It’s officially halfway to St. Paddy’s Day and we checked in the the Grand Poobah of St Patrick’s Day in Dayton, Dublin Pub owner Steve Tieber to see wheat he’s got planned. He shared that they are celebrating all day on Saturday the 19th.
Dublin Pub will have live music all day starting at 1 PM in their parking lot on a stage donated by Matt Miller from Carl’s Body Shop and as part of the DORA district, you can grab a beer or cocktail and cruise through the Oregon District as well.
Although it is not required we will be asking for five dollar donations and all the money will go to support the musicians and dancers.
HUNTSMAN – Brisket, onions, cheddar and whiskey mustard served on pretzel roll 11.99
COUNTY CORK CLUB – Smoked turkey, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and mayo on toasted sourdough 8.99
FIVE POINTS REUBEN – Corned beef, slaw, and 1000-island layered with salt & vinegar fries on grilled marbled rye 10.99
GUINNESS BEEF STEW – Beef tips, celery, potatoes, and onions in Guinness gravy served with a roll 13.99
And of course a trip to the DubPub is not the same if you don’t get an order of their award winning Pub Fries!
Chefs from five restaurants all located in Dayton’s historic Oregon District will share their culinary skills in “cook and dine” classes in the 38th annual AFS (American Field Service) Cooking School. Proceeds from the annual cooking school benefit the Dayton area team of AFS Intercultural Programs’ high school student exchanges. This year a portion of the money raised will go to The Dayton Foundation’s Dayton Oregon District Tragedy Fund.
The 2020 cooking series offers a sampling of the Oregon District’s diverse array of cuisine and dining options. The five cooking classes and dinners will be held from 6:30 to 9:00 pm, Mondays, February 3rd to March 9th in the Consumer Science room at Centerville High School, 500 E. Franklin St. in Centerville.
The 2020 classes are scheduled as follows:
Feb. 3: Chef Liz Valenti of Wheat Penny Oven and Bar reflects her Italian-American background growing up in Chicago and culinary training in California. The Wheat Penny menu includes a variety of entrees and pizza made with dough containing starter from a 100-year old Italian bakery in Chicago, handmade pastas served in traditional and contemporary styles, flavorful vegetable dishes, cheeses and ice creams made in-house daily.
Feb. 10: Chef Margot Blondet of Salar Restaurant is known for the freshest and most natural ingredients, all of which are sourced locally or made fresh, in-house every day. Salar features world fusion cuisine with strong Peruvian, French and Mediterranean influences.
Feb. 24: Chefs Patrick & Casey Van Voorhis of Grist are newcomers to Dayton. Some of their specialties include signature breads, pasta and dishes with a variety of culinary influences. Casey and Patrick are graduates of the Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, NY and have extensive teaching and fine-dining experience at several Michelin starred restaurants, most recently serving as co-executive chefs at Spoonbar restaurant in Healdsburg, CA.
March 2: Chef Melissa Deaton of Dublin Pub offering distinguished Gastropub Irish fare, with a fusion of European & American influences. Chef Melissa writes and executes the renowned menus for the Pub’s monthly, four-course, themed dinner events.
March 9: Chef Jeff Robinson and owner Amy Haverstick of Jay’s Seafood – – the historic, elegant and welcoming Oregon District landmark. Family owned for over 40 years, Jay’s features a wide variety of fresh seafood and steaks prepared with traditional and creative methods as well as house made salad dressings and desserts.
According to volunteer Eileen Baker “the AFS Cooking School’s volunteer staff gratefully appreciates not only the talent and generous participating chefs and restaurateurs, but also the support, cooperation and community spirit of the many fine Oregon District restaurants in helping to organize the 2020 classes.”
All classes combine culinary demonstrations by the chefs with hands-on participation by each student in groups of four with individualized chef supervision. Classes are casual, fun and informative. Each evening’s class includes chef demonstration and class preparation of a 3-course meal. Chefs and their restaurants provide an amuse bouche as well as all the food for the evening. Each evening concludes with a sit-down dinner that students helped prepare, complete with fresh flowers, colorful table linens and specialty roast coffee. These classes WILL sell out, so reserve quickly!
The cost is $55 per person, per class. Classes are limited to 20 students. Each evening’s class includes chef demonstration and class preparation of a 3-course meal.
