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A local food tour takes guests on a tasty trip around Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky’s best locally-owned restaurants. Read on for all the delicious details.

 

Riverside Food Tours is a walking food tour through unique Tri-State neighborhoods.

Sightseeing tours are nothing new, but Covington-based Riverside Food Tours puts a new twist on an old favorite: The walking tour explores the sights and culture of the unique neighborhoods Northern Kentucky and downtown Cincinnati through food, stopping at five locally owned restaurants on each tour.

“We visit various restaurants, sampling signature dishes the chef and owner wish to showcase,” explains Owner and tour guide Laura Noyes, who co-owns Riverside Food Tours with her husband Mike. “We sample a craft beer or glass of wine and always include a sweet or dessert. As we stroll from stop to stop, we share history, photos, travel tips and interesting facts about the neighborhood. Since all the tours are in historic neighborhoods, we learn about the beautiful architecture and the area’s famous residents.”

Tours are about three hours long, run five days a week, and groups typically include twelve or fewer people, including both locals who want to try out several new restaurants at once and visitors from out of town.

Riverside Food Tours was founded in the fall of 2015. Before the founding, Noyes worked in interior design and her husband worked at Procter & Gamble. On a visit to Newport, Rhode Islands, Laura and Mike booked their first food tour. “We loved the concept and wanted to recreate the experience back home,” she says. So they did.

Every tour hosted by Riverside Food Tours is different, but all focus on locally-owned eateries that source their products from local farmers and businesses. On the Madison Avenue tour, guests visit ethnic restaurants and eat authentic food from Israel, Persia, China and Mexico. Riverside Food Tours also visits the Braxton Brewing Company, owned by a local family in Kentucky. The tours provide a wide variety of flavors, and at the end, when the guide asks guests which restaurant was their favorite, they are often told that they were all so good it’s impossible to choose.

“Riverside Food Tours is a unique experience for locals, because it allows them an opportunity to view their city in a whole new light,” Noyes explains. “They visit neighborhoods for the first time, dine at local restaurants, hear the history and enjoy the camaraderie of the group. It’s a perfect afternoon adventure that’s so different from the ordinary routine. It’s also nice for those hosting friends and family from out of town, because we do all the work!”

Cincy Chic’s Director of Operations Stephanie Simon during her tour with Riverside Food Tours.

Riverside Food Tours also hosts groups celebrating birthdays, anniversaries, family reunions, and showers.

To learn more, visit http://riversidefoodtours.com/, and check out this awesome experience Cincy Chic’s Director of Operations Stephanie Simon:

John and I did the Mainstrasse Village Food Tour. Perfect date for a couple with a children! Laura, owner and our tour guide, is SUPER knowledgable. Tour was not just about the food and different bars/restaurants but the history of that area as well! After 3 hours of samplings, you def. leave full! Highly recommended for anyone who is looking for something different to do! We can’t wait to try out the other tours they offer!

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A local family-owned boutique concept is hitting it big. Learn more about the women's fashion, home décor and gift boutique that just opened a new location in Anderson on Beechmont Ave.

 

Rose & Remington opened a new boutique location in Beechmont.

Cincy Chic: What is Rose & Remington?
Lisa Jones of Rose & Remington: Rose & Remington is an eclectic boutique and home store with five locations in Ohio. We carry affordable, chic, and empowering items.

Cincy Chic: Tell us about your new Beechmont store, when did you open?
Jones: Our Beechmont community welcomed Rose & Remington in early December 2016.

Rose & Remington features an eclectic collection of apparel, jewelry, and home goods.

Cincy Chic: What makes this eclectic boutique so unique?
Jones: What makes Rose & Remington unique is the wide range of inventory we offer. Each store offers something special for every person that walks through the door. Our exceptional customer service is also something we truly enjoy expressing to each customer who shops with us. The Beechmont store is unique because we are a breath of fresh air to the community. We are constantly thanked for opening this location because women now have someone different to shop than a big box store. When a customer walks in, our goal is to build a relationship with that person. We love helping them shop for their outfit or for their new special home item.

Cincy Chic: Why is Rose & Remington Beechmont one of the city’s best kept secrets?
Jones: Our best form of advertisement is word of mouth. That being said Beechmont is no longer a kept secret; only because everyone has to share their experience at our store with their friends and family!

Cincy Chic: What types of products can customers find at the store?
Jones: We carry a wide variety of women’s clothing and accessories. Our Lebanon and Beechmont locations have the awesome opportunity of having a designated home section. Our unique home items include small decor, signs, florals, chandeliers, and custom home furniture.

