Lip Sync Battle hits Dayton tonight 

Published: Wednesday, July 12, 2017 @ 11:08 AM

Marlon Wayan's Happy vs. Queen Latifah's My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It) | Lip Sync Battle.  Image provided by YouTube Embed API.
Marlon Wayan's Happy vs. Queen Latifah's My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It) | Lip Sync Battle.  Image provided by YouTube Embed API.

Lips will battle, and dogs and cats will win. 

The Dublin Pub, 300 Wayne Ave. in Dayton’s Oregon District, will play host to “SYNC for SICSA” from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight, Wednesday, July 12. 

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You can help SICSA even if you can’t make tonight’s event. 

The Dublin Pub  will donate 20 percent of food all day long to the nonprofit pet adoption center located in Kettering.’s very own Sarah Franks will battle Dayton area comedian Keith Irvin; Zac Pitts of Living Dayton; Rodney Veal  of ThinkTV's "The Art Show;" Dayton Most Metro food blogger Steve “The Big Ragu” Milano and Gina Ferraro of WCHD  99.9 FM. 

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Here is a blurb from the Facebook event page: 

 Come cheer on Dayton Personalities at the first ever SYNC for SICSA lip sync battle, as they raise money for SICSA Pet Adoption Center. No registration needed and no cover charge either.
There will be three rounds during the battle that is similar to Spike TV's "Lip Sync Battle” hosted by Chrissy Teigen and LL Cool J.

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JUST IN: Carvers dinner will go on, but without the take-home bottle of Scotch

Published: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 @ 6:20 AM

Carvers is hosting a Johnnie Walker Scotch dinner on Nov. 27. Photo from Johnnie Walker Facebook page
Carvers is hosting a Johnnie Walker Scotch dinner on Nov. 27. Photo from Johnnie Walker Facebook page

There has been a change in the details, but Carvers Steaks and Chops will indeed host a Johnnie Walker Scotch Dinner on 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 27 at the restaurant at 1535 Miamisburg-Centerville Road in Washington Twp.

The dinner was originally set up to include a complimentary bottle of Johnnie Walker Red Label for diners to take home as part of the $125 cost of a reservation. The take-home bottle is now no longer part of the package, and the cost of the dinner  has been adjusted to $95. The Ohio Department of Commerce Division of Liquor Control puts severe restrictions on the sale of liquor, which is regulated and controlled by the state.

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Reservations for the Johnnie Walker dinner are required and may be made by contacting Michael Parks or Josh Dotson at (937) 433-7099.

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Here’s the menu for the special dinner:

First Course

Johnnie Walker Red Label

Sliced Veal Bruschetta

Second Course

Johnnie Walker Black Label

Smokehouse Turkey Soup

Smoked Turkey, Mushrooms & Vegetables

Third Course

Johnnie Walker Green Label

Prosciutto Wrapped Mozzarella

House-made mozzarella, prosciutto

Assorted nuts & fruit

Fourth course/Entree

Johnnie Walker Blue Label

Bone-In Ribeye Broiled with aged Balsamic

Sweet Potato Risotto

Fifth course/Dessert

Johnnie Walker Gold Label

Caramel Pecan & Praline

Gingerbread, graham & custard

JUST ANNOUNCED: Another star joins the lineup for Country Concert ‘18

Published: Friday, September 29, 2017 @ 11:13 AM
Updated: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 10:46 AM

Thousands attended the annual Country Music Festival in Fort Loramie on July 7th, 8th, and 9th
David Moodie
Thousands attended the annual Country Music Festival in Fort Loramie on July 7th, 8th, and 9th(David Moodie)

It might be months away, but excitement is building for Country Concert ‘18. 

The top acts for our region’s annual country music festival in Fort Loramie, presented by K99.1FM, were announced in September.

Tickets go on sale Monday, Nov. 20, 2017.

One more artist just joined the lineup for the concerts July 5-7, 2018:

Carly Pearce is the voice behind "Every Little Thing," which is currently a big hit in country radio.

The lineup also includes headliners Eric Church, Brad Paisley, Toby Keith as well as Brothers Osborne, Cole Swindell, Billy Currington, Jo Dee Messina, Midland, Kane Brown and Lauren Alaina.

>> PHOTOS: Country Concert '17

Additional details will be announced soon, according to Country Concert’s website. 

>> MORE: 12 awesome things you'll definitely see at Country Concert in Ft. Loramie

K99.1 FM. is a Cox Media Group Ohio company. 

Here is a recap of the lineup and schedule so far: 



Saturday headliner, 10 p.m.

Country singer Eric Church(HANDOUT)



Friday headliner, 10 p.m.



Thursday headliner, 10 p.m.



Saturday, 8 p.m.


Friday 8 p.m.

Archived photo of Cole Swindell. CONTRIBUTED


Thursday 8 p.m.


Thursday 6 p.m.

