I was able to try Venice on Vine in the historic Over-the-Rhine District in Cincinnati,Ohio. The restaurant serves guests six days a week and has a catering side too. It is staffed by a unique workforce comprised of individuals participating in a program and/or “learning laboratory” operated under the umbrella of Power Inspires People.
Power Inspires Progress is a small non-profit established nearly thirty years ago by a group of nuns in Cincinnati’s urban core. These efforts are understood to be “social enterprises” which support the organizations’s mission:
To provide a sense of place, skill development, and an employment history to individuals with chronic barriers to employment.
Typically, participants remain with the Program for about a year. In addition to the traditional employment training, each is involved in individualized tutoring efforts, is provided access to a Public Health nurse and primary health care services, receives assistance with essential transportation, and coaching for traditional resume construction and job search support. The restaurant employs about 20 people every year.
We got to try the catering and restaurant menu:
A mix of seasonal greens gently tossed with strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and dried cranberries sprinkled with feta cheese & served with almond slices. Dressed with a raspberry vinaigrette. Really good, did not use almonds or feta cheese.
Chicken Marsala served over Basmati White Rice – delicious
West African Vegan Stew- delicious and would make at home
House Specialty Pizza
Chicken Alfredo Pizza – great
Shrimp Alfredo Pizza- delicious, would eat again
Sweet Potato Pie – good
Homemade Carrot Cake– great
Dutch Apple Bundt Cake with a Caramel Pour- great