Norma McLeod hopes your eyes glaze over when you see her treats at The Commons on Oct. 26. Your stomach growling a bit would be nice, too.

The co-owner of the six-month-old Donut Central, 1504 Central Ave. in Columbus, is creating special items just for the third annual A Taste of Columbus at the downtown facility, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. that day. Doughnut hole fondue will make a glorious, chocolate-laden appearance at the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce event.

“We think it’s important to be a part of this,” McLeod said of her business’ first opportunity to participate.

“We want to let the community know we are here, and we see this as a great opportunity.”

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The eatery will be among 30 restaurants, coffee shops, craft breweries, distilleries and bakeries at the 21-and-older spotlight on the city’s multifarious menu, from fast food to fine dining. Plus, a number of establishments also highlight specialty efforts such as catering for special events.

Last year, between 300 and 400 people attended, according to organizers. Like Donut Central, a number of vendors have brought new, one-of-a-kind menu items in the past.

Chamber president Cindy Frey mentioned that attendees seem to enjoy using the event as a time of culinary or beverage-oriented discovery.

“We’re simply looking for people to come and experience the variety of many of the Columbus area businesses and perhaps to discover something they didn’t earlier know was there,” Frey said.

The event serves as a fundraiser for chamber programs such as the Small Business Challenge. Organizers hope to generate $10,000, Frey said. So far, about 300 tickets have been sold.

Popular violinist Colin Matthews will provide live entertainment, performing a range of musical styles.

“He does it all,” Frey said.

On the menu

What: The Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce’s third annual A Taste of Columbus fundraiser featuring 30 restaurants, bakeries, craft breweries, distilleries and more.

When: 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26.

Where: The Commons, 300 Washington St. in downtown Columbus.

Tickets: $20 per ticket before Oct. 22; $25 per ticket after Oct. 22.


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Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at or 812-379-5672.