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Published: Wednesday, January 03, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Monday, January 08, 2018 @ 10:13 AM
— Three southwest-themed — and southwest Ohio — restaurants believe that Elvis never left their buildings, and they’ll celebrate Elvis Presley’s birthday today on Monday, Jan. 8 by serving a free meal to customers who dress like The King.
Or, in alternative, customers can also score a free meal if they dress as The King’s wife, Priscilla Presley.
Austin, Texas-based Chuy’s — the Tex-Mex chain that operates restaurants in West Chester, Miami Twp. and Beavercreek — hosts an annual Elvis Birthday Bash every Jan. 8, and celebrates what would have been The King’s 83rd birthday today with food and drink specials.
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Customers who come to the restaurant dressed as Elvis or Priscilla Presley can score a free entree of their choice. Chuy’s also is offering all customers $1 off two other menu items: Elvis Green Chile Fried Chicken and the Elvis Presley Memorial Combo. Limited edition Elvis t-shirts will also be available for purchase.
“At Chuy’s, Elvis has never left the building. We celebrate his birthday every year with a bang,” Ashley Ingle, Chuy’s vice president of of marketing, said in a release. “Everyone that walks through the door on Jan. 8 can enjoy food and drink specials. But we encourage you to dress up like Elvis or Priscilla and have fun with it.”
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The offer is good at ALL locations, Chuy’s officials said. Chuy’s has 91 restaurants in 19 states, including at the Mall at Fairfield Commons in Beavercreek; at the Austin Landing development in Miami Twp.; and on Civic Center Boulevard in West Chester, according to the restaurant chain’s web site.
How did The King’s birthday become such a big deal for the Chuy’s restaurant chain? Here’s the explanation from a company release:
“When Chuy’s first opened in 1982 on Barton Springs Road in Austin, Texas, there was little money for restaurant décor. Chuy’s founders hit the streets with $20 in search of something to put on the walls. The over-sized velvet painting of Elvis they returned with changed the course of Chuy’s history forever.”
Published: Tuesday, December 26, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 2:34 PM
— Well, folks, that’s a wrap!
The theme: Prohibition. 1920’s-style dress is encouraged, but not required.
General admission tickets are on sale for $14, and VIP tickets are on sale for $22 (UPDATE: VIP tickets are sold out!)
VIP ticketholders will receive admission to a special Speakeasy VIP lounge, a free bourbon glass, a free drink, a swag bag, appetizers and more. VIP ticketholders will also have no wait, and their party starts a little earlier at 5 p.m.
Winners will be announced Jan. 18, 2018 online at Dayton.com.
The festivities will be held from 6-10 p.m. at Top of the Market Banquet Center, 32 Webster St., Dayton. Ages 21 and up only, please.
A portion of ticket proceeds will benefit the Artemis Center, Dayton’s Domestic Violence Resource Agency.
Are you a local business that wants to participate?
If you’re a Best of 2017 food and dining finalist who wants to be involved in the party in some way, please let us know. Fill out this Eventbrite link to connect with us. We have a limited amount of booths available for restaurants, and it’s first come, first serve.
If you’re an entertainer who’d like to be involved, we’d like to hear from you, too.
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Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 1:54 PM
— The Miami Valley Restaurant Association has teamed up with Buckeye Vodka and Prime Time Party Rental for a night of gourmet samples, music, photos and fun.
On Wednesday, Jan. 17, the association presents the anticipated Sneak Peek to Winter Restaurant Week. Fifteen restaurants will share exclusive menu samplings, including tastings from three new restaurants on the Winter Restaurant Week lineup.
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The Sneak Peek menu includes:
Bravo! Cucina Italiana (new this year!)
Brio Tuscan Grille (new this year!)
Canal House Chili (opening soon!)
Dewberry 1850 (new this year!)
The best way to navigate this sensational menu? As Miami Valley Restaurant Association’s executive director Amy Zahora puts it, “dive right in!” Bring a curious palette and appetite to the affair – there’s a lot to revel in.
In addition to the food, DJ and photo booth, guests can enjoy a cocktail crafted by Buckeye Vodka with their drink ticket (included with ticket purchase), as well as a glass of the newly-launched Walking Dead-themed wine for $5. For even more fun, Dayton’s Beer Bike QuadracycALE will be on display at the event booking their portable pub for summer festivities.
Winter Restaurant Week kicks off Jan. 21 and runs through Jan. 28 offering three tiers of reduced price-points on curated three-course meals, with $1 from each meal donated to a local charity.
Want to go?
WHAT: Sneak Peek to Winter Restaurant Week
WHERE: Prime Time Party Rental, 5225 N. Springboro Pike
WHEN: Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
COST: $20.18 in advance, $25 day of. Includes 1 drink ticket
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 10:55 AM
— If only Mona Lisa had lived long enough to show us her #selfie. We’re almost positive she would have been a pro.
