Whistle a Happy Tune: Cleveland Food Tour at Whistler’s in Avon

Located right at a very busy corner of Avon on Detroit Avenue and 611 sits Whistler’s Wood Fire Grill. Sort of a strange looking front as you drive by as it sort of resembles a shabby shack or old barn, but in reality it used to be an ice cream place — as we understand it. The front section is well lit and most likely this was added to put the actual 700 degree wood fire oven in, and it features a quaint little bar that seats four and about 5 or 6 tables in the space, which also leads out to a front patio.

The side entrance (main entrance) is the main dining room with a much larger bar. Why did we start with the decor? Well, for as amazing good as the food and service is, the actual decor and design of the place is at best confusing and at worst, really, really dated and kinda shabby, particularly when you look at the menu and corresponding prices — dinners are priced the same as much, much, MUCH higher end establishments. Now, having said that the food is good is an understatement — the food (and service) were fantastic. But, when it’s 5 p.m. on a Friday night and we are the only two folks in the place, there’s a sign.

Whistler’s is suffering from a brand identity crisis and is in desperate need of clarifying the message while updating the space to fit the menu and the cool factor of the wood fire grill. A bad website, awful decor, furniture from a cheap diner, yet the prices for a steak rival or if not more than Morton’s or Ruth’s Chris. It was strange, here you are in a rather expensive restaurant, yet you have sports on several TVs and really old WWII stuff, which made no sense at all? A bit of advice, hire a marketing professional to give you a little image makeover and a redesign of the front of house and the website, a clarified brand and message as to “what you are,” better and smarter promotions on social media and our bet is this place would be packed. Because…

The food is excellent. It’s fresh. It’s well crafted and thought out, and everything was absolutely cooked to perfection in that amazing wood fire grill.

The second bar in the front room had a few beers on tap and a nice wine and spirits selection. And, you can actually watch the wood fire grill from there, so it was a cool place to sit. We ordered the shrimp crostini and fried calamari as an appetizer, and both were very good — flavorful and fresh. The calamari was not frozen, it was hand cut, hand dipped and fried fresh and you can definitely tell the difference. Dinner was a 12 oz NY strip and lobster tail, which came with fresh zuke salad and a baked spud. Absolutely wood fired to perfection, flavorful, juicy and a perfect medium rare. The lobster was tender and moist, bursting with lobster awesomeness, and the sides were well prepared. In all, absolutely fantastic food. Great service, but I felt kinda bad for the cook and the waitress there on a Friday night hustling for tips with two whole customers.

Give Whistler’s a try, you’ll be glad you did. But, be prepared, it’s pricey (one dinner, two apps and a couple beers was over $100). I don’t mind paying for a good meal and good service, I just didn’t expect a $100 meal from a place that looks like really dark Flo’s Diner. Update the look, find your brand voice and this place — because of the cook and server — is a definite home run.

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Cincinnati Networking Events

Here are some events taking place this week, April 10-14, 2017:

The Cincinnati Business Courier presents 40 Minutes with Debbie Bowman, Wednesday, April 12, 8-9:30 a.m.

Join the Business Courier for its sixth year of showcasing some of the past Forty Under 40 honorees. Come spend “Forty Minutes” with Debbie Bowman, Executive Director of Boys Hope Girls Hope, and a 1998 Forty Under 40 honoree. Register for this event.

The Cincinnati AMA is holding several events this week, including:

  • Digital Marketing SIG, Wednesday, April 12, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • Networking Happy Hour, Wednesday, April 12, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Coffee & Conversation, Thursday, April 13, 9-10:30 a.m.

Check out the details and registration information.

Join Network After Work at Ivy Lounge Wednesday, April 12, 6-9 p.m., to meet executives and business professionals and make great connections in a relaxed, upbeat atmosphere. Register for the event.

There’s more happening throughout the month so check back often.

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Kick Off Q2 with Networking, Learning

It’s April. The beginning of the second quarter. Start it off right by checking out some of Greater Cincinnati’s networking events, as well as professional development opportunities.

Here are some events that are taking place this week, April 3-7, 2017:

The Cincinnati Business Courier Classroom Series presents LinkedIn for Business Development on Wednesday, April 5. If you’re looking for fresh strategies for marketing yourself and your company, as well as finding prospects, shortening the sales cycle and getting results, this one is for you. There’s still time to register for this event.

The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce presents the 2017 Outstanding Women of Northern Kentucky Luncheon on Wednesday, April 5. This event recognizes several outstanding women of Northern Kentucky. Register for the luncheon

There’s more happening throughout the month so check back often.

