Cincinnati Food and Wine Classic 2015

Arts and Entertainment

August 26, 2015

From: Cincinnati Food and Wine Classic

Schedule of Events:

September 11, 2015

6:30 pm 9:30 pm: Pork Chopped Grand Tasting - $125

What happens when 30 top chefs focus their talent on the humble hog? Some badass food, that's what. CFWC's kickoff party is a grand tasting and judged competition rolled into one a nod to Cincinnati's "Porkopolis" heritage, when pigs roamed the streets. The all-star lineup contends for the best pork-inspired bites in a live judging by national food writers, while you enjoy all the goodness paired with craft brew and boutique wine. It all happens under the majestic Grand Tasting Pavilion with some foot stomping music to bring it home.

6:30 pm 5:00 pm: VIP Weekend - $395

You're all in with the VIP Weekend Package, which includes all four of the Classic's marquee events, the Classic VIP Lounge staffed with some of the city's most popular bartenders, and exclusive daytime programming. Marquee events include the Pork Chopped Grand Tasting & Competition (9/11), Saturday Savor (9/12), Feast in the Park Grand Tasting (9/12), and Sunday Savor (9/13).

Location: Washington Park

September 12, 2015

10:00 am 5:15 pm:  Saturday Savor -$100

It's time to eat, drink, and explore. The Saturday Savor Pass delivers a full day of unique programming with culinary demonstrations and competitions in two custom kitchens in the park. Plus, seminars, wine, beer, and cocktail tastings, book signings, and a Day Market Grand Tasting featuring celebrated wineries, breweries, chefs, and food artisans.

10:00am-3:00pm Saturday Day Market Grand Tasting
In this curated tasting trail, eat and drink the best of two-dozen chefs, food artisans, vintners, and brewers as you stroll through Washington Park, enjoying the day's premier interactive programs. Some of the Day Market's unique lineup includes The Pickled Pig, Happy Chick's Bakery, Chocolats Latour, Sixteen Bricks, Gomez Salsa, Marksbury Farm, Sprout, Street Pops, Orchids at Palm Court, Amerasia, Off the Vine, Vintner Select, New Riff Distillery, Stella Artois, and many more.

Location: Grand Tasting Pavilion

10:00-10:45am Farm Forward Brunch
A Demonstration + Tasting with Julie Francis
For Nectar Chef Julie Francis, the farm-to-table movement isn't a magazine headline; it's an ethical choice. A longtime champion of local and sustainable ingredients, Julie's menu celebrates relationships with food artisans and farmers through a collection of thoughtful dishes. Her most popular meal? That would be brunch, with lines queuing out the door every weekend. With two local farmers by her side, you'll discover the inside scoop on how your food was grown, foraged, and made with love.

Location: Sysco Kitchen

10:00-11:00am Coffee Talk
A Demonstration + Tasting with Jon Lewis, Deeper Roots Coffee
Get your day glowing with a tour from field to cup, tasting different roasts and comparing flavor profiles.

Location: Masterclass Salon

10:45-11:30am Trenchermen Brunch
A Demonstration + Tasting with Patrick Sheerin
With dinner, pub, and brunch menus lauded by national press and top chefs alike, Trenchermen restaurant a former 1920s Russian bathhouse is on nearly every must-dine list for both Chicago locals and visitors. Rooted in comfort food sparked with playful twists and turns, each of Chef Pat Sheerin's brunch dishes are beautiful, progressive, flavor bombs. Join him as he demonstrates how your first meal of the day can be both uniquely homespun and healthy. Presented by AAA & Provident Travel

Location: Sub-Zero & Wolf Kitchen

11:45-12:30am The New Regionalism: Claiming a Culinary Identity in the Midwest
A panel discussion moderated by Wall Street Journal's Beth Kracklauer
Everyday, it seems, another article dubs some small-to-midsize city "The Next Culinary Capital" or even "The New Brooklyn." But is that really what Midwestern chefs are aiming for? This panel of chefs and food writers will talk about how a sense of place shapes what they do and how it dovetails with a growing national appetite for authentic regional cooking. Panelists: Keith Pandolfi, food and travel writer for Saveur, Wall Street Journal, and Eater (and Cincinnati native!); Jonathon Sawyer, chef-owner, The Greenhouse Tavern, Noodlecat, and Trentina, Cleveland; Beth Kracklauer, food and drinks editor, The Wall Street Journal.

