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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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Kombucha: a sweet business brewed with fermented tea
Two Northeast Ohio food producers are making money with a health drink that goes back a few millennia

In a food culture where everything old is new again, interest in fermented food and drink has bubbled up. We meet a couple of Northeast Ohio entrepreneurs cashing in on the trend in today’s Quick Bite. WKSU’s Vivian Goodman reports they’re creating new interest in a beverage that goes back thousands of years.
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Ohio homesteaders and sustainability advocates feel good about kefir
It's one of the world's oldest fermented milk drinks and it's self-perpetuating

One of the world’s oldest elixirs is back in vogue.  Kefir is a beverage made from fermented milk. Its health benefits remain largely unproven. But fans claim that drinking it makes them feel good. Besides, it’s a local, sustainable, food source that can be made at home. In today’s Quick Bite, WKSU’s Vivian Goodman delves into the drink.
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Local dishes inspired by local paintings at the Cleveland Museum of Art
The museum's new prix fixe menu highlights locally grown food and draws attention to the Cleveland Galleries

A multi-sensory experience is now offered at the Cleveland Museum of Art. To go along with locally originated art, the museum's restaurant is serving dishes inspired by it, made with locally grown ingredients. WKSU’s Vivian Goodman has a look and a taste in today’s Quick Bite.
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Cleveland culinary entrepreneurs book a stay in the hotel world
Scott Kuhn and Chris Hodgson have opened Sanctuary: the Restaurant and Wine Bar in Beachwood's Double Tree Hotel

Two Clevelanders who own a smorgasbord of eateries have opened yet another. In today’s Quick Bite WKSU’s Vivian Goodman reports this restaurant is a unique challenge for the partners because of its location.
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Food safety scientist calls for unity in the fight for a better food system
Doug Gurian-Sherman of the Center for Food Safety says foodies and farmers need to get on the same page

Diverse groups make up the food revolution.  Activists in urban food deserts, suburbanites shopping at farmers' markets, and proponents of sustainable agriculture are all working to improve the food system.  But are they working together?  In today's Quick Bite, WKSU's Vivian Goodman reports that a leading environmental scientist says it's time for stakeholders to unite.
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The Big Easy comes to Tremont for Mardi Gras
A Louisianan is stirring up the gumbo and jambalaya

You can celebrate Mardi Gras in Northeast Ohio in many ways, but food is a big part of the fun. Whether it’s the Shrove Tuesday pancake dinner at a local church or a hurricane at your neighborhood tavern, this last blast before Lent is a time for pure indulgence. And no one knows the food and drink of Mardi Gras better than a chef born on the bayou. In today’s Quick Bite, WKSU’s Vivian Goodman takes us into his Cleveland kitchen.
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Baristas convene in Cleveland's Little Italy for latte art
The friendly competition is part of a growing craft coffee community

What could be more welcome on another freezing day than a hot cup of coffee? Perhaps, a cup of “craft” coffee. Roasting the highest quality beans in small batches, grinding and brewing to order, one cup at a time -- the craft or “slow coffee” movement is percolating in Northeast Ohio.  In today’s Quick Bite, WKSU’s Vivian Goodman visits one of the region’s new upscale coffee shops to take in some latte art.
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School children in Bath produce a seed-to-table garlic feast
Garlic Day at Old Trail School is part of its Edible Education program

A recent celebration in the cafeteria of Old Trail School in Bath featured the fruits of childrens’ labor.  The kids planted their own garlic, peeled it, chopped it and carried it to the kitchen for a garlic feast. In today’s Quick Bite, WKSU’s Vivian Goodman reports on the edible education of Garlic Day.
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Nature and nourishment down by the river at the Metroparks' Merwin's Wharf
Merwin's Wharf is the parks' first full-service restaurant

The Cleveland Metroparks has entered a new realm: the food business. Merwin’s Wharf, a full-service restaurant, opened over the summer on the East Bank of the Flats. In today’s Quick Bite, WKSU’s Vivian Goodman reports that the park district’s new eatery is attracting outdoor enthusiasts and food lovers alike.
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Baking chocolate bourbon cake in Canton with a pal of Julia Child
We raid the Quick Bites larder for tips from master baker Nick Malgieri

The Mayans were wrong about some things but not about chocolate. They considered it a gift from the gods. But baking with chocolate can be tricky, so
today we raid the Quick Bites larder for tips from a renowned chocolatier.
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Resolving to read food labels for better health in the new year
It takes patience, time and good eyesight to read the fine print, but the benefits are real.

If healthier eating is on your resolutions list, you’ll need a good shopping list, too. But even if you know the right food to look for, how do you know it really is what it says it is? In today’s Quick Bite WKSU’s Vivian Goodman gets advice on reading labels.
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Adventure awaits at Trentina, Chef Jonathon Sawyer's new passion project
The restaurant features gastronomic oddities in small portions and multiple courses with lots of tableside commentary

A trend-setting chef is hoping to start a new one in his hometown.  Jonathon Sawyer has opened Cleveland’s first “tasting menu-only” restaurant. In today’s Quick Bite, WKSU’s Vivian Goodman takes us to Trentina in University Circle, where every plate tells a story.
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Filipino community enjoys a taste of home in Akron
Fil-Am market celebrates its first anniversary with lechon, a whole roasted pig, the national dish of the Philippines

Along with the New Year, a family business in Akron will be celebrating its first year of offering food from the Philippines.  Fil-Am Market opened last December and quickly became a gathering place for the region’s tight-knit Filipino community.

Philippine dishes are salty, sweet and sour, often all at once. And in this part of the country, not easy to find.  WKSU’s Vivian Goodman offers a taste in today’s Quick Bite.
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Fancy dinners from humble beginnings at The Blue Door
The popular Cuyahoga Falls breakfast spot now serves elegant and expensive dinners

Pricey four-course dinners are now being served in a Cuyahoga Falls eatery better known for its bacon and eggs.  The restaurant has a new executive chef, a new look, and a new concept.  In today’s Quick Bite, WKSU’s Vivian Goodman takes us behind The Blue Door.
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Moxie plans a new look and new style for the new year
The Beachwood restaurant just marked its 17th anniversary

With the New Year, change is coming to a Beachwood eatery that’s been part of Cleveland’s restaurant renaissance. Moxie is cooking up a fresh look and a new menu. Chef Jonathan Bennett shares his concept with WKSU’s Vivian Goodman in today’s Quick Bite.
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Why hungry families in Akron and Canton will have happier holidays
A marathon volunteer event makes possible almost 200,000 meals

The Akron-Canton Food Bank and those who depend on it keep an attitude of gratitude all year long. But the first Friday in September, Hunger Action Month, was especially gratifying. WKSU’s Vivian Goodman reports on a 24-hour marathon volunteer event that’s making the holidays happier this year for families in need.
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