The phrase “Dine Originals Week” has become synonymous with “date week” in my house. The best restaurants in the city offering discounted menus? Frugal romance at its finest. However, this year’s “Dine Originals Week” will not follow the familiar prix fixe format.
“We had a board retreat a few months ago to review the whole ‘restaurant week’ concept,” explained Katharine Moore, Executive Director of Dine Originals Columbus in an email. “Since we launched the first one five years ago, every Tom, Dick, and Olive Garden has come out with something similar. The calendar has gotten cluttered and the consumer a bit confused. Just as importantly, we realized that by imposing a three course/fixed price menu on all of our members, we were taking a cookie cutter approach, with is a very UN original move!”
Instead, this year’s “Dine Originals 10″ will feature 10 days of events, special menus and yes, still some discounted dishes. Plenty of drink-centric events are scheduled as part of the lineup. Here are a few of my favorites:
March 10: 10 Wine Tasting, The Top Steakhouse, $20, 614-231-8238
March 11: Blind Wine Tastings, Refectory, $10, 614-451-9774
March 11: OYO Spirit Tasting, Barrel 44 Bexley, $20, 614-824-1058
March 13: Sketches of Spain Wine Tasting, Shaw’s Restaurant & Inn, $10, 740-654-1842
March 14: Five Course Beer Pairing Dinner, Bodega, $60, 614-299-9399
March 17: Wine Tasting with live entertainment, Black Creek Bistro, $30, 614-246-9662
March 20: Whiskey Wednesday, Hubbard Grille, $40, 614-291-5000
Reservations are highly recommended and, for some events, required. Call ahead for availability. Dine Originals 10 will take place March 11-20. More events and details are posted to the Dine Originals website.
DRINK UP COLUMBUS GIVEAWAY We’ve got a pair of tickets ($80 value) to Hubbard Grille’s Whiskey Wednesday event March 20! To enter, leave a comment telling us what event or special from Dine Originals 10 has you most excited. For a bonus entry, tweet a link to this post and use the hashtag #drinkupcolumbus. (You must first leave a comment on this post for your Tweet entry to be counted.) Contest ends at 5pm Thursday, March 14. Winner will be randomly selected and notified via email by 9am Friday, March 15.