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A Program of German Food and Culture for Your Group

Cincinnati Food Tours recently launched a group program called Over-the-Rhine On the Road. The presentation is designed as a hands-on experience where participants actually take part in preparing some of the German foods they sample.

Since starting her food tour business in 2012, Barb has seen first-hand how deep the German roots run in the Cincinnati region. She has heard about parents and grandparents keeping family traditions alive and younger people struggling to maintain connections to German culture.

“When Linnea Eschenlohr came on board as a tour guide three years ago, I thought I had hit the jackpot!” said Barb. “Not only was Linnea raised in a German-speaking household, but she was also determined to share the foods she grew up eating.”

Fast forward to the pandemic that began in 2020…Even though in-person tours were limited, Barb and Linnea figured out a way to continue to share their stories. The result was a two-hour program presented to three groups last week at Community of the Good Shepherd in Montgomery. Each group included 20 participants, safely distanced with cutting boards, mixing bowls, and utensils. The event started with a brief slide presentation illustrating the German influence in Cincinnati and showing the evolution of the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. Then the audience began mixing and spreading as Linnea shared her family’s tradition of Abendbrot. In between recipes, Linnea led the group in some German singing and served samples of some favorite German wines. It is easy to imagine her leading a class at The Saucy Schnitzel, her soon-to-be-launched German cooking school.

a person sitting at a table with a cake

The smiles on the faces of the participants and the comments after the tour convinced Barb and Linnea to continue to take OTR on the road. They are happy to offer the program to your group at your Cincinnati area location. Price of $30 per person is based on a group of 20 and includes all samples and supplies. Contact Barb at 513-602-5602 to discuss available dates.