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by Holly Rouse 03.05.2014 46 days ago
Posted In: Wine, Food news, fundraising, Events at 10:10 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
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Cincinnati International Wine Festival

Wine and dine in support of local charities at the Cincinnati International Wine Festival

Get ready to raise a glass all around the Cincinnati area as the Cincinnati International Wine Festival celebrates 23 years of uncorking bottles for a good cause.

The wine festival was founded in 1991 to promote the wine industry and raise funds for local charities. Each year, it’s gotten bigger and better, and so has its charitable giving. Over the course of more than two decades, the annual celebration has donated more than $3.9 million to local charities across the region. Today, the wine festival is recognized as one of the largest wine events in the entire country.


The Cincinnati International Wine Festival increases in winery participation, events and attendance each year; like a fine wine, it seems to get better with age. Each year, as participation grows, so does the nonprofit’s ability to distribute grants to Greater Cincinnati area programs that support the arts, education, health and human services.


The festival itself is made up of four prominent events: Winery Dinners, Grand Tastings, a Charity Auction and Luncheon, and the annual Russ Wiles Memorial Golf Tournament. These events don’t just celebrate wine. They also foster community and charity in the process.

 

Winery Dinners

This year’s line-up of Winery Dinners is filling up fast, but tickets to many of the special events are still up for grabs. The dinners celebrate cooking and winemaking as art, and aim to combine the two to create perfect pairings that are sure to please any palate. The popular dinners showcase the skills of visiting winemakers from around the world alongside the area’s finest chefs. Together, the chefs and winemakers work together to create what the Wine Festival describes as a harmonious experience filled with fine wine and masterful cuisine. 

Reserve your seat at the table of a very special Winery Dinner celebrating a special evening with 2014 honorary chair Leonardo LoCasio, the founder of Winebow, Inc. at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherlands Plaza’s Orchids at the Palm Court on Wednesday, March 5 at 6:30 p.m. ($175)

Wineries and some of the Cincinnati area’s most beloved restaurants team up all across the city on Thursday, March 6 at 6:30 p.m. Reserve your seat at the table for some serious wining and dining at the following restaurants:


Grand Tastings


The festivities continue with The Wine Festival’s main event: the 2014 Grand Tastings, which take place March 7 and 8 at the Duke Energy Convention Center. More than 700 wines from more than 100 wineries are available to sample as you enjoy live music, delicious food and a silent auction.


The Grand Tastings are the centerpiece of the Cincinnati International Wine Festival as they showcase new, rare and exciting wines from around the world. Whether you're a seasoned expert or an intrigued beginner, winemakers and winery representatives welcome you as they mix useful knowledge with exquisite samples of their art.


This year, access to the special tasting room will give you VIP access to seven tastes of high-end wines an hour prior to each night’s Grand Tasting at the Grand Ballrooms of the Duke Energy Center. ($40 prior to the event, $45 at the door. Tickets the special tasting room are only available with the purchase of a Grand Tasting ticket.)


After the special tastings room closes its doors, the celebratory Grand Tastings take center stage at the Duke Energy Center’s Grand Ballrooms on Friday evening, Saturday afternoon and Saturday evening:

  • Friday, March 7: Friday Evening from 6:30–9 p.m. ($70 prior to event, or $75 at the door. $110 for Grand Tasting plus Special Tasting (5:30-6:30 p.m.) ticket, $120 at the door)
  • Saturday, March 8: Saturday Afternoon from 2:30-4:30 p.m. ($60 prior to event or $65 at the door. $100 for Grand Tasting plus Special Tasting from 1:30-2:30 p.m. ticket, or $110 at the door); Saturday Evening from 6:30 – 9 p.m. ($70 prior to event, $75 at the door $110 for Grand Tasting plus Special Tasting (5:30-6:30 p.m.) ticket, or $120 at the door)

Charity Auction and Luncheon

Continue your celebration with Silent and Live Auctions at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza’s Hall of Mirrors on Saturday, March 8. The auctions boast a phenomenal catalog of limited-release bottles, winemaker-signed grand format bottles, rare wines coaxed from the cellars of notable Cincinnatians, chef's table dining opportunities at exclusive Cincinnati homes, fantastic trips, wine cellar tours, and more.

Afterward, experience a luncheon filled with savory cuisine from the Hilton Netherland’s Chef Todd Kelly paired with incredible wines presented by winemakers and winery principals from across the country.