For availability of classes and more information call or text Nell Petry at 937 469-1774 or email her at AFScooking2@gmail.com. Classes often fill quickly, however waiting lists are kept for each class in the event of cancellations. To make reservations, send payment with completed registration form to: Nell Petry, 1465 Cross Creek Circle, Kettering, OH 45429. Space is limited to 20 students per class. These classes are very popular, so seats fill quickly!! Once a class is filled, a waiting list is created. All registrations are taken on a first received, first recorded basis.
A completed registration form, with payment (checks only, made payable to Dayton AFS) must be in the possession of the coordinator to reserve a seat. Feel free to mail or deliver your paperwork to the above address. A box will be on the front porch for your convenience in delivering your paperwork. Write the date and time you drop off your registration and place in the box. Mail is collected daily. If you have a question, you may reach me at: firstname.lastname@example.org or text 937-469-1774
For information about AFS Intercultural Programs please visit https://afs.org .
It doesn’t take the luck of the Irish to find a good St. Patrick’s Day Party!
St Patrick’s Day is nearly here, with events in honor of the patron saint of Ireland set to take place across the globe this week. While Ireland embraces its patron saint day by holding vibrant, green parades, wearing shamrocks and flying Irish flags more than usual, celebrations take place all over the world.Here is everything you need to know to celebrate St Patrick’s Day in the Miami Valley:
Inspired by the popular Spike TV show Lip Sync Battle, SICSA Pet Adoption Center is staging a 3 round battle on Wednesday, July 12th at The Dublin Pub. As a part of the fundraiser, Pub owner Steve Tieber has agreed that the restaurant will generously donate 20% of sales all day long, just write SICSA on your receipt and that will signal the Pub to include your sales in the donation.
Local personality’s have agreed to take the stage at 6pm and lip sync to their favorite tunes as a fundraiser for the local animal shelter. Competitors will start the first round with a song selection of their choice. The audience will buy their votes, starting at $2, and thereby pick the winners advance to the second round, where they’ll spin the song wheel for their selection, perform and again the audience will vote two performers on to the finals. In this last round, both finalists will be give the same song to perform, the audience will again vote and the winner will be declared by 8pm.
Signed up to compete:
From Left to right: Gina Ferraro from Channel 99.9, local stand-up comedian Keith Irvin and Dayton.com’s own Amelia Robinson
Rodney Veal, host of Think TV’s “The Art Show, Steve Milano aka “The Big Ragu” food blogger and Zac Pitts, host of WDTN’s Living Dayton
And we still have two spots open! If you’d like to compete send us an email.
How you can help SICSA:
Dine at Dublin Pub – 20% of lunch, dinner and late night donated to SICSA
From 6-8pm Vote for your favorite performer
The Big Ragu sat down with the comedian and actor this weekend at the Dublin Pub and had one heck of a Food Adventure. Kevin Farley is proud of his Irish American heritage and a lover of good Irish food. He is a humble, down to earth, guys guy, who is one of the coolest cats in the room. Oh and funny as hell. We talked sports, we talked music and bad lyrics. We talked family, metaphors and of course FOOD!
We even picked out some cigars from the Dublin Pub humidor after lunch and bonded a bit.
What a perfect venue for a great visit to learn about his career, insight and places he is going, His take on life is simple to see. He works hard and makes things happen.
HERE’S THE SKINNY on KEVIN FARLEY:
—A Madison, Wisconsin native he loves the Green Bay Packers, will root for some Wisconsin Badgers, and is pretty much a fan of Wisconsin teams. We are working to get him on College Gameday next time they visit Madison ! Hey Herbstreit !! Little help ?
—He is a graduate of Marquette University and remembered Dayton played them in basketball.
—Kevin of course had a famous brother, but has been growing his own brand, breaking ground and making an identity of his own for years.
—Kevin Farley is a foodie. He enjoys Irish Food, Buffets, Italian food, Sushi and Seafood. He seemed impressed with the Dublin Pub, taking advantage of the Bottomless Chips, Potato Soup and Corned Beef and Cabbage. He was a true Food Adventurer, and now has the t-shirt to prove it.
—Kevin currently lives in West Hollywood and is in tune with the entertainment and food scene.
