Arts and Entertainment

May 4

May 25

May 27

All day Throughout Grandview Heights

10 a.m. Throughout Grandview Heights

7:30 a.m. Reed Road Park 3855 Reed Rd.

Great Grandview Garage Sale

May 7

Sandwich Stroll

10:30 a.m.-noon Sunny 95 Park 4395 Carriage Hill Ln.

May 10

UACF Raise the Roof

6:30-11 p.m. Amelita Mirolo Barn 4395 Carriage Hill Ln.

May 16

St. Jude Discover the Dream 6-10 p.m. Columbus Zoo & Aquarium 4850 W. Powell Rd.

May 18

Memorial Day Parade

Memorial Day Run

May 25

Grandview Heights Municipal Pool Opening Day

June 5

1 p.m. Grandview Heights Municipal Pool 1350 Goodale Blvd.

4-7 p.m. Upper Arlington Senior Center 1945 Ridgeview Rd.

May 26

June 5

3 p.m. Grandview Heights High School 1587 W. Third St.

6 p.m. Council Committee Room, MSC 3600 Tremont Rd.

UA Farmers’ Market

Cultural Arts Commission

GHHS Commencement

May 26

Jim Young Memorial Car Show 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Giant Eagle Market District 840 W. Third Ave.

11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunny 95 Park 4395 Carriage Hill Ln.

June 6

Music in the Park

May 23

Memorial Service

7:00 p.m. Grandview Heights Memorial Park 135 W. Second Ave.

May 24

Marble Cliff Mile

6:30 p.m. Corner of Cambridge Boulevard and Third Avenue www.marblecliffmile. com


May 26

7-8:30 p.m. Kickoff at the Green at Kingsdale featuring Conspiracy The Green at Kingsdale 3150 Tremont Rd.

UAHS Commencement 9:30 a.m. Schottenstein Center 555 Borror Dr.

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Spring Fling



June 7

Drive in Movie Night: The Grinch 9 p.m. Mountview Christian Church 2140 Fishinger Rd.

June 8

Step Up for Stefanie’s Champions All Day Throughout Grandview Heights

June 13

Music in the Park 7-8:30 p.m. Songs at the Center

Sunny 95 Park 4395 Carriage Hill Ln.

June 14

Tour de Grandview Bike Race

6-9:30 p.m. Grandview City Streets and Grandview Avenue

June 20

Music in the Park

7-8:30 p.m. Asian Festival Sunny 95 Park 4395 Carriage Hill Ln.

June 27

Music in the Park

7-8:30 p.m. Ohio Dance, West African Drumming & Dancing Sunny 95 Park 4395 Carriage Hill Ln.

June 28

Family Camp Out – Movie in the Park featuring Smallfoot 9 p.m. Sunny 95 Park 4395 Carriage Hill Ln.

Upper Arlington Public Library 2800 Tremont Rd.,

May 2

Safeguard Your Online Privacy 7-8 p.m., Main Branch

May 8

Mother’s Day Arts & Cards

3:30-4:30 p.m., Lane Road Library

May 9

May 16

Storyville: An Evening of Live Storytelling 7-8:30 p.m., Main Branch

May 20

Reading to Rover

4-5 p.m., Lane Road Library

May 21

UAPL Book Circle

7-8:30 p.m., Lane Road Library

May 23

Streaming Devices & Streaming Services 7-8 p.m., Lane Road Library

Alan Gratz Author Visit 4:30 p.m., Main Branch

Grandview Heights Public Library

1685 W. First Ave.,

May 6

Film Series – Hedy Lamarr: Scientist, Inventor, Actress, Icon 6:30 p.m., Main Branch

May 7

Spring Soups

7 p.m., Main Branch

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May 21

10:30 a.m., Main Branch

6 p.m., Main Branch

T-Rex T-Party

May 13

Award-winning author Celeste Ng 3:15 p.m., Main Branch

Library Board of Trustees Meeting

May 30

6th Annual Grandview Chocolate Walk 6 p.m., Main Branch


News & Information from Upper Arlington

insideUPPER ARLINGTON A Stroll Through the Park

The Sandwich Stroll turns 10 and is ready for another successful year By Lydia Freudenberg


