Thursday, January 22, 2015

Cincinnati Ranked #10 'Healthiest City' in America

Cincinnati has just been ranked the #10 most healthy city in America, according to the Healthy Cities Index.

The Top 25 Most Healthy Cities
(each city's total score on a 100-point scale is shown in parentheses)

#1: Boston, MA (74.5)
#2: Minneapolis, MN (73.6)
#3: Washington, DC (72.6)
#4: San Francisco, CA (66.4)
#5: Hartford, CT (62.7)
#6: Pittsburgh, PA (60.1)
#7: San Jose, CA (58.6)
#8: Salt Lake City, UT (58.5)
#9: Seattle, WA (57.7)
#10: Cincinnati, OH (57.6)
#11: Portland, OR (56.7)
#12: Denver, CO (56.6)
#13: Sacramento, CA (56.6)
#14: Atlanta, GA (55.9)
#15: San Diego, CA (55.3)
#16: Baltimore, MD (55.0)
#17: St. Louis, MO (54.7)
#18: Austin, TX (53.9)
#19: Raleigh, NC (52.7)
#20: Providence, RI (51.3)
#21: Buffalo, NY (50.3)
#22: Richmond, VA (48.6)
#23: Chicago, IL (48.4)
#24: New York, NY (47.7)
#25: Philadelphia, PA (44.0)

The Top 25 Least Healthy Cities

#1: Memphis, TN (15.8)
#2: Oklahoma City, OK (24.1)
#3: Louisville, KY (26.3)
#4: San Antonio, TX (27.3)
#5: Nashville, TN (29.0)
#6: Indianapolis, IN (29.5)
#7: Las Vegas, NV (29.8)
#8: New Orleans, LA (30.8)
#9: Los Angeles, CA (32.7)
#10: Jacksonville, FL (34.6)
#11: Detroit, MI (34.7)
#12: Riverside, CA (35.1)
#13: Phoenix, AZ (35.6)
#14: Orlando, FL (36.7)
#15: Tampa, FL (38.2)
#16: Miami, FL (38.3)
#17: Columbus, OH (38.5)
#18: Dallas-Fort Worth, TX (38.9)
#19: Houston, TX (40.0)
#20: Kansas City, MO (40.0)
#21: Charlotte, NC (40.1)
#22: Birmingham, AL (42.2)
#23: Cleveland, OH (42.5)
#24: Virginia Beach, VA (42.9)
#25: Milwaukee, WI (43.4)


For this study, examined the following data for each city:

1. Population data about physical fitness (exercise rates, eating habits, chronic health problems and disease rates, access to parks and recreational activities, and more).
2. The percentage of doctors in the state that are highly rated according to BetterDoctor’s comprehensive, seven-variable algorithm.
3. The percentage of residents with health insurance coverage to assess how feasible it is for residents to get medical care.


* Ranked #1 overall, Boston has a greater percentage of its residents covered by health insurance coverage than any other city.
* In Minneapolis, the city’s high exercise rate and excellent doctor-to-resident ratio helped it secure our ranking's second position.
* Memphis was deemed the 'unhealthiest city in America' due in large part to its very low physical fitness rates and limited numbers of quality doctors.

For more details on these results, please visit:

Friday, January 16, 2015

Orchids at Palm Court Awarded AAA Five-Diamond Award for 2015

The American Automobile Association (AAA) has awarded the prestigious Five-Diamond Award for 2015 to Orchids at Palm Court, Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza’s fine-dining restaurant.

“We are humbled to be one of just 63 restaurants in North America to receive a Five- Diamond rating in 2015, especially as the only restaurant in Ohio to secure this honor,” said Michel Sheer, managing director, Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza. “Chef Todd Kelly and his team were vying for the AAA Five-Diamond Award as a strategic benchmark for 2015, which makes the accomplishment that much more rewarding for all of us."

Chef Kelly, executive chef and director of food and beverage, Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, said, "It’s just so incredible to be in the company of the best of the best in the country, and for our team here at Orchids at Palm Court to receive this prestigious acknowledgement for the hard work we’re doing.”

AAA and its team of designated field inspectors evaluate thousands of lodging & dining establishments each year and assign an overall rating of one to five diamonds. Five- Diamond establishments are renowned for world-class experiences with cutting edge menus and unique food preparation by a highly acclaimed chef with a maître d’ leading an unobtrusive expert service staff. Only 0.3 percent of the 30,000 restaurants receive a Five- Diamond rating. The rating will be indicated with the hotel and restaurant's listings in the 2015-2016 AAA TourBook - a series of travel information guides published for AAA's more than 55 million members.