Jo Dee Messina(Contributing Writer)


Thursday 4 p.m.

Midland performs at the Tito's Handmade Vodka Stage during weekend two of the Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Park in Austin, Texas, on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. TINA PHAN / FOR AMERICAN-STATESMAN(Tina Phan)


Saturday 4 p.m.


Saturday 2 p.m.


Thursday, 7 p.m., Saloon Stage

Former Rue Dumaine chef Anne Kearney releases menu for tonight’s Meadowlark pop-up

Published: Monday, October 30, 2017 @ 10:10 AM
Updated: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

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Former Rue Dumaine co-owner and chef Anne Kearney has released the menu for the “pop-up” dining event at Meadowlark restaurant tonight, Monday Nov. 20.

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The pop-up dining event will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today, Monday, Nov. 20, at the restaurant at 5531 Far Hills Ave. (Ohio 48) in Washington Twp. The event is CASH ONLY. 

Here’s the menu that Kearney sent out Friday, along with her apologies that some who had requested reservations had to be turned away because of high demand:

POP-UP Meadowlark ~ November 20th, 2017 

Mushroom crepes  

Roasted mushroom & shallot filling, Madeira crème. $13 

Pissaladière Caramelized Onion Tart 

Flaky pastry tartlet topped with roasted garlic puree, caramelized onions, Niçoise olives, goat cheese, capers, white wine brined anchovies. Served with basil pistou. $10 


Pan-seared sea scallops, roasted Hungry Toad beets, thyme roasted hazelnuts, orange beurre, flash fried parsley. $13 

>> RELATED: Former Rue Dumaine Chef Anne Kearney to host ‘pop-up’ dinner in Dayton (September 2017)

Mussels, my way

Shellfish fumet steamed Prince Edward Island mussels, Provencal vegetables, saffron aioli. $10

Blue Point Oyster Stew 

Plump oysters, butternut squash, leeks and applewood smoked bacon, poached in an infused-oyster cream, fried sage leaves garni. $12 

Kale & Spelt  

Salad of Brickelcreek baby kale, spelt berries, sherry roasted shallots & turnips, sunflower seeds, Sherry vinaigrette, aged sheep’s milk Feta. $10 


Zink Family arugula salad, lemon, extra-virgin olive oil, shallot, Parmigiano-Reggiano, black pepper crackers. $9

Shrimp, Cauliflower & Red Bells 

Gulf shrimp & curried cauliflower smothered in a tomato-pepper sauce, served atop Farmer Joe’s YAYA polenta. $20 

Fresh Fish

Seared Lake Superior Walleye, Hungry Toad multi-color carrots, anise kissed fennel, preserved lemon & capers. $20 

>> RELATED: On the Menu: a tasty rendez-vous with James Beard-lauded Rue Dumaine

Armagnac Pork

Pork roast, Armagnac prune farce, haricot vert, brandied shallots. $20 

Autumn Chicken  

Golden seared boneless chicken thigh, roasted Pfeiffer Orchard pumpkin, charred red onion, Jamestown spinach, thyme jus. $16 

Beef Short Rib 

Braised beef short rib, roasted root vegetables, truffled mushroom crème, balsamic pearl onions. $22 

>> RELATED: Rue Dumaine chef-owner Anne Kearney offers a glimpse into her future


French chocolate gelato, brandy caramel swirl, Bittersweet chocolate chunks, served with a honey-brown butter madeleine. $7 

Lemon Almond Cake  

Crunchy lemon-scented almond cake, lemon curd, cherry compote. $7 

Autumn Bread Pudding

Pumpkin & dried fruits (sultanas, cranberries, apricots), salted caramel, Bulliet whiskey sauce. $7

>> PHOTOS: Mouthwatering dishes and drinks that we’ll miss from Rue Dumaine

Kearney said in an email to her followers that reservations would be accepted for 75 percent of available seating, with 25 percent of seats available for walk-ins throughout the service times.

For more information, email

Former Rue Dumaine co-owner and chef Anne Kearney. FILE(Staff Writer)

This is the second such “pop-up” event Kearney has hosted. The first was held earlier this month at District Provisions’ Glasz Blue oven on Wayne Avenue in Dayton.

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Trout Amandine is golden pan-seared trout with toasted almond brown butter, served with haricot vert for $19 with a Lioco Chardonnay Sonoma County 2006 $8 a glass or $40 a bottle from Rue Dumaine at 1061 Miamisburg-Centerville Road in Centerville. Rue Dumaine is open dinner 5-9:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 5-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Open for lunch 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday only beginning Jan. 4. Rue Dumaine has an extensive wine list with over a 100 wines.Staff Photo by Teesha McClam(Teesha McClam)

Rue Dumaine, at 1061 Miamisburg-Centerville Road in Washington Twp., shut down permanently July 2 after a decade-long run. The restaurant changed its name to Bar Dumaine shortly before shutting down.

