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Our Mission

edible Columbus is an independently-owned, community-based publication devoted to connecting you to your local food community. We focus on local, sustainable food sources and the people who work the land to bring this bounty to our tables. From the farmers, to the distributors, to our local artisans, entrepreneurs and leaders, we aim to make all partners in the local food chain empowered and engaged in the building of a true local food system.

We value fresh, seasonal, authentic foods grown and sourced right here in Central Ohio. We aim to provide everyone with the tools, resources and opportunities they need to find the foods they love. Our mission is to change the way we eat—one story and meal at a time. 

edible Columbus also produces its own cooking series with chef and publisher Tricia Wheeler. By hosting ongoing cooking classes centered around the seasonal harvest and our local food community, we work to inspire people to enjoy cooking and share their favorite food traditions with family and friends.

We deeply value our local food community, and want to connect you to the best of Central Ohio. We all have a hand in cultivating a flourising and robust local food economy. Whether you enjoy eating seasonal foods, want to start a local food business, or grow your own food on your own land, edible Columbus is always in celebration of you and the stories of our local, sustainable food community.

Colleen Leonardi is Editor-in-Chief of Edible Columbus. Born into a family of French and Italian cooks, she has always had a love of good food and the real living it engenders. She believes food is everything, anyone can cook, and everyone should have access to the nourishment real food provides. Cooking, writing, and editing are all a part of the same process for her—creating thoughtful and imaginative experiences to transform the way we live. She holds an M.F.A. from the Ohio State University and a B.A. from Bennington College in her lovely home state of Vermont. 

Claire Spurlock received her degree in magazine journalism at Ohio University's E.W. Scripps School before joining the leadership team with the Northstar Cafe restaurant group in Columbus. There, she managed three restaurants, two beverage programs, and a lot of delicious, sustainably-grown food in addition to writing innovative training materials, creating an internal website, and launching the company's social media. Claire joins Edible Columbus as Associate Publisher after many years as a writer, now focused on digital communications and storytelling. She lives in Upper Arlington with her fiancé. 


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