About Orchids at Palm Court and Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza
Orchids at Palm Court is one of The Restaurants at Palm Court, which also includes The Bar at Palm Court and The Grille at Palm Court. The restaurant features rare Brazilian rosewood walls with German silver-nickel metalwork and lighting fixtures. The two-story ceiling features large Romanesque murals and on the north end of the restaurant is an original Rookwood Pottery fountain flanked by two large Rookwood seahorses, all of which illustrates some of the finest French Art Deco in the world. Orchids at Palm Court has been recognized as one of the best restaurants in the U.S. Accolades and awards include: • OpenTable has named Orchids at Palm Court “One of the Top 100 Best Restaurants” for five consecutive years including 2014’s ranking as No. 7 Best in the U.S.

• Executive Chef Kelly was named the American Culinary Federation's U.S.A. Chef of the Year, the highest honor given by the 20,000 chef national organization
• Hilton Hotels & Resorts No. 1 Food and Beverage Hotel in the U.S. for four of the last five years
• Hilton Hotels & Resorts “Award of Excellence” winner – given to the top five performing hotels
• Forbes rated Orchids at Palm Court “Four Stars” for 2013 and 2014
• Chef Kelly is a Hilton Hotels and Resorts Signature Chef, one of just six in the U.S.
• Zagat named Orchids at Palm Court as Cincinnati's "Top Restaurant" for three consecutive years

Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, located in the heart of Cincinnati, is one of the world's finest examples of French Art Deco architecture. The hotel is a charter member of Historic Hotels of America, is a registered National Landmark and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The hotel features 561 updated guestrooms and more than 40,000 square feet of meeting space-from boardrooms to ballrooms, including the Hall of Mirrors, one of the Midwest's most breathtaking ballrooms.

Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza and Orchids at Palm Court are located at 35 West Fifth Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202. For more information or reservations, call the hotel directly at 513-421-9100 or visit our website at or

Monday, January 12, 2015

$10,000 Skyline Chili Crosstown Shootout Contest Kicks Off

Starting today, Skyline Chili restaurants in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky kick off their Skyline Chili Crosstown Shootout free throw contest with prizes that have the Tri-State talking. In addition to more than 200 Skyline gift cards and Shootout basketballs up for grabs, next month six finalists will participate in a random drawing with grand prizes including participation in a $10,000 free throw contest during the Crosstown Shootout. Others will win a year of free Skyline Chili or season tickets to UC or XU’s 2015-16 basketball season. To register, fans can pick up an entry form at any area Skyline. The contest ends February 1. For more information, visit

Thursday, January 8, 2015

The Dairy Queen® System Kicks off its 75th Anniversary with Free Cone Day

To celebrate its 75th anniversary, the Dairy Queen® system (NYSE: BRK.A and BRK.B) will offer a great deal at participating locations to all fans on March 16, 2015: a free cone.

On that day, the 75th day of the calendar year, participating Dairy Queen and DQ Grill & Chill® locations will serve fans a free small vanilla soft-serve cone with the signature curl on top.

The DQ system will also collect donations for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®, which raises funds to help save and improve the lives of kids treated at 170 children’s hospitals across the U.S. and Canada. Over the last 30 years, the Dairy Queen system has raised more than $100 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in local communities.

To find out if your local Dairy Queen store is participating in free cone day, you should call the store. Contact information for Dairy Queen locations can be found at

For more information about the Dairy Queen system, visit Connect with the DQ system on Twitter using #LOVEmyDQ and at Visit the DQ Facebook fan page, which has more than 9.8 million friends and become a friend at

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Chipotle Mexican Grill Invites Customers to Try Sofritas with Special Bounceback Offer

Whether or not your New Year’s Resolution is to eat less meat, Chipotle Mexican Grill isgiving its customers a special opportunity to try its new vegan menu item, Sofritas, this month. On Monday, January 26, 2015, customers who purchase a Sofritas entrée item at any Chipotle restaurant in the US or Canada can redeem their receipt for a free entrée of their choice any day between January 27 and February 28, 2015.

Sofritas, inspired by the Spanish word sofrito (a popular cooking base used for stews, rice and beans in Spanish and Latin American culture), is organic, non-GMO tofu braised with chipotle chilis, roasted poblano peppers and a blend of aromatic spices. Sofritas was first tested in Spring 2013 in several select markets, and after successfully winning over the taste budsof people all around the country, the vegan offering became a permanent addition on Chipotle’s menu and is now available at all restaurants in the US and Canada.

"When we created Sofritas, our goal was to create a delicious vegetarian option, but we quickly learned that it also appeals to many of our non-vegetarian customers,” said Mark Crumpacker, chief marketing and development officer at Chipotle. “This promotion is designed to expose even more of our customers to Sofritas and hopefully give them one more reason to love Chipotle.”

To participate in the promotion, simply order a Sofritas entrée item – burrito, bowl, salad or order of tacos – on Monday, January 26, 2015 at any Chipotle restaurant in the US and Canada and receive a bounce-back for a free entrée item upon a return visit between January 27 and February 28, 2015. Customers must present their original receipt to validate the offer. For more information, visit