Important Details To help with estimating the appropriate amount of food needed, registration for the Stroll is required and ends May 2. Sign up by visiting or calling the Senior Center at 614-583-5320. And to compensate for the lunch, it costs $5 to participate or is free with a SilverSneakers membership, a national health organization for seniors. Don’t stress about parking, participants can also register for the shuttle service, which runs to and from the Senior Center and Sunny 95 Park at various times. The Stroll is rain or shine, so make sure you’re prepared for any weather conditions. After all, this is Ohio. 8

The Sandwich Stroll combines physical activity, music and food.

of physical activity. After collecting all the food items, the walk leads to the Amelita Mirolo Barn where seniors will enjoy additional games, pond fishing, picnicking and live music by the Turbo Accordions. “It’s accessible to literally anybody because the park pathways are all paved, so whether you’re ambulatory or not you can take advantage of this activity,” Sindel says. Sindel and Jennifer Monroe-Sega, the new executive director of the Commission on Aging who is helping plan the 2019 Stroll for the first time, says the Stroll works to break aging stigmas and eliminate ageism. “It’s important that the community sees that aging is a positive thing, not a negative thing,” Sindel says. “(The Stroll) is a demonstration of what 50-plus can look like; these are happy people walking around, laughing, having fun together.” “My motto is aging is a privilege, not everyone gets to do it,” adds Monroe-Sega. The event is also an opportunity to learn what the Senior Center offers. Sindel recounts a couple who discovered the Senior Center when they noticed the Stroll from their backyard. From then on, the duo enjoyed numerous activities

provided at the Senior Center and the annual Stroll until their recent passing. “I felt like their lives were richer for having made some new connections at the Senior Center,” Sindel says. Apart from breaking stigma, creating a social atmosphere and providing delicious food, the Stroll is also a chance for local seniors to be active. “They get to try some new or different activities, or get to revisit something they haven’t done since they were a kid,” Sindel says. “And it’s a reminder that fitness is fun.” “And fitness is a lifelong activity,” Monroe-Sega adds. Monroe-Sega is excited to experience her first Stroll, while Sindel is still delighted to help organize and host a fun event after 10 years. “I love how much people seem to appreciate the event,” Sindel says. “It’s truly just a happy day, everybody comes and has a good time and they’re grateful that we have it. It’s just a fun day, we just have fun.” Lydia Freudenberg is the brand loyalty specialist. Feedback welcome at May/June 2019 •

Photos courtesy of Upper Arlington Parks & Recreation Department and Senior Center

round 2009, Upper Arlington Parks & Recreation Supervisor Jane Sindel, the Upper Arlington Commission on Aging and the local Senior Center were trying to think of a unique event perfect for the senior community. “We were looking for something to encourage people to be physically active that might not be the commonplace event,” Sindel says. Then it clicked: The Sandwich Stroll. Celebrating 10 years, the Sandwich Stroll is set for May 7 at Sunny 95 Park from 10:30 a.m. to noon and welcomes all seniors in and beyond Upper Arlington. It’s a novel concept. Participants are given an empty, reusable lunch bag and stroll through the park, collecting pieces of their lunch at different vendors. This year, vendors include Elder Life Solutions, The Forum at Knightsbridge, Syntero, the Upper Arlington Public Library and more. At the stops, games like ring-toss or hula hooping, or activities such as balance testing also await – showcasing the benefits

News & Information from the Village of Marble Cliff




Iconic Sweets

Local family-owned sweet shop processes tons of chocolate each day


he Anthony-Thomas Candy Shoppe, located at 1941 W. Fifth Ave., has been an iconic Marble Cliff establishment since opening their doors in 1970. The building was originally purchased from Eagle Family Candies and is now one of 13 retail stores, which also includes the 52,000-squarefoot factory in nearby west Columbus. The factory processes an average of 50,000 pounds of chocolate daily, with operations running 24 hours a day. Anthony-Thomas is one of the largest familyowned and operated candy companies in the Midwest. Created from a father (Anthony) and son (Thomas) partnership, the story began with the immigration of Anthony Zanetos from Greece to the U.S. in 1907. His first job was with a Columbus candy company. Anthony later opened a co-op dairy in an

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Ohio buckeyes are a fan favorite, as well as butter creams and toffee.

