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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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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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Food truck chef is on a roll at a rock venue
Umami Moto owner settles down in midtown

Last week on Quick Bites, we visited with Cleveland food-truck pioneer Chris Hodgson at his new bricks and mortar restaurant, Hodges Downtown. Today we visit another rolling restaurateur who has put down roots.  
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Hodges Downtown offers some of the food trucks' playful fare
Chef/owners Chris Hodgson and Scott Kuhn have other big plans

The Cleveland chef who zoomed to fame in the Great Food Truck Race has taken a pit stop. His trucks will still roll, but for now, he’s parked himself in the kitchen of his new downtown Cleveland restaurant. For this week’s Quick Bite, we visit “Hodges.”
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Mayfield Village micro-roastery specializes in bonafide specialty coffee
Crooked River Coffee Company is picky about its beans

For some of us coffee is just a beverage. But for many , roasting, grinding, brewing and enjoying coffee is a passion. That’s especially true of one northeast Ohio coffee entrepreneur. For this week’s Quick Bite, WKSU’s Vivian Goodman takes us to the Crooked River Coffee Company.
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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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