Cincy Chic: Can you give us a price range for items?
Jones: This is something that is truly hard to pinpoint because of the wide variety of products we offer. For our clothing, we have items as low as $12.99. For our jewelry, we have items at low as $2.99. Our price points are affordable for anyone.

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for Rose & Remington this year?
Jones: Yes! Rose & Remington is always growing. We are excited to announce that our Florence location will soon be added to our family.

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along with the store?
Jones: Stop by and visit us at our Beechmont location! We’re at 454 Ohio Pike in Cincinnati. We are also active on Facebook and Instagram. To get more insider information, join our email list. You can also visit us 24 hours a day at www.roseandremington.com.

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On a day where nothing seemed to go right, our life coach columnist asked this one question to get things back on track.

 

I just returned home from attending a wonderful wedding weekend in Arizona with good friends. On my mind was the fact that I hadn’t really accomplished much for work and I would be playing “catch up” when I got back. Thankfully, I hadn’t scheduled too much for myself on my first day back so I could get serious at my desk. I got up early, worked out, and felt ready to tackle my day. There was only one problem— my Internet wasn’t working.

I tried a couple remedies that have worked in the past, but still no Internet. Frustrated, I called my son for suggestions. He patiently walked me through some steps to solve the problem, but no such luck— nothing worked. After going to a coffee shop to work for a while, I returned home to see if the situation had changed. That’s when my husband sent me the email informing me that my Internet provider was doing maintenance. According to the note, it was a temporary situation that would be remedied within 45 minutes. Eight hours later, I realized that my situation was anything but temporary.

To make a long, long story short, I spent at least two hours on the phone with various support people who walked me through possible solutions. Of course, nothing worked. Not even using my iPhone as a hotspot was working.

In the morning, I talked to three various supervisors about the issue and shared how waiting another 24 hours for a technician was unacceptable. Stressed with the situation, I ran out the door so I wouldn’t be late for my full day seminar. As I drove into the lot, I found it strange that there weren’t any cars around. I looked again in my calendar to make sure I had the right day.

I was off by a week. And if all this wasn’t bad enough, two “sure thing” proposals fell through later that day.

Suffice to say, I was having a really, really bad couple of days. I had a plan and things weren’t happening according to my plan. Have you been there? Have you lived a day where you feel like everything in the world is going wrong? A day when you wonder why you even try?

Well, when you do, be sure to ask yourself the following question:

What can I do to control my current situation?

In dire situations, you feel a loss of control. This feeling of having no sense of control makes you uncomfortable, to say the least. Although it may be hard to imagine in the moment, there are always aspects of the situation that you do have control over. Think about ways you can take control, no matter how small the change or impact. This action of focusing on what you can impact, instead of swirling out of control, will make you feel productive and in charge.

Full Disclosure:

I did swirl for a bit before I took control of the situation. That’s pretty normal. However, I didn’t stay there. I searched for ways to keep moving forward.

So, I’m asking you to become more resilient and work on having less “swirling time” and “more productive action time” when bad things happen. Because the truth is that we all have days like I just described.

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Learn about a local coffee shop that’s brewing up camaraderie, revitalization and social justice… oh, and a really good cup of coffee. Read on for all the delicious details.

Community Blend is an eco-friendly coffee shop that aims to revitalize the Evanston neighborhood.

Blending community, social justice, and good coffee is a family affair for Esther West. Her father, Ray, founded Community Blend, and now she helps out with various aspects of running the business and continuing the legacy.

Community Blend is an eco-friendly coffee shop located on Montgomery Road, in an old refurbished pharmacy building, and owned and operated by members of the Evanston neighborhood to help revitalize the area. The shop celebrates diversity, gives workers a stake in their neighborhood and the pride of ownership and customers a friendly atmosphere, and provides free wifi.

The shop celebrates diversity, gives workers a stake in their neighborhood and the pride of ownership.

Community Blend sells fair trade Equal Exchange coffee, tea, and chocolate from small farmer co-operatives, baked goods from small businesses in the Evanston area, and sandwiches and other lunch items. Community Blend is more than just your average coffee shop, though, because “not only is it a beautiful, sociable cafe and coffee shop welcome to everyone,” West says, but “you can know you’re actively part of a more fair, just economy and world when you visit.” In fact, Community Blend not only pays its employees above minimum wage, but also provides education and training to its workers, and each one has an equal share in ownership.

