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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 Quick Bite with the Cleveland chef who cooks for Eric Clapton and Todd Rundgren
Dante Boccuzzi also cooked for Giorgio Armani in Italy.

A key ingredient in Cleveland’s hot new cuisine scene is a former dishwasher who now owns four restaurants. WKSU’s Vivian Goodman takes us to Tremont for a Quick Bite with Dante Boccuzzi.
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From Rome with love comes Chef Fabio
Gervasi Vineyard imports a Roman chef to teach us how to make pasta

If you didn’t grow up Italian, cooking pasta can be tricky.  A cooking school at a Canton luxury resort imported a chef from Rome to show exactly how it’s done. For today’s Quick Bite, WKSU’s Vivian Goodman invites us into the kitchen of Gervasi Vineyard.
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Food, art, history and African culture in midtown Cleveland
Empress Taytu has been a labor of love for its owners for almost 20 years

A meal at an ethnic restaurant can be a passport to another culture and such opportunities abound in Northeast Ohio. But there’s only one place to experience authentic Ethiopian cuisine: Cleveland’s Empress Taytu.  WKSU’s Vivian Goodman reports on this week’s Quick Bite that, more than a restaurant, it’s a mission.
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Sushi classes with wine
Parallax in Tremont offers the classes for a second year

Most fans of sushi, the Japanese raw fish delicacy,  prefer to patronize a talented chef than to try making it themselves.   But at one Cleveland restaurant a chef and maitre d’ are pairing sushi with wine, and adding a dash of culinary education.   For today’s Quick Bite, we visit Parallax in Cleveland's Tremont neighborhood.
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Streetsboro jerky store offers dozens of varieties of dried beef and venison
Some are harder to chew than others

It can be sweet, spicy, salty, peppery, garlicky, and for many it’s a satisfying snack.  We’re talking Jerky today on Quick Bites with the proprietor of Tommy’s Jerky in Streetsboro.
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An Akron heart attack survivor lives to cook so others might live
Ms. Julie's Kitchen celebrates its second anniversary this month

For this week’s Quick Bite, we visit a vegetarian restaurant in Akron whose chef believes she’s saving lives. Welcome to Ms. Julie’s Kitchen.
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Four decades of fabulous food
Western Reserve School of Cooking celebrates its 40th anniversary

One of the oldest cooking schools in America is savoring a major milestone.  Zona Spray opened the school in Hudson 40 years ago.  For this week’s Quick Bite, we visit with the chef and educator who took over the school about five years ago, Catherine St. John:
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Restaurateurs chow down while they heat up the cuisine scene
Top chefs support and promote each other

A major factor in the success of several new restaurants in our region is that top chefs patronize each other’s restaurants.  It’s a cut-throat business, but competing restaurateurs put away the knives and take up the forks more often than you might expect.  For today’s Quick Bite, WKSU’s Vivian Goodman takes us to a popular lunch spot in downtown Cleveland.
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Growing greens in winter
High tunnels also known as hoop houses extend the growing season

Consumers are giving more  thought to where food is grown.  For fresh taste, health benefits, and the good of the local economy, many Northeast Ohioans patronize family farmers.  To meet the increased demand, farmers are planting and harvesting even while the cold winds blow and the snowflakes fall.  For today’s Quick Bite, WKSU’s Vivian Goodman introduces us to a year-round farmer from the northeastern edge of the state.
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Farmers' Markets
New customers and new growing methods help them stay open year-round

Farmers markets are sprouting up all over Northeast Ohio like hardy seedlings in fertile ground.  Outdoors in summer and indoors in winter, the markets are teeming with hungry locavores.
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Getting a taste of local honey
Wildflower honey, honey jam, hickory syrup and more

One of the sweetest treats at Northeast Ohio’s farmers’ markets is produced by the region's own very industrious bees.   The National Honey Board has a website where health-conscious consumers can locate home-grown honey.  But for this week’s “Quick Bite”, WKSU’s Vivian Goodman had to look no further than Bath.
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Anyway you slice it good cooking requires good knives
This knife sharpener has a niche and an edge

Any talk of good food preparation has to include things that aren't food, but are nearly as important to taste and presentation. In this week's Quick Bites, we take a sharper look at ... kitchen knives.
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Cowboy George, the chili-head, rocks on
Lifetime love of spicy foods fuels Blaze Gourmet

Northeast Ohio has increasingly varied tastes. Today, we're offering a treat for lovers of salsa with Cowboy George, the owner of  Blaze Gourmet.
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WKSU's Quick Bites gets your goat
Quick Bites visits an award-winning goat-cheese maker in Hiram

Jean Mackenzie opened her creamery 2007. It was just the second goat- cheese creamery in Northeast Ohio. And her idea originally was meat, not cheese.  
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