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Drawing Circles… The Refectory Journey

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What do you think of when someone says fine dining?
How do you define a fine dining restaurant?
40year-refectory-iconIs it fairly uniform from one city to another or is it defined differently in Columbus and New York? Is it defined differently from one generation to another as an example, to the High School prom date or the CEO taking out an important client? Is it always about the price or is it the time it takes to dine. Does it always mean dressing up and being the focal point of the entire evening activity?

Some say fine dining is dead or dying. Others say it has changed and if so how?
These are many questions to think about and I believe really worth discussing.
What do you think? Please share your thoughts and experiences and let us know!

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The French Paradox

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The French Paradox

Let them eat cake

– or Crème Brulee and drink Pouilly Fuisse, Mouton Rothschild, Chateauneuf du Pape and enjoy life without checking the bathroom scales each morning! The French Paradox is making news still – and our own Chef Richard Blondin is frequently quoted for his views on the subject! (The Columbus Dispatch, “Why the French Aren’t Fat, Healthful habits keep population lean despite rich cuisine”. Published: Sunday, January 23, 2005) Richard Blondin trained under famed Chef Paul Bocuse in Lyon, France. As Chef Blondin explains, the French savour their food – they are passionate about their food. The French count flavours, not calories.

According to established lore and several new books (the latest is French Women Don’t Get Fat by Mirielle Guiliano,) the ultimate diet craze is to take a lesson from the French.

Chef Richard prepares his menus in the tradition of Lyon – with passion, with time and with the freshest ingredients available. As do the local restauranteurs in Lyon, Richard works with local purveyors to procure farm raised ostrich and elk, and fresh berries and tomatoes from orchards in Ohio.

The French value quality over quantity.

The French dine on one meal at a time, not snacking their way through the afternoon or evening.

I have discovered that there is romance in food when romance has disappeared from everywhere else.
– Ernest Hemingway

Ah, but the French have always had a romance with food!
Food is to be savored – meals enjoyed and never rushed.

We invite you to linger over your dinner at The Refectory and Dine Well.

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The Refectory Named One of the Top 100 Restaurants of 2011 by OpenTable Diners

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The Refectory Named One of the Top 100  Restaurants of 2011 by OpenTable Diners

Columbus, Ohio — December 13, 2011 — The Refectory Restaurant and Bistro announced today that it has been named a winner of OpenTable Diners’ Choice Awards for the top 100 best restaurants in the United States. The only restaurant to appear from central Ohio, the list of winners is derived from more than 10 million reviews submitted by OpenTable diners for more than 12,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

“We are very grateful and humbled by this acknowledgment from OpenTable diners,” said Kamal Boulos, manager for 34 years and owner for the last 20 years. “We are so pleased to know that these guests thoroughly enjoyed their overall experience at The Refectory and gave us such high marks. This reflects the consistent efforts of our staff to pursue excellence in all we do to serve our guests. We also want to congratulate the other restaurants in Ohio which were also part of the list, including Orchids at Palm Court in Cincinnati and Chez Francois in Vermillion.”

“With so many thousands of restaurants in contention, earning a spot on this list is anything but easy,” said Caroline Potter, OpenTable’s Chief Dining Officer. “These winners have proven they are at the top of their game every day, making certain that every aspect of a guest’s visit is both delicious and divine.”

Based on feedback collected from OpenTable diners between December 2010 and November 2011, the 100 award-winning restaurants received the highest scores. For more information about all of the restaurants on this list, please visit

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