Cincinnati Food + Wine Classic

This year the Cincinnati Food + Wine Classic is taking place on Cincinnati’s beautiful riverfront at Yeatman’s Cove September 23rd – 25th.



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After growing up in the barbecue havens of Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Mississippi, Chef Ryan Rogers landed in New York City where he began his professional culinary career. But it wasn’t long before his roots pulled him back to Louisville Kentucky, where he opened his first restaurant, Feast BBQ, at just 26 years young. “Barbecue is a food that brings people together “ he says, and that idea of togetherness is clear in his Louisville and New Albany, Indiana locations, where crowds gather for down-home fare like pulled pork sandwiches, “pork cakes”, and bourbon slushies. You’ll be able to meet Ryan Rogers and sample his award-winning cuisine at Friday night’s showdown, The Grill Invitational—a live competition and grand tasting where over 20 chefs vie for the best grilled dish judged by a team of national food writers, and Saturdaynight’s Feast in the Park, where Rogers and dozens of chefs showcase their unique cuisine. Then, on Sunday afternoon, make sure to grab a front row seat as Ryan Rogers entertains and informs with a demonstration on how to create his acclaimed Nashville Hot Chicken Livers.



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Dave Tamarkin is an Ohioan. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Tamarkin left Ohio after college to pursue food writing. After writing extensively for Time Out New York, Time Out Chicago, as well as The Guardian (a fluke he says), Bon Appétit, Gourmet, Cooking Light, Every Day with Rachael Ray, and many more. Tamarkin is currently the editor­ at At epicurious earlier this year, David chronicled his #Cook90 challenge, cooking 90 meals in one month. In other words breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day! You can meet Dave Tamarkin on Friday night at the Grill Invitational, and join him at 12:30 on Saturday with food writers from Saveur, Extra Crispy, The Food Network, and Fine Cooking Magazine as they dish on the hottest topics at the table.


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Amy Thielen is a chef, a TV cook, and a two­time James Beard Award ­winning food writer. She grew up in Minnesota, and in 1999 moved to New York City to attend cooking school, landing in the kitchens of celebrated chefs David Bouley, Jean­Georges Vongerichten, Daniel Boulud, and Shea Gallante. After years on the hot line, she left the restaurant kitchen and moved her family back home to northern Minnesota. She is the host of the James Beard­ nominated Heartland Table on Food Network—which is filmed in her rural kitchen—In addition to her cookbook, as well as the author of The New Midwestern Table, which won a James Beard award in 2014. Thielen has written about food for Men’s Journal, Midwest Living, the Minneapolis Star­Tribune, and Saveur magazine, where she is a contributing editor. Her second book, a food memoir, will be published by Clarkson Potter in Spring/Summer, 2017. Meet Amy Thielen of the Food Network at Friday night’s Grill Invitational, and join her at 12:30 on Saturday with food writers from Saveur, Extra Crispy,, and Fine CookingMagazine as they dish on the hottest topics at the table.

Chef-owner John Gorham of Toro Bravo - Portland, OR

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John Gorham oversees a culinary empire in Portland, Oregon, where he is the executive Chef and owner of
the wildly popular restaurants Toro Bravo, Tasty ‘n Sons, Tasty ‘n Alder, Plaza del Toro, and is co- ­owner of Mediterranean Exploration Company, Pollo Bravo, and Shalom Y’all—all of which showcase a range of global cuisines, and each with a unique identity embodying the quintessential Portland dining experience of family­ style dishes, house­made charcuterie, and seasonal sustainably ­sourced ingredients. In 2013, Gorham published The Toro Bravo Cookbook, filled with a hundred Spanish­inspired recipes and irreverent stories. Not only did the book inspire Cincinnati Food + Wine Classic’s founders Courtney Tsitouris and Donna Covrett to invite Chef Gorham to Cincinnati, but has been equally embraced by chefs, home cooks, and national media alike.You can meet John Gorham and sample his award­ winning cuisine at
Cincinnati Food + Wine Classic’s Grill Invitational on Friday.