Exploring New Worlds of Flavor
Located in Merion Village on Columbus’ South High Street, Explorers Club is THE place for delicious flavors and unique ingredients in a relaxed and super-friendly atmosphere. Tracy and Orlando invite you on a culinary adventure of amazing dishes that are delicious to eat and sure to please!
PICK UP THE TEMPEH
By G.A. Benton
From the February 26, 2015 edition of Columbus Alive
Sweet Chili and Soy Tempeh ($12)
1586 S. High St., Merion Village
This soulful, bold and attractive dish is not only a great illustration of the kind of vegan cuisine available in Columbus today, it’s illustrative of an amusing, eccentric and unpretentious restaurant that blends ethnicities in recipes like ingredients in a cleverly designed cocktail.
Fittingly assembled like a campfire, sizzling-hot deliciousness emanates from its Asian-meets-Latin-American culinary spark of inspiration. Logs of crisply fried tempeh are drenched in a salty, sweet-and-spicy Thai chili glaze that amps-up the tempeh’s inherent nuttiness. Blazing above is a tuft of cool-and-hot, fresh Sriracha slaw. The texture-fest rests on a bed of flame-dampening moros y cristianos — Cuban-style black beans and rice.
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Eat Or Compete for the Explorers Club Chili Championship
Did you know that during the 1880s, brightly dressed Mexican American women known as “chili queens” began to sell bowls of chili downtown San Antonio? They appeared at dusk and built wood fires to reheat cauldrons of pre-cooked chili. At the turn of the century chili started to spread across the country, eventually moving into the Midwest in the 20s and 30s. This was the start of chili in America.
The Explorers Club is having its 2nd Annual Chili Cook-off on March 8 from 5pm to 7pm. You can either compete for $10 or just eat and vote for $5. Any and every kind of chili is eligible to compete including vegan chili. There are gift card prizes and of course if you win you get your name on a plaque as the Southside Chili Champion.
March 8, 2015
1586 S High St
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Roger Williams is a Columbus artist who has been exhibiting in Ohio and NYC for over 25 years. His work is part of many important collections including the Puzzuti Collection, the Columbus Museum of Art, the United Nations and the Puffin Foundation West. The Explorers Club is thrilled to be able to present a Columbus artist whose work is so well known and respected nationally. Roger Williams’ work will be available for viewing at the Explorers Club starting on the evening of Sunday, January 11, 2015. Read more »