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Chef John Foster: Mushrooms, mushrooms — so many ways to make them a special part of your meal

The dichotomy of mushrooms always presents an appealing dilemma to me. On the one hand, you have the reverential tones of the aficionados who adore the umami properties of the fungi. On the other, you have the person who innately fears the unknown quality of the plant and manifests that suspicion in their distaste for the texture and flavor of all but the tamest examples. How as a chef do you reconcile...

First-ever Music Bash at Taste of Cincinnati May 27 to feature B-52’s, Rick Springfield, Loverboy

The world’s greatest party band, The B-52’s and Grammy winning singer, songwriter, and musician  Rick Springfield will co-headline the first ever Music Bash at Taste of Cincinnati® along with special guest Loverboy . This fun, can’t-miss concert is scheduled for Sunday, May 27, beginning at 5 p.m. Gates for this ticketed event will open at 4 p.m. Concert ends by 10:45 p.m. Tickets...

Pew Research Center: Have you read a book in the last year? 24% of American adults have not

By Andrew Perrin Pew Research Center About a quarter of American adults (24%) say they haven’t read a book in whole or in part in the past year, whether in print, electronic or audio form. Who are these non-book readers? Several demographic traits correlate with non-book reading, Pew Research Center surveys have found. For instance, adults with a high school degree or less are about five times...

Kentucky by Heart: Louisville teenager motivated by helping others, inspires ‘random acts of kindness’

By Steve Flairty Special to NKyTribune When Shareen Dunn used her Advent calendar as a guide to encourage her son, fifth-grader Andrew, to do simple and loving gestures for others, she often provided some sort of tangible reward. Today, 15-year-old Andrew, a freshman student at Louisville’s duPont Manual High School, doesn’t need those items to motivate him. What spurs him today to do kind things...

Our Rich History: 18th Century Cincinnati — ‘The Appearance of a Town of Some Respectability’

By Steve Preston Special to NKyTribune Cincinnati in its early years was not the cultured “Queen City” we know today. It was the tip of the spear in regards to the settlement of Ohio and the Old Northwest. With the 1783 signing of the Treaty of Paris, America won her independence and doubled in size. John Cleves Symmes (Source: Charles Greve, Centennial History of Cincinnati (Chicago, IL: Biographical...

Country Music’s rising duo High Valley to entertain Quaker State 400 weekend fans at KY Speedway

Country music’s up-and-coming duo, High Valley, will entertain race fans with a special performance before the July 14 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta. Brothers Brad and Curtis Rempel are High Valley. The duo will be performing for fans at the Kentucky Speedway in Sparta July 14, prior tp the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series Quaker State 400 (provided...

The River: AVALON on the way downriver, picks up some guests, and later a canoe, skiff race ensues

The riverboat captain is a storyteller, and Captain Don Sanders will be sharing the stories of his long association with the river — from discovery to a way of love and life. The is a part of a long and continuing story. By Captain Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune Right about lunchtime, a day, or so, before the AVALON left Memphis and continued downriver, two tanned, muscular young men in a canoe...

Chef John Foster: behold the elusive ramp; a kitchen delight that is here and gone in the blink of an eye

It’s quite possible that by the time this column is read, the subject of the column will be no longer available. As changeable as the spring weather, and as elusive as a sunny day in spring, the ramp is for a brief moment the most important food item of the new season. That last statement might be a bit of hyperbole, but in my kitchens, the arrival and departure of the ramp, within the space...

Sweet Adelines Regional Competition brings singers from seven states to NKY Convention Center

Nearly 1,000 members of 18 choruses and quartets from seven states will be competing this week at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center as part of the Harmony Heartland Region 4 Competition of the Sweet Adelines. Members of the Cincinnati Sound Chorus in a photo from the 2017 Regional Competition – Choruses (provided). Founded in 1945, Sweet Adelines International began as a small group of...

Kentucky by Heart: Kentuckians share their thoughts on what makes their college that ‘special’ school

Note: Following is the second of a two-part article about individuals sharing comments about their “special college” in Kentucky. When the topic of special colleges in Kentucky is brought up, Erika Mahlbacher offers her Danville alma mater, Centre College, as a shining example. Erika Mahlbacher She loved the enthusiasm of her teachers. “My dreaded history class requirement turned out to be one...

Our Rich History 1968: Riots erupt in Cincinnati following assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Part 2 of a continuing series on the 50th anniversary of one of America’s great watershed years, 1968.  By Paul A. Tenkotte Special to the NKyTribune In last week’s column, we reviewed the life and Cincinnati connections of one of our nation’s greatest Civil Rights leaders, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  He was a courageous man committed to nonviolence, a visionary who strove for peace among...

Jamie’s Bookshelf: Eleven recently published nonfiction selections for your spring reading list

By Jamie H. Vaught Special to the NKyTribune This is the first of a two-part series about recently published nonfiction books. —“Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice From The Best In The World” by Timothy Ferriss (Hougton Mifflin Harcourt, $30) is a 598-page hardcover that contains life lessons and career guidance from today’s top performers or achievers from around the world, revealing...

Outstanding Women of Northern Kentucky luncheon on May 1 honors 10 women; order tickets here

Click image to order tickets The 34th Outstanding Women of Northern Kentucky winners will be honored at a luncheon starting at 11:30 a.m. on May 1 at the St. Elizabeth Training & Education Center. The awards were established in 1984 to honor women who exemplify notable achievement, outstanding service in their professions or to the NKY community and qualities of personal integrity, perservance,...

New Spring Fest event planned for Bellevue’s Historic Fairfield Avenue Shopping District in May

Spring Fest IN VUE is coming to Bellevue, for the first time, and bringing lots of food, fun, artists, sales and music with it. A new event, Spring Fest IN VUE takes place 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, in the 200 to 500 block of the Historic Fairfield Avenue Shopping District. Bellevue is a historic river town whose main thoroughfare, the Historic Fairfield Avenue Shopping District, is lined...

The River: Downbound, entering Mark Twain’s Lower Mississippi and falling in love with ‘Father of Waters’

The riverboat captain is a storyteller, and Captain Don Sanders will be sharing the stories of his long association with the river — from discovery to a way of love and life. The is a part of a long and continuing story. By Capt. Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune Passing Cairo Point, downbound, the AVALON entered a different river – the Lower Mississippi – an incompatible beast of a stream...