Join this class and help Chef Gerrie build an incredible up-scale menu using local foods. These dishes epitomize the beauty of summer’s bounty. Sweet Corn Soup Garnished with Roasted Corn Kernels and Chives; Spinach and Arugula Salad with Pickled Baby Beets and Roasted Walnuts garnished with Champignon Grande Noir Blue Ice Cream; Stuffed Beef Tenderloin on Whole Wheat Couscous Dressed with Kalamata Olive Vinaigrette; and Dark Chocolate Soufflé with Raspberry Sauce. This menu will be paired with wine.
We can’t get enough of those homegrown tomatoes! Let Mary show you how to use those beauties in these mouth-watering recipes you will help create and enjoy! Rustic Tomato Tart; Pecan Crusted Mozzarella Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes; Homemade Cavatelli with Roasted Multi-Colored Grape Tomatoes, Spinach and Mushrooms in Garlic Cream Sauce; Parmesan Chicken Tenders with Tomato Basil Salad; Fresh Green Beans with Tomatoes and Onions and Almond Cake. this menu will be paired with wine.
As the next cold spell moves in during 2017 and you are craving a soup to warm your heart, consider this list. The Food Adventures crew, Chef House, Hungry Jax and The Big Ragu, have compiled our list of Dayton’s Best Soups for 2017. From the first steaming spoonful, to that little bit of liquid left in the bottom, these are the best bowls of chow that the Miami Valley has to offer. So, all you serious eaters, get a spoon, get some crackers if need be, and check out our list of MUST EAT soups.
IN ORDER from the best (because no one else does that) are Dayton’s best Food Adventures in a bowl… , here they are…
** DAYTON’S TOP 30 SOUPS for 2017 **
1) CHICKEN TORTILLA SOUP from FRESCO:
A top soup from one of Dayton’s top Chefs and caterers, Jenn DiSanto. She starts with homemade chicken broth from scratch. The soup is stocked with fall off the bone chicken pieces, vegetables, and tortilla strips. End it all with a dollop of sour cream on top. This is one of those moments where you lose yourself in a heavenly bliss. This is the best chicken tortilla soup we have ever eaten. This soup is Chef House’s favorite !
2) THE GUMBO at RUE DUMAINE:
This one HAS to be on the list.. The owner/Chef Anne Kearney studied under Food Network superstar, Emeril Lagasse. Needless to say, when it comes to New Orleans’ flavors, she knows what she is doing. This award winning chef has a menu unparalleled n Dayton. We have found the perfect start to a meal at Rue Dumaine. This pick is an obvious one.
3) THE CLAM CHOWDER at JAY’S SEAFOOD:
When a soup is a Dayton icon and a Dayton staple for decades, it has to make the list. Whether you are 8 years old, or 80, people love this soup and have fond memories associated with it. The creamy broth, the chunks of fresh clams, and the perfect dash of pepper make this soup. Crackers or not, you are in for a treat when you sit down for a cup or bowl of this deliciousness… so go for the bowl. As you take a spoonful, the nostalgic atmosphere of Jay’s restaurant helps make it that moment in time where the world is in perfect balance.
4) THE SIZZLING RICE SOUP FROM CHINA COTTAGE:
For decades they have been serving this white meat chicken, fresh vegetables and steaming rice kernels in an unforgettable broth. This is on the appetizer menu as a soup for two. Sure you can get this soup as an appetizer for two, but who wants to share something this good? Get the soup for your meal, like we do ! The flavor is a perfect balance of mushrooms, carrots, other vegetables and rice in a white meat chicken and broth mixture. Another great creation from Chef Tiger Wang.
5) SATE SHRIMP AND PORK SOUP with RICE NOODLES from LITTLE SAIGON:
This Vietnamese style “Pho” soup is a spicy bowl of broth, rice noodles, shrimp, pork and vegetables. Served with a side plate of cilantro, lime and bean sprouts, it packs some heat. Not hot enough? Doctor it up with the table side chili paste or a homemade in-house sriracha sauce. This is a meal sized soup, with an appetizer price tag.
6) DUBLIN PUB’S “WORLD FAMOUS POTATO SOUP”:
It must be world famous, because it is downright incredible. It is rich, filling and sinful. We suggest getting it in the Sourdough bowl and add cheese and bacon on it. We also recommend taking a nap after you eat it. This soup has a cult following in Dayton, and is Hungry Jax’s top pick!
7) THE CABBAGE ROLL SOUP from VOLTZY’s ROOT BEER STAND:
The best soup in a root beer stand in the United States. Voltzy homemakes this stuff with cabbage, tomatoes, rice and his signature burger meat. In his words, it is so delicious, you will sing “Touch me in the Morning.” Cabbage rolls not your style? Then try his almost equally delicious “Cheeseburger Soup” or “Cream of Vandalia Onion Soup.” Yes, Vandalia like the city… Voltzy is nuts, it is undeniable.
