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by Maija Zummo 10.29.2013
Posted In: News, local restaurant at 09:16 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
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Chef Steven Geddes to Leave Local 127

Kyle Johnson will succeed chef Geddes as executive chef on Nov. 5

Effective Nov. 5, Chef Steven Geddes will step down as executive chef of Local 127, the local New American restaurant he has spearheaded since 2009. Geddes' successor will be chef Kyle Johnson, who has a wide-breadth of experience ranging from a Michelin-starred kitchen to extensive travel.

Johnson began his career at Alize in Las Vegas under the tutelage of chefs including André Rochat and Jacques Van Staden. He then went on to be a traveling executive chef for Celebrity Cruises, assisting in menu development for sister cruise line Azamara Cruises. Johnson has staged with notable kitchens including the Picasso and Michelin-starred Guy Savoy but relocated to Cincinnati in 2009 to open Local 127. After the opening, he became executive chef at Paramour, a contemporary American fine dining restaurant in Philadelphia. 
 
"I'm happy to be back in the area and carry on the restaurant that Steve and I created together," Johnson says in a recent press release. "Steve is like a brother to me and one of my biggest mentors. I will miss him greatly and will forever thank him for asking me to embark on this journey."

Geddes, one of just more than 100 certified master sommeliers in the U.S., will remain a consulting master sommelier at Local 127, visiting occasionally, but will ultimately be heading west to continue his work in the food and wine world.


As far as changes, the restaurant will be extending its hours to include lunch (starting Nov. 5) and Saturday brunch (starting Dec. 7), which will feature a make-your-own bloody mary bar. Chef Johnson will also be updating the Local 127 menu to include more seafood and beef choices with seasonal preparations, plus adding a bar snack menu with pork belly bites, devils on horseback (a pub snack with a fruit like dates wrapped in bacon), fries inspired the by the In-N-Out Burger chain and more. 


And for fans of the "local" in Local 127, fear not: Chef Johnson will remain true to the restaurant's pledge of serving responsibly sourced foods, according to the press release.


Local 127 is located at 413 Vine St., Downtown. For more information visit mylocal127.com.


 

 
 
by Maija Zummo 10.24.2013
Posted In: Cincinnati, News at 12:24 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)
 
 
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Deadspin Hates Cincinnati Chili

In case you missed this trending on local social media...

Deadspin, generally a sports blog, recently posted "The Great American Menu: Foods of the States, Ranked and Mapped." 

The "greats" include dishes like Chicago-style deep-dish pizza; the "goods" dishes like Maine's lobster roll; the "better-than-a-finger-in-the-eye" dishes like Michigan pasty; and, ranked dead-last, with "being hit by a car" a preferable choice, is Cincinnati chili.

As Deadspin says: "For the mercifully unacquainted, 'Cincinnati chili,' the worst regional foodstuff in America or anywhere else, is a horrifying diarrhea sludge (most commonly encountered in the guise of the "Skyline" brand) that Ohioans slop across plain spaghetti noodles and hot dogs as a way to make the rest of us feel grateful that our own shit-eating is (mostly) figurative... Cincinnati chili is the worst, saddest, most depressing goddamn thing in the world. If it came out of the end of your digestive system, you would turn the color of chalk and call an ambulance, but at least it'd make some sense. The people of Ohio see nothing wrong with inserting it into their mouths, which perhaps tells you everything you need to know about the Buckeye State. Don't eat it. Don't let your loved ones eat it. Turn away from the darkness, and toward the deep-dish pizza."

Read the whole post here

And sorry, Deadspin, the only thing this made me want was a 3-way. Nom.

 
 
by Maija Zummo 10.23.2013
Posted In: Vegan, Events at 03:31 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
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Park + Vine Hosts Fifth Annual Vegan Thanksgiving

Progressive-style vegan dinner Thanksgiving love fest

Park + Vine will be hosting its fifth annual vegan Thanksgiving on Thursday, Nov. 21. 

From 6-9 p.m., travel from Park + Vine to other Main Street businesses for inspiration from local restaurants, chefs and food producers for a Thanksgiving meal centered around festive plant-based foods plus appetizers, soup, salad, entrees, dessert and drinks. 