The charity auction and luncheon will begin at 9:30 a.m. with a reception, silent auction, and live auction lot preview. At 11 a.m. the live auction will begin, followed by the winery luncheon. Tickets to the reception, auctions and luncheon are $125.

The Russ Wiles Memorial Golf Tournament

The festival might only last a few short days this March, but the celebration and charitable giving continues in June as the Wine Festival promises a tournament unlike any other. This summer, Russ Wiles Memorial 2013 Honorary Chair Dan Temming hosts a golf outing at TPC River's Bend. Enjoy wines from around the world at 5 holes during play along with food provided by some of Cincinnati's finest restaurants.

The day kicks off with a Dom Perignon toast and a shotgun start. 36 foursomes will compete in a scramble format tournament where the 3 winning teams will take home large-format bottles of wine. Golfers will also be eligible to win amazing prizes when they compete in the Closest to Pin Shootout, Hole-in-One Contest, Putting Contest and the Skins game. An After Party will then be held at the end of play where live music, food and drinks will be served under beautiful tents overlooking the 18th green. As a special thank you for supporting our Cincinnati charities, tee gifts will also be presented.

Purchasing Tickets


Tickets are available online through March 5 at winefestival.com or at the door for many Wine Festival events. Visit winefestival.com for more information.


Organizations Benefiting from the Cincinnati International Wine Festival’s Proceeds

 

 
 
by Ilene Ross 03.03.2014 48 days ago
Posted In: Food art, Openings, Events at 02:40 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
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The Art of Food

A recap of last week's exhibition opening and what's still on view

It’s not often enough that the worlds of food and art collide. And why not, I ask? We first eat with our eyes, and after spending hours traipsing through museums and galleries gazing at masterpieces, we get really, really hungry. This is just one of the many reasons I always eagerly anticipate the opening of the exhibition known as The Art of Food at Covington, Ky.’s The Carnegie. This show never disappoints the palate or the eyes.

Last Friday night, hundreds crammed into The Carnegie to witness local artist Pam Kravetz and a band of merry revelers open the show with a fanciful recreation of “The Mad Hatter's Tea Party.” While the artists entertained on a center stage/table surrounded by diners supping on handcrafted china, the rest of us enjoyed creatively crafted bites fashioned by local chefs. Especially tasty were the diminutive Belgian waffles topped with caramelized apples, shallots, goat cheese mousse and Sirop de Liège by chef David Kelsey of Taste of Belgium; a salad of spinach, pistachio relish, fig purée and goat cheese, topped with a tart cherry vinaigrette and wrapped in a cone of sopressata by chef Andrew Mersmann of La Poste Eatery; and The Rookwood’s chef Jackson Rouse’s offering of head cheese with frisée, pickled mustard seeds, crispy pig ear and blood orange.

La Poste's Sopressata salad
Photo: Jens G. Rosenkrantz, Jr.

And then there is of course the art. Art made of food. Art made to look like food. Look, but most definitely do not eat. And, without giving away any spoiler alerts, I will tell you two things: One, think twice before standing under the work of local artist Eric Brass — it could quite possibly put fear into the hearts of even the bravest of souls. And two, I was exceedingly tempted to lick the installation by Eye Candy Creative. It brought back one of my fondest childhood memories.

Art by Eye Candy Creative
Photo: Jens G Rosenkrantz, Jr.

The Art of Food exhibition runs through March 15. More at thecarnegie.com.

 
 
by Maija Zummo 02.20.2014 59 days ago
Posted In: Food news, Events at 03:21 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
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Ryan Santos of Please to Speak at Next Creative Mornings

Santos discusses the topic of rebellion at the free monthly breakfast lecture series

CreativeMornings, the free monthly breakfast lecture series, offers cities around the world a chance to celebrate their local creative communities and create a space for like-minded individuals to gather and discuss — and have breakfast. CreativeMornings/Cincinnati is one of more than 68 chapters, spread across the globe.


"Every month, we’re challenged to pick a speaker that can address our global theme," CreativeMornings/Cincinnati organizer Jeremy Thobe says via email. "We have a wonderful team of volunteers that are always keeping an eye out for our next speaker, and since we're inherently community driven, we often get suggestions from our friends, colleagues and attendees. Our events are for people like us, so we start by looking for people we find really interesting and build our list from there. We have so many talented people in our community and there’s never a shortage of people we’d love to hear from."