KEVIN FARLEY PROJECTS YOU “MUST SEE”:
—His standup routine is a riot. Kevin is currently touring the Midwest he has pretty full schedule this summer hitting other states like Texas, Florida, Washington, and Nevada to name a few. He will be back in Ohio at a Cleveland show in September. His full stand up schedule can be seen at www.kevinfarleyofficial.com/
—His “Kevin Farley on the Road” podcast – Check out Kevin at Itunes for his free podcast. Here is the link: CLICK HERE
— “F is for Family” – Kevin’s animated series on Netflix with fellow comedian Bill Burr.
— “Still the King” a CMT Channel original starts it’s second season on July 11th ! Kevin Farley stars alongside Billy Ray Cyrus. How bout dat? Catch me outside watchin that.
Now drumroll please for our feature must eats as suggested by KEVIN FARLEY! Take this tip and hit these spots when traveling. you have the expertise of a famous foodies behind you!
KEVIN FARLEY’S “MUST EATS” RESTAURANT LIST:
Favorite Closed Restaurant – BEN BENSON’S STEAKHOUSE in NYC
MUST EATS at DUBLIN PUB from KEVIN FARLEY:
—POTATO SOUP: Why is it “world famous?” add bacon and cheese and you’ll know why…
—CORNED BEEF AND CABBAGE: Center cut corned beef brisket, red potatoes and steamed cabbage. Kevin prefers they “hold the onions.” An authentic dish and delicious, unique plate of goods.
— After Meal Cigar – mini -Macanudo cigar from the Dublin Pub humidor
Dayton Most Metro wants to thank Kevin Farley for taking time out for a Food Adventure. He was great company and we look forward to seeing his standup shows this weekend. JOIN US BY CLICKING THE LINKS ABOVE !
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Below are some more photos from our Dublin Pub visits !
ST. PATRICK’S DAY FOR PROFESSIONALS
This is what it’s like to be the first person to order a drink at 5:30am.
(a users guide to frequent questions)
1. The #1 question is “How Much?” Well it is only $10 to get in on both March 16 and March 17. An even better deal is if you come in on March 16 and pay $10, your wristband is good for St. Patrick’s Day as well – two for the price of one – what a bargain! March 16 THE MENUS will be playing The Dublin Pub for the first time kicking of St. Patrick’s Day. Also available ONLY ON MARCH 16 is the “MENUS VIP EXPERIENCE”. It is $50.00, and you will get admission to both March 16 & 17, eight tickets to use for beer, cocktails, or food under the tent only, and a St. Patrick’s Day souvenir cup which turns green when yor are happy – this is a $75 value for $50, plus your beer and food ticktes are good for both days. If you decide to come just on St. Patrick’s Day it is still just $10 to get in Ohio’s largest St. Patrick’s Day party.
2. Make sure you have a safe ride home, use the free cab service provided by Montgomery County Prosecutor Matt Heck, ARRIVE SAFE PROGRAM, 937-449-9999. OR USE UBER!!!! If you have not tried UBER, get with the rest of the world, it’s about the coolest way to get around town while partaking in Irish Revelry safely. Designated Drivers are another good choice.
3. PARKING, we recommend you park in the Holy Trinity lot just across Fifth St from the pub. DO NOT PARK in the Oregon District neighborhood, but there are many public lots, on street parking and free parking all around the pub, as well as some pay lots.
4. We open at 5:30am, and due to the crowd size, we have streamlined our opening to ensure we can get in as many people in at 5:30am. We will have security at a table at 4:30am and they will be doing ID’s, wristbands, taking $10 cover charge, and the 1st 100 people will get a ticket to redeem for a free St. Patrick’s Day T-shirt provided by Absolute. Those that get here by 4:30am, will be able to get their wristbands, and get back in line so there will be no wait at 5:30am when we open the doors. The line will form at the entrance in our BIG TENT – and will wrap around the corner of 5th St and Wayne Ave towards Francos.
5. If you don’t want to fight crowds inside the pub, the tent will be fully functional at 5:30am. There will be beer and liquor, as well as food and merchandise available at 5:30am in the heated tent.
