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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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Professional and amateur competitive eaters converge on Akron this weekend for the National Hamburger-Eating Championship
Last year's winner stuffed down 11 burgers in 5 minutes, but this time he's taking on professionals

Major League Eating comes to Akron this weekend for the 7th Annual National Hamburger Festival. The world-governing body for championship eating will stage competitions for both professionals and amateurs at 3:30p.m. Sunday at Lock 3 Park. For this week's Quick Bite we visit the restaurant that claims to have invented the hamburger to watch the reigning champ demonstrate his prowess.
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Brawny ex-Marine makes delicate pastry
The Blue Door in Cuyahoga Falls looks like a coffee shop but it's gourmet all the way

It's surprising to find quiche and brioche where you used to stop for ham and eggs, but patrons of the Blue Door might be even more surprised to find out those delicacies were created by a 20-year Marine veteran. Mike Bruno tells his story on this week's Quick Bites.
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Growth in demand for farm-fresh food benefits the region's newest growers
But they're not in it for the money.

With farmers’ markets sprouting up all over the region, shoppers are getting a fresh look at the importance of small farms.  Family farms surround Northeast Ohio’s urban population centers and many provide specialty items spicing up an already lively local food scene. For this week’s Quick Bites, WKSU’s Vivian Goodman takes us to a certified organic farm to meet a former corporate executive and a former union iron worker who've transformed their lives.
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Slimmed-down chef has a lot more on his plate
Fahrenheit's Rocco Whalen has reduced his girth while expanding his business

A Cleveland chef who trimmed his waistline on reality TV hasn’t stopped expanding his empire. Rocco Whalen got cookin’ more than a decade ago when he opened Fahrenheit, an upscale restaurant in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood. This year, Whalen took a chance at Cleveland’s new casino, opening a food stand there called Rosie and Rocco’s. The big chef has a large presence, too, at Progressive Field and the Q; his food truck is always parked for concerts at Blossom. And come the fall, Rocco’s signature pizza will be part of the game-day experience at Browns Stadium.
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Punk rock drummer scores smash hit with gourmet comfort food
Melt Bar and Grilled founder Matt Fish launched the grilled cheese chain from a neighborhood bar in Lakewood

This fall a Parma native who started with a storefront saloon plans to open his fourth full-scale restaurant. For this week’s Quick Bite, we're in Independence to meet the founder of the chain called Melt.
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A Quick Bite at the Sandy Chanty: A taste of the past
Lobster lasagna just down the strip from the cotton candy and fries


Summer resort food tends to be cheap, fast, and fried, but on the strip in Geneva-on-the-Lake, sandwiched between the corn dog and lemonade stands, a seafood restaurant boasts gourmet cuisine. For this week’s Quick Bite, we visit the Sandy Chanty:
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College town coffee shop creates community
Students, professors, and other Kent residents gather under the tree

A lot of story-telling happens over coffee. For today’s Quick Bite WKSU’s Vivian Goodman gets a journalist to spill the beans about his new coffee shop.
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Noodle lovers satisfy their cravings in downtown Cleveland
This month Noodlecat celebrates its one year anniversary on Euclid Avenue near Public Square

Diners are slurping up the comfort food of Asia in downtown Cleveland. Since last summer near Public Square and since April at a second location inside the West Side Market, “Noodlecat” has satisfied the cravings of noodle enthusiasts. WKSU’s Vivian Goodman reports on today’s Quick Bite, that the restaurants’ owner found his inspiration while working in New York City.
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Lakewood wholesaler produces kale chips and granola at a holistic health center
Good and Raw promotes a diet of mostly uncooked foods.

The health benefits of fresh fruit and vegetables are well-known. But an organic wholesaler in Lakewood claims those benefits vanish as soon as we boil, bake, roast, grill and fry our food. Today's Quick Bite takes us into the cool kitchen of Good and Raw.
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A Quick Bite with the people who start your day at the coffee shop
Baristas are well-trained and passionate about serving coffee

What do you know about the person who makes that first cup of coffee to start your day? The average coffee shop barista keeps a low profile. But coffee connoisseurs know their worth. Today on Quick Bites we get to know a couple of baristas who love everything about coffee.
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A master gardener advises: grow your own
Kitchen gardening is the best way to get fresh

The message seems to be getting through that we need fresh local produce to be healthy. Farmers’ markets are popping up all over the region.  But the easiest way to always have fresh produce is to grow your own. For today’s Quick Bite, a good cook takes us into her kitchen garden.
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Farmers and shoppers unite to create a year-round market for local food.
Established in 2009 Local Roots is approaching $1 million in gross receipts and starting to turn a profit.

In a college town surrounded by small family farms a group of volunteers has created a new kind of grocery store. More than a co-op or a farmers’ market, Wooster’s Local Roots Market and Cafe is a supermarket of farm-fresh local foods open six days a week, year-round. And it’s become a touchstone of the community.
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Columbus ice-cream entrepreneur scoops up the James Beard Award for her book on making the great American dessert at home.
Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home contains 100 recipes

An ice-cream entrepreneur from Columbus has won the coveted James Beard award by giving away her secrets. Her new book shares more than 100 recipes for making ice cream at home. In this week's Quick Bite, the author visits our studios.
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Healthy choices bring kudos from the kids and the Ohio Department of Education
Cloverleaf is one of very few school districts to win this year's Stellar Award for Best Nutrition Practices

School’s almost out, but there’s still time for a quick meal. Today’s Quick Bite has us lining up for breakfast in a school district that’s been honored for the way it feeds its children.
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Fresh Fork Market creates a community of local food lovers
More than 100 farmers and about 1,000 retail customers are connected by the service

The challenge of the local foods movement is getting the food from farm to table. Northeast Ohio is rich with both farms and foodies, and WKSU's Vivian Goodman reports in this week's Quick Bite that a subscription food service is bringing them together:
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Farm to table pioneer now connects farmers with consumers
Parker Bosley now consults with farmers and consumers as Chef in Residence for the subscription service Fresh Fork Market.

Today's Quick Bite re-introduces one of the region's most eminent food experts. Long before hip, young chefs like Michael Symon and Jonathan Sawyer, Parker Bosley was leading the way from farm to table. WKSU's Vivian Goodman spoke to him recently in a parking lot in Tremont, where he was picking up a "grab bag" of food.  
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