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4:30 am

Sheriff Shock of Alana's Food and Wine

Like a sheriff who knows she is the boss, Alana Shock stands in one of the rooms at her restaurant. Shock is the owner of Alana's Food & Wine at 2333 North High Street which is located North of the Ohio State University campus area and South of Clintonville on the West side of High Street. There is a big patio outside but unfortunately the weather didn't allow us to photograph there.

I photographed Alana Shock for Columbus Business First for a story on woman restaurant owners in Columbus. You can find the story in the April 1 issue or checkj for it on their website. Shock opened Alana's Food & Wine 12 years ago, and she told me she wears the sheriff's badge every day.

Alana was absolutely easy to photograph. In addition to a few portraits I took in the dining area I also stuck around for a while and photographed her and her staff as they prepared for guests. The smells coming from the kitchen were absolutely wonderful and I picked up a few tips on food preparation too. (Thank you!)

I cannot believe I have lived in Columbus for 15 years and had never been told about the restaurant before. I'm going to try and get down there soon though. I do recommend the restaurant just from the smell of the food and great staff. Everyone was easy going as they dogdged around me. Along with the smell of the food, the three distinctly different dining rooms hold some visual treasures as well as exuding an inviting ambience for guests to relax, share a glass of wine and enjoy a wonderful meal. 

7:07 pm

Chinese Festival Ballet

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Xing Teng, 11, of Westerville performs with other members of the Columbus Contemporary Chinese School during a ballet performance at the fourth annual Chinese Festival at Westerville Central High School on Saturday, February 12, 2011. The festival celebrates Chinese culture and is organized by the Chinese Culture Link and the Ohio Contemporary Chinese School. See more photos.

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