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Tuba Baking Co.

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Tuba Baking Co.

Newport, Kentucky A new one-man bakery has Cincinnati’s collective lederhosen in a bit of a twist. Like so many Ohio Valley natives, Drew Rath comes from heavily German stock. But rather than the Bavarian tradition the region has come to love—to an obsessive degree, some might say—Rath’s forebears hail from the southwestern region of Swabia […]

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Russo’s Ravioli

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Russo’s Ravioli

Cincinnati, Ohio Twenty-five years ago, regional residents were saddened to learn that Russo’s Ravioli would close after more than 50 years of serving handmade Italian fare. The Russo family continued catering private events until 2014, when patriarch Sam passed away, leaving the business briefly in flux. That’s when Sam’s daughter, Diane Jennings, and her son […]

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OCD Cakes

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OCD Cakes

Cincinnati, Ohio When James Avant was first diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder, he knew he had two options: either let his condition define him, or redefine the condition. He chose the latter, and the result is OCD Cakes, a thriving bakery business that serves the dual purpose of relieving Avant’s OCD-driven anxiety and bringing delicious treats […]

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Lotus Pad

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Lotus Pad

Liberty Township, Ohio Like many modern mixed-use developments, Liberty Center is something of a tiny city. Shops, upscale eateries, and pocket green spaces dot its crisscrossing streets. The $350 million complex opened in 2015. It is now home to diverse food options (including a dine-in movie theater), an AC Marriott hotel, Cincinnati Children’s Discovery Center, and […]

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Renaissance Man: Elias Leisring

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Elias Leisring

Elias Leisring is best known for his barbecue joint, but he’s also supporting food entrepreneurs all over the Ohio Valley region. “Chill” might work for some people. But not for Elias Leisring. He runs his businesses ventures with the same heat-seeking intensity he applies to musicianship, fatherhood, food, liquor, architecture, history, and a seemingly endless […]

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Hampton Ridge Farm

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Hampton Ridge Farm

Glencoe, Kentucky Folks who haven’t spent time on a livestock farm may be unaware that the phrase “going off” is a polite way of referring to animals headed for slaughter. They might also assume when Rachel Breeden says she’s got four hogs “ready to go off,” that she’s somehow ambivalent about the reality that much […]

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Madhouse Vinegar Co.

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Madhouse Vinegar Co.

North Bend, Ohio Greater Cincinnati’s newest distillery deals in highly potent liquids. But instead of whiskey or wine, it’s brewing up every imaginable take on what has for centuries been known as an essential food-flavor building block: vinegar. Four years ago, farmer Richard Stewart teamed up with chef Justin Dean to create a line of […]