8) THE TURTLE SOUP at THE AMBER ROSE:
This soup is exotic, thick and hearty. It is a old recipe, passed down by Elinore, the previous owner of the restaurant. We absolutely love Amber Rose’s take on this old school favorite. It is beyond good. This is one of those things that you eat and immediately want more. Visit Joe Castellano and his chefs and try it for yourself as an appetizer to one of their Eastern European meals. Extra points for uniqueness on this one.
9) CLAM CHOWDER at SWEENEY’S SEAFOOD:
Creamy and thick with chunks of clams and potatoes, this is a filling bowl of soup. Paprika and other spices, finish the flavor, making this soup one of our favorites. We already are in love with many of Sweeney’s appetizers that owner Lisa Long and her chefs knock out of the park. Add another star to the list. Hungry Jax can’t get enough of this one.
10) SEAFOOD CHOWDER from DOROTHY LANE MARKET: Maybe because it
simmers all day, it enhances the flavor. Whatever the reason, we are entranced with this self serve option to go at Dorothy Lane Market for this incredible soup. Rich and creamy and two terms that simply cannot be stressed enough. Chunks of fish and more fill the soup with corn and other vegetables. This is a nice, thick soup. We can’t inhale it fast enough on hungry rainy days. If there ever was a bowl you wanted to lick clean, this would be the one….
11) CHICKEN GUMBO from DISALVO’S DELI:
Another homemade soup from scratch. Chef Ronnie DiSalvo himself makes the soup with perfectly carved, generous chicken pieces, in a delicately light broth. The bowl is filled with a treasure trove of vegetables and tremendous flavor. This deli takes pride in its food, and this is another example of their incredible creations. Their motto is “made with love from the heart.” And we like to add, and straight to your mouth!
12) THE SHRIMP and PORK SOUP at LINH’s BISTRO:
A big fan following for this soup. It is an enormous bowl with filled one of the classic Vietnamese “Phos” (soups) offered at Linh’s Bistro. This meal sized magical creation contains broth, shaved pork and pieces of shrimp. Sure you can get it with clear rice noodles, but we prefer the egg noodle option (#34 on the menu). Vegetables and scallions also line the bowl, but that’s not all. The soup is served with a side plate of jalapenos, bean sprouts cilantro and lime. Separate some cilantro leaves from the stems and drop them into the bowl. This soup defines the words Food Adventure.
13) THE FRENCH ONION SOUP at DOUBLEDAY’S GRILL & TAVERN:
Lets be honest. Any one of Doubleday’s soups could make this list. In a restaurant known for their homemade soups, this one is a favorite. Dayton regulars have stuffed the restaurant for decades, and many have felt the hot, gooey dripping flavor of the french onion soup. It is easy to get lost in Doubleday’s large menu, but dont overlook this “must eat.” The steaming pot of soup is perfect for a snowy day. Try their Chicken Pot Pie Soup and Potato Soup as well.
14) THE NEW ORLEANS STYLE GUMBO at JIMMIES LADDER 11:
Hearty, rich and just the right spiciness, this soup is one of those “OMG” moments when you take a bite. Owner Jimmie Brandell is no stranger to soups, having managed one of the iconic “Upper Krust” locations for years. The soup is perfect. They really hit the mark on this one. Order a bowl and wake up your taste buds. Goes perfect with their craft beer selections and sandwiches!
15) THE CLAM CHOWDER AT BULLWINKLE’S:
Clam Chowder at a rib place? The answer is yes, young Jedi. This soup is homemade and downright addicting. Generous chunks of clams in a mix of potatoes and cream sauce make this one of our “Must Eats.” Not many people know about this soup, but now you do. We are not responsible for any addictions. Make sure you start your meal here with this savory favorite. Their menu is filled with amazing items like this one.
16) THE CHILI AT ARCHER’S TAVERN:
Every year, Archer’s holds a chili cookoff. The winning chili goes on the menu for a year. All proceeds from the contest go to the Centerville High School’s Culinary Arts Program! The result is an amazing chili and a charitable donation! The current chili is a meaty concoction with a little bit of heat. It is topped with cheese and Fritos. Probably the spiciest of the delicious soups and one of our favorites.
17) THE MUSHROOM BISQUE at CHRISTOPHER’S RESTAURANT:
Vegetarians rejoice! This Dayton soup is for you. A fresh, home made delicious recipe means a warm feeling in every spoonful. The taste of the fresh mushrooms is incredible Christopher’s thrives on making quality, homemade soups, and this choice is the star. Check it out and pair it with one of their delicious sandwiches. The restaurant atmosphere is homey, and lends to the comfort factor of feeling at home with this warming soup for the soul.
18) THE WILD MUSHROOM SOUP FROM HAWTHORNE GRILL:
It is pure comfort in a bowl. The soup is creamy, bold and flavorful. Hawthorne Grill puts out some great dishes, and this is one you need to get your hands on. This weather is the perfect time to try this unique, homemade item. Chef Candice Rinke has established herself in the upper tier of Dayton’s chefs. This soup is an extension of her hard work.
