Did you know that CbusFoodBloggers consists of over 30 different bloggers/instagrammers? Some of us you may already stalk follow, and others you haven’t yet had the chance to meet! In an effort to help our readers get to know us and the bloggers behind our group, we conduct monthly interview highlighting one of our members. This month, we have Jim Ellison from CMH Gourmand!


  1. How did you become a food blogger?  What is the theme of your blog/IG?

I started this blog in 2006.  I started food writing in 1998.   My theme – eating, mainly in Columbus.  It is easy to write about what you like to do so I did.

  1. What is your favorite thing to cook for yourself or others?

I make award winning chili.

  1. What makes the Columbus food scene great? Or what would you change?

What makes it great is diversity.  What would I change – too many people eating at the same places over and over again.  Also a public that confuses popular with objectively good – there is a big difference.

  1. What restaurant(s) is at the top of your “must try” list?

At least 20, as the father of a 19 month old that works nights and weekends, I don’t get out much.  I’m hoping to get to Standard Hall soon.

  1. What’s (and where) the most memorable meal/dish you had recently?

Every meal is memorable if it is connected with someone your met or someone you care about. Most recently, I was at an event with Too Many Cooks which featured OH! Chips, Cajohn’s and Baba’s.  At the end we eat Baba’s and drank local craft beer at a common table with friends as well as the presenters.  What a great night that also supported local businesses.

  1. Give us the inside scoop — what’s your favorite happy hour, hole in the wall, or hidden gem in Columbus?

Taco Trucks are a hidden gem, many have still not experienced them.  The happy hour at Villa Nova and the Lunch buffet at Iacono’s are favorite off the radar meals.

  1. What is your favorite locally made food product?

OH! Chips, especially the tortillas.  I’ll always be a fan of the Tollhouse Cookie at Pattycake Bakery.

  1. Some of us are not full-time food bloggers. If you are not, what is your “real” job?

“some of us are not full time food bloggers” – if anyone is making a true living as a full time food blogger sign me up.  I run a brewery tour company, do some consulting and occasional freelance writing.

  1. Tell us an interesting fact about yourself!

I’m a Columbus native so I know what the food scene was decades ago – which helps me better appreciate how great things are today.  I’ve eaten in each of the Continental United States as well as 18 other countries, I once ate 14 Italian Beef Sandwiches in one day (before dinner) and write about Ohio made bricksl.

Thanks Jim! Be sure to check our his blog CMHGourmand.com. You can also find him on Twitter.

Interviewed by:  
Erin, the Spiffy Cookie

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