Taste of Cincinnati

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Taste of Cincinnati®, presented by Kroger and produced by the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, will feature 34 restaurants and 19 food trucks at the May 25-27 event. The event, which opens at 11 a.m. each day, will showcase close to 300 Cincinnati-made menu items along with a wide variety of beers and diverse entertainment. Taste of Cincinnati will be held on Fifth Street from Main to the ramps of I-71 and Columbia Parkway.

The nation’s longest running free culinary arts festival, is also adding the Eat & Run 5K to its menu, Sunday, May 26, 10 a.m. The start and finish line for the inaugural run and walk will be at Sentinel and Culvert Streets in downtown Cincinnati. Registration is now open at www.TasteofCincinnati.com. 

“As the Taste of Cincinnati festival continues to evolve and innovate through food, drinks and entertainment, we’re proud to add what we know will become a new Cincinnati tradition, the Eat & Run 5K. We may even cook up a few surprises along the route,” said Cynthia Oxley, director of Taste of Cincinnati.

Eat & Run 5K participants will receive a commemorative medal, t-shirt, and a complimentary beverage at Taste of Cincinnati. Prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place finishers in the men’s and women’s categories.

Additionally, Taste of Findlay Market will return to Taste of Cincinnati. The specialty section will feature nearly two dozen rotating food vendors from Cincinnati’s Findlay Market and “foodpreneurs” from their food business incubator, Findlay Kitchen, will serve delicious fresh-prepared “bites.”

Born in 1979, Taste of Cincinnati enjoyed a record-tying crowd of 550,000 in 2018.

 

Asian Food Fest returns to The Banks

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Asian Food Fest, presented by Kroger and produced by the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber in partnership with the Asian American Cultural Association of Cincinnati is set to happen at a new and expanded site, Saturday, May 11, noon-10 p.m. and Sunday, May 12, noon-8 p.m., on Freedom Way, between Elm and Walnut Streets, at the Banks. Fans of Asian Food Fest will enjoy a mouthwatering tour of Asian foods, in the form of small plates, priced from $2–$6. The event is free and open to the public.

Additionally, “Secret Menu” items will again be available at Asian Food Fest. The term “secret menu” comes from a frequent practice at many Asian restaurants in America. These establishments often have a secret menu available only upon request. The menu features more traditional and authentic Asian dishes.

“As Cincinnati’s Asian food scene continues to expand, Asian Food Fest is evolving and staying ahead of pace,” said Bao Nguyen of the Asian American Cultural Association of Cincinnati. “This is our ninth production of Asian Food Fest, and we’re proud to have created a new and continuously growing Cincinnati tradition.”

Other vendors and the SkyStar observation wheel will also operate throughout Asian Food Fest weekend. SkyStar provides unique views of downtown Cincinnati, Covington, the Ohio River and the Roebling Suspension Bridge. It features more than one million LED lights. Each of the 36 gondolas is enclosed, climate controlled and can hold up to six passengers. Skystar offers a private experience and riders are not paired with strangers. The SkyStar experience consists of four revolutions and lasts approximately 12 minutes.

Asian Food Fest celebrates the culture, cuisine, entertainment and drinks of Asian communities including Cambodia, China, Hawaii, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Nepal, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. Learn more at www.asianfoodfest.org.

The hottest new spot in town… Ripple Wine Bar in Covington!

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Husband and wife team, hospitality veterans, and lifelong Northern Kentuckians, Matt Haws (Co-Founder of Grandview Tavern & Grille) and Kathleen Haws are proud to announce the opening of Ripple Wine Bar. Passionate about creating experiences, Matt and Kathleen believe their establishment fills a much-needed gap in Covington’s growing landscape of entertainment and dining options.

Ripple is a laid-back wine bar featuring a rotating list of curated vintages and a seasonal small-plate menu. The kitchen is under the directions of Chef Will Smith, a Covington native. The bar, which is just around the corner from Madison Avenue, will also serve local brews and spirits. Their goal is to create a neighborhood gathering place that promotes wine’s approachability through education and tasting. 

“We invested in a temperature-controlled cruvinet system to allow our guests the ability to taste more wine without ever compromising its quality.” Says Matt. “With our cruvinet, we are able host more than 40 wines in house and offer each of them as a half glass pour, full glass, half bottle or full bottle.” Kathleen adds.  

 Matt and Kathleen hope Ripple encourages more people to enjoy life, share experiences, and appreciate the beauty of wine. The name of the bar is inspired by one their favorite songs (not one of their favorite beverages). As the poet, Robert Hunter, writes, “reach out your hand if your cup be empty. If your cup is full may it be again.” 

The Ripple Team worked with Orleans Development on the renovation of the nearly 100-year old space at 4 West Pike Street, and sought to incorporate much of the original architectural elements. 

Ripple Wine Bar is open from 4 – 11 PM, Monday through Thursday, and 4 PM until 1 AM on Fridays and Saturdays, with availability for private events on Sundays. They will accept reservations for their second-floor seating area as well as private events.

Visit  www.ripplewinebar.com 

 

The Turf Club is back – and better than ever!