19) THE PICKLE SOUP from BLIND BOB’S:
Don’t be fooled by the sound of it, don’t judge a book by its cover. This is one of the best soups in Dayton. The flavor isn’t sharp, it is surprisingly mild and rich. If you like cream of broccoli soup, this is an even better spin on it. We congratulate Blind Bob’s for not only the uniqueness, but for the amazing taste. This is a great warm up right before you try one of their burger selections! Also, Blind Bob’s many craft beers go great with this soup!
20) TEQUILA CHILI at LUCKY’S TAPROOM:
Unique blast of flavor from the kitchen at Lucky’s. Owner Andrew Trick has developed an underground following for his terrific food. This chili is a highlight on the menu and one of the most loved items. Lucky’s offers a regular or vegetarian option. Recommendation: There is no better pairing on this list than the Tequila Chili and one of Lucky’s numerous craft beers. So go to Lucky’s, thumb through the beer booklet, pick one out, and thank us later.
21) THE GUINNESS ONION SOUP AT NICK’S RESTAURANT:
Gooey, warm, and wonderful soup that is the pride of Xenia. The soup is always made from scratch buy their “soup nazi.” This soup is served in a unique bowl, with a mound of cheese and few gigantic croutons. But what hit us most is the rich flavor. Hot broth dripping down your chin, as you swallow some of the cheesey strings. Take a spoonful and you will immediately see why this soup made the cut.
22) THE COCONUT SOUP at SIAM PAD THAI:
Another exotic choice on this list. Cherry tomatoes, lime juice and mushrooms highlight the ingredients in this soup. The tangy, light flavor make this soup the most refreshing on our list. Owner, Fon Chrisman is a culinary genius in Thai food. If you have not been to Siam Pad Thai, we suggest you pair this soup with one of their Thai dishes, or specialty sushi rolls. We promise you will be craving this soup in no time.
23) THE HOT AND SOUR SOUP at YOUNG CHOW:
We scald ourselves every time, because we cant wait to get into this soup’s shredded goodness. A perfect balance of tofu, pepper and pork, this hot and sour soup is fantastic. This soup made the list because it is just that good. And guess what else, the price is nice. We looked at your fortune cookie, it says you need to go to Young Chow.
24) TANTANMEN RAMEN at RAMEN RICKSHAW: Also known as “Peddler Noodles,” this soup is the epitome of homemade. Freshly made, daily noodles seeped in a pork broth that has simmered for 12
hours. Flavorful secret spices and green onions finish off the soup. Served in a small bowl, we can use a fork, spoon or even drink this delicious soup, just to get it in our bellies.
25) TOM YUM SOUP at TIK’s THAI GRILL: A spicy broth filed with mushrooms and green scallions. They also call this “Lemongrass Soup.” It also includes a secret combo of Thai herbs, lemongrass, tomato, and lime juice. The lime juice packs a punch right back to the lime juice that started the whole thing.
26) TOM YUM GOONG SOUP from HOUSE OF THAI:
Shrimp and mushroom in a hot and sour broth is the amazing menu item featured at this hidden secret in Beavercreek known for their Pad Thai. Not many people are familiar with this delicious Thai restaurant, but the soup deserves a spot on this list. It is obviously an old family recipe, and it is as fun to eat as it is to say the name. This is chin dripping, grab your napkin style good eats. If you are going to do it up, do it up right at the House of Thai.
27) CURRY UDON NOODLE SOUP from ARIAKE SUSHI BAR : A thick, soup with curry flavors and a nutty aroma. Slices of pork, egg slices and wheat noodles fill the bowl. It is a challenge to eat this without getting your chin or shirt dripped on, but the noodles are fantastic.
28) THE SPICY VEGETABLE SOUP from KABUKI: This soup is complimentary with big dinner orders. It is a fantastic mix of spicy pepper broth, bean sprouts and onions. This can clear your sinuses and make your cold feel better all at the same time. It is the perfect tune up for a sushi feast. Enjoy the color and aroma of the soup, it tastes as good as it looks. We have come to learn that at Kabuki, everything is great.
29) THE POZOLE from CHIAPAS MEXICAN GRILL: The owner of Chiapas tells us this is his grandmother’s recipe for a chicken and hominy soup. The broth is soothing yet spicy. The chicken is tender and shreds of it soak between hominy corn. Radishes float on top of this beautiful looking soup. One of the most unique soups on this list, it is authentic Mexican fare.
30) PULPO CAMARONES COCKTAIL en SALSA (Seafood Gespacho) from TAQUERIA MIXTECA
Served cold, this tomato based soup is stocked full of seafood. From huge shrimp, to baby octopus and calamari, it is not for the squeamish. Hardcore seafood lovers, however, will eat it up. It is served in a gigantic goblet and is easily enough for two or more. The vegetables and slices of avocado make the soup.
