Taste of Innovation 2012 Recap

For this year’s Taste of Innovation, a slew of the tastiest restauranteurs in Columbus were kind enough to donate their delicacies and services to Innovation Fisher on February 9th. Betty’s, Dirty Frank’s Hot Dog Palace, The Jury Room, Piada and Tip Top Kitchen provided a feast of entrees and small plates to the event. The Cheesy Truck donated a VIP Pass that  gave a very, very lucky winner (who may or may not be one very, very lucky IF member Neal Wagner) a VIP Pass for half off all items on the menu. And yes, that totally includes the cavier masterpiece, the Jackie O. Due Amici also pitched in a gift certificate. So a special thanks to all the very, very generous donators (we’re looking at you Liz Lessner and Kevin Crowley) who made this another top-notch event.

The night was punctuated with a Keynote from Kevin Malhame, the founder of such luminary dining destinations as Northstar Cafe and Third & Hollywood. With an emphasis on local, organic food and inspired management, Kevin delivered an intriguing look at how he combined social responsibility and culinary excellence into a Columbus institution. See his speech below.

A sampling of the entrees on hand at The 2012 Taste of Innovation

IF President Scott Gallaway lays the law on Zero Waste

Piada brought its savory Italian Street Food  a plenty

IF Professor Michael Bills with VP of Corporate Development Marcus Hitt and his lovely wife Becky

Piada Manager (and Fisher MBA Candidate) Kevin Crowley with Northstar Cafe Founder Kevin Malhame