6. The Big tent will have two draft beer trucks, a Jameson bar stocked with Jameson and Absolute Vodka Bombs and cocktails, a small bar upstairs on the deck as well as one in the covered patio, jello shots, a food area selling hamburgers, hot dogs, Guinness Brats, Pub Fries, Fried Pickles, and Fish. There will also be a merchandise area and an ATM, as all sales under the tents are cash except the Jameson Bar and Merchandise which will accept credit cards.
7. FREE SHUTTLE: There is a Free Shuttle that starts at 10am in front of The Dublin Pub on the corner of 5th St and Wayne Ave. It will run every 30 min to Flanagans Pub by UD. It is free and runs till midnight.
8. Our Facebook page and website has our full itinerary.WWW.DUBPUB.COM.
9. Inside the pub you will find our full service restaurant serving our limited menu, but with all the Irish favorites. There will be live music inside starting at 11am, but Celtic Rock will be playing all day long inside. We have an ATM as well inside, so for those keeping score at home, we have two ATM’s overall on site.
10. There is no GREEN BEER on site, so please don’t ask – we are an authentic Irish Pub and we pride ourselves in the Guinness perfect pint. If you want Green Beer, we suggest you enroll in Miami University – today. Here is a link for enrollment: http://www.miami.muohio.edu/admission/admission/index.html
11. If you don’t like crowds, basically, St. Patrick’s Day may not be for you, but if you look for the best time to come and participate in the revelry, we recommend either when we open, late morning or early afternoon. You will still have Guinness & Jameson, you will still see Irish Step Dancing, and you will hear amazing Irish music. The 5:30am spot is a sight to see, and only for the TRUE PROFESSIONALS. Late night will be busy, and the show is amazing, and the people are the best St. Patrick’s Day revelers in the world!!!
12. The tent will do last call at 12:30 and completely closed by 1am. The Pub will be open till 2am and the kitchen open until 1am.
13. NO BAGS or BACKPACKS please, we will not let them in.
Guacamole – hard to get a good pic of that stuff
Happy St Patricks Day from the Food Adventures Crew to you… Today, Hungry Jax, The Big Ragu and Chef House are getting into the Irish spirit by exploring the colorful green foods of Dayton. From salads to side items, these menu offerings are luckier than a four leaf clover.
Now may we present with Faith and Begorrah,
THE TOP 20 GREEN FOODS OF DAYTON
1) HONEY FRIED CHICKEN SALAD at COBBLESTONE CAFE: Hungry Jax points to this as one of her favorites. Not only are the greens crisp and fresh, but the chicken is fried perfectly. The quaint atmosphere always adds to our Food Adventures at Cobblestone.
2) GRILLED KALE SALAD at LUCKY’S TAPROOM: Chef House says this is a “Must Eat.” One of her “go to” menu items in the Oregon District, it is fresh, delicious and local!
3) ASIAGO CRUSTED CHICKEN at ROOST MODERN ITALIAN: When Executive Chef Dana Downs is at the helm, you can expect some divine food. The pesto linguine and spinach make this dish….
4) SAAG PANEER at INDIA OVEN: Creamy, wonderfully prepared traditional Indian dish served with white, basmati rice. The fresh, cheesey mixture melts in your mouth. Want to branch out and try a delicious dish? Here is your chance.
5) MALA PORK from CHINA COTTAGE: Stir fried magic performed by Tiger Wang and his cooking staff. Green onions and thinly sliced pork tossed in a light brown sauce. This dish highlights that signature taste, from an iconic Dayton restaurant. The Big Ragu gives it 2 chopsticks up!
6) THE AVOCADO & GOAT CHEESE BLT from LUCKY’S TAPROOM & EATERY: Drew Trick is serving up the mainstay favorites on his menu, and this is one has a cult following. Chef House says “you gotta try this sandwich.” The local ingredients are amazing.
7) DRESSED GREENS SALAD at WHEAT PENNY OVEN & BAR: Known for their pizza, the delightful, delicious salads are the perfect accompaniment or a meal in themselves. Your choice of dressing drizzled… for rizzle.
8) PICKLE SOUP from BLIND BOB’S: One of the more unique Dayton creations on this list, and one of the most surprisingly delicious. A soup with a fan following like now other, get in here and try this one-of-a-kind soup.
9) BACON WRAPPED ASPARAGUS at OLLIE’S PLACE: A perfect appetizer to go with the unmatched beer selection at this eatery. Warning- people at your table will want you to share this, so get a couple of orders to pass around.
