Northeast Ohio has a history of making things. Today, along with liquid crystals and polymers, itâ€™s salsa and artisan cheese. A hot new food scene is simmering among local growers, chefs, producers, educators and epicures, and from now on, every Friday, WKSUâ€™s Vivian Goodman will sample new offerings in â€śQuick Bitesâ€ť.
Former food biz analyst tells Clevelanders why she crusades against GMOs
Robyn O'Brien found her mission when her child fell ill
Today’s Quick Bite addresses the issue of GMOs, those genetically modified organisms in our food, from a concerned parent’s perspective. The big food companies claim that tinkering with the genes of seeds will help feed the world with no impact on human health. But a former food industry analyst started having doubts about that when her own child suffered a life-threatening illness. WKSU’s Vivian Goodman spoke with Robyn O’Brien earlier this summer when she visited Cleveland.
Schnitzel Bavarian-style in Cleveland's Playhouse Square
The 400-year-old recipes used at Cleveland's Hofbrauhaus are from the original beer hall in Munich
It’s Oktoberfest season, and the largest ethnic group in Cleveland has a new place to party. German food, music and beer is on tap daily at the Hofbrauhaus just north of Playhouse Square. In today’s Quick Bite, WKSU’s Vivian Goodman reports the restaurant and microbrewery is modeled after a centuries-old Bavarian beer hall.
Pasta and a serving of science history at Case Western Reserve University
The Michelson and Morley restaurant is named for the Cleveland scientists whose discovery led to Einstein's Theory of Relativity
Fine dining on a college campus? Case Western Reserve now offers it at Michelson and Morley. It’s a restaurant named for the physics experiment that led to Einstein’s Theory of Relativity. WKSU’s Vivian Goodman has the story in this week’s Quick Bite.
Exploration and braised beef at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Chef Zack Bruell brings French technique to the new Exploration Cafe
The Cleveland Museum of Natural History has a new restaurant in partnership with a prominent Cleveland chef. Soon after the museum broke ground this summer on a major expansion project, Zack Bruell opened “Exploration.” In this week’s Quick Bite, Chef Bruell shows WKSU’s Vivian Goodman one of the specialties of the house.
Edible weeds from the Quick Bites larder
We return to Wilmot for tasty and nutritious weeds
An abundant source of vitamins and minerals might be right under your feet. It's absolutely free, but you might be trampling all over it. Many weeds that grow on our lawns and in our gardens are edible. And as WKSU's Vivian Goodman reports in this Quick Bite from June of 2013, some of them taste really good.
Raiding the Quick Bites larder for local honey
We return for the sweet stuff to a story from January of 2012
One of the sweetest treats at Northeast Ohio’s farmers’ markets is produced by the region's own very industrious bees.
The National Honey Board has a website where health-conscious consumers can locate home-grown honey. But for this week’s “Quick Bite," WKSU’s Vivian Goodman had to look no further than Bath.
Music fans are taking note of new food choices at Blossom Music Center
Legends Hospitality, Live Nation, and Food Network star Guy Fieri are offering new restaurant and concession items
The dining options at the summer home of the Cleveland Orchestra have changed. In today’s Quick Bite, WKSU’s Vivian Goodman samples some of the new offerings.
Heinen's in downtown Cleveland sponsors a contest for food entrepreneurs
The Shark Bank Competition is a take-off of a reality TV show
Smucker’s, Pierre’s, Mr. Coffee, Stadium Mustard, Chef Boy-Ar-Dee... Northeast Ohio has launched its share of national food brands. A local grocery store is betting the bank there’ll be more. Heinen’s is hosting contests for aspiring food entrepreneurs at its new downtown location. In today’s Quick Bite, WKSU’s Vivian Goodman attends the finals of the Shark Bank Competition.
Farm to barstool at a cocktail class in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Countryside Conservancy sponsors a class at Howe Meadow farmers' market on making craft cocktails with local fruits and vegetables
Summertime. Fruits and vegetables are widely available at our farmers’ markets and produce stands. Have you thought of stirring them into cocktails? At a farmers’ market in Peninsula, a mixologist has been serving drinks with a farm-to-bar flavor. In today’s Quick Bite WKSU’s Vivian Goodman lifts a glass
Akron and Cleveland cartoonists keep us smiling in the kitchen
"Toon Appetit" is the official cookbook of the Great Lakes Chapter of the National Cartoonists Society
There are dozens of delicious recipes and hundreds of cartoons to help you laugh it off if they go wrong, in “Toon Appetit.” It’s a cookbook designed by the Great Lakes Chapter of the National Cartoonists Society. In today’s Quick Bite, WKSU’s Vivian Goodman speaks with two Northeast Ohio contributors.
Jewish challah and Native American fry bread at an Akron cultural exchange
Akron's Lippman School's cross-cultural partnership with the Northern Cheyenne Nation produces delicious results and important lessons
What do Jewish students in Akron and Native American schoolchildren in Montana have in common? Quite a lot, it turns out, as they discovered when they recently came together. In today’s Quick Bite, WKSU’s Vivian Goodman reports on the importance of food in a unique cultural exchange.
Walnut Wednesday: Cleveland's mobile smorgasbord
"Little bit of patience and a little bit of money and you’re all good to go"
There’s lots of talk around the country lately about Cleveland, especially when the conversation turns to food. A 'Travel + Leisure' magazine readers’ poll this spring ranked Cleveland No. 7 among "America's Best Food Cities," topping even New York City.
Cleveland is for foodies, and WKSU’s Vivian Goodman reports in today’s Quick Bite there’s tasty proof every Wednesday, all summer long, right downtown.
Akron breaks ground for a new hub for the local food community
The Hattie Larlham Foundation will create a food processing and distribution center in a part of Akron where fresh produce is hard to find
Next week, the Hattie Larlham Foundation will break ground for a food production and distribution center near the Akron Zoo. The agency serves people with developmental disabilities, including on-the-job training at Hattie’s Café as food workers and at Hattie’s Gardens as farmers. WKSU’s Vivian Goodman reports in today’s Quick Bite that the fruits of their labor will be sold next year at the new food hub for the benefit of Akronites without easy access to healthy food.
How Cleveland and Akron restaurants are making summer sweeter for kids
Cookies for Kids benefits the summer food programs of the Cleveland and Akron-Canton food banks
This first holiday weekend of summer should be fun for every boy and girl, but too many children in our region will be too hungry to enjoy it. The school nutrition programs on which they depend are closed for the summer. But as WKSU’s Vivian Goodman reports in today’s Quick Bite, area restaurants are trying to help by baking big batches of cookies.
How an Ohio City restaurant aims to be fun as well as GMO-free
Town Hall Cafe's owner's health crisis set him on a mission against genetically modified foods
The long-term health effects of genetically-engineered food are still unknown. Advocates claim it produces heartier crops and bigger yields. But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says GMOs, genetically modified organisms, could pose a serious risk. GMO’s are hard to avoid. But as WKSU’s Vivian Goodman reports in today’s Quick Bite, at least one Cleveland restaurant claims to be GMO-free.
Cleveland's mustard war rages on
Bertman's Original Ball Park Mustard and Authentic Stadium Mustard both want to be on your hot dog
It’s hot dog season, time for the perennial question: Will it be Bertman’s Ball Park Mustard on your frankfurter, or Authentic Stadium Mustard? As WKSU’s Vivian Goodman reports in today’s Quick Bite, the two Cleveland companies have been in fierce competition for decades.
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