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Temps are supposed to skyrocket into the mid-90s this weekend, but luckily there is no shortage of cool things to do around Greater Cincinnati. 

Coffee is far from a vice.

There's now lots of evidence pointing to its health benefits, including a possible longevity boost for those of us with a daily coffee habit.

How Yeast (Yes, Yeast) Shaped Civilization

Jul 2, 2018
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Research shows the ancient Egyptians were using yeast to produce alcoholic beverages and leaven bread over 5,000 years ago. But it wasn't until the invention of the microscope followed by the work of Louis Pasteur in the late 1860s that yeast was identified as a living organism.

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This Sunday is Father's Day, and if you don't yet have plans, there's plenty to chose from this weekend around the Tri-State. 

IHOP — the International House of Pancakes — is changing its name to IHOb and will now feature burgers, the company said in a tweet that was not posted on April Fool's Day. It remains to be seen whether the change will be permanent or merely a flash in the pan (cake) to promote hamburgers.

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Kentucky distillers, wineries and liquor retailers can now ship wine and spirits across state lines after the legislature passed the "bourbon without borders" bill earlier this year.

The new law will allow visitors to Kentucky to ship up to 4.5 liters of spirits or 4 cases of wine back home — as long as their home state allows it.

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Starting June 4, Cincinnati Public Schools will begin offering free breakfast and lunch to disadvantaged children at schools, recreation centers, and other locations throughout the district.

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Rain may be in the forecast this weekend, but there's plenty to do around town inside and out. 

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A new trail is opening up this week across Kentucky, but it has little to do with hiking, biking, or driving. It's the initiation of the Kentucky State Park Culinary Trail, right in line with the state parks' administration focus on food.

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If you're not a fan of the mint julep—an icy-minty-bourbon concoction popular around the Kentucky Derby—it's likely for good reason: you just haven't had a good one. 

Even now, 10 years later, park ranger Andrea Moore remembers the familiar smell in the air that told her it was going to be a good hunt — a damp, sweet smell. It was a mix of rotting bark with an undercurrent of rebirth as trees begin to grow new leaves, while dead ones still litter the terrain.

Fighting Food Deserts One Garden At A Time

Apr 26, 2018
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Food deserts, most commonly found in poor, low-income neighborhoods, are communities where residents don't have easy access to fresh, healthy food.

An upcoming discussion at the Lloyd Library & Museum will address ways to eliminate food deserts and reduce food insecurity through food rescue, efficient distribution of locally grown produce and innovative growing methods.

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Downtown diners will have a chance Thursday to preview some of the food trucks participating in this year's Taste of Cincinnati event.

Any dumpster diver can tell you: Grocery stores throw away a lot of food.

But food discarded off the shelf is just one way that grub gets trashed. There's other waste along a grocery store's supply chain —rejected crops at farms, for example — that's often overlooked. So The Center for Biological Diversity and The "Ugly" Fruit and Veg Campaign recently asked the 10 largest U.S. supermarkets how they handle food waste, and gave each store's efforts a letter grade.

Our resident chef Kathy Gunst has come up with fresh takes on tuna salad, grilled ham and cheese and chicken salad sandwiches, and brings them to share with Here & Now‘s Robin Young and Lisa Mullins.

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Greater Cincinnati Restaurant Week returns the week of April 16 - 22, with more than 40 area restaurants offering $25 and $35 three-course prix fixe menus. 

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An online candy store has released an interactive map of the top jelly beans flavors by state, and as it turns out, the same is true in jelly beans as it is in politics: As Ohio goes, so goes the nation.

Franklin, Ohio, just up the road in Warren County, is the home of the annual Hog Jam Music Festival, this year happening on August 25 & 26.  One of the performers and organizers, Johnny Dread, previews the event, the food, and some of the musicians already on board with Elaine Diehl.  

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Genetically Modified Organism, or GMO, is a common term for genetically engineered foods. They first showed up in the U.S. market in 1994, and now make up a large part of the most common commodity crops such as soybeans and feed corn. There are many questions surrounding GMOs. Are they safe to eat? What are the benefits to farmers and consumers?

Nikiko Masumoto Returns to the Family Farm

Apr 13, 2017

SplendidTable host Francis Lam spoke with organic peach farmer Nikiko Masumoto about returning after college to work at the Masumoto Family Farm in California. Like many farmers' children, Nikiko thought once she left for college, she'd leave the business for good, yet she returned to her roots.

Edible flowers have been part of cultural cuisines for centuries, offering unique flavors like saffron and rose. 

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Like something from a Food Network show, Findlay Kitchenan incubator located in Findlay Market is a dream come true for food entrepreneurs. 

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If your garden yielded a bumper crop this season and you have more fruits and vegetables than you can eat fresh, now is a good time to explore the variety of ways you can preserve them for use all winter long, from cold storage to canning to freezing. 

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According to the United States Department of Agriculture, 30-40 percent of the food supply becomes waste. 

The 3rd Annual Cincinnati Food + Wine Classic, a celebration of food and drink featuring acclaimed chefs, tastings and a myriad of events, happens September 23-25 at Yeatman's Cove along the river. 

Dinner Solved!

Jul 7, 2016
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Most of us look forward to the summer months and being able to spend more time enjoying the warm weather and extra hours of sunlight. But with gardening, going to the pool, baseball, camps and, well, work, finding the time, and the desire, to cook and prepare meals can prove a challenge for many families. Katie Workman offers an answer to that problem. In her latest cookbook, "Dinner Solved! 100 Ingenious Recipes That Make the Whole Family Happy, Including YOU," she provides tips on how to easily prepare multiple dishes using simple ingredients, and how to create variations on a single recipe to satisfy everyone at the table.

10 Years Of "The Art Of Food" At The Carnegie

Feb 19, 2016

The Art of Food has become The Carnegie’s signature fundraising event and will celebrate its 10th anniversary this year.

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Thanksgiving starts off the holiday season, as well as the food season. And whether you'’re a novice or long-time cook, you insist on sticking to your family’'s traditional holiday meal or you like to spice things up with new or unusual dishes, everyone can use a little help preparing that perfect holiday dinner.

The Cincinnati Food + Wine Classic returns for its second year next month, with an expanded schedule, a grand tasting, and more than 100 chefs, artisans, beverage pros and storytellers, coming together for three days of food, wine, and cocktails, in celebration of our regional dynamic food and beverage scene.

Leanne Brown’s cookbook, GOOD AND CHEAP: Eat Well on $4/Day, is a handy guide for anyone who wants to prepare nutritious, good-tasting recipes. But it is especially useful for low-income individuals and families. Ms. Brown believes kitchen skills, and not budget, are the key to great, wholesome food.  And she has made her book available to families in need across the country. 

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