The number one complaint I’ve heard year after year: “Why isn’t X restaurant at Taste of Cincinnati?”
That restaurant is usually something small and chef-owned. The problem is– these chefs are generally not equipped to serve the 500,000 people (or so) who take in Taste– they have restaurants to run, no catering to speak of, or couldn’t be there three days straight. Still, if it’s Taste of Cincinnati and these restauranteurs are driving our culinary scene, how can they be represented?
Enter the Taste Experience and Lori Salzarulo. Working with Todd Kelly of Orchids, Salzarulo signed up chefs from smaller restaurants around the city to work 3-hour rotations under a canopy in the P&G Gardens. It’ll be like the rest of Taste– anyone can go in and pay $3-5 for a sample of food, along with craft beer and higher end wines than the rest of Taste. The best part? A portion of the proceeds goes to The Midwest Culinary Institute to assist in the education of budding chefs.
Orchids at the Netherland Plaza
The Metropolitan Club
Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse
Les Chefs de Cuisine
Jack Binion’s Steak
Les Chefs de Cuisine, the regional chapter of the American Culinary Federation will also be featured at the Taste Experience, serving food and performing cooking demonstrations throughout the weekend.
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