old dairy building on the westside of Columbus and the confections offered were the “winning sales.” After World War II, his son Thomas was awarded a generous ration of sugar, and the father-son business, AnthonyThomas, was created. Specialty chocolates, nuts and mints are offered at the shop with an emphasis on holiday confections such as best-selling Valentine’s Day treats and Christmas sweets. Ohio buckeyes are a favorite, as well as butter creams, caramels and toffee. The company also offers many fundraising opportunities for local schools and area organizations. Tree-lined streets, charming homes, churches and business offices characterize the Village of Marble Cliff. Now that it’s spring time, come out and visit the 50 businesses in what was named one of central Ohio’s best neighborhoods. For more information, visit 9

News & Information from the City of Grandview Heights

insideGRANDVIEW HEIGHTS By Mallory Arnold

Just a Drop in the Bucket

Garage sale creates local and national impact



The Great Garage Sale has collected approximately $853,000 in proceeds since 1996.

“We need a lot of people doing a lot of different jobs – it’s like a beehive of people coming together.” Hanson says. In 2018, 350 people participated in the sale, the youngest being four and the oldest at 101-years-old. There aren’t any special skills required, simply the desire to help. That’s truly what makes the experience as successful as it is – the volunteers’ spirit and motivation to make real change happen. “It’s just a drop in the bucket compared to how much need there is in the world,” Hanson says. “But if everyone does a little thing, it all comes together.” A list of suggested items to donate can be found at To volunteer, contact Beth Hanson at 614-488-6526.

table organizations. With that revenue, the church is able to donate to national funds like the Global AIDS Interfaith Alliance, the Tandana Foundation, the Back Bay Mission and more. Donations are also made to causes right here in central Ohio. Part of the proceeds go to the church’s food pantry, Heart to Heart. In 2017, Heart to Heart served more than 153,486 meals to 17,065 adults and children in more than 59 zip codes. The sale will be held on May 17-18 Mallory Arnold is an assistant editor. from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Franklin County Feedback welcome at marnold@ Fairgrounds. Donations and volunteers are vital for the event.

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Photos courtesy of First Community Church

ometimes it’s hard to imagine a small event making a big difference. But Grandview’s Great Garage Sale is a perfect example of a humble, charitable idea that became a community-driven call for real impact. The garage sale began in 1996 in the First Community Church when regular funding was cut and the community was left to raise money. What was expected to be a small, modest garage sale in the church led to the collection of around $7,000. Chairperson Beth Hanson has been with the event since it originated. There are also other volunteers that have loyally worked the sale since the first year, creating an important tradition within the community. “There’s a real hunger for people to do something tangible to help in a suffering world,” Hanson says. “This is one of those events that’s so gratifying – we’re able to help so many organizations.” The event continues to grow, gathering more and more ongoing support. This year the garage sale will celebrate its 24th year. Hanson has seen incredible development over time, not only with the sale, but with the community as well. “As time went on, the event sort of developed its own culture,” Hanson says. “Everyone brought their best selves.” In fact, the garage sale became so successful that it outgrew the church and is now held at the Franklin County Fairgrounds for more space. With such a large area, volunteers were originally fearful that it was too much room for their modest event. They soon realized otherwise, as the entire area was filled with merchandise ready to be sold. Since its inception in 1996, Grandview’s Great Garage Sale has collected around $853,000 in proceeds that are then distributed to a collection of chari-

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A Lasting Faces

By Maria Lubanovic

Fifty-year Upper Arlington resident is a pillar of the community


ary Ann Krauss has lived in the same house in Upper Arlington for the last 50 years. Through many of these years, she has used her time to better the community through work at the Ohio Board of Education, City Council and many other boards and projects. “I always approached my service with the idea that I wanted to serve the greater good of the community,” Krauss says. “And that is not always my personal goal, because sometimes you have to look at what is best for the whole, not what is best for individuals. I hope I can be remembered with that as my personal goal.” Creativity and experience are some of Krauss’ biggest strengths, even going back to her time at the Ohio Board of Education in the 1980s. During that period, Krauss wanted to help not only schoolchildren, but alumni and teachers as well, with ideas for programs to send teachers to extra classes away from Upper Arlington. Though these never came to fruition, Krauss’ conviction eventually created real change. Upper Arlington’s schools, many of which were built in the 1950s, are now getting refurbished. “I found that those eight years were very rewarding to me; I grew myself in terms of being aware of how school funding worked,” says Krauss. “We are at such a disadvantage


