Local News Briefs

Staff Reports

“Well Beyond 60!” EXPO on Ohio State Fair Senior Day offers free health screenings, wellness demonstrations and more

Visitors age 60 and older get into the fair for $4 on Tuesday, July 31

COLUMBUS– The Ohio Department of Aging will host the fourth annual “Well Beyond 60!” EXPO at the Ohio State Fair on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Held in conjunction with National Church Residences’ Senior Day, the EXPO is included with fair admission and offers nearly 2,000 square feet of free health screenings, wellness demonstrations and more provided by state and community partners. Admission that day is only $4 for visitors age 60 and older.

“No matter your age or physical condition, there are choices you can make and habits you can adopt today that will help you be healthier and continue doing the things you love as you age,” said Beverley L. Laubert, director of the department. “The ‘Well Beyond 60!’ EXPO helps fairgoers explore the many areas of senior wellness and engagement that can lead to healthier, more fulfilling and more independent lives.”

EXPO services and demonstrations include: blood pressure screening, falls risk assessment, computerized balance testing, vision screening, nutrition education, home adaptations and more. Partners include: Prevent Blindness Ohio, Mount Carmel Health, The Ohio State University Extension, the Department of Veteran Affairs, Ohio’s area agencies on aging, and STEADY U Ohio and HEALTHY U Ohio initiative member organizations. New partners this year include Shawnee State University and Colerain Township Department of Fire & EMS

Returning this year are two free “Walk with a Doc” sessions that kick off from the EXPO tent at 10:00 and 11:30 a.m. and give participants a chance to get valuable advice from and ask questions of a physician while they tour the fairgrounds. Fairgoers who attend the free Senior Day concert, “The Rat Pack Is Back,” at 12:30 will also be treated to an “A Matter of Balance” falls prevention mini-workshop conducted by partners in the Ohio Older Adult Falls Prevention Coalition.

For information about the “Well Beyond 60!” EXPO, visit www.aging.ohio.gov/wellbeyond60expo. For ticket information, directions and a full schedule for the Ohio State Fair, visit www.ohiostatefair.com.

About ODA – The Ohio Department of Aging serves and advocates for the needs of Ohioans age 60 and older, as well as their families, caregivers and communities. Programs include home and community based long-term supports and services, as well as initiatives to promote health and wellness throughout the lifespan. Visit www.aging.ohio.gov.

Farmers’ Market Hours Shift

DELAWARE – To better accommodate customers, Main Street Delaware is shifting its Saturday Farmers’ Market from 9 a.m. to noon for the remainder of the current season. Hours for the Wednesday afternoon market will remain 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The Saturday shift enables the market to take better advantage of cooler morning temperatures, said Susie Bibler, Main Street Delaware’s executive director.

In addition to this change, for July 21 only, the Saturday market will begin at 8 a.m. and be relocated to William Street to accommodate the Delaware Classic Auto Show.

The Main Street Delaware Farmers’ Market, which runs through Oct. 27, is generously sponsored by Mount Carmel Health System.

About Main Street Delaware:

Main Street Delaware is a 501(c)(3) member-supported organization that seeks to preserve and promote historic downtown Delaware. Main Street Delaware coordinates the First Friday celebrations, downtown Farmers’ Markets, Home for the Holidays weekend, and more. Main Street Delaware is an accredited Ohio Main Street Community. For additional information, contact Susie Bibler, executive director, at 740-362-6050 or director@mainstreetdelaware.com. Learn more at www.mainstreetdelaware.com or www.facebook.com/MainStreetDelaware.

National food event makes home in central Ohio

National Food Experience, Flavored Nation, Explores America’s Most Iconic Dishes; Brings New Event to Ohio

Food entertainment veterans to bring roster of chefs to Greater Columbus Convention Center, August 11-12

Through extensive research conducted by a team of culinary experts and food entertainment veterans, Flavored Nation has identified the most iconic foods from across the United States. Those 50 dishes – as well as a roster of top national and local restaurateurs and chefs – will assemble at Greater Columbus Convention Center, August 11-12. Event attendees will experience, for the first time ever in the history of food events, the chance to feast from sea to shining sea. A true culinary tour of America.