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The Turf Club is a classic American burger joint with the coolest vibe and surroundings…..neon signs, cartoon characters from the 70’s and 80’s, music playing, beer and drinks flowing, a whole lot of laid back fun!  Formerly known as Terry’s Turf Club, the name was changed under new ownership by Tom Kunkemoeller and his brother Mark as of January, 2019. They’ve kept all that was awesome, and have even added a few things, including new happy hour specials!

In the restaurant industry his whole life, Tom Kunkemoeller left his position as the general manager of the Montgomery Inn Boathouse of more than 20 years in order to save this little gem. Kunkemoeller is excited for the new opportunity, and talks about some of the upcoming changes to The Turf Club: “Some of the outside neon had to go, but there are plans to add some exciting new stuff.” The Turf Club is where you’ll find Tom, always there making sure all is running smoothly, greeting customers, new and old.  

Located in Linwood right off Columbia Parkway, The Turf Club is known for its neon signs, uplifting atmosphere, and – most of all – the incredible stacked burgers!  Boasting a wide selection of speciality toppings and sauces, the burger possibilities are endless. Not to stop there, The Turf Club also serves a variety of seafood, grilled chicken sandwiches and veggie options, along with lots of appetizers and a fully stocked bar to wash it all down. 

In December of last year, Terry’s Turf Club announced its closing. Kunkemoeller couldn’t bear to see such a unique restaurant’s legacy simply end – he called the next day, and within a couple days, negotiations for the sale of Terry’s Turf Club were in the works. Within a few weeks an agreement was reached, and Kunkemoeller was to be the new owner of the rebranded restaurant…The Turf Club.  Tom wants everyone to know that “We are still up and running; It’s the same place as it was before, just with a new name and a new owner.” 

Don’t forget to check out Chicken on the Run – located in Deer Park – also owned by the Kunkemoeller brothers!  You’ll find Mark there….at this down home spot with a great menu, awesome food, and a festive bar.  Think chicken, sandwiches, amazing salads and appetizers…so many options! 

 Two of your new favorites in Cincinnati….run by two awesome guys who happen to be brothers.  Enjoy!

 

Don’t Miss SPCA Cincinnati’s 17th Annual Fur Ball!

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Save the Date: Early Ticketing Now Available!

Thanks to all our Fur Ball 2019 sponsors and our Presenting Sponsor, IAMS™ for helping to make SPCA Cincinnati’s 17th Annual Fur Ball, Paws on Broadway possible! Join us on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at the Sharonville Convention Center for a wonderful evening filled with fine dining and live entertainment. More than 650 guests will partake in extravagant live and silent auctions to benefit animal welfare.

New to 2019 Fur Ball! Get your ticket for a drawing to win a trip to a lavish Italian resort, Monteverdi in Tuscany, Italy. Buy now, ONLY 350 TICKETS WILL BE SOLD!

Questions about Fur Ball or the Monteverdi Tuscany Resort Drawing? Please contact Trent Owens at towens@spcacincinnati.org or phone 513-489-7392.

Since its founding in 1873, SPCA Cincinnati has saved countless animals as the voice for those who cannot speak for themselves. Just last year alone, more than 7,000 animals were placed in adoptable homes and nearly 1,000 were reunited with their owners. Thousands of animals are entrusted to us. Food, shelter, and medical care is essential. We take pride in our roles as animal advocates.That pride is a partnership with individuals, companies, and organizations throughout Cincinnati – all of them animal champions.

Woodhouse Kitchen + Bar

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Woodhouse Kitchen + Bar is one of those unique places; boasting fresh, locally sourced and organic ingredients, the Eastern European/ New American inspired menu is bursting with unique flavors. Whether it be homemade pierogies, specialty beetroot salads, eccentric cocktails, or a classic cheeseburger, Woodhouse delivers flattering tastes, all the while paired with a warm, welcoming atmosphere.

Recently celebrating its first year of business, Woodhouse is seeing tremendous success. Located in Mason, OH, at the King’s Mill road exit off I-71, Woodhouse’s general manager, Amber Phillips, describes it as….”Traditional – we want to bring old flavors back, but give them a new spin.” Yury Pivor, the owner, has plenty of experience running restaurants, with Woodhouse being his most recent startup. In the kitchen, Executive Chef Matthew Schroeder’s menu is designed to accentuate the flavors of the locally sourced ingredients, and their seasonal menu reflects this dedication.

More than a restaurant, Woodhouse Kitchen + Bar has several indoor and outdoor private and semi-private event spaces where they host events, ranging from birthdays, graduations, and weddings rehearsals. With a technologically-equipped private dining room, they host luncheons, company meetings, and rehearsals, as well as offering catering services.

Woodhouse offers live jazz and bluegrass music on the weekends, a wonderful addition to a casual – yet classy – dining experience. Phillips emphasizes the importance of the atmosphere, and takes extra precautions to make sure all the customers have the best possible dining experience; It’s about making Woodhouse Kitchen + Bar as “approachable as possible, and bringing family and friends to the restaurant…a destination spot.”