A Sneak Peak at our Late-Summer Menu!

Fourth of July has passed and the Dog Days of Summer will soon be upon us-its time for our Late Summer menu! We caught up with Chef Mike to talk about his favorite additions to this very-seasonal menu, composed with an al-fresco table on our patio in mind!   The Panzanella Salad is full of the summer’s bounty featuring fresh red tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet peppers, Ohio heirloom tomatoes and local greens with locally-harvested produce from Green Edge Gardens, Cottage Garden Farms, and Yoder’s Family Farms.   Green Edge Gardens produce, as featured in their CSA.    Our hand-rolled Housemade Gnocchi gets a summery make-over and features fresh Ohio sweet corn and roasted chicken from Covey Rise farms. Similarly, the house Ravioli swaps out lobster for fresh lump Maryland Crab and a fire-roasted tomato sauce for the remainder of the summer. As always, our pasta is rolled, cut, or pulled in-house by Terry. While a pro at producing pillowy gnocchi, Terry is also well-versed in philosophy and poetry and a pasta-making session with him could also result in a deep discussion about the newest Film Noir on Netflix. Terry hand-rolling gnocchi in our kitchens. (Photo courtesy of Columbus Crave, Fall 2015)  Blackened Sea Scallops headline as newcomers to the Summer menu. Always a dining room favorite, the fresh scallops are served atop a salad of pea shoots, sunflower sprouts, local radishes topped with shoestring potatoes and tossed in a cilantro-lime vinaigrette. Finish off the evening with a S’mores Crème Brulee, a fine dining perspective on the popular campfire treat featuring chocolate crème brulee with housemade graham cracker and housemade marshmallow. Not... read more

A Study Guide to our Late Winter Menu

The Worthington Inn premiered its late winter menu last Wednesday, which features 27 menu items amongst its ranks. We took the time to highlight a few of our favorites to help you navigate our largest menu yet! New Additions to Try:  French Onion Soup: MELTED. GRUYERE. CHEESE on a chilly day while you sit next to one of our fireplaces. (Need we go further?) Seared Ahi Tuna: Quickly seared and thinly sliced, this starter is served on a crispy wonton with Napa cabbage slaw, wasabi, soy-sauce reduction that makes for a decadent taste, but a light enough portion that you’ll still have room for dinner. Don’t Panic, It’s Still on the Menu: These menu items have withstood the test of time as favorites of the neighborhood  Beef Worthington: Twin 4oz. filets with Gruyère potato gratin, sautéed spinach & arugula, Point Reyes blue cheese, wild mushroom demi. We’ll serve it with a steak knife, but its so tender, you probably won’t even need it! Roasted Butternut Squash Bisque: Topped with spiced seeds and creme fraiche, its available by the cup or bowl from the moment we open until we turn the key in the lock after the last diner leaves for the evening.   Chef Mike’s Favorites:  Although Chef Mike thoughtfully authored each item on the menu, he outlines the new additions that he’s most excited about!  Oysters Rockefeller: Fresh oysters, creamy spinach, parmesan, breadcrumbs “It’s a a classic that has withstood the test of time. It feels decadent and sophisticated, yet still like a comfort food. It’s a dish that harkens back to the days of Mad Men and is best... read more

Pop! Bubbles! Brides!

The Worthington Inn will be hosting a Champagne Tour of our historic venue this Saturday, February 2 from 1:30pm-3:30. Enjoy a glass of bubbly on us while we show your our five private event spaces. While you’re here, enter to win great prices like Worthington Inn gift cards or an Afternoon Bridal Tea! The tours will be quick, lasting no more than 15 minutes, and are meant to give you an idea of all of The Worthington Inn can offer you for your upcoming wedding reception, rehearsal dinner, or bridal shower! Who’s invited?  This event is an excellent, informal way for brides, bridesmaids, and mother-of-the-brides to see the venue without committing to or scheduling a formal tour. The historic Worthington Inn is available to host any wedding event of 10-100 guests and is the perfect setting for weddings, rehearsal dinners, and bridal showers! Should I make an appointment?  No! We’d like to make it as simple as possible for you to see all we have to offer. No appointments are needed. Please be aware tours will be given on a first, come-first served basis with the last tour taken at 3:30pm. Depending on the volume of attendees, there may be a slight wait for a tour. What should I expect?  The tour of the venue will be a walk-through of our private rooms that are available for receptions, rehearsal dinners and bridal showers. Please note, our building is a historic property with private event spaces on all three floors of our buildings. Guests should expect to climb a flight of stairs to be able to see the different spaces. If... read more

