World-inspired fare. Out-of-this-world flavor.
It all started with our own travels around the world, during which we experienced countries and became part of communities through the food. And it’s grown into a need to share these flavors and traditions with you.
What We’re About.
We’re about community. We’re proud to partner with Ohio’s own Honeyrun Farm, Rainfresh Harvest, and Yellowbird Foodshed.
We’re about fun. We don’t hold back when it comes to flavors, colors and textures. Moroccan spices? Bright pink beets? Crunchy kale and carrots? Yes, yes and yes.
We’re about bringing people together. Our products have a story to tell, one of local pride and world appreciation. But most importantly, we hope they provide a great setting for you to share you own stories with friends and family.
About Chef Dara Schwartz
She’s eaten her weight in pastéis de nata in Portugal, made friends over sweet sticky rice in Thailand and learned firsthand the art of paella in Spain. Schwartz has always loved exploring the world’s cultures by taste bud. She realized early on that food has the unique ability to bring people together. And from her delicious journeys, Darista Café was born.
Pre-Café, Schwartz lived and breathed the “agency world,” most recently as a Creative Director at one of Columbus’ top ten agencies. In 2010, she decided it was time to trade in her design books for cookbooks and followed her heart into the kitchen—bringing with her more than 12 years of marketing and branding experience.
A self-trained culinary enthusiast with an appetite for life and flavor, she joined two of Columbus, Ohio’s Top Ten Restaurants and trained under renowned local chefs, while simultaneously launching a pop-up cafe on the Veranda at The Hills Market. She’s hosted and learned from the city’s top chefs at the North Market School of Cooking, and instructs her own cooking classes in the local community.
Today, she’s cooking her heart out and making snack time a whole lot more exciting with her inventive line of Darista Dips. Schwartz can often be found around town, partnering with local events and organizations like the Columbus Arts Fest and other events/causes. Schwartz lives in the Bexley neighborhood of Columbus with her husband and lil’ dipper…son Elias.