We have two honorable mentions:
a) SIZZLING RICE SOUP from NORTH CHINA and
b) SHRIMP and PORK SATE from PHO MI
And one final thing..
Best Chain Restaurant Soup? Chicken Gnocchi from Olive Garden
That’s it, that’s our list ! What did we miss? Do you agree or disagree with our choices ?? Please comment below and tell us your thoughts.
Meanwhile, check out our incredible photo gallery of Dayton’s best soups, below and “like” Food Adventures on Facebook by CLICKING HERE !
Calling all cooks! Our Food Adventures Crew loves to entertain. One of those ways is through whipping up meals for friends and family. Want to learn some skills from the basic to advanced? May we suggest some classes? If you want to “wow” them at your next dinner party, well then, we have the place for you….
Whether you call it the Dorothy Lane Market School of Cooking or the Culinary Center at Dorothy Lane Market, there is a cult following for this organization. And rightfully so, as we are lucky to have such a resource her in Dayton. Many brilliant cooks, chefs and kitchen volunteers make kitchen program come to life. Each year, throughout all 12 months, hundreds of attendees learn from some of the Miami Valley’s Best. Today, Food Adventures would like to introduce you to some of the All Stars that shine in this stellar organization.
HERE’S THE SKINNY on THE CULINARY CENTER at DLM:
— Located at 6177 Far Hills Ave. in Centerville in the Washington Square Shopping Center.
— Hours are Monday – Friday 10am-3pm
— They offer classes year round for all ages
— Prices range, depending on the class, and of course you get taste plates of each course during these events.
— Some classes are hands on, others are just observatory. The smells and the flavors are always fantastic, and the lessons are very informative.
— Numerous volunteers help clean, serve and even prepare some parts of the meals. Without them, the courses would not go as smoothly. In fact they wouldn’t take place at all.
— They do private events, like office parties. Team building events, anniversary parties, etc.
The school of cooking is close to our hearts. Hungry Jax has
been steadily active in volunteering over the years. She introduced The Big Ragu to the group, and he has even volunteered about 10 times over the past few years. Chef House has hosted her own cooking classes, and has lead the way for our Food Adventures Crew to reach our dream of hosting a couple of classes ourselves (The next one is “Food Adventure Party Foods” on May 18th, 2016).
Over the years, we have gotten to know the “ins and outs” of this fantastic Culinary Center, and the many “unsung heroes” of local cooking.
We are proud to introduce you to just some of the workhorses, that make the center a great success. They are today’s “Must Meets.”
DOROTHY LANE MARKET CULINARY CENTER’S “MUST MEETS:
PEGGY NEARY: Peggy has been a joyful part of the DLM experience for 16 years. She is the current manager, and runs most of the planning day in and day out. She readies and schedules all the classes, and prepares the paperwork. even though she has a busy schedule, she always finds time to meet and plan for new events. Peggy always has a smile on her face, and is a big supporter of the Dayton community. She is the glue.. er glucose that holds the place together !
MARY COONEY: Mary has been huge part of the classes and cooking program for over a decade. Her specialties are her lifelong, Italian family recipes. She is a tremendous baker too. Mary Cooney is a first-generation Italian-American who has a passion for teaching. that is hard to equal. She loves to share her knowledge of authentic Italian dishes as well as baking pies and desserts. We recommend her cookbook which just happens to be for sale at the DLM Culinary Center as well. She is definitely one of our favorites.
CARRIE WALTERS: Every time we are around Carrie, she is always making some incredible food. She is the official Dorothy Lane Market Corporate Chef. She is in charge of running some of the most popular events at DLM like the Food & Wine Show. She is also very involved in helping develop the curriculum of the Culinary Center classes. Her happiness in the kitchen is infectious, and her classes are delicious, informative and fun. Her reach goes beyond the School of Cooking. You can find many of Carrie’s recipes in the pre-made foods for sale at Dorothy Lane Market. She develops DLM’s Market report and instructional videos. She loves to travel, and uses those opportunities to learn new recipes, cooking methods which enhance the programs of the Culinary Center.
JULIA HOY: She typically works days at the Dorothy Lane Market Culinary Center. Her specialty is German cooking and dishes. Julia is also known for her dedication and cooking instruction in the “Basics” classes. These are perfect introductory classes that are essesntial for those wanting to build the foundation of food knowledge. This California girl graduated from college with a degree in Food Science. She put her skills to work at Sunkist Growers,shortly before moving to Ohio. Julia began working at Dorothy Lane Market in 2006 developing recipes for the Produce Departments. She continued her education at Sinclair, attaining a Culinary Arts degree and Culinary Certification. She is a workhorse of the organization, and is one of the reasons for the school’s solid success.
ZEBBIE BORLAND: For 25 years, Zebbie has been a part of the Dorothy Lane Market family. She is known for her popular cooking classes for kids. From grilling to desserts, these classes are basic, informative and a perfect way to introduce your children formally to the world of cooking. One of the pillars of the center, Zebbie helps round out a full program of classes at the Culinary Center. Parents, take advantage of her great classes !