“America is incredibly passionate about food, which has moved from our plates to our screens and become a core part of today’s pop culture” said Richard Gore, executive producer of Flavored Nation and the former president of live events at Food Network. “For cooks and non-cooks alike, how we speak about food today is not how we talked about it 15 years ago. Food is reviewed, read about and watched on TV; and our social lives often revolve around eating. However, in a nation of documented culinary diversity, most people’s personal food experience is still limited to local geography and some occasional travel. It’s why a Chicagoan can argue extensively about the city’s best deep dish but has never tried chislic or pork roll… iconic foods from South Dakota and New Jersey, respectively. This is the perfect time for Flavored Nation. We want to fuel debate about local favorites and at the same time spur discovery people crave, providing access to other state and regional dishes that, for most, will be brand new.”

Flavored Nation is spearheaded by Gore, who has been developing live culinary entertainment since the mid-1990s (back when food events weren’t a thing). He led the development of “Food Network Live” and “Food University™ at Caesars Palace,” in addition to creating “eat-ertainment” marketing campaigns for brands like Heinz, P&G, Unilever, Ikea and Family Circle.

At Gore’s side are fellow food entertainment veterans, David Rosengarten, Jared Bobkin and Bobby Parrish. Rosengarten is a two-time James Beard award winning food writer and was one of the first on-air talents at Food Network. He hosted “Food News & Views” then created and hosted the program “Taste,” which ran for eight years. He’s now Flavored Nation’s head of content. Bobkin is a Detroit-area executive chef known for FOX’s “Hell’s Kitchen” season 15 and “Hell’s Kitchen: All Stars” season 17. He’s also Flavored Nation’s culinary director, conducting nationwide research with Rosengarten to determine the United States’ iconic foods and top eateries. Parrish, a Chicago native, is a home cook whose online brand FlavCity has a social following of more than 400K. He’s appeared on “Rachael Ray Show” and Food Network’s “Cutthroat Kitchen;” he’s now the face of Flavored Nation’s online video series.

Bill Glover, executive chef of Hilton Columbus Downtown and Gallerie Bar & Bistro, is also heavily involved. Glover lured Flavored Nation to the Columbus market by showcasing the city’s burgeoning restaurant scene and culinary talent. He’s now a local ambassador, recruiting fellow high-profile Columbus-area chefs to participate in Flavored Nation, alongside dozens of national restaurateurs / chefs who will be flying in for the event from their respective states.

The 50 food vendors who will be in attendance at Flavored Nation include some national chefs and restaurateurs almost as iconic as the dishes they’ll represent:

From Louisiana, gumbo recipe in hand, Flavored Nation will feature Dickie Brennan Jr., a New Orleans native and highly visible owner of four New Orleans restaurants – Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse, Palace Café, Bourbon House and Tableau. He’s also the scion of arguably the country’s most famous restaurant family (the Brennans took over management of the Garden District’s Commander’s Palace in the 1970s and helped launch the careers of world-famous chefs Emeril Lagasse and Paul Prudhomme).

Born and raised in Kentucky, chef Newman Miller will create the state’s Hot Brown sandwich for Flavored Nation attendees. After culinary graduation, Miller spent a stint working at the iconic Brown Hotel (creator of the Hot Brown) and is now the first chef-in-residence at Maker’s Mark Distillery, leading the beloved American brand’s culinary program.

From a lodge in far northwest Alaska, chef Mandy Dixon will bring reindeer sausage to the attendees of Flavored Nation. Dixon grew up in Alaska’s backcountry. After years of culinary training, she returned to the adventure lodges her family owns and operates to serve as executive chef and put her own spin on the dishes, like reindeer sausage, iconic to the wilds of the last frontier.

“No one wrote a guidebook on how to authentically identify the United States’ most iconic foods,” said Rosengarten. “It’s been an amazing adventure and challenge. Some states, like Louisiana, California and New York, are well known for multiple dishes. For other states, like South Dakota, Minnesota and Nebraska, I personally drew a blank. Through exhaustive research, consumer input via social media and conversations with state tourism boards, we’ve mapped it out. Now, we’re stacking our roster. Restaurateurs and chefs can’t buy their way in. This is invite only, and we’ll be bringing the best of the best for an unrivaled culinary experience this summer at Flavored Nation.”

Tickets for Flavored Nation are on sale now at www.flavorednation.com. The event will take place Saturday, August 11 (11 a.m.-5 p.m.) and Sunday, August 12 (11 a.m.-5 p.m.). GA single day tickets are $35 in advance or $45 at the door.

For more information on Flavored Nation, and to purchase tickets, visit flavorednation.com. Also follow Flavored Nation on Facebook (facebook.com/flavorednation), Twitter and Instagram (@flavorednation), and share your iconic food passions by using the hashtag #flavorednation.

