CityBeat - Look Who's Eating http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-77-1-look_whos_eating.html <![CDATA[Todd Kelly [Chef, Orchids at the Palm Court] - ]]>

I used to have a rule: Never eat in a hotel, and never sleep in a restaurant. In downtown Cincinnati, though, that rule is made to be broken. Orchids at the Palm Court in the Hilton Netherland Plaza is world-class. Executive Chef Todd Kelly was named Chef of the Year by the American Culinary Federation.

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<![CDATA[Jimmy Gibson [Chef FB's] - ]]>

I interview a lot of chefs, and there is always a common thread: They don’t have time to dine out. This is especially true for Jimmy Gibson. While most chefs toil in a well-equipped, professional-grade kitchen, Gibson is making Whole-Hog Waffles and chicken wings using a two-burner electric hotplate, a Panini press and a smoker.

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<![CDATA[Greg Hardman [Christian Moerlein Brewing] - ]]>

It‘s time for Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, so who better to check in with than Cincinnati’s premier brewmaster, Greg Hardman. Hardman, since purchasing the historic Christian Moerlein Brewing Co. in 2004, has reinstated Cincinnati’s great brewing tradition by restoring many classic brands and crafting new beers, like my favorite, the Moerlein OTR Ale.

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<![CDATA[Leslie Richmond [Vito's Cafe] - ]]>

Everyone’s heard of The New Adventures of Old Christine (the CBS comedy series starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus). Pretty soon everyone will know about the new culinary ventures of Vito’s new/old chef — Leslie Richmond. Richmond has worked for Mary and Vito, the owners of Vito’s Café, off and on since 2003. She recently came back after a hiatus that included giving birth to her daughter, who is now 2 years old.