10) GREEN CHICKEN CURRY at SIAM PAD THAI: A flavorful dish in a flavorful restaurant. Get it spicy or mild. The sauce is derived from green chilies, coconut milk, eggplant, bamboo shoots, green beans and bell pepper.
11) FRIED GREEN TOMATOES at RUE DEMAINE: A simple southern side, perfected by a decorated chef. Try these delicately fried slices, that simply melt in your mouth.
12) GUACAMOLE from TAQUERIA MIXTECA: Authentic mix from the local authority in authentic Mexican cuisine. If you want guacamole like they make it in Mexico City, then you’ve found the right place.
13) GARLIC EDAMAME at KABUKI: Healthy bean sprouts that slide into your mouth. This appetizer can be perfectly described as “addicting.” Simple and so good, it is a perfect warm up for a sushi roll.
14) KEY LIME PIE at COCO’S BISTRO: A heartier version of the original, it is almost like a key lime cheesecake. Go green with this dessert, and make your day special. The elegant atmosphere adds to the dreamy experience.
15) SPINACH CON QUESO DIP from DOUBLEDAY’S GRILL & TAVERN: The type of appetizer where you fight over the last scoops of dip when the others at the table. Yeah, it is that damn good.
16) CHILE RELLENO from TACO LOCO: Ohh si, si, si! One of the Big Ragu’s favorite dishes and one of his favorite places. Not only is this food great and homemade, the prices are extremely reasonable.
17) BUTTERCREAM COOKIE SANDWICHES from THE CAKERY: So good you get a sugar high when you eat them. Typically decorated in green these cookies are probably the most sinful thing on this list.
18) ZUCCHINI TACO BOATS at FLAVOR’S EATERY: Carved out zucchini, filled with taco toppings, these “boats” are delicious and a healthy spin on tacos. Get some at the Centerville Flavors and they even make them for healthy “to go” meal plans.
19) SQUASH SPAGHETTI from FLAVOR’S EATERY: Thinly shredded squash, made to look like small noodles. Tasty, healthy and as filling as pasta. It is a good way to “fool” your tastebuds into thinking you are eating carbs, but it s all healthy squash.
20) FRIED PICKLES at THE DUBLIN PUB: What’s a St Patty’s list without an Irish place. Hand dipped crunchy, pickle slices, battered, deep fried and served with some ranch dip.
We are not food critics.. we just love to eat. Food is our passion, and so are the original events, photos and festivals.
We love living in Dayton, Ohio… a close knit community that pulls together to help their poor, impoverished, down trodden and those suffering temporary crises. Lots of companies give not only during “the season of giving,” but year round.
Today, Food Adventures takes time to recognize some of the Miami Valley eateries that we have witnessed supporting numerous charities, year after year after year. These are some of the biggest givers, the most generous folks, but it is certainly not the complete list. These eateries give not only in the Christmas season, but support many charities, year round.
Let us first preface this article by saying that many, many local restaurants support various causes and give willingly to numerous charities. We realize that some of these establishments may have been missed in this article, but that does not diminish their impact on the community.
Without further delay, Food Adventures presents a list of some of the biggest givers, in alphabetical order:
Here are the locally owned restaurants that go above and beyond when it comes to charitable generosity:
AMBER ROSE: From the Ronald McDonald charities, to local performing arts charities, Amber Rose has a firm involvement in the community. They even have hosted events for Catholic women’s charities, Dayton Children’s Hospital and more. You can see owner Joe Castellano and his workers at many charity and social events throughout the year. They support the community quietly and never toot their own horn. They have also catered for and supported charities like the Dayton International Peace Museum and the local Habitat for Humanity. The list goes on and on..
ARCHERS TAVERN: This popular Centerville restaurant also leads the food scene in community involvement. Owners Dan Apolito and Mike Fullenkamp dive in and help many local causes, donating lots of gift cards and money. Their philosophy is when you give, it comes back to you. Small charities like Hannah’s Treasure Chest or local Alzheimer associations, no charity is too small or too big, and Archer’s helps a lot of them. They even donate to local charities with their everyday menu “wing challenge.” On May 9th, 2016, Archer’s plans on leading a charity event, Pro-Am, with celebrities such as Ickey Woods called Dayton Fairways for Airways Celebrity Golf Classic at NCR Country Club , benefiting the Jovante Woods Foundation. Food Adventures will be involved as well… stay tuned…
BEAVERCREEK PIZZA DIVE: Each Monday evening, they host an all you can eat pizza buffet for charity. They call it their “Serve Pizza, Do Good,” project. We call it a delicious and filling way to support local causes. Food Adventures has volunteered as guest pizza makers in the past to raise money for local charities like the “Miami Valley Pit Crew” and “Dayton Daybreak.”
