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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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Veganism comes to Cleveland's Public Square
The owner of the Flaming Ice Cube calls it "compassionate cuisine"

Veganism has a popular new outpost in the heart of meat-and-potatoes Cleveland. WKSU’s Vivian Goodman takes us downtown for a Quick Bite at the Flaming Ice Cube.
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Green vegetables thrive in an Ashtabula basement garden thanks to a hundred ravenous, brightly-colored fish
Happy Greens is a new business using an ancient method of farming

Arugula, bok choy, basil, mustard greens and more flourish near Ashtabula’s harbor in the basement of a ranch house. No soil, sunlight, fertilizer, weed killer or pesticides are needed. Just the assistance of a hundred hungry fish.  For today’s Quick Bite, WKSU’s Vivian Goodman reports on the symbiotic food production system known as aquaponics.
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Hemp snack shop offers an energy boost that's legal
Plant Kingdom snacks are high in protein but very low in THC

Crunchy, nutty, and gooey snacks at a new Lyndhurst shop are made from a strain of cannabis.

It's hemp, a plant prized by George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, that's now illegal to grow.

WKSU's Vivian Goodman enters Plant Kingdom for this week's Quick Bite.
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Artistry in fruits and vegetables to inspire healthy choices
Clearview High school student artists create a still-life mural for the cafeteria using real apples, onions, peppers, avocados and more

Students heading back to school in Lorain will find something fresh in the cafeteria, not only on their trays, but hanging on the wall. Art students created a mural titled “Healthy Living” and it’s meant to be food for thought. WKSU’s Vivian Goodman takes us into an art classroom filled with fruit and vegetables for today’s Quick Bite.
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Parents take worry-free coffee breaks in a safe zone for allergic kids
North Canton coffee shop owners' four children struggle with food allergies

Parents on guard against allergens have found a safe spot in North Canton. While kids nibble and giggle, parents can sip and mingle. WKSU's Vivian Goodman stops for a Quick Bite and a cup of java at Four Kids Coffee.
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Free-range poultry and more cooked in a wide-ranging mobile kitchen
Scratch cooking with farm-fresh ingredients on wheels

A Portage County farmer who raises free-range poultry and  cooks it up in a free-wheeling kitchen is featured in today's Quick Bite.
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A foodie's tour of Canton
Three restaurants, a pub, and an art gallery in 3 and 1/2 hours to savor the flavor of Canton

A dash of history, garnished with civic pride and topped with a taste of gourmet cuisine is what Barb Abbott serves up in her Canton Food Tours.
WKSU's Vivian Goodman rides along for today's Quick Bite.
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Eric Williams of Ohio City's Momocho opens El Carnicero
Mod Mex comes to Lakewood

Fans of Mexican food are starting to salivate with the opening of El Carnicero set for next week in Lakewood.

WKSU’s Vivian Goodman reports in today’s Quick Bite that Chef Eric Williams will expand on the concept of his Ohio City restaurant.
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Youngstown gardeners growing produce for sale
Market gardener training is offered for free each spring and summer on a working urban farm

Along with cucumbers, cabbage, and sugar-snap peas sprouting in early summer, Youngstown is rising. The city lost 50,000 jobs and almost lost hope when its steel mills closed, but since the recession ended Youngstown has been fighting back. And WKSU’s Vivian Goodman reports in today’s Quick Bite, that urban agriculture has been part of the city’s comeback.
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Slimmed-down chef sautes "super foods" at the food bank
Glenmoor Country Club's Brendon Meeker shares healthy cooking secrets with food pantry workers and tells how he lost almost half his body weight

“Super foods” are increasingly in the news.  Kale, for example, is newly popular as the “queen of greens.”  It’s loaded with calcium as well as vitamins A, C and K. But at food pantries, when donated kale is offered, it is often rejected. The Akron Canton Food Bank is tackling the problem by teaching pantry operators how to make kale and other healthy options more palatable.
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Here's why you should eat your weeds
Edible weeds are nutritious and often delicious

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 today’s Quick Bite, some of them taste really good.  
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Sustainable agriculture and artisan cheese at Lucky Penny Creamery and Farm
A family farm and homestead with goats, pigs, chickens, and a mission

Small farms are making a big difference. Ohio’s landscape is dotted with family farms supplying as many as 260 farmers markets, a 150 percent increase in the last decade. Informed consumers increasingly hanker for pesticide and hormone-free, locally-grown produce, and beef and poultry that’s humanely raised. And many new small-scale farmers find satisfying that hunger can be satisfying work.  For today’s Quick Bite, WKSU’s Vivian Goodman takes us to Garrettsville for a tour of The Lucky Penny Farm.
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Senator Brown sets the table for foodies and farmers
U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown's wants his Local Farms, Food and Jobs Act to be part of the farm bill now working its way through Congress

It’s almost a revolution. The local foods movement in Northeast Ohio is drawing national attention including a recent write-up in the New York Times. Feeding the frenzy for fresh, seasonal produce that’s grown right here are foodies, farmers, chefs… And a U.S. Senator from Ohio who grew up baling hay.
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A body-builder's baby food
She won first-place in a figure competition on a raw food diet and says her babies now thrive on it

Monday night in Cleveland, a champion body-builder can show you how to make baby food. Fresh Fork Market, a local farm-food buying club, is sponsoring the cooking class at Market Garden Brewery. In this week’s Quick Bite, WKSU’s Vivian Goodman reports the instructor eats a lot of her food raw and believes babies should, too.
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The Katz Club Diner
Chef Doug Katz of Fire and Provenance opens side-by-side railcar diners in his own Cleveland Heights neighborhood

Why would a chef who already runs two successful fine-dining restaurants want to open a 1940s style diner? Doug Katz has many reasons including family considerations as we learn in today's Quick Bite.
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A banquet of ideas at Akron's Growing Hope Food Summit
Last month's well-attended conference was the second annual food summit sponsored by Akron Summit Community Action

Whether for a quiet dinner by candlelight or a big noisy feast, food brings us together. In today’s Quick Bite, WKSU’s Vivian Goodman reports that concern about food, especially about access to healthy choices, can also unite the community.
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