It has been a while since I have written on the blog, and a lot has happened since then. We have a new president, the polar vortex has put us in a literal snow globe, as most of us in the United States are still on lock down, or their cities are just now opening back up. We sadly lost many people in the food + beverage community this year and last, restaurants have opened, but many have closed due to the pandemic. I have seen food icons say goodbye to the old world of culinary practice, and set sail onward, riding the waves in uncharted waters, to a food world currently being discovered and challenged. I’ve seen young and seasoned chefs and owners alike, band together to save an art, the art of food. The culinary world has had their spirits fucking obliterated, yet with darkness comes light, and with that rebirth. So on this journey, I pick up my dusty modern day pen and piece of paper and write how to learn to fight this pandemic, safely with a mask on, a fork in one hand, and a pen in the other. The culinary world of Cincinnati, Ohio, and NKY is in the start of a renaissance, picking up the pieces from the aftermath, and creating Michelangelo pieces of art you can eat.
I am seeing passions re-ignite, creativity spark, and true grit stand up and run towards this revival of Cincinnati, Ohio + Covington, Kentuckys food scene. These two cities should be on everyone’s watchlist and is still in the running for one of the best food cities in America. Cincinnati, Ohio food kings and queens like Chef/Owner Daniel Wright, Dwan Juan, Jacob Trevino, Sabyle Zeringis + more, are re-opening their restaurant doors again, and in doing so, I urge our community to continue to support small businesses so we can continue to see our food community grow and flourish through the Spring.
Without further ado, lets start with a spotlight on semi-newbie to the food scene, Haven:Cafe, owned by Sabyle Zeringis. As soon as I walked into Haven, I knew that this coffeehouse was going to be a staple in the community. Located in Covington, Kentucky, Haven has such a safe, clean, design forward, and inviting vibe, with brilliant classic coffee, and even more brilliant breakfast sandwiches from brown bear bakery and stupid good, gorgeously designed, doughnuts by Charneese Doughnuts. If you are in Cincinnati, make sure to check out even more bakery goodness, at the Brown Bear Bakery brick and mortar, located in OTR. Let’s talk about doughnuts now. I would like to say I am self proclaimed, doughnut obsessed, and Charnees’s Doughnuts are turning out THE best doughnuts in the tri-state right now. The colors are gorgeous, and the ingredients are dairy-free, grain-free, gluten-free, but definitely not taste free. Haven Café also uses organic syrups, local dairy with zero hormones or antibiotics, dairy alternatives like oat milk. This place is definitely a must visit, and mind you – even with 10 inches of snow on the ground, nothing will stop me from supporting local this Winter (and eating doughnuts).
Happy Foodie Friday Creatives.
Haven Cafe // 332 Scott Blvd Covington, KY 41011