The hottest destination for foodies this week is the Fiery Foods Festival at the North Market. Activities suitable for vegetarians this Saturday and Sunday include the guacamole contest, a hot sauce competition, a homemade salsa competition and a number of eating contests including hot peppers, hot cornbread and hot ice cream sundae. It should be a delicious opportunity to feel the burn.
As mentioned last week, Mercy for Animals is one of the participants at Whole Foods' Nickels for Nonprofits at the Lane Avenue location. You can donate a nickel to Mercy for Animals simply by bringing a reusable shopping bag to the store. The event is scheduled for Friday February 18.
The Wellness Forum is hosting a conference call where Chef Del Sroufe will introduce participants to seasonal winter stews Monday at 9 pm. Hearty meals have a way of warming the spirit in cold temperatures, and Chef Sroufe will serve up the requisite instructions.
Wednesday, Chef Sroufe is moving his talents over to the Hills Market, where, along with Wendy Gabriel, he will lead a class that instructs participants in preparing a seasonal three-course meal with wines.
Magdiale Wolmark of Dragonfly has been nominated for Best Chef in the Great Lakes region from the 2011 James Beard Awards (a.k.a. the Gourmet Oscars). While it isn't something happening this week, it is still a feather in the cap of Columbus' vegetarian dining scene.