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by Maija Zummo 06.09.2014 113 days ago
Posted In: Cincinnati, Events, Food news at 02:07 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
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12th Annual Taste of the NFL Tackles Hunger

The Cincinnati Bengals celebrity dinner benefits the Freestore Foodbank

The Cincinnati Bengals host the 12th annual Taste of the NFL, a celebrity dinner, to benefit the Freestore Foodbank. 

The dinner-by-the-bite event combines food, football and fun at Paul Brown Stadium. Hosted by Cincinnati Bengals running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis (#42) and chef Stephen Williams of Covington, Ky.'s Bouquet Restaurant and Wine Bar, the event pairs chefs from more than 40 area restaurants with Bengals players, coaches and alumni. The evening will also include a silent auction of sports themed items, a live auction of dinners and other Bengals experiences and a raffle featuring gift certificates to favorite Cincinnati eateries.

6:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 11. $150 individual ticket. Paul Brown Stadium, Club Lounge West, Downtown, freestorefoodbank.com


 
 
by Judy George 06.04.2014 118 days ago
Posted In: City Roots at 02:00 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
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City Roots: The Giving Fields

Freestore Foodbank grows fresh produce for people in need

Tucked away on the Ohio River, 10 miles from downtown Cincinnati, lies a quiet farm with long, beautiful rows of nutrient-dense kale, broccoli and lettuce, ripe strawberries and blueberries, bee hives and a magnificent orchard of nearly 400 fruit trees. 

This idyllic and very productive farm doesn't earn a penny.

Welcome to the Giving Fields in Melbourne, Ky., a 10-acre farm operated by the Freestore Foodbank growing fresh produce for people who can’t afford to buy food.

"The people we feed are at high risk for diabetes and heart disease," says Jennifer Steele, director of community partnerships for the Freestore Foodbank. "We want to serve more fresh fruits and vegetables and fewer highly salted, highly sugared processed foods.”

Five years ago, less than 10 percent of the food the Freestore distributed was fresh; most was canned or boxed. Now, 40 percent of the Freestore's food is fresh or frozen, Steele says.

At the Giving Fields, farm manager Molly Jordan grows produce specifically for the Freestore’s food pantry and soup kitchen partners in Northern Kentucky.

"Our food goes to Northern Kentucky because the need is greater there," Steele says. 

It’s easy to see why, since state laws make fresh food less available to Kentucky charities.

In Ohio, the Agricultural Clearance Program sets aside $17 million a year for Ohio farmers to sell surplus or blemished food to food banks. A similar initiative in Kentucky, still in its infancy, allocates only $600,000 for food banks to receive surplus produce annually.

At the same time, the number of Kentucky residents who depend on food donations is increasing. The Kentucky Association of Food Banks reported that 620,100 people now rely on food banks, an 84-percent increase from 2006.

The Giving Fields harvests fruits and vegetables for 117,000 meals in Northern Kentucky each season. Food pantries and soup kitchens receive the produce the day it is picked.

"The Kentucky Department of Agriculture also gives out recipe cards at food pantries so people can learn how to prepare the food we grow," Jordan says.

The farm relies on more than 1,000 volunteers — civic organizations, corporate teams, church groups and others — who work there each year. Jordan alternates rows of crops with wide strips of grass so volunteers can move easily throughout the fields. She also cultivates plants in tall wooden beds so people with limited mobility and senior citizens can weed and harvest, too.

At 10 acres, the Giving Fields is one of the largest food bank farms in the country, according to Feeding America, a nationwide network of U.S. food banks.  

The Freestore funds operational costs for the farm, collaborating with Doug and Sheila Bray of Wilder, who own the land, and the UK Cooperative Extension Office. The Giving Fields is now in its fourth growing season.

To volunteer at the Giving Fields, call the Freestore Foodbank at 513-482-7557 or email Tawanda Rollins at trollins@freestorefoodbank.org. 


ON THE CITY ROOTS CALENDAR

June 7: Gardening for Pollinators Workshop

Honeybees, which are crucial to the production of local fruits and vegetables, are vanishing. Greenacres offers a workshop to learn how to attract butterflies, bumblebees, honeybees and other pollinators to your yard from 10 a.m. to noon at Greenacres Old Church, 8680 Spooky Hollow Road. $15. green-acres.org.

June 9: Garden Basics Class

Pest control, plant disease, watering and water conservation and other seasonal topics will be reviewed in this class offered by horticulturist Bennett Dowling at the Civic Garden Center from 6-8 p.m., 2715 Reading Road. $10; free to Civic Garden Center volunteers. civicgardencenter.org. 

June 17: Foraged Foods Dinner

As part of its farm-to-table dinner series, Carriage House Farm features wild and foraged foods from the farm collected by botanist Abby Artemisia and prepared by Nuvo on Greenup. Artemisia will be on hand to talk about local foraging. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. at Carriage House Farm, 10251 Miami View Road in North Bend; $125 for dinner, drinks, tax and tip. Tickets available at nuvoatgreenup.com

June 28: Medicinal and Edible Plant Workshop

Using plants for food and medicine connects us with our ancestors, say Wes and Diantha Duren of Marvin's Organic Gardens. Their workshop at the Civic Garden Center introduces useful plants to grow in home gardens and shows how to blend herbs to make tinctures and teas. From 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Civic Garden Center, 2715 Reading Road. $30; registration required by June 15. civicgardencenter.org.