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Lorain County Based Metal Fabricator Taps Leading Marketing and Branding Firm

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Lorain County Based Metal Fabricator Taps Leading Greater Cleveland Marketing Firm

Kuhn Fabricating Hires Industry Marketing Expert The Eisen Agency

 

Lorain, OH – April 3, 2017 – Lorain County based metal fabrication and laser cutting shop Kuhn Fabricating has hired one of Northeastern Ohio’s top marketing firms The Eisen Agency to lead their rebranding and lead generation efforts. The agency will work with the leading metal fabrication shop to develop a new look for the business, along with a new marketing strategy that will better communicate the offerings of Kuhn Fabricating to potential and current clients.

 

According to Kuhn Fabricating president Lewie Kuhn, the choice of The Eisen Agency came about because of their deep understanding in creating successful marketing programs not just for smaller enterprises, but also those in the manufacturing industry. “We’re in the business of fabricating amazing things and functional things out of metal – not marketing. We’re too busy creating and we needed someone to take a look at our operation and lift that non core competency burden.”

 

The Eisen Agency president Rodger Roeser says that Kuhn Fabricating has an exceptional story to tell, it just simply needed to be told. “It’s an exceptional group of skilled, hard working craftsmen that work with some of the finest businesses and contractors in Northeast Ohio. They even do residential work, and they have a great reputation for quality. It was simply a matter of applying our expertise to their expertise and spark something amazing.”

 

Along with the development of the new brand and branding items, The Eisen Agency will develop a new online web and social media strategy, an aggressive direct response and lead generation program, and local community relations and publicity initiatives.

 

About Kuhn Fabricating

 

Kuhn provides welding, forming, structural and laser cutting services to Northeast Ohio customers. With it 10,000 foot facility in Lorain, Kuhn Fabricating works with businesses, contractors and residential customers to create functional and creative pieces through the fabrication of metal – stainless, plate, aluminum and bronze. More information can be accessed at www.KuhnFab.com.

 

About The Eisen Agency

 

Serving industry specific clients across the country from their offices in Greater Cleveland and Greater Cincinnati, The Eisen Agency is a leading brand marketing, communications and lead generation firm. More information can be accessed at www.TheEisenAgency.com.

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Cleveland Food Tour: L’Albatros

If I had to sum up L’Albatros in one word it would simply be WOW! Or, should I say Le Wow! What an amazing place nestled on Bellflower Avenue in the heart of University Circle. If you’ve been, you know how awesomely awesome this place is — if you haven’t, do yourself a favor a book a trip to University Circle to see the art museum and have lunch or dinner at this rustic French “cafe.”

Now, before you go all foo foo on me, just because it’s French doesn’t mean it’s pompous or overly stuffy. In fact, just the opposite. Beautiful rustic charm as you walk in, you’re greeted by the kitchen staff on your right (all open) and a hostess in front of you, and the bar to your left (which also has some seating and a chef’s table — tres cool). You walk through the bar to the main seating which features large windows, brick walls and a very large and beautiful fireplace as the centerpiece on the far back wall. It’s almost as if you walked into an old home in the French countryside. And of course the menu featured what you may expect in a French restaurant, and this was, by far, one of the most extensive wine lists this reviewer has seen in some time (and several choices above the $400/bottle range if that’s your thing.). I opted for a gorgeous Bordeaux that paired absolutely perfectly with the entree selections: a chicken confit and a tiger shrimp over fettucini.

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The chicken confit (preferred over duck as it’s less fatty and gamey) was beautifully prepared and served over spaetzel, a treat one doesn’t often get with chicken. It was layered with complex flavors enhanced by, I believe, finely shredded brussel sprouts. The chicken was amazingly moist and fell right off the bone, making for a perfect mouthful with the spaetzel combination. Flaky, moist and delicious.

The tiger shrimp, while the “hero” of the dish was outshined by the just exceptional pasta. It was clearly handmade and perhaps as fresh as made to order pasta, cooked perfectly al dente. Without question, it’s the best pasta I’ve ever had at a restaurant, most always they drown it in heavy sauce or it’s just mushy — this was flavorful, had a great texture, and the sauce may have been made by God’s hands. It was almost a “broth” that coated the pasta and shrimp with an amazing flavor enhanced most definitely in this case, by roasted brussel sprouts. The shrimp was meaty and large, and the five tiger prawns that came with the dish were more than enough to eat.

Now, for dessert, what could possibly be better than…..fresh hand shucked oysters!

img_0265 as i am a true sucker for the shuckers, I had to get them. Shucked right then and there, these were as fresh as a naughty toddler in kindergarten. Briney deliciousness, garnished and served perfectly and paired with a beautiful Dortmunder Gold. Six to a plate, though you can also order 12. The best part of this luncheon/dinner excursion was, of all things, the price. I couldn’t believe how affordable this was (it was no more expensive than going to an Applebee’s, for instance). I couldn’t believe the prices, and I say that in a good way — I actually thought they could have charged double (and I’ve seen it for more, with less quality). The place is a fantastic value. The service staff was knowledgeable and engaging, prompt and smiling. They got a good tip (thank you Audrey and Liz!). This place is spectacular. A perfect date place without breaking the bank, and you can (and should) try something you’ve never had before. I can’t wait to go back. Five Stars all the way! Mon Dieu!

