Culinary in Columbus: City Celebrates 200th Birthday

I’m in route from Denver to Columbus to meet up with some foodies and travel writers, the group of us descending upon the city for a culinary-themed weekend to conduct some investigative reporting.

Columbus skyline courtesy of Rod Berry and Experience Columbus.

Columbus claims it has become a terrific food town – a proclamation that I will admit comes as a surprise to me, as I’m sure it does to many of you. I’ve asked around and there seems to be a buzz brewing, though, the town’s restaurants drawing favorable reviews from fellow travel writers in addition to the woman currently sitting next to me on the plane (who is a frequent visitor).

It just goes to show how important it is to always keep an open mind, to be willing to forgo your expectations and previously held notions, to venture into the unknown in order to discover treasures of travel of which you were previously unaware.

Quick historical perspective: The largest city in Ohio turned 200 this past February, although Columbus is a baby when you stack it against other cities in America. St. Augustine in Florida, the oldest continuously inhabited city in the United States, was founded almost 300 years before Columbus in 1565 (Jamestown and Santa Fe come in at #2 with founding dates of 1607).

I confirmed yesterday that I’ll be headed back to Colorado later this month to do a few stories on the abundance of microbreweries popping up all over the state, but for now, adios Denver. The feast will begin tonight in Columbus, stay tuned.

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