Husted Declares July As “Game On Ohio” Month

COLUMBUS – Secretary of State Jon Husted has announced July as “Game On Ohio” Month. Throughout July, Ohio Business Profile will highlight the major and minor league sports teams that are doing business and growing the economy across the Buckeye State.

“Ohio is rich in sports history and we all have fond memories of our favorite teams,” Secretary Husted said. “Whether it’s a World Series in Cincinnati, our Buckeyes winning the National Championship, or the Cleveland Cavaliers capturing the NBA title, we can all call to mind some of Ohio’s special sports moments.”

Teams profiled this month include:

• Akron RubberDucks (Akron, Ohio) – a Double-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. In 2013, the franchise underwent a name change as the Akron Aeros became the Akron RubberDucks to connect with the city’s long-standing history with the rubber industry.

• Canton Charge (Canton, Ohio) – powered by the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Charge is one of 27 teams in the National Basketball Association’s G League. Games are affordable, fun entertainment for the whole family.

• Cleveland Browns (Cleveland, Ohio) – one of Ohio’s two National Football League franchises. Established in 1946 as part of the All-America Football Conference, the Browns first entered the NFL in 1950 and have seen a total of 16 alumni enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

• Cleveland Indians (Cleveland, Ohio) – a charter member of the American League. The Indians have a rich history dating back to 1901. This history includes two World Series Championships in 1920 and 1948, and six American league Pennants.

• Columbus Blue Jackets (Columbus, Ohio) – Ohio’s only National Hockey League team. The Blue Jackets have been a central Ohio mainstay since entering the NHL in 2000. With a cannon that blasts after every Jackets’ goal, and a passionate fan base, attending a Blue Jackets game has been nationally recognized as one of the best game day experiences in professional sports.

• Columbus Clippers (Columbus, Ohio) – a Triple-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. Playing in the International League, a Clippers game is the quintessential summer activity in Central Ohio because of the fun-filled promotions held at the ballpark all season.

• Dayton Dragons (Dayton, Ohio) – a Class-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds. The Dragons have the longest consecutive game sellout streak in all of North America. They pride themselves on family-affordable entertainment that is great for everyone.

• FC Cincinnati (Cincinnati, Ohio) – a member of the United Soccer League. The soccer club received big news in 2018 when it was announced they will be joining the ranks of Major League Soccer in 2019. Supporters of the team have worked to create an inclusive atmosphere on game days where friends can be made and everyone is welcome.

• Lake County Captains (Eastlake, Ohio) – a Class-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. Games are a fun, affordable summer destination for northeast Ohio families searching for an entertainment option close to home.

• Ohio Machine (Obetz, Ohio) – one of nine professional lacrosse teams competing in Major League Lacrosse (MLL). The Machine has been competing in the MLL since 2012 and won the franchise’s first championship in 2017.

• Toledo Mud Hens (Toledo, Ohio) – a Triple-A team of the Detroit Tigers for more than 30 years. While the Mud Hens nickname dates back to 1896, the current Mud Hens organization has been in operation since 1965 and is a staple of northwest Ohio.

• Toledo Walleye (Toledo, Ohio) – a professional ice hockey team affiliated with both the Grand Rapids Griffins and the Detroit Red Wings. The Walleye are committed to presenting an ever-evolving series of experiences to keep fans engaged and deliver an exceptional entertainment value.

In January, Secretary Husted announced that 2017 was a record-breaking year for new businesses formed in the Buckeye State. This marks the eighth consecutive year Ohio has seen a record number of new entities file to set up shop.

Since taking office in 2011, Secretary Husted has made it a priority to offer better services to Ohio entrepreneurs and businesses at a lower cost. In 2013, he launched Ohio Business Central, which allows businesses to be created online with a significantly quicker turnaround time. This efficiency allowed the state to cut the fees associated with starting a new business by 21 percent in 2015. That same year, Secretary Husted began a partnership with Google’s “Let’s Put Our Cities on the Map” program making it easy for new businesses to access free tools to help them get off the ground.

Ohio Business Profile was launched in 2011 to highlight Ohio companies that create transformative products, offer outstanding service, contribute to their local communities and employ Ohioans. Each month, a handful of diverse businesses linked together by a common theme are featured on the Secretary of State’s website. Ohioans are encouraged to submit companies they feel are deserving of recognition in future months.


Staff Reports