in the state of Ohio with school funding, and in fact it’s in the state legislature now for about the fortieth time.” Some of Krauss’ finest work has been inspired by the needs of the community, even when she encountered resistance. In 1983, she started fundraising for what would become the Burbank Early Childhood School. Some community members, including several in City Council, did not see a need for childcare centers in Upper Arlington. But Krauss knew that many women during that time were going back to work and really needed this service. In 1985, after significant contributions from the Board of Education and the City Council, the center opened with three teachers and 18 children. The school currently serves hundreds of families and holds full preschool and kindergarten classes. Krauss was appointed to City Council in 2003 and served two terms after that. Many of Krauss’ projects stem from past failures to approve levies in the Upper Arlington area. Her work with the Upper Arlington Community Foundation started because the community wanted to build a highly coveted community center. The foundation raised more than a million dollars to build the Amelita Mirolo Barn in 2011, which helps fund many of the foundation’s other projects. May/June 2019 •

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Even with all the fundraising and work, some of these projects just have to wait for the right time. Upper Arlington is still missing its community center, but with continuous support, it will one day be enjoyed by the community. “Everything has to have its day and it takes a lot of effort to get everything in place for something good, for something as large as that,” Krauss says. “I do hope it comes soon.” Krauss’ motivation is deeply rooted in family. She has four children and six grandchildren who lived and graduated in Upper Arlington. Service has always been a part of Krauss’ life and the lives of those around her. She says service has been a generational expectation. Since her time with the Ohio Board of Education and City Council ended, she has moved to other community service organizations.

She is very active with First Community Church and First Community Village, which is currently being rebuilt to better accommodate the retirees. Most recently, she joined the Boundless Board, an orga-

nization created to help people with disabilities and their families. “I enjoy it, first of all, but secondly, I think experience is a great teacher, and the more I am on boards, the more ability I have to recognize issues and to be aware of issues that may be confronting us,” Krauss says. “I have had the great fortune to live in Upper Arlington for over 50 years, and time has allowed me to be sustainable. Krauss plans to continue working hard, as she finds community service not only valuable, but crucial. “I would just like to say that even though by some people’s standards I may have given years of service, I have received many times over more than I ever gave,” she says.

“I always approached my service with the idea that I wanted to serve the greater good of the community, and that is not always my personal goal, because sometimes you have to look at what is best for the whole, not what is best for individuals. I hope I can be remembered with that as my personal goal.”


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In Focus

By Mallory Arnold

You Grow, Girl! Grandview Heights teacher gets students out of the classroom and into nature


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t all started with a few plants on the windowsill of a classroom. Grandview Heights High School teacher Carmen Mendoza had no idea that inviting students to help take care of her tiny classroom garden would grow into a flourishing schoolwide program. Mendoza noticed her students had a genuine interest in cultivating plants, so she reserved a spot in the Wallace Gardens where they could really get their hands dirty and give back to the community. All kinds of vegetables were grown through the garden and then donated to local food pantries, garnering lots of attention from the community and giving Mendoza the inspiration to form a school garden club. Mendoza and her students were able to receive an Ohio Educational Foundation Grant and built their garden from the (dirt) ground up. An area of successfully cultivated plants takes time and effort, but with help from the

community Boy Scouts, teachers and even parents, the garden is now in its second year and still growing. “It’s been a lot of work, but it’s so worth it,” Mendoza says. “I definitely enjoy it.” Students have no trouble getting their hands dirty, as they are avidly involved in planting, weeding, watering, clearing out leaves and even collecting compost from the cafeteria for extra cultivation. Mendoza has allowed students the freedom to take on responsibility, so the everyday gardening tasks have become a routine for them. The program is an all-season garden, as Mendoza and students are constantly fundraising and promoting improvements and expansions. The school has garden towers which supply fresh tomatoes, lettuce, chard and more locally grown food for the cafeteria. Through this, students are able to understand the importance of homegrown, fresh meals.

