Cover Story: Prime 47 Cincinnati is now locally owned and operated


A good steak is never hard to find in Cincinnati, and one of your best bets is Prime 47 Cincinnati, located downtown at 580 Walnut St., now proud to be locally owned and operated.

Nelson Castillo is now the Operating Manager Partner of Prime 47 Cincinnati. Nelson closed the original restaurant to revamp the menu and re-decorate the space. Now, their stunning interior is the perfect showcase for the new menu, which changes with the seasons and features USDA prime cuts of beef sourced from critically acclaimed suppliers who specialize in this particular cut. New to Prime 47 Cincinnati is lunch service, offered Monday through Friday from 11:00am to 4:00pm. A full, exciting menu is available, with soups, salads, entrees and sandwiches, the most notable being the Paxton Prime Time Burger with balsamic onions and Habanero Havarti – this is a don’t miss speciality! They’ve also added Happy Hour from 4:00pm to 7:00pm Monday through Friday. Also offered is a three-course meal, “Prime Seating Menu”….available everyday from 4-6 pm…perfect before any show or event.

Prime 47 Cincinnati offers first-class seafood as well. Their extensive array is flown in daily and is ideal for those celebrating the Lenten season. Executive Chef Shawn Heine has stretched the imagination of classic seafood dishes, and you’ll find something fresh and new all season long.

In addition to the fabulous food, Prime 47 Cincinnati understands that a quality wine is an integral part of the complete dining experience; they have carefully selected an extensive and diverse Wine Vault on that basis. Their Wine Vault features a deep and distinguished selection of the finest wines from internationally recognized vineyards. Guests can enjoy an exceptional wine or beverage every time they visit, whether it’s a red, white or something completely different. They even have private wine lockers available.

Prime 47 is proud to offer live music Thursday-Saturday; be sure to check out the March calendar at You can also hold private events; their many varieties of dining rooms provide you with an unlimited number of possibilities, complete with Prime 47’s excellent service and party execution talents.

This is a dining experience not to be missed. Make a reservation for lunch or dinner and enjoy a fine-aged steak at Prime 47 Cincinnati – it’s worth the trip.

Meredes-Benz of Ft. Mitchell’s annual Mardi Gras for Homeless Children combines fun with fundraising


Be sure to mark February 9, 2016 down on your calendar – you don’t want to miss The 25th Annual Mardi Gras for Homeless Children presented by Mercedes Benz of Fort Mitchell!

Produced by the Northern Kentucky Restaurant Association (NKRA), this event is a don’t-miss for anyone who likes to have a little fun, New Orleans-style, while also helping Tri-State area homeless children get the food they so desperately need. Everyone can enjoy this culinary-tasting experience, with lots of food and beverages from over 50 local restaurants and beverage purveyors. Graze your way through the Northern Kentucky Convention Center while listening to live jazz entertainment from Robin Lacey and DeZydeco Band, and feast your eyes while you’re sampling the goods on stilt walkers, clowns, live and silent auctions, and the exciting and prominent Mardi Gras Parade, led by the Beechwood High School Marching Band.

This year’s Mardi Gras court features Mardi Gras King Mike McConnell, of 700WLW and Mardi Gras Queen Sheila Gray, of Local 12 News. Grand Marshall is Giovani Bernard, running back for the Bengals, and the whole event will be emceed by Harry Stephens and D-Lo from KISS 107.

All proceeds from the 25th Annual Mardi Gras for Homeless Children goes towards food purchases for Bethany House Services, Brighton Center’s Homeward Bound and Welcome House of Northern Kentucky. This event has raised over $1,348,370.00 since its’ inception, and the money is a true gift to these agencies, giving them enough to stock their pantries for at least a full year. “It’s a truly regional event,” says event Chairman Gordon Snyder, “and a great way the restaurants can give back to their community.”

Mercedes Benz of Fort Mitchell has been a proud sponsor of this event for three years, and are glad to name Local 12-WKRC Cincinnati, FOX19, Remke, Mondelez, KISS 107, 700WLW, iHeart Media and Starr Printing as promotional sponsors. Tickets are available for $60/person, which provides admittance for the entire event from 6:30pm-10:00pm; you can purchase tickets at Mercedes Benz of Fort Mitchell, Hofbrauhaus Newport, Marriott RiverCenter, Embassy Suites RiverCenter, by phone at 859-291-6572, or online at VIP tickets are available for $80, which allows you entry to the event at 5:30pm.

Enjoy great food, listen to great entertainment, see local celebrities and help those in need: come to the 25th Annual Mardi Gras for Homeless Children!

Cover Story: Cincinnati Cyclones: Family-friendly, affordable fun at US Bank Arena

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Looking for something fun to do while in Cincinnati that the whole family can enjoy? Come to US Bank Arena for a Cincinnati Cyclones hockey game!

