Michigan at Ohio State Saturday Nov 24th at Noon and
The Browns at the Bengals Sunday Nov 25th at 1pm
You love to go out and see the games, but tired of crowds?
We have some tips on places to get good eats and watch the games without wrestling people for tables or a decent seat.
We call them our secret places for Food Adventures during popular sporting events ….
Get to the restaurant about 20 minutes before the games start and you should have no trouble grabbing a “primo seat.”
1) BENNETTS PUBLICAL in MIAMISBURG:
67 S Main St, Miamisburg, OH 45342
This undiscovered gem, continues to amaze us. From their 7 bean soup from grandmas recipe, to their gorgonzola topped local beef steaks, this is a PERFECT place to catch the games. Plenty of TV’s and plenty of bottled and draft beer choices, this place features a full cocktail bar and a full menu that impresses. Other must eats are the wings and the fish platter. We love this place!
2) LOCK 27 in CENTERVILLE
1035 S Main St, Centerville, OH 45458
Sit at the bar or not and enjoy the games on this gastro pub’s TV’s. Some of the best local beers will also be at your fingertips. Their menu is a unique collection of memorable appetizers and sandwiches. There should be no problem finding a seat, and an afternoon of good day drinking and plush food. Must Eats are the smoked wings and any of their sandwiches. Enjoy the atmosphere !
3) ARCHERS TAVERN IN KETTERING’S ENCLOSED PATIO AREA
2030 E Dorothy Ln, Kettering, OH 45420
The enclosed patio area is a little known spot for seating under a couple of TV’s. There are also televisions in the bar area. The bonus here is a strong beer list and an affordable family friendly menu. Archer’s has spread its wings into Kettering and is a great spot to catch these games. MUST EATS: The Sticky Burger, Margherita Pizza and Wings with Sweet n Sexy Sauce.
4) THE DAYTON BEER COMPANY DOWNTOWN
41 Madison St, Dayton, OH 45402
Belly up to the bar or sit in the bier hall type atmosphere under the TV’s. This should give you a great spot to enjoy the games with the greatest selection of Ohio beers in town. Hungry? Try the Second Street Pizza window inside the establishment. Craft Beer and Pizza Pie with brutal rivalries? You can’t go wrong here !
5) MCGILLICUTTYS on WHIPP RD
1980 E Whipp Rd, Kettering, OH 45440
Grab a “Mega Mug” of your favorite draft beer. This restaurant has some TV;s and even an old school projector screen. The bottom line is you can watch the game and enjoy some great eats. The bar is huge and has lots of domestic, national favorites. The food is some of the most underrated in the area. Must Eats are the breadsticks (they are seriously the Worlds greatest) with garlic butter or nacho cheese dip. Also, the pizza is terrific.
There you have it. 5 spots to hit up the game while you eat, drink and be merry.
Whether your team wins or not, you will have had one heck of a Food Adventure.
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This past weekend in Lexington, KY the finale of their Craft Beer week celebration was the Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fest. With 60 breweries pouring over 200 beers from across the US, the highlight of the festival is the Commonwealth Cup Craft Beer Competition. Beers were judged on appearance, aroma, flavor, body, color, carbonation, foam, clarity, balance, drinkability, technical quality, and overall impression.
The Commonwealth Cup was awarded to the highest rated beer, which this year was awarded to Braxton Brewing Company for their Barrel Aged Dark Charge Mole Stout.
In addition to the Commonwealth Cup three tiers of recognition were awarded: Gold, Silver, and Bronze. A gold medal beer is an outstanding beer that displays the correct balance of taste, aroma and appearance appropriate for the style, and excellent technical merit. Dayton breweries bringing home the Gold are:
Dayton Beer Company – 3 Gold Medals:
Beast of Tadmor Village, Upright Smoked Lager,
Hairless Hare – 3 Gold Medals:
Imperial CRV, Barrel Aged Barley Wine, Barrel Aged Cold War
A silver medal beer is an excellent product that displays the correct balance of taste, aroma and appearance appropriate for the style, and a high level of technical merit. The Miami Valley can claim seven silvers:
Bitter Hare, 3 Quarter Porter, Kings Reserve, Kickback Kolsch
Heading East, Steel Cut Stout
Alpheaus, Mouth Breather, Waterway, Brewing Charlosta
A great showing for Dayton breweries, especially for Devil Wind to medal, as a rookie brewery. We’re lucky to have such great local beers in the Miami Valley. Hope you get a chance to taste all these award winners soon!
Monday May 8th, former Cincinnati Bengal star, Ickey Woods, shuffles into the Dayton area for charity, and he needs your help. It is for a cause named after his late son, Jovante, who succumbed to a severe asthma attack during his high school years.
Food Adventures is proud to be a small part of this event. We look forward to a fun day of golf with friends and celebs.
