May 14 marks the annual Evening in Ohio City shindig. One part HGTV and one part Food Network, the progressive food-and-wine event, now in its 12th year, combines great eats from six Ohio City restaurants with a peek into the restored, remodeled, and/or redecorated homes of some of the neighborhood's most ambitious residents.
This year's stops include an 1887 Victorian mansion, an 1867 home in the Italianate style, a contemporary townhouse, two homes incorporating modern twists on the classic Greek Revival theme, and the only home in Ohio City with a heated in-ground swimming pool. Participants get 30 minutes at each stop to tour the residence, sample fine wines, and nibble on finger foods from restaurants as diverse as Kan Zaman (which will be serving vegetarian grape leaves, hummus, tabouleh, and pita bread) and Flying Fig (hoisin-glazed pork tenderloin and sesame-asparagus salad).
Other participating restaurants include Halite, with lamb and goat-cheese empanadas, duck-confit crostini, and Bosc pear salad; Old Angle Tavern, with lamb-stew popovers, grilled peanut-chicken satay, and Tex-Mex hummus chips; OPA!, with made-to-order flatbread pizza, roasted Greek veggies, roasted chicken, and Mediterranean couscous salad; and the Fulton Bar & Grill, with tarts of ratatouille and duck confit with mango salsa.
The mobile feast -- Lolly the Trolley provides the transportation -- concludes at Spaces Gallery, with dessert, coffee, and beers from Great Lakes Brewing Company. The tour -- including a souvenir wineglass -- costs $100 per person; more information about this and other Ohio City happenings is available at 216-781-3222.
Meanwhile, over in Tremont . . . Consider this your reminder that Lola closed the doors at its Literary Road location on April 30; that space will reopen as the Mediterranean-themed Lolita around June 1. The new Lola, going in on East 4th Street, is scheduled to open in October.
Reunited . . . Lola's Michael and Liz Symon should feel at home in their new downtown digs: Their former Tremont neighbor, Michael Herschman of Mojo fame, has taken over the kitchen at nearby Vivo (347 Euclid Avenue) in the Old Arcade. With high-wattage talent like Symon, Herschman, and Jeff Uniatowski (of House of Blues) all within a block of one another, this neighborhood is poised to develop some real culinary cachet.