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by Anne Mitchell 10.12.2011
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Izzy's on 'Man vs. Food' Tonight

Sandwich versus Man

It's Man vs. Reuben tonight as local eater Adam Turer of Anderson Township takes on a 5 1/2-pound Reuben sandwich from Izzy's. Do ya think he had a potato pancake with that? Seriously, I could have caught on fire without anyone noticing in the dry cleaner's this morning when someone connected with this episode arrived to pick their shirt up and everyone was starstruck. So it's a big sandwich! But tune in and see what happens tonight at 9 on the Travel Channel.

Here is a clip highlighting the show's previous Cincinnati stop at Tom + Chee.

And here is one on its visit to Findlay Market.

by Eli Samuel Johnson 08.25.2011
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Local 127 Offering Sunday 'Family Meal'

Local chef Steve Geddes is giving Cincinnatians the option to have an expertly prepared family-style meal with the all-new “Family Meal” at Local 127 (413 Vine St., Downtown), scheduled for Sundays when the options for eating out are sparse. The very first Family Meal took place last Sunday and featured chicken three ways — a buttermilk drumstick, confit thigh and panko encrusted breast — with whipped potatoes and chicken gravy and cornbread which, sorry, Ma, was the best I’ve ever had. Not to mention the plum crisp for dessert.

Local 127 prides itself on a “farm-to-table” philosophy, which means most of the produce is from regional farms if not from the nearby Findlay Market. The Family Meal will change just as the regular menu does — what’s in-season is what’s served — but Geddes is hoping that by letting some of his closest friends pick the premise for Family Meals dishes the concept of a family-style meal will really be driven home. While friends won’t be able to choose everything from sides to seasoning, they will be able to suggest their favorite homestyle classics. This coming Sunday a braised beef dish will be offered, while meatloaf is on the menu two Sundays from now.

Although Local is still working on the ins and outs of the deal, this is what we can tell you: For 20 bucks a head, diners can experience rustic, down-home cooking at its finest in a bistro setting every Sunday from here on out. Check out Local 127’s Facebook page on Sundays for more details. Local is also offering its normal dinner menu on Sundays, which features smartly crafted dishes composed of the freshest ingredients, but this deal is hard to beat.

The restaurant recently moved to a new location at 413 Vine St.

by 05.06.2011
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The Blind Cafe Hosts Dinners Today and Tomorrow

The Blind Cafe, a national sight awareness group, is hosting a dinner at the North Presbyterian Church in Northside tonight and tomorrow. The Blind Cafe dinners work to break the social barriers that blindness can inhibit on both the seen and unseen.

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by Bill Hatfield 05.03.2011
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Judging the Best of Taste of Cincinnati

Food gluttony usually occurs on the last Thursday of November or maybe Jesus’ B-day, but at 9 in the morning on a Monday in May? However, food gluttony is exactly what I just experienced.

I had been asked to represent CityBeat as a judge at the annual Best of Taste of Cincinnati competition. Never mind that I was a our default representative as everyone else on our dining section team was busy, I was still pretty damned psyched to be one of the judges.

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by 04.18.2011
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Eat Local with the CORV Food Guide

Last week, CityBeat published our annual Green Issue, and tucked inside was the 2011 Central Ohio River Valley Local Food Directory.

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by Bill Hatfield 12.30.2010
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Oprah Taps Local Chef for Show

Katrina Mincy, also known as Aunt Flora, the chef and owner of Aunt Flora’s House of Soul, has been selected by Oprah Winfrey as one of 10 finalists for a new reality show, Your OWN Show: Oprah’s Search for America’s Next TV Star, which is set to debut next week on the new Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN).

Aunt Flora beat more than 9,500 other entrants who submitted online audition tapes, as well as thousands more who applied at open auditions across the nation, to be selected as one of the finalists. Oprah introduced the finalists today on her syndicated daytime talk show, seen locally on WCPO-TV (Channel 9).

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by Lauren Kelly 10.14.2010
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Fresh Table Makes Findlay Market Even Greener

Local. Organic. Sustainable. Memo to self: Head to Findlay Market for gourmet “green” prepared dishes from Fresh Table, the new stand across from Busch’s Country Corner.

Fresh Table is the brainchild of first-time business owners Meredith Trombly and Louis Snowden. They spent the past five years with bigg’s, Trombly as the organic buyer and Snowden as the corporate chef.

All the while, however, they had dreams of something else.

"What came first were our values," Trombly says. "Keep it green, sustainable and rely on organic and sustainable foods."

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by MSchiaparelli 07.16.2010
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Happy Jennings Cox Day!

I just got an email reminding me that July 19th is “National Daiquiri Day.”

Now, a cursory search of the Big Box of All Knowledge (i.e., the Internet) doesn’t turn up any reference to this so-called “holiday” before 2007. Neither does it easily dig up any indication as to who actually granted it status, though my guess is that it’s likely somehow tied to the marketing arm of the “world’s best-selling premium spirit” – Bacardi Rum.   

When we were in Puerto Rico a couple of years ago, we dragged our kids along on the Bacardi factory tour outside of San Juan, which was not so much a “tour of the factory” as it was a “tour of Bacardi” conducted in the general vicinity of their factory.

The big draw for most tourists is the free drink coupons, but those who make their way out to the facility also learn about the history of rum and get to hear some great (and possibly apocryphal) stories – including the old Aesop’s Fable about “How the Daiquiri Got its Name.”

There are two main versions of this story floating around, and both trace the origin of the cocktail to the period following the Spanish American War in 1898. 

Some say the drink was first concocted around 1905 by an American engineer named Jennings Stockton Cox who worked for the mines near a small beach village called Daiquiri just east of Santiago, Cuba. When Cox ran out of ingredients to entertain guests with more traditional cocktails, he was forced to innovate using what he had on hand – local Bacardi rum, limes and sugar. The mixture was an instant success.

An alternative version is immortalized in a Miami Herald article promoting Puerto Rican tourism published on March 14, 1937. It says that an engineer named Cox and his co-workers frequented Santiago’s Venus Bar in their off hours, imbibing an unnamed cocktail composed of fresh lime juice, sugar and locally made Bacardi rum. In this version, Cox merely helps coin the name in honor of the local Daiquiri mines where they all worked.

However it got its stripes, the Daiquiri is a refreshing cocktail – especially when it’s as hot as it is in Santiago, where average highs never drop below 80 degrees Fahrenheit. But if you choose to celebrate, go with a traditional version and resist the urge to add strawberries, bananas, or (yuck) avocado. In a cocktail shaker, combine cracked ice, a teaspoon of sugar, the juice of two limes and two ounces of rum. Shake vigorously, then strain into a chilled glass.

And remember to toast Jennings Cox, who likely had something to do with the cocktail’s popularization, though we may never know precisely what.

by MSchiaparelli 07.14.2010
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Teller's to Host

Did you know that the word “symposia” comes from the ancient Greeks, who used the root word sympotein, which means "to drink together"? At these ritualized drinking parties, men would recline on pillows in the andron (i.e, ancient Greek man cave) while getting plastered on resinated wine and arguing over whether the Trojans could beat the Spartans. (It’s surprising how little has changed in a couple of thousand years, isn’t it?)

So while it may not have been the “scholarly conference” we now use the word for, it’s a particularly apt description for an event happening in Hyde Park next Monday.

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by MSchiaparelli 06.01.2010
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A Taste of Duveneck Celebrates 20

Spoiler alert! You won’t really be able to taste any Duveneck at the 20th annual food and wine fundraiser for the Cincinnati Art Museum (953 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams). In fact, experts generally agree that no one has ever been served a dish prepared with Duveneck.

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