<![CDATA[Dinin'Hall - DININ'BLOG]]>Thu, 18 Dec 2014 08:18:44 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Jeremy Fox of Short North Bagel Deli]]>Sat, 31 Mar 2012 15:24:10 GMThttp://dininhall.com/1/post/2012/03/jeremy-fox-of-short-north-bagel-deli.html
“One of today’s special is Final 4 Pizza Bagel,” Jeremy said, referring to OSU getting into semi-final of NCAA, “and I sell it for four dollars.” Jeremy Fox started Short North Bagel, a cart serving deli sandwiches on steamed bagels last summer, and he is back on the streets after a short hiatus in the winter. A native of Bexley, Ohio, Jeremy is proud to feature bagels from Blocks’ deli and bakery, which is also his cart’s commissary. “The fresher the bagels, the less time they need to be steamed,” Jeremy said as he showed me the “feel” of a fresh bagel --- chewy crust and the tender middle.

It was far too windy at the Dublin location, 555 Metro Place this day. Even the sun was out and the temperature was between 60 to 70 degrees, I put on my hat, coat, and scarf. I later added a sweatshirt and put on gloves Jeremy kindly offered me. I had never been out in the wind for so long, standing. It was blowing from all direction at the speed of 50 mph! The wooden, A-sign fell so many times that Jeremy decided to put it back to his Jeep. I wouldn’t have been surprised if Jeremy called it a day facing this gusty condition. He chose to stay open however, and I stuck around. Customers finally came, slowly but surely; they bought the signature items like Good Ole Goodale, Erin Marie, and Grand Victoria. For my sweet tooth, I was very happy to be the first to try Jeremy’s latest recipe: dessert bagel (made of chocolate chip bagel, peanut butter, honey, and a nice touch of cinnamon.) It tasted particularly warm and filling in this weather.

Stationed at the parking lot surrounded by several gigantic office buildings, Short North Bagel cart appeared to be so small, compact yet resilient. “It has 2.5 ounces of deli meat,” said Jeremy as he made his order of a Good Ole Goodale. I asked if he found it lonely working solo all the time. “I kind of like it this way… I’m very sociable, love interacting with customers.” Well, next time if you see Jeremy at the cart, ask him about why the special called Grand Victoria (Lox, cream cheese, onion, tomato, cucumber, and capers) He will tell you : ) Check out: http://shortnorthbageldeli.com/

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<![CDATA[Pitabilities]]>Tue, 20 Mar 2012 01:46:46 GMThttp://dininhall.com/1/post/2012/03/pitabilities.html
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By Eliza Ho
If you take care of your customers, the customers will take care of you.” Jim Pashovich, owner of Pitabilities.

“Give them a good portion, Eliza.” Jim told me as I filled up the paper tray with the freshly made FF (French fries).  Today is my first time riding with a food truck. This truck happened to be one of the most popular ones in town---Pitabilities. I arrived at 10:15 a.m. at 150 E. Campus View Blvd in Worthington, and the truck was already parked at the sidewalk of the office park. The generator running with a low humming sound enlivened the sea of cars at the parking lots. The truck was breathing. 

“We’re fully booked through April. They [different places] just called us up,” Jim said while getting today’s menu ready on the computer. I talked with Michelle while she showed me the shorthand they used for taking orders: SLT (Sauce, lettuce, tomatoes); BO (Black Olives); BP (Banana Pepper)…

“What would you like to do today?” Jim asked. “I’m pretty hands-on…” I said. I was assigned to “making sandwiches”--- adding the premium sauce and veggies on top of the sizzled ingredients, wrapping them up with the pita into a cone-like shape. I felt like I was wrapping up a crying baby except that the pita didn’t cry!

The earliest customer showed up at 10:45 a.m. He probably started his day early and needed a booster. A line of customers started to form at about noon. “What’s your special today?” more than a few customers asked. A young guy with polo shirt came up with a grin. He ate at Pitabilities for the first time yesterday at the New Albany HS Sports Mania. He went home, looked it up on Facebook and found out  the truck would be stationed at Worthington today. His office was close-by. He came and happily bought a gyro.

“We did OK today.” Jim referred to the sales. “We’ll give this location one other try and see.”

I love the actions on the truck.  Today, I wrapped more than thirty pitas in an hour. And for each one, I tried to wrap it tighter, wrap it nicer. When Michelle passed the pitas to the customers’ hands, I saw their eyes brightened up as though they just got a nicely wrapped present. 

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<![CDATA[Post Title.]]>Tue, 28 Feb 2012 20:58:27 GMThttp://dininhall.com/1/post/2012/02/post-title-click-and-type-to-edit.htmlSome of you may ask, how exactly does Dinin'Hall work? Here is how. 
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<![CDATA[We are hiring!]]>Tue, 28 Feb 2012 18:09:40 GMThttp://dininhall.com/1/post/2012/02/we-are-hiring.htmlDinin’ Hall Associate

We’re looking for a passionate individual who will be part of a big job: Dinin’ Hall --- Columbus First Street Food Hub. It will be located in the emerging artist colony at 400 W. Rich in East Franklinton.

What is this big job? Dinin’ Hall associate is going to oversee this one-of-a-kind business, Dinin’ Hall, to manage, and to make it become popular!  

What does this big job entail? To schedule and manage food trucks and carts vendors; to select and make orders for our merchandizes; to operate the cash register; to deliver meals from trucks to customers; to total the bills by hands; to update FaceBook and Twitter for Dinin’ Hall;

Are you an ideal candidate for Dinin’ Hall? If you’re passionate about food trucks and carts, if you are truly a people person; if you are on top of thing; if you are meticulous and responsible; if you have worked in food businesses before and know a lot about food trucks and carts; if you know more than 3 languages is a plus : )  

What are the hours? You’re expected to be at Dinin’ Hall from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Interested? Please contact eliza@dininhall.com / 614-378-9662.  

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<![CDATA[Dinin'Hall T-Shirt]]>Sat, 25 Feb 2012 15:21:34 GMThttp://dininhall.com/1/post/2012/02/dininhall-t-shirt.htmlWe are in the process of designing our T-Shirt. As part of the process, we produce multiple versions before deciding which one to go with.
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<![CDATA[Dinin'Hall Food Vendor Application]]>Fri, 24 Feb 2012 00:53:39 GMThttp://dininhall.com/1/post/2012/02/dininhall-food-vendor-application.htmlOur Food Vendor Application Package is ready, for food truck/cart who want to be part of Dinin'Hall email us at hello@dininhall.com and we will send you the package.
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<![CDATA[First Post!]]>Thu, 23 Feb 2012 15:56:54 GMThttp://dininhall.com/1/post/2012/02/first-post.htmlThank you for visiting. This blog will update our progress in opening the first street food hub in Columbus in late Apr  ]]>