Local Flavor

What’s happening in Cincinnati’s food and dining community.


Russ Wheeler is the new Executive Pastry Chef of The Palace Restaurant. Wheeler – an alum of The Relish Restaurant Group (where he turned out the best croissants in the city; see them here at http://bit.ly/kQFKRY) and the much acclaimed Restaurant Dante in Cleveland – donned the apron in September after the departure of pastry chef Summer Genetti (Genetti is now creating her inspired desserts at Honey, alongside her long time friend Chef / Owner Shoshanna Hafner).

On Wheeler’s current menu is a retro modernist dessert (a version of which he served at Dante) called the  “After School Special” – a chocolate and peanut butter mousse cake served with a tiny scoop of luscious concord grape sorbet and rice crispy treat. Also fabulous is his silky almond panna cotta with orange ginger parfait and coffee meringue, as is one of the best desserts I’ve had all year: a  seductive Maytag blue cheesecake with slices of port marinated pears, shards of hazelnut nougatine, and a drizzle of vanilla thyme syrup. Prepare to be wowed.


It’s been said that there are more barrels of bourbon aging in Kentucky than there are Kentuckians. That’s reason to celebrate the marriage of two Kentucky traditions: Pompilio’s Italian restaurant and bourbon. The 78 year-old Newport restaurant located at the corner of Washington and 6th Street has launched a bourbon menu featuring more than 30 wheated, high rye, and low rye Kentucky bourbon selections. In addition to the extensive list, four flights of three different bourbons are offered at different price points. Check out the “Wallet Light. Bourbon Right.” (Old Charter, Evan Williams Single Barrel, and Wild Turkey 101) for $11, or the “As Good As It Gets” flight (Angel’s Envy, Old Pogue, and Jefferson’s Rye) for $23..


Cool gift idea: The group that brings you Cincinnati Restaurant Week twice a year has announced the new Eat Local Cincy gift card. The Greater Cincinnati Independent restaurant (GCI)  gift card  is accepted at all GCI restaurants and can be purchased in any amount from $25 – $1000 online or by phone. To check out the great list of GCI restaurants as well as information about the card or upcoming events go to www.eatlocalcincy.com

The Greater Cincinnati Independent Restaurants (GCI) exists to promote dining in local independent area restaurants, to provide diners with a unique local flavor and to raise awareness of independent restaurants both locally and nationally.


Come together to give thanks and connect with your neighbors at the annual Thanksgiving Day celebration known as Fall Feast. In its 7th year, the sit down meal started by Give Back Cincinnati has grown from a large community table of a few hundred to a spectacular half-day gala at the Duke Energy Convention Center that includes free turkey dinners, live music, and activities for kids as well as free hair cuts by Dillard’s stylists, vision screenings by doctors of Cincinnati Eye Institute, flu shots, and winter coats for those in need. Organizers expect to feed more than 6,500 people and need volunteers to serve food, greet guests, organize and distribute coats, play with kids, and share a meal. You can sign up or learn more at http://fallfeast.org/

November 24th, 11am – 2pm (doors open at 10am). Duke Energy Center, 525 Elm Street.


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