Check out these upcoming events for a savory crossroads of food and community.
EAT. PLAY. GIVE. Sunday October 9th, 11:30 am – 2:30 pm.
Join Chef Jean Robert de Cavel and Annette de Cavel at the Midwest Culinary Institute for their annual fundraiser to benefit the SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) organization.
The brunch features dishes from some of the best chefs and restaurants in the city – Daveed’s at 934, Cumin, Orchids, Eat Well Catering, Jeff Ruby Entertainment Group, Hugo, Taste of Belgium, La Poste Eatery and many more – activities for kids, and a silent auction with lots of goodies like art, jewelry, and restaurant gift certificates.
Advance tickets (through Saturday October 8) are $65 for adults; $20 for children ages 5 -12 and are available at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets on the day of the brunch are $75 for adults and $25 for children.
The de Cavels lost their daughter Tatiana to SIDS in 2002 and have since raised over $600,000 for SIDS research, education, and support – one of the most successful SIDS fundraisers in the country. For more information: www.eatplaygive.org
FOOD + THOUGHT Monday October 10th, 6:30 – 8 pm
An event hosted by yours truly, this series of culinary conversations grew from articles in our March and August (2011) issues that featured a bounty of local growers and food artisans. The response we’ve received from the sold-out events has been so positive we’re expanding the conversation to connect you to area chefs, their restaurants, and some of their favorite growers.
Please join me and the very talented Chef Stephen Williams, at his Bouquet Restaurant and Wine Bar for a culinary meet and eat with four local food artisans and growers:
Tricia Houston of Napoleon Ridge Farm
Renee “Caviar Queen” Koerner of Big Fish Farm
Mike Madison of Madison’s Market
Richard Stewart of Carriage House Farm
Enjoy four small-plate courses prepared by Chef Williams featuring products from each of the artisans and growers:
~ Dandelion salad (Madison’s Market)
~ Smoked paddlefish mousseline (Big Fish Farm)
~ Pork belly confit with 55-minute egg (Napoleon Ridge Farm)
~ Lavender ice cream, pecan tuile, wildflower honey and cinnamon toast (Carriage House Farm)
Tickets are $25 per person and include a glass of wine. Cash bar available. To purchase tickets call Chris Ohmer at 513.562.2777. Space is limited. Bouquet Restaurant and Wine Bar is located at 519 Main St. (Mainstrasse) in Covington.
CINCINNATI CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL Sunday, October 23rd Noon – 6pm
After its wildly successful debut last year, the Cincinnati Chocolate Festival returns bigger and better with more opportunities to indulge your senses and sweet tooth.
WHO: More than 40 local vendors including Bonbonnerie, Chocolates Latour, Street Pops, Sugarplum Cupcakery and dozens more. Activities include celebrity chef demos, both vendor and amateur competitions in such categories as cakes, custards, pies, tarts, candy, cookies judged by the likes of Chef Paul Sturkey, Chef Todd Kelly of Orchids, jazz singer Kathy Wade, radio personalities Chris & Janeen (103.5 WGRR) and Jeff Thomas (Q102 WKRQ), Chef Mark Bowers of the Taft Museum Café, and many more (I am thrilled to be one of the judges as well). Contests, raffles, and a silent auction round out the activities.
WHERE: Cintas Center 1624 Herald Ave. Free parking. Tickets can be purchased in advance at area Kroger stores for $5 (for 10 tickets), or on the day of at the door for $7 (for 10 tickets). Tickets are used for chocolate tastings, raffles, cooking demos, and other activites.
The Cincinnati Chocolate Festival was started in 2010 by the Isaac M. Wise Temple Sisterhood to fund charitable projects and donations that benefit local organizations supporting women and children including ProKids, Assitance League of Greater Cincinnati, The Cinderella Project, the YWCA Women’s Shelter and others.