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by Maija Zummo 06.02.2014 88 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 91 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 92 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 93 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 93 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 93 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 114 days ago
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 116 days ago
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.
 
 
by Maija Zummo 05.05.2014 116 days ago
Posted In: Food news, Events, Openings at 01:07 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)
 
 
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Free Pizza!

Blaze Pizza Mason is offering free pizza to its Facebook fans on Saturday, May 10

To commemorate the grand opening of its Mason location, Blaze Pizza will be offering free pizzas all day Saturday to its social media fans. Try Blaze's custom-built, 11-inch individual pizzas — no strings attached. Fans of Blaze on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook get free pizza 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, May 10.

9341 Mason-Montgomery Road, Mason, blazepizza.com/locations/mason.

Instagram: Blazepizza
 
 
by Judy George 05.05.2014 116 days ago
Posted In: City Roots at 11:42 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)
 
 
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City Roots: An Urban Agriculture Blog

500 Gardens in Madisonville

For his 66th birthday last month, Larry Williams gave himself a gift that linked his future with his past: a vegetable garden.

Williams, who has lived in Madisonville since 1994, wants to grow food sustainably like his family before him. "When I grew up, my daddy and granddaddy grew all sorts of vegetables," Williams says. "My job was to collect horse manure so I could fertilize the garden."

Williams now has his own food-producing plot — a raised bed filled with manure, compost and topsoil built by the Madisonville 500 Gardens program.

Launched by local nonprofit Sidestreams Foundation, 500 Gardens aims to put a food-producing garden in every Madisonville household that wants one. To date, more than 150 families have signed up.

Food production has long been a part of Madisonville's history, says Steve Rock, volunteer director at the Lighthouse Community School in Madisonville. "At one point, there were big agricultural swaths in this region," he says.

Several years ago, Rock started teaching students to raise vegetables. When he saw how much food neighbors harvested from the school gardens each night, he realized how valuable fresh, ripe vegetables were. 

"This is a community that knew what to do with good produce," Rock says. "They knew how to cook and use vegetables." 

What also was clear, Rock says, was that they did not have easy access to fresh food.

Rock looked at old gardens in Madisonville covered in weeds. He studied productive patches and failed plots and talked to residents. He concluded they needed simple solutions: a small vegetable garden in their yard, a little education and some guidance to help them succeed.

Each resident who participates in the 500 Gardens program pays $50 and agrees to attend a one-hour course about planting, fertilizing and protecting crops. About a week later, Rock and a crew of volunteers arrive.

"We build a 4-by-8-foot raised bed in each yard and fill it with about 35 cubic feet of good soil, " Rock says. "We then match each resident with a mentor who offers coaching and support during the growing season."

Every Saturday and Sunday, Rock and his crew meet at Ward and Chandler, a corner embedded in Madisonville's history. It's here that the Joseph Ward family, Madisonville's first settlers, built three log cabins in 1797 along a Native American trail. Today, volunteers pile dirt and lumber into pickup trucks and move through the streets of Madisonville, building as many as 20 raised beds in a day.

500 Gardens is about more than building beds, Rock says. It's about building community resilience and giving multiple generations of Madisonville residents the skills to grow food.

"We want people to connect with their neighbors, to talk over the fence about their tomatoes, to share meals and swap vegetables," he says.  

It's also about making lasting changes in the local landscape. Madisonville has about 5,000 houses. To Rock, 500 food-producing plots are significant. "If one family in 10 participates," he says, "that's a cultural shift."

On the City Roots calendar:

May 8: Farmland

A new documentary by James Moll features five farmers in their twenties: a rancher, chicken farmer, pig farmer, organic crop grower and a CSA vegetable farmer. Since the average age of farmers is nearing 60, Farmland focuses on the renewed attention in the U.S. on young farmers. The movie will be shown at one time only — Thursday, May 8 at 7:30 pm — at the Esquire Theatre.  A panel discussion with young local farmers follows the show. esquiretheatre.com

May 10: Shiitake Madness

This hands-on workshop with mycologist Romaine Picasso demonstrates how to grow and harvest abundant mushroom crops on logs. Students will prepare a log for mushroom cultivation and take it home. Saturday, May 10, 2-4 pm at the Civic Garden Center, 2715 Reading Road, $30. civicgardencenter.org

May 10-June 27: Growing Value

Everyone can have a food forest in his or her backyard, says local permaculture nonprofit This-Land. For a few weekends each year, This-Land sells more than 100 edible perennials — herbs, fruit trees, berry bushes and nut trees — in its Growing Value Nursery in Northside. The pop-up nursery, located next to the Building Value parking lot on Spring Grove Avenue, is open Saturdays only from May 10 to June 27, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or by appointment. this-land.org

May 22: Fabulous Containers: Edible and Ornamental

If you don't have a yard, you still can have a garden — on your rooftop, porch, balcony or even in your driveway. Horticulturalists Bennett Dowling and Ali Burns teach how to grow fresh food and flowers in containers. Jointly sponsored by Park + Vine and the Civic Garden Center, the class will be at Park + Vine, 1202 Main St. on Thursday, May 22 from 6-8 p.m. Cost is $10; free to CGC volunteers. parkandvine.com.


CITY ROOTS is a recurring monthly blog about local urban agriculture issues.


 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 
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