by Jac Kern
at 10:54 AM | Permalink
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.
0 Comments · Wednesday, May 23, 2012
If you spend any of this long Memorial
Day weekend in downtown Cincinnati, there’s a really good chance you’ll
hear some of the best music makers in the area doing their thang. Two
festivals will be competing for your ears.
by Mike Breen
at 12:14 PM | Permalink
The "Best of Taste" awards — a precursor to the Taste of Cincinnati food fest later this month — were doled out today. Eighty dishes from 30 restaurants were served to judges — "celebrities, foodies and the epicurious" — and they awarded the Crab and Shrimp Dumpling with Noodle from Arloi Dee Thai Bistro the coveted "Best Damn Dish" prize.Here's the full list of winners:AppetizersBest of Taste: Strasse Haus, Fried Peanut Butter & JellyAward of Excellence: LaRosa’s, Spinach RondoAward of Merit: Market Street Grille, Stuffed Chicken Amore Soups/SaladsBest of Taste: du jours/Courtyard Café, Hunter’s Home Turkey ChiliAward of Excellence: ZZ’s Pizza Company, Caprese Salad Award of Merit: City Barbeque, Gumbo SeafoodBest of Taste: Arloi Dee Thai Bistro, Crab & Shrimp Dumpling with Noodle Award of Excellence: ZZ’s Pizza Company, Seafood Pizza Award of Merit: Mahagony’s, Shrimp and Grits EntreesBest of Taste: Andy’s Mediterranean Grille, Gyro Wrap Award of Excellence: Claddagh Irish Pub, Jameson Burger Award of Merit: Lazlo’s Iron Skillet, Walking Chicken Saltimbocca Vegetarian EntreeBest of Taste: du jours/Courtyard Café, Black Bean Burrito Award of Excellence: J. Gumbo’s, Bumblebee Stew Award of Merit: LaRosa’s, Skinny Wheat Pizza DessertsBest of Taste: ZZ’s Pizza Company, Banana Cream Pie Award of Excellence: du jour’s/Courtyard Café, Raspberry Cloud Pie Award of Merit: Claddagh Irish Pub, Bread Pudding Best Damn Dish Arloi Dee Thai Bistro, Crab & Shrimp Dumpling with NoodleTaste of Cincinnati is coming up Memorial Day weekend, May 26-28. Visit TasteofCincinnati.com for more details.
0 Comments · Wednesday, May 18, 2011
I had been asked to represent CityBeat as a judge at the annual Best of Taste of Cincinnati competition. For over a decade I worked for a restaurant that always participated in Taste and I suffered through every Memorial Day weekend foodfest in the heat and rain. One year we were lucky enough to win the “Best Damned Dish,” and, trust me, that can mean big bucks for the winner. So it was with confidence and experience that I drove through the rain up to Sysco in Evendale one early Monday morning.
May 30 • Fifth and Race Streets
0 Comments · Tuesday, May 25, 2010
If you're thinking about dropping by Taste of Cincinnati this weekend, make sure you come downtown on Sunday, when the 'CityBeat Stage Presented by Riverbend Summer 2010' features a stellar collection of national up-and-comers and local heroes: The Hood Internet from Chicago, Visqueen from Seattle and locals You You're Awesome, Buckra and Daughters and Sons.
0 Comments · Wednesday, May 26, 2010
The lineup for Sunday's "CityBeat Stage presented by Riverbend Summer 2010" features a stellar collection of national up-and-comers and local heroes: Headlining are The Hood Internet, a sort of a two-headed version of Girl Talk with more of an interest in Indie Rock who are based in Chicago; other acts include Visqueen from Seattle and locals You You're Awesome, Buckra and Daughters and Sons. The stage is located at Fifth and Race streets.
1 Comment · Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Have you ever felt like Monty Python's Mr. Creosote, the bloated epicurean who explodes in a gory mess when he surrenders to the inducements of an evil maitre d' offering him a "wafer-thin mint" after a laughably enormous feast? Well, that’s how I felt last Monday after helping judge the Best of Taste food competition for the Taste of Cincinnati festival.
0 Comments · Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Molly Malone's in Covington presents a benefit show Friday for local Irish Folk/Rock performer Roger Drawdy and his family. A month ago, Drawdy's home burned down and the family lost everything but the clothes on their backs, a couple of guitars and a child's car seat.