JOHN CHICO: John is a passionate home cook. His experiences cooking for family (like his 4 Italian Grandparents) and friends have brought his influences to the Culinary Center. Always willing to learn new things, John soaks up a lot of the information and techniques by rubbing elbows the the staff. John hosts the popular Pretzel Classes and a continuing education program with the University of Dayton. Beef stew, polento, and sousvide are some of his specialties. He uses his wife and children to test “breakfast for dinner” recipes. John has taken calsses at the center, volunteered for classes and finally has come full circle into an instructor.
We would be remiss if Food Adventures didnt mention just some of the “MUST MEET” chefs that have an influence on the Culinary Center at DLM.
CHEF JENN DISANTO: This amazing Chef is even more of an amazing person. She is one of our favorite people in the world. Chef Jenn DiSanto has a long friendship with Chef House. Hungry Jax has worked many of her cooking classes over the past decade. Big Ragu even worked one a few year back, but his heart was stolen by the menu at her catering business called Fresco (that is another whole Food Adventure article in itself). Jenn is a classically trained chef, known for using the highest-quality seasonal ingredients.
She earned her culinary degree in Connecticut but has traveled extensively, even becoming a private chef domestically and overseas. Chef Disanto loves to pay homage to different cultures by producing some delicious, rustic recipes from different countries. An upstate New York native, she brings a strong work ethic to the kitchen. The result is meals that are extremely flavorful. Jenn also devotes much time and resources to helping various Dayton area charities that are close to her heart.
CHEF ELIZABETH WILEY: Chef Wiley is one of the culinary superstars of the Miami Valley. This Kansas native has been cooking professionally since 1979. After coming to Dayton and having a nearly 2 decade stint at the Winds she went a different direction. In 2004, her big breakout came when she wowed crowds after opening Meadowlark Restaurant. Her mantra is “We cook what we like to eat, and what’s in season.” That philosophy has led to unmatched triumphs. Using her experiences cooking in Chicago, San Francisco and Key West, Chef Wiley has poured this knowledge into her delicious menus. She parlayed her success and partnered in opening “Wheat Penny Pizza Oven.” This inventive venture takes
pizza and Italian favorites to a new level. She is also well known for her charitable contributions to local causes. Stay tuned for more news and business ventures from Chef Wiley.
CHEF LIZ VALENTI: Chef Valenti is a positive force of energy at the DLM Culinary Center. She is Catering and Private Party Director. She handles all of this along with her businesses partnerships like, Wheat Penny Pizza Oven. Known for pizza and innovative takes on Italian food, Liz’s star has been shining in Dayton for some time. Not only is she an amazing kitchen talent, she is also a great person. If she is a part of the event, be prepared for a delicious time. You will often notice her and her business partners helping various non-profit organizations around town. She is always giving back to the community.
The Culinary Center also has some fun internal events from various Pot Luck dinners, to a Julia Child Birthday celebration meal.
Oh and lest we forget the store inside the Culinary Center. Along the walls are books and various kitchen utensils for sale. A lot of these items you won’t find anywhere else. They also offer kitchen towels, copper items and many upscale verisons of essesntial kitchen tools.
Now you know a little bit more about the Culinary Center at Dorothy Lane Market. It is a great “School of Cooking” for any Miami Valley resident. Please take advantage of their classes and events. Sign up for one today! Search www.DorothyLane.com for more info.
There are opportunities to volunteeer for these classes as well. If you are interested contact Peggy at 937-435-5696 on weekdays.
The classes not only showcase the cooks, but they give a thoughtful insight on the very offerings of special, fresh ingredients from Dorothy Lane’s produce or specialty grocery sections.
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For the second year in a row, Dorothy Lane Market’s Killer Brownie® has secured a spot in the final four in a national food bracket, demonstrating that it’s a chocolatey, caramel-infused force to be reckoned with.
Goldbely hosts Munch Madness (#MunchMadness), which pits regional food favorites from across the country against one another. The contenders range from Chicago’s famed Vienna Beef Hot Dog and Brooklyn’s unforgettable Momofuku Milk Bar to Dayton’s treasured Killer Brownie®. Voting opened to the public and started on March 16 with 64 competitors. Now, it’s down to the final four, including the Killer Brownie®. “Being recognized as a member of the final four is such an honor because we’re up against some of America’s favorite restaurants and bakeries. It gives voters a chance to decide who is truly the best of the best,” says Sarah Linville, shopDLM.com manager.
Linville and her team oversee the division of Dorothy Lane Market that ships DLM favorites to all 50 states, and the Killer Brownie® is a top-seller. “We get so many calls from customers all across America that say the Killer Brownie® reminds them of a place that so many have called home. Plus, all the layers of chocolate and caramel definitely seem to make it a favorite,” Linville says.
