Dine Originals 10 + Giveaway

Written by on March 7, 2013 in Events - 42 Comments

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.

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Cheryl Harrison. Editor of Drink Up Columbus. Geek of the craft beer/board game/sci-fi varieties. Fan of patios.

42 Comments on "Dine Originals 10 + Giveaway"

  1. Theresa March 7, 2013 at 11:45 AM · Reply

    I’m going to Tip Top for the Cajun Cream Sauce, and a starter of Ohio Nachos. Can’t wait!

  2. Peter Lytle March 7, 2013 at 12:12 PM · Reply

    Looking forward to the Barrel44 event the most! Great setting, drinks and food. #drinkupcolumbus

  3. Misty March 7, 2013 at 12:13 PM · Reply

    TRATTORIA ROMA!! The Scotch Egg sounds amazing!!

  4. Ashley March 7, 2013 at 2:38 PM · Reply

    I’m excited for all of the great specials and opportunity to explore new restaurants during the week! It’s always such a great opportunity to take advantage 🙂

  5. Ashley March 7, 2013 at 2:38 PM · Reply

    Wine Tasting & The Top Steakhouse…….. my 2 FAVORITE things!!! 🙂 @akincannon

  6. JJ March 7, 2013 at 2:40 PM · Reply

    I’m looking forward to finally getting to Black Creek Bistro, I’ve heard so many good things!

  7. Katie March 7, 2013 at 2:43 PM · Reply

    Barrl44 – Everything OYO makes is perfection!

  8. Jordan Canada March 7, 2013 at 2:43 PM · Reply

    The whiskey tasting at Barrel 44! Their whiskey tastings are always a great time.

  9. Meg March 7, 2013 at 2:45 PM · Reply

    My mom and I have mother/daughter dates during Dine Originals. We love having new culinary adventures, and going back to our safe bet restaurants, as well. She loves going to The Refectory and G Michaels is always my pick of the litter.

  10. Sara March 7, 2013 at 2:45 PM · Reply

    i’m tied between the beer pairing dinner and the whiskey tasting in term of geeking out over alcohol! My brother and I love finding new drinks in Columbus.

  11. Amy Harkins March 7, 2013 at 2:51 PM · Reply

    The whiskey tasting has me the most excited. I love whiskey AND it’s during my birthday week — perfect!!

  12. Derek Carter March 7, 2013 at 3:01 PM · Reply

    Whiskey Wednesday!!!!! Can never go wrong with whiskey

  13. casey March 7, 2013 at 3:06 PM · Reply

    March 14: Five Course Beer Pairing Dinner, Bodega – – – BEER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. Jackie March 7, 2013 at 3:11 PM · Reply

    Ummm… wine and entertainment… count me in, Black Creek!

  15. David Hummel March 7, 2013 at 3:14 PM · Reply

    The beer pairing dinner at bodega. Five courses of beer and food can’t possibly be a bad time.

  16. Dan March 7, 2013 at 3:15 PM · Reply

    what could be better than a dry cabernet sauvignon @ vino vino with a nice grilled beef tenderloin? finish up with the heath bar cheesecake

  17. Dan March 7, 2013 at 3:20 PM · Reply

    the Five Course Beer Pairing Dinner, Bodega is right up my ally.


  18. Sharon Roney March 7, 2013 at 4:01 PM · Reply

    Looking forward to the grilled cheese happy hour at Rigsby’s. Who else can make something simple like grilled cheese be exciting? Only Kent Rigsby!

  19. Craig March 7, 2013 at 4:03 PM · Reply

    Gimme that wine tasting at Black Creek Bistro.

  20. Liz March 7, 2013 at 4:19 PM · Reply

    OYO Spirit Tasting, their whiskeys and vanilla bean vodka are so good! Cant wait to see if they have anything new coming out

  21. Chris March 7, 2013 at 4:42 PM · Reply

    Wine tasting at Blackcreek all the way

  22. Jimmy King March 7, 2013 at 4:57 PM · Reply

    OYO whiskey tasting at Barrel 44 is slightly my favorite since I loves me whiskey…but they all look good!

  23. Brian Whitaker March 7, 2013 at 5:58 PM · Reply

    The wine tasting at Black Creek Bistro sounds amazing.

  24. Holly E. March 7, 2013 at 6:02 PM · Reply

    Looking forward to Barrel 44. Fan of OYO, just very uncreative in my own mixing. The Stonefruit is amazing, if only I knew what to mix it with besides Sprite!

  25. Holly B March 7, 2013 at 10:48 PM · Reply

    I’m torn between Whiskey Wednesday and the OYO Spirit Tasting!

  26. Roderick Chu March 8, 2013 at 12:18 PM · Reply

    Roasted Pig’s Head at The Top Steakhouse: Where and when else would I be able to try this?!

  27. Kate F. March 8, 2013 at 1:05 PM · Reply

    Thanks for always letting us know what is going on around Cbus – I often find things that fly under my radar. I can’t wait to try Whisky Wednesday!

  28. Brian Honey March 8, 2013 at 3:26 PM · Reply

    I’d love to attend the Whisky Wednesday, plus, someone commented about Scotch Eggs… and it’s been far too long since I’ve had one.

  29. Phil March 8, 2013 at 3:46 PM · Reply

    Wonderful Whiskey Wednesday!

  30. matt zuehlke March 8, 2013 at 4:34 PM · Reply

    The beer dinner by Bodega. Love matching food with beer.

  31. Bret wiseman March 8, 2013 at 5:53 PM · Reply

    Looking forward to the whiskey tasting!

  32. Candy March 9, 2013 at 10:07 AM · Reply

    Mmm, the Bodega beer pairing sounds amazing!

  33. daniel white March 10, 2013 at 2:17 PM · Reply

    As a frequenter of Curio, barrel 44, Giuseppe’s Ritrovo, I find myself learning more and more about the fantastic local cocktail scene. I am always looking for more info on whiskey (scotch, bourbon, or otherwise). This event at Hubbard will be on my list for sure. Besides that, the OYO tasting looks great too!

  34. Stu March 10, 2013 at 2:53 PM · Reply

    Whiskey Wednesday, Hubbard Grille. This would be awesome to attend! Love whiskey in small amounts and occasionally large amounts!


  35. Raj March 11, 2013 at 11:04 AM · Reply

    Refectory brings out good selections for their tastings and done OYO tasting at their distillery. Never quite made it to Hubbard, but Whiskey Tasting must just be the thing I needed. Oh and also….DIRTY FRANK’S TEN DAY CHALLENGE, “Delified” Charcuterie Board at Katz, Roasted pig’s head and can’t miss Skillet. Can you tell I’m a foodie!

  36. Nate S March 11, 2013 at 8:15 PM · Reply

    I’m looking forward to the Dirty Frank’s special/challenge, though I’m not sure I’ll be able to beat it.

  37. Angela March 12, 2013 at 10:05 AM · Reply

    Excited for Chile Verde’s $8 Green Chile Pork Tacos. Hoping I can round up some people to go with me for lunch!

  38. Mallory March 13, 2013 at 11:43 AM · Reply

    Definitely the whiskey tasting – I am a bourbon girl at heart!

  39. Chris March 13, 2013 at 11:46 AM · Reply

    OYO tasting? YES PLEASE!

    • Cheryl Harrison March 15, 2013 at 8:49 AM · Reply

      Your the winner, Chris! You’ll be receiving an email from me soon! Congrats!

  40. Meaghan March 14, 2013 at 12:20 PM · Reply

    Hoping to try those seared scallops from Basi! And maybe a cocktail made by bartender Chris Manis.

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