Ray founded Community Blend in “an exciting, collaborative way focused on creating worker co-ops and a more socially just world,” explains West, who is a community urban planner. Ray was the director and the founder of the worker cooperative incubator Interfaith Business Builders and brought many organizations together to support the creation of Community Blend, which has set out to “be a community resource and create good jobs for people often left out of the economy.”

West is very proud of all of her father’s work. Not only was he an “incredible dad,” but even before founding Community Blend, West says, Ray “dedicated his life to creating meaningful structures that promote a world that respects the dignity of all people, and empowers the disadvantaged and oppressed.”

He founded Interfaith Business Builders to help co-op workers achieve this dream, and through IBB he also founded Cooperative Janitorial Services 22 years ago. When Ray passed away a year and a half ago, West says, the employee-owners “truly stepped up to the plate in terms of keeping it going and ensuring genuine worker ownership and direction, even during the challenging first years of a small business…[They] carved out a lovely place that anyone can come to and feel at home with friendly people.”

To learn more, “like” them on Facebook or call (513) 531-2667.

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With a love for highlighting local flair, two local ladies just opened up a specialty boutique on the West Side. Keep reading for a sneak peek inside!

Cincy Chic: Tell us more about Metallic Giraffe!
Ronda & Kim, Owners of Metallic Giraffe Specialty Boutique: Metallic Giraffe is a specialty gift boutique that showcases local artisans and unique retail lines. The boutique is owned and operated by us, two local West Side business partners.

Cincy Chic: What inspired you to open a store like Metallic Giraffe?
Ronda & Kim: We were inspired to open Metallic Giraffe because we saw a void that needed to be filled on the West Side of Cincinnati.

Cincy Chic: What types of products do you sell?
Ronda & Kim: We showcase items that are not available in the usual retail environment. We have a variety of products including jewelry, home decor, baby and children’s gifts, baptist and religious items, rock soaps, entertaining pieces, gourmet edibles, apparel, and Ohio and Cincinnati themed items and gifts for everyone.

Metallic Giraffe is a specialty boutique that highlights the work of local artisans.

Cincy Chic: What makes Metallic Giraffe unique?
Ronda & Kim: In addition to the unique products we sell, we also carry items that can be personalized and monogrammed. We’re the only authorized West Side retailer for FC Cincinnati.

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for Metallic Giraffe?
Ronda & Kim: We’re currently preparing for several events, pop-ups, and artist meet-and-greets!

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more about Metallic Giraffe?
Ronda & Kim: Readers can visit our website, www.metallicgiraffe.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Have a wedding in your future? No matter if it’s big or small, traditional or destination, our relationship expert talks about the one expense that’s worth the price tag.

As we enter into wedding season, we become inundated with photos of happy brides, wedding cakes and table settings. The wedding becomes an entity of its own, with needs and responsibilities. The planning of a wedding can be stressful enough to need therapy!

As a relationship therapist, one of my favorite forms of couple’s counseling is Premarital Counseling. I get to see couples at their happiest and most hopeful. However, there are times when issues arise in premarital counseling that requires some hard work to resolve before the big day. This tends to be the biggest deterrent for most couples: “What if it brings up issues that aren’t problems for us?” Well, in reality, this can be true. But let me tell you something: it’s better to bring the issues to the surface pre-wedding than to see them emerge 10 years into your marriage, surrounded with kids, a mortgage and busy lives. In my opinion, premarital counseling is the best investment you can make when planning for your big day!

Here are the ins and outs of premarital counseling:

Top 3 Benefits of premarital counseling:

1. You have a relationship with a therapist if, down the road, you need one
One of the best things that can result from premarital counseling is a healthy and trusted relationship with a therapist. Marriage has its ups and downs. Having a trusted, unbiased professional who knows you as a couple is invaluable. They will be able to see where you are coming from, prior to whatever hardship you are encountering, and help you to get back on track.

2. You and your partner get on the same page
Sex, money, extended family, family planning, communication… these are all issues that every couple deals with at one time or another. Sorting out the logistics of all of these things prior to walking down the aisle, allows you and your partner to be on the same page from the beginning.

3. Prevention
Building communication skills at the beginning of a marriage allows you to be good communicators for the long haul. The couples that I work with who come to me after 20 years of marriage are still having the same fights that they did 19 years ago. Nothing ever gets resolved. Knowing your communication styles and how to talk, and, yes, argue in a therapeutic and productive way will save you years of frustration.