Location: Masterclass Salon

1:15am-2:00pm Eat and Drink like a Belgian
A Demonstration + Tasting with Jean-Francois Flechet and Marc Stroobandt
Waffles, frites, chocolate, cheese, and beer (so much beer) we're huge fans of Belgium. With such a vast and diverse beer culture, Belgians take their pairing of food with beer as seriously as the French do with wine, incorporating it into every aspect of mealtime. Join Belgian Master Beer Sommelier Marc Stroobandt (Stella Artois) and waffle king Jean-Francois Flechet (Taste of Belgium) to sample a flight of unique beer styles balanced with simple foods to create a complexity of flavor. Presented by Stella Artois

Location: Masterclass Salon

11:15am-12:00pm Technique Kitchen
A Demonstration + Tasting with Caitlin Steininger and Kelly Trush
Have you ever consulted the Internet about how to de-seed a pomegranate, or what the heck to do with a bushel of okra from your CSA? Yep so have we. While varied and interesting, the produce aisle or the farmer's market can sometimes create more questions than answers. Enter Caitlin Steininger and Kelly Trush, the hilarious sister duo behind Cooking with Caitlin on 55KRC. Here to solve these cooking conundrums and more, they'll help you master six of today's most misunderstood fruits and vegetables, with plenty of prep and cooking tips. Got a burning question about rhubarb? Throw it at them. They'll get you into top chef shape.

Location: Sysco Kitchen

12:00pm-12:45pm Punch Drunk Love
A Tasting Seminar with Spencer Warren (VIP passes only)
For two consecutive years, Pittsburgh's Butcher and the Rye has been a James Beard semifinalist for Outstanding Bar Program. So, who better to prepare you for the holidaze than Bar Director Spencer Warren? In this demo and tasting, learn how to turn up the night with his knock-you-naked punch. And just in case there's extra liquor on hand, he'll show you how to make two additional drinks to keep the party rolling.

Location: Classic VIP Lounge

12:15-1:15pm The Hunger Games
A Cooking Competition
In this lively cooking competition, three local chefs compete for a cash donation to their favorite charity. And that means the gloves are off. Each cheftestant must pass a timed skills test to advance to round two, where they'll have 20 minutes to cook their winning dish for the judges. It's a showdown we can all feel good about on the main stage at Washington Park. Presented by P&G

Location: Sub-Zero & Wolf Kitchen

12:45-1:30pm Pushing the Freshold
A Demonstration + Tasting with Chris Teixeira
What happens when an acclaimed pastry chef has daily access to a 1,000 sq. ft. organic rooftop garden? Desserts with a savory edge, often incorporating fresh herbs. Just ask Christopher Teixeira at Homestead on the Roof in Chicago's Wicker Park. After one helluva year churning out some of the region's most inventive sweets, he scored a much-deserved nomination for James Beard Rising Star Chef of the Year. Today, he's here to give you the ins and outs of a distinctly farm-fresh approach to pastries, with plenty of samples to indulge.

Location: Sysco Kitchen

1:30-2:15pm Bourbon Trail Tasting Seminar
A Demonstration + Tasting with Jay Erisman
We bring the bourbon trail to you with a variety of the very best bourbons in Kentucky.

Location: Classic VIP Lounge

2:00-2:45pm Noodle Kids
A Demonstration + Tasting with Jonathon Sawyer
How to get your kids in the kitchen? Give them noodles to make, bake, simmer, and slurp. Jonathan Sawyer chef and owner of four acclaimed Cleveland restaurants and winner of the 2015 James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef Great Lakes will be joined by his nine-year-old son Catcher to prepare a recipe from *Noodle Kids: Around the World in 50 Fun, Healthy, Creative Recipes the Whole Family Can Cook, proving that it's better to show than to tell. *Books available for purchase and signing following demo.

Location: Sub-Zero & Wolf Kitchen

2:00-2:45pm Crudo is the New Black
A Demonstration + Tasting with Michael Kramer
Trending now: the Italian version of sashimi. Crudo, a simple preparation of raw seafood, is featured on some of the hottest restaurant menus in the country. But is it really feasible to serve at home? South Carolina chef Michael Kramer thinks so and is here to teach you how to buy, store, and prepare it like the pros. Learn a variety of techniques including simple marinades, cures, and garnishes to keep your dinner parties fresh.

