New for this year at Independents’ Day! I teamed up with the awesome Justin Hemminger to launch Up-and-Coming Eats, a celebration of our city’s aspiring chefs and restaurateurs. These chefs will be providing free samples and sharing information about their brands to festival-goers between 2 and 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21 in Lynn Alley near the Jeni's music stage.
Here’s a look at who’s participating:
Justin Hemminger, Abe's: Coming in 2014 to Downtown Columbus, Abe's will be a unique restaurant/bar/music venue with delicious food, stiff drinks and original live music. On Saturday, Justin will be serving creamy beer brat dip with sliced baguette and a dijon carrot slaw.
Tomos Mughan, Empanada Intifada: This gourmet empanada company was started by three friends. Chef Mike Gadd combines traditional flavors with global cuisines. They will be serving Sloopy Joe Empanada, Baked Potato Empanada and a Chana Masala Empanada.
Brian Thornton, OH! Chips: The guy behind OH! Burgers is launching what he hopes will become Columbus' signature artisan potato chip company. He'll be serving sweet potato chips and kettle chips.
Tyrone Frank, The Good Frank: Columbus' source for all natural, locally sourced frankfurters, sausages, and vegan franks. He will be serving grassfed beef frankfurters, living sauerkraut and chocolate lemonade.
Gay Street and Pearl Alley, Downtown