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Wine, Dine and Go Green

By Heather Smith · October 7th, 2009 · The Dish

There are more than a few opportunities to party with greenies and foodies this month.

Pedal into fall on Cincinnati’s third Queen City Bike Dine noon-5 p.m. Saturday at Park and Vine (1109 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine). This 20-mile bike tour includes vegan options at three local restaurants: The Hideaway, Five Star Foodies Commissary and Green Dog Cafe. The ride ends at Grammer’s in Over-the-Rhine. Advance tickets are available for $30 at Park and Vine. Call 513-721-7275. A portion of ticket sales goes to participating restaurants, with the balance benefiting Queen City Bike, Cincinnati’s bicycling advocacy organization.

Meet some of Community Shares’ environmental groups at the Make Our Earth Happy Hour 5:30-8 p.m. Oct. 15 at Park and Vine. Sip some wine, grab a snack from Five Star Foodies and shop local. Park and Vine is donating 10 percent of all purchases and the suggested $5 donation to Community Shares of Cincinnati, which is a partnership of 27 local nonprofit organizations building economic equity and a healthy environment.

RSVP to king@cintishares.org or 513-475-0475.

Benefit diabetes, meet seven-time Grammy winner Al Jarreau and take in gourmet eats cooked up by students from The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Ohio. The Oct. 17 “Jazzy Bites” benefit will offer a reception and live Jazz by Jarreau, the CCM Jazztet, the Princeton High School Jazz Ensemble and the Wannabees.

VIP ticket packages range from $175-$1,000 and are available by calling 513-483-3082.

Experience the new World Food Bar October Dinner Club on Oct. 24 from 6-11 p.m. with “Salute to James Beard.” The sample menu includes Anchoiade and Escabeche, Crispy Cod Cake with Piperade Basquaise and Steak Pizzaiola with Baked Stuffed Artichokes and California Beans with Cognac. The price is $65 per person, which includes all food, tax and gratuity. Vegan and vegetarian options are also available. The location will be kept secret until the day of the event. Diners are encouraged to BYOB at 7 p.m., and the five pairings include an antipasto of red wine-honey marinated dates stuffed with goat. For reservation requests, contact Micah Paldino at 513-381-7676.

Be serenaded while dining at Vito’s Café Italian Wine Dinner on Oct. 16. Sample pairings include wild mushroom and red wine risotto with Tenuta di Arcena Prima Voce and Osso Buco Milanese, Gremolata with veal demiglace and roasted root vegetables and Sette Ponti Crognolo. Throughout the meal, Vito’s conservatory-trained singers belt out Broadway show tunes, opera ballads and Jazz standards. Cost is $75 per person. Call 859-442-9444 for reservations.

DINING TIPS AND NEWS: hsmith@citybeat.com



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