Archer’s Tavern, Boyle Mechanical, Dayton Freight are the major sponsors of the event. The 2017 Fairways for Airways Celebrity Golf Outing on the South Course of the NCR Country Club is the 2nd annual event for this cause. The weather forecast is calling for clear skies with little to no chance for rain. Temperatures should be in the high 50s for the noon shotgun start and the low 60s during most of the outing. Perfect Golf Weather. There is still time for you to sign up for this one of a kind experience.
Each foursome will be paired with a celebrity for a round of golf.
In the past, former Reds, Bengals and Buckeye stars have been participating. Former appearances have included James Brooks, Tom Browning, Archie Griffin, Jim Breech, Pete Johnson, Yancy Thigpen, Andy Harmon, Dmitri Young, Barney Bussey, Steve Caminiti, Richard Carey, Doug Pelfrey, Dan Wilkinson, Eric Shaw, Ernie Mills, Eric Thomas, Frank Minnifield, Lonzell Hill, Joe Kelly, Robert Jackson, Kanavis Mcghee, Katie Blackburn, Michael Wiley
and of course Ickey himself…
Registration and the driving range open at 9:30am. You are encouraged to register as soon as you arrive.
Buckeye Vodka is hosting the Buckeye Bloody Mary Bar beginning at 10:00 A.M. All vodka drinks are compliments of Dayton’s very own Buckeye Vodka!
A lunch buffet will be served beginning at 10:30.
Throughout the event, bottled water and sports drinks will be available compliments of US Foods.
Complimentary (and outstanding) beer will be available thanks to the beer sponsor, Lock 27 Brewing.
There is a fantastic silent auction throughout the day featuring some very impressive sports memorabilia, a US Flag flown over the capital building donated by Congressman Mike Turner and Sharon Lowery, a day of fly fishing with Ickey Woods, an impressive basket from Buckeye Vodka and some great golf gear and summer gadgets from Heidelberg Distributing.
After the round of golf, mingle, swap stories and snap some pictures with former college and professional football, baseball and basketball greats. This truly is an event you will never forget, and a once in a lifetime opportunity.
LAST MINUTE SIGNUP – email [email protected] The cost is $1,500 per foursome.
Thanks again to Dan Apolito, owner of Archer’s Tavern and Ickey Woods for setting everything up. The Food Adventures Crew looks forward to slinging some beers and swinging some clubs for charity.
We hope you can make it last minute if you are interested, but the sooner you contact Dan, the better chance you have of getting a spot.
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Good things happen to good people. So is the case with local musician and national American Idol Star, Alexis Gomez. Hard work and success has paid off for this fun natured, family loving young woman. She is one of the nicest, down to earth people you could meet. It isn’t every day that you get to go on a Food Adventure with a music star!
You may remember when she first stole America’s heart with her memorable TV debut, the audition scene where she “made it to hollywood” HERE IS THE VIDEO.
Alexis took time out of her busy schedule to have lunch with us at one of her favorite spots, Boosalis Bakery in Crosse Pointe Center, Centerville. Recently, she has been traveling to Nashville and Dayton to write and record music. Alexis is also gearing up for a slew of concerts this summer ranging from Dayton area venues to the House of Blues, Cleveland! Food Adventures sat down with Alexis, her mom and sister and of course we wanted to talk .. FOOD
But before we dive into that, let’s get to know one of Dayton’s upcoming stars and 2015 Amercian Idol Finalist..
HERE’S THE SKINNY ON ALEXIS GOMEZ:
— She is a Dayton native who has been playing music and singing with her family her whole life. She has many photos on her Instagram of early years playing shows, or rehearsing with her family.
— Very involved in her church, Alexis and her family believe in giving back to the community. She has a strong spiritual upbringing, that has made her humble and well grounded, with a refreshing appreciation for life.
— Alexis is definitely a foodie, and told us of her American Idol visits to some cities where she got to sample the area foods. But many times, the contestants were served a strict diet, some of which included limited selections. She laughed, telling us she doesn’t like mushrooms for breakfast. But sometimes that was all they had to offer, so she was grateful when traveling and getting some “outside food.”
— What’s next for Alexis? Look for more music from her and a busy 2016 tour scene, all over Ohio with a stop in Nashville and even the country of Poland.
The Big Ragu, Hungry Jax and Chef House, talked food and took some yummy advice from this talented young lady…
Being in the top group for the 2015 American Idol, we thought it would be great for Alexis to tell us about her top 10 favorite places to eat in the Miami Valley, bar none ! SO without further delay…. here are her picks!
ALEXIS GOMEZ’ TOP 8 DAYTON FOOD PLACES:
1) DON PABLOS – Yes, we know it is a chain, but her Mexican roots call out to her current obsession – Don Pablo’s Prairie Fire Bean Dip. There is a location near the Fairfield Commons Mall.