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Students working at their plot at the Wallace Gardens.

The school’s garden not only benefits physical health with colorful vegetables, but it also helps boost the students’ mental and emotional health. “When we’re in the garden, it’s so peaceful,” Mendoza says. “It’s just a corner of our campus – there just is nothing like seeing something grow from a seed and taking care of it. The data of mental health and gardening is amazing.” Statistics in recent studies show that students who participate in classroom gardening have better interpersonal relationships and an increased positive feeling towards going to school. Plus, it gets young people away from screens and social media. “I’m a techie person, but I’ve realized what we need is to get out, touch the earth, grow food and enjoy the green,” Mendoza says.

The Kids Club Gardeners show off their latest project.

Although plants can oftentimes be slow-growing, Mendoza works quickly and diligently to increase awareness about the program and its benefits. A 10-week class directed by Susan Hogan called 4-H Project Green Teacher motivated her to push the program further. “They inspired me to get it going,” Mendoza says. “With everything I learned – I really put it all to work.” She loved the conference program so much that she returned recently to present the progress of her garden program and prove that the material taught in the classroom can be applied to real life. Originally, Mendoza’s goal was to be included in the School Garden Bus Tour 18

and now this year the Grandview Heights High School has been invited. In fact, they’re the first stop on the tour. The School Garden Bus Tour gives a glimpse of some of central Ohio’s finest school gardens with levels ranging from elementary, middle school and high school. Each stop will have a student explanation on how they cultivate their gardens and what benefits they bring to the school. The tour is an opportunity to network with fellow community members, learn about students’ growing initiatives and even get inspired to start a garden program. “It’s fun for the students to see that their hard work is being admired,” MenMay/June 2019 •

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doza says about the tour. “It’s nice for them to see that it’s worth it. I can’t wait to keep working on the program.” For more information, visit www. Tickets are $50 and include bus transportation, snacks and lunch. Mallory Arnold is an assistant editor. Feedback welcome at marnold@

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Food on the Run

1400 Foodlab continues to function as a launching pad for aspiring food truck owners By Rocco Falleti

Mix It Up

A Continued Education Hisham Omardien and his wife, originally from South Africa, danced for BalletMet before deciding to bring some of their old family recipes to their new South African Cape Malay-inspired food truck, Hisham’s Food. 20

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“I’ve been in Columbus for 18 years and there is nothing like my food around here,” Omardien says. “I use all of my mom’s recipes and even transport the spices from South Africa to really give it that authentic feel.” Omardien has only been open for a little over seven months, but one of the most important lessons he’s learned as a newcomer to the mobile food truck scene has centered around streamlining his work. “That first day we opened, we made all three curries, made all three pie fillings and my wife made forty pies,” Omardien says. “We now have one big prep day and work from there the rest of the week.”

1400 Foodlab Like many other food trucks throughout Columbus, Ettish and Omardien are involved with 1400 FoodLab, a Marble Cliff “incubator” located at 1400 Dublin Rd., for aspiring start-up food

truck owners and newcomers in the mobile food scene. “We often say we are Columbus’ best kept secret,” Karen Chrestay, general manager of 1400 FoodLab says. “We are always looking for new ways to let food businesses both new and established know that we are here and can be a resource to them.” Columbus is a hub for test markets, especially in the food industry. Whether it’s Wendy’s Innovation Center in Dublin, White Castle or Chipotle, this city is where food suppliers experiment with new and exciting products before taking it to market. 1400 FoodLab provides the necessary resources, accommodations and education for those interested in making their own professional establishments in a city where the food industry is at the forefront. “Columbus is really small-businessfriendly at so many levels,” Chrestay says. “Being the capital city and with Ohio State, I think a lot of people outside of Columbus and Ohio would be surprised May/June 2019 •

