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GUEST POST: Keep Cleveland’s authentic food establishments alive!

As the country gradually reopens and we take the first steps out of our homes to congregate in groups and socialize (following current distancing guidelines, of course), what’s the first thing you want to do? First thing on my list is (Read more)

Restaurant Reopening Diaries: Omar McKay of Irie Jamaican Kitchen

At Irie Jamaican Kitchen, the island vibes and “jah-potle” goodness are in full force on any given day. So when Governor Mike DeWine announced that all restaurants and bars would close to in-house patrons on March 15, owner Omar McKay’s world (Read more)

Restaurant Reopening Diaries: David Ina of Zaytoon Lebanese Kitchen

Does quarantine have you craving the comforts of homemade shawarma or fresh baklava? If so, you’re in luck. David Ina, owner of Zaytoon Lebanese Kitchen, is safely providing his customers with authentic Lebanese food, whether dining on the newly reopened patio (Read more)

Restaurant Reopening Diaries: Tammy Phillip of Wine Down & Sweets

If your creature comforts during the pandemic have included chocolate, wine, or sweets, chances are Strongsville-based Wine Down & Sweets may already be on your speed dial. During the COVID-19 crisis, the café-bakery-wine bar has been offering “Wine Plus” packages filled (Read more)

Restaurant Reopening Diaries: Brandon Chrostowski of EDWINS

Not even a global pandemic can break EDWINS’ stride. According to owner Brandon Chrostowski, sales at EDWINS are up 52% and the restaurant is “busier now than ever before.” Part of the success can be attributed to EDWINS popular “4 for (Read more)

Restaurant Reopening Diaries: Zack Bruell of L’Albatros, Parallax, and Alley Cat Oyster Bar

A flurry of social media shots depicted popular Cleveland restaurants with packed patios this weekend—prompting heated debates about the importance of social distancing and a restaurant’s role in enforcing it. When three of Zack Bruell’s restaurants reopen this Friday, May 22, (Read more)

Leavened Bakery’s brick-and-mortar to open in Tremont

Imagine taking the leap to open your own business only to be interrupted by a global pandemic. That’s what happened to Ian Herrington, who has spent the last several years honing his craft while working at On The Rise, the Cleveland (Read more)

Off to market we go: What to expect from CLE farmers markets this summer

The widespread opening of farmers markets is the welcome harbinger of summer’s arrival. By early June, around 40 farmers markets are typically operating in the counties of Cuyahoga, Lorain, Lake, Geauga, Summit, Portage, Stark, and Medina. This year, market managers are (Read more)

The new Edible Communities Cookbook

Staying home just got a lot tastier, thanks to the new Edible Communities cookbook

Home sweet Home, indeed: our new cookbook is here! We’ve teamed up with fellow Edible publishers in nearly 80 communities throughout the U.S. and Canada to curate over 100 pages of recipes, videos, podcasts and illustrations in the latest Edible Communities (Read more)

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Central Kitchen Teams up With Local Farms to Offer End-Around to National Meat Shortages

Like many of us, Eric Diamond kept reading about increasing meat shortages as supply chain interruptions resulting from Coronavirus continue to mount. At the same time, he was talking to local farmers who no longer have an outlet for their fresh (Read more)

The alchemist is in: Jeremy Umansky’s new cookbook lets the rest of us in on the magic of koji

Cue the “fun guy” jokes: From fermenting to foraging, Jeremy Umansky is a self-professed fungus fanatic—and it’s earned him global renown. Here in Cleveland, Umansky is best known as the James Beard-nominated co-owner of Ohio City-based Larder Delicatessen and Bakery. Yet he is (Read more)

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