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Topical Dinners

Wind down the evening with your colleagues starting with good food and conversation at one of Cincinnati's many top restaurants. We have selected eight restaurants for the Topical Dinners, a popular optional feature of the Leading Edge Consortium. The Topical Dinners are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 17. We will make the reservations.  Each participant is responsible for all costs of their dinner.   

Information on each restaurant is provided below. Please use the appropriate link to select your restaurant for the Topical Dinners (available only for consortium registrants). You will be able to see a list of other consortium attendees that have selected that restaurant. 


Restaurant selections are on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited and varies by restaurant.

Make sure to visit each restaurant's Web site for a complete list of menu items.  Just click on the name of the restaurant. 

Restaurant Choices:


JeanRo - A Cincinnati French Bistro.  JeanRo Bistro is fun and excitement, serving French Parisian-style dining. When Jean-Robert developed JeanRo Bistro, he wanted to make sure that everyone entering the door felt welcomed and at home. The success of this is visible as you peer across the walls covered in the colorful images of French tradition and pop culture.  Items on the menu include lamb shank a la basquaise,  braised double cut pork chop, filet of tenderloin, sauteed scallops to name a few.  


Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse  Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse is a 1940's French Art Deco New York Steakhouse that has a vibrant atmosphere where you'll feel like you've been treated to a show. That's why virtually every national sports star, Hollywood star and rock star choose to dine at Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse when they visit Cincinnati. Menu items include oysters on the half shell, signature salads, potatoes to share, family style vegetables, dry aged steaks and roasts, lobster, and a number of fish entrees. 


Sung Korean Bistro.  This eatery boasts Cincinnati's finest Korean dining experience. Their complex flavors and diverse wine list set Sung Korean Bistro apart from your ordinary dining experience. Their clean, modern decor and subtle twists on traditional Korean recipes come together to deliver a wonderful meal.  Please visit their Web site for a complete description of their delicious menu items.


Nicholson's Tavern & Pub.   Nicholson's adds character and excitement to the old world charm and tradition of the Backstage District in downtown Cincinnati.  The grand center piece of the pub is the bar, with over 80 linear feet of mahogany bar surface and 40 seats. Nicholson's has the largest selection of single malt scotch in the region and offers fresh Highland Spring Water with all single malts. Nicholson's features a presentation kitchen with wood-fire rotisserie and grill. The extensive menu offerings provide an eclectic array of dishes with a Scottish flavor.  


Orchids at Palm CourtFour Diamond AAA Restaurant.  Executive Chef Todd Kelly's award-winning menu features a creative selection of appetizers and entrees accompanied by an award-winning wine list. Pastry Chef Kathleen Kessler's desserts compliment and complete the experience. The menu is updated seasonally based on the availability of the freshest ingredients.  Some of the entrees include Kobe beef rib eye, wild halibut, Scottish salmon, and Kurobuta pork tenderloin. 


PigallsFour Star Mobil and Four Diamond AAA Restaurant.  Jean-Robert at Pigall’s location was home to the original Cincinnati Pigall’s French Restaurant from 1963 to 1990. Chef and owner, Jean-Robert de Cavel’s innovative prix fixe menu features a delectable array of appetizers, entrees and desserts accompanied by an extensive wine list. Three and five course prix fixe dinners are offered five nights per week.

The Three Course Menu:  Guests may select from eight appetizer choices, nine main course choices and six pastry choices plus a cheese selection at a prix fixe price of $74. The Menu Gourmand:  The five course menu is a set dégustation meal and is available for the entire table only at a prix fixe price of $97. Guests choosing the degustation menu may also add wines paired with each course for an additional $37. Please visit the Web site for the menu list. 

The Palace.  Four Star Mobil and Four Diamond AAA Restaurant.  This restaurant offers fine dining within the historic Cincinnatian Hotel. Their contemporary, eclectic menu provides a wealth of rich options for the discriminating connoisseur and their elaborate yet unpretentious food presentation adds to the unforgettable atmosphere of their elegant dining room and legendary service. Dine on halibut, scallops, lobster pastilla, chilean sea bass, beef tenderloin, or rack of lamb to name just a few of the menu choices.

Via Vite.  Located directly on Fountain Square in a two-story steel and glass structure, Via Vite adds a creative twist on classic Italian dishes such as wood-fired pizza and spaghetti with the owner's signature Bolognese sauce. Exclusive gelato flavors made by local gelato maker Madisono's are also offered.  Via Vite offers a number of pasta dishes, along with seafood, steak, pork, and lamb entrees.    

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