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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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Brad Friedlander takes his upscale concept to downtown Cleveland
On East 4th Street Red will be around the corner from Alvie's Deli where Friedlander learned the restaurant business from his Dad.

When spring comes again to downtown Cleveland, a veteran restaurateur will return to his roots. Brad Friedlander grew up cutting corned beef  at his father’s deli on Public Square.  Friedlander’s latest venture, a new version of his upscale steakhouse, Red, will be just around the corner on trendy East Fourth Street. For this week’s Quick Bite we visit Friedlander in the big Beachwood kitchen that serves two of his restaurants.
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A corner bakery caters to its neighbors
Artisan bakery is a labor of love for a former computer programmer and a former art historian

The rise of the local foods movement, new small family farms, and a vibrant cuisine scene are key ingredients for a Northeast Ohio bakery.  Breadsmith is a chain, but franchisees enjoy a lot of leeway. In today’s Quick Bite we meet a couple of bakers in Lakewood who wrote their own recipe for success.
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The Akron Zoo's restaurant gets 4 stars for its "green" practices
Komodo Kingdom Cafe is the first zoo restaurant in the U.S. to be honored by the Green Restaurant Association

The Akron Zoo is peacock proud about its four-star rating from the Green Restaurant Association.  The zoo’s restaurant last month became the first in a U.S.  zoo and  only the second restaurant in Ohio to receive the honor for its energy-efficient and sustainable practices.  For today’s Quick Bite we visit the Komodo Kingdom Café.
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As harvest time approaches, we review the basics of food preservation.
Canning preserves the quality and nutritional benefits of food and saves money, but doing it incorrectly can be deadly.

A proliferation of farmers’ markets and roadside stands provide Northeast Ohioans an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables all summer long. Kitchen gardeners too, have easy access when the weather’s fine.  But winter’s coming so many fans of local food… are canning. On today’s Quick Bite, experts tell us how to do how to do it right.
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Recent political and religious refugees from Bhutan, Myanmar and Nepal are growing specialty greens in Medina
They sell their vegetables at 5 of the region's farmers' markets

Asian refugees are reaping rewards and shoppers are benefiting, too, from Asian vegetables now growing in Medina.  The produce is nutritious, exotic, often spicy, and now available for the first time at several of the region’s farmers’ markets.
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Killing chickens in Medina
Bradley Cramer says his slaughtering method is humane.

The chicken that lands on our plates often looks so good that we forget the hell it went through to get there. In today's Quick Bite we meet a chicken slaughterer who objects to the industry method and believes his way of killing is humane.
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Ohio wines are winning awards and improving their image
A reputation for sweet wines and unfair comparisons to warmer climate varieties is giving way to wider acceptance

Foodies who favor locally-grown produce feast on a cornucopia in Northeast Ohio.  But you need something to wash it all down. In today’s Quick Bite, we propose a toast to local wines.
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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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