Their next event on Friday, Feb. 28, will feature Ryan Santos of Please. "Those familiar with Ryan know him from Please and his pop-up dinners, which have been a huge success in Cincinnati. But this month, we'll get more of a behind-the-scenes story," Thobe says. "I don’t want to give too much away, but attendees will get to hear the path Ryan has taken to be where he is today and how he challenges himself to stay successful and stay hungry for the future."

The theme for Friday's lecture — the organization's 12th — is "rebel." All CreativeMornings events are free and open to the public and include coffee and breakfast from sponsors. Speakers present for 20 minutes, after which the floor is opened for questions. Past speakers have included Todd Henry of Accidental Creative, Santa Ono from the University of Cincinnati, Chris Glass of Wire & Twine and, most recently, Tommy Rueff of Happen Inc. Each event is filmed, so if there's an event you want to make but can't, you can see past presentations on creativemornings.com

Feb. 28th's event will be held from 8:30-10 a.m. at POSSIBLE, 302 W. Third St., Suite 900, Downtown. Registration opens Monday, Feb. 24, at 11 a.m. Learn more at creativemornings.com/talks/ryan-santos. And read CityBeat's June 2013 profile of Santos here.


 
 
by Maija Zummo 02.19.2014 60 days ago
Posted In: Events, News, fundraising at 03:44 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
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Coffee Scene Unites to Help Injured Barista

Coffee scene continues to raise funds for friend/Red River Gorge fall survivor

In January, Deeper Roots Coffee Roasters held a fundraising event for BLOC Coffee Company manager Rhett Harkins, who fell 60 feet while hiking in Red River Gorge in December. It took 20 men and eight hours to get Harkins out alive. He has since undergone multiple surgeries and is recovering well, but he can't work and his medical bills are mounting. Which is why Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky's speciality coffee shops are rallying around Harkins to raise money to offset his medical costs. 

Deeper Roots' December Latte Art Throwdown fundraiser pulled together 16 baristi from 16 different shops in Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus and Northern Kentucky. Harkins judged the event, which raised $1,700 to help cover the costs of his ambulance transportation, from his wheelchair.

Now, Justin Carabello, owner of Carabello Coffee of Newport, Ky., has coordinated an effort with six local shops to serve and sell a special roast called “Restore Coffee” that will benefit the Harkins family through the month of February. The roast is a Sumatra Natural Wahana and is available at Collective Espresso, Rohs Street CaféBLOC Coffee Company, Hilltop Cafe, Velocity Bike & Bean, Missio Dei Church and Carabello

“I am amazed at how quick the other shop owners have been willing to jump on board with this idea," Carabello says. "Let's face it, we are all using different roasters in our shops, so, doing this is far from normal. But we all love Rhett, and the idea here is a simple one: Our friend is hurt and we want to do something to help him. This is what communities do, and I believe that the silver lining in all of this is that Rhett’s suffering has helped us all take a step toward unifying this community.”   

Through February, you can walk into any of the aforementioned coffee shops and buy a cup or a bag of Restore Coffee to benefit the family. The blend is also available on Carabello Coffee's website


 
 
by Maija Zummo 02.19.2014 60 days ago
Posted In: Food news, Events at 12:05 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
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Upcoming Dining Events & Cooking Classes

Foodie fun around the Tristate

Here are some upcoming cooking classes and dining events in the Queen City. 

We're now publishing them in the paper and online, so you can see what's happening and have time to register. Cooking classes frequently sell-out, so this list doesn't guarantee space is still open BUT you can see what area institutions are offering. Find a longer list of events and classes hereFoodie fun for everyone!



WEDNESDAY FEB. 19

Oskar Blues Brewing Company Wine Dinner — The Moerlein Lager House hosts a beer dinner with Colorado’s Oskar Blues Brewing Company. Try six beers alongside specially prepared dishes. 6 p.m. 115 Joe Nuxhall Way, The Banks, Downtown, RSVP to privatedining@moerleinLH.com.

 

Cooking with Beer — Chef Ilene Ross and MadTree Brewing Company guide you through cooking with beer. 6:30-9 p.m. $50. Cooks’ Wares, The Shops at Harper’s Point, 11344 Mongtomery Road, Montgomery, 513-489-6400, cookswaresonline.com.

 

WineStation Wednesdays — Eight different premium wines in the wine station are half-off. Complimentary cheese and baguettes included in tasting. 4-7 p.m. Wednesdays. Free. Wine Merchant Cincinnati, 3972 Edwards Road, Hyde Park, 513-731-1515, winemerchantcincinnati.com.