Proceeds to benefit Uplands PEAK Sanctuary, which rescues and rehabilitates abused and neglected farmed animals. Tickets go on sale Nov. 1. parkandvine.com


 
 
by Maija Zummo 10.23.2013
Posted In: Openings, News at 03:21 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
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Dewey's Pizza Oakley to Reopen

Updated and expanded after renovations

Dewey's Pizza opened its first location in Oakely in 1998. Since then, the local pizza chain has opened a total of 17 locations across Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus, Cleveland and St. Louis. 

On Sept. 30 of this year, Dewey's Oakley closed for renovations, which include a slight expansion as well as an updated interior. The restaurant reopens for business 11 a.m. tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 24. PIZZA!

More info at deweyspizza.com.

 
 
by Maija Zummo 10.22.2013
Posted In: Events, News at 03:05 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
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Please Moving from Carriage House Farm to Pallet23

The monthly dinner series moves from the country to Northside

As the weather starts to change, chef Ryan Santos and his unique, local farm-to-table dinner series Please is relocating from its summer home at Carriage House Farms to pallet23 in Northside. 

"We chose pallet23, in reality, because it has eletricity, water and equipment — very much unlike the farm," Santos says, "but it also allows us to offer a creative format for our dinners we haven't done before."

Because pallet23 provides a flexible event space, Please will be altering the presentation of their previously rustic group dinners to take advantage of the space. 

"We're changing the format a bit this time around," Santos says."Gone is the communal table. Guests will sit along a kitchen counter and have front-row seats to the cooks as they prepare and serve them their meal in front of them."

The dinners will now seat eight people, twice nighty — an early seating and a later seating — essential like making a restaurant reservation. The dinners will happens on Sundays and Mondays, twice a month. 

As another change, all dinners will now accommodate all guests. Where Please previously offered separate vegetarian, vegan and pescetarian dinners from their omnivore dinners, all will be offered at all seatings. And diners are invited to request the type of meal they'd prefer when making reservations. Dinner remains $59 per person, plus tax and gratuity. And all events will still be BYOB.


Upcoming dinners are on Sunday, Nov. 17 and Monday, Nov. 18, with early seatings starting at 5:45 p.m. and late seatings starting at 7:45 p.m. Seating requests are taken on a first requested, first seated basis. Your seats are not confirmed until payment is processed. 


To sign up to attend a Please dinner, head to pleasecincinnati.com and sign up.




 
 
by Holly Rouse 10.18.2013
Posted In: Alcohol, Events at 10:11 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
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NKY Wine Festival Takes Over MainStrasse on Saturday

It's wine time, y'all

Take a break from Oktoberfest brews with something a bit more grapey. 

Saturday, pour yourself a glass of wine (or two or three) as MainStrasse Village gives you the chance for a little weekend wining and dining. The festival features tastings from more than 15 local wineries — including Baker-Bird Winery, Elk Creek Vineyards, Purple Toad Winery and more — as well as food, artisans and live entertainment.

So whether you’re looking to sample some local wines, get a taste of perfectly paired food or just want a whole bottle of locally made wine for yourself, you can sip as much as you please. 

Rain or shine. 3-10 p.m. $10; admission includes a souvenir wine glass and sample tickets. MainStrasse Village, Sixth and Main streets, Covington, Ky., mainstrasse.org.


 
 
by Maija Zummo 10.17.2013
Posted In: Cookies, News at 01:10 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
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Sweet and Sexy Edibles

Queen City Cookies goes pin-up with new shortbread

Find Queen City Cookies' new line of Bettie Page-printed shortbread cookies at this week's City Flea (10 a.m.-4 p.m. in the American Can Building in Northside) and at the bakery

See (and eat) the "Queen of the Pin-ups" in classic Page poses. Queen City Cookies also has special Halloween-themed treats with black cats, skeletons, spiders and more printed on sugary shortbread — broom delivery or pick-up available. 
 
 
by Maija Zummo 10.17.2013
Posted In: Events, Brunch at 12:51 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)
 
 
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513{eats} 2014 Culinary Calendar to Benefit SIDS

Buy it at the de Cavel Family SIDS Foundation family brunch Sunday

The de Cavel Family SIDS Foundation is an organization and philanthropic effort founded by chef Jean-Robert de Cavel, his wife Annette and a dedicated group of volunteers and the culinary community. The de Cavel's lost their daughter Tatiana to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome in 2002, and have since used the foundation to raise funds for research, education, outreach and the Midwest Culinary Institute's Tatiana de Cavel Scholarship.   

