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Cooks'Wares Class : Fresh, Local and Nourishing with Julie Francis

  • Cooks'Wares 11344 Montgomery Road Cincinnati, OH, 45249 United States (map)

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)