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A Local Choice

Nicole Pallante may have grown up in Cleveland, but Columbus has since stolen her heart. 

She’s the founder behind A Local Choice, a blog that takes on all things food. 

“While growing up in Cleveland, food took center stage at every family event,” says Pallante. “We would congregate in the kitchen for everything form the smallest of gatherings to the largest of celebrations.”

She considers herself lucky to have been introduced to a variety of different foods when she was younger, from Italian to Southern influences. 

As Pallante grew up, her adventures took her to Athens where she attended Ohio University and west to Chicago. But after a few years in the city, she found that she was being pulled back to Ohio.

After she made the move back to the Buckeye State, Pallante’s passion for food only continued to grow, so she launched A Local Choice, a blog that not only focuses on food but the adventures that go along with finding those foods. 

“I love traveling to new places, and take great pleasure in discovering local foods around every turn,” she adds.

On the blog you’ll find topics that range from destinations to ingredients and even recipes.

All of the destinations Pallante visits are within the Columbus and surrounding areas and include places like 4th Street Farms, BackRoom Roasters, Blue Jacket Diary, Blue Owl Hollow, and Cherry Orchards to name a few. 

Ingredients shared on A Local Choice are ingredients that Pallante has picked up from the places she visited, and then she shares the recipes she creates using those ingredients to give her readers the opportunity to purchase the ingredients themselves and even follow the recipes as they create their own meals. 

Pallante says that although she’s recently taken a break from blogging, she’ll soon be back up and offering fresh, new content for her readers. 

To learn more about A Local Choice, visit You can also follow along on Instagram and Facebook.

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