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Dishing Up More Than Fish

  • Greg Elsner grills salmon with pesto Greg Elsner grills salmon with pesto
  • Tom McCloy, the master chef of the Christ the King Fish Fry Tom McCloy, the master chef of the Christ the King Fish Fry
  • Tina Finke prepares food for the Fish Fry Tina Finke prepares food for the Fish Fry

Most Lenten “Fish Fries” focus on producing fried fish in bulk so the local Christian community can adhere to the practice of abstaining from meat on Fridays in Lent. However, the Christ the King Fish Fry seems to have evolved into more of a place for fellowship and a showcase of both its Parishioners’ culinary talents and its specialty homemade dishes. About 4 years ago, Mr. Greg Elsner introduced salmon to the menu because he wanted to offer a healthier alternative to fried fish. Elsner had discovered that his grilled salmon tended to bring complements from his dinner guests, and so he offered to use the same method at Christ the King each Lent. “Now that my kids have graduated from Cardinal Pacelli School (the parochial school of Our Lord Christ the King Parish), taking on the role of salmon grillmaster gives me a chance to reconnect with the families I became friends with over the years. A group of parishioners that I consider "honey badgers," assist me at the Salmon Station making the “work” enjoyable. This year I will be featuring my homemade pesto to accompany the salmon.” (Elsner) Tina Finke, a classically trained chef who worked at the Maisonette many years ago, prepares the clam chowder. According to Finke, “it’s a way for me to give back to my Parish, and share my God given talent.” It was about 10 years ago that she started making 7 gallons of chowder for each Fish Fry. She alternates between Manhattan and New England Clam Chowder, but the New England seems to be the favorite among the attendees. Tom McCloy is the master chef for the Fish Fry. Not a cook by trade, McCloy grew up in a large family in which his father was the cook, and all the boys quickly learned how to serve up a decent meal. He sets the menu, orders the food from local vendors, and ensures that all who come through the line will be satisfied. The vegetables are fresh cut, tossed with a bit of olive oil, seasoned, and roasted. Everything is homemade from the macaroni and cheese to the Shrimp Caeser Salad, including the many other options like fried cod. The only food item that the parish cannot claim to be homemade in house is the pizza. Nonetheless, the pizza is purchased from Ramundos Pizzeria in Mt. Lookout Square, and Tony Ramundo, also a parishioner of Christ the King, owns the establishment. McCloy has been orchestrating the kitchen for 15 years, and he is happy to fill your plate with everything he serves. He believes that the Christ the King Fish Fry is about more than just getting a good home cooked meal. “Our Fish Fry is a community event. It’s about getting people involved and enabling our community (both the parish and our neighbors) to come together and share a meal for which they are proud to have taken on some of the preparations.” (McCloy) Father Ed Smith, Pastor, works the serving line most nights and he gets tired of saying, “Yes, you can have the chowder AND the shrimp salad AND the grilled salmon AND the fruit AND the fries AND the fresh green beans. Our new customers are always baffled that they can have a little of everything we serve.”(Smith) The only drawback to a visit to the Christ the King Fish Fry is that it is not ‘fast food.’ It is common to stand in line for 30 minutes to an hour on a busy night; but volunteers of the parish are more than happy to sell you a beer while you wait. The Christ the King Fish Fries were held in March, but look for information about future Fish Fries on the website:

Ault Park Presents ‘Ault Vines Fine Wines’ Event

March 20, 2017 Cincinnati, Ohio – Ault Park Advisory Council (APAC) will host Ault Vines Fine Wines on Friday, April 21st from 6:30 PM to 10 PM. Join your friends and neighbors for an elegant evening of fine wine paired with delicious hors d’oeuvres all by La Petite Pierre. New this year, we will have an art show featuring popular local vendors whom you can peruse while sipping wine. Your ticket includes a flight of 7 wines beginning with a sparkling wine toast followed by three red and three white premier wines, each paired with hors d’oeuvres. There will also be live music by Mickey James and the Queen City Crew. Tickets to Ault Vines Fine Wines are on sale now for $50 through April 18th and $60 thereafter. A ticket is required for admission. Visit for more details.
The complete itinerary of APAC events include:
• May 19th: Malts in Ault featuring great beers from around the world and live music by the Whammies
• Summer Music Festivals
• June 15th – Band: Midnight Special
• July 20th – Band: 90 Proof Twang o August 17th – Band: DV8
• September 21st – Band: The Klaberheads
• July 4th: 52nd Annual Independence Day Fireworks
• July 28th: Summer Sips Vodka and Tequila Tasting
• September 24th: Ault in Bloom, Presented by APAC and the Greater Cincinnati Rose Association
• October 20th: HallowEve Brew Bash featuring Cincinnati’s most popular micro brews with live music by Gee Your Band Smells Terrific
Ault Park Advisory Council (APAC) is an independent non-profit organization run by a group of neighborhood volunteers to help preserve and improve Ault Park, encouraging its use by the public. APAC began in the 1980’s when Ault Park was in serious disrepair. Over the years, dedicated volunteers, with the help of memberships and private donations, have transformed the park into the beautiful park it is today. In addition to working with the City of Cincinnati to maintain park grounds and facilities, APAC hosts a number of popular events each year to encourage the community to use the park.
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