JEAN-ROBERT DE CAVEL TO TOSS CEREMONIAL FIRST PITCH AT CINCINNATI REDS GAME; TAPS KEG OF NAMESAKE BEER AT CHRISTIAN MOERLEIN LAGERHOUSE
French Chef Adds Baseball and Beer to Cincinnati Bucket List
CINCINNATI: French Chef Jean-Robert de Cavel, celebrating 20 years in Cincinnati, will toss a ceremonial first pitch at a Reds game, Thursday, June 5, 2014 at Great American Ball Park. The pitch is part of Jean-Robert’s Cincinnati “Bucket List,” his yearlong series of events that are distinctly about his love for Cincinnati.
“When I began thinking about my 20 years here, I didn’t just want to have a party. I wanted to celebrate what I love about the city and the things that make it so unique. Since it’s the home of the first professional baseball team, throwing out a first pitch went to the top of the list,” says Jean-Robert.
“I am honored that the Cincinnati Reds invited me to take part of a very American, very Cincinnati tradition,” he added.
He’s already marched in the Findlay Market Opening Day Parade, taken a group of chefs to New York City to cook at the James Beard House and was feted by many of his former cooks at a surprise multi course dinner at Boca, housed in the former Maisonette.
Prior to his first pitch, Jean-Robert will be at the Moerlein Lagerhouse, next to Great American Ballpark, for the keg tapping of JeanRo Beer, a limited edition summer ale (Hefeweizen) brewed especially for his 20th Anniversary by Christian Moerlein. Beer, like baseball, is part of Cincinnati’s heritage and Jean-Robert wanted to have some fun with the brew and with his name. Much like his approach to food, the Hefeweizen has a contemporary twist on a classic profile.
“Christian Moerlein Brewing Co. is proud to work with Jean-Robert de Cavel to develop and brew JeanRo Beer celebrating his 20 years in Cincinnati” said Greg Hardman, owner of Christian Moerlein Brewing Company.
Since arriving in late 1993 to take the helm of the legendary Maisonette, he has become part of the fabric of the city, altering the food scene in the Queen City and arguably much of the Midwest. Not expecting to stay in Cincinnati for more than a few years, he was quickly embraced by Cincinnatians who were impressed by his contemporary touch on classic French dishes—as well as his dedication to the community.
The keg of JeanRo Beer gets tapped at 11 a.m. at the Moerlein Lagerhouse, at 115 Joe Nuxhall Way. The ceremonial pitch will be at approximately 12:15 p.m., Thursday, June 5, prior to the 12:35 p.m. start of the game. The Reds play the San Francisco Giants. Jean-Robert pitches left-handed. For tickets, visit reds.mlb.com/Tickets For more about Jean-Robert and where to find JeanRo Beer, visit jrtable.com