Dinner at Zoe with Ladies’ Night Out, Nov. 7


Portabella Mushroom, Artichoke, and Asparagus Crêpes. Chicken Paprikash. New

England Sea Scallops. These are just a few of the intriguing menu items

you’ll find at Zoe of Athens. The Ladies’ Night Out interest group is

coordinating a dinner to this eclectic uptown eatery at 6:30 p.m. Thursday,

Nov. 7. To take a peek at the menu, sample specials and photos, visit the

Zoe Facebook page at:


Please RSVP to Andrea Gibson at gibsona@ohio.edu by Thursday, Oct. 31.


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Death by Chocolate with That’s Entertainment, Sunday, Nov. 3

Death by Chocolate

Not the dessert, but a comic mystery! The That’s Entertainment group is planning an outing to this local play by the Athenian-Berean Community Players at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3. The story follows Nick Noir, a private eye, who investigates what might be a coffee shop murder. Tickets are $12 for the event, which will be held at Stuart’s Opera House in Nelsonville. For more information about the play or venue, visit: http://www.seorf.ohiou.edu/~xx086/.

Interested in attending? Contact Marissa Dienstag (dienstag@ohio.edu) or Jennifer Jorrey (jenniferjorrey@hotmail.com) by Oct. 30 to order tickets.

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Friday, October 4 at 5:30 PM Wine Tasting Interest Group

The Wine Tasting Interest Group will host its first event of the year on Friday, October 4 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM. Join us at Shade Winery to relax on their porch with views of the vineyards.  We’ll pick what we’d like to taste and casually lead ourselves through their wine list, as Shade has tasting size samples, wine by the glass or by the bottle. Feel free to bring some snacks to share!

The Shade Winery is located approximately 15 minutes from Athens and carpooling is encouraged. 

Address: 401 Gilkey Ridge Road, Shade, Ohio 45776 

Phone: 740-696-1323 

About Shade Winery

Shade Winery now has nine wines including their own estate grown Vidal Blanc as well as wines made from other Ohio grown grapes. They also offer local cheese and crackers available from Integration Acres, as well as wild caught smoked salmon and mixed olives. You are also invited to bring along your own snacks.

Information about the Wine Tasting Interest Group

Events are held once a month on a Friday or Saturday. Leaders are Bethany George and Jessica Orlowski. You can contact them at georgeb@ohio.edu or orlowskj@ohio.edu with any questions or suggestions. 


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Fall Kickoff is September 26 at Baker Center

Where: Baker Center rooms 240/242

When: 5:30 – 8:00, President’s comments at 6:00 pm

What: Activities will include a scavenger hunt and a variety of football-related activity stations including naming an OUWC mascot, creating a cheer and cornhole!

Who: Women of Ohio University!  If you or your spouse/partner work at the university, you’re eligible for membership!  This event is free for everyone and this year we are offering half off dues for new members!  We’ll have registration forms available that evening or you can print one off and send it in or bring it with you!

Hope to see you there on the 26th!

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Save the Date


shoeThe date is September 26th.

The place is Baker Center.

The event is our annual Kick-Off.

Plan to stop by on your way home from work, or come and stay for the duration.

Sigh up for interest groups and catch up with friends you may not have seen for a while.

Help us welcome new friends to OU.

Details will be posted here, on our Facebook page, and in your monthly Communique

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Ladies Night Out Group Ventures to Rickshaw Thai


Pictured above: green curry, pad thai, tomkhagai. Photos: Andrea Gibson

By Andrea Gibson

May 5, 2013

One of the longtime foodie complaints about Athens is the lack of a Thai restaurant. While you can get a sampling of these dishes at other establishments, there hasn’t been a place dedicated to this popular Asian cuisine.

Jessica and Jason Kopelwitz, owners of Fluff Bakery in uptown Athens, have remedied that situation with the opening of Rickshaw Thai in the Eclipse Company Town area of The Plains. Each Friday and Saturday, by reservation, the chefs will whip up Thai favorites such as pad thai, green curry and fresh spring rolls.

The women’s club made a visit to the new eatery on Thursday, April 25. The Kopelwitzes served us family style, allowing us to sample several appetizers and entrees from the menu.

A group favorite was the tom kha gai, a warm and creamy coconut milk soup seasoned with red curry and full of chicken, lemongrass, cilantro and galangal, which is similar to ginger. The appetizer had a wonderful texture and flavor; I could imagine a hot cup of it curing a cold instantly!

We also enjoyed fresh spring rolls, which feature rice paper wrappers stuffed with fresh vegetables, herbs and peanuts with the housemade peanut, chili and fish sauces, which are all common in Thai dining. The Kopelwitzes also prepared a fresh green papaya salad that had a nice crunch and clean, zesty flavor.

Our hosts treated us to three entrees: the massaman curry, the green curry and the famous pad thai. The first was fragrant and sweet, studded with tofu and vegetables, and would be a good choice for anyone who prefers a milder curry. The green curry was tangy and spicier with chunks of chicken. Both curries were served over rice and a side of fragrant garlic naan, an Indian bread. The classic pad thai featured rice noodles, mung bean sprouts, green onions, crushed peanuts and lime, and was a nice complement to the spicier green curry.

The Kopelwitzes understand that their Athens audience may range from seasoned foodies to those new to the Thai cuisine. Their menu clearly states the ingredients for those who are vegan, heat-averse, allergic to shellfish or peanuts or cannot consume gluten. They are also willing to adapt the recipes to suit certain dietary needs or preferences as possible.

Rickshaw Thai is located in a small house that some will recall as the original, longtime location of Zoe. It makes for a cozy, intimate dining experience, especially when one is eating such warm, flavorful food in the company of amazing women.

And did we mention that Jessica and Jason also have a selection of Fluff bakery sweets for dessert? Somehow, several of us managed to find room for a crème Brule with Snowville creamery whipped cream.

Missed the dinner? You can find the Rickshaw Thai menu and reservation information at the Fluff Bakery website

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February Wine Tasting Group

Pairing Wines & ChocolateJoin us for Wine and Chocolate on Saturday, February 2nd from  7:30-9:30 PM.

Email georgeb@ohio.edu to confirm attendance by Friday, January 25th.

Depending on the number that RSVP, please expect to bring between $10-$15 and to try between 3-4 wines paired with chocolate.

We will gather at Sarah’s. You will receive directions when you RSVP.

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