Types of premarital counseling:

1. Religious
Many people who are getting married in their church or synagogue will have access to premarital counseling with their religious leader. Ask your church or synagogue if they provide this service for couples getting married there. Many religious centers offer premarital weekend workshops/ retreats. These can be a great way to pack a lot of work into a short weekend.

2. Books
Money is tight, and time is limited! Not all couples have the ability to go to a therapist for multiple sessions. If you are self-disciplined and able to carve out time for you and your partner to read a book together and discuss any issues that arise, a book can be a great help. Here are a few that I recommend: Books and Resources.

3. Premarital counselor
As a relationship therapist, I work with couples about 6 months prior to their wedding date. We meet one time per month for an hour. Each couple has unique needs so the first session is used to identify any issues and treatment goals. We always discuss sex, money, family and communication styles. For more information on my premarital counseling style click here.

For more information on premarital counseling feel free to contact me at www.christyhaas.com.

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See why our movie critic says Kong: Skull Island is an entertaining take on the primate king … with a few flaws.

 

“I HATE the album Monkey Business by The Black Eyed Peas – quit asking me about it!” The titular character lets his rage flag fly in a scene from KONG: Skull Island. Credit: Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures © 2017 Warner Bros. Pictures, Legendary Pictures’ and Ratpac-Dune Entertainment LLC. All rights reserved.

 

WATCH THE TRAILER(S) HERE:


 


KEY CAST MEMBERS: Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Toby Kebbell, Jason Mitchell, John Ortiz, Shea Whigham, Terry Notary, Tian Jang, Eugene Cordero, Thomas Mann and John C. Reilly

WRITER(S): Dan Gilroy and Max Borenstein and Derek Connolly; story by John Gatins

DIRECTOR(S): Jordan Vogt-Roberts 

WEB SITE: http://kongskullislandmovie.com/HERE’S THE STORY: Set in 1973 near the height of the Vietnam conflict, Kong: Skull Island begins by introducing us to Bill Randa (John Goodman). Randa works for an agency known as Monarch and he believes there is something worth exploring on a recently discovered, uncharted island in the South Pacific. Fueled by a report from the Harvard education Houston Brooks (Corey Hawkins) and fellow biologist Sam Lin (Tian Jang), Randa and Brooks convinces a senator to let him piggyback on a mission by Landsat (the agency who’s satellite work discovered the remote terrain) to explore the island. And wouldn’t you know it – Randa is able to get the military escort he requests to accompany them there led by Col Preston Parker (Samuel L. Jackson), several of his best soldiers (Hawkins’ Straight Outta Compton co-star Jason Mitchell, Toby Kebbell and Shea Whigham among others) as well as the tracker (Tom Hiddleston) he hired … And an anti-war photographer in Mason Weaver (Brie Larson).

But once they arrive in the realm of the mysterious island, they are greeted by something no one (or maybe at least one of them) expected: A giant, monstrous ape (portrayed for the screen by Terry Notary) who does NOT take kindly to intrusive visitors. But despite Randa’s and Parker’s mutual desire to prove man is king, they soon learn that Kong – and the other species on the island – have a thing or two to shout about that …

WHO WILL LIKE THIS FILM THE MOST? People who enjoyed Godzilla (the Warner Bros. version, not the Matthew Broderick version as NO ONE should enjoy that); John C. Reilly fans; Jason Mitchell fans; people who enjoy well done B-movies; those who thought the Warner Bros. version of Godzilla should have had more teeth (no pun intended) to it; people who enjoy summer popcorn movies that arrive a few months early

WHO WON’T (OR SHOULDN’T) LIKE THIS MOVIE? People who hated Godzilla (both the Matthew Broderick and Warner Bros. versions) and/or The Legend of Tarzan; those who don’t enjoy monster movies; people who hate b-movie fare

SO, IS IT GOOD, BAD OR ABSOLUTELY AWFUL? A film with an awful 20 minute opening followed by an hour and 40 minutes of salvageable to actually quirky yet entertaining fare, Kong: Skull Island is a summer popcorn movie come a few months early … Because there are a couple of stale kernels mixed in with an otherwise decent bucket of fun.