To add to the Killer Brownie® excitement, Dorothy Lane Market will be offering a special promotion on the Killer Brownie® in stores: If someone votes for the Killer Brownie® online they just have to walk up to the Bakery counter at any of the three Dorothy Lane Market stores and tell an associate that they voted. They’ll then get a coupon for $1 off any Killer Brownie® flavor (yes, there are multiple flavors).
Voting is conducted at https://www.goldbely.com/munch-madness
Jackie “Hungry Jax” Scanlan, LeeAnne “Chef House” and Steve “The Big Ragu” Milano promise a cooking class like no other on Friday night August 14th. This event will be a mix of a party, a cooking demo, trivia night and some prize giveaways. The night is going to be as wild as Donald Trump’s hair !
The “Party Foods” class marks the first time that the Food Adventures Crew will be taking over the Culinary Center at Dorothy Lane Market in Washington Township. And it looks like a good one, filled with wine and beer as well.
Food Adventures is a popular Dayton food blog, with over 5,400 loyal Facebook followers. The trio of foodies is also known for their weekly articles on DaytonMostMetro .com that feature anything from mom and pop local restaurants, to festival events, recipes or foodie tips! From time to time the Food Adventure Crew will host dinners at local restaurants to spotlight a great place that you may not have heard about. They partner with area festivals, food happenings and even support over 50 charity events, every single year. Much more than a free Instagram account they even have one of those (#Dayton_Foodies) and a Twitter following too (@Food_Adv) !
You can also visit their website www.DaytonFoodies.com for a list of upcoming appearances.
Hungry Jax, Chef House and The Big Ragu are proud to be a part of this year’s DLM Cooking Schedule, and due to the overwhelming response, we will be back in the fall for yet another class!
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves…..
HERE’S THE SKINNY on the AUGUST 14th CLASS !
WHAT: Party with the Food Adventures Crew ! A cooking class featuring the secret recipes of The Food Adventurer’s favorite party foods !
WHEN: 6PM – 9PM FRIDAY, AUGUST 14th
WHERE: 6161 Far Hills Avenue, Centerville, Ohio. Located right next door to our Washington Square store.
COST: $75 per person, tickets may be bought by clicking HERE. Limited seats are left as we are approaching a sellout….
WHAT ELSE: You will have hands on cooking, recipe copies and tastings of the following super-secret, family favorite party foods:
— GARLIC-ARTICHOKE CHEESE DIP with HOMEMADE MELBA TOASTS
— LOUISIANA CAJUN BEER SHRIMP
— TOMATO PIE
— PARTY CHICKEN
— RED CURRY MARINATED FLANK STEAK with a SWEET ASIAN SRIRACHA SAUCE
— COCONUT BREAD PUDDING
— GRILLED PINEAPPLE SKEWERS with CHOCOLATE SAUCE
— This menu will be paired with beer and wine.
Some of these recipes even feature Chef House’s, locally made, HouseMade Sriracha which is available on Dorothy Lane Market shelves.
Come hungry and ready to have some fun. The Culinary Center will never be the same….
Meet the Food Adventures Crew !
JACLYN SCANLAN aka “HUNGRY JAX”:
LEEANNE HOUSE aka “CHEF HOUSE”:
Chef House or “The Sriracha Mamma” is all about the heat. Lover of all things spicy she is constantly in the kitchen coming up with fun new ways to whip up veggies and add a little spice. She is a Dayton native, with lifelong experience in the restaurant industry, working with some of the best chefs in the Miami Valley. She loves to keep it local especially in the summer when beautiful produce is plentiful. She is a true foodie who knows we have a lot to offer in Ohio! LeeAnne is also the owner of Housemade Sauces which specializes in a locally made Sriracha Sauce and a Hot Honey Sriracha Sauce, which have won national awards. Chef House is also the owner of the new “Bad Dog” Hot Dog Cart which features local dogs, local toppings and local buns! She is also involved in putting on the “Night Market” events at the Yellow Cab Building. She is definitely a foodie fixture around town, and an up and coming Chef.
STEVE MILANO aka “THE BIG RAGU”:
A lifelong Dayton resident, his early food influence was in his mom’s kitchen and his dad’s grill. Other incredible food memories are his grandparents’ Italian and German/Scottish cooking. Ragu’s love of food is only matched by his love of sports, travel, karaoke and just needing to be held. An attention seeking missile, Ragu’s favorite foods include Seafood, Italian Food, and Chinese/Japanese cuisine. Other hobbies include overeating and a slight attraction to deep fried menu items. Whether a locally owned business, fine dining, a dive, buffets, fast foods and even a few chain favorites, he enjoys visiting them all with a “no rules” attitude. You can usually recognize him at festivals by the sweaty guy with the food stain on his shirt. Emotionally eating his way through life with the Crew, they leave no plate unturned. Most recently, his recipes have been featured in the monthly Foremost Seafood Newsletter. This “foodie in his forties” is proud to be involved in dozens of local charity committees.
