On an unseasonably cold April 16th, the Cincinnati Bailliage went exploring south of the Ohio River into Kentucky and found a culinary treasure. The Commonwealth Bistro in Covington, Kentucky is a wildly popular new eatery that is the culmination of three years of work by owners Chris and Tess Burns. They converted two historical buildings into a warm, interesting space that capitalizes on the beauty of the buildings through a cozy bar, exposed brickwork, and large windows that give diners a great view of the kitchen. They specialize in southern comfort cuisine served in a gourmet style that is honest and down to earth.
Each member brought one bottle of their finest wine to share while enjoying a sumptuous four-course meal. After being greeted in the bar area, members were led into the restaurant where appetizers were shared with a wide array of outstanding white and red wines.
Highlights of the remainder of the evening included an imaginative spring pea soup with country ham and a wild boar ragu with gnocchi and wild mushrooms. These incredible offerings were expertly prepared in full view of our members and their guests which added a special charm to the evening.
All in attendance were in agreement that Vice Chargé de Mission Carmen Parks managed once again to find a true gem of a restaurant that undoubtedly will be frequented again by many of our members. The Cincinnati bailliage is fortunate to be just a short car ride across the river for this caliber of culinary excellence.
Graig Smith, Vice Chargé de Presse