more cleveland chatter

In response to yesterday’s post about the LA foodie