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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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A Kent State chef's recipe for romance
Schwebel Room Executive Chef Michael Fiala shares the  Valentine's Day menu that won his wife's heart

Tonight, in kitchens everywhere, people in love are pinning their hopes on dinner.  Will this be the night good cooking melts his or her heart?  In the belief that professional cooks might have an unfair advantage in the game of love. WKSU’s Vivian Goodman found a chef for today’s Quick Bite who’s willing to play cupid and share his delicious secrets.
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Culinary educator Loretta Paganini pursues her passion at Sapore in Chesterland
Paganini's fine dining restaurant is on the campus of her cooking schools

The billowing soufflé of Cleveland’s restaurant revival is in danger of falling flat without a new influx of talent. Owners are desperate to get more well-trained cooks into their kitchens. But never fear, foodies. A veteran culinary educator has heard the call and is sending in reinforcements.
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Foraging, fishing, hunting, and cooking muskrat and squirrel with Hank Shaw
Blogger and author stops on a book tour to hunt and cook with Northeast Ohio fans

Today’s the close of hunting season in Ohio for squirrels, but it’s open season for muskrat till the end of next month. Why should lovers of good food care? A gourmet outdoorsman tells WKSU’s Vivian Goodman why in today’s Quick Bite.
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Italian-American chef promises authentic cuisine in Tremont
Dante Next Door will be Dante Boccuzzi's fifth new restaurant

One of Northeast Ohio’s top restaurateurs is about to get even busier. A recent trip to Italy has inspired Chef Dante Boccuzzi to open his fifth restaurant, bringing the traditional dishes of Florence, Siena, and Pisa to the Tremont neighborhood of Cleveland. In today’s Quick Bite WKSU’s Vivian Goodman reports on Boccuzzi’s tribute to his cultural heritage in a region with the nation's 8th largest Italian-American population.
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Kreplach, barley soup and more in the kitchen with Ruth Levine
Food memories of Cleveland's Holocaust survivor community

Wednesday night, in an old-world neighborhood of Cleveland, it’ll be like riding a time-machine back to the 1950s.  Specifically, to the dining rooms of those who fled Eastern Europe after World War II  to start new lives in Cleveland. For the retro dinner Chef Ruth Levine of Bistro 185 is planning, she raided her own rich memory banks.  And for today’s Quick Bite, she called WKSU’s Vivian Goodman over to the stove to watch her bring back the tastes and aromas of her childhood.
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Classic French cuisine in Shaker Heights is cooked and served by ex-convicts
Edwin's is a restaurant as well as a re-entry program for former prisoners

A swanky new Shaker Square restaurant serves classic French cuisine on crisp white tablecloths. Crystal sparkles, silver gleams  and the Grand Marnier souffle is as light as air at Edwin's. It may be the most talked-about new restaurant to open in Cleveland last year, for the food -- and the concept. It’s staffed entirely by ex-cons. WKSU’s Vivian Goodman goes inside for today’s Quick Bite.
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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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