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<![CDATA[Fallon Horstmeyer [Turophilia Quesadillas] - ]]> Cincinnati native Fallon Horstmeyer is a passionate woman — passionate about quesadillas, that is. This spring, Horstmeyer opened Turophilia Quesadillas, a food truck that is semi-permanently located in the parking lot at the corner of Eight and Vine streets downtown.
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<![CDATA[Chris Burns [Hearth, Homestead] - ]]> When Chris Burns left The Bistro after seven years as chef, he'd made a lot of good connections in the farm-to-table movement. Now Chris and and his wife, Tess, are developing two new business concepts: Hearth, and Homestead. Hearth is a 21st-century general store, and Homestead will connect city folk with their rural heritage.]]> <![CDATA[Mary Beth King [Sweet Peace Bakery] - ]]> Six years ago, Mary Beth King began living a vegan lifestyle and thought she would probably never eat dessert again. But since she’s resourceful and loves to bake, she learned to craft delicious vegan baked goods and desserts. In 2009, she took a giant step and started Sweet Peace Bakery, (www.sweetpeacebakery.com), while still working at her day job for Community Shares.]]> <![CDATA[Chuck Warriner [Dilly Café] - ]]> Chuck Warriner knows his wines, which is a good thing, as he’s the co-owner of the Dilly Café and the manager of the Dilly Wines & Gourmet wine shop in Mariemont. Chuck and his wife, Robbie, found themselves spending long, hard hours at the restaurant and decided they wanted to mold it into a place that was comfortable, welcoming and fun to be in.]]> <![CDATA[Adam Easterling [Lunch on Main] - ]]> In January 2010 Adam Easterling decided to start his first businessventure in the already crowded downtown lunch trade. Adam took a gamble, but he felt that if he took classics, gave them a fresh spin and used the best ingredients, his sandwich shop would succeed where others have failed. A year and a half later, and with a faithful following, his business at 633 Main St. is doing great.]]> <![CDATA[Harry Stephens [Bella Luna/View] - ]]> For about a quarter century, Harry Stephens has been a fixture on the Tristate dining scene. Since 2003, Stephens has owned the wonderfully eclectic Bella Luna (4632 Eastern Ave., Columbia-Tusculum, 513-871-5862), and just over a year ago he opened View in the Edgecliff Building in East Walnut Hills.]]> <![CDATA[Biagio Lamassa [Biagio's Bistro] - ]]> Anyone who’s spent much time in the Clifton area knows Biagio’s Bistro (308 Ludlow Ave., Clifton, 513-861-4777). Since opening in 1999, Biagio’s scooter — almost always parked in front of the restaurant — has become as much of a Ludlow Avenue fixture as the bistro itself.]]> <![CDATA[Bawe Shinholster [Jeff Ruby Culinary Entertainment] - ]]> Downtowner Bawe Shinholster is a busy man — especially when I spoke to him just after Jeff Ruby’s Walnut Street Grille opened for lunch. The Grille, which has been hugely successful with dinnertime guests, opened to a pent-up crowd of lunchsters who couldn’t wait to try the new sandwiches, sides, and salads.]]> <![CDATA[Gina Puopol [Lime Taqueria] - ]]> Chef Gina Puopolo and her husband Matt opened the doors of their fresh new burrito operation in April and they’re excited with the results so far. At the Lime Taqueria, the couple uses natural ingredients — many grown in their own garden — to feed lunch and dinner guests, as well as late-night visitors to Covington’s Mainstrasse.]]> <![CDATA[Sean Kagy [Midwest Culinary Institute/The Summit] - ]]> Chef Sean Kagy was educated at the New England Culinary Institute and worked at The Inn at Little Washington in Washington, Va., in the early 1990s. From there he moved on to Chicago’s Four Seasons hotel before coming to Cincinnati to work under Chef Jean-Robert de Cavel at The Maisonette. After stints as executive chef of The Palace and owner/chef of One in Mason, Kagy opened his own corporate hospitality and consulting business.]]> <![CDATA[Aunt Flora [Aunt Flora's House of Soul, Owner] - ]]> Aunt Flora of Aunt Flora’s House of Soul (7207 Montgomery Road, Silverton, 513-791-7437) is not only a CityBeat favorite but a bona fide celebrity. She (and her famous cobblers) have appeared on The Martha Stewart Show, and recently she was a contestant on Oprah Winfrey’s Search for America’s Next TV Star.]]> <![CDATA[Joshua Steven Campbell [Chef, Mayberry] - ]]> Chef Joshua Steven Campbell of the Mayberry restaurant (915 Vine St., Downtown, 513-381-5999) and the Mayberry Foodstuffs grocery store/market (203 Seventh St., Downtown, 513-621-5555) is a native Cincinnatian, but his culinary travels have taken him to far-away places like the Royal Thai Culinary Academy in Bang Saen, Thailand, and Graycliff in Nassau, Bahamas.]]> <![CDATA[Ginger Rhodes [Principal, Hughes High School] - ]]> Hughes High School is a Clifton landmark. The building is indeed remarkable, but what is even more impressive are the students and staff that call the building a second home. The gargoyles keep watch over the exterior, but one woman, principal Ginger Rhodes (and her staff, of course), keeps the interior running like clockwork.]]> <![CDATA[David Taylor [La Poste] - ]]> David Taylor’s tastes range from the international to the simplest of comfort food. His home cooking is mostly one-dish suppers made in his grandmother’s cast-iron fried chicken pan. His meals at La Poste are also straight from the heart — honest food like pork shank with white beans and kale.]]> <![CDATA[Julie Francis [Owner, Nectar Restaurant] - ]]> No one is happier to see signs of spring than locavore chef Julie Francis, chef and owner of Nectar. She’s anticipating the growing season the way most of us wait for Santa Claus, with visions of sugar snap peas dancing through her head.]]> <![CDATA[Meredith Trombly [Co-Founder, Fresh Table] - ]]> When the company restructures and you’re suddenly without a job, you might take a chance like Meredith Trombly and Louis Snowden did when they opened a food stall at Findlay Market called Fresh Table, specializing in organic, locally sourced foods. Meredith was the organic food buyer for Bigg’s and Louis was the corporate chef, both for about five years before Remke took over the supermarkets.]]>