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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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Heart attack turns Youngstown farmer's market manager into a vegetarian
It took two heart attacks before he radically changed his diet

If your new year’s resolution is to improve your diet, take Jim Converse’s story to heart.  He’s a former farmer and retired professor of agriculture who runs two farmers’ markets in Youngstown.   In today’s Quick Bite, WKSU’s Vivian Goodman reports that Converse thought his diet was healthy -- until his heart stopped working right.
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Fish fraud: the seafood you order is not always what you get
Chefs are on guard against crooked suppliers passing off cheap impostors for more valuable species

Fish is a holiday favorite for many families. In traditional Chinese cuisine, it’s considered the luckiest way to welcome the new year.  Out west where salmon is king, it’s always part of the celebration.  But at holiday time, and really ANY time, when it comes to seafood, what you see is not always what you get.
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No matter how you slice it, Ohio's cheese makes the cut
Artisan and farmstead cheese makers in Ohio are winning prizes and customers

It’s time for partiers to rock and cheese balls to roll.  Anyway you slice it, cheese is a holiday staple.  Americans buy 20 percent more of it during the season, but all year long Ohioans appetite for cheese has been ripening.
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A celebration of ethnic sausage in Peninsula
Grilling up German, Polish, Italian, Hungarian, Slovenian, and more 

It’s one of the world’s most popular foods.  Every ethnicity brags that it makes the best, and Northeast Ohio has every variety.  For today’s Quick Bite, WKSU’s Vivian Goodman takes us to a celebration of sausage.
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Armenian cuisine in Richmond Heights
Shish kabob, stuffed grape leaves, pomegranate wine and more to celebrate a rich cultural heritage

As many as 1.5 million people perished in the World War I atrocity known as the Armenian Genocide of 1915.  Today the Armenian diaspora extends as far as Argentina and Australia, but the largest populations are in Russia and the United States. Ohio’s first Armenian Church was established in Richmond Heights in 1962, and it’s the site every fall of a delicious celebration. That’s where we’re headed for today’s Quick Bite.  
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Thanksgiving leftovers both traditional and gourmet
Even if you prepared too much, there's no need to throw anything away

If you're not still stuffed after the Thanksgiving feast, your fridge probably is. So for today's Quick Bite WKSU's Vivian Goodman consulted with a home cook and two top chefs about the best ways to use what's left.
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Cleveland Orchestra musicians have a Quick Bite in Vienna
Musicians say playing the world's greatest music gives them an appetite

Playing Beethoven and Shostakovich all over Europe can give you an appetite. Cleveland Orchestra musicians are on tour eight weeks a year, so they learn how to eat well away from home. Many of them are dedicated foodies. Thursday in Vienna, after a rehearsal  at the Musikverein, WKSU’s Vivian Goodman joined a trio ... for lunch.
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Fine dining and a hand up for the homeless
Annual Hand Up Gala serves hundreds of Cleveland's homeless people

When you’re carrying everything you own on your back, and have no place to call home, you don’t expect to do much fine dining.  But every year in downtown Cleveland, hundreds of homeless people sit down with dignity to one really good meal in a beautiful setting. For today’s Quick Bite, WKSU’s Vivian Goodman takes us to the Hand Up Gala.
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Dinner in the Dark: An adventure for NE Ohio foodies
Great food, top chefs, and a touch of mystery

Chefs hungry for a challenge and Northeast Ohio foodies with an appetite for adventure get together once a month for charity’s sake.  For today’s Quick Bite WKSU’s Vivian Goodman takes us to “Dinner in the Dark.”  
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Dining with locavores
An Akron family that loves to cook keeps it fresh, seasonal and local

The joy of cooking intensifies when it's for a good cause. An Akron family found a way to support their church, underscore the importance of local foods, and have fun with friends, all in one night. Today, on Quick Bites, we dine with the locavores.
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New food products launched from Cleveland
Cleveland Culinary Launch and Kitchen is a cool spot in the city's sizzling cuisine scene

Pierre’s Ice Cream in Cleveland, Smucker’s  in Orrville, Shearer’s in Amish Country, Chef Boyardee in Little Italy... You might think we’ve had our fill of famous foods originating from Northeast Ohio. But there are more to come. In today’s Quick Bite, we visit a shared kitchen in midtown Cleveland where entrepreneurs are creating new brands.
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Local fruits help a new popsicle business start to gel
It's a mom and pop, literally, and both are former farmers

“Farm to Pop” is the slogan of a new small business launched this summer in Akron.  A couple of former farmers from Cuyahoga Falls produce ice pops in small batches by hand. And despite the cool weather in its inaugural season Popsmith is proving to be popular at area farmers’ markets.
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Why Northeast Ohio farmers disagree about the latest farm technology
Genetically modified organisms are seen as a boon to conventional farms and a threat to organic agriculture

On Saturday, protestors in Akron, Cleveland, and hundreds of cities worldwide will take part in the second annual March Against Monsanto. The multi-national food conglomerate claims its genetically-modified plant seeds increase crop yields and could ensure the world’s food supply. But critics have raised enough health and environmental concerns about the new farm technology that 70 countries have banned them. In today’s Quick Bite, WKSU’s Vivian Goodman talks with local farmers about the pros and cons of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, for sustainable food production.
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Growing greens and self-esteem at Hattie's Gardens
Adults with disabilities are training to become organic farmers thanks to the Hattie Larlham Foundation and Crown Point Ecology Center

It’s been a rich harvest at Hattie’s Gardens. Spinach, lettuce, tomatoes, peppers and beans have grown -- and so have the people who planted them. They are adults with disabilities learning how to be farmers. And as WKSU’s Vivian Goodman reports in today’s Quick Bite, they’re in the vanguard of the local food movement.
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A taste of Tuscany at Cleveland's Playhouse Square
Cibreo Italian Kitchen is the latest collaboration of the Driftwood Restaurant Group

At Cleveland’s Playhouse Square, the world’s biggest theater restoration project, a new drama is unfolding. But this one’s across the street from the theaters. Whodunnit?  Two prominent players in Cleveland’s cuisine scene. In today’s Quick Bite, WKSU’s Vivian Goodman reports they’ve lifted the curtain on their newest collaboration.
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Scratch-cooking Girl Scout goes for the gold
A 17-year-old gave cooking demos all summer at the Highland Square Farmers' Market in her bid for the highest honor in scouting

Northeast Ohioans are hungrier than ever for farm-fresh, seasonal, local vittles. Convenient, processed and fast won’t do for today’s foodies. They want it slow and lovingly cooked from scratch.  And a new generation may be in the vanguard in the food revolution. In today’s Quick Bite, WKSU’s Vivian Goodman introduces us to a Girl Scout doing good deeds with food.
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