Cooking for Martha Stewart has got to be a
little like sharing your film project with Woody Allen, right? Surreal is the word Cincinnati chef
and caterer Renee Schuler of Eat Well Celebrations and Feasts uses to
describe her recent experience cooking for Martha, someone who set the
bar for beautiful food when Schuler was growing up.
There’s a certain wave of reassurance that
washes over a person while in the presence of someone radiating with
confidence and passion for his craft. Chef
Nathan Jolley — who operates his tiny restaurant, Burnell’s, out of the
former Mayberry location on Vine Street — is such a man.
Chef Michael Shields opened BrewRiver GastroPub with local craft beer and thoughtfully paired cuisine in mind. You will find no Budweiser, Guinness or other popular (inter)national brands here, only a rotating list of his more than 50 hand-picked, locally brewed draughts, bottled and canned beers.
Shanghai Mama’s was closed for nine
months following a fire last October. There was some despair among
downtowners as the months dragged on. Call it the dark night of the
soul. But Mama’s back, and I’m happy to report that she’s better than
Tim Lambrinides opened Silver Ladle on Sixth Street back in March. The new “fast casual” restaurant serves a variety of hearty sandwiches, a dozen soups, fresh salads, gluten-free options and, of course, its own twist on Cincinnati-style chili and coneys.
In a sense, Emily Frank is living vicariously through her food truck. C’est Cheese, pronounced “say cheese”
(but it’s OK if you never get it right — few do), is a gourmet grilled
cheese truck. A year in the making but only really a couple weeks
old, C’est Cheese hit Cincinnati’s ground running.
When David and Liz Cook of
Daveed’s at 934 decided this year to try a new concept in Loveland,
Daveed’s Next, the Mount Adams space Daveed’s
had occupied at 934 Hatch St. was not vacant long. Mantra on the Hill
opened in late May, lead by Chef Yajan Upadhyaya, originally chef/owner
of Cumin in Hyde Park.