Location: Sysco Kitchen

2:45-3:45pm Somm Slam
A Blind Wine Tasting Competition hosted by Mary Horn
One of the smash hits of the 2014 Cincinnati Food + Wine Classic, the Somm Slam returns, bringing five *semi-finalists to the table to sniff, swirl, and sip five "blind" vintages hand-selected by wine guru and Level III Advanced Sommelier, Mary Horn. As the wine cognoscenti taste and evaluate, seated audience members get a chance test their knowledge against the experts. The competition? Fierce. The tasting? Nuanced. The winner? Victorious. It's nose-to-nose and palate-to-palate with returning champion Charles Redmond (Orchids at Palm Court) swirling to the finish.

Location: Masterclass Salon

3:00-3:45pm Crafthouse Cocktails
A Tasting Seminar with Charles Joly
After snagging American Bartender of the Year at the prestigious Tales of the Cocktail and winning a James Beard award, Charles Joly worked as a beverage director for some of the most successful restaurants and cocktail lounges in Chicago. These days, he's putting his unique twist on the classics at Crafthouse, a company known for artisan, bottled beverages. This is your chance to sample from his portfolio while learning the secrets of great party drinks.

Location: Classic VIP Lounge

3:15-4:00pm The German-American Art of the Cocktail
A Seminar with Esquire Magazine Drinks Correspondent Dave Wondrich
No group had a greater impact on the development of the American art of the bar than the Germans, who came to this country in massive numbers in the nineteenth century. Join spirits and cocktail historian David Wondrich in an anecdotal examination of the German-American cocktail in Cincinnati and beyond. *Books available for purchase and signing following discussion.

Location: Sysco Kitchen

3:30-4:15pm Southern Latin Heat
A Demonstration + Tasting with Anthony Lamas
(Introduction by Fine Cooking Magazine editor, Jennifer Armentrout)
When chef Anthony Lamas of Mexican and Puerto Rican birthright married a girl from the Kentucky hills, a new style of Southern Latin cooking was born. At Seviche, his enormously popular restaurant in Louisville, Lamas has earned three James Beard Award nominations, and is poised to release his first cookbook, Southern Latin Heat. Pull up a front row seat as he shows you how to balance the flavors of the "Nuevo Latino" movement while sampling dishes from his book. Presented by Fine Cooking Magazine

Location: Sub-Zero and Wolf Kitchen

4:45-5:30pm Barbecue Primer
A Demonstration + Tasting with Daniel Wright and Jeremy Manis
(Introduction by Fine Cooking Magazine editor, Jennifer Armentrout)
From the back roads of North Carolina to the Texas foothills, a variety of regional barbecue styles endure and everyone worships their favorite. In this mouth-watering cookout, Pontiac BBQ chefs Daniel Wright and Jeremy Manis deliver the gospel of deeply flavored brisket and pulled pork, showing you how to tie, rub, smoke, slice, and serve. Grab a fork and your appetite, it's time to boot-scoot south for some down home comfort.

Location: Sub-Zero and Wolf Kitchen

6:30 pm 9:30 pm:  Feast in the Park Grand Tasting - $125

With a stunning view of historic Over-the-Rhine and live music to set the mood, you'll celebrate Cincinnati's history of fine dining with an unforgettable collection of food and beverage. It's a thirty-course dinner party with top chefs from around the Midwest and beyond including James Beard Award nominees from Cincinnati, Dayton, Pittsburgh, Detroit and Kansas City. It's time to celebrate the region's bounty, complete with boutique wines and craft beer.

Location: Washington Park

10:00 pm 1:00 am:  Classic Secret - $50

We'll tell you when and what, but we're holding out on where until 72 hours prior. It's our annual secret late-night party with a special setting and theme. This year you'll enter on a red carpet, receive a glass of bubbly to get your groove going, and then indulge in an evening of elegant desserts, craft cocktails, and live music. Turn up your swank, dress to impress, and be prepared for an elaborate photo shoot to commemorate the evening.

Location: Shhh! It's a secret.

September 13, 2015

10:00 am 5:00 pm:  Sunday Savor - $100

It's another full day of amazing culinary demonstrations, seminars, wine, beer and cocktail tastings, and book signings at Washington Park. The Sunday Savor pass also includes the Day Market Grand Tasting, with food and beverage from beloved food artisans, roasters, bakers, brewers, and vintners.

