Fresh Food for Thought

The latest news and views impacting our craft food community

Farmers look forward and prepare for summer markets

I’ve always been interested in sourcing the best vegetables straight from the garden. That interest took on new meaning when I read Joan Dye Gussow’s This Organic Life: Confessions of a Suburban Homesteader in 2003. Before farm-to-table had overtaken the American (Read more)

Farmers Need Help to Stay Afloat Through Pandemic Crisis

Sponsored story by The American Farmland Trust. American Farmland Trust launched The Farmer Relief Fund seeking donations to provide cash to help farmers adapt to market challenges brought on by the COVID-19 crisis—100% to go to those most in need. Farmers (Read more)

Edible Essay: Food comforts me during COVID-19

When crisis strikes, I go straight to what I can control … food. I shop for food. I organize food. I cook food. Sometimes I go overboard. I resisted stocking up until this week, until the governor shuttered all 22,000 restaurants (Read more)

Terrestrial Brewing Company’s Infusion Tower

From the outset, Terrestrial Brewing Company co-founders Ryan Bennett and Ralph Sgro, head brewer, have focused on experimenting with the beer that fills their five-barrel system, crafting adventurous concoctions that continually challenge guests’ expectations. Their goal, Ryan explains, is to get (Read more)

Edible Holiday Gifts

Present your loved ones with a few of our favorite locally made or produced edible gifts in our Edible Holiday Gift Guide. Sausage-Making Class Gift Card Ordering a gift certificate to one of Saucisson’s sausage-making classes ($45 per person) is a (Read more)

Bikes, Toast, Books, and Coffee Coffee Coffee

Trey Kirchoff was biking home from his job at a New York City pie shop—having just returned from a yoga retreat in India, where he had eloped with his wife—when he experienced an existential epiphany: he was too settled to feel (Read more)

U-Pick Pumpkins

It’s October, which means it’s the season for pick-your-own pumpkins! Here is a list of some Northeast Ohio farms who offer U-Pick. Cuyahoga County  Heavenly Hill Farm 18375 State Rd, North Royalton 440.237.8708 Hours: 11am-6pm, through October 31 Geauga County Ridgeview (Read more)

Culinary Vegetable Institute Hosts “Party of Butchers” (and you’re invited!)

Aficionados of craft butchery will want to RSVP to their dream party—the upcoming Fête des Bouchers, a one-day event on Saturday, October 12, at the Culinary Vegetable Institute that will gather Northeast Ohio’s finest meat purveyors and chefs. This “party of (Read more)

Film Preview: Buried Seeds at Chagrin Documentary Festival

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival, a small but mighty event that will screen 83 films from 37 countries October 2-6. Films will be shown at multiple locations around Chagrin Falls including Chagrin Cinemas, Chagrin Valley (Read more)

U-Pick Apples

Want to go apple picking? Here is our annual updated list featuring Northeast Ohio orchards and the varieties they offer. Share a photo of your favorite orchard day. Be sure to use the #ediblecle tag on Instagram, and you might see (Read more)

Ohio City Pizzeria Feeds the Soul with a New Menu and Mission

Ohio City Pizzeria reopened on July 19 with a new look, menu, and mission. The pizza joint has been a neighborhood staple for more than 30 years. The West Side Catholic Center (WSCC), located just a block away, acquired the business (Read more)

Panel Drives Home the Point of Homegrown

Eating is, perhaps, your most important daily activity. And, it’s about more than sustenance. Our food choices contribute to the health of our bodies, the health of our local economy, and the health of the environment. And, yet, something so impactful (Read more)

Acclaimed Chefs Return for UH Five Star Sensation

Chefs Michael Symon and Matt Del Regno are some of the busiest guys we know, yet they’ve teamed up once again to execute University Hospitals Five Star Sensation. The event returns after a customary hiatus and will take place on June 15 (Read more)

Regenerating land, and a community

Ashtabula County is home to beautiful beaches, big skies, covered bridges, and sweeping, glaciated landscapes—a setting which can, in some cases, lure families home to farm. Connie and Randall Moores of Moores Heritage Farm followed that call. When Randall returned home (Read more)