2) FLYING PIZZA: She loves the hand tossed classic cheese pizza, a Dayton original! Alexis also finds their breadsticks and cheese sauce irresistable.
3) MI BURRITO MEXICAN GRILL: Located at 8374 Princeton Glendale Road in Mason, Ohio, this place is a little known secret to Daytonians. Alexis says it is worth the short drive for some amazing burritos, nachos and more Mexican specialties
5) CITY BBQ: Her “go to” is the Chicken Tenders with the
Brushfire BBQ sauce! Alexis hits up the downtown Centerville location, but there is another location in Beavercreek/Fairborn at 2330 N Fairfield Rd. for foodies in that area.
6) BOOSALIS BAKING and CAFE: Alexis told us about an incredible trademark menu item here, and she was right! The Cranberry Turkey Sandwich served with homemade cranberry bread is one of the best sandwiches Food Adventures has ever eaten. Also those Kouign Amann pastries, pronounced “Queen Amann,” are delicate, delicious buttery pastries, that are reminiscent of a croissant in a cupcake shape. You gotta try this place in Cross Pointe Center!
7) LOCK 27 BREWING: Alexis says the Keener Burger is the best bet here. Chef House agrees !
9) DEWEY’S PIZZA: Great pizza, started in the Oakley neighborhood in Cincinnati. Alexis suggests this custom combination to top your pizza: White Sauce, Ricotta Cheese, Banana Peppers and Roasted Red Peppers.
Calling all beer enthusiasts! Would you love to talk to the people that brew your favorite beers? Dec 15th will be your chance to mingle and drink with the owners of 5 area brewing companies.
Stone House Tavern is only releasing 50 tickets for this pre-pay only event. It is also a great chance to sample some of the best kitchen creations from Stone House!
HERE’S THE SKINNY:
WHAT: “STANDING ROOM ONLY” – a night with LOCAL BREWERS (Finger foods and appetizers included).
WHEN: DECEMBER 15th, 7pm-9pm “after party ” with drink specials and cash bar 9pm–?
WHERE: STONE HOUSE TAVERN at 258 S Main St WAYNESVILLE
PRICE: $30 per person, includes gratuity (6 beers, finger foods/appetizers).
Pre-pay only, limited seats, TICKETS MAY ONLY BE BOUGHT ONLINE HERE
The area brewers to be featured:
LOCK 27 BREWING CO. – The brilliant brainchild of businessman and home brewer turned entrepreneur, Steve Barnhart. Located in Centerville, Lock 27 has made a huge impact in the area with its European “Gastro Pub” feel. Meet Steve and learn his story about how he followed his brewing passion, and took a chance to fulfill a dream.
THE DAYTON BEER COMPANY – Meet owner Pete Hilgeman, the trailblazer and the first in Dayton area to start the “rebirth” of brewing locally due to changes in state laws. Hear about his original bar on Dorothy Lane and undertaking the project of opening a second beer hall type location at the corner of 2nd and Madison Streets in Downtown, Dayton. They have also started canning their products for regional distribution.
RIVERTOWN BREWING CO., CINCINNATI – Trend setting brewery owned by Jason Roeper, located in Northern Cincinnati. Talk personally with Rivertown brewing managers, and discover their passion for beer, philosophy on brewing, and innovative ideas to expand his business in the future. This brewery is becoming a “little giant” in Cincinnati, due to their increase in bottling production. This is a great chance to learn about “whats next” in the craft beer scene.
YELLOW SPRINGS BREWERY – Another local brewery that is under expansion and has begun canning their brews. Meet the owners and brewers behind this popular brewing company. Learn about their philosophy on beer and what is important to them, as they continue to achieve more and more success.
WARPED WING BREWING CO. – One of Dayton’s more popular breweries, Warped Wing has been pushing the envelope in partnerships and distribution. They were the first brewery to start canning beer in Dayton in over 50 years. Nick Bowman, partner/owner always has interesting stories on what is coming next, and how their new kitchen offerings will affect the growth of their brewery. Learn about the company and their dedication to honoring famous Daytonians with their product.
Does this sound like a great Food Adventure event or what?
Time to get your tickets and get ready to mingle wells and jingle bells. This is a great early Christmas gift for any craft beer lover, or treat yourself to a nice night out.
REMEMBER: 5 Breweries, 6 Beers, One night only – Gt your tickets before we sell this thing out !
In attendance will be the Food Adventures Crew : Big Ragu, Hungry Jax and Chef House, as well as owner/partner of Stone House Tavern, Dan Apolito!
