Best of Cincinnati 2014




Leigh Barnhart Ochs
Hands On

Hands-On: Easy Entertaining with Seafood - Glazed Salmon
with Leigh Barnhart Ochs at the Fairfield Location

Add variety to your party menus with good-for-you roasted, glazed salmon. It’s quite the catch for a perfectly light summertime meal. Leigh’s seafood series takes the fear out of preparing fish at home.

On the Menu

  • Sparkling Ginger-Passion Fruit Cocktail
  • Goat Cheese with Spicy Tomato Sauce on Grilled Bread
  • Roasted Miso-Glazed Salmon with Asparagus and Balsamic-Glazed Cipolline Onions
  • Wasabi-Chive Mashed Potatoes
  • Pineapple-Ginger Brown Sugar Crisp

Thursday, July 24 | 11:00am - 1:30pm | $65.00 per person

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Ellen Mueller
Hands On

Hands-On: Grilling with Ellen - The Greek Grill
with Ellen Mueller at the Fairfield Location

Bring the traditional tastes of the Greek Isles to your backyard grill party. Impress your guests with grilled grape leaves - a tasty new way to serve this traditional Greek dish. Enjoy an evening of summer fun with Ellen at the grill on Jungle Jim’s deck.

On the Menu

  • Greek White Sangria
  • Greek Farmer’s Salad with Lemon-Oregano Vinaigrette
  • Grilled Beef-Stuffed Grape Leaves with Tomato Sauce and Feta Dressing
  • Lemon Pearl Couscous
  • Green and Yellow Beans with Olive-Shallot Butter
  • Orange Yogurt Cake

Tuesday, July 29 | 6:00 - 8:30pm | $65.00 per person

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Wednesday, July 30 | 6:00 - 8:30pm | $65.00 per person

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Carol Tabone

Dave Schmerr
Wine and Food

Wine and Food: Wine and Food for an Italian Al Fresco Dinner
with Carol Tabone and Dave Schmerr at the Fairfield Location

For a special al fresco dining experience, join Carol as she prepares this simple but delicious cuisine of Italy! You’ll enjoy the fresh and intense flavors of Italy while sipping Dave’s crisp and light Italian wine selection.

On the Menu

  • Spaghetti with a fresh Tomato, Garlic & Basil Sauce - served room temperature
  • Grilled Stuffed Pork Shoulder with Pecorino
  • Grilled Potato Salad with Spinach and Gorgonzola
  • Stuffed Focaccia with Garlic & Cheese
  • Cheese Course
  • Blueberry Custard Tart
  • Dave’s Wine Selection
  • Chianti - light, flavorful and very easy to enjoy!
  • Chianti Classico - from the hillsides of Tuscany with a nice touch of oak
  • Barbera - light and very fruity, smooth and delicious
  • Nebbiolo - the King of Red Grapes from Piedmont

Friday, August 1 | 6:00 - 9:00pm | $65.00 per person

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Savor Summer’s Best
with TBA at the Fairfield Location

Peak produce season is upon us! You will learn how to select and store the ripest corn, zucchini, tomatoes and eggplant. Come and enjoy recipes that celebrate summer’s freshest bounty.

On the Menu

  • Summer Veggie Pizza with Grilled Eggplant, Roasted Tomatoes and Corn featuring Versatile Pizza Dough - perfect for grilling or baking
  • Southwest 9-Layer Grilled Vegetable Salad with Lemon Cilantro Vinaigrette
  • Summer Corn Chowder with Scallions, Bacon and Potatoes
  • Chocolate Zucchini Nut Bread

Tuesday, August 5 | 6:00 - 8:00pm | $40.00 per person

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Susan Diehl

The Wonders of Lemongrass
with Susan Diehl at the Fairfield Location

In this class you will explore the versatility of lemongrass and discover that it is not just for Asian cooking. Susan will show you how to chop it, infuse it, use it as a skewer for meat and even make sherbet from it. So if you have ever wondered how to use this refreshing herb, this is the class for you.

On the Menu

  • Lemongrass Mojito
  • Bacon-Pork Pops on Lemongrass Sticks
  • Lemongrass and Coconut Curry with Summer Vegetables
  • Grilled Lemongrass Pork Tenderloin Skewers
  • Lemongrass-Scented Coconut Rice
  • Lemongrass-Basil Sherbet

Thursday, August 7 | 6:00 - 8:30pm | $50.00 per person

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Knife Sharpening

Knife Sharpening
with Leigh Barnhart Ochs and the True Hone Knife Sharpener at the Fairfield Location

If you need your forged kitchen knives sharpened, bring them in. The first two knives are free! Each additional paring knife is $3.00 and all other knives in good condition are $5.00 per knife. No serrated knives, please.

