First, how about a Hudepohl Amber/Josh Campbell cuisine pairing? Dude, this sounds amazing. It’s sponsored by Hoperatives, who are Cincinnati’s community beer group, and it’s from 7-10 p.m. on Thursday Sept. 30, at City Cellars, just catty-corner from the offices of CityBeat. Coincidence? Maybe not.
Anyway, dinner will feature Mayberry’s masterful chow: Spiced Lamb Burger with Lemon Cucumber Yogurt Sauce, Hudepohl Amber Lager Mustard Glazed Baby Back Ribs, Warm Flat Bread with Pepper Bacon, Blue Cheese and BBQ and Drunk Chicken Wings with Chocolate Mole Sauce, plus Hudepohl’s new 125th Anniversary Amber Lager to wash it all down. The price is $15 per person and includes dinner and three beer tickets. Bargain! Call City Cellars to make reservations: at 513-621-9463. This should be a good one.
Next month, join Slow Food Cincinnati for a private dinner at Nectar in Mount Lookout on Oct. 10 at 6:30 p.m. Nectar’s chef and owner Julie Francis does slow food and local food better than anybody, all the time, but she’ll make this extra specialhere. Like all of Nectar’s Dinner Club events, this should be terrific. Call 513-929-0525 for more details.
Next, I have two words for you: “Chocolate Festival.” Got that? Mark your calendar for the first ever Cincinnati Chocolate Festival on Oct. 24, noon-5 p.m. at the Mayerson JCC in Amberley Village. For a mere $5 you get tastings from 33 vendors, including Graeters, Classical Cookies, Esther Price, Cake Rack Bakery and CityBeat’s favorite, Chocolates Latour. Sponsored by Clearasil. No, that’s a joke. It’s actually sponsored by the lovely and talented Litwin Jewelers (Santa, make a note), Midwest Culinary Institute, Kroger and A Forkable Feast. Proceeds will support Isaac M. Wise Temple Sisterhood community projects. But do you need any more reason to go than those two simple words? Chocolate. Festival. Go.
And one more autumn food note — on your Sunday drive along the river to see the leaves turn, there’s a new reason to visit Rabbit Hash, Ky. Of course, the list of reasons is already long. I mean, who doesn’t want to visit a place where you can pet the mayor, am I right? Dare you to pet Mayor Mallory. I double dog dare you.
Anyway, The Scalded Hog barbecue is now open in Rabbit Hash, next to the General Store. Operating hours are 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday-Sunday, and it also opens for other special occasions, such as the monthly barn dances. According to a press release, the restaurant will stay open probably until late fall. A press release that says “probably.” That is so Rabbit Hash.
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