After six months of savoring the best food, drinks and more in central Ohio, “The Great Food Debate” podcast has ended season one, but preparations already have started for season two next year.

So if you haven’t listened to the podcast yet, you have time to catch up.

In the first season, host Abby Armbruster interviewed dozens of experts from some of your favorite restaurants and organizations in central Ohio.

From cocktails to kid-friendly restaurants, our podcast covered more than 20 topics.

For National Ice Cream Month, Armbruster picked Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams founder Jeni Britton Bauer’s brain about her inventive ice cream flavors and how often she eats her signature dessert.

Around the Fourth of July, experts from Ray Ray’s Hog Pit, City Barbeque, Por’Ketta and Shipley Swine Genetics explained how to grill meat at home and what to order when at a barbecue restaurant for the first time.

In September, Fusian co-founder Stephan Harman told us why the fast-casual sushi experience works and how he can ensure a high-quality product at a lower price point.

Brian Hinshaw, the executive corporate chef for Cameron Mitchell Restaurants, discussed what it takes to test a new recipe for the company’s more than 30 restaurants.

Other podcast guests included folks from Columbus Food Adventures, Experience Columbus, In the Record Store, the Columbus Food Truck Festival, Yelp! Columbus, Columbus Monthly and Columbus Alive.

Season one ended with a deep dive into pizza in central Ohio for National Pizza Month in October; it included a trip to the Donatos test kitchen where Armbruster made her own pizza.

To catch up on previous episodes, go to, search “Great Food Debate” on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher or Spotify to subscribe or download any installments you might have missed.

We’ll be back with weekly episodes in 2019 with a few special-edition videos and podcast releases along the way.

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