What’s “Inn” at The Worthington Inn? HOLIDAY EDITION

It’s the most wonderful time of the year-and there are so many ways to celebrate the season at The Worthington Inn!    HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE- November 27, 2016  The annual Holiday Open House hosted by Old Worthington Partnership begins in downtown Old Worthington at noon with the reveal of the Wonderful Window Contest and continues throughout the day, ending with the grand finale of the Tree Illumination at 5:30pm. Stop by the front porch of The Worthington Inn to sit on Santa’s lap and make sure he gets your Christmas list before enjoying other old-fashioned holiday activities like ice skating and a hot cocoa bar. Weather permitting, Stop the Suffering will on the Worthington Inn’s patio from 12:00pm-3:00pm with some adoptable furry friends. Admire their window display in the restaurant and vote for their organization by putting a dollar (or more!) in their collection box shaped like a Worthington Inn dog house, cleverly named The Woof-ington Inn! Click here for a full list of Holiday Open House events   IT’S A WONDERFUL WINDOW CONTEST- November 27-December 27 The Worthington Inn is pairing up Stop the Suffering for the second annual It’s a Wonderful Window Contest this December. Stop The Suffering is a non-organization that rescues animals from high-kill shelters and places them with foster homes. Stop the Suffering will be decorating three windows in our dining room, each appropriately themed with their mission statement: Donate, Foster, Adopt. “Vote” for their window display and organization by donating a dollar in their Woof-ington Inn collection box. $1=1 VOTE. Donations will be accepted through December 27. This holiday season, help give a... read more

A Paw-Some Event for a Good Cause

If it were up to us, The Worthington Inn would be a haven for homeless or abandoned animals in Columbus. Imagine tabby cats as bus boys, bulldogs as dishwashers and a handsome golden retriever as your friendly bartender. Obviously, the Columbus Health Department would not approve of this four-legged staffing,  so The Worthington Inn had to resort to a less allergy-inducing effort. Instead, as the summer winds down into the muggy days of August and the start of the school year is just around the corner, The Worthington Inn will be hosting the Dog (and Cat!) Days of Summer fundraiser. The week of August 20-26, The Worthington Inn  will donate 5% of every bill to Ohio Animal Companion. All you have to do is dine with us and you’ll support animal welfare in central Ohio! Ohio Animal Companion is a non-profit organization that focuses on the human aspect of pet ownership. The mission of Ohio Animal Companion is to reduce the number of homeless pets in the state of Ohio and foster appreciation for all animals by educating the public on lifelong responsible pet ownership, promoting the efforts of area rescues and shelters, and encouraging humane interaction with wildlife.  Ohio Animal Companion’s goal is to inform, educate, and entertain pet owners in order to keep pets in their homes for life.   During  its six years in existence, Ohio Animal Companion has provided programming and resources to fulfill its mission, including: Tackle Pet Hunger Campaign each fall to benefit area pet food pantries. Every year, animals are reluctantly returned to shelters or given away because their owners are unable to care... read more

WINTER 2016: What’s “Inn” at The Inn?

“What’s ‘Inn’ at The Inn?” covers quarterly events and all the hullabaloo of what’s happening at The Worthington Inn that you should definitely know about!  First Wednesday Wine Dinners Chef Mike and our neighbor, Donnie Austin from House Wine pair up monthly to present a four-course wine dinner complete with the perfect wine pairings. Each wine dinner is themed with previous wine dinners focused referencing upcoming holidays, food trends and even pop culture- we re-created Julia Child’s famous recipes for the premiere of  the film”Julie and Julia”! Wine dinner themes, menus and wine pairings  for each upcoming month are announced at the current wine dinner. Our next wine dinner on February 3 features Chef Mike’s reincarnations of Low Country favorites like Fried Green Tomatoes and Frogmore Stew. Reservations are required and seating is limited. Click here for menu. Call 614.885.2600 to make your reservation today! Tuesday Trivia Returns for the Winter Season A great success last season and a welcome respite from the grey days, Tuesday Trivia returns to the The Worthington Inn! Hosted by The Worthington Inn’s own Patrick Ennis, Trivia Tuesday brings a more causal feel to the pub at the Inn and emphasize the Inn’s placement in the community as  the neighborhood gathering place. Players can expect a wagering trivia game that includes a wide selection of random topics from current events to history to pop culture and beyond. Guests will wager points based on how confident they are on their answers. Each round ends with a challenge question where players have the opportunity to increase their score by tenfold with no threat of losing points.... read more

