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Diverse Holiday Options

By Heather Smith · December 3rd, 2008 · The Dish

This week’s Dish offers a multitude of ways to party this season — some green, some decadent — from EarthSave’s holiday dinner to uber-indulgent parties catered by Daveed’s.

If you like to mix your holiday mingling with social consciousness, start with EarthSave, which will host its holiday potluck dinner Dec. 14 at Clifton United Methodist Church (3416 Clifton Ave.). Dinner starts at 4:30 p.m. Bring a vegan dish and a vegan (or come alone). EarthSave dinners are always friendly to newcomers and great places to meet like-minded green folks, vegetarians and vegans. 513-929-2500.

Speaking of green, Green Drinks will be holding its own holiday party Dec. 18 at Park Vine (1109 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine).

This is a great group of people interested in helping Cincinnati become greener while drinking and socializing. Sounds like a good plan to me. If interested in getting to know them or joining the festivities, e-mail cincygreendrinks@gmail.com.

If you like a more decadent holiday party, Daveed’s is offering an amazing carryout menu this season. Cold and hot items serve up to 10 guests, and the price is so reasonable it might be less expensive than food shopping (depending on the entrée). Delectables (it’s a noun today) include Smoked Salmon Roulade with herbed goat cheese ($40), Homemade Lemon-Garlic Potato Chips ($10), a 15-pound Seasoned Turkey whole with gravy ($65) and Gratin of Potatoes with shallots parmiggiano ($40). These are only four of about 25 choices, all of which sound remarkable. Daveed’s requires five days notice on all catering requests and a $100 deposit. Delivery is available. 513-721-COOK.

If Daveed’s is a little too frou-frou for you, White Castle is offering its own version of decadence: first-ever Sweet Potato Fries ($2.15), available only until Dec. 27. You can order a regular size or a whole sack with cinnamon dipping sauce for $3.89. While you’re there, donate $1 to the U.S. Marine Toys for Tots campaign and you get a coupon for two free sliders. Let that good karma cancel out those calories.

DINING TIPS AND NEWS: hsmith@citybeat.com



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