May 30, 2015

Katie K's Dance Mindfulness Workshop
Balanced Yoga
4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

Join Short North team member and certified Dance Mindfulness instructor Katie Kontra as she leads a donation-based workshop meant to lead open-minded individuals through meditation, stretching, and free-movement dances.

The donation to attend will go toward the Tennessee Elephant Sanctuary.

All skill levels and ages are welcome at the workshop. It’s meant to be an expressive and open environment for everyone to come be healthy and bust stress. See the full spotlight on Katie, and feel free to leave any questions in a comment below.

May 30

June 1, 2015

Land Grant Brewery Tour & Tasting
Land Grant Brewery
1:00 pm - 2:45 pm

Very exciting news, team! Land Grant Brewery is leading Team Northstar on a tour of their facilities on Monday, June 1. We will see where the magic happens, meet some brewers, and taste the delicious end results.

Land Grant beers are a mainstay at Third & Hollywood and Northstar Easton, and pass through as features at Beechwold. It’s a relatively new brewery with a ton of spunk and high quality beers, located in a beautifully remodeled building.

Join your team mates on this adventure, which will last until at least 2-2:30pm, though you can depart whenever you need to. Any questions? Let us know!

Jun 01

June 3, 2015

Trailmix Meeting
Claire’s House
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Team Trailmix,

It’s time for our first meeting of the summer! And by meeting we mean cookout. And by cookout we mean reason to feverishly eat hot dogs with extra (organic) ketchup.

If you’re a Trailmix member we expect to see your smiling face at Claire & Scott’s house, located at the address below. Street parking is ample and their grill is large, so bring whatever you’d like to throw on the barby.

We’ll be discussing some fabulous upcoming events and breaking down areas of responsibility. Get ready to talk about a trip to Cedar Point, more brewery tours, a Northstar fun run and, at long last, Labor Day!

Please leave any questions here or ask Tony or Claire. We can’t wait to see you!

Jun 03

June 7, 2015

Pizzuti Collection Family Days
The Pizutti Collection
11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Visit the Pizzuti Collection for their Sunday Family Days this summer and get free access to acclaimed art work and kids activities. Every hour on the hour, children are invited to a guided tour and art-inspired scavenger hunt. Each child will be given a sketchbook to create their own masterpieces. There’s lots to see and do

The gallery is located just off Goodale Park and is surrounded by a sculpture garden, so there’s lots to see and do in all types of weather.

Learn more about Pizzuti’s Family Days on their website.

Jun 07

June 11, 2015

Team Trip to Rockmill Brewery
Rockmill Brewery
11:00 am - 4:30 pm

You’ve heard of it’s rolling hills and unique, Belgian-style beer. Maybe you’ve seen the large-format bottles at Third & Hollywood. Now, it’s time for your Rockmill Brewery adventure to begin.

The plan is to grabs some food, explore the grounds, taste delicious beer, and learn from Matthew Barbee, head brewmaster and frequent guest in our restaurants. Meet at Easton at 11am where we’ll get lots of carryout food to take with us. Feel free to bring lunch from home, if you’d rather. All team members + very significant others are invited! We will carpool down to Lancaster where the brewery is located, about a 35-minute drive, returning by late afternoon/evening, though different cars can leave whenever they need to.

This is a private reservation, so we’ll have the place to ourselves.

Check out the posters in your restaurants for more details! To get a lay of the land, revisit the recap and photos of our last visit to Rockmill.

Jun 11
1 2
January 15th, 2014
Love Notes

Eh, Close Enough: Bloggers’ Attempts at Recreating our Recipes


The internet is a wondrous world of information and perspective, striking visuals and videos of cats jumping at their own reflections. Sprinkled among the infinite possibilities for insight – filled with personal opinion, advice and observations – are blogs.

A number of these blogs focus on navigating the world of food. A select few blogs have focused on our food, their authors allocating time and energy into replicating items they’ve enjoyed at Northstar Cafe or Third & Hollywood. That’s pretty awesome. It is only the most impactful of food experiences that inspires one to recreate something in a home kitchen. Flavors, textures and presentation need to be both memorable and highly enjoyable in order to spur this kind of excitement. So thanks, bloggers! And without further ado, please enjoy the work some of the more valiant attempts at recipe replication. You gave it a fair shot, guys.

Blog: Lolly’s Sweet & Savory Treats
Take on: House-Made Ginger Ale
Excerpt: “Without a doubt, though, my favorite creation from Northstar is their fresh ginger ale. I first laid my lips on this sweet nectar two summers ago and I was never the same after that moment. It was a magnificent fusion of spicy ginger, tart lime juice, and a hint of refreshing mint. Pure genius.”

