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Jose Salazar’s new restaurant plays off Colombian tradition with welcoming flavors

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 16, 2015
When Jose Salazar talks about his grandmother’s kitchen in Medellin, Colombia, he doesn’t talk about a specific food. His memories are of wooden carts going by in the street, loaded with fresh fruits and vegetables.  
by Jac Kern 10.14.2014
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Iron Fork Transforms Brewery Into Kitchen Stadium

CityBeat's inagural Iron Fork event takes place at Moerlein Brewery tomorrow

We’ve all seen Iron Chef, right? That’s basically what’s happening at CityBeat’s inaugural Iron Fork event from 5:30-10 p.m. Wednesday. The Christian Moerlein Brewery in Over-the-Rhine will transform into a local version of Kitchen Stadium with area chefs Frances Kroner (feast, Sleepy Bee Café, Random Snacks of Kindness), Jose Salazar (Salazar) and Joe West (The Cincinnatian Hotel and The Palace) going head-to-head in a cook to the death! OK, not death — these three will be competing for the coveted Golden Fork Award. Beginning at 6 p.m. with Kroner, the chefs will each take a turn in the kitchen creating a dish using a secret ingredient (which they won’t know about until an hour before they begin). Salazar will follow at 7 p.m. and West will go at 8 p.m. Each chef will get help from a youth apprentice from Gabriel's Place, a local food education nonprofit. CityBeat dining contributors Anne Mitchell and Ilene Ross will join Kristen St. Clair, Kitchen Director and Resident Chef at Gabriel’s Place, as the competition judges. As the chefs do their thing, there will be live feeds of the action on monitors around the event, so guests will be able to catch the fun while they enjoy beer from Christian Moerlein, Four Roses cocktails and bites from more than 20 area restaurants and food vendors including Django Western Taco, Huit BBQ and Jimmy G’s. Tickets are $30/$40 day-of and include two Moerlein beers, a Four Roses drink and ample food samples. Get ‘em here. Proceeds benefit Gabriel’s Place.

Top Chefs Take Manhattan

Jean-Robert leads a team of elite Cincinnati chefs to the Big Apple

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 21, 2014
On May 10, a select group of Cincinnati chefs, led by Jean-Robert de Cavel, traveled to New York to prepare a seven-course gastronomic feast at the Beard House in conjunction with Cincy in NYC, a seven-day event showcasing Cincinnati’s finest music and arts groups.  

Tipped Off

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Jay Porter is the founder of the now-defunct The Linkery, a farm-to-table restaurant in San Diego, and recent posts on his blog, jayporter.com, have caused a stir in the dining world. The posts were follow-ups to a New York Times article on The Linkery’s decision to be a tip-free restaurant with fixed service charges, divided among servers and kitchen staff, added to every check.  

Gateway Gourmands

1 Comment · Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Nothing screams artisan or handcrafted food like a flannel-shirted, tattooed server. Remove the pageantry from the building, please, and just give us the weird cuts of beef or spruced up hot dog served alongside a Prohibition-era cocktail.