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Here is something you will not see anywhere else, at least not this early. A super exclusive, sneak peek at the brewery coming to Centerville called Lock 27. The Big Ragu & Crew are not “Grand Opening ” hoppers. In this case we are making an exception, because the person opening Lock 27 is a friend of ours. Owner Steve Barnhart and his wife, Michelle are currently putting the finishing touches on the new brew pub located at 1035 S. Main Street in Centerville, not far from the new Kroger. With plenty of buzz circulating around Dayton through word of mouth, and online, this brewery promises to be a popular spot for some good craft beer. With the addition of Chef Aimee Saling, the food offerings will be a highlight as well.
For the past 15 years, Steve Barnhart has literally been brewing beer as a ‘driveway hobby.’ His craft and interest grew into offering what now will be Centerville’s only “Gastro Tap Room.” Fashioned after the pubs in London, this true mom and pop establishment will feature a rotating choice of in-house brews, hard to find bottled beers, and some popular craft brews on tap from other breweries. It will be a relaxed atmosphere slanted towards adults, with good background music. The front patio will eventually feature a communal table where patrons are able to enjoy drinks and bites outside.
Why the name Lock 27? It is a tribute to Dayton. Essentially at the turn of the century, Dayton was a river town, with traffic from the Erie Canal running right through the Miami Valley. Lock 27 was an actual stop on the river near Miamisburg. The rich history and river life of Dayton is mostly forgotten today. Instead, inventions of flight are most often associated with the Gem City.
History lesson over, now back to the Food Adventure and what you need to know about Lock 27.
HERE’S THE SKINNY:
— London Style Gastro Tap Room that will feature 5 in-house brews, 5 out-of-house beers on tap, unique bottled beer and wine selections. Bottled and tap selections will focus on an eclectic mix of regional and national brewers.
— The menu will consists of 15-20 items including tapas and paninis. Lock 27 will feature many “sharable” plates for a communal feel of a European Pub.
— Craft Beers, made in-house will rotate seasonally. They will be brewed 1 or 2 barrels at a time. With small batches, there are no commitments and this will allow for a constantly changing, and evolving brewery. IMPORTANT !! – Since the inspections and liquor licenses have just been approved, in-house beers are being brewed now, and will not be served until approximately 3 weeks after opening.
— Hours will be 4pm-Midnight on weekdays, and 11am-Midnight on weekends
House Wheat Beer – In this case a must drink. This wheat beer is a white ale instead of a traditional hefeweizen. This brew is made with California common yeast, for a different flavor. Refreshing never tasted so good.
The Salumi Plate – A unique, appetizer featuring exotic cold cut meats of Prosciutto, Coppa, Gin & Juice Pepperoni, and Dodge City Fireball salami. This plate is perfect for sharing. It is also served with glazed walnuts, almonds and miniature gherkin pickles. The slightly salty and spicy tastes of the meats match perfectly with any alcoholic beverage.
Cuban Sandwich – This delicious panini style creation features ham and pulled pork . It also has Emmenthaler cheese, which is a superior Swiss cheese from Switzerland and France. What makes the sandwich is the crunchy bread and the spicy garlic, aoili mustard. It is served with a side of chips tossed in spices.
Shrimp and Polenta: This dish is big on taste. The spicy shrimp with serrano pepper and beschamel sauce, contrasts perfectly with the creamy polenta. We could have eaten this stuff all day. Chef Aimee has captured simplicity and bold flavors with this offering.
Honorable mentions include bottled beers that are off the beaten path like Fullers ESB and La Fin Du Monde.
On the beer front, Lock 27 plans to be broad in coverage, as opposed to genre specific. It is their intention to celebrate all beer styles, not just be known for specific subgroups like “IPA” or “Belgian”. Lock 27 will brew to a seasonal rotation, so the first beers will be geared for summer. What beers will be the first offerings? Expect to see a “Summer Stout.” They have worked hard on this recipe, so that it is appropriate for warmer weather. It’s not heavy, rather a lighter body thirst quencher, that still maintains stout characteristics. It is a cross between traditional English & Irish stouts, and not a big Russian Imperial.
Also , they will be brewing 3 other beers. A house British ESB (Extra Special Bitter), a Saison, and a Pacific North West inspired Session IPA should all be available in the next 3-4 weeks. They even have a nickname for their brew kettle. It is called Scarlett Brewhansson, please give her a visit.
So get your taste buds prepared and get ready to quench your thirst, because Lock 27 promises to be a hot spot this summer. The addition of this restaurant just may make South Dayton the new Craft Beer headquarters of the Miami Valley.
Thank you to the management of Lock 27 for giving Food Adventures access to this EXCLUSIVE scoop. Make sure you tell the management, The Big Ragu” sent you !” Good drink and good food is what you can expect from Centerville’s newest restaurant. Unique styles as opposed to the standard fare. The spread of craft and high quality imports on tap alone will be an attraction, not to mention the brewery itself. Will it be successful? We think it’s a lock !
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