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Monday, September 24, 2007

Columbus Ohio ComFest

JUNE 26 2007

So the trip to Ohio feels like it came and went in the blink of an eye. Probably a result of the fact that Del and I worked from sun-up to midnight every day and by yesterday, we were so exhausted it was all we could do to stand upright.

Having said that, it was a wonderful weekend with one of my best buddies in the world. I arrived Thursday afternoon and on the way out to the Wellness Forum Foods kitchen, (the business Del co-owns), we stopped at his buddy Yovan's Coffeehouse on Indianola just north of ???. Nothing more than a standing room only space with the actual coffee roasters in the front and Yovan making the french-pressed brewed coffee behind the counter, this is the ONLY place to get truly fresh and delicious coffee in Columbus. If you live in Columbus or happen to be passing through and you want an amazing coffee, there is no other place in Columbus that beats it. Having had worked in a coffeehouse for 3 years, you can trust me, this is the real stuff.

On to the kitchen, we ended up getting the remaining food prepped for Friday mornings first day at the Comfest.

So as to save you the torture of reading a lengthy boring blog, I'll sum up the 3 days of ComFest by saying, early mornings, late nights, mostly sunny, a couple rain storms, lot's of large lesbians, lot's of tattoos and body piercing, lot's of drunk frat boys, lot's of hippies, topless women, (it's legal in Columbus, who knew?), groups of Appalachian boys with their pants hanging off their asses and quite a few preppy families. (Mix and Match any of those descriptions). All in all a pretty diverse, colorful and tolerant group of people enjoying the many booths of good food, artwork and 5 stages with live music. Each night, the park was filled with groups of people enjoying the festivities with their blankets laid out, beer in hand and their 420 blazing.

I didn't take a lot of photos, truthfully, it was pretty much the same thing each day, just a slight variation in the quantity of it.

All in all Del's first ComFest as Executive Chef and Co-Owner of The Wellness Forum Foods was a great success. We sold out of all of our food both Saturday and Sunday night and everybody who sampled the all-vegan menu loved each and every dish.

In addition, I saw people in Columbus that Del and I hadn't seen since working together at King Avenue Coffeehouse in the early 90's and since Del has been in the healthy foods industry in Columbus for more than 20 years, I was introduced to some of the most influential people in the industry in Columbus.

I look forward to heading back to Cols., this time for a little rest and relaxation!!!

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