Kinkead Ridge Winery was inducted into the Cincinnati Culinary Hall of Fame, which honors individuals who have shaped regional culinary heritage, on Sept. 9. The event was held at the Hilton Netherland Hotel, in the Hall of Mirrors.
More than 100 guests attended the dinner with wine pairings prepared by Executive Chef Todd Kelly, and hosted by Sheila Gray, WKRC; and Chef John Kinsella, CMC, PhD, Master Chef at Midwest Culinary Institute, and president of Smart Chefs.
Two of the other five nominees honored were Chef Rita Heikenfeld, well known in the Cincinnati culinary scene, and Buddy LaRosa, founder of LaRosa’s restaurants. Interestingly, we first met Rita because we bought the farm from her sister, Christina Lawson!
The event is held under the auspices of Les Amies d’Escoffier, an international organization that perpetuates the legacy of the famous French chef Auguste Escoffier (1846-1935), a restaurateur and culinary writer who popularized and updated traditional French cooking methods. He was one of the most important leaders in the development of modern French cuisine.
A spectacular meal with wine pairings was prepared by Chef Todd Hudson.