Blog: Micki Current (“a photography and lifestyle blog”)
Take on: Shooting Star
Excerpt: “Our favorite restaurant is Northstar Cafe, hands down, and one of my favorite drinks to order is their Shooting Star. I made my own version of it at home and wanted to share the recipe.”

Blog: The Kitchn (More like a full-blown website, and an expansive resource for kitchen tips, recipes, etc.)
Take on: Northstar Burger
Excerpt: “Even before we’d been to the Northstar Cafe in Columbus, Ohio, we’d heard about their veggie burgers. “They are unlike any other veggie burger you’ve ever had,” we were promised by both vegetarians and non-vegetarians. We’ll give you one guess what we ordered when we finally made it to the restaurant ourselves!”

Blog: Dispatch Kitchen (incorporated within the Columbus Dispatch’s website)
Take on: Northstar Burger
Excerpt: “Northstar Cafe, which has three Columbus locations, has mastered its veggie burger. The restaurant’s version includes beets, which give it both the red color associated with ground meat and a wonderful earthy flavor.”

Blog: A Couple Bites
Take on: Northstar Burger
Excerpt: ”A couple years ago Keith and I moved to Columbus, Ohio and stumbled upon a restaurant in the Short North district that soon became one of our favorites – Northstar Café. We ate at this restaurant for two years, and I am not lying when I say that we liked everything we ate at this restaurant. With gourmet food made with local ingredients in a casual atmosphere, it was the perfect place to enjoy any meal. One of our favorite menu items was the Northstar Burger…”

Blog: Choosing Healthy
Take on: Vegan versions of Buddha Bowl & Big Burrito 
Excerpt: “Here in town we have a great restaurant called Northstar Cafe. It has been my go-to place for healthy, fresh, creative vegetarian food for the last 5 years or so.”

Blog: CBGeneva (Lifestyle blog representing Crate & Barrel’s Geneva, IL store)
Take on: Wild Rice Salad
Excerpt:  ”When I saw a picture of @CBColumbus’s lunch a few weeks ago, I was instantly intrigued. Next to this gorgeous, delicious looking burger was a rice salad. Not your typical side for a beef patty sandwiched between a bun. My food CSI instincts started to kick in to decipher what made up this rice concoction. I was able to pick out the wild rice, parsley and almonds but wanted the exact recipe. I needed to make this salad!”

Blog: Turntable Kitchen
Take on: Northstar Burger
Excerpt: “This past Christmas, Matt and I happened upon a little slice of awesomeness in Columbus, Ohio called The Northstar Cafe… Surprisingly, the most famous dish of the restaurant is a vegetarian burger made with beets, brown rice and black beans. Now, I know that it has taken me a long time to come to terms with beets, and even start to appreciate them. But if there was any one dish that would make a person change their mind about these veggies, this burger would be it.”

Blog: Mag-Pies & More
Take on: Big Burrito and Cloud 9 Pancakes (via the Kitchn)
Excerpt: “I have never had a breakfast burrito, or any burrito for that matter, that even compares to Northstar’s. I would eat anything in this burrito on its own, but the combination of ingredients together is so delicious!”

Blog: Sweet Peas and Pumpkins (Jessica, the author of this blog, featured Northstar Cafe in Gourmet’s picks for “Top 10 Healthy Restaurants” earlier this year.)
Take on: Northstar Burger
Excerpt:  ”This recipe is my attempt at veggie burger nirvana. Northstar clearly uses beets in their burger, because not only do they taste like a regular burger, they look like one too, with the red beets substituting for red meat.”

Blog: Heather Homemade
Take on: Guacamole
Excerpt: “This recipe is a recreation of guac from one of our favorite restaurant hang-outs in Columbus, which we already miss. Everything there was perfect, consistent and delicious.”

2 responses to Eh, Close Enough: Bloggers’ Attempts at Recreating our Recipes

  1. Wow, it was great to re-visit some of these, and discover others that I hadn’t seen. I remember reading the Dispatch recipe when it was first printed. Its amazing how the recipes can seem MORE complicated when people try to recreate them (Simplicity & Efficiency, anyone?)

    My favorite part about “The Kitchn” is the comments section, where people can write that either they once were, or their significant other once was, a staff member, and it totally has ______ in it.

  2. I once made guacamole on my own and used avocado chunks instead of mashing it all together. Somehow, I wasn’t included in this article.

Leave a reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.