The recent 2016 North Market Apron Gala brought food connoisseurs together for a cause, featuring music, drinks, and a three-course dining experience, benefiting the non-profit North Market Development Authority.
Being hungry, quickly finding available parking in the Short North might be a daunting mission for some — unless you are Now It’s Dark, rolling in with VIP passes.
Of course, many called a Yellow Cab, operated by my friend Morgan Kauffman, who celebrated his birthday at the North Market Apron Gala, while his lovely wife was sweeping it all up at the silent auction.
Local celebrity Jenni Britton Bauer, adorned in a smart white outfit, greeted a healthy line of participants waiting to taste her very Splendid Ice Cream creations.
Also in attendance was former Mayor Michael Coleman, bringing his still-substantial charm into play for the event, especially our NID cameras.
We had a nice conversation with North Market Board of Directors VP Jeff Pongonis about how many local ventures are kept alive via fundraisers like the Apron Gala, in partnership with Columbus city representatives.
North Market Executive Director Rick Harrison Wolfe kept busy speaking with guests, and sharing stories with us.
Columbus Metropolitan Library Director of Marketing Gregg Dodd …
… and Centric Consulting IT Consultant Morgan Howard enjoyed the gala’s fine appetizers …
… while conversing with Vicki Bowen Hughes, providing empowering wardrobe for women seeking economic independence.
The North Market Apron Gala was packed ….
… the food and drink options were palpably exquisite, representing all of the amazing delicacies provided by Short North Market merchants.
It was easy to get lost in the sea of folks milling about and enjoying their samplings.
Presented by Huntington, the 20th Annual Apron Gala ended with a satisfied, satiated exit into the Columbus night.
Tomorrow will come, but make sure to take time to enjoy events like this whenever you can, people.
Until next year. Make sure you get your North Market Apron Gala tickets before they are sold out.
Life is short but Now It’s Dark nightlife can make it longer.