Thursday, April 06, 2000

Food Network visiting Northern Kentucky

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COVINGTON — “Food Network Live,” touted as being for “foodies” what rock concerts are for groupies, will feature culinary celebrities, cooking demonstrations and food samples from more than 30 Greater Cincinnati restaurants when it travels Sundayto the Northern Kentucky Convention Center.

        From noon to 4 p.m., the traveling food show will offer gourmands the chance to sample food and beverages from area restaurants for a $20 fee.

        They also can see some of the area's top chefs compete in a live broadcast of the Food Network's Ready ... Set ... Cook! program, where the challenge is to prepare a specified dish “the fastest and the tastiest.”

        Paul Sturkey of Sturkey's, Ron Wise of Iron Horse Inn, Jean-Robert de Cavel of the Maisonette and Jimmy Gibson of Jeff Ruby's and the South Beach Grill are some of the competitors.

        Food Network, which is available only on cable and satellite TV, is devoted to food and cooking programming and providing culinary tidbits and recipes from renowned chefs and restaurant critics.

        “The calls, e-mails and letters ... from Greater Cincinnati is tremendous,” show producer Joe Allegro said. “We have a large following that we can only attribute to the area's focus on quality lifestyle and excellent dining options.”

        Other Food Network personalities appearing Sunday will be Bill Boggs from Bill Boggs Corner Table, who will host Sunday's event; Curtis Aikens, a health food expert who hosts Pick of the Day and has written two books; Jill Cordes of The Best Of; and Chez Ray, the network's newest personality.

        Local wine expert Gary Boswell will host a special seminar, and sponsors such as Korbel Chardonnay Champagne; Jacob's Creek Wines; Five Brothers Pasta Sauce; and Procter & Gamble's new product, FIT Fruit & Vegetable Wash, will have booths featuring sample products.

        Tickets will be available Sunday at the door, 1 W. River Center Blvd.


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