COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — North Market’s biggest fundraiser of the year will happen this weekend at the historic public market in downtown Columbus.
The North Market Apron Gala benefitting the North Market Development Authority, the not-for-profit organization that operates the market, is Saturday, May 18.
“This is our 23rd gala. We started doing it when we moved into this building in 1995. It’s 700 of our best friends coming from all over the place to eat and drink and support North Market,” executive director of the North Market Development Authority Rick Harrison Wolfe.
The evening will be emceed by NBC4 Today anchors Monica Day and Matt Barnes.
“This is really the time for the merchants to shine. Each of them comes up with a special dish, or multiple, for the night: a starter course, a main course, and a dessert course, which we flow through the evening,” Wolfe added. “It’s something that’s generally not on their menu, so it’s special because there’s a competition with them as well as our money. They’re all very competitive entrepreneurs they really stepped up to do some great dishes throughout the night.”
Included with admission:
- Exclusive dishes prepared by the market’s best-in-class merchants
- Fine wine and beer
- Entertainment includes dancing to the music of Ohio’s only “yacht rock” band, Yacht Rock Cleveland
- Live auction featuring unique local and culinary experiences
- Aprons on Parade: wear your most creative apron and you could win a prize!
Young professional (people ages 21 to 35) and general admission tickets are still available for $75 and $100 respectively. VIP tickets are sold out.
Money raised at the Apron Gala helps maintain the historic 100-year-old building, which furthers the mission of making fresh, local food more accessible, and supports the small business owners who get their start and grow their businesses as merchants in the North Market.
North Market is expanding. They announced in April they would be opening a new market in Dublin next year.
“The more markets we can have… if we can bring back the market system of the old days– which Columbus once had four public markets, we’re the only one remaining– the more we can fulfil the mission,” Wolfe said.
Another expansion, the North Market Tower project was supposed to break ground last summer. That did not happen, but Wolfe says they are still working to make it happen.
“We’re still working very hard [on that project],” Wolfe explained. “I just had a long meeting this morning to work on our expansion to go out into the parking lot. So very much still on the table. It’s complicated, it’s a big building. We’re here, so we have to figure out how to do it all together, but when it’s finished, it’ll be more market, more people. [It’ll be] great for us and great for the city.”
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