 

How to Properly Cook a Steak — Learn how to cook steak at home with different cooking techniques and temperatures. 6-8 p.m. $70. The Learning Kitchen, 7659 Cox Lane, West Chester, 513-847-4474, thelearningkitchen.com.

 

Taste of the World Food Tour — Take a guided foodie tour of Ohio’s oldest public market, Findlay Market. Includes stops and tastings at six specialty merchants. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $20. Meets at Daisy Mae’s Market at Findlay Market, 1801 Race St., Over-the-Rhine, cincinnatifoodtours.com.

 

THURSDAY FEB. 20

Soup and Sandwich Night — Learn to make warm soup and sandwiches. 6 p.m. $48. The Glendalia Boutique Hotel & Culinary Studio, 11 Village Square, Glendale, theglendalia.com.

 

An Italian Restaurant Meal at Home — Enjoy a taste of Italy you can make at home: Italian cup cocktail, baked ricotta, antipasto crostada, penne with roasted tomato vodka sauce, pancetta-wrapped mustard-rosemary pork and more. 6-8:30 p.m. $50. Jungle Jim’s Cooking School, 5440 Dixie Highway, Fairfield, 513-674-6059, junglejims.com.

 

An Egg Education — Learn the difference between cage-free, organic, free-range and more. Chef Vogel will then demonstrate some basic egg preparations. 6-8 p.m. $60. The Learning Kitchen, 7659 Cox Lane, West Chester, 513-847-4474, thelearningkitchen.com.

 

FRIDAY FEB. 21

La Petite France 30th Anniversary Dinner — The restaurant celebrates its third decade in style with a special dinner and wine tasting. Courses will include tarte flambee with mache salad, mushroom soup with truffle oil, cassoulet de Toulouse, lemon taste with creme fraiche, a champagne toast and more. 6:30 p.m. $75. Reservations required. 3177 Glendale-Milford Road, Evendale, 513-733-8383, lapetitefrance.biz.


Yum, BACON! — Chef Jaime will show you some of her favorites: bacon cheddar biscuits with bacon maple jam, cheese-stuffed chicken wrapped in bacon, bacon and mushroom risotto, bacon asparagus tips and bacon popcorn with chocolate drizzle. 6:30-9:30 p.m. $65. Creations Community Cooking Classes, Midwest Culinary Institute, 3520 Central Parkway, Clifton, 513-569-5800, midwestculinary.com.

 

Bourbon and Bluegrass — Molly Wellmann hosts an evening of Bluegrass music, bourbon tasting, line dancing and culinary delights by Bakersfield OTR and Delish Dish. 8 p.m. $40. Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, cincinnatimemorialhall.com.

 

SATURDAY FEB. 22

Stories from the Street 2.0: Mojo Tago is Back in the Jungle — Brian Reed is the founder, owner and manager of Mojo Tago, one of the first mobile food trucks in Columbus, Ohio. Prepare to be entertained and educated as Brian shares his journey as a food truck owner and operator. On the menu is shredded roasted-chicken tacos, breakfast tacos with chorizo and eggs, a simple queso dip and more. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $50. Jungle Jim’s Cooking School, 5440 Dixie Highway, Fairfield, 513-674-6059, junglejims.com.

 

Kids Favorites from Mexico — Kid-friendly Mexican dishes. Class for ages 9 and up. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $45. Creations Community Cooking Classes, Midwest Culinary Institute, 3520 Central Parkway, Clifton, 513-569-5800, midwestculinary.com.

 

Date Night, Pizza Workshop — Learn to make your own pizza at home. 5-7 p.m. $150 per couple. The Learning Kitchen, 7659 Cox Lane, West Chester, 513-847-4474.

 

Cellar Dweller Two Year Anniversary — Celebrate their second birthday with a beer buffet, music by Bibs and Barefeet and dollar-off pints and glasses. 6-11 p.m. Free. Valley Vineyards, 2276 E. US 22 and 3, Morrow, valleyvineyards.com.

 

Beer and Wine Tasting — The Donauschwaben Society presents a tasting with 10 different beers and four wines. Full cash bar, hors d'oeuvres, games and beer barrell raffle. Sausage sandwiches available for purchase. 7-11 p.m. $30. Donauschwaben Haus, 4290 Dry Ridge Road, Colerain, cincydonau.com.

 

Chocolate, Champagne and Candlelight — Spend a romantic evening sampling chocolate desserts, champagne, wine and more to benefit the Heritage Village. 7:30-9:30 p.m. $25 members; $45 members couples; $30 or $55 non-members. Heritage Village Museum, 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville, heritagevillagecincinnati.org.