Pysanka Making

Pysanky, or Ukrainian Easter eggs, are written, rather than painted or decorated. According to Walter Ciszkewycz, an employee of the Ukrainian Museum-Archives in Tremont, “the word Pysanka is derived from the Ukrainian word pysaty (Писати), which means to write.” To make (Read more)

OEFFA Conference Reflections

Recently, in response to my latest apocalyptic post on social media, I received a challenge from a friend. Using the form of some quote or poem, I was encouraged to choose hope over dismay. I calmly responded that, as a realist (Read more)

Slow Food Cleveland Heats Up

“May suitable doses of guaranteed sensual pleasure and slow, long-lasting enjoyment preserve us from the contagion of the multitude who mistake frenzy for efficiency. Our defense should begin at the table with Slow Food. Let us rediscover the flavors and savors (Read more)

Holiday Cookie Recipe Contest Winner

We received some delicious recipes attached with heartfelt stories that made determining a winner for our Holiday Cookie Recipe Contest and $100 Cleveland Independents restaurant gift card especially difficult. There are the peanut butter cookies that recall the day the entrant’s (Read more)

Say Thanks to Sarah Joseph Hale

In 1846, Sarah Josepha Hale started a letter-writing campaign to set aside a fixed date for a national holiday of thanks giving. Over the next 17 years, Sarah wrote to five different presidents pleading her case. Finally in 1863, and in (Read more)

Fall-Feeling Foods

Ahhhh autumn. We’ve missed your misty mornings and refreshing air. (Maybe give us a break on some of this rain, though!) We’re ready for cozy sweaters, barn coats, and boots, and we are so ready for your food. In between pumpkin (Read more)

Brighten Up Fall at Cleveland Candle Company

I’m never that excited for the early darkness that fall brings. One bright spot though (pun intended) is that I am suddenly in the mood for fall-scented candles. I first learned of Cleveland Candle Company while browsing at Merchant’s Mrkt, a (Read more)

A fruitful season of front yard gardening

Last year, I shared how I transformed my front yard into a raised bed potager garden. As the second year of the garden comes to a close, I noticed the beginnings of an annual routine and realized there are plenty more (Read more)

Edible Cleveland Holiday Cookie Recipe Contest

Want a chance to win a $100 Cleveland Independents restaurant gift card and have your holiday cookie recipe featured in our December e-newsletter? If so, please send us your favorite original cookie recipe! Contest Rules: You are welcome to submit up to (Read more)

A Second Helping of Tri-C’s Culinary Fest

The Tri-C Cleveland Eats Culinary Festival is more than the typical food sampling event. It’s a creative way for Cuyahoga Community College to spread the word about their thriving culinary program. In a city as passionate about food as sports (well, (Read more)

The Delicious Versatility of the Frittata

Making food and sharing it is one of life’s most beautiful experiences, and it’s one of the main ways I show the people I love how much I care. Family gatherings always mean homemade food. My family made every dish we (Read more)

Guest Post: Beth Knorr on Creating a Vibrant Local Food System

How does a child achieve educational goals if their family doesn’t have consistent access to nutritious foods? How do we help all of our neighbors live a healthy life, even if they are unable to cook? How does a vibrant civic (Read more)

Feeding the Community

Philanthropic foodies, mark your calendars. Two new installments of the popular Revival Social Dinner are on the horizon for late summer and fall. Revival Social Dinner is series of charitable dinner parties that are the brainchild of Joy and William Burke. The (Read more)

A Sweet Event at LBM

Ladies night is a common gimmick in many a pub promoter’s bag of tricks, but the femme-themed takeover at LBM on June 19 was anything but your basic bar promotion. Rather, the fete was packed wall to wall, and punctuated with patrons (Read more)

Autism Speaks to Local Chefs

The biennial Autism Speaks Chef Gala in Cleveland, set for 6:30pm-11pm Saturday, July 28, at the Cleveland Museum of Art, is one of the hottest tickets in town, not only for attendees but for the chef participants. The roster of more than (Read more)