There are two things that really make Kong: Skull Island fun – and those are the performance of John C. Reilly as an adopted Skull Island “native” and the presence of Kong (who is utilized properly in each instance) as portrayed by Terry Notary. Reilly’s performance is the perfect mix of fun and whimsical, giving the audience a character worth actually rooting for in a film otherwise devoid of one (save for the giant ape). Indeed, while Goodman and Jackson play their respective roles well – you KNOW what you’re getting from both within 30 seconds of seeing them – and Mitchell and Whigham add a nice bit of realistic-based humor, Reilly provides one that truly supplements the film with a sweet one while Kong is shown to only be a monster in stature, not in practice. 

That’s all you pretty much you need to know about the movie … Save for the monstrous inhabitants of the island (Peter Jackson’s take on the king in his 2005 telling of the giant gorilla’s tale is pretty much replicated here, but with a more ominous, Lone Survivor tone) and the tribal natives, Skull Island covers familiar territory. And at times, some of that territory is a bit too familiar for its own good. Save for a more-important-than-you-realize-opening-sequence, the first 20 minutes of the film is bland but necessary exposition, the cast is forced to deliver some overtly-ominous dialogue and despite receiving top billing, Hiddleston and Larson don’t do anything remarkable in their roles as much as just play them efficiently. Throw in director Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ early homages to Michael Bay action movies (there are some sequences in here that seem straight out of Transformers) and you get an entertaining – but at times, mixed – bag. 

In short, Kong: Skull Island is a lot like visiting your local zoo: There’s a lot to like … But when you pass through the monkey house, you’re gonna smell some things you wish you hadn’t before you get to the end. 


OVERALL RATING (OUT OF FOUR POSSIBLE BUCKETS OF POPCORN):

 
 

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He’s a DJ, he’s an emcee, he’s an officiant… he’s Big Daddy Walker! See how they're a one-stop-shop contact for all your event’s entertainment needs.

Allen Walker (left) is the founder of Big Daddy Walker Productions and offers DJ and officiant services for your wedding.

Picking a DJ for your event is important. The DJ can make the difference between a fun, well-put-together celebration and a boring or disastrous one, so you don’t want to pick just any business. For a professional DJ service for your wedding, corporate event, grand opening, birthday, graduation, or anniversary celebration, go with Big Daddy Walker Productions. Owned by Allen Walker, who is also the main entertainer, Big Daddy Walker Productions is Cincinnati’s most awarded Wedding DJ company, having received the Best of Weddings honor from The Knot for seven straight years.

Big Daddy Walker Productions does more than just playing top 40 hits and providing karaoke. It provides a level of service other companies don’t.

“We coordinate with the bride and groom through the planning process,” Walker explains. “We notice the small things everyone else thinks isn’t their job. We fix issues before they become a problem. So you could say you hired a professional DJ/MC and got the reception time planner also. We make the bride and groom look great. We speak professionally and clearly during announcements.”

Big Daddy Walker Productions aims to provide an event experience that guests will remember for years, and for the right reasons. “We make sure their wedding isn’t the one their friends are talking about being boring when no one else is around.”

Before founding Big Daddy Walker Productions, Walker was Countrywide Financial’s regional business development manager. He developed 300 sales consultations to perform at a high sales level with their real estate agents.

After he fell victim to the 2008 economic collapse, he decided to go back to school and get a degree in special education from Xavier University. During that process, he was encouraged by a friend to DJ. This part-time gig eventually became a full-time job, and “before I could graduate our company had grown to enough that it made more sense to continue with the DJ company,” says Walker.

Big Daddy Walker Productions was officially founded in 2010 and their business model developed quickly.

“We designed training manuals to duplicate how we offered our services and what small things made a BIG difference in making events not just ‘good’ but great,” Walker says. “We saw a need for strong quality DJs in this market that could speak well on the microphone and play the right music at the right time and started our business model accordingly.”

Walker has strong advice for anyone looking for a DJ company: Do your homework.

“Many times brides and grooms use a family friend or hire a DJ company without truly checking them out and I would caution anyone throwing an event to never try to save money on your event by hiring cheap, part time and unprofessional DJs,” Walker says.

He advises clients to make sure a DJ company is insured and pays for their music, and explains, “The quality in the speakers matter, the quality in the mixer matter, the quality in the microphones matter and most of all the quality in the people of the organization matter,” he says. “Don’t waste $24,400 on a wedding by only paying $600 for your DJ.”

To learn more, visit http://bigdaddywalkerproductions.com and watch the exclusive webcast of Big Daddy Walker emceeing a recent Cincy Chic event below!

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Learn about the new downtown venue, overlooking the Aronoff, that just opened their doors and is filling up quickly!

The Backstage Event Center just opened a newly expanded location across from The Aronoff.