An event to remember in a setting your guests will never forget…

Did you find something sparkly under the Christmas tree this week? While we would be just as happy with a bottle of bubbly, its no secret that the holidays are the most romantic and popular time to get engaged and the new year will bring the exciting, yet exhausting time of planning your upcoming nuptials. May we a suggest a charming and unique historical setting for your upcoming wedding, rehearsal dinner, or bridal shower?   A Worthington landmark since its construction in 1831, The Worthington Inn served as a home, inn and carriage house, and now finally, a Columbus Dispatch Top 10 Restaurant and Banquet Facility. Rooms of the original mansion, built for the founder of Worthington’s daughter, have since been repurposed into dining rooms while still retaining hints of their original use-such as fireplaces, wooden beams, and original doors and windows. Underneath the famous mansard roof that stands out against the Old Worthington skyline is our Van Loon Ballroom. This space, added to the original home in 1901, is truly a unique room that isn’t comparable to anything else in Ohio. The Ballroom has been a place of gathering and celebration for over 100 years, commencing with the famous “Tally-Ho Parties” at the turn of the 20th century that brought people out of the city to come stay at The Worthington Inn. A 500 pound crystal chandelier illuminates the golden Victorian wallpaper and transports your guests back into a time of opulence and grandeur. The Worthington Inn is not without its modern amenities. The Worthington Inn offers the service of an event planner free of charge to assist... read more

Meet Your Chef!

The Worthington Inn was very excited to name longtime Worthington Inn culinary team member, Mike Waters, as our new Executive Chef in October 2015. While all of us at The Inn are quite familiar with Chef Mike, we realize you may not be as well acquainted and wanted to take a moment and introduce you to the man behind the menu… Executive Chef Mike Waters graduated from Columbus State Culinary School in 1992, during which time he apprenticed under well-known Columbus chef, Charles Langstaff. Developing a close relationship with his mentor, Waters served as Executive Chef at Dock Street Food & Drink, Hoster Brewing Company and then The Flat Iron before choosing to take some time away from the kitchen to raise his five children. Chef Waters returned to the culinary world with a brief tenure at the Bexley Monk before moving to The Worthington Inn in 2009 where this rising star was named the Executive Chef in 2015. Chef Waters describes his culinary style as world cuisine with an emphasis on local and seasonal ingredients. While seemingly contradictory, he enjoys working with various recipes, techniques and ingredients from all over the world and finding a way to incorporate local and seasonal aspects to create a cuisine unique to the Columbus dining scene.   What is your favorite aspect of being Executive Chef at The Worthington Inn? Chef Mike (CM): As cliché as it sounds, I love working with the local farmers and purveyors. Learning about them and their business inspires me how to best use and showcase the ingredients they provide. When you aren’t cooking at The Worthington... read more

Welcome to the New Website!

change (transitive verb): (1) to make a shift from one to another, to undergo a modification of, to give a different position, course, or direction to Over the past 184 years, The Worthington Inn has seen quite its fair amount of change. The bricks of our beloved home witnessed a civil war, the invention of the automobile, and a man walk on the moon, among many other changes to the infrastructure of American life. As modern home amenities were introduced, our building adapted itself physically. Electric lights were added as well as running water and even central heating and air conditioning-features that Mr. Cowles couldn’t even fathom when he constructed the home in 1831. Our business has also modified itself to accommodate both the needs of our clientele, shifting from a stagecoach stop tavern to a “Harvest Table” buffet to the fine dining experience you receive today. Change is exciting, healthy, and much needed to keep up with the dynamic environment of the food service industry. Therefore, it is with great excitement that we present to you our newest change to our business. Over the last year, we have worked with RevLocal, a local internet marketing business in Granville, Ohio, to build an online presence that incorporates the ever-changing information technologies while still remaining relevant to our clientele. We wanted to build a social media network that is informational, yet convenient for all patrons. RevLocal and our marketing team worked together to create a new website that is fresh, easily navigable and accessible from computers, tablets, and smartphones. We invite you to join our email campaigns to receive the... read more