BILL’S DONUTS: The best donuts in the world are made by some of the most caring people in the world. Siblings Lisa and Jim Elam have carried on the family business and tradition of giving to the community. They have sponsored dozens of kids baseball teams over the decades, and soccer teams too. They support the Blue Star Moms and Mackenzies Lemonade Stand, and so many more charities. One of their biggest giving events is the annual Superhero 5k Donut Run for “A Special Wish Foundation.” Food Adventures and Dayton Most Metro are planning on being a part of this event every year.
BRIXX ICE CO.: Owner Chris Bhai is an unsung hero for Dayton charity involvement. He is another proprietor who flies under the radar, supporting local causes at every turn. Charities such as Dayton’s domestic violence resource called the Artemis Center, 5 for the kids, and the local Leukemia Lymphoma Society have benefited from their donations. Whether hosting events, or helping cater, Brixx is a solid supported of the Miami Valley. If we listed all the local non-profits that Brixx helps, we would be here all day.
CAKE, HOPE and LOVE: Mike and Shannon Teague, owners of this bakery, started with just one cake pan. Now their reach is across the Miami Valley. They have a“Wall of Hope” on their website, where each month, they help a new local charity. Hospice of Dayton and The Hope Foundation of Greater Dayton are just 2 of the area charities they have helped recently. They also make countless donations of free product to charities like www.nohungrykid.org. Another example of good people doing good things for the Dayton community.
CASSANOS: Cassano’s latest generation, Lora, Chip and Chris, have continued their father’s and grandfather’s legacy in recent years. That legacy is a continued tradition of community involvement and charity work. Their “Cassano’s Cares” Foundation” has recently given tens of thousands of dollars to the local Spinal Muscular Atrophy foundation or “SMA.” The corporation has also given to and supported Grandview Hospital’s “Victor J. Cassano Health Center.” Other medical donations recently have gone to the Kettering Medical Breast Evaluation Centers. The Cassano family has also given away thousands of pizzas to charity each year. It is great to see a Dayton icon so involved in future of the Gem City.
CHAPPY’S TAP HOUSE: These guys continually hold events through the year as on site fundraisers for like selling old glassware for the Leukemia Lyphoma Society or doing a pint night to fight Prostate Cancer. They are always seen supporting various charity events, and never stop giving to the local cause. Good food, good beer and a company that gives back to the community.
DUBLIN PUB: These guys always lend a hand when charity involvement is needed. From donations to collecting Toys for Tots, they make a “yoemans effort.” The support the Dayton United Rehabilitation Services charity, and have even held fundraisers for a competitor’s bar owner, who had cancer. Holy Trinity Church and Dayton’s Alzheimers Association have been some of the charities that benefited from previous St Patty’s Day parties. Thanks to restaurants like this, local charities get that shot in the arm they need to serve the Miami Valley.
FIFTH STREET BREWPUB: Talk about year round commitment, these guys offer a guest bartending spot every Monday for charity. They also donate a portion of that night’s food receipts to the cause of the week. This is one of the coolest business philosophies and ensures that every week, Dayton area residents can help their favorite charity. Did we mention the great venue, food and beer selection? This brewery also has some of the friendliest staff in town. Manager Dave Tickel and his crew are second to none.
FRESCO CATERING: Owner Jenn DiSanto is an amazing chef, a wonderful mom and a true inspiration. She used her own personal triumphs as motivation to host events to help causes like the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Dayton. Jenn has organized some unforgettable charitable dinner events such as “Plating a Night of Hope.” She also volunteers at various local schools to teach cooking classes for kids. Chef Jenn is very active in the community and is always giving back. She regularly donates her time, talents and money to several local non-profit organizations, including breast cancer charities. She has inspired many through her successful fight with the disease. Being an animal lover, SICSA Pet Adoption Center is another charity close to her heart. Jenn has been a chef all over the world, and we are lucky this gem eventually landed in the Gem city.