 

SUNDAY FEB. 23

Sample Ohio’s Largest King Cake — The Greater Cincinnati Retail Bakers Association will construct, ice and decorate Ohio’s largest King Cake. They start at noon, with cake cutting at 1:30 p.m. Samples while supplies last. Noon-3 p.m. Free. Tri-County Mall, in front of Dillard’s, 11700 Princeton Road, Springdale, tricountymall.com.

 

MONDAY FEB. 24

Brown Dog on a Winter Night — Brown Dog Café’s chef shares his family’s favorite cold weather recipes. 6:30-9 p.m. $50. Cooks’ Wares, The Shops at Harper’s Point, 11344 Mongtomery Road, Montgomery, 513-489-6400, cookswaresonline.com.

 

TUESDAY FEB. 25

Fusion Food in the Vegan Kitchen Book Signing — Meet cookbook author Joni Marie Newman, who will sign copies of her vegan cookbook. She’ll also demonstrate how to make fusion tacos and some sauces. 6-7 p.m. Free. Park + Vine, 1202 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, parkandvine.com.

 

All About Risotto — The culinary studio takes the myth out of making risotto. Learn to make Risotto ala Milanese; vegetable risotto; grilled shrimp, bacon and fennel risotto. 6 p.m. $48. The Glendalia Boutique Hotel & Culinary Studio, 11 Village Square, Glendale, theglendalia.com.

 

Chianti with Friends — Terri Berman makes an Italian menu to enjoy with a glass of chianti. 6-8:30 p.m. $50. Jungle Jim’s Cooking School, 5440 Dixie Highway, Fairfield, 513-674-6059, junglejims.com.

 

Pork: Season, Sear & Sauce — Learn how to cook pork three ways. 6-8 p.m. $75. The Learning Kitchen, 7659 Cox Lane, West Chester, 513-847-4474, thelearningkitchen.com.

 

WEDNESDAY FEB. 26

Bourbon 101 — Ginny Tonic presents five different bourbons that tell the story of this classic American spirit. The class includes a discussion on the history of bourbon, how it’s made, how to taste it and a look at trends. 6-8 p.m. $30. The Symphony Hotel, 210 W. 14th St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-721-3353, symphonyhotel@gmail.com.


WineStation Wednesdays — Eight different premium wines in the wine station are half-off. Complimentary cheese and baguettes included in tasting. 4-7 p.m. Wednesdays. Free. Wine Merchant Cincinnati, 3972 Edwards Road, Hyde Park, 513-731-1515, winemerchantcincinnati.com.


Cooks’ Wares Creates: Comfort Food — Cooks’ Wares instructors share their favorite comfort food dishes. 6:30-9 p.m. $40. Cooks’ Wares, The Shops at Harper’s Point, 11344 Montgomery Road, Montgomery, 513-489-6400, cookswaresonline.com.


Taste of the World Food Tour — Take a guided foodie tour of Ohio’s oldest public market, Findlay Market. Includes stops and tastings at six specialty merchants. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $20. Meets at Daisy Mae’s Market at Findlay Market, 1801 Race St., Over-the-Rhine, cincinnatifoodtours.com.


Culinary Vacation — Enjoy learning about cuisine from regional America. 5-7 p.m. $12. Manor House Restaurant, 600 Maple Trace Drive, Springdale, 513-782-4300.


Easy, Delicious and Healthy — Learn to create two low-calorie meals full of deep flavors. 6-8 p.m. $65. The Learning Kitchen, 7659 Cox Lane, West Chester, 513-847-4474, thelearningkitchen.com.


Seasonal Keg Tapping — The Hofbrauhaus taps their seasonal doppelbock. 7 p.m. Free. 200 E. Third St., Newport, Ky., 859-491-7200, hofbrauhausnewport.com.


 
 
by Maija Zummo 02.12.2014 67 days ago
Posted In: Holiday, Valentine's Day, Events at 03:00 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
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Valentine's Day Dinner Deals

Romantic dinners for two

Some dinner deals for couples (or people who want to eat together) on Valentine's Day. Reservations required for all. Reserve via the restaurant or opentable.com

Bella Luna
— Celebrates “Amore Week” from Feb. 11-16. Couples can enjoy a three-course dinner for only $50. 4632 Eastern Ave., East End, 513-871-5862, bellalunacincy.com.

