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Week of Awesome Eats November 6, 2011 {Meal Plan}

Before I make a meal plan, I always look ahead on my calendar. This week is particularly full of local events that I hope to attend:

  • It's Dine Originals Restaurant Week! Enjoy original prefix menus for just $10/20/30 November 7 -13 and support Local Matters at the same time. I think I'll treat Lil to lunch at Katzingers or tea at Mozarts.
  • This Tuesday is election day! We suggest voting No on Two but the most important thing is to participate in our democracy.
  • Thursday November 10, 2011 is Columbus Foundation's The Big Give. For 24 hours, donations to 600 nonprofits will be at least partially matched by a $1 million pool. Many of our favorite foodie organizations are participation including Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resource Center, Local Matters, Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association, and Wild Goose Creative. If you have a spare dollar or two, visit The Big Give website between 11 am Thursday and 11 am Friday and choose your favorite nonprofit(s) to double your money.
  • The November Too Many Cooks at Wild Goose Creative promises to provide food for thought as well as a tummy-full of tastes. Matthew of Good Idea Cooking is presenting six recipes featuring native Ohio foods in a presentation of 'What if the Pilgrims Landed in Ohio?' $10 at the door, 7 pm Sunday the 13th.
  • It doesn't happen until next Tuesday but I would guess that the Off the Menu: Flavors of Autumn dinner put on by Slow Food Columbus will sell out this week. The Refectory will treat adventurous eaters to a game-centered five course meal and wines for $75/member, $85/nonmember on Tuesday the 15th from 6:30-8:30 pm. Sadly, we will be out of town for this dinner.
  • <shameless self promotion> I will talk turkey and other birds on Sunday in a Whole Bird Cooking class at Franklin Park Conservatory. Students will learn by doing when they stuff, truss, carve, and eat a whole bird. $30 (members), $35 (nonmembers), 4-6 pm November 13, register by calling 614.645.5923.
  • Speaking of the tom, don't forget to make your reservation for a fresh local turkey for Thanksgiving.

glass pumpkins at franklin park
On to our meal plan!

Monday - salmon cheeks, rice, peas

Tuesday - squash, onion, and cheese tart, romaine salad

Wednesday - swiss chard lasagna, salad

Thursday - pad thai with tuna nuggets

Friday - dinner with friends

Saturday - CMH Dinner Club (we're bringing an inventive 'sweetheart' recipe)

Sunday - dinner with family or Too Many Cooks or both

What are you eating and doing this week?