CITY ROOTS is a recurring monthly blog at citybeat.com about local urban agriculture issues.
 
 
by Maija Zummo 06.02.2014 120 days ago
Posted In: Mediterranean, Events at 12:18 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
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Mediterranean Food Fest This Weekend

St. James Loveland hosts

Prep for Panegyri by enjoying the incredibly diverse Mediterranean menu at the St. James Orthodox Church's Mediterranean Food Fest (which also includes authentic music as well as games and all the other fun summer festival activities).

The homemade Middle Eastern cuisine features everything (pretty much literally) ranging from appetizers (hummus, baba ghanouj, fattoush, tabbouleh, olives, spanakopita, falafel) and Tabbikh (cabbage rolls, grape leaf rolls, mujadarah, fassoulia, mahmuseh) to grilled dishes (shish tawook, lamb kabob, kefta kabob) and pita sandwiches plus desserts (kunafa, baklava, hereesah, zalabia, assorted cookies).

Experience the flavors and culture of the Mediterranean without having to cross the ocean.


5-11 p.m. Friday, June 6; noon-11 p.m. Saturday, June 7; 2-9 p.m. Sunday, June 8. Free. St. James Orthodox Church, 6577 Branch Hill Miamiville Road, Loveland, stjamesfoodfest.org.

 
 
by Maija Zummo 05.30.2014 123 days ago
Posted In: Cincinnati, Events at 04:19 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
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Park + Vine Celebrates Seven Years

... With a party

Local green general store Park + Vine is celebrating seven years in Over-the-Rhine with a party.

This family-friendly party will feature live music, food, a phototbooth and a DJ — all coinciding with OTR's Final Friday gallery walk. The celebration, officially titled the "Seven Year Itch," starts at 7 p.m.

“Seven years seems like a very long time and at the same time, not long at all,” says shop owner Dan Korman in a recent press release. “When we opened on Vine Street, we were one of the very first merchants. Main Street is reemerging. We’re ready for more. Like most people, I appreciate the creative and independent spirit of Main Street, so it makes so much sense to celebrate on Final Friday.”

Music kicks off with Roots rockers Pike 27 in front of the shop at 7 p.m. and the fun continues inside, throughout the store and into Goetz Alley outside. Inside, there will be food samples from local foodie friends and a vegan anniversary cake from Happy Chicks Bakery. MadTree Brewing and Rhinegeist will both be on hand to pour beer. And artist Derek Scacchetti’s latest installation BUILDINGS will be on display. As an added bonus, Queen City Bike will be offering free bike valet.

Donations to the Lily Mulberry Fund will also be accepted. (Mulberry, founder of 1305 Gallery, recently passed away. The closing reception for Thank You Lily, Part II will be on view at 1305 Gallery on Main Street tonight.)

7 p.m.-midnight Friday, May 30. 1202 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, parkandvine.com.

(P+V will also be hosting a three-day anniversary sale 10 a.m. to midnight May 30; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 31; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 1. Take 25 percent (with cash or check) or 20 percent (with credit card) off everything from cleaning and gardening supplies to baby items and books. Excludes beer, lunch and brunch purchases, bumGenius diapers, Cincy Rain Barrels, Inspired by Finn amber jewelry, and groceries. Applies to in-stock items only, not special orders. No refunds, returns, exchanges. Not combined with other offers. No coupon necessary.)
 
 
by Jac Kern 05.29.2014 124 days ago
Posted In: Alcohol, Beer at 10:50 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
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Rhinegeist Zen Now Available in Cans

Over-the-Rhine Brewery's "session pale ale" on its way to local retailers

Rhinegeist Brewery yesterday released its third canned beer, Zen Session Pale Ale. The brew is described as "like walking barefoot through a citrus grove in the morning. Earthy and orange zest hop character permeates this Session Pale."

The dry hopped brew promises to be a perfect summer companion with notes of grapefruit and pine. Zen features Golden Promise malt and Citra, Mosaic and Cascade hops with a 4.8 percent ABV, all making for a bright and drinkable ale.

You can find canned Zen, along with Cougar Golden Ale and Truth IPA (released in cans earlier this year), at several area retailers. Find one close to you here. Zen and other core and rotating beers are also available on tap at the Rhinegeist Brewery on Elm Street.

Rhinegeist brewed its first batch just under one year ago.

 
 
by Maija Zummo 05.28.2014 125 days ago
Posted In: Cincinnati, Indian, local restaurant, News, Openings at 12:42 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
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Former Dusmesh Owners Open New Indian Restaurant

Swad North Indian cuisine open six days a week, with lunch buffet

For die-hard Dusmesh fans, the former owners of Dusmesh Indian in Northside have opened a new Indian restaurant in North College Hill called Swad. 