A Taste for Contemporary Art

John Riepenhoff is a painter, sculptor, and conceptual artist who also describes himself as a “food ideator,” which means he occasionally lends his artistic talents to make tasty things. The Milwaukee-based artist spent several weeks embedded in Cleveland developing his art (Read more)

That Time We Ate Bugs for Dinner

It doesn’t take much for our Edible Cleveland team to find a reason to get together, especially when food and, admittedly, cocktails are involved. Had you been a fly on the wall at our recent dinner party you would have seen (Read more)

Meet Chef-Author Edward Lee

What is American food? Who are the people responsible for our different cuisines? Why is the notion of “authenticity” bandied about in our food culture, as if to suggest one’s version of a recipe is superior or more real than another’s? (Read more)

An Ode to Blossom Music Center

For the last 50 years, throngs of concert-goers have streamed through the gates of Blossom Music Center in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park to witness some of the most iconic musicians play live. Arguably among the most notable of events was when (Read more)

Cookies for Kids Helps Feed Community

One Friday morning many years ago, I was waiting for a meeting to begin at the offices of Northeast Shores Development Corporation, the organization representing North Collinwood, and overheard the staff discussing area school children picking up backpacks at that location. (Read more)

Guest Post: Dave Huffman on Cleveland VegFest

  If you have ever gone to a rock concert and found yourself feeding off of the energy of other like-minded fans, you’ll understand my excitement for the upcoming Cleveland VegFest. At VegFest, thousands of people will literally be feeding off of (Read more)

Seed Libraries, Workshops Sprouting Up

The Cleveland Seed Bank’s seed libraries are sprouting up at local libraries across the region, and will be on display until Sept. 22, the first day of fall. This innovative program provides access to up to 5 free seed packets per month from (Read more)

Forage Your Own Path: On the Search for Wild Edibles

There is a fungus among us as we trudge through the backwoods of the Hocking Hills region with amateur mycologist Andrea Moore. We just have to find it. Moore, an active member of the Ohio Mushroom Society, occasionally leads one of (Read more)

CIFF Must-See: Ramen Heads

What originated as a cheap post-war Japanese food to feed a hungry population, ramen has evolved into an iconic dish with a loyal following. We see this narrative play out in Ramen Heads, which documents Japan’s ramen culture and devotion through stories of (Read more)

Dispatch from the 39th Annual Conference of the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association

For most farmers, February is the agricultural doldrums. But with the lengthening days, a flood of seed catalogs in the mail, and the promise of an ever-earlier spring, this shortest month is also the time to plan and get excited. It’s (Read more)

A Fresh Baked Idea

Remember the cronut? The culinary sensation of 2013 was a mash-up of a croissant and a donut, the creation of a French baker in New York City. People stood in long lines to snag one. But that is yesterday’s news. I (Read more)

For Impossible Foods, a Meat-Free Future is Possible

Impossible Foods, a California-based startup that creates new ingredients from nature, seems to have cracked the code for a tasty and realistic meatless burger. The Impossible Burger took nearly seven years to develop—there’s a great deal of science behind it—but the final (Read more)

A Chance to Indulge in Donut Fest

Donut Fest is returning to Cleveland for its second straight year, and promises to be another delightfully tasty amalgamation of classics and unexpected twists. “I think we’re going to see some old-school donuts with no fuss and people who are willing (Read more)

Food Insecurity and Solutions Discussed at MOCA Cleveland

While a contemporary art museum might not be a typical setting for a dialogue on food insecurity, that’s exactly the kind of program you might find at MOCA Cleveland. Recently, the museum was host to a community conversation centered on food (Read more)

The Benefit of Veggie U

The 925 Building in Cleveland was buzzing September 30 as more than 375 people came together to raise money for Veggie U, an Oberlin-based nonprofit that provides classroom gardens and science programs for elementary schools throughout the U.S. The indoor gardens include grow (Read more)