Since 1990, the Cincinnati Cyclones have been playing hockey all over the country and in Canada; they are the AA team of the National Predators. Eighteen of their players have gone on to play for the NHL, which makes our Cyclones a hotbed of talent that’s exciting to watch.

And there’s more to a Cyclones game than just hockey; in fact, they pride themselves on being “more than just a game.” With music, promotions and fun half-time activities (think hamster balls and sumo suits!), a Cyclones game offers something for everyone in the family – at a price that’s surprisingly affordable. Games always have a fun theme, such as Superheroes, Star Wars and Video Games, and promotions include $1 beer night, $1 hot dog night, kids eat free and more. Special fundraising nights are featured as well; The Cure Starts Now Night, raising money for pediatric cancer as well as breast cancer awareness nights mix philanthropy and fun. The atmosphere at a Cyclones game is always charged up with excitement and exuberance.

In November, you can take advantage of a “Kids Eat Free” night on the 6th; any 2-12 year-old can enjoy an entrée, side item and beverage, on the house! The Cure Starts Now is on November 7, and on the 13th it’s Teddy Bear Toss Night – bring a bear to toss on the ice when the Cyclones score their first goal! Superhero Night is November 21st, and $1 Beer can be had on the 25th at the Thanksgiving Eve game. Fun ticket packages are available; a family of four can come get their hockey on for just $72, which includes four tickets and four t-shirts.

When you want more than just a sports experience on a night out – when you’re looking for sports, fun, music, food and an atmosphere of excitement – come to a Cincinnati Cyclones game at the US Bank Arena.



The Cincinnati Bengals off to a great start!

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Who Dey!

The chant heard around the city….and the nation. The Cincinnati Bengals are a force to be reckoned with….they seem virtually unstoppable. Week after week, they are showing their stripes. Great quarterbacking along with super receivers, a strong defense, all add up to a winning team. Cincinnati’s winning team! Will it continue??? YES!

The franchise was founded in 1967 and are members of the North division of the American Football Conference (AFC) of the National Football League (NFL). Their home stadium is Paul Brown Stadium in downtown Cincinnati . Big rivalries in the division with the Pittsburgh Steelers leading the pack, the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens not far behind. Well, Bengals just beat the Ravens…so bring on the Steelers! Led by Coach Marvin Lewis (second longest tenured NFL coach with 12+ years in the Bengals franchise), his confidence and “never give up” attitude seem to be rubbing off on all the players. The addition of Hue Jackson as Offensive Coordinator, now in his 2nd year with the Bengals, has proved to be a winning combination. Quarterback Andy Dalton has led the team to at least 10+ victories every year. He is one of only two quarterbacks in NFL history to lead their team to the playoffs in their first four years. Everybody is hoping this will be the year for a playoff victory.   How about that A.J. Green….an incredible wide receiver able to catch any ball thrown in his direction, with speed and endurance driving him into the end zone…a sheer pleasure to watch.   So many great players, both offense and defense.

There are a lot of games left this season, with so much win potential. How many will you be attending?? Be sure to get your tickets soon….with many Bengals wins, there’s sure to be a shortage!!! Be a part of the game, the crowd, the spirit.  Who Dey think gonna beat them Bengals???

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati is America’s Oktoberfest

IMG_7816Cincinnati is steeped in rich German Heritage – just ask one of the many German Societies in town who work hard at bringing that culture to the forefront. That’s why there’s no better place for an Oktoberfest than Cincinnati!

Starting in 1976on one city block, Oktoberfest Zinzinnati is now a 16-city block extravaganza that is second only to the original Oktoberfest in Munich. Attended by over 600,000 people, Oktoberfest Zinzinnati is a wonderful opportunity to be immersed in German culture and heritage that makes Cincinnati, while enjoying fine food, beer and events that are fun for all ages.

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, presented by Samuel Adams, opens on Friday, September 18 at 5pm. The official opening ceremonies are at 11:30 am on Saturday, September 19 with the traditional tapping of the keg by Samuel Adams founder (and Cincinnati native) Jim Koch, followed by a procession through the city streets by members of the many German societies in town, dressed in traditional garb and carrying the flags of their particular German background.

But don’t think the festivities don’t kick off until Friday evening – be on Fountain Square at noon that day for the 9th Annual Running of the Wieners! 100 Dachshunds in hot dog costumes will be running races in heats of 10, and the winners of those will run one last race to crown the official King or Queen of the Wiener Dogs! This is a race not to be missed – the sight of all those wiener dogs in wiener suits is entertainment for the entire family. Fritz, the official Wiener Dog Mascot will be walking around for photo-ops and good times.

