Cincy Chic: Italian

Last night’s Cincy Chic featured Italian food: Celery Barquettes with Gorgonzola and Walnuts, Caprissi (er, caprese?) palmiers, and Mediterranean spinach salad with vinaigrette and almond Florentine cookies filled with ice cream and chocolate. Now, a warning: if you are a pretty advanced foodie, you’re probably going to come away saying, “this is a little basic”, however Chef Chris really makes things approachable to folks who may be afraid of branching out past their own basics, or who earlier thought that maybe doing things at home would be a little more than they could handle. In talking with a Cincy Chic staffer, Maureen, we talked about people like Sandra Lee– who insist that you have to use nasty sauce packets and other premade stuff to be “gourmet”, whereas Chris shows that it’s easy to make, say, your own vinaigrette, which can be very empowering.

Next week? French food! Coming weeks? I hear stir fry, I hear sushi… I also hear that there will be a class the roof of the McAlpin. Awesome!

As always, check out Cincy Chic’s site for the podcast presented by Screaming Bob, as well as the recipes for all of the dishes prepared by Chef Chris.

(I would post pictures, but I left my camera at Terry’s. Oops.)