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The mobile food scene in Columbus has grown tremendously in recent years. It is near impossible to drive around town without seeing a truck set up serving up hot meals for eager customers. “There is definitely more of a variety, it’s not just a taco truck, fried chicken and a burger truck anymore,” says Damian Ettish, owner of Fetty’s Street Food Truck. “The quality is getting so much better and people are realizing that you have to be good or else you aren’t going to last.” Ettish has operated his own food truck for the past three years and although a large portion of his business remains downtown, he is beginning to expand to surrounding communities like Powell, Gahanna and Grandview, and has even started to book private events. He mentions that larger office buildings have been more welcoming of food trucks on certain days throughout the week, increasing his truck’s visibility to more than the usual downtown hot spots. “I like to mix it up with my schedule and menu,” Ettish says. “I’ll do a spot and won’t go back for two months. When I go back, people anticipate it and I’ll have a line clear down the street.” As for food trucks just starting, setting yourself apart from the other options available is vital to success.

how many different food suppliers are headquartered here.” Aside from their day-to-day operations, 1400 Foodlab is a spot for ticketed public and private events like birthdays, weddings, company retreats and team building. Within their team building events like the Food Truck Challenge, participants are paired with chefs and food truck owners and are often tasked with learning new dishes and trying to sell their product to others participating. The events are made to be fun and engaging for all those involved but also serve as a learning experience for the individuals and businesses within 1400 FoodLab. “We create venues and platforms for our clients to get in front of people and for people to get to know their food,” Chrestay says. “It’s a learning process for everyone involved. We always engage the makers here for these events.” At its core, 1400 Foodlab is a commercial kitchen for rent that offers food industry newcomers a space to train, try new recipes and refine their menus. With over 100 registered clients including caterers, bakers, packaged products, meal delivery services and food trucks, 1400 Foodlab is giving a platform to the taste innovators of tomorrow. “We are a test kitchen in the truest sense of the word,” Chrestay says. “If someone has the idea and wants to come and figure out if they have a viable product, can they sell it and make a living – here is a place to come and test that. I always say that we’re a soft place to fall; get back up and try again.”

the U.S. Public interest in food has steadily increased, ultimately transforming food tourism into a global trend. CityScene Media Group’s very own Managing Editor Nathan Collins, was invited to participate on a day-two panel which covered food tourism and how it can boost the hospitality industry. “As a food truck operator, involvement within the community you serve is

paramount to your overall success,” Collins says. “It’s not enough to just be seen within a community, rather, forging lasting philanthropy partnerships is a surefire strategy increase visibility and overall success.”


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Foodies from All Over The third annual Columbus Mobile Food Conference and Expo, which happened in March, saw aspiring food truck owners from all over the world descend upon Columbus to learn about the mobile food industry, including innovative ways to deliver their brand more effectively. This was an opportunity for likeminded food entrepreneurs to network and exchange knowledge over the course of two days. Mobile food vending continues to grow not just in Columbus, but all over May/June 2019 •


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t’s time to start gathering your golf gear for the Tri-Village Rotary Club Golf Outing on June 3 at The Ohio State University Scarlet Golf Club. The Rotary Club is a global network of 1.2 million people around the world who take action to create lasting change in communities and within themselves. The Tri-Village Rotary Club includes the Grandview Heights, Upper Arlington and Marble Cliff communities. The Rotary Club and the Heart to Heart Food Pantry began its 10-year partnership when Doug Torrence, an active member of First Community Church, brought word to the Rotary Club about a food pantry that was basically operating out of a closet. Lamar Graham, Heart to Heart director, reflects on the purpose of the nonprofit. “Heart to Heart is a place to come to not only get food, but also connect (clients) with other resources... (such as) love and support throughout the community, social workers and more. We are excited to serve our community and are open to all.” The Tri-Village Rotary Club Golf Outing will include lunch, games of chance, appetizers, on-course games and prizes for mulligan purchases throughout the course. There are generally around 18-25 groups of four-person teams. The cost is $150 per person and $600 per foursome. Attendees also receive a sleeve of golf balls. Check-in starts at 10:30 a.m. and shotgun starts at 11:30 a.m. Golfing will be followed by a social and tournament awards ceremony. The top three winning teams will receive prize money. Last year’s golf outing raised $6,500 for Heart to Heart.


Tri-Village Rotary Club hosts 4th annual golf outing to benefit Heart to Heart food pantry

Doug Torrance, Jim Edwards, Lamar Graham and Jeff Trotier.

