Friday, September 15, 2006

Eat Local - Support Your Independent Restaurants!

Well, "the road to hell", as they say. I was listening to Marilyn Harris' cooking show of the air on WKRC-AM a couple of Saturdays ago when the subject changed from exchanging recipes to a conversation with Annette Pfund de Cavel and (sorry!) another person whose name I seem to have lost from my memory bank. The subject of their conversation was the announcement of a new Cincinnati chapter of an organization called Dine Originals America, which promotes locally-owned and operated restaurants, with chapters in 20+ cities nationwide.

Like a foo, I wrote down the information about their website's launch, fully intending to write about it before yesterday ended, because this morning at 8 am, when it was scheduled to go live, they were also offering an online only sale of 40% off gift certificates for all of the participating restaurants. Alas, by the time I finally got around to blogging (like...NOW!), most of the G.C.'s have sold out. But never fear. I hear there's going to be a big kick-off event at the Verdin Bell Company's headquarters in Over-the-Rhine next month. I promise to make a more timely post about that so you can get in early!

Member Restaurants include: Andy's Mediterranean Grille; Behle Street Café; Bella Luna; Brown Dog Café; Daveeds at 934; The Grand Café; Jean-Robert at Pigall's; Jean-Robert's Pho Paris; Jimmy D's Steakhouse; Jimmy's BBQ; Kona Bistro; Mesh;
Montgomery Inn Boathouse; Nicholson's Tavern & Pub; One Restaurant & Lounge; The Polo Grille; The Pub at Crestview Hills; Sturkeys; and Universal Grille

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