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Kirsten's Kitchen: Think outside the Takeout Box

Kirsten's Kitchen: Think outside the Takeout Box
Our Chic Chef shares new ways to enjoy food with friends and family. Read on to learn how you can spice up your entertainment with culinary twists!


Are you tired of getting takeout from the same old places? Is your list of homemade meals stuck in a rut? Need something to do with family or friends? This week I seek out new combinations of food and fun in our fair city for any budget.

 

Dinner and a Movie


I must confess that this is still one of my favorite things to do with family, friends or a date. I love to create a theme and have fun with it — for example, going out for cosmos and yummies before seeing "Sex in the City." At the AMC Theater in Newport (or online) you can sign up for the MovieWatcher card. It’s free and they give you stuff like free popcorn on Wednesdays.


Bar Louie at Newport on the Levee is a great place to hit on Wednesdays for the Doller Burger night. Drop in during the early happy hour, and then go see an action movie! Also, Brio is offering a four-course dinner and a movie for $35 per person! To keep the evening budget friendly, I like to go out on a weekday night and go for drinks after the show to hit late night happy hours.


Make it a girls' night out and go see When in Rome that comes out on Jan. 29! Cinema De Lux in Florence is my go-to place for that movie I just had to see opening weekend. The seats are like sitting in first class on a plane. Only 21 and older are allowed, and the best part is the little button by each seat marked “Service." Push it and you have a server in moments, waiting to fetch you a Chocolate Cherry Martini, a Grilled Eggplant Pannini or even just some popcorn.


Not all of the movies are offered on the Lux Level, and it’s not a cheap date. The price is $18 per person plus the cost of food, drinks and tip, but there is just something about enjoying a beer and a Kentucky Hot Brown while you watch "Sherlock Holmes."


Learn to Cook

 

Don’t be afraid to get in the kitchen! Many places around town offer all kinds of classes for all levels of skill and participation.

 

The Learning Kitchen: This new cooking school and shop in West Chester has classes to observe, interact and even teach the kids. Chefs don’t just teach you how to make one dish but give you the knowledge to take back to your home kitchen and cook your own meals. Prices range from $50 to $100.

 

EQ Classes at the Party Source: Where else could you learn how to make sauce while you get sauced? The EQ classes cover topics from wine to tasting menus from some of the city’s best chefs. Sign up for the free EQ ID card to get buy-one-get-one prices. Personally, I have my eye on the Girls Night Out: Totally Tequila! class. Classes and tastings range from $20 to $60.

 

Jungle Jim’s Cooking School: Classes at this school inside Jungle Jim’s Market in Fairfield range from basics to advanced and include topics like Game Grub and a Jazzy Brunch with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. Plus you’ll have anything you need to buy right there in the market! Prices range from $30 to $70.

 

When looking for things to do, don’t forget to check with your local grocery store. Many have wine tastings for just a few dollars that include food and a discount on purchases.

 

So go forth, enjoy good company and amazing food!

Kirsten Busam -

Kirsten Busam is a contributor for Cincy Chic and the owner of Babycake's Gourmet Cupcakes.

 

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