Chicken Cacciatore is a rustic Italian chicken dish made with bell peppers and mushrooms simmered in tomato sauce.
It’s great over pasta, polenta or mashed potatoes. This is the version my Mom always made for us when I was a child, which I’ve always loved. I modified Mom’s recipe to make it a bit leaner by removing the chicken skin and fat and using less oil. For more ways to cook this delicious dish, try my Instant Pot and slow cooker chicken cacciatore recipes.
1487 Brewery | Facebook | T: @1487brewery | IG: @1487_brewery 7620 Industrial Pkwy. (map it!) Plain City, OH 43064 (614) 536-1487 Open Tues-Wed, 4-10p; Thurs, 11a-10p; Fri-Sat, 11a-11p; Sun, 11a-6p (brunch served Sun, 11a-4p) Vegetarian/vegan/gluten free? Y/Y/N Kid-friendly? Y
Visited: Sunday, August 22, 2021 at 2 p.m.
Breweries and brunch are a winning combination in my book, especially those that include big outdoor spaces. So we were pretty excited when the folks from the new 1487 Brewery in Plain City invited us to try their Sunday brunch.
1487 inhabits a former Napa Auto Parts store, which means the converted space features plenty of room inside and out. Inside the main room sits the bar, a retail counter, and plenty of big tables. And garage door opens on to…
…a size-able covered patio and biergarten.
As the name indicates, 1487 was inspired by owner Ben King’s travels to Germany, where he fell in love with Bavarian biergartens. His brewery seeks to replicate that, with easy-drinking German brews on tap and plentiful al fresco seating.
1487 of course leans heavily into German styles, although extended offerings like IPAs and stouts surface, too.
I sampled a quartet of brews: the crisp and light-bodied Helles, the hazy and banana-heavy Hefeweizen, the clean and lightly sweet Kölsch, and the Roggenbier, similar to the Hefe but with a bite of rye. I enjoyed each one – they were all the type of easy-drinking beers you love to sip on a patio, and all wonderfully complemented the brunch.
Their regular menu features classic bar bites: wings, cheese curds, burgers, salads, reubens, fish and chips. Of course, German staples appear, too, like bratwurst, pretzels, potato salad, schnitzel.
The Sunday brunch menu riffs on the main menu with additions like a breakfast burger, eggs benedict, steak and egg bake, and potato pancakes mixed with corned beef hash.
For Bloody Mary fans, they’ll find 1487’s offering a sure-fire winner. They also feature mimosas and the Fanny Pack: vodka, lime juice, Dragonberry, and Sprite.
We started with the pretzel (served with beer cheese and a terrific whole grain mustard), plus a bowl of crispy, gooey cheese curds.
Kudos to Chef Melissa on both the construction and the plating of her brunch dishes.
Our quartet of dishes covered the brunch highlights. All of them were expertly presented and composed:
The corned beef hash potato pancake blends the two main components in a small cast iron pan, topped with a fried egg and served with a burnt butter thyme applesauce and mustard creme, plus a side salad.
The beautiful eggs benedict layers an English muffin with a zesty pepper jam, slice of fried bologna, poached egg, and a terrific hollandaise, accompanied by roasted asparagus and a side salad.
The breakfast burger is a simple but easy-to-love combination. It’s essentially a cheeseburger with fried egg and a scoop of their pork sausage beer cheese. And of course we ordered tots as the side. (“Give me some of your tots!”)
The steak and egg bake is an interesting way to deliver the classic breakfast combo. It uses marinated steak tips and an egg, mushroom, and spinach bake. All nicely put together, although a little overpowered by the sweet veal demi-glace.
All-told, an excellent brunch experience, from the food to the drinks to the outdoor digs. Sundays from 1-4 p.m. they feature live music on the patio, too. The sound carries pretty far, so if you’re there for conversation, don’t sit too close.
Although I’ve been slow to collect my Columbus Ale Trail stamps this year, I remembered my booklet and snagged a stamp at 1487. The brewery also sells beer to go in crowlers and growlers, and they graciously offered a couple crowlers – I selected the bloody orange IPA and Dunkelweizen to take home.
