From the editor

In This Issue: #32

By Colleen Leonardi | Last Updated March 15, 2018
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Original artwork by Michael J. Rosen

Editor's Letter & All the Content in edible Columbus'  Spring Issue #32, 2018

Life is full of grief. That’s why I cook and make art. I like to think each issue of Edible Columbus is a work of art. And while our subject matter is local, sustainable food and farming, there is a tangible beauty to the stories we tell—enough beauty to warrant pause and admiration, as one would a painting, ballet or piano sonata.

So, for our ninth year in print we share stories about the relationships between food and art, nature and the soul, as a way to begin the year. We offer an issue to sit down with and cultivate a place in print to be quiet and reflect, as lilacs blossom and American Goldfinches find their way back to Ohio.

There is wisdom among these pages from young and old alike. We’re excited to feature three new departments for the year—one dedicated to the intersections between yoga and food, one to cultivating a “Mindful Kitchen” and “Edible Poetry,” which will feature poems about food each season. We had a blast in the kitchen with BalletMet, and we bow down to Willowbeez Soulveg and the inspiring work they’re practicing with souls and food in Columbus. Our story about 4-H gave me hope during a week when mass shootings of our youth have officially become a horrific normal, a deep grief we, as adults, must come to terms with, if we are to have a next generation. 

The rest I’ll let speak for itself. Let’s begin, then, with art by two local authors and artists—Donn Vickers and Michael J. Rosen.

May you travel with spring this season.

Eat Well, Love Well, Live Well,

- Colleen

Traveling with Spring

This year, spring arrived on time.
Daffodils once more, then lilacs,
flooding the land with fragrance,
then fading to allow peonies their day.

And so it was from south to north,
across backyards and hillsides,
spring advanced its seventeen miles a day
scattering buds and blossoms with an abundance
that filled the last of winter’s barren places,
confirming what made hope seem right.

—by Donn Vickers with original artwork by Michael J. Rosen

Willowbeez Soulveg

Cultivating a community around vegan and vegetarian soul food in Columbus.

Dancing Cooks

BalletMet on good eats, nutrition and bringing creativity to the kitchen.

Making Food Photos Sing

With an eye for beauty, four Columbus-based artists on creatively capturing food.

A Place in the World

How 4-H provides endless opportunities for Central Ohio youth.


Share your edible endeavors with us on Instagram via #ediblecolumbus!

Spring Tonics

Gathering cleavers, chickweed and violet leaf for renewed energy and spirits.

Bee Native

Tips to help the endangered rusty patched bumble bee.


Nothing says spring like asparagus!

Cook's Paradise

“A very modern, unique twist on an old classic.”

Temple of Juice

A life of music leads to a business rooted in simplicity, offering juices a cut above the rest.

What’s Left on the Table

How OSU is using technology to reduce what we don’t eat.

A Nourishing Practice

Relationships between a life in yoga and food.

The Mindful Kitchen

New season, new thoughts around food.

Nourishing Grief

How food leavens our losses.

A Poet's Table

The satisfying, gratifying art of savoring.

Local Hero: Kim Webb, Artist & Teacher

QA with Kim Webb, local artist and teacher.

Asparagus alla Primavera

Adapted from the New York Times, Melissa Clark

Lemony Quinoa Cakes

Adapted from Super Natural Everyday by Heidi Swanson

Chewy Almond Macaroons

Adapted from Saveur Magazine. Makes approximately 12 macaroons

Our Partners & Where to Find a Copy

Support our partners and find a copy of the newest issue!

What's in Season in Spring

Browse what's in season this spring in the Columbus region.

What’s happening near you

June 02 | 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Kale and Ale Festival

Genoa Park
June 09 | 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

7th Annual Breakfast on the Farm

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