As Cincinnati navigates another month of the coronavirus pandemic, local restaurants have been coming up with creative ways to share culinary experiences with hungry customers. One upcoming restaurant, Chef Jordan Anthony-Brown’s The Aperture, was scheduled to open this summer in the Paramount Square Building in Walnut Hills. But when the pandemic threw a wrench in his plan, Anthony-Brown had to find a new way to get his food out there.
Chef Jordan Anthony-BrownOn June 27th, Anthony-Brown will host a six-course meal for a socially distanced dining room at Social OTR, a culinary event space in Findlay Market. The menu features Anthony-Brown’s signature blend of American South, Mediterranean, and North African cuisines, with dishes like harissa fried chicken and cauliflower with hummus tahina.
The event is the first in a series of pop-ups hosted by Social OTR, which according to its website aims to host “rotating chefs, restaurateurs, and other industry professionals as they create intimate dining experiences for the Cincinnati community.”
Throughout his career as a chef, pop-ups like these have always been important to Anthony-Brown because they allow him to test new recipes and connect with his community more personally.
“Pop-ups are a way to keep connecting with people and be a part of the community,” he says. “I think that’s very important in a place like Cincinnati.”
While pop-ups aren’t a new thing for the Cincinnati native, the added safety precautions will be a bit of change for him. “Obviously with COVID-19, the way we do these things and structure them has had to get a little bit creative,” he says.
The event will be operated at a limited capacity, following food and beverage guidelines from the Center for Disease Control. Tickets must be reserved online, and guests will be given suggested arrival times in order to control the crowd sizes. Tickets are available on Social OTR’s website.
Social OTR, 1819 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, (513) 263-6893