Thanks to 1487 Brewery for inviting us out!
Disclaimer: this meal was comped by 1487 Brewery. Gratuity was handled by us. Photos and opinions are our own.
This hearty beef stew cooks low and slow on the stove with pumpkin (or butternut/acorn squash) added when the beef is tender. Serve with crusty bread to soak up every last drop!
Beef Stew with Pumpkin
When the temperature starts to drop, I love to warm up with a comforting bowl of stew. Therefore, this Beef Stew with Pumpkin hits the spot! It’s made with chunks of beef brown with onions and garlic and then cook on low in a mixture of broth and red wine until tender. The stew is flavored with oregano, thyme, and bay leaf, and fresh pumpkin or winter squash is added halfway through. For some different beef stew recipes, try this Beef and Kabocha Squash Stew and Carne Guisada (Latin Beef Stew).
There’s a lot happening in the Columbus restaurant world! Here’s the latest:
The big news this week (at least for me!) is that Preston’s Burgers announced a new stand-alone location coming soon at 480 Main St. in Groveport, part of a new development there. Even better is an expansion of their second concept Honey’s Fried Chicken & Biscuits, included in the new brick-and-mortar. Preston’s owners have been running both concepts side-by-side from their North Market stall.
The Chocolate Cafe in Grandview is set to open a new location, Chocolate Cafe Express, in the former Dough Mama/Kolache Republic space at 730 S. High St. in German Village. The new shop will open its doors on Wednesday, Sept. 15.
Destinations Donuts announced yesterday that it would be leaving its stall in North Market on Oct. 11 and move into its own storefront at 3519 N. High St. in Clintonville.
Budd Dairy Food Hall announced a second business incubation space called Sugar, in the stall formerly occupied by Stauf’s. The first vendor to fill it is Mrs. Turbo’s Cookies, which opens next week Tuesday, Sept. 14.
Speaking of cookies, Crumbl Cookies opened a location at 6326 E. Dublin-Granville Rd. in New Albany this week.
Legacy Smokehouse in Hilliard announced that they are adding an upstairs restaurant and bourbon bar Rickhouse 41.
The Cheesecake Girl is set to open her first stand-alone location at 4345 W. Dublin-Granville Rd. in Dublin today, Sept. 10. This shop joins her existing stall in the Center Street Market. She has also closed her temporary stall at the Budd Dairy Food Hall.
This quick and easy Sesame Soy Tofu Stir Fry is loaded with fresh and colorful vegetables and plant-based protein.
Tofu Stir Fry
This simple Tofu Veggie Stir Fry turned out so good! I love finding new ways to incorporate more tofu in my life, which is basically a blank sponge that soaks up anything you season it with. The stir fry sauce has just three ingredients: soy sauce, broth, and a little honey. Combine that with garlic and ginger, and you can’t go wrong! If you want more tofu recipes, try these Spicy Sriracha Tofu Rice Bowls and Kung Pao Tofu.
Studio 35 is a place that’s near and dear to my heart. I’d rank it up there with one of my favorite places in Columbus. In addition to featuring three things I love – pizza, beer, and movies – it’s also a beloved neighborhood hangout that’s been an important part of the city’s cultural scene since 1938.
The movie theatre known as Studio 35 opened as the Indianola Theatre in the late 30s. It changed hands, names, and existed in various states over the years until the current owners Eric and Rita purchased it and have continued to update it.
We lived just down the street from the theatre for a decade, dangerously within walking distance, but even before we landed in the neighborhood, Studio 35 had already become a beloved hangout.
The first movie I ever saw at Studio 35 was the Grindhouse double feature of Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof and Robert Rodriquez’s Planet Terror in 2007, and I have to say – I think it was the perfect introduction. Tarantino and Rodriquez were trying to capture the B-movie horror shows of the 70s, and at that time, prior to major renovations in 2012, Studio 35 had an old school… charm… to it.
