New Riff Distillery has only been open a few weeks but they are already putting that beautiful new event space to good use. Tuesday evening I was invited to attend the first of what looks to be a very interesting new series hosted there by New Riff’s Creative Director Amy Tobin. 15 Minutes of Fame brings together four notable Cincinnatians under a common theme and then gives them 15 minutes to talk about that theme. Last night’s word was STYLE and the guests all delivered that in spades.
The speakers were mixology expert Molly Wellmann, local tattoo artist Chris Sanders, Butcher Betties owner Alison Hines and fashion designer Amy Kirchen. It was a phenomenal group of speakers. They all spoke eloquently on the theme and were both entertaining and inspiring. I loved how a common thread of individuality and self-expression came through even with subjects as diverse as high fashion and killing your first chicken.
The event came with one cocktail, an unusual wine and popsicle combination, and lasted for about two hours including time for questions from Amy and the audience. It was a very enjoyable evening and I left feeling once again how vibrant and exciting Cincinnati is these days. The next 15 minutes of Fame will be held in August. The guests have not yet been announced but the theme is REEL and we’ve got a hint that this will include both the film and the fishing variety.