Bistro Grace — Offers a three-course surf and turf dinner for $29.95. Includes hangar steak and scallops with brown butter hollandaise. 4034 Hamilton Ave., Northside, 513-541-9600, bistrograce.com.

The Blue Wisp Restaurant & Jazz Club — A Valentine’s dinner with music by Samantha Carlson. Entrées include prime rib, Cornish hen or salmon; dessert; and half-off bottles of wine. $99. 700 Race St., Downtown, 513-241-9477, thebluewisp.com.

Brown Dog Café — Offering a four-course dinner with appetizer, soup, salad and entrée for $56.95. If you’re seated by 5:30 p.m., it’s only $48.95. 5893 Pfieffer Road, Blue Ash, 513-794-1610, browndogcafe.com.

Buca di Beppo — A family feast for four, with salad, entrée, pasta and desert, for $59.80. Through Feb. 16. 2635 Edmondson Road, Rookwood Commons, 513-396-7673, bucadibeppo.com.

Cincinnati Dinner Train — Take a romantic four-course train ride while relaxing to the music of the 1940s. Every woman receives a commemorative rose.7 p.m. Feb. 14 and 6 p.m. Feb. 15. Tickets begin at $79.95 per person. Private car upgrades available. 11013 Kenwood Road, Madisonville, 513-791-7245, cincinnatidinnertrain.com.

CRAVE Restaurant — A special Valentine’s Day prix fixe four-course menu for two. 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday and Friday. $89 per couple. 175 Joe Nuxhall Way, The Banks, Downtown, 513-241-8600, cravcincinnati.com.

Grandview Tavern & Grille — A Valentine's Day menu with twin lobster tails, surf & turf, seabass and complimentary chocolate-dipped strawberries. Live music by Triage. 2220 Grandview Drive, Fort Mitchell, Ky., 859-341-8439, grandviewtaverngrille.com.

Mecklenburg Gardens — Valentine’s Day specials in the main dining room, including entrees choices between sword fish and surf and turf. Pig roast in the garden. 302 E. University Ave., Clifton, mecklenburgs.net.

Morton's The Steakhouse — “Dine your heart out” at Morton’s with steak and lobster tail for $55. Feb. 13-16. 441 Vine St., Carew Tower, Downtown, 513-621-3111, mortons.com/cincinnati.

Nectar — Offering a three-course dinner with wine and champagne. Reservations available between 5:30 and 10 p.m. $65 per person. 1000 Delta Ave., Mount Lookout, dineatnectar.com.

Nicholson's Tavern & Pub — Regular menu available plus a prix fixe Valentine’s three-course meal for $24.95. Mike & Jeff playing in the bar, 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m. 625 Walnut St., Downtown, 513-564-9111, nicholsonspub.com.

The Phoenix — “Eat, Drink and Be Mine.” Give Back Cincinnati hosts this Valentine’s Day event to benefit their cause. Guests will enjoy a glass of champagne, two additional drink tickets for the fully stocked bar, heavy hors d'oeuvres, sweet treats and a chance to win some great prizes. 6-10 p.m. $50 per couple. 812 Race St., Downtown, givebackcincinnati.org.

Rail House — Valentine’s Day four-course prix fixe dinner for two (fillets and lobster tails with two sides) for $79.95. 40 Village Square, Glendale, 513-772-3333, railhouse1854.com.

Red Roost Tavern — Three-course prix fixe V-Day dinner including grilled beef tenderloin, asparagus, lobster soup, decadent chocolate cake and more. $70 per person. 151 W. Fifth St., Hyatt Regency Hotel, Downtown, 513-579-1234, cincinnati.hyatt.com.

Relish Modern Tapas — A four-course dinner from chef Robert with optional wine pairing. $40 per person; $20 wine. Feb. 14-16. 5947 Deerfield Blvd., Mason, 513-204-6925, relishmoderntapas.com.

The Summit — Three-course menu with choices for each course, a full bar, wine pairings and an award-winning Manhattan. $45. 3520 Central Parkway, the Midwest Culinary Institute, Cincinnati State campus, Clifton, midwestculinary.com. 

Washington Platform Saloon & Restaurant — One dozen fresh-shucked oysters, two entrée choiecs, soup or salad, chocolate-covered strawberries for dessert and a bottle of wine to share. Plus a half-hour carriage ride. Feb. 13-16. $115 per couple. 1000 Elm St., Downtown, 513-421-0110, washingtonplatform.com.

 

 
 
by Maija Zummo 02.12.2014 67 days ago
Posted In: Food news, Events at 02:57 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
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Park + Vine Customer Appreciation Day Thursday

Free food and drink samples!

