Two of my favorite indulgences are great food and great wine. I consider myself a “foodie,” often seeking out unique new dishes to savor at restaurants or experimenting to create something tasty in my own kitchen. That’s why we’re excited to debut West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle’s first Food & Wine issue.

Our Hot Spot feature uncovers a hidden gem in the local food scene, The Coach House in Hamilton. Chef Jared Whalen has worked at some of the finest restaurants in Cincinnati, including The Maisonnette, and now his culinary creations are being served right here in Butler County.

I love to cook and often look for new ways to make meal preparation more fun and functional. This month I share my favorite unique kitchen gadgets that have become indispensable in my kitchen. If these items inspire you to get cooking, then look inside for recipes from the kitchens of Liberty Township’s Cozy’s Cottage and Cozy’s Café & Pub.

If I’m being completely honest, I don’t know much about wines, but I do know that I enjoy them. Fortunately, Liberty Township resident and owner of Village Wines of Glendale, Kate Eberlein, knows a lot about wine. Learn how Eberlein turned her love of wine into a thriving business and read about some of her favorite food and wine pairings.

This issue our stories extend beyond food and wine. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, so we shined the spotlight on an amazing local organization, the Pink Ribbon Girls. Read about the beneficial services they provide area women who have been diagnosed with cancer. Look closely at our ads and calendar this month, and you’ll find a few additional services and events specially intended to help with the detection or prevention of breast cancer.

This month we invite you to pour a glass of your favorite wine, and indulge your senses while savoring this Food & Wine issue of West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle.

Michelle Moody, Publisher