After seven years of ownership, the family sold Dusmesh to new owners in July 2013 and have recently opened Swad — which translates to "tasty" —  a 110-seat dining establishment with 16-seat patio in the old Van Zant building. The menu focuses on North Indian cuisine with options for vegetarians, vegans and non-vegetarians alike, including their Thali, three special different curries and a creamy raita. They are currently in the process of obtaining their liquor license, so the restaurant is BYOB (with no corking fee). Free parking is available out front and in back.

The restaurant is open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday with a lunch buffet from 11 a.m-2:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.1810 W. Galbraith Road, North College Hill, 513-522-5900.


 
 
by Maija Zummo 05.28.2014 125 days ago
Posted In: Alcohol, Beer, Events at 12:16 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
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Hofbräuhaus Keg Tapping Tonight

Newport location taps seasonal Marzen

Hofbräuhaus Newport taps their seasonal June selection tonight — their summer Marzen. The amber-colored beer offers a rich, malty character with a hint of hops and a 5.8 percent ABV. 

The beer will be paired with Ofenfrischer Leberkase, a grilled pork and beef loaf featuring Munich-style finely textured sausage topped with a sunny side up egg and served with German potato salad.

The evening's festivities kick off at 7 p.m. with a tapping followed by German entertainment, jugglers, magicians and a ceremonial keg tapping parade. 

Free. Hofbräuhaus Newport, 200 E. Third St., Newport, Ky., 859-491-7200, hofbrauhausnewport.com.


 
 
by Maija Zummo 05.28.2014 125 days ago
Posted In: Openings, Pizza at 12:02 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
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Mellow Mushroom Opens in Hyde Park

Popular pizza chain finds new East Side home

Atlanta-based pizza chain Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers has opened in Hyde Park. Founded in 1974, each Mellow Mushroom is locally owned and operated with a focus on fresh, stone-baked pizza; an eclectic, artistic environment; and family-friendly atmosphere.

“We are thrilled to bring the unique Mellow Mushroom brand to the Hyde Park community," says owner Kevin Molony in a recent press release. "From the eclectic young professional environment to the family friendly community, this Mellow Mushroom has something for everyone."

The menu features pizza, hoagies, salads, calzones and appetizers with options for vegetarians, vegans, kids and those who are gluten-free. The design of the Hyde Park location centers on all things Cincinnati, from a mural representing the riverfront's past, present and future plus a bridge design introducing elements of the suspension bridge. They also have six television sets for sports.

See the full menu here.

The restaurant is open 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday. 3804 Paxton Ave., Hyde Park, mellowmushroom.com/store/hyde-park or on Facebook.


 
 
by Maija Zummo 05.07.2014
Posted In: Food news, Alcohol, Beer, Events at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
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Fort Wright Izzy's Hosts Beer Dinner

The SweetWater Brewing Company pairs brews with corned beef

Atlanta-based SweetWater Brewing Company is heading North to the Fort Wright, Ky., location of Izzy's (1965 Highland Park., izzys.com) for an evening of brews paired with the restaurant's famous corned beef at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 8.

The paired three-course beer dinner will include an appetizer (grilled bacon-wrapped onion rings with Sriracha dipping sauce), entree (Izzy's Mex corned beef with a potato pancake), and dessert (fried ice cream sandwich with raspberry drizzle) with SweetWater's LowRYEder rye IPA, 420 extra pale ale and SweetWater IPA. 

Cost is $25 per person and includes a complimentary beer glass. Reserve a spot by calling 859-331-4999 or emailing jjbent@izzys.com.
 
 
by Maija Zummo 05.05.2014
Posted In: Food news, Events at 02:02 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
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From the Garden to the Kitchen at Natorp's

Fresh recipes and kitchen techniques from local chefs, culinary experts, herbalists and more

Natorp's Nursery in Mason hosts From the Garden to the Kitchen, a culinary event focusing on using plants from the garden in your own kitchen, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, May 10. 

Rita Heikenfeld, culinary expert, author and herbalist, will instruct on how to create dishes using herbs and flowers from the garden; Ron Wilson, host of "In the Garden," will share his passion for growing exotic herbs and vegetables; Kate Cook, from Carriage House Farm, will discuss organic gardening techniques; Whole Foods culinary experts will provide tastings and discuss healthy eating; and Natrop's horticulturists will share their growing knowledge.

"Most grow-your-own gardeners are barely scratching the service of what types of edibles are available now for the garden," says 

Kyle Natorp, president of Natorp's, in a recent press release. "Visitors will get to explore some great new varieties including over 150 types of herbs, 70 types of tomatoes, 60 types of peppers and extensive fruit trees and berries that are now available to the Cincinnati gardener."  



According to the same release, Natorp's extensive edible collection was a personal project for Natorp — a self-admitted foodie who has a passion for ethnic cooking and spicy food. Natorp's even has the world's hottest pepper, the Carolina Reaper, in stock for planting.

Natorp's, 8601 Snider Road, Mason, natorp.com.
 
 

 

 

 
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