Saturday, August 9 | 10:00am - 12:00pm

Leigh Barnhart Ochs

Berry Best of Summer
with Leigh Barnhart Ochs at the Fairfield Location

Ripe, juicy berries reach their peak in August. Don’t miss the delicious drama they create in each course on the menu. The goodness of berries speak for themselves, so join Leigh for the berry best summer offers!

On the Menu

  • Blueberry Pomegranate Sangria
  • Grilled Cedar-Planked Brie with Raspberries and Honey
  • Arugula, Berry and Pistachio Salad with Strawberry-Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • Filet Mignon with Zinfandel Blackberry Herb Sauce
  • Goat Cheese and Potato Gratin
  • Gingered Baby Carrots
  • Upside-Down Berry Cornmeal Cake with Easy Black Raspberry Ice Cream

Tuesday, August 12 | 11:00am - 1:30pm | $50.00 per person

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Thursday, August 14 | 6:00 - 8:30pm | $50.00 per person

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Jessica Vu
Hands On

Partial Hands-On: Fruit Desserts with Bites of Nostalgia
with Jessica Vu, owner of Bites of Nostalgia at the Fairfield Location

Jessica learned to bake from the time she could climb onto a stool in her mother’s farm house kitchen in 1979. In 2013 she finally turned her talents into a business and opened Bites of Nostalgia, a Cottage Bakery in Bellbrook Ohio, supplying high end grocers with Specialty Biscotti and local coffee shops with her pastry creations. A wife and mother of two small children, Jessica has been featured on as part of their American Journey Series, appeared on WRG-TV FOX News, WDTN-NBC Living Dayton, and featured in Dayton Daily News as part of their Our Good Cooks Series.

Jessica shares her favorite family desserts. You will make her classic Apple Crumble with Walnuts - ready to take home, bake and fill your home with the aroma of freshly baked goods! She will demonstrate her pie dough and make a strawberry pie. Learn great tips from this talented baker!

On the Menu

  • Hands-On: Apple Crumble (with walnuts)
  • Demo: Family Secret Pie Dough
  • Demo: Icebox Strawberry Pie
  • Demo: Custard Tartlets with Fresh Blueberry Topping

Saturday, August 16 | 11:00am - 1:30pm | $65.00 per person

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Candace Rinke

Cooking with Herbs
with Candace Rinke Fairfield Location

Is the chef and owner of The Hawthorn Grill, 1222 East Stroop Street, Kettering, Ohio. In 6th grade she won a blue ribbon in the county fair for Best Decorated Cake and knew then her goal in life was to own a restaurant. She got here by way of engineering at The University of Michigan, culinary school in a northern suburb of Detroit, a short stint in the automotive industry, relocating to Ohio with her husband, and then a small, home-based catering business called The Busy Gourmet.

As chef and owner of The Hawthorn Grill, Candace’s goal is to make you feel welcomed into a cozy dining room for a dinner made with love. Her attention to detail, fresh ingredients and passion for cooking is evident. Her dishes are "Like Mom made, but better!"

On the Menu

  • Herb Butter with Homemade Focaccia
  • Summer Bruschetta with Watermelon, Mint and Feta
  • Tomato Pie with Fresh Basil
  • Oven Roasted Herb Brined Chicken with Fresh Thyme-Brown Butter Vinaigrette
  • Pasta with Fresh Parsley, Parmigiano Reggiano and Garlic
  • Strawberry Ice Cream with Fresh Basil and Balsamic Glaze

Wednesday, August 20 | 6:00 - 8:30pm | $50.00 per person

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Ellen Mueller
Hands On

Hands-On: Grilling with Ellen - The Mexican Grill
with Ellen Mueller at the Fairfield Location

A south-of-the-border fiesta featuring marinated steaks on the grill! Fresh flavors you won’t soon forget! Celebrate the summer’s end with flames and flair.

On the Menu

  • Mexican Hard Lemonade
  • Gazpacho with Garlic Croutons
  • Cilantro-Lime Marinated New York Strip Steaks
  • Roasted Potatoes and Onions with Chorizo
  • Creamed Corn with Jalapeños
  • Watermelon Pomegranate Paletas

Tuesday, August 26 | 6:00 - 8:30pm | $65.00 per person

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Wednesday, August 27 | 6:00 - 8:30pm | $65.00 per person

Please call 513.674.6059 to check for available seats.