The holidays are a special time for family and friends to celebrate amid food and drink, and Hawthorn Grill is an ideal destination with its comfortably elegant ambience and inviting menu of made-from-scratch dishes. To accommodate more guests, upon request, Hawthorn Grill will be open on Mondays during December.
Located in Kettering, Hawthorn Grill is a favorite of dining enthusiasts who embrace owner and chef Candace Rinke’s commitment to and passion for creating made-from-scratch meals using ingredients in season. Every dish at Hawthorn Grill is given the attention to detail by Rinke that illustrates the “homemade” concept. Since the menu is geared towards the changing of the seasons with fruits, vegetables and even chicken and fish that are currently available, that guarantees ultimate freshness.
Recent daily specials showcase Hawthorn Grill’s seasonal menu that now reflects the approaching winter months. A $22 dinner feature included a Grilled Bone-In Pork Chop, Cranberry Sauce with Rosemary and Fig, Potato Croquettes and Garlicky Spinach Sauté. The $23 Surf-N-Turf: Grilled Shoulder Steak, Grilled Shrimp, Lemon Butter, Crispy Green Beans, Garlic and Herb Pasta was another highlight.
The $22 daily special was served with Blackened Cod, Roasted Red Pepper Sauce, Red Skin Potatoes and Crispy Green Beans. The $20 Pan Seared Duck Breast, Autumn Risotto (Dried Cranberries, Wild Mushrooms, Spinach, Sweet Potatoes), and Apple Cider Reduction was another favorite. A $19 regular feature of Spaghetti & Meatballs, Homemade Garlic Bread and Homemade Caesar Salad and the $13.99 Artisanal Pizza and American Caesar Salad provided more options.
Butternut Squash and Apple Soup, Warm Apple Dumpling, Homemade Cinnamon Ice Cream and a Peanut Butter Brownie Sundae were other appealing choices.
“One of the many blessings of being an independent restaurant is that we not only keep signature dishes that regulars like, but we also regularly update our menu based on what is available in season. Our guests can expect consistency because of our ingredients and our attention to detail,” Rinke said. “Our expanded hours during the holidays allows our frequent guests to try something familiar or new, and first-time guests to experience our made-from-scratch, seasonal concept that we believe will lead them to return again.”
Hawthorn Grill is the realization of a lifelong dream for Rinke, who developed a fondness for cooking from her grandma “Buscia” and her mother, Gloria. That love grew when she spent time in Germany as a child and worked in the kitchens of fine dining restaurants earlier in her career. After studying engineering at the University of Michigan, she realized that becoming a chef was her true passion, so she earned her culinary degree and worked in back-of-the-house and front-of-the-house positions to learn every aspect of the restaurant industry. Hawthorn Grill, which is named to honor the Wright brothers’ home, illustrates Rinke’s at-home cooking preferences.
“What you see on the menu is what I love to cook for my family,” said Rinke, who has won several chef competitions and is a featured chef on WDTN’s “Living Dayton” morning show. “Our meals take time because they are homemade from beginning to end, which is especially relevant during the holidays because of all the beloved traditions of celebrating with family and friends.”