Jean-Robert de Cavel to Throw First Pitch at Reds Game

And tap keg of namesake Christian Moerlein beer

click to enlarge Jean Robert de Cavel
Jean Robert de Cavel

Chef and everyone's favorite local Frenchman Jean-Robert de Cavel celebrates 20 years in Cincinnati by throwing the ceremonial first pitch at tomorrow's Reds game against the San Francisco Giants (12:35 p.m. Thursday, June 5; toss at 12:15 p.m.; tickets start at $5). He's the first chef to toss a first pitch at a Reds game — and he's left-handed.

The pitch is part of de Cavel's Cincinnati “Bucket List,” a yearlong series of events he created in order to celebrate his love of Cincinnati. 

“When I began thinking about my 20 years here, I didn’t just want to have a party. I wanted to celebrate what I love about the city and the things that make it so unique. Since it’s the home of the first professional baseball team, throwing out a first pitch went to the top of the list," de Cavel says in a recent press release. “I am honored that the Cincinnati Reds invited me to take part of a very American, very Cincinnati tradition."

Before the game, de Cavel will be at the Moerlein Lagerhouse at the Banks (115 Joe Nuxhall Way, Downtown) to tap a keg of namesake beer — JeanRo Beer — that Christian Moerlein created in his honor. At 11 a.m., de Cavel will tap the limited-edition summer Hefeweizen. According to the aforementioned press release, "Beer, like baseball, is part of Cincinnati’s heritage and Jean-Robert wanted to have some fun with the brew and with his name. Much like his approach to food, the Hefeweizen has a contemporary twist on a classic profile."  

For more about Jean-Robert and where to find JeanRo Beer, visit jrtable.com. Jean-Robert’s Table will be closed for lunch so that the staff can enjoy the game.