Summer Genetti — the pastry chef at the Palace Restaurant at the Cincinnatian Hotel (601 Vine Street, Downtown; 513-381-6006) — is an incredibly talented woman who loves her work. When I spoke to her at Christmastime, she’d just put together a series of playful “Teddy Bear Teas” for little guests to discover the magic of fancy tea parties. She attributes her creativity and enthusiasm to her “ADD,” but I think it’s a lot more than that. It’s a gift.
CityBeat: What’s the last great meal you ate and where did you eat it?
Summer Genetti: It was at La Poste (in Clifton)
CB: As a pastry chef, you’re working on sweets all the time. Do you ever get the urge to go savory?
SG: Oh, yes! All the time! In fact, I just made some spicy chili for the Park Vine Vegan Chili CookOff. And for the Super Bowl, (I did) an armada of cheese-based dips: caraway beer cheese; queso; cream cheese spinach and artichoke. A fleet of savory and cheese!