We hope to meet you at our Dorothy Lane Market Party Foods Class, where we will be cooking up a storm. Seats are limited, get yours before we sellout. Learn some new recipes,taste some fantastic party eats, and go on a full blown Food Adventure !
Food Adventures just got a whole lot more adventurous….. and you can benefit by winning a $25 gift certificate to Lily’s Bistro in the Oregon district.
*** FOOD ADVENTURES WITH BIG RAGU and THE CREW ***
Blazing the trails in the foodie forums since 2008, Food Adventures has developed a large following…
Today, we add some big players to the mix. They include Chefs, Foodie Fanatics, royalty and an appetite for Dayton that has never been bigger. Although we have a couple of new faces, FOOD ADVENTURES with BIG RAGU and THE CREW, is still the same FOOD ADVENTURES you have come to love. We will continue to have the MUST EATS, killer food photos that make your mouth water, and multiple visits to a place before we write an article. Will continue to give you “THE SKINNY” on our favorites. Follow our relentless pursuit of the best eats in the Miami Valley!
Together, your humble Food Adventurers will seek out locally owned restaurants, unique places off the beaten path, and even give our slant on some familiar favorites. Whenever we visit a place, we call it a “Food Adventure.” You can expect pictures of each Food Adventure we embark on. You can expect us hugging waiters, visiting mom & pop establishments, posting nostalgic blogs, tongue-in-cheek comments and emotionally eating our way through life. We don’t take ourselves seriously, enjoying the adventure all the way. “We are not food critics, we just love to eat!” Food Adventures won’t limit ourselves, we try it all – NO RULES ! We will leave no plate unturned.
We will continue to set the trends, host Food Adventure dinner events, and give our unique spin on Dayton’s best “Mom and Pop” places in the Miami Valley. Food Adventures with Big Ragu and the Crew will continue to attend and support numerous local food and charity events. We eat it all, and the photos are ours. No stock pics here. We aren’t a share and click site. We are Dayton Originals, so all of our stuff is original content. Often imitated, never duplicated, accept no substitutions.
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Our recent “Meeting of the Mouths” happened last Sunday at Lily’s Bistro on Chicken Dinner night. We will get into the Must Eats from that night shortly, but first…,
Ladies and gentlemen, it is time to MEET THE NEW CREW !
Chef House or “The Sriracha Mamma” is all about the heat. Lover of all things spicy she is constantly in the kitchen coming up with fun new ways to whip up veggies and add a little spice. She is a Dayton native, with lifelong experience in the restaurant industry, working with some of the best chefs in the Miami Valley. She loves to keep it local especially in the summer when beautiful produce is plentiful. She is a true foodie who knows we have a lot to offer in Ohio!
Chef House’s Top 5 Favorite Local Places for a Food Adventure :
(in no particular order)
1) Meadowlark (they do veggies right!)
2) Rue Dumaine (it never disappoints)
3) Fresco (best chef hands down)
4) Oregon Express (favorite pizza since I was a kiddo)
5) My kitchen ! … duh!!!!
Jackie’s Top 5 Favorite Local Places for a Food Adventure:
1) Lock 27
2) The Cakery
After hopping the globe with the Air Force, The King recently touched down in Dayton with his wife and daughters. Flying recon for great local food, the Big Ragu has set the course for his newest wingman, and he is logging some serious mileage. The King is a dessert FREAK! There is no shake too shaky, pie too flakey, nor cake to…cakey for this lunatic. He wants to find the best dessert in Dayton. Please help him. He needs it, a lot.
The King’s Top 5 Favorite Local Places for a Food Adventure:
1) Taco Loco
2) Jet Freeze
Now to the food of the day .. not a typical article for us, this is just about one dinner …. The Sunday Chicken Dinner at Lily’s Bistro
Get your hens ready….
HERE’S THE SKINNY:
— The dinners go from 5pm – 9pm on Sundays only
— The menu is pretty much fried chicken, with the sides, appetizers, and desserts changing from week to week.
— The prices are $9 for a 2 piece dinner, $16 for a 1/2 chicken dinner, and $28 for a whole chicken
— Sides are $3, good prices, no clucking around
Now we ruffle our feathers and give you our patented.. Must Eats!
— JOHNNY CAKES: It might have been chicken night, but the appetizers and sides stole the show ! We couldn’t stop talking about the Johnny cakes. Pancakes, as an appetizer? This was right up our alley. The King wished he could have bottled the scent to keep by his pillow at night. Made with jalepeno, for just enough contrasting kick to the sweet buttery mapleness. These cakes were slathered in butter and syrup and simply amazing. Who would have thunk it? Crispy, sweet and spicy made for a perfect combination, and Chef House’s favorite dish of the night.
— SMOKED SALMON DIP: Another great appetizer of the night, served with bagel “nuggets.” We started out polite, then found ourselves thumb wrestling for the last bits. Addicting, and addiction is an ugly thing.
— HOMEMADE MASHED POTATOES: We are talking the real deal, mashed with decent sized chunks in them. We wondered why conversation stopped, it was as if all the Food Adventurers discovered these at the same time and were very quietly stuffing their faces.
