Cooking for Martha Stewart has got to be a
little like sharing your film project with Woody Allen, right? Surreal is the word Cincinnati chef
and caterer Renee Schuler of Eat Well Celebrations and Feasts uses to
describe her recent experience cooking for Martha, someone who set the
bar for beautiful food when Schuler was growing up.
“These are quality wines under $15 that
taste expensive as hell,” said my neighbor and one of my go-to wine
guys, Alfonse Mele, senior wine consultant at Dep’s Fine Wines in
Covington. “They’re all unique. You could pour these in order for a
great tasting, or pair them with just about any holiday meal and impress
There’s a certain wave of reassurance that
washes over a person while in the presence of someone radiating with
confidence and passion for his craft. Chef
Nathan Jolley — who operates his tiny restaurant, Burnell’s, out of the
former Mayberry location on Vine Street — is such a man.
New and notable on the dining scene is
the latest addition to the Washington Park/OTR/Gateway District — The
Anchor (14th and Race, Over-the-Rhine). After a few days of serving
family and friends to get in the groove, full-service operations started
on Sept. 18.
Hamilton Avenue in Northside is home to a
slew of eclectic storefronts like Melt and Shake It Records, and, since
April, Northsiders have enjoyed The Listing Loon as a place to swing by
and load up on bottles of hand-selected microbrews by a couple of
Cincinnati’s tenured bartenders.
Chef Michael Shields opened BrewRiver GastroPub with local craft beer and thoughtfully paired cuisine in mind. You will find no Budweiser, Guinness or other popular (inter)national brands here, only a rotating list of his more than 50 hand-picked, locally brewed draughts, bottled and canned beers.
In the 1880s, George Renninger created one of the most known
pieces of Halloween candy ever invented, one that has endured over a
century — candy corn. Considering it’s also one of the most maligned candy treats
ever invented, how has it remained a fixture of autumn so long?
I’m more inclined to pop open a bottle from the experts,
but, hey, I don’t have the White House staff on hand to fix what “ales”
me. So I asked a home brewing friend, Matt Canale, a video game
developer in L.A., to fill me in on his experience and give our readers
some tips on how to get started.
Shanghai Mama’s was closed for nine
months following a fire last October. There was some despair among
downtowners as the months dragged on. Call it the dark night of the
soul. But Mama’s back, and I’m happy to report that she’s better than
Today, gourmet dining is wheeled around in carts or prepared to
order in trucks. Local food vendor Jamie Williams jumped on the
bandwagon and launched Cincy Bag Ladies in the spring of 2012 with one
mission: Let people eat without plates.
By 2006, phase one of the Gateway Quarter
redevelopment plan was well underway. Crime quickly gave way to safer,
brightly lit streets. Hints of a flourishing arts district soon took
root. Emerging from “The Quarter’s” fresh renovation came its first new
restaurant, Lavomatic Cafe, a name that pays homage to its predecessor, a
Washington Park is without a doubt the
jewel of this excellent summer in Cincinnati. And it’s drawing crowds —
whether to its well-chosen events or just to enjoy its well-designed
spaces. And crowds, we know, travel on their stomachs.
Lisa Kagen is an artist, a chef, a parent and an entrepreneur — and all of those
identities factor heavily into the operation of her two Northside
businesses: Melt Eclectic Deli and Picnic and Pantry, a market that
serves healthy, sustainable groceries and prepared foods.
Though not quite as
booming as the energy drink market, similar chill-out, stress-reliever
drinks have been slowly growing in popularity the past few years. These non-energy drinks recently caught
my eye when I spotted the face of late Reggae superstar Bob Marley
peeking out from the cold beverage fridge at a local convenience store.