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de Cavel Family SIDS Foundation

This past weekend was the annual Eat. Play. Give. event for the de Cavel Family SIDS Foundation.

The de Cavel Family SIDS Foundation was founded by Jean-Robert & Annette de Cavel and a dedicated group of volunteers and local restaurateurs. Our mission is to raise funds for research, education, and outreach as well as for the memorial Tatiana de Cavel Scholarship at the Midwest Culinary Institute at Cincinnati State.

It has been my honor and pleasure to work on this event since 2005.


Cincinnati Food + Wine Classic, 2014 — Nathan & Sarah

The inaugural Cincinnati Food + Wine Classic event was Sept 12-13, 2014 in Cincinnati’s Washington Park.

The event was amazing, exhausting, energizing, and thrilling. I am so honored to be a part of the Executive Committee that put it together. I could not be more proud.

While I am working through the exhaustion, I wanted to share this GIF of my new friends, Sarah Forman and Nathan Lyon. From the moment we met, it was a love-at-first-sight-type-thing. We hit it off just beautifully. Cannot wait to see them again!

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Riding Bikes Leaves Marks!

All was going well until mile 15.5, when a bug landed on my ear, and I reached up to brush it off, causing me to take a spill from my bicycle. At the time, I was averaging 18 miles per hour.

I hate bugs. My bike is okay. Left arm took it all, bloody from below elbow to shoulder. Was really worried about the bike, but the nature of the spill spared it and damage.

On my way down, I yelled, “mother fucker!”. None of that “Jesus take the wheel” for this guy. Hello to all the kids on the trail.

Finished my ride, then stopped at Taco Casa for a Taco Salad (priorities, people!). On my way home, I stopped at Walgreens to get patch-up stuff and a friend I bumped into said, “that’s really not a good look on you”.


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A Peek Inside My Kitchen

Here’s a peek inside my kitchen… More specifically, inside my kitchen cabinets!

Like Julia Child, I hide conversion charts inside my cabinet doors. But I also hang images that inspire me of people I respect and look up to. This isn’t all of the characters hiding in my kitchen, but just a few…

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And then this one of one of my favorite Cincinnatians…

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New Road Bike!

Meet my new traveling companion, a Scott CR1 Road Bike…

ScottCR1I’m amazed at what a difference a good road bike makes in my enjoyment of cycling. Since I don’t do mountain biking, riding a mountain bike around was grueling. This is silky smooth, fast, and light. Already racking up the miles as my rides get longer and longer.


Great Dinner Last Night!

Last night, we were joined by newlyweds Stephen & Jessica Williams (congratulations, you two!) of Bouquet Restaurant and Wine Bar for dinner at Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse, in downtown Cincinnati. Arik Messerschmidt (sous chef) and Nate (our server) made sure we had a wonderful night. Arik, Stephen, Wendy, and I were part of this year’s CHEFS AGAINST CANCER team for RIDE CINCINNATI FOR BREAST CANCER RESEARCH.

The food at the Steakhouse is over-the-top in every way — quality, presentation, and portion sizes. We had a leisurely, enjoyable meal and great conversation. Starting with the Tartar with Quail Egg and Pickled Vegetables, through a special Scallop dish, on to the focus of the evening — delicious dry-aged steaks and great side dishes (Potatoes Anna (a classic!), a Mushroom Medley, Truffle Creamed Corn, and Green Beans with a sinful amount of garlic & butter), and finishing with wonderful (giant) desserts (amazing Carrot Cake, wonderful Ricotta Doughnuts, Macadamia Nut Ice Cream Pie, and Creme Brulee) — everything was top-notch.

Thanks for the great evening, Stephen and Jessica, and thanks to Arik & Nate for taking great care of us!

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