Wednesday, January 17, is National Museum Selfie Day, and there’s no better day to pose with your favorite portrait.
It’s not every day you get to shamelessly snap away in public. But on this national day of exquisite art and cheesy photo-ops, it’s not time to stop until your arm gets tired.
The Dayton Art Institute wants to see how strong your selfie game is.
So visit the museum, snap a selfie, and tag it on social media with #MuseumSelfie and #DAIselfie and the Art Institute will share their favorites on their social media accounts.
Of course, you’re free to “selfie” all over town at any one of Dayton’s exciting museums — so don’t hold back!
“Have fun and be creative, but please remember to be mindful/respectful of other museum guests, keep an appropriate distance from the art, and no selfie sticks or tripods in the galleries!” the DAI advises on its Facebook page.
The Cincinnati Museum Center is getting in on the fun as well. Take selfies with the museum’s collection items at any of its #CurateMyCommunity locations. Use the hashtags #MuseumSelfie and #CincyMuseumSelfie.
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
— From food and art to live music and wine, you'll ﬁnd it all happening during Culture Works’ ﬁrst ever Eat. Drink. Arts!
Enjoy creative cocktails, inspired menus, and one-of-a-kind arts experiences at your favorite Dayton-area restaurants from January 16-21, 2018.
“A great meal and an arts performance just naturally go together, and we’re proud to pair some of Dayton’s ﬁnest arts groups with amazing dining around town,” says Culture Works Executive Director Lisa Hanson
“Eat.Drink.Arts!” in Dayton is a collaborative eﬀort bringing together culinary, visual, and performing artists to cultivate and enhance resources for our visual and performing arts community.
A smorgasbord of area eateries is partnering with Culture Works to satisfy your palate and stimulate your artistic senses — all while supporting local arts organizations.
Blue Note Bistro & Lounge
Enjoy a meat and cheese plate and bottle of house wine while you enjoy Deron Bell & Daniel Cook in a dueling piano battle. Request your favorite song and be prepared to sing along.
Where: 23 E. Central Ave.Miamisburg
When: Doors open at 5 p.m. for seating until 8:30 p.m.
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🍴 Brixx Ice Company
Dine on an 8oz premium center-cut sirloin grilled to perfection with your choice of two sides while enjoying an excerpt from Dare to Defy’s “Tommy.”
Where: 500 E. First St., Dayton
When: From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Cost: $15/ person
Chef Don Warfe will create a three-course dinner featuring vegetarian cuisine.
Featuring a preview of The Human Race Theatre Company's “Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End,” which debuts this April.
Where: 2318 E. Dorothy Lane, Kettering
When: From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Cost: $25/person for meal only; $30/person for meal with wine pairing for each course
🍴 Mudlick Tap House
A private four-course elements-themed dinner with select wine pairings! Featuring a sneak peek of the upcoming DVAC exhibition, Stratum, the artists Amy Kollar Anderson & Kate Huser Santucci will create a painting during the dinner in a lightning round collaboration.
Where: 135 E. Second St., Dayton
When: From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
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🍴 Whole Foods
Bring the family by for a delicious Family Meal Deal (eat in or take to-go) which includes 1 large cheese or pepperoni pizza, 1 bucket of wings (flavors: plain, BBQ, & buffalo) and 1 two liter of 365 Soda for $25 and for an extra $5 your kids can create their own work of art with the help of K12 Gallery- No advance ticket needed.
Where: 1050 Miamisburg Centerville Rd, Dayton
When: From 4 p.m. to 8pm
Cost: $25 for meal deal. For an extra $5 your kids can create their own work of art with the help of K12 Gallery
🍴 Texas Beef & Cattle Company
Dine on authentic South Texas-style BBQ while watching The Mural Machine in action! Brisket, Sausage or Pulled Pork Plate (comes with 2 sides) for dinner with banana pudding and tea or lemonade.
Where: 1101 W. Third St., Dayton
When: Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
🍴 Old Scratch Pizza -- SOLD OUT
A three-course dinner curated by Chef Nate. This will not be your typical pizzeria dinner! It will include a beverage, a special appetizer, salad, and a unique, arts themed pizza paired with music from a classical-jazz crossover quartet with violin, bass, guitar and keyboard.
Where: 812 S. Patterson Blvd., Dayton
When: From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
🍴 Amber Rose Restaurant
Enjoy a four-course dinner paired with a taste of the arts.
When: From 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Cost: Just $35/person.
🍴 Table 33
Enjoy an entree with a mimosa/cocktail and a performance by Dayton Contemporary Dance Company.
Where: 130 W. Second St., Dayton
When: Seatings at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
🍴 The Dublin Pub
Enjoy brunch, lunch or dinner and 10% of your bill will be donated to Culture Works. Entertainment by Ashley Knapp, a young bluegrass and traditional country artist.
Where: 300 Wayne Ave., Dayton
When: All day
Cost: No advance ticket needed.