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Kearney is the Dayton area’s most highly credentialed chef, based on her recognition by the James Beard Foundation, whose awards are regarded as the nation’s most prestigious recognition program for the food and beverage business — the equivalent of the Academy Awards of the restaurant industry.

In February 2016, the Beard Foundation for the sixth consecutive year named Kearney a semifinalist for its “Best Chefs in America” competition for the Great Lakes region. Kearney was the only chef from the Dayton area, and one of only three in Ohio, to be named in 2016.

>> RELATED: Rue Dumaine chef headed to NCR Country Club

The Beard Foundation recognized the restaurant itself in 2008, naming Rue Dumaine a semifinalist for the foundation’s “Best New Restaurant” in the nation. And Kearney was named a James Beard Foundation best-chef award winner in the southeastern U.S. in 2002 when she and her husband owned and operated the highly regarded Peristyle restaurant in New Orleans.

Debate settled: This is the right time to put up your Christmas tree

Published: Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 11:48 PM
Updated: Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 11:48 PM

At least one of these timing traditions is bound to work for you Don't put up the tree before Thanksgiving Put up the tree for 12 days beginning mid-December and take it down right after Christmas Stick with the original Christmas Tree timeline of Albert and his German forebears and go with Christmas Eve The Aussie approach recommends not putting up the tree before December Italian Christmas traditions begin on December 8 with the Feast of the Immaculate Conception As for the latest time to put up the tre

While it may never reach the level of controversy of how to hang the toilet paper roll or which way to load the dishwasher, the right time to put up the Christmas tree is a heavily-debated household topic.

There are answers to this question that depend on everything from Prince Albert to the opinion of tree growers to something called Adelaide Pageant Day.

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Whether you're undecided on the best time to put up your Christmas tree or are merely looking for reinforcement for your preferred date, at least one of these timing traditions is bound to work for you:

(Contributed by Johnny Miller/ the AJC)

Forbidding the tree before turkeys

The ultimate etiquette authority, Miss Manners, doesn't specify when you should put up the tree, but does note succinctly that it isn't done before Thanksgiving.

The nouveau 12 days of Christmas approach

In days of yore, the 12 days of Christmas started with Christmas Day and wrapped up on January 6, also known as the Feast of the Epiphany. Apartment Therapy suggests a more modern 12 Days of Christmas tree strategy, putting up the tree for around 12 days beginning in mid-December and taking it down right after Christmas.

This dovetails nicely with advice from the British Christmas Tree Growers Association, which noted in The Telegraph that while it's cool to buy live trees from December 1 onwards, the middle of the festive season, around the third week of Advent, is a good compromise between putting the tree up immediately and waiting for Christmas Eve.

Prince Albert is credited with introducing the Christmas Tree in Victorian England in the 1840s, replicating the tradition from his German childhood. This illustration from the time shows him and Queen Victoria with their family Christmas tree.(Contributed/For the AJC)

Prince Albert

Queen Victoria's husband, Prince Albert, is widely heralded as the man who lit up the Victorian Christmas tree tradition in the 1840s, bringing it to Britain from his native Germany. If you want to stick with the original Christmas Tree timeline of Albert and his German forebears, go with Christmas Eve. 

The Aussie approach

According to Monash University religious diversity professor Gary Bouma in The Age, the established guideline in Australia is not to put up the tree before December, but not everyone abides by it.

By "not everyone," he may mean the full 14 percent of Be a Fun Mum blog readers, who said they put up the tree in early November. They did restrain themselves until after something known as Adelaide Pageant Day, the second Saturday of November. And they are in solidarity with the Fun Mum herself, who says she put her tree up in early November because, "My mum always did. I love Christmas and like to string it out."

Viva Italiana

You may be leaning towards putting the tree up the first week of December anyhow, but this Italian tradition provides a godd reason for it. According to Italy Magazine, Italian Christmas traditions begin on December 8 with the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, a date set in the Catholic calendar in 1476 by Pope Sixtus IV.

Since December 8 is a public holiday and most Italians get the day off, it has become the day when many of them put up their Christmas trees and other holiday decor.

According to WalesOnline, some people put up their Christmas tree the same day they start Advent, four Sundays before Christmas.(Contributed by the AJC)

The final word on when to put up your tree

Assuming your own family tradition isn't already firmly in place, Southern Living gets the last word on the best time to put up the Christmas tree. That's because the ultimate authorities on Southern taste on all things mayo and wicker are also so darn sensible and inclusive on this topic: "We pass no judgement, but here are the times for when to put up your Christmas decorations. Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is the earliest that you should set up a Christmas tree or put up Christmas-specific decorations."

The reason you shouldn't do it earlier? "It is inconsiderate for your beautiful tree to steal the thunder from your big turkey dinner."

As for the latest time to put up the tree, that would be Christmas Eve, a nod to bygone, less holiday-crazed times.