 

 

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USO Central and Southern Ohio to Host Gala in Columbus March 4

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USO Gala Celebration Set for Columbus March 4

‘A Salute to Service’ to Honor Military, Donors and Volunteers

 

Columbus, OH – February 20, 2017 – The USO of Central and Southern Ohio will host ‘A Salute to Service’ on Saturday, March 4 at the Pinnacle Golf Club in Grove City. The event honors the brave women and men in the military, as well as USO donors, whose generosity enabled the group to serve 117,000 Ohio service members and their families in 2016.  The black tie/military dress event begins at 6 p.m. with a cocktail reception, and the presentation of colors at 7 p.m. followed by dinner. Entertainment includes a Bob Hope impersonator, and keynote speaker, retired Brigadier General Jeff Foley.

 

USO-CSO executive director Sherry Ems said the event also salutes its volunteers, who donate their time, talent and treasure to help us keep our military connected. And, is also a key fundraiser to support programs and help bring awareness to the USO-CSO and the work done in support of military members and their families.  “Of major importance is that the USO-CSO does not just take care of the person in uniform, but also ensures that their families at home are taken care of as well,” Ems explained.“ We are constantly reminded by the military that they are able to successfully carry on their mission, knowing their loved ones are being taken care of while they serve our country.”

 

HER Realtors, along with special posthumous recognition to HER realtor Sherol Sexton, will be awarded the 2017 Joe Wells Patriot Award for their work over the years in collecting toys for military children.

 

About USO-CSO

 

The USO of Central Ohio is a private, nonprofit organization whose mission is to support troops in a 65 county area in central and southern Ohio, Northern Kentucky and West Virginia. We provide morale, welfare and recreation-type services to our men and women in uniform and their families. More information can be accessed at www.USOCSO.org.

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Cleveland Food Tour: Cole’s Public House in Amherst

Nestled on Main Street in the quaint Sandstone City of Amherst sits the best restaurant this critic has been to in years, in Cleveland or Cincinnati, and is so far the top spot in the Greater Cleveland Food Tour. It rivals the very best of the best in Cincinnati, a great foodie town and  is reminiscent of the great spots in OTR, as well as Brew River or Incline. If you’re talking Greater Cleveland, it has a Tremont vibe but far less pretentious. Of course, I’m talking about Cole’s Public House. If you’ve haven’t been, you’re missing out and if you have, then you already know how amazing this place is.

For starters, guess what cocktail we started off with? That’s right, the holy grail quest for the perfect Old Fashioned has come to end — the holy grail is at Cole’s Public House. No, itimg_0021 is still not the standard bearer that is Bour Bon in Paris (KY), but it’s the best Old Fashioned I’ve ever had in Ohio. Crafted beautifully by friendly, knowledgeable and charismatic bartenders Wendy and Mike, it was the perfect combination of rye, sugar, aromatic bitters and style (the recreation of the Cavaliers logo for the cherry and orange peel was icing on the cake.). It was, quite frankly, delicious. The space has an old feel to it, the exposed brick walls and large, heavy dark wood accented by nice lighting and natural light from the front window made the space feel larger than it actually is. The back and side walls had faux windows with scenery and was quite cleverly designed. The bar is large, with ample seating and fronting an excellent selection of draft beers and an amazing selection of bottled and canned beer from the past (black label, for example, which I’ve never actually seen) to present.

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For the entree, I can never resist fresh, raw hand shucked oysters (I call them shuckers). They have a variety of things to put on them, but of course the only way to eat them is naked. Cleaned perfectly, filled with salty briny awesomeness, these were fresh, flavorful and a site for sore eyes — oh we love a good raw bar. Just delicious, a tad pricey, so this isn’t an everyday appetizer, but yummy and nicely unexpected in Amherst.

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After the apps, I had a roasted beet salad. Two types of beets roasted to absolute perfection. Tender and flavorful, a little earthy as you like them, but not mushy. Highly recommend the beets. The entree was a delightful black cod, served over a bed of hand made spinach fettuccine served with olives, crushed tomatoes and a garlic sauce. The fish was cooked absolutely to perfection, light and flavorful, and flaked off the fork with ease — glistening with natural oils and not overly seasoned as to ruin the great taste of the fish itself. Pasta in most restaurants I find they don’t know how to make noodles al dente. These were perfectly prepared, not drowning in sauce but rather allowing the fish and the pasta to brilliantly intermingle and create an amazing texture and taste.

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Overall, what can I say 9 out of 10 or perhaps a 9.5 if we gave out such numbers. Not particularly expensive, not pretentious and incredibly fresh, friendly, vibrant and creative. The drink menu is a masterpiece of creativity and skill, and the food menu is perfectly balanced to please any foodie. HIGHLY recommended, and the best restaurant in Ohio to date.

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