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Northeast Ohio has a history of making things. Today, along with liquid crystals and polymers, it’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, WKSU’s Vivian Goodman will sample new offerings in “Quick Bites”.

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Thanksgiving cooking Taos Pueblo and Cherokee style in a Kent kitchen
Native Americans mark the holiday with reflection and traditional foods

Many Native Americans observe Thanksgiving. They just don’t celebrate it.  It’s often a time for somber reflection on a sorrowful history -- and always a time to honor ancestors. But food is important, too, as WKSU’s Vivian Goodman reports in today’s Quick Bite.
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Artisan baker in Bath makes pizza in a cozy backyard kitchen
Bread expert Kathy Lehr built her own clay oven

A Northeast Ohio baker is the first in the state to be certified as an expert in Pizza Napoletano. In Naples, Italy, they’re strict about the process which requires a wood-fired oven. So the artisan baker built one with her own hands. In today’s Quick Bite, WKSU’s Vivian Goodman checks it out.
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Ohio students are staging a food revolution in their own cafeterias
A student-run nationwide movement challenges campus dining services to buy from local and sustainable sources

College students are mobilizing to change America’s food system, starting with their own cafeterias. A nationwide movement aims to shift university food budgets away from big distributors and towards local, organic suppliers. In today’s Quick Bite, WKSU’s Vivian Goodman reports Ohio students are joining in the Real Food Challenge.
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A Medina farm girl's culinary adventures in Senegal
Liz Schmidt mastered Senegalese cuisine when she took time between high school and college to live and learn in West Africa

A Northeast Ohio farm girl has returned from sub-Saharan Africa, in love with its cuisine.  After Highland High school and before Kent State, she spent eight months in a remote village in Senegal, cooking over coals.  In today’s Quick Bite, she shows WKSU’s Vivian Goodman what she’s learned.
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Kent and Akron archaeologists celebrate the birthplace of beer
The drink the ancients brewed in Mesopotamia inspires archaeologists in Northeast Ohio

Archaeologists in Akron and Kent might still be sobering up after partying like it was 3500 BC.  A gathering earlier this month featured sumptuous food, lively entertainment, and a great deal of beer.  As WKSU’s Vivian Goodman reports in today’s Quick Bite, the fun event also served a scholarly purpose.
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Why a chef cares that a pig gets to roam
Sustainable agriculture benefits and chefs think diners do, too, from pasture-raised pork

The words “grass-fed “and “pasture-raised” are showing up more on local menus. Chefs increasingly are leaving their kitchens to find  inspiration down on the farm. In today’s Quick Bite, WKSU’s Vivian Goodman follows one chef in search of good-tasting hogs.
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Getting a taste of farm life in a Geauga County barn
A farm-to-table event at Maplestar Farm for chefs, foodies, farmers, and supporters of organic agriculture

Northeast Ohio’s small family farmers aren’t smiling much as they go to harvest. Farm work is never easy, but this growing season a cold start, wet June, and dry August made for an even harder slog. Still, in today’s Quick Bite, WKSU’s Vivian Goodman finds optimism about the local food trend, and the links it’s forging between the region’s chefs, farmers, and foodies.  
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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