In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we share 9 things you need to know about Hispanic cuisine

What would life be without foods like tacos, paella and empanadas? Thank goodness for the Hispanic cultures, we get to enjoy these foods and more. Special thanks to Joseph Garcia (Texas Joe The Legal Mexican, Tex-Mex Food Truck) , Alfio Gulisano (Che) , Derek Dos Anjos (The Anchor-otr) and Eduardo Rodriguez (My Artisano Foods) for your insight and what you bring to Cincinnati!

Jose Salazar (Mita’s CincinnatiSalazar) had this to add to the question, “Is Hispanic food always spicy?” “I think some people associate Latin with Mexican. The great majority of Latin cooking is not based around chili peppers. Most of Latin America is made up of communities that are mountainous or areas where chili peppers don’t grow. Colombian, Venezuelan, Brazilian, Argentinian, Puerto Rican (any many other) cuisines, are all places not based around peppers.”

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Tahona Kitchen owner plans to take urban vibe to Mason with new restaurant and ‘very large’ bar

S.W. Clyborne Co. will serve fresh, seasonal and made-from-scratch food when it opens the first quarter of 2018. This is Scott Schmidt’s second restaurant in Greater Cincinnati, after Tahona Kitchen + Bar in Blue Ash. Schmidt is a 30-year veteran in the hospitality industry and has opened roughly 60 bars and restaurants in his career (mostly for other restaurant groups).

I have a feeling the restaurant will transform the vibe of this busy corner at Snider and Tylersville roads in Mason.

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With the arrival of Andy Huang, Cincinnati’s sister-city chef exchange finally comes to fruition

Cincinnati’s first chefs exchange with sister city, Liuzhou, China, has now come full circle. It’s taken more than 10 years to get here but this marks the beginning of what could be a prolific exchange of chefs and culinary expertise between the 2 cities. We may well see more regional cuisine from Liuzhou in the years to come. Kudos to Susanna Wong and Doug Burgess of Oriental Wok Restaurant for kicking things off a couple of years ago. Welcome to Cincinnati, Chef Andy Huang!

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At Mandira Jacob’s Thali Thursdays, you get southern Indian cuisine with a dash of Caribbean

Mandira Jacob brings the culture and flavor of southern India to downtown Cincinnati through her monthly pop-up dinners, Thali Thursdays. This immersive table experience echoes her personal journey, from her family’s roots in Kerala, India, to the Caribbean, and to her present-day home in the Queen City. She started Oh Little Mustard Seed, LLC on faith and it’s sprouted into a unique company that tells the story of the food and culture of southern India.

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Step into Bauer European Farm Kitchen for a blend of France and Germany right off the farm

  • How do you transform a subterranean space downtown into a European farm kitchen? As I watched Jackson Travis Rouse create this elegant turbot dish, I understood why he is the right chef for the job. The ease with which he works, and the level of his culinary game is something to behold. The food at Bauer Farm Kitchen gives a unique voice to the German heritage that graces our city. It also speaks to the heritage in his blood.

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