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Chef: Danny Combs Restaurant: Sotto -- Western & Southern Open's celebrity chef demonstrations & tastings will take place Monday through Saturday (Aug. 17-22) / Image: Leah Zipperstein

The Stars Of The Cincy Foodie World Take Over The W&S Open

And here you thought that Center Court was the only place where the stars came out to play. Pshaw!

Sorry, Serena & Ana, Rafa & Roger, you're just gonna have to take backseat on this one. Over the next few days, some of the greatest talents in the Greater Cincy culinary world will be landing in Mason and rustling up some serious action inside the Lindner Family Tennis Center.

'Cause, you know, that's just how the Western & Southern Open rolls. "It's not only about the tennis," you say? Not hardly, dear friends. Not hardly.

In fact, I dare say it's quite possible to spend the entirety of your tenure at the tournament exploring, imbibing, socializing, and otherwise just living it up. Notice that "taking in the tennis," was nowhere on that list. There's so much to do (and the vibe is so pitch-perfect-- picture a cross between a beach resort and say a higher-end summertime arts/music festival), that you could check in to the tournament every day and still not actually see any tennis.

Caveat: A) We don't at all advise that. At all. I mean, Helloooo! We're talking about a world-class tennis event here. There's gonna be some epic action going down on the courts. B) See "A."

Just saying that if, for some cray-cray reason, you only wanted to rock the social side of Open it'd be possible. Between the music lineup, the shopping, the readily available presence of eats & drinks (not to mention some super-prime people-watching) there's plenty to do. And see. And experience.

Exhibit A

Celebrity Chef Cooking Demonstrations

Every afternoon (Monday through Saturday), the Robert Mondavi Private Selection Wine Garden -- just one of the many libation-hubs scattered throughout the complex -- is featuring cooking demos and special tastings, hosted by the luminaries of the Cincy culinary scene.

Here's the sched.

  • Monday: Brad Bernstein (Red Feather Kitchen)
  • Tuesday: Michelle Brown (Jags Steak & Seafood)
  • Wednesday: Todd Kelly (Orchids at Palm Court)
    • American Culinary Federation's 2011-2012 USA Chef of the Year
  • Thursday: Anne Kearney (Rue Dumaine)
    • James Beard Foundation 1999 - 2002 "Southeast Regional Best Chef" nominee
    • 2002 "Best Chef Southeast"
  • Friday: Chef Danny Combs, (Sotto, Boca Group)
  • Saturday: Jean-Robert de Cavel (John-Robert's Table/ French Crust Cafe/ Le Bar A Boeuf)

And yep! All of that is on top of the normal Cincy-proud offerings at the food court. A chef-fueled, daily celebration of next-level cuisine, followed by a bowl of Graeter's? Now, that's my idea of a tennis tournament.

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Want to zoom in and learn more about each of the chefs? Here ya go.

Want to get a hint of what the chefs will be bringing to the table? Scroll up to the top and dive into the photo gallery.

The Western & Southern Open is taking place in Mason, Ohio, from August 15-23.