GHOSTLIGHT COFFEE: Not many people are as involved in the Dayton community as owner Shane Anderson. He uses Ghostlight Coffee as a venue to showcase local artists and arts of all types. From hosting songwriter events that benefit the local Dayton Food Bank, serving up coffee at Masquerage, or providing a place for local charities to host their events, Ghostlight Coffee is a godsend to many who are fighting for a local cause. From music to poetry and everything in between. It seems as if we are seeing Ghostlight at about every charitable event, supporting causes in one way or another.
THE MEADOWLARK RESTAURANT: Chef and owner Elizabeth Wiley is a pillar of the community. Besides providing exceptional food at her restaurant, she is involved with countless local causes. She supports them with her time and money. For example, Chef Wiley judges the Springfield Food Truck Rally for charity. This benefits the Springfield Rotary Club’s charitable causes, including Services to People with Disabilities, Polio Plus and the International Project in Lesotho, Africa. Meadowlark is also a big supporter of Dayton Pride and the Greater Dayton LGBT Center championing the cause for equality, locally. Meadowlark’s chartible reach extends to other programs such as Dayton Public Radio’s Discover Classical, American Institute of Food & Wine, DaytonNightOut.com and so many others.
ONE BISTRO: This place promotes taking care of your neighbor. Dayton’s only “pay what you can afford” or “pay it forward” based restaurant, it is charitable in it’s nature. The staff is even made up with volunteers. You can volunteer to earn meals for yourself. Or you can volunteer as a donation of your time. Owners Robert and Kim Adamson business is driven by their faith in God and community involvement. We can think of no better cause than feeding the area’s hungry children and adults. One Bistro’s also donates to the area Red Cross’ Disaster Response Team.
SCRATCH CATERING: For years, Chef Matt Hayden has made terrific BBQ and gourmet meals. He has also donated to many area causes. From Dayton History events, to the Fleur’s Et Vin event for AIDS Resource Center Ohio. Scratch Food has left their imprint on the Dayton area, catering for many charity events. One such cause is the “Suzy Pender Memorial Fund,” which provides teddy bears to children at Miami Valley Hospital as a way to comfort them. Scratch Catering has provided the food for the Pender golf outing fundraiser for the past 15 years. Unprallelled generosity and dedication is what you find from the owners, here.
STONE HOUSE TAVERN: They are involved in many aspects supporting the Waynesville community. Stone House supports everything from kids athletic teams, to charitable gift card donations. They are currently partnering with Archers Tavern for the May 9th “Fairways for Airways” golf outing Pro-Am featuring sports stars like Ickey Woods. The event will benefit the Jovante Woods Foundation. We believe in supporting business like this that give back to Dayton in so many ways.
THE SUBMARINE HOUSE: Last year this restaurant donated over $15,000 to Children’s Hospital, at their “Super Duper Cheesesteak Challenge” event. Restaurant owners Jason and Brody Tanner, oversaw the event and check presentation to the hospital. This event is held annually and the crowds and donations have grown each year. Great grub, and a great cause, you haven’t been to a charity event until you’ve watched a fellow Daytonian wolf down a 16 inch sub in 2 minutes. But hey, “it’s for the kids.”
WHEAT PENNY OVEN & BAR: Chef Liz Valenti and Chef Elizabeth Wiley are known for their work and generosity at Meadowlark restaurant in the past. As Chef Liz branched out to run Wheat Penny, they have continued the tradition of giving. Upon their opening they hosted charity nights for The Artemis Center, SICSA Pet Adoption Center and The Food Bank of Dayton, respectively. Other charities supported in the past have been Yellow Springs Pride, GLSEN Dayton Chapter, and AIDS Resource Center Ohio, to name just a few. Not only is Dayton lucky to have such talented chefs, but we are lucky to have such generous supporters of various Miami Valley causes.
YOUNG’S JERSEY DAIRY: Yellow Spring’s favorite farm is big on charity. From a free Wool Gathering, to a Bike Tour for charity, that supports 4 charities, including United Rehabilitation Services of Dayton. They always seem to have something going on. Young’s even hosts a “Cheddar Challenge 5k” benefiting The Antioch University Midwest Scholarship Fund. All this, while continuing to serve some of the area’s most delicious ice cream.
