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About Lisa Grigsby

Lisa Grigsby is a Special Events Director with over twenty five years experience in promotions, event coordination and public relations.

Owning Jokers Comedy Cafe for 20 years taught Lisa to maintain a sense of humor under pressure. She credits Leadership Dayton for exposing her to the amazing assets of the region and Clothes That Work for being her reason she stayed in Dayton. Her proudest accomplishment as a past president of the Miami Valley Restaurant Association was creating Restaurant Week, a twice a year tradition that continues to grow and benefit local charities as well. As a foodie, it's only natural that she continues to promote local restaurateurs with DaytonDining.

As a Dayton Catalyst, her desire to have ONE community calendar and advocate for the amazing assets of the region helped create the vision for the relaunch of DaytonMostMetro.

7 Places to Celebrate Fat Tuesday in Dayton

Mardi Gras (French for Fat Tuesday) is a Christian holiday that dates back thousands of years to pagan spring and fertility rites. Also known as Carnival, it is celebrated in several nations across the globe -- predominantly those with large Roman Catholic populations -- on the day before the religious season of lent. For most, Fat Tuesday conjures images of beads, beer, and the Big Easy. Historians believe the first American Mardi Gras occurred on March 3, 1699 when French explorers Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville and Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville landed in what is now Louisiana.  The … [Read more...]



Grand Opening Specials for Tasty Measures

At the corner of 5th and Jefferson Streeta, in the building that formerly housed Chin's, Elbo's and Sa Bai, Tasty Measures quietly opened a couple of weeks ago.  Named for the way you order your food, measured by the ounce, this breakfast and lunch place will let you build your sandwich and pay by the weight (45 -65 cents depending on the meat), or cruise through the salad bar and pay 35 cents per ounce.  Their breakfast offering include the option to customize your 3 egg omelette, grab a sweet or savory pastry with your coffee, cappuccino or espresso or enjoy a breakfast taco or a breakfast … [Read more...]



McCoy on Movies: The Finest Hours

THE FINEST HOURS Disney’s latest is an adequate but not awe-inspiring telling of Coast Guard heroics "OK, so if I pull this hard enough, I get to be the next Batman after my brother?" Ray Sybert (Casey Affleck) attempts to keep his ship, the SS Pendelton, from sinking in a scene from Disney's THE FINEST HOURS. Credit: Claire Folger. © Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved. WATCH THE TRAILER(S) HERE:        KEY CAST MEMBERS: Chris Pine, Holliday Grainger, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Graham McTavish, John Ortiz, Abraham Benrubi, … [Read more...]



First Anniversary For Craft Beer And Fine Wine Bottle Shop

We first wrote about The Barrel House – Coming Soon To Third And Wayne in January 2013.  At that time, Olive owner Kimberly Collett had recruited her cousin Jeff Heater to move from Maine to come to Dayton as her partner and manage this coffee shop for beer.  Jeff jumped write in to oversee the remodel of the building as the GM & Chief Beer Geek. It took a while, to maneuver through some construction and lease obstacles and The Barrel House officially opened on Jan 30, 2015.  On the eve of their first anniversary celebration on Sat, Jan 30th,  Jeff took some time to talk with … [Read more...]



Bravo Beavercreek Opens Thurs, Jan 28th

BRAVO! Cucina Italiana, a "polished casual" restaurant offering classic Italian food, offered a sneak peek last night of their newest location at The Mall at Fairfield Commons, which officially opens this Thursday, Jan 28th.  Located on the east side of the mall, in the space that was formerly one of the two Elder Beerman stores, now a newly created restaurant row, with  the recently opened Chuy's, and the soon to open BJ's Brewhouse.   I was welcomed at the door by a bevy of smiling  hostesses,  and quickly escorted to my table.  The brand new building is decorated to give you the feeling of … [Read more...]



5 Tips For A Great Restaurant Week

Originally started in 2005 Restaurant Week has become a major event in Dayton Dining.  The original concept was a 3 course meal for a set price that related to the year, say $20.16 with $1 being donated to local charities.   Since I left the helm of the MVRA, the program has morphed and now includes multiple price points, chains restaurants and more casual eateries, which offer meals deals for two at various price points.  I'm not sure if they still do the $1 to charity, I could find no reference to that on the MVRA website or in the promotions for this years event. They have added a night, … [Read more...]



6 Tips To Ace Your Next Audition and 7 Upcoming Auditions

Other than Opening Night, going to an audition is perhaps one of the scariest parts of theater work.  However, auditioning is a necessary part of being involved in the performing arts.  If you  want to be involved in the theater, knowing how to audition is a skill you'll need to learn.  While the process is not necessarily difficult, it can be more than just a little nerve-wracking.  So we've shared 6  things that you should know in order to make the best impression possible, and to improve your chances of getting a part! 1.  Act. Don’t just read. Remember, you are auditioning to act in a … [Read more...]



DAYTON BREW HA-HA: A Midwest Mash-Up & Ticket Give Away

For the 5th year in a row The Montessori School of Dayton will host a craft beer fundraiser,  which will take place Sat, Jan 30th at the school. This year Dayton Brew Ha-Ha showcases world-class beer produced in the Midwest. Proceeds from the event will go to the school’s capital improvement fund. While the East and West coasts are generally thought of as brewing epicenters, the Midwest has been not-so-quietly producing our own superstars. From established breweries like Founders, Bell’s, Jackie O’s, and Upland to rising stars like Rhinegeist, MadTree, and North High, to all of local … [Read more...]



Local Documentarian Receives $50,000 Breakthrough Award & Grant

Chicken & Egg Pictures was founded in 2005 by Julie Parker Benello, Wendy Ettinger, and Judith Helfand. Their mission is create a space where women could learn from one another, test their limits, challenge the status quo, and break new ground both as artists and activists.  This year they launched the inaugural Breakthrough Filmmaker Awards. The award responds to the reality that only a few women non-fiction directors in the U.S. are able to work full-time as independent storytellers. The program recognizes and elevates five mid-career women directors with unique voices who are poised … [Read more...]



The Old Arcana Cooking Classes

Chef Jeff Besecker of The Old Arcana has announced their 2016 schedule of cooking classes.  Here's your chance to join the Arcana team in the kitchen at 109 W. George Street in Arcanum, and learn to prepare dishes with familiar flavors as well as recipes that push your taste buds to new and exciting places. Classes include a blend of demonstrations from the  kitchen crew as well as hands-on lessons that attendees will prepare themselves.  Because their kitchen space is small, classes are limited to 8 students each to ensure plenty of room to work and learn, so be sure to register early to … [Read more...]