10:00am-3:00pm Sunday Day Market Grand Tasting
In this curated tasting trail, eat and drink the best of two-dozen chefs, food artisans, vintners, and brewers as you stroll through Washington Park, enjoying the day's premier interactive programs. Some of the Day Market's unique lineup includes BeeHaven, Orchids at Palm Court, Park + Vine, O Pie O, Macaron Bar, Bouquet, Waterfields, Amerasia, Off the Vine, Sprout, Vintner Select, Stella Artois, street pops, Coffee Emporium, and many more.

Location: Grand Tasting Pavilion

10:00-10:45am The Vegan Pantry
A Demonstration + Tasting with Danny Korman
J-Lo did it to get in top shape, Venus Williams to combat an autoimmune disorder, Brad Pitt follows the path of environmental concerns and animal rights. The plant-based diet is growing nearly 16 million Americans are vegetarian, and half of those live a strictly vegan lifestyle. Whether you are all in or just curious, discover the benefits and challenges of the vegan way. Park + Vine owner Danny Korman will help you establish a shopping list of basic ingredients while demonstrating simple ideas on how to use them and build meal plans. And when cooking at home isn't an option, unearth vegan choices wherever you are a restaurant, a friend's house, or on the road.

Location: Sysco Kitchen

10:00-11:00am Coffee Talk
A Demonstration + Tasting with Tony Tausch, Coffee Emporium
Get your day glowing with a tour from field to cup, tasting different roasts and comparing flavor profiles.

Location: Masterclass Salon

10:30-11:15am oeufs + pommes de terre
A Demonstration + Tasting with Jean-Robert de Cavel
Our resolution for 2015 was to be more French. In addition to drinking more wine and learning to wear scarves, we aspire to create the perfect omelette and crisped potatoes that yield to a creamy interior. Who better to turn to than our own Frenchman, Jean-Robert de Cavel, whose fiercely personal dishes have an unmistakable sense of place. This interactive demonstration will include several members of the audience, which, with Jean-Robert as your leader, is sure to be un parti.

Location: Sub-Zero & Wolf Kitchen

11:30am-12:15pm Modern Approach to Irish Classics
A Demonstration + Tasting with Neil Doherty
Join us in a modern approach to Irish classics including soda breads (savory and sweet), whiskey cured salmon, Bacon and cabbage with Guinness demi. These quick and efficient approaches to artisan foods suitable in today's back to the Earth.

Location: Sysco Kitchen

11:45am-12:30pm Ohio Uncorked
A Vertical Wine Tasting Seminar
Did you know that Ohio was once the most important winemaking state in the country? Our jaws dropped, too. Ohio's rich history of winemaking is still strong with over 200 producers today. This vertical tasting is a chance to explore the past, present, and future state of Ohio wine, noting the agricultural intricacies that make it so unique. As you learn from the experts, taste from a small-batch collection by Meranda-Nixon Winery in Ripley, Ohio.

Location: Masterclass Salon

12:00pm-1:00pm Goetta Superstar
A Culinary Smackdown
Like it or not, it's part of our DNA. Cincinnati's signature indigenous foodstuff one of the byproducts of our Porkopolis heritage stars on the main stage as three teams of local chefs compete to impress the judges with their best goetta dish. Last year's winning team Joel Molloy (Nicola's) and Cristian Pietoso (Via Vite) return to reclaim their porcine crown.

Location: Sub-Zero & Wolf Kitchen

12:45-1:30pm Life of Pie
A Demonstration + Tasting with Summer Genetti and Jeff Hickenlooper
A delicious filling may be the reason for eating pie, but it is the crust that makes it memorable. Learn tried-and-true techniques to get it right from pastry chef Summer Genetti of Lola Bistro. Demonstrating pies with late summer and early fall fruits, Genetti teams up with wine expert Jeff Hickenlooper of Vintner Select to pair unique, appropriate wines (syrupy sweet dessert wines need not apply). Presented by Challenge Butter

Location: Sysco Kitchen

1:15-2:00pm Craft Brew
A Tasting Seminar
Dating to the early 19th century, the history of brewing in Cincinnati is a fascinating conversation. Join Madtree's Brady Duncan, Rhinegeist's Bryant Goulding, and Listermann's Jason Brewer as they discuss how the golden age of beer has impacted the current brewing renaissance. Examine and savor several styles from the new local kings of beer.