Anyone who’s been a long-time attendee will remember those days: A tiny lobby with swinging saloon doors into the theatre. A bar with snacks and six beers on tap. Slightly sticky floors. Iffy sound quality. No insulation between the theatre and the lobby, so you could sit outside and hear the whole feature clear as day.
Maybe this doesn’t paint the prettiest picture, but the theatre was truly endearing in that state. There was a clear history to the place, it was loved by the community, and on top of showing first-run features, they hosted long-running events like Rocky Horror Picture Show sing-alongs, Fritz the Night Owl shows, beer tastings, and more.
And with the first big renovations in 2012, the place just got better. Studio 35 went from my favorite place to see a movie to my favorite place to get a beer. There were times when we’d head over there just to get drinks.
In addition to a modernization of the theatre itself – upgraded sound, new walls, seating, better lighting, proper sound-proofing – they renovated the lobby, expanding it to include a square bar in the center, more seating, an expanded cocktail menu, and now 40 beers on tap. It truly did become the neighborhood bar.
The additional taps, which rotate frequently, is a dream for this beer-lover. They feature a lot of Ohio beers and often snag some great specialties for their monthly beer tastings.
Over the years I’ve tasted a lot of great beer at Studio 35. Usually my biggest hold-up at the counter is trying to decide what to drink. The menu is helpfully divided by styles: IPAs and pales, lagers and Pilsners, wheats and Belgians, stouts and porters, ciders, etc.
But you can’t beat the simple pleasure of a beer and a movie.
They have a lot of fun with cocktails, too, usually crafting a few specialties inspired by the latest features. Plus they do specialty nights like Tiki Tuesdays.
The theatre underwent a second round of renovations in 2019, and things got even better. First, they renovated part of the upstairs (lowering the ceiling in the lobby below) into a second 28-seat theatre with comfy seats, great sound, small tables for your food and drinks.
Outside the new theatre is more seating, even a small balcony out the front.
The second addition was their own in-house pizza shop Fibonacci’s Pizzeria. Back in the day you could order pizzas, subs, mozzarella sticks through Studio 35, and they would call in the order to Pizza Primo a few doors down. When your food was done, Primo would run it over to the theatre and you’d retrieve it from the counter.
Now they whip up the pizzas from the kitchen on the second floor, just outside the upstairs theatre. It’s become standard for us to order a pizza to go with the movie, and we’ve enjoyed every pie we’ve tried, from standards like pepperoni and cheese to the BBQ chicken to the Camorra to the seasonal specialties. The crust has a great texture, they use lots of local toppings like Ezzo Sausage.
You can even order from Fibonacci’s like normal pizzeria – you don’t have to be seeing a movie!
We’ve seen a lot of movies at Studio 35 over the years, from pretty much all the new Star Wars films to the Marvel franchise to indie hits, summer kid’s movies, and everything in-between. There’s also the sellout Lebowski Fest (“Mark it eight, Dude.”).
My favorite experience at the movies ever was opening night of The Force Awakens at Studio 35 – Thursday, December 17, 2015. You just couldn’t beat the energy and excitement of it: good beer, great company, the thrill of the first new Star Wars movie in 10 years. The place was packed, and was truly one of those communal experiences, where everyone’s laughing and gasping and taking the same ride together. Unforgettable. (I snapped the above photo just after the showing as everyone spilled out into streets afterwards.)
Never been? Now’s the time to go. Support your local cinema. Kick back, grab a beer, order a pizza, and enjoy a night at the movies!
This classic Salisbury Steak recipe is smothered in mushroom gravy and ready in under 30 minutes!
Lean ground beef and turkey are combined to lighten up this classic, retro American dish. My family loves it over these Instant Pot mashed potatoes or serve it over mashed cauliflower. This makes enough for 2 nights for a family of four. Eat half and freeze the rest for another night. If you love this recipe, you might also enjoy these Salisbury Steak Meatballs!
This Bourbon-Apple Butter Cake is perfect for a fall gathering or an intimate autumn wedding. Layers of brown sugar cake are soaked with tongue-tingling bourbon and layered with Swiss meringue buttercream. Seasonal fruit gilded with…