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Interviewees: Anne Boninsegna + Jen Lindsey, owners
Location: 231 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Special: mention “Best of the Menu” and receive $2 off your order at Taco Tuesdays in November. Or use online coupon code Take 10 for $10 off of a November participatory event.
Q | What are the most popular items on your menu? Why?
A | Because we don’t function as a traditional restaurant our most popular menu items are those that we cook with others during our participatory events. Our most popular menu is our Italian menu, since our guests really love rolling pasta together and our Vistorta Torta (flourless chocolate cake) is a favorite for sure.
Q | Are there any items that are NOT on your menu that are staff favorites (that you’d be willing to serve up to any customer who asked)?
A | Our staff are big soup lovers! We regularly utilize extra produce to create tasty seasonal soups which our staff feasts on for the week! Because of the style of our concept we are always up for adding items to our menus that are well-loved.
Q | What is a participatory dining experience? How did you decide to use this business model?
A | A participatory dining experience is a great way to socialize with food as the center point of an immersive dining experience. Guests get the opportunity to create a delicious meal as a group in a professional kitchen with the support of a knowledgable staff. We feel that the only thing that bonds people better than sharing a meal is creating that meal together first. Participatory dining is less about learning to cook as it is about giving yourself the opportunity to enjoy the process of cooking with friends (old and new) and family. This business model came out of an experience we had with a cooking camp. The way that people came together to cook and enjoy each others company and left after two days considering one another friends left a really big impact on us. They had been given the permission to disconnect (electronically) and have real conversations and the outcome was incredible. Each time we talked about starting a food related business we would come back to this experience and we just knew that we weren’t the only ones that would really get something out of an experience like this.
Q | Taco Tuesday sounds fun – how does it work?
A | Taco Tuesday is our own pop-up restaurant night. We open weekly on Tuesdays from 5-9pm for a more traditional (although quite relaxed) restaurant style of service.The service style is very casual and while it functions as more of a traditional restaurant, it is definitely still not your average night out. We change the theme and menu each week, but it is always tacos. The themes range from cultural (Mexican, Italian, Greek or the like) to pop-cultural (80’s Mixtape, Tim Burton, and Famou Painters have been a few). You order at the counter and take a number to your table and we bring your tacos to your table. We have an awesome bar menu with craft cocktails, wine and beers. As with participatory events, we feature a lot of local purveyors of food and spirits since Columbus has so many awesome products to offer – from kale to vodka!
In November, The Kitchen will have three events open to the public (besides Taco Tuesday): Gluten-Free Dinner Party (11/12); Bubbles, Bubbles, Bubbles (11/19); Friendsgiving (11/21). Full details on their website!