Location: Masterclass Salon

1:30-2:15pm Vinegar Lab
A Demonstration + Tasting with Catherine Manabat (VIP passes only)
Vinegar doesn't immediately come to mind as a cocktail mixer, but its acidic tang is fast becoming every bartender's BFF. In this boozy demo, Metropole's Catherine Manabat will teach you the finer points of using homemade vinegars to create cocktails, shrubs, and switchels. What's a switchel? We had to look that up too.

Location: Classic VIP Lounge
 
1:45-2:30pm Master Mixologist
A Competition Hosted by Molly Wellmann
Join celebrated mixologist Molly Wellmann as she hosts an epic bar brawl to remember. In a two-round cocktail combat, three of the region's finest bartenders will duke it out for the title of Master Mixologist. The challenge? Display speed, ingenuity, and composure as the clock ticks down to zero. The twist? An unexpected pantry of ingredients to up the ante. Your star-studded judging panel includes Esquire Magazine Drinks Correspondent, David Wondrich, and acclaimed mixologists Jared Schubert of The Monkey Wrench in Louisville and Cris Dehlavi of M in Columbus.

Location: Sub-Zero & Wolf Kitchen

2:00-2:45pm Pickled and Brined
A Demonstration + Tasting with David Cook
Pickling and brining are two magical techniques that take the flavor profile of a vegetable or meat into the umami-sphere. Esteemed chef David Cook of Daveed's Next guides you through the process of preserving and tenderizing for expert results.

Location: Sysco Kitchen

3:15-4:00pm Table Steaks
A Demonstration + Tasting with Jason Rose
Calling all backyard grillmeisters. We think no one cooks a steak like the pros at Jeff Ruby's swank steakhouses. Jason Rose, corporate chef at Jeff Ruby Culinary Entertainment, is here to teach you how to sizzle the perfect steak at home with trade secrets that include prepping, seasoning and searing. Restaurant quality steaks are at the tip of your tongs.

Location: Sub-Zero & Wolf Kitchen

3:15-4:00pm Indonesian BBQ
A Demonstration + Tasting with Tobias Harris
Though you can find sate sticks of skewered meat on nearly every street corner in Indonesia, don't confuse its accessibility with simplicity. Join Tobias Harris of Huit Craft BBQ to learn about the technique of making sate (satay), and taste how the popular snack and ancient delicacy can vary in its complexity according to marinades, spices, and sauces.

Location: Sysco Kitchen

4:00-4:45pm Gin Society
A Tasting Seminar with Molly Wellmann (VIP passes only)
Master mixologist and cocktail historian Molly Wellmann weaves storytelling with the craft and botanical nuances of distilling gin. Enjoy a flight of gin styles, learning how different flavor profiles act with mixers in classic cocktails.

Location: Classic VIP Lounge

4:30-5:15pm Pillow Talk
A Demonstration + Tasting with Cristian Pietoso
Warning: This paragraph contains excessive flowery language. Honestly, we just can't help it when describing Chef Cristian Pietoso's gnocchi the dreamiest we've ever eaten little celestial pillows wrapped in a four-cheese fondue and freckled with truffle shavings. Join him as he shows you how to make his most popular dish, showcasing his Italian heritage with vivid storytelling.

Location: Sub-Zero & Wolf Kitchen

4:30-5:15pm Crash Course in French Dessert
A Demonstration + Tasting with Randy Sebastian
Fragrant. Sweet. Tart. Randy Sebastian, executive pastry chef at Boca Restaurant Group, blends artistry and technique to honor the summer apricot with a composition of the stone fruit in multiple forms. His crash course on the verrine a layered French dessert will help you master ganache, gastrique, foam and even microwave sponge cake.

Location: Sysco Kitchen

Location: Washington Park

10:00 am 11:30 am:  Rising Stars Brunch - $50

You may not know them yet but you will. The popular Rising Stars brunch is back for a second year, celebrating the sous chefs, chefs de cuisines, artisans, and mixologists that rock our palates behind the scenes. This brunch-by-the bite is a first-ever collaboration between six of the most exiting rising talents in Cincinnati. Mix and mingle with them all as they serve up dishes that reflect their personal style.

Location: Taft's Ale House

Date: September 11 - 13, 2015

Locations:
Washington Park 1230 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Taft's Ale House 1429 Race Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202   

For Details: http://cincinnatifoodandwineclassic.com/