Last month my husband and I got to go together to a great blogger dinner at Venice on Vine. When I first heard about it, I had never heard of the place before. Let me just say, I am so happy to know about it now! If you live in/near Cincinnati, or are planning a trip close to here, you need to check it out! It’s a great place that’s for a great cause. I’m so excited to tell you about it!
Venice on Vine, location on Vine Street in Downtown Cincinnati, is owned by Powered Inspiress Progress (PIP), which is a nonprofit organization that provides paid training, in a supportive work envionment. PIP helps empower their trainees to further their education and provides instruction in basic life skills and paid job training. They help people who are inheritors of injustice, poverty and disinvestments that have no way out.
It’s such a fantastic program that they have. These people, who could just end up on the streets or in jail, get an opportunity to totally change things around. By visiting Venice on Vine, you’re helping these wonderful individuals get the real-life experiences they need to be able to prosper in society. The individuals get to work at the restaurant for 22 hours a week for one year, and during that time community volunteers help them develop a resume, computer skills, pract interviewing and work on getting their GED.
On to another amazing part… you know how a lot of restaurant’s meals come in frozen or par-baked or something crazy like that? You won’t find any of that at Venice on Vine! Everything is homemade! By making homemade items, the works get to learn how to read and work a recipe.
The first part of the meal was this delicious salad with fresh fruit, feta cheese and a raspberry vinaigrette. I have to say I’ve never tried a green salad with fruit on it. Just didn’t think it would taste that good. But, let me tell you – it was absolutely delicious! I think it was the best salad I have ever had!
Next was a Vegan African Stew. This was my first time trying sweet potatoes. This stew was great! Had a great taste with the cinnamon and sweet potatoes – definitely a recipe I would love to try to replicate!
For the main entrees… I may have forgotten to take a picture since I digged in so quickly! Oops! One of the main entrees was a chicken marsala… which was to die for! I loved all of the mushrooms that were in it. The other two were a chicken alfredo pizza and a shrimp alredo pizza. I’m a huge lover of anything alfredo. I make a homemade alfredo sauce that is my husband’s favorite. Let’s just say, it’s a close tie on whether my alfredo or Venice on Vine’s is the best. You can definitely tell it’s homemade and not out of a jar!
And last, but certainly not least, dessert. They had a yummy caramel apple cake, which was delicious. There were nice bits of apple throughout. My favorite, though, was their carrot cake. I was never a fan of carrot cake until my mother-in-laws. She makes a great homemade carrot cake. This one is just as good (if not better – but don’t tell her!) if not better than my mother-in-laws (again, please don’t tell her! )! So moist and delicious! My mouth is watering just thinking about it!
Venice on Vine is open Monday through Saturday from 10:30am-8:30 pm for dine in or carry out. You can view their pizza menu here (don’t be fooled, though – they also have hoagies, pasta and salads). They also have a great catering menu that has some great prices. Whether for dine in, carry out, or catering, I definitely recommend Venice on Vine! You’ll be getting tremendous food while helping support a great organization that helps people – what could be better?