Building Community and Healthy Food Access

The ease and convenience of shopping, communicating, and traveling have become cornerstones of modern society. Chances are you, or someone you know, recently had a week’s worth of groceries delivered to your front door. Or maybe you requested a ride to (Read more)

A Tasteful Way to Support Cleveland’s Culinary Future

It’s been several years since we’ve enjoyed a city-wide downtown food festival. In that relatively short window, the restaurant scene has experienced another growth spurt that resulted in an uptick in residents, visitors, and attention from people all over the world. (Read more)

Finding My Garden: Harvest Time

You may remember an earlier blog post from late spring when I shared that we were going to turn our entire front yard into a potager garden. Well, as harvest time is now upon us, I am happy to share that (Read more)

BJ’s Gourmet Garlic Prepares for the Cleveland Garlic Festival

I made my way through the beautiful rolling hills of Ohio’s rural countryside, just southeast of the Akron area, toward my destination. The address on the mailbox didn’t need to confirm I had reached the location — the distinct yet subtle (Read more)

Purple Dirt Balls

Early August has always been a conflicted time for me. These hazy dog days of summer come into fruition in the form of ripe tomatoes and sweet corn, two quintessential summer ingredients. Sultry days melt the ice cream faster than you (Read more)

A Shared Meal Leads to Common Ground

A sunny Sunday and our beautifully renovated Public Square provided a picture perfect site for Common Ground—an event that encouraged residents of Greater Cleveland to gather for meaningful conversation over a meal. People engaged in conversation on topics ranging from food (Read more)

Dispatch From Slow Food Nations

Slow Food was founded in 1989 to preserve food cultures and traditions, and to serve as the antidote to the rise of the fast food culture. Consequently, the rate of global food production has outpaced the rate of global population growth. (Read more)

Generosity is the Main Dish at Five Star Sensation

We couldn’t resist a chance to share the generosity and genius of our Cleveland chef community on display last night at University Hospitals Five Star Sensation. The epic food-focused fundraiser has been going on since 1987. Wolfgang Puck served as Host Chef (Read more)

The Blended Burger Project

  Several Cleveland-area chefs are taking part in a nationwide challenge to craft a burger recipe that is equal parts delicious and earth-friendly. Chefs from Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse, Lopez, Nuevo Modern Mexico and Tequila Bar, Spice Kitchen + Bar, and (Read more)

In praise of Ninkasi

Roughly 6,000 years ago, humans began to huddle together in ancient Mesopotamia in what would become one of the first urban civilizations in the world, the city-state of Sumer. Perhaps they joined each other for protection, or to grow crops together, (Read more)

Edible Cleveland nabs top journalism awards

Congratulations to all the Edible Cleveland contributors who were honored for their work during the 39th annual All Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards!             The event was held on Friday, June 2, at the House of Blues in (Read more)

Hot Fun in the Summertime

Move over mayonnaise. Step aside ketchup. Summertime is the right time to meet the heat of local hot sauces. As consumer tastes reflect a growing interest in global flavors, hot sauces serve up the diverse flavor profiles we’re craving now. Multiculturalism (Read more)

Heinen’s seeks Shark Bank entrants

Heinen’s once again is offering talented Ohio food producers the chance to win plum product placement throughout its grocery store shelves. The regional grocery store chain’s third annual Shark Bank competition is seeking submissions beginning Thursday, June 1, and continuing through (Read more)

Pints and Pierogies with Parma Yo Pros

  Lidia Trempe wears a brightly colored floral babushka. Her apron is lightly dusted with all-purpose flour. She stands on a chair with dough or tray in hand, leading attendees of a Pints and Pierogies event on May 18 at Rudy’s (Read more)

Delicious Food and Views at Collision Bend Brewing Company

Great craft beers and elevated “bar food” offerings collide in the most fantastic of ways at Collision Bend Brewing Co., a new addition to the East Bank of the Flats. Clevelanders who have been around a while will fondly recognize the brewery’s (Read more)

