by Jac Kern
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Summer doesn’t officially begin until June
20, but it’s Memorial Day weekend and Cincy’s signature mugginess is in full
effect — the season is upon us! Stay hydrated, slap on the sunscreen and get
ready to make the most of this three-day weekend.
It’s tradition to fire up the grill and open
pools at the start of summer, but the biggest local ritual this time of year
is the Taste of Cincinnati, taking over downtown Saturday-Monday. Fifth Street
will fill with local food vendors, plenty of booze stations, carnival rides, four performance stages and more. This year is the debut of food trucks at the Taste — be sure to stop by Café de Wheels, Pizza Bomba, Taco Azul and Queen
City Cookies’ mobile eateries in addition to the traditional Taste staples. Pick
up an issue of this week’s CityBeat for a guide to the Taste with a map and
full menu or click here for a digital copy.
Tonight OTR’s green general store Park +
Vine celebrates its fifth anniversary. P+V
is a hub for local goods, vegan food, eco-cooking/gardening/living classes and
much more. Danny Korman and the rest of the P+V crew have introduced
Cincinnatians to kombucha keg parties, bike-friendly culture and even tasty vegan
cheese (seriously, it exists). Stop by the shop from 6-11 p.m. tonight and
enjoy a street market with local environmental organizations, food and produce
vendors. Inside, there will be music, a Flashbox photo booth, beverages and the
usual great shopping. Across the street, Northside vintage outfitters Chicken
Lays An Egg present a fashion show at the park adjacent to Old St. Mary’s
As bike month comes to a close, celebrate
the way countless teens end their high school careers — with a prom!
Saturday the City of Cincinnati Bike Program hosts a Bike Prom ride from Northside’s
Hoffner Park to Fountain Square (and back), kicking off at 4:30 p.m. Dress in
your snazziest bike-friendly formal wear, get your photo taken prom-style under
a balloon arch and even vote for a king and queen. After the ride, head to
Mayday in Northside for after-prom: Mobo Bicycle Cooperative’s annual
fundraiser. Dance to classic prom tunes, participate in a busted bike
build-off, sign up for a silent auction and enjoy delicious Mayday drinks-n-'dogs all night long. The ride is free, after-prom admission is $10.
Exhale Dance Tribe presents its
season closer Saturday with Imprint.
The contemporary Jazz show features original choreography by Exhale founders Missy Lay Zimmer and Andrew Hubbard. Dancing With the
Stars champ and 98 Degrees alum Drew Lachey hosts the evening. Check out Lea
Lachey, Sherene Schostak and Traci Swain, a father-son live art performance,
solo by Andrew Hubbard and much more. The show begins at 8 p.m. Saturday;
purchase tickets here.There's even more going down this weekend: Read Rick Pender's Stage Door for theater shows, follow our music blog for nightly concerts (and plenty of music festivals this weekend), and check out the To Do page for more.
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Matt Greco, owner of Grecos downtown,
deftly steered clear of all that hubbub. Serving breakfast and lunch for
several months now out of his new space just west of Paul Brown
Stadium, Greco combines the hip and funky menu of popular food trucks
with all the comforts and amenities of a brick-and-mortar restaurant.
by Jac Kern
The grilled cheese-n-tomato soup gods at Tom + Chee are no strangers to the spotlight. Since its inception in 2009 as a food tent on Fountain Square, the comfort food joint has gone on to expand to two permanent locations and has been featured on Man vs. Food Nation and Amazing Eats. They even boast a food challenge called The Baker's Dozen: a mad dash to consume a tray full of their famous grilled cheese donuts. So what's next for Tom + Chee? A reality show, apparently.The restaurant has been teasing the idea via social media and today released a video previewing the show:Sure, it's a little cheesy (but what else would you expect from a restaurant with the diary ingredient in its name?) and lacking in the production/sound department, but I'm admittedly an automatic fan of all things T+C. It's a great message to share — small-time businesses really can become successful even in a crappy economy. And with fun characters like Andre, it certainly won't be a boring show. Speaking of, did we just discover Golden Voice 2.0? Entertainment Tonight, are you watching?Keep your eyes peeled for more Tom + Chee updates, and keep your belly filled with their delicious creations.
by Jennifer Saltsman
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Findlay Market eatery offers romantic sushi/Indian classes
My mom always told me that nothing gets a man’s heart like good
cooking. After two sticks of butter, one quart of heavy cream and a half-gallon
of milk, my date might have thought I was trying to clog his arteries rather
than “steal his heart.” Instead, we discovered each other’s love for high
calorie, mostly dairy-based foods and embraced cooking Indian cuisine together.
Sushi Bears, located in
Findlay Market’s Historic Market House, offers Indian and sushi cooking classes
for $80 per couple. Led by experienced chefs, the classes for two show proper cooking
techniques and dissolve the mystiques surrounding Indian/Asian food cuisines
over an hour and a half. You get to choose between the two cuisines and (of
course!) there are vegetarian and vegan options for both — just be sure to tell
the chef when you schedule your class.
In an effort to curb the copious amounts of money I spend on
Indian take-out every month, I opted to take my date to the Indian food class. I
scheduled our cooking class on a Wednesday; Findlay is pretty calm during the
week (I wouldn’t recommend the weekend because it’s busier and noisier), and coupled
with the warm weather, the mood was perfect. Inspired by the market’s intimate
atmosphere, I was ready to get down on some good cooking.
We walked up to the counter and our chef was getting the
food and tools together, ready to teach. With five years of Indian cuisine
cooking experience under his belt, Chef Joshua Stewart was knowledgeable, funny
and he (somehow) made cooking Indian food seem effortless.
Over the course of 75 minutes we learned about different spices
and ingredients used in popular Indian dishes, how to prepare those ingredients
and how to make paneer cheese. By the end of the class we made three different
dishes: saag paneer (a creamy spinach dish topped with Indian cheese), golden
curry (a base sauce used in around half of all Indian food recipes) and masala
(curry with tomato paste and spices). We topped a bowlful of rice with the
trifecta of sauces, sprinkled it with homemade cheese and dug in.
In addition to the cooking classes in the Market, the folks
at Sushi Bears teach group classes in homes, serve food and drinks to market-dwellers
and cater parties and events. Next time you’re at Findlay start off with the
wheatgrass lemonade ($2.49), one glass has the same nutritional content as a
pound of green leafy vegetables. For a meal try the chicken curry naan-wrap
($5.95) — that’s right, it’s like a burrito, only substitute the tortilla with
fluffy naan and a heap of your favorite Indian dish inside. If you’re looking for more traditional Indian
cuisine, try the chicken curry meal ($7.95). The portion sizes are pretty big,
so be prepared to make some space in your fridge for leftovers.
Judging by the food baby in my date’s stomach (he finished
his whole plate), I didn’t need to make room in my fridge. I had a feeling my
leftovers would be gone by the end of the evening, and I wouldn’t be the person
who ate them. Luckily, Chef Joshua sent me home with a DVD providing
step-by-step instructions on the Indian dishes so I can recreate them at home.
Store Hours: 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 10
a.m.- 4 p.m. Sunday
Phone: 513-608-3980Full Disclosure: CityBeat's discount gift certificate program, Perkopolis, offers a half-price deal on Sushi Bears rolling classes, though it was not the inspiration for our intern to try out the class. For more information, go here.