Park + Vine is showing their appreciation for you and me with a customer appreciation day from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 13). They'll be offering free food and drink samples from local businesses, mini massages, live music and discounts — 20 percent off groceries and 10 percent off everything else.

Free samples offered by Fab Ferments, Grateful Grahams, Happy Chicks Bakery, The Herbal Sage Tea Company, Love Force, Madisono's Gelato and Whirlybird Granola.

Park + Vine is located at 1202 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, parkandvine.com.


 
 
by Jessica Baltzersen 02.06.2014 73 days ago
Posted In: Events, Beer at 02:03 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)
 
 
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Cincinnati Beer Week Kicks-Off Today

Eight days of beer and beer-related events

Today is the start of our beer lovin’ city’s favorite event, Cincinnati Beer Week. Although advertised as “a week,” it’s actually eight days of fun and foamy shenanigans in restaurants, bars and stores all across the Greater Cincinnati area. 


The mission statement behind Cincinnati Beer Week states, “it aims to educate, inspire and celebrate well-crafted beer in a welcoming environment.” And the never ending list of participating venues includes: Jefferson Social, Tap House Grill, Arthur’s Café, Christian Moerlein Brewing Company, Incline Public House, Virgil’s Café, The Oak Tavern, The Famous Neons Unplugged and dozens more. 


Some of the festivities this week include beer sampling, beer paired meals, meet and greet with local brewers and several opportunities to give back, with beer event charities such as Hops Against Cancer, Pints for Parkinson’s, MadTree Sprye Launch Party benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and more.

View the complete list of events and participating venues at cincinnatibeerweek.com.


Need ideas on where to start you beer adventure?

  • Thursday, Feb. 6: Start Beer Week with the Tapping of the Beer Week Beer, Hostivit, at Coaches Corner (317 E. Sixth St., Newport, Ky.) until 1 a.m. Pair the unique Imperial Pilsner with the Coaches Corner, hand-pattied, Reuben Burger on a toasted Kaiser roll for a delicious beer and burger combo.
  • Friday, Feb. 7: Join Rivertown Brewing Company (607 Shepherd Drive, Unit 6, Lockland) for the Winter Olympic ceremonies kick-off, 5-10 p.m., featuring Winter Ale 1st pint — and you keep the glass. Take a brewery tour at 6 p.m. and see how sharp your mind is after drinking with Winter Olympics trivia at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 8: Attend the Cincinnati Nature Center’s Maple on Tap event. Collaborating with Mt. Carmel Brewing Company, the Nature Center is releasing the first Mapple Doppelbock. Learn about the maple syrup making process, sample syrups and learn how it was used in the brewing process. 3-7 p.m. at the Cincinnati Nature Center, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford.
  • Sunday, Feb. 9: Head to BrewRiver GastroPub (2062 Riverside Drive, East End) for a Kegs n Eggs breakfast featuring Mt. Carmel Coffee Brown Ale and Maple Doppelbock. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 
  • Monday, Feb. 10: Make your taste buds dance at the Cinnamon Roll Chickow Tapping event. Arthur’s Cafe (3516 Edwards Road, Hyde Park) will host a rare tapping of the Triple Digit Cinnamon Roll Chickow 6 p.m.- 1 a.m.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 11: Flipdaddys Brilliant Burgers & Craft Beer (7435 Wooster Pike, Mariemont) is featuring New Belgium Brewery. Come and try a beer from the Lips of Face series, which is exclusively at Flipdaddys. 5-10 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 12: Fifty West Brewing Company (7668 Wooster Pike, Mariemont) will be hosting the Crosstown Throwdown as Team Listermann and Team Fifty West join forces to throwdown a five course beer pairing dinner! 4 p.m. 


 

 
 
by Maija Zummo 01.24.2014 86 days ago
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Rabbit Hash Chili and Cornbread Cook-Off

A weekend of red hot music and red hot chili in Rabbit Hash

Head to Rabbit Hash this Sunday for a chili and cornbread cook-off, featuring live music from the Star Devils.

And while it is too cold outside to hang on the Rabbit Hash General Store porch with a beer, you can hang out in the relative warmth of the Rabbit Hash barn, chomping on some chili. Everyone is welcome to enter and winners will be decided on by the public. Votes are $1 and unlimited, and proceeds go to raise money for Rabbit Hash's 2014 float in the Bockfest Parade in March.