ZOMBIE DOGZ: Local couple Lee and David VanArtsendalen are always giving back to the community. These owners of Zombie Dogz are always saying “yes” to favors, donations and appearances for good local causes. Lots of these causes involve animals and dogs. Like the “Furry Skurry 5k” for the Dayton Humane Society or the Dog Wash for the Battle Buddy Foundation which provides service dogs to veterans. Just some or their other fundraising appearances have included Harrison Township Trustees’ National Night Out against Crime, Kettering Funk Lab Dance Studio benefiting the dance team, AMVETS, Alex’s Lemonade Stand, Stonespring Transitional Care Center police fundraiser, a 5k benefit for Miami Valley Hospital’s Children Intensive Care Unit, Harrison’s Heroes foundationds benefit for the NICU unit at Dayton Children’s Hospital. They even make stops at local schools and churches. It is great to see this popular food vendor, with the most inventive and delicious hot dogs, supporting so many local causes.
Here are some of the Dayton area chain restaurants, that give the most locally:
BONEFISH: Quietly giving and supporting many charity events, we have noticed Bonefish’s involvement on the local level. They are a sponsor for a local golf outing for Hannah’s Treasure Chest. Other charities they support include Catholic Social Services, ARC Ohio’s Red Table Gala, and Life Essentials to name just a few. They also donate countless gift cards to local requests, and are always open to lending a hand.
BRAVO! CUCINA ITALIANO: Bravo will work with various local charities for “dine and donate” nights and give 10% of food revenue to the cause. They host such events as “Breakfast with Santa.” From this event, they culminate a winter clothing drive for local shelters and $1 from each buffet sale goes to charity.
BRIO TUSCAN GRILL: Brio hosts and donates food to many local events. For example The Greene Daybreak event, to benefit Dayton Daybreak. They also sponsor the “Derby Day Brunch” to benefit The Kettering Medical Center Foundation’s Women’s Wellness Fund. These are just some of the events they cater and support each year.
CITY BBQ: A regional chain out of Columbus, people really love their BBQ. We also love when the delicious food is catered to local charity events. City BBQ is at many of these outings. They also do a ton of internal donations to Veterans charities, Future Farmers of America (Ohio), Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Local cancer organziations, and Food Rescues. They also offer 25% event donations to school and booster groups as well as charities.
FIREHOUSE SUBS: These guys are known for their charity mission statement. Their Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation donates money for equipment for local firefighters. In October 2015, they celebrated a donation of $39,000 to the Kettering and Fairborn Fire Departments. Since the Foundation’s inception, they have donated $650,000 to Ohio Fire Stations.
JERSEY MIKE’S SUBS: Ted Tolliver owns the local franchises and he gives back to the community with passion. He has supported United Rehabilitation Services of Dayton in the past. In fact, upon each store opening he offered 10,000 free subs for a $1 donation to URS. Also, each year, during the month of March, customers are invited to come in to their local Jersey Mike’s restaurant and make a donation to a local designated charity partner. The campaign culminates in Jersey Mike’s “Day of Giving, a nationwide event. This day 100 percent of the day’s sales are donated to each local charity partner. Since 2011, Jersey Mike’s has raised more than $8.3 million for charities throughout the country. Ted has continually supported the United Rehabilitation Services of Dayton as his partner charity.
LONGHORN STEAKHOUSE, MORAINE: From pancake breakfast benefits, to event donations, Longhorn is carrying on the tradition of the late manager, Bob Medlin, by continuing to donate to dozens of causes each year. If we listed all of the charities, it would run for pages. Dayton Hospice Walk, Shoes for the Shoeless and Brief Blessings, Back2Back Ministries, Big Brothers Big Sisters program of the Greater Miami Valley, Miracle League of Dayton are just of few of the dozens of causes they support.
Chef House, The Big Ragu and Hungry Jax are proud to give a shout out to these fine people of Dayton who are making a difference in everyday people’s lives. Food Adventures would also like to say “Thank You” to these organizations, and a thank you to Dayton Most Metro for giving us a vehicle to present our weekly food scoop. Make sure you support these eateries that support the community.
There you have it, our list of some of the most generous and charitable restaurants.
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