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Chef Marion Ohlinger’s 11th Annual Aphrodesia! Cena de Amor: St Valentines Day Dinner for Two @Candace07

Chef Ohlinger, the authority on farm-to-table dining in West Virginia, has opened his newest restaurant: Hill & Hollow in the Seneca Center. The previous chef/owner of both Richwood Grill and Solera is continuing the farm-to-fork dining theme with a focus on global cuisine using local ingredients at the new restaurant.

Hill & Hollow is in the former Glasshouse Grille space, which was an iconic Morgantown restaurant. It’s only fitting for MK’s new restaurant to be in this space (+ parking!). I’ve been to Hill & Hollow and will write a full post about it later – but first, I wanted to touch on the 11th Annual Aphrodesia! Valentine’s Dinner held this past weekend since it’s timely!
This dinner is part of Ohlinger’s Global Feature Dinner Series, which began in 2009 at Richwood Grill as a way to highlight the role of Appalachia in Global culture, to celebrate the diversity of our local agriculture, and to introduce new and adventurous cuisines to Morgantown. Chef Ohlinger would combine dishes he’s learned through his travels with Appalachian ingredients for these inventive dinners at Richwood Grill (and Solera). These dinners, after being hosted in a series of guest kitchens over the past year, now have a home at Hill & Hollow. And I am very, very excited.
[I’m sorry the lighting is so low in there, and I didn’t have time to run home to get my camera.]
Aphrodisiac dinner at hill & hollow
The Valentines Dinner for Two was designed to include ingredients that have been thought throughout history to possess aphrodisiac qualities. We started with an aperitif of a hibiscus flower-infused cava. This sparking wine was slightly sweet, and the edible hibiscus flower at the bottom was maybe pickled? It was so tasty! It was a surprising bite at the bottom. Very cool way to kick off the dinner.
Candace Nelson
I'm Candace Nelson, and I am a West Virginia University alumna. I currently work in public relations. I have a Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in professional writing and editing, Bachelor of Science in Journalism with a focus on news-editorial (minor in Business Administration) and Master of Science in Journalism. I have a passion for reading, writing, religion, feminism, media, storytelling, West Virginia and all things local - specifically food. I fully believe in supporting the local economy and culture. As a lifelong Appalachian, I value the state and the fruits it creates.

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