The cook-off starts at 1 p.m. and goes until 3 p.m. The Star Devils start playing in the general store at 2:30 p.m. To register to participate, contact the general store at 859-586-7744.

Here are the rules:

1. There is a $10 entry fee for each chili and/or cornbread entrant. You may participate in one or both at $10 per entry.

2. All types of chili and cornbread will be accepted.

3. Rabbit Hash will supply tables, spoons, bowls and electric. You must supply any extras (cheese, crackers, etc.) yourself. Be sure to bring a jar for your votes!

4. Tasting starts at 1 p.m. and ends at 3 p.m. At 3 p.m., money will be counted and winners announced.

5. Stovetop space is extremely limited and on a first-come, first-serve basis. Bringing your chili in a Crock Pot will be the only way to keep it warm.

6. Winners are determined by the highest dollar amount in your jar, so bring friends to vote for you!

7. Pre-registering is recommended but day-of-show entrants will be considered, if there is room. 
 
 
by Maija Zummo 01.23.2014 87 days ago
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The Bourbon Classic Returns to Louisville

A weekend of bourbon-related food, drinks and education

One of the nation's premier bourbon events is returning within driving distance of Cincinnati (... not that anyone should necessarily be driving after partaking in a bourbon event). The second annual Bourbon Classic comes to Louisville next weekend — Jan. 31-Feb. 1 — offering world-class culinary and bartending talent.

The event is open to bourbon enthusiasts from across the country and will feature forums addressing all aspects of bourbon ranging from its distillation to how to pair it with food and more, with information from leading bourbon distillers, writers, chefs, bartenders, experts and connoisseurs.

“This event is a natural progression in what we do to promote the bourbon lifestyle," says Seth Thompson, publisher of The Bourbon Review and co-founder of the Bourbon Classic, in a press release. "The craftsmanship, the authenticity, the traditions and marry that with the eclectic epicurean culture of Central Kentucky."  

The weekend program is split into two parts: Friday night's Cocktail Challenge and Saturday's Bourbon Classic University and Ultimate Bourbon Experience. 

The Cocktail Challenge will feature contemporary and classic cocktails plus small plates prepared by teams of chefs and master bartenders representing different distilleries. Cocktails and pairings will be judged by an expert panel including Jennifer Cole from Southern Living, Joy Perrine from Jack’s Lounge and chef Albert Schmid, author of The Kentucky Bourbon Cookbook. Participating teams include the following: 

Angel's Envy
Bradley Hammond, Decca
Chef Terry French, winner of Food Network’s Extreme Chef 2012, Philadelphia

Blanton's
Chris Wilkins, Proof on Main
Chef Levon Wallace, Proof on Main

Buffalo Trace
Colin Shearn, El Camino
Chef Jonathan Lundy, Jonathan's at Gratz Park, Lexington

Jim Beam
Isaac Fox, Volare
Chef Josh Moore, Volare

Michter's
JR Schiavi, Jack Fry's
Chef Shawn Ward, Jack Fry's

Wild Turkey
Susie Hoyt, Silver Dollar
Chef Tyler Powell, Silver Dollar

Woodford Reserve
Jacquelyn Zykan, La Coop
Chef Bobby Benjamin, La Coop

The Saturday learning portion will focus on education, entertainment and tastings. 

The welcome session will feature master distillers and brand legends including Wes Henderson of Angel’s Envy, Fred Noe of Jim Beam, Harlen Wheatley of Buffalo Trace, Tom Bulleit of Bulleit Bourbon and more, discussing the rising popularity of bourbon and the effect it has on distilleries.

Following the welcome, the Bourbon Classic University will offer a variety of classes split into two learning sessions for ticket-holders to explore. The first session includes classes like "Entertaining with Bourbon Tastings" and the second offers "Bourbon & the Bean: What do Chocolate & American Whiskey Have in Common." (A full list of classes and a schedule is available online.)

After the university, participate in "the ultimate bourbon experience." Enjoy bourbon tastings from Bourbon Classic distillers, many of which will have representatives on hand to discuss what makes their product unique. As you imbibe, you'll also enjoy dishes that have been specially prepared to complement the bourbon as well as a unique marketplace full of bourbon-related products. 

7-10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31; 2:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2. Standard weekend packages for the Cocktail Challenge and University/Ultimate Bourbon Experience start at $249. Tickets available here. All events take place at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, 501 W. Main St., Louisville, Ky. For more information on the Bourbon Classic, visit bourbonclassic.com.


 
 

 

 

 
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