In Full Bloom

By combining the power of creating jobs through meaningful employment with a passion for creating artisan baked goods, Bloom Bakery proves an exceptional model of social enterprise. Bloom celebrated its one-year anniversary in March, and as testimony to the heart of (Read more)

We Heart Swine

A fixed location is the only thing that’s static about Saucisson—the much-anticipated butcher shop that opened March 16 on Fleet Avenue in Cleveland’s Slavic Village neighborhood. Sandwich and soup specials change by the day, and a weekly rotation of bratwurst flavors (Read more)

Eat and Greet

All across the country, cities are honoring their cultural heritages while resisting President Donald Trump’s immigration agenda by bringing together their communities over shared meals. Cleveland celebrated its multicultural heritage during the launch of Global Table, a community potluck that was (Read more)

Finding My Garden

I have always been the most haphazard of gardeners. I’ve regularly been seduced by a pretty plant and brought it home without a thought. In a couple of my homes, these crushes gradually overtook the front yard, and I ended up (Read more)

Zoma’s Cuisine Reflects A Treasured Homeland

“In Ethiopia, there are a lot of proverbs,” Zeleke Belete says, sitting across from me over a plate of lamb tibs (roast) with rosemary and jalapeño that we pinch with tears of crepe-like injera. Around us, yellow walls are decorated with (Read more)

Thirteen Miles from Farm to Plate

Chef Anthony Scolaro opens up a large box of mushrooms that have just arrived from Valley City Fungi. Perfect and clean, they are beautiful in hues of tan, brown, gold, white, and even a subtle blue. They will be the main (Read more)

Dispatch from the 38th Annual OEFFA Conference

This past weekend, the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association converged at the Dayton Convention Center for a weekend of education, inspiration, and networking. This was my sixth attendance at the midwinter event, when farmers are most available to uproot themselves (Read more)

For my Grandma

Ann Marie Dvorak, my strong-willed, faith-filled, Curves connoisseur and fiercely independent boss of a grandmother, spent 28 years working for the Catholic Universe Bulletin. She began working with my great grandfather Lawrence—the circulation manager for the publication—delivering papers in exchange for ice cream (Read more)

An intimate look at Coquette Patisserie

Britt-Marie and Shane Culey just celebrated three years at Coquette Patisserie, their warm and cozy Paris-inspired café and bake shop in University Circle. An airy corner spot, with large windows overlooking Euclid Avenue, the café offers a pleasant daytime respite for (Read more)

5 Common Pitfalls Foodpreneurs can Avoid

At Central Kitchen we talk to dozens of craft food entrepreneurs every day. We understand the hurdles and roadblocks they face and help to overcome them. Beyond general business set up, there are a handful of common food startup issues: Licensing (Read more)

10 Tasty Holiday Gifts From Cleveland’s Central Kitchen

Local makers create artisanal Cleveland gifts It’s the holiday season, but this year, you won’t be watching people fight their way into stores for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. Clevelanders are resilient, and we’ve found ways to shop for presents (Read more)

Ready to Join a Business Incubator? 4 Tips from Foodpreneurs Like You

How A Food Business Incubator Gives You Resources & Support Many of today’s most successful businesses began in a similar place: a business incubator. Designed specifically for new- and early-stage entrepreneurs, an incubator offers the mentorship, education and resources you need (Read more)

4 Undeniable Signs You’re Ready for a Food Entrepreneur Program

Many of the world’s greatest food entrepreneurs started right where you are today: considering whether to take a passion for food to the next level. While it can be a bit scary to start your own food business, the good news (Read more)

How to Start Your Own Successful Food Business

The decision to start your own food business is an exciting one. But it can also be scary and overwhelming, especially if this is your first entrepreneurial endeavor. Fortunately, there are plenty of resources available, like the Central Kitchen Craft Food (Read more)

How to Fit a Craft Food Accelerator Program Into Your Schedule

If you’re ready to take your food product or business to the next level, look no further than a craft food accelerator program. Designed for early-stage food entrepreneurs, a craft food accelerator program provides the education, mentorship and resources you need (Read more)

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