Taste of Cincinnati Features New Restaurants

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?

Taste_pizza (1) 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.

Restaurants include:

Orchids at the Netherland Plaza

The Palace

Tano’s Bistro

Daveed’s Next

Palomino

The Metropolitan Club

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse

20 Brix

Local 127

Les Chefs de Cuisine

Graeter’s

Madison’s Gelato

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.

Stay tuned to wmdm and @winemedineme on Twitter for more tasty Taste news!

  • KB

    Great insight! I was just discussing this with my hair dresser yesterday and mentioning all the new restaurants involved! Local news broadcast failed to elaborate on the 3 hr window process and how it all evolved.

  • Taren

    Just now reading this and great info who knows maybe I’ll be there next year!