On a cold, blustery February 11th evening, the Cincinnati Bailliage held a dine around event at Bistro Grace Restaurant in a growing urban suburb of the city. This trendy eatery is located on a busy highway in the revitalized neighborhood of Northside, known for renovated turn of the century houses and innovative restaurants.
Chef David Bever specializes in traditional dishes with a modern twist that keep both locals and foodies from all over the city coming back for more. He credits his success to being able to hone his skills under esteemed chefs such as Jean-Robert de Cavel and Todd Kelly. This unassuming establishment has received praise not only from local Cincinnatians but from national and international organizations such as Wine Spectator.
Members brought one bottle of exceptional wine per person to share with other members throughout the evening. The wine was placed on a centrally located bar and shared throughout the evening. The event started with passed appetizers including smoked salmon tarts, pork belly egg flans, and roasted cauliflower flans. Once seated, members were treated to an exquisite four-course dinner including a braised duck leg cassoulet and a spice dusted strip steak.
Members and their guests enjoyed pairing various wines with the well-crafted dishes throughout the evening while peering out of the restaurant at the bustling city landscape. Following dinner, Bailli George Elliott, along with everyone present gave the highest praise to Vice Chargée de Mission Carmen Parks for conspiring with Chef Bever to create an evening to remember.
Graig Smith, Vice Chargé de Presse