Jim Cornwell, Managing Partner and Chef, Sartre and Dutch’s, and Josh Wamsley, Owner and Chef, Mazunte
Hosted by Annette Januzzi Wick and Mark D. Manley, M.D., Over-The-Rhine
For years, The Maisonette and Pigall’s defined Cincinnati’s restaurant scene. As eating styles changed, culinary newcomers responded. Two of the city’s outstanding food mavericks will share their adventures in the competitive world of feeding the locals. Mazunte founder Josh Wamsley, home from teaching in Korea, stopped at a local taco place and had a taco so bland he described it as borderline offensive. Not long after, while teaching in Oaxaca, Mexico, he learned to cook Mexican cuisine as it was prepared by street vendors, from generations-old family recipes. He returned to Cincinnati and, with no formal restaurant experience, began the award-winning Mazunte Taqueria. Jim Cornwell, by contrast, has had an established career with many iconic Cincinnati restaurants, including The Maisonette, Boca, and Hugo. He’s a partner at the Hyde Park gem, Dutch’s, and his newest culinary endeavor is Sartre OTR, a brasserie in the former bottling room at Rheingeist Brewery. Jim will discuss the connection between food systems and the commercial kitchen and how small changes in the way food is purchased can have positive impacts on our food systems, particularly small artisanal farms.
The Manley-Wicks’ Italianate-style home was built in 1875 by Civil War veteran Charles H. Mueller, who owned an apothecary in St. Paulus Kirche, now Taft’s Ale house. His family occupied the house until the late 1930s. The home fell into disrepair in the mid 1980s and was unoccupied until the current owners, with the assistance of the city, 3CDC, and John Heuber Homes, brought it back to life. The house boasts a view of Music Hall’s rose window from the second and third-floor terraces. Brunch will be served, along with a bourbon cocktail, prosecco, and soda.
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