There is no one in the Greater Cincinnati restaurant world more respected for her consistent approach to fresh, nutritious and local food than Julie Francis. As the owner/chef of Nectar Restaurant, she served delectable farm-focused cuisine using high quality, locally-sourced ingredients. Nectar offered creative, healthy, vibrant food that supports our local sustainable farmers and food producers. But don’t confuse her farm-to-table philosophy with a disingenuous attempt to fill a trendy, green market. Purity on the plate has been Julie’s ace-in-the-hole since long before the local food phenomenon really caught wind in Cincinnati. She closed Nectar this past February and she plans to pursue a private chef business, providing tailored, personal, chef services in client’s homes with an emphasis on fresh, nourishing, and locally-sourced food. Her sense of flavor and technique still lives on.
“The creative process of cooking is still my favorite part. Owning a restaurant is hard physical work; there are long hours and lots of different mental tasks. At the end of the day, I feel like I have accomplished something meaningful here.”
- Local Baby Lettuce and Herb Salad with Roasted Onions, Bacon, Chèvre And Olive Oil Toast
- Asparagus, Leek, and Farro Pilaf with Shiitake, Mint and Pecorino
- Grass Roots Farm Lamb with Fava Puree, Roasted Carrots and Pesto
- Warm Berry Compote with Yogurt and Nut Brittle
(Photo credit: Julie Francis)