DinnerLab Review - Columbus - December 2ndDinnerLab Review - Columbus - December 2nd

About DinnerLab


DinnerLab is a company that runs what are known as pop up restaurants. You buy tickets for a unique and one of a kind event that will only exist for one night. They setup a dinner in a random place in your town and get a great chef to cook up an amazing meal.


As is always the case, every DinnerLab is held in a new and exciting location that you only find out about the day before the event.

The dinner was being held at an old bank that has been turned into a event location called The Vault downtown on Gay Street.


Chef Matt Hoecker came in from Waterloo, IA to prepare our exciting meal for the evening.

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Thursday, December 3, 2015 0 Comments ⇧ Back to top

DinnerLab Review - Columbus - November 13thDinnerLab Review - Columbus - November 13th

About DinnerLab


DinnerLab is the coolest pop up restaurant that you need to check out. They find great chefs and invite them to create unique and inspiring 5 course tasting meals. The events are hosted in a different location each time so you will get the chance to visit new locations around your town.


Every event is held in a location that is different and new. You are told the day before the event where to go.

As part of the french theme the event was held at the bike shop Roll: on Lane Avenue. This was selected as a reminder of the famous french bike race Le Tour de France.


Chef Dain Raner from Seattle, WA was the creator of the dinner for the night.

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Saturday, November 14, 2015 0 Comments ⇧ Back to top

Jekyll Blog Helper (JBH) Status UpdateJekyll Blog Helper (JBH) Status Update

Work is still moving forward on Release 1.3.0 of JBH.

There are currently 3 issues that I will need to complete in order to get the release out the door.

These issues are:

1) Add ability to stage to server for future post updates

This feature appears to be functionally complete at this time. I have created a
stage command to push a built website up to a seperate staging folder on a

An include *jbhcron.sh* script has been included that can be setup on a server
to run once a day to check for a staged site update and then copy the staged
version to the published location.

2) Need ability to change dates and/or titles of existing posts

This feature is still under development. The goal is to allow for easy updating
of date and or title of a existing post. Often time you might create a post and
then realize it should be scheduled for a new date or perhaps you want to change
the title to better indicate what the post is about. This new update feature
will allow you to easily change these without having to manually edit files.

3) New post / draft post template support

This feature is still under development. 

A request was made to create a template system so that new posts could be
created that use a template file to bootstrap frontmatter, content, etc.

This will add a new --template option to the --new command in which you can
specify a template. If that template is found the contents of the template will
be copied to the new post and certain template fields will be set including;
title, date, and asset path.

if no template is given a default post that includes basic frontmatter will be

I'm hopeful to get the template feature wrapped up this week and then hopefully can get the update feature finished as well the week after that.

I know that I've pushed the release target date back a few times but I'm optimistic that I can get these things done before the end of the month and get a release done by the 30th.

If you have any questions or comments let me know!

For more information on Jekyll Blog Helper (JBH) visit the project site at: https://github.com/AlanBarber/jbh

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015 0 Comments ⇧ Back to top

DinnerLab Review - Columbus - October 28thDinnerLab Review - Columbus - October 28th

About DinnerLab


Have you heard about DinnerLab yet? If not you need to check it out. DinnerLab is a supper club that recruits exciting up and coming chefs to create special themed meals for members. They host the dinners in different locations every time.


It's always such a thrill to get that email the day before the event in which they tell you where you will go to have dinner. I know I get anxious waiting for that message to arrive.

For this dinner we were told to go to The Ohio Muay Thai Academy.

It was a gym out on the west side of town in an industrial park.


We were lucky to have hometown Chef Kevin Jones of Columbus, Ohio. He is currently chef at The Refectory, my favorite upscale french restaurant.

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Thursday, October 29, 2015 0 Comments ⇧ Back to top