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Hot Fun in the Wintertime

By Lora Arduser · January 30th, 2008 · The Dish

The heat is cranking in the kitchen this February -- culinary events abound!

EQ at the Party Source in Newport will hold demonstration cooking classes for the Valentine holiday. At A Chocolate Lover's Fantasy on Feb. 5 ($55), attendees will learn how chocolate is created, how to select and store chocolate and how to work with chocolate to create desserts such as Chocolate Decadence Cake, Chocolate Pot de Cr#233me and White and Dark Chocolate Marble Cheesecake. Then, on Feb. 8, EQ presents French Kiss: A Taste of Romance ($55) featuring a menu of Baked Olives, Scallop Salad with Haricot Verts, Steamed Black Bass with Saffron Artichoke Broth, Rack of Lamb with Caramelized Shallots and Mascarpone and Berry Parfaits. Call 859-291-4007 for more information and reservations.

Madison's at Findlay Market presents a series of cooking classes led by Chef David Warda that will take you all the way through spring. Feb. 17 is winter casseroles, followed by fruit desserts March 16, vegetable sides April 20 and stuffed vegetables May 18. Classes are limited to 25 people. The cost for each class is $25 per person payable to Madison's at Findlay Market in advance or at the door with cash or credit card. Reservations are required. Contact numbers are 513-723-0590, 513-520-3298 or by email at bmadison@cinci.rr.com.

Morton's The Steakhouse (Carew Tower, Downtown) honors lovers with a return of its classic combination dinner now through March 31.

It features a single-cut filet mignon, served with béarnaise sauce and steamed fresh asparagus along with a choice of an Australian lobster tail or two Alaskan king crab legs for $69.

Not to be outdone, White Castle hosts a Valentine's Day dinner from 5-8 p.m. on Valentine's Day which features flowers, tableside service and a special menu. White Castle is adding a new element to this annual occasion by inviting customers to submit their romantic White Castle stories for a chance to win a Valentine's Day dinner for eight at the Chef's Table in the Newport White Castle located at 19th and Monmouth streets and a "Circle of Love" diamond pendant from Castle Jewelers. Stories should be submitted through the White Castle customer comment line, 800-THE-CRAVE.

Newport on the Levee will host its second annual Wine Walk Feb. 5. For a $25 donation to the American Heart Association, participants will visit various Levee restaurants and sample different types of wine. Participating Levee venues include Brio Tuscan Grille, Claddagh Irish Pub, Mitchell's Fish Market, Pacific Moon and Reserve Restaurant & Piano Lounge. Sampling will begin at 6 p.m. and end at 9 p.m. Advance reservations must be made by Feb. 1 to participate. Reservations are limited.

There are a couple of new openings to note in the suburbs: Gerry Geisen (a Blue Ash resident, real estate developer and restaurateur) recently re-opened the 20 Mile House Stagecoach Stop in Mason. The new stop features moderately priced, family-friendly fare.

bd's Mongolian Grill opened in Deerfield Township and features a "create your own stir-fry" theme. Guests select from a variety of fresh meats and seafood, fresh vegetables and sauces to create a unique meal that is grilled on bd's 6-foot, 600-degree flat grill.

Join the folks at Findlay Market for Mardi Gras from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Feb. 2. The free event is family friendly and features free samples of a traditional low country crawfish boil from noon-4 p.m., a Jazz parade through Market Square, Cajun specialties from many market merchants, a contest for merchants with the best decorations/costume and the crowning of the Mardi Gras king and queen. For more information, visit www.findlaymarket.org.

Maribelle's Tavern (2062 Riverside Drive, East End) is serving brunch, which includes frittatas, pancakes and homemade biscuits and sausage gravy. All brunch items are less than $10. The tavern's new lunch and dinner menu will be out soon.




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