After the dogs have their day, Oktoberfest Zinzinnati continues with the Gemuetlichkeit (Goodwill) Games at 1:00pm, which features beer barrel rolls and beer stein races. And if that’s not your mug of beer, you can enjoy so many other activities, including the World’s Largest Chicken Dance. While the Grand Marshall has yet to be announced, past honorees have included Weird Al Yankovic, Nick and Drew Lachey, Joe Morgan and the Prince of Bavaria. Not up to getting your chicken on? Try this year’s new Mike’s Hard Tug of War, sponsored by Mike’s Hard Lemonade, on Sunday at 11am right in the street. You can also have fun at the Beer Stein Hoisting contest: a liter Stein is filled to the brim and you have to hold it up without so much as a waver of the arm. Not as easy as it looks! Oktoberfest Zinzinnati’s most unique event is the World Brat Eating Contest, with Joey “The Jaw” Chestnut coming in to defend his brat-eating crown. Show up to watch – if you’ve got the stomach for it!

There will be close to 40 food tents, where in the past they’ve sold 90,000 brats, 80,000 metts, 54,000 sauerkraut balls, 25,000 potato pancakes and tons of strudel and pretzels. New this year is Brewer’s Alley, where thirsty folk can enjoy micro brews from across the country as well as from right here in the Tri-State area. “It’s crowded, fork to fork and stein to stein, but everyone’s in a good mood and enjoying Oktoberfest,” says Pat Sheeran, VP of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber.

Another highlight of Oktoberfest Zinzinnati is their Glockenspiel. Not your grandmother’s clock, this is an LED screen Glockenspiel that for 55 minutes of the hour looks like a regular clock, but at the top of the hour for 5 minutes lights up with graphics to accompany the dancers who come out to entertain the crowd.

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati is more than just a street festival, it’s a mega-event that’s a don’t-miss when you’re in Cincinnati. Sheeran asserts, “whether you’re German, or just German at heart, you’ll have a great time.” Raise a stein, savor a brat and let the good times roll!

Cover Story: Western & Southern Open


In Cincinnati, we don’t worry about the dog days of August. Why? Because we have the TENNIS days of August, and around here, the Western & Southern Open is what makes the summer.

Held at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, OH, the 2015 Western & Southern Open will be in play from August 15th-23rd. The Open features the best men and women tennis players in the world – all top forty players who are at the top of their game. Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andy Murray are this year’s top 3 in the Men’s ATP; Serena Williams, Petra Kvitova and Simona Halep are the top three in the Women’s WTA. Maria Sharapova fans don’t despair-she’s number 4 and will be playing as well.

As great as it is to come out and watch the tennis matches, not everyone is a die-hard tennis nut, and at the Western & Southern Open, that’s just fine by them. There are a ton of things to do if you aren’t interested in watching tennis! Food, shopping, music, themed bars…there’s so much to choose from you won’t have time to catch a match anyway.

The food arena features 14 great restaurants. Cincinnati favorites like LaRosa’s, Skyline Chili and Montgomery Inn will be there, as well as Tony’s, Taste of Belgium, Fusian Sushi and new this year, Palomino. For dessert, Graeter’s is on hand, of course. Once you’re filled up, you can enjoy fabulous music on the main stage, featuring 30 regional bands playing everything from classic hits to bluegrass. As something different, evenings will feature a DJ in the food arena that will play a special blend of music to truly enhance your experience at the Open.

The 20,000 square-foot retail plaza will have a wide variety of boutiques, and the keystone of the area is the Midwest Sports air-conditioned tent. This tent will hold the largest tennis in the world with equipment, apparel and accessories – and if you are looking to dress like the pros do, be sure to stop by, because the exact outfits the Open players are wearing will be available for purchase!

All that eating, shopping and toe-tapping is sure to make you thirsty, so be sure to stop by the many themed beverage areas the Open hosts. You can enjoy non alcoholic selections like soda, hand-squeezed lemonade or smoothies or hit one of the “destination bars” that are all around the Open.   The Michelob Ultra Legends Bar is your best seat in the house for listening to music while enjoying a cold brew. The el Arco Tequila Margarita Bar is a new addition to the Open, and will be the perfect place to grab an Arco Ace Margarita. More of a wine drinker? The Robert Mondavi Private Selection Wine Garden will offer the very best from the vineyards of Robert Mondavi surrounded by award-winning landscaping by LaMond Design. Each night at 5:30 a celebrity chef will be giving a demonstration in the Wine Garden.

Grab some shade and relax in the Emirates Lounge; you can try a little Belvadere Vodka and cool off while chatting with friends or watching the matches. And for a little style, stop by the Moet Champagne Bar: toast the players while treating yourself to the luxurious taste of Moet, the official Champagne of the Western & Southern Open.

New at the Open this year is area-wide FREE high speed Wi-Fi, covering all 20 acres. There is also an App available to follow the event: WSOpen Now. Get it now at the App store and start planning your Open experience!