Sunday, join the de Cavels for the 10th annual SIDS family and friends brunch. Food vendors from all over the city, including Taste of Belgium, Via Vite and Shanghai Mama’s, will be in attendance. A silent auction will also take place at the event, as well as hands-on activities for children and live entertainment for the evening. 

Local foodie favorite blog and photography site 513{eats} (to which CityBeat food writer Ilene Ross contributes) will be unveiling and selling their 2014 culinary calendar, Inked, featuring — from what we can tell — a bunch of sexy, tattooed chefs. All proceeds from the calendar benefit the foundation. After Sunday, you can purchase the calendar for $39 plus applicable fees on the 513{eats} website.

Since the first brunch, the de Cavel Family SIDS Foundation has raised about $700,000 for SIDS research, and the organization will continue its work until SIDS is eradicated. 

11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. $20-$75. Midwest Culinary Institute at Cincinnati State, 3520 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, 513-871-7742, eatplaygive.net.

 
 
by Maija Zummo 10.17.2013
Posted In: Alcohol, News at 11:42 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
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Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon Heist

Some sneaky people stole a bunch of booze

According to station WKYT in Frankfort, Ky., around 65 cases of rare, 20-year-old Pappy Van Winkle bourbon have been stolen from the Buffalo Trace Distillery. 

The Frankfort-based distillery produces the coveted brand, bottling only about 7,000 cases per year of Pappy, which is the No.1-rated bourbon whiskey in the world (according to their website). The suggested retail price of a bottle of the 20-year is around $130, so the bourbon bandits made off with more than $25,000 worth of booze. They reportedly also stole some 13-year Pappy rye.  

When bourbon ages for such a long time, much of it evaporates as the "angel's share." "Many barrels often yield less than 20 gallons out of the original 53 gallons produced," Julian Van Winkle, president of Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery, according to a 2012 press release

Frankfort County sheriffs are consider the heist an inside job. And while the bottles may have been stolen over the past couple of months, their disappearance was noted on Tuesday. 

We imagine those who just got thousands upon thousands of dollars worth of the world's best bourbon for free will probably not be returning it, so way to make a rare brand even rarer, burglars. Can't wait to see how much bottles will going for on ebay (an empty bottle is on there now for $69.99).    




 
 
by Maija Zummo 10.15.2013
Posted In: Alcohol, News at 11:56 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
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Cats and Humans Can Drink Together at Last

Wine for cats and cat beer for humans

Wino cat ladies rejoice! The Japanese have finally done it; they've created the world's cutest, best, happiest happy hour where cats and their humans can finally partake in bacchanalian revelry together — each with their own adorable beverage.  

Japanese pet supplement provider B&H Lifes recently launched Nyan Nyan Nouveau (aka "meow Nouveau"), a bottled wine made specifically for cats — and apparently a pun on a beaujolais nouveau. And while the drink doesn't contain any actually alcohol, it does use cabernet grapes and catnip. And it's apparently great for those special times — cat birthdays, after work — when you just really want to unwind with your favorite feline. There's apparently only 1000 or so bottles of the cat wine in production. (More here if you read Japanese.)

And, Sanrio's Hello Kitty has finally made absolutely logical transition from keychains and tiny backpacks to booze. An Asian company has licensed and released fruit-flavored Hello Kitty brand beer. It's cute, it's alcoholic (only 2.5 percent) and comes in a variety of kitty-tastic flavors: banana, lemon-lime, passion fruit and peach. Brewed by the Long Chuan Beer Company in Taiwan, it's not available in the States, so start planning your mommy-kitty intercontinental trek now.  

Taiwan Tsing Beer Corporation

 

 
 

 

 

 
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