Cincy Chic: What is The Backstage Event Center?
Kelly Schneider, Sales Manager at The Backstage Event Center: The Backstage Event Center is a loft-style event center located in the heart of downtown Cincinnati. It features hardwood floors, exposed brick, and a 40-person terrace that overlooks Downtown’s Theater District. We have recently finished our expansion, which featured a second patio with a fountain.

Cincy Chic: Who owns The Backstage Event Center?
Schneider: The Backstage Event Center is the newest addition to Nicholson’s Tavern & Pub and The Horse & Barrel, locally owned by Nick Sanders, founder of Tavern Restaurant Group.

Cincy Chic: What inspired The Backstage Event Center?
Schneider: Nicholson’s has been hosting private events since its opening in 1997, but we were limited to the size of events that we could accommodate. When the space connected to us became available, we jumped at the chance to be able to do what we love, hosting events, on a larger scale. We are now able to accommodate up to 220 seats, 130 with a dance floor, and 300 at a cocktail/reception style event.

Cincy Chic: What types of events can be held at The Backstage Event Center?
Schneider: We host an assortment of events, from corporate meetings and happy hours, to brunches, rehearsal dinners, and weddings.

Cincy Chic: What makes The Backstage Event Center a unique place to have an event?
Schneider: At The Backstage Event Center you will enjoy excellent service in a beautiful space. We offer an open, rustic-modern feel in a downtown venue. Every event is special to us and treated as such. Our team will make sure your event is exactly as you envision.

The Backstage Event Center can host weddings, receptions, and other special events.

Cincy Chic: How are you getting ready for wedding season 2017?
Schneider: Although we are not hosting any upcoming wedding expos, you can find us proudly displaying The Backstage Event Center in bridal shows throughout the city.

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for The Backstage Event Center in 2017?
Schneider: Since we have recently finished our expansion we are spending 2017 enjoying and sharing the Cedar Room. But we may be bringing along a few surprises in 2018!

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more about The Backstage Event Center, follow along, or book an event?
Schneider: You can visit us on The Knot, Instagram, Facebook, or on our website, backstagecincinnati.com. Please feel free to contact our Sales Manager directly at 513-550-1869 or kschneider@dinetrg.com. I’ll be happy to answer any questions and set up a tour to view The Backstage Event Center.

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A local chef is providing a fine dining experience without the stress of reservations and wait times. Read on for all the delicious details.

Cincinnati Dining Club is a subscription-based dining experience. 

Chef Leland Cummings loved working in fine dining, but regretted that he rarely got to interact with the customers he cooked for and that he couldn’t be more flexible with ingredients. He also heard complaints from customers about long waiting times and unavailable wait times.

With all of these factors in mind, he decided he wanted to give customers a different restaurant experience, one that would “bridge the gap between expensive fine dining restaurants and everyday foodies, by bringing the highest quality food and service to our guests in a fun, relaxed, and communal environment.” About two years ago, Occam Dining and then the Cincinnati Dining Club was born.

The Cincinnati Dining Club will be a subscription-style membership dinner club. Members save money by paying for a yearly membership (at least 24 meals) instead of each individual meal. Though the membership is non-refundable, each individual ticket is transferable, and if someone does not want to pay in advance, tickets will be available up to one week before the meal, or the day of if spots are still available. Ticket prices are an average of $90 and cover the five- to seven-course meal for the evening, and pairings are available for an additional cost. If partner companies have wine events or dinners, members will have advanced access to these events.

If you’re a foodie who loves good food, good wine, and good conversation, but hates rushing to make a reservation with the risk of losing your table or watching someone at a table that arrived after you get served before you, the Cincinnati Dining Club may be just the thing for you. “Think of it as getting the best seat in the restaurant and not having to compete with other tables for the kitchen’s attention,” Cummings explains.

Cummings also hopes to “shake up the idea of being a regular at your favorite restaurant.” The menu will be seasonal and Cummings describes the food as “thought-provoking,” “fun,” and “delicious.”

Like the other chefs who will be involved with the Cincinnati Dining Club, Cummings has paid his dues in the fine dining industry. “I have been cooking in restaurant since I was 14 years old,” he explains. “I started as most chefs do, washing dishes for a local restaurant after school and climbing the ranks through hard work and passion.” Many past clients have asked him if he would ever open his own restaurant, and the Cincinnati Dining Club is his answer.

To learn more, click here or contact Cummings at leland@occamdining.com or (571) 265-2820.