ArtsWave Toast “2” the Arts

I am so happy to announce that I was asked to be an ArtsWave WeDidIt Ambassador. Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing with you great ways to celebrate the arts in Cincinnati and how you can help ArtsWave. My first post is on a really simple way to help. Just enjoy a glass of a specially selected wine from the list of restaurants below and they’ll donate two dollars per glass to the ArtsWave campaign. How easy is that?

Cheers and support the arts!

— Carla


Area Restaurants Join in a Toast to the 2014 ArtsWave Campaign
Great for Valentine’s: Cincinnati’s First-Ever Toast “2” the Arts

Cincinnati, OH (February 13, 2014)– Twenty local restaurant and hospitality leaders are helping the 2014 ArtsWave Community Campaign get a little closer to its $12 Million goal with a Toast “2” The Arts, designed to boost the campaign’s audience as well as garner new contributions between now and April 22.

Participating restaurants have agreed to donate two dollars per glass sold of specially selected wines to the ArtsWave campaign, which is being chaired by P&G’s Group President-North America, Melanie Healey. In conjunction with Mariemont-based distributor Cutting Edge Selections, partnering restaurants, hotels and bars to-date include:

The Anchor (OTR)
Bistro on Elm at the Millennium (downtown)
The Celestial (Mt. Adams)
Ash (formerly Cumin) (Hyde Park)
Daveed’s (Loveland)
Jeff Ruby’s Steak House (downtown)
Jimmy G’s (downtown)
Jean Robert’s Table (downtown)
Local 127 (downtown)
Mantra on the Hill (Mt. Adams)
Nada (downtown)
Obscura (downtown)
The Palace at the Cincinnatian Hotel (downtown)
Cricket Lounge at the Cincinnatian Hotel Palm Court at the Netherland Hilton (downtown)
The Precinct (Columbia Tusculum)
Prime 47 (downtown)
Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse (downtown)
Trio Bistro (Kenwood)
Zula (OTR)

“We are thrilled to be able to partner with so many excellent destination restaurants and local hot spots, and give the public a way to make a difference at the same time they are enjoying some great wines,” says Alecia Kintner, president & COO of ArtsWave. “With an ambitious campaign goal in front of us, we need new ways to involve even more people in supporting the arts.”

“It’s a win-win for our region’s restaurants,” says P&G’s Executive Meetings & Events Manager Holly Hehemann, who was tapped by Ms. Healey to direct the initiative. “Our restaurants and hotels benefit from thriving arts organizations in their neighborhoods, and Toast “2” the Arts offers an easy way to give back. They are also able to tap into ArtsWave’s large base of donors and fans through cross-promotional efforts.”

Through a combination of on-site advertising, social media and email, ArtsWave and its partner restaurants are getting the word out about this new collaboration. The Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestra, which is among ArtsWave’s 100 grant recipients, is providing a complementary voucher to restaurant wait staffs as a thank-you for promoting the program to customers. The suggested price of the wines is an accessible $8 per glass.

“Two dollars as a donation from each glass sold will add up quickly,” says Mark Maher, president of Cutting Edge Selections. “We’ve chosen a very fresh, easy-to-drink red wine, Honora Vera Garnacha, and a lively, fresh white — the Tarima Blanco – for this year’s promotion. I’m optimistic that we will drum up a lot of support for a great cause.”

“We hope this is the start of an amazing new tradition of collaboration between ArtsWave and the region’s restaurants,” says Kintner. “I see this growing every year… but in the meantime, we hope that people this spring will choose the ‘ArtsWave wines’ as they are enjoying Cincinnati’s fine dining, arts and entertainment!”

To see the current list of participating establishments, visit /connect/toast2thearts. To find out how your restaurant can get involved, call 513.632.0146. Follow the campaign on Twitter at @ArtsWave #Give2ArtsWave and #ArtsWaveWine.