— COOLDADDY COCKTAIL: This spicy cocktail is a must. Who could pass up a drink that features Chef House’s Sriracha sauce? Tequila, handmade pepper syrup, strawberries, cilantro are also among the ingredients.
— BEIGNETS: Pronounced “Ben-yays.” Known in some circles as “pizza frite”, “zeppole” or fried dough, these puffs of dough are a perfect end to a rich dinner. Ever so slightly covered with sifted powdered sugar, Big Ragu had white on his “man bib vest” in no time.
Honorable Mention: The mac n cheese and hand breaded, fried okra deserve a nod!
Thank you for reading our special Food Adventure with Big Ragu and the Crew!
We always visit a place multiple times before we write a story, so we are ready for a trip back to Lily’s.. want to join us? COMMENT BELOW on the story for a chance to win!
Everything’s better with bacon — any time of the day! Join Dorthy Lane Market Sat & Sun, Feb 15 & 16 from 11am to 5pm at all three stores and sample unique products made with bacon. Look for the Bacon Fest logo on our favorite bacon items throughout the store!
Jack Gridley, VP of Meat & Seafood for DLM
shared the following in his Market Place Report:
According to folklore, the phrase “bringing home the bacon” comes to us courtesy of a 12th century church in Great Dunmow, England. The church offered a side of bacon to any man who would swear before God and man that he had not quarreled with his wife for a year and a day. That man was well respected in the community. It’s a wonder that town did not become vegetarian, but as we all know, even a vegetarian can be tempted when it comes to the wonderful aroma of bacon cooking!
The inception of large-scale bacon production dates back to the 18th century with John Harris in Wiltshire, England, a county still widely recognized for its bacon manufacturing. It was in 1924, however, that Oscar Mayer introduced us to pre-sliced, pre-packaged bacon, so now we can have a realistic goal of a month and a day for “bringing home the bacon.” (Just kidding, honey!)
Today, more than 2 billion pounds of bacon are produced each year in the United States alone, and the bacon craze has expanded to include bacon-scented car air fresheners, bacon salt, and even bacon lip balm.
Life is too short, so eat the good stuff. I’m talking about flavor….and flavor is everything! With bacon, it’s not just a spice that can be added. It is the whole process from breed of pigs, to farm, to curing and smoking. That’s why our DLM Uncured Bacons are so good. We start with the bellies of the the Duroc hog, known for its excellent flavor profile and creamy fat. The pigs are raised on small family farms, never administered any antibiotics or growth promoting hormones, and fed a 100% vegetarian diet. The animals are raised on deep bedding so they can root, dig, and socialize like nature intended, as opposed to on a cement floor. The bellies are “cured” using a natural cure made from celery seed culture and vinegar as a preservative. No nasties! The bellies are then smoked using hardwood from the apple, hickory, or cherry trees depending on the flavor.
Don’t go “bacon my heart”, have flavorful bacon anytime of the day!
Some of the bacon goodies that will be on display at DLM Bacon Fest are:
BACON-WRAPPED SEA SCALLOP KEBABS
Stop by the Seafood department and pick up these delicious sea scallops wrapped in bacon for a tasty, quick meal.
BACON CHEDDAR BURGER
DLM’s Uncured Bacon and shredded Cheddar cheese combined with DLM Natural Beef Ground Beef make this burger a family favorite. Serve on our Bakery’s Golden Hamburger buns and don’t forget the pickles!
BLACK AND BLUE BURGER
DLM Natural Beef Ground Beef and DLM Uncured Bacon dusted with Cajun seasoning and stuffed with blue cheese. Excellent on our Kaiser roll topped with DLM Blue Cheese Dressing and crisp iceberg lettuce.
BROCCOLI RAISIN SALAD
Dorothy Lane Market nitrate- and nitrite-free bacon, red onion, and Hellmann’s Mayonnaise add the finishing touch to this favorite.
VOSGES MO’S MILK CHOCOLATE BACON BAR
Sulfite-free hickory smoked bacon is baked in small batches before it is hand chopped it into fine nibbles. Alderwood smoked salt exudes a campfire aroma and perfectly offsets the sweetness of the chocolate.
KETTLE BRAND MAPLE BACON POTATO CHIPS
Kudos to Kettle Brand for developing this unusual flavored potato chip. A hint of smokiness erupts after opening the bag. The thick, hearty, extra-crunchy chips capture the taste of bacon and maple syrup. What’s also impressive is that Kettle Chips are GMO-free, gluten free, and have no MSG, and are safe for people with peanut allergies.
SEASONAL SELECTIONS GOURMET BACON SALSA
Located in Waynesville, Seasonal Selections produces salsas with no preservatives or fillers that can obscure the natural ingredients. Their bacon salsa starts off with a sweet, smoky flavor, and ends with a mild touch of spice. Makes a great topper for baked potatoes or omelets.