“(The best thing about the Tri-Village Golf Outing is) that people have given money to help our charities and get to go out and do what they love: playing golf,” says Jim Edwards, chairman of the Tri-Vil-

lage Rotary Club Golf Outing. “They can know that 100 percent of the money goes to the charity, which is a special thing.” The Heart to Heart Food Pantry is a nonprofit organization based in central May/June 2019 •

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Ohio and is a mission of the First Community Church. Through this partnership, the Rotary Club has helped Heart to Heart raise money for a bigger space to store food, add more shelving, new freezers, purchase a monthly supply of canned goods and bring in a variety of construction volunteers throughout the years. The organization has gone from serving around 50-100 people a week to thousands in the greater Columbus area. “We have had a huge part in helping them grow from the beginning,” says Edwards. “All rotary clubs are about providing money to worthy causes like the Heart to Heart food pantry.” You can register for the outing or become a sponsor of the event at or by contacting Jim Edwards at 614-325-1920 or j54edwards@ Liz Anastasiadis is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at feedback@

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An Island in the Kitchen

Upper Arlington couple remodels with functionality in mind

View from dining room – Shifting around the appliances created a more functional workspace for the busy family to enjoy meals and time together. Hardwood floors were refinished and stained darker. Large center island is made to create the illusion of a piece of furniture. Perimeter cabinets are painted antique white.

Family room – Using existing attic space, the ceiling was vaulted and installed with rustic beams. 24

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welve years ago, Karen Burkhart, her husband Matt and their two young children lived in a new home on a quiet cul-de-sac in Powell. One day, it occurred to Burkhart, as she was traveling down to Upper Arlington for what seemed like the seventh time that day, that it made little sense to live in Powell when their life largely revolved around Upper Arlington. Matt was working downtown at the time and would even make the trip simply to get his haircuts at Kingsdale shopping center. “We just needed to live where we are going to end up spending most of our time,” says Burkhart. “So we began looking for homes in the Upper Arlington area that were comparable in size and functionality.” It was a challenge to find a house that was comparable in size and functionality to their Powell home, and it required some compromise to find the space that suited the whole family.

The Burkharts ended up purchasing a comfortable property on McCoy Rd., the compromise being living on a busier street unlike the quiet cul-de-sac setting of their home in Powell. The new UA house, originally built in the 1960s, desperately needed an update. “It had wallpaper, green painted wood trim, laminate kitchen countertop and the drawers nearly fell out when opened,” Burkhart says. For the uninitiated, remodeling a home can be a slow process that takes time and money. But the Burkharts never expected to wait 10 years before remodeling their kitchen. “That’s how long it took for us to get to a point where Matt had gotten the other things mostly taken care of,” Burkhart says. “The kitchen was our final frontier.” The Burhkarts initially considered different options such as resurfacing the cabinets and potentially leaving a wall in place that had been marked for removal. They tabulated these considerations for about a year and a half and finally, once they were over the initial

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sticker shock of the endeavor, things came together quickly. The Burkharts chose The Cleary Company and designer Laura Watson to complete the project.


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“The first time I met Laura I just felt really comfortable with her and felt like she had really good design ideas,” Burkhart says. “She was able to give me the confidence that I needed to make that contractor selection.”

This project included remodeling the Burkhart’s kitchen, dining room and family room. This project won the 2018 NARI Contractor of the Year Award for Residential Kitchen $40-$80K.

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On the Table

By Marissa Smithinsky

Cool Refreshers Celebrate spring with new seasonal drinks


The Mermaid Lemonade is created using organic lemonade, orange bitters, choice of vodka and a few drops of butterfly tea. This refreshing drink brings a flavorful twist to a typical lemonade. The cocktail is a beautiful pink and yellow color and produces a color-changing effect when the blue hibiscus is placed on top of the ice. It’s equally delicious as a non-alcoholic drink. Marissa Smithinsky is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at


Mermaid Lemonade Ingredients: 1.5 KEEL Vodka 3 oz. organic lemonade 2 dashes orange bitters Top with a few drops of butterfly tea


Directions: Combine all ingredients, except for the butterfly tea, in a tall glass. Add ice and give a quick stir. Just before serving, float a few drops of blue hibiscus on top of the ice for a color changing effect. (Approximately 90 calories)

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pring has officially arrived, which means it’s time to trade in our warm brews for cool refreshers. The sun is out, birds are chirping and flowers are blooming. What better way to spend the beginning of spring than to sip on an ice-cold drink? It’s time to embrace a new seasonal beverage. We scoped out the scene in Tri-Village to peek at which establishments have already released their new spring sips. This season we are particularly interested in superfood lattes. Offered in Easter egg-like colors, these lattes come in many flavors like pink rose, matcha vanilla bean, majik mint and turmeric. Superfood lattes can be made either hot or iced and boast many health benefits. While the colors are totally Instagrammable, these lattes do not contain any food dyes and have all-natural ingredients. The pink rose latte contains beets which gives it a bright pink shade. The majik mint is blue and has a crisp minty flavor. “Not everyone likes the sound of beets,” jokes Madison Cullman, chef and store manager of the Alchemy. However, the taste of beets is barely recognizable with a mixture of rose water and turmeric. These superfood lattes may help with mental health issues. “The pink rose latte is designed to reduce stress and anxiety, while the majik mint helps with concentration,” says Cullman. If superfood isn’t your style, consider an interesting twist on drinks with mixtures of hibiscus mocha and honey lavender. These drinks sound like odd mixtures, but they balance out well. “The lavender tea boils down the honey’s sweetness,” says Mackenzie Thomas, a barista at Stauf’s Coffee Roasters. Both, the honey lavender and hibiscus mocha can be served as a latte, iced or even as a cappuccino. With a pump of mocha syrup and unique flavors, these iced coffees are sure to put a spring in your step. It wouldn’t be spring without cocktails. This season you can feel less guilty by slimming down your favorite drink with a lighter alcohol. Light vodkas, with only 58 calories per cup and zero carbs and zero sugars are now hitting the market. With a low-calorie base, it’s easy to indulge in our favorite spring cocktails.

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¡Vamos! Let’s Go to the Market By Raul the Third (ages 4-8) Little Lobo is a very busy wolf. Each day, he takes deliveries to the many stores and shops in the market, and also picks up some treasures of his own to bring home! The text is a mixture of English and Spanish, with extremely detailed illustrations that include Spanish translations of many common words. There is a handy glossary in the back. Kids will have fun learning to pronounce the Spanish words, and just as much fun poring over the illustrations. Expect to reread this one to keep from missing out on anything!

Love & Gelato By Jenna Evans Welch (grades 7-12) Following the death of her mother, Lina is spending the summer in Italy with a father who she has never met. She is expecting the worst, but is pleasantly surprised by new friends, a potential romance, and delicious food. When she receives her mother’s old journal, Lina is excited to get to the bottom of the many secrets her mother kept. But when the answers are not what she expected, she must come to terms with who she is. A fun, light read that will make you want to drop everything for a vacation in Tuscany!

Ghost By Jason Reynolds (grades 4-9) The only running of real importance that Castle Cranshaw has ever done has been away from his abusive father. However, when he spontaneously challenges the top runner of an elite track team to a race, he ends up as their newest member. Although Ghost, as he nicknames himself, wants to be part of the team, he struggles to meet the one condition that his mother and new coach set. A great book for reluctant readers, this book examines poverty, theft, anger issues, teamwork and camaraderie in a relatable and interesting way. It is the first in a series of four books, each about a different member of Ghost’s track team.

Illegal By Eoin Colfer (grades 4 and up) This graphic novel tells the story of Ebo, a 12-year-old from rural Ghana, who awakens one morning to find that his older brother has gone, leaving only a note saying that he is seeking a better life in Europe. Unwilling to be separated from the only family he has left, Ebo sets off after his brother. He has no money and no belongings, no idea how to locate his brother and no plan for survival. It is an important and beautifully illustrated book describing the harrowing experience of many immigrants that can be appreciated by kids and adults alike.

The Truth Behind Snack Foods By Julia J. Quinlan (grades 3-6) This non-fiction book is part of a series called From Factory to Table: What You’re Really Eating. It serves as a tell-all for the not-always-pleasant truths behind the food we eat, including how it is made and what effect consumption has on our bodies. Other titles in the series include the truth behind factory foods, soft drinks, manufactured meats and GMOs. Each comes with a glossary and a list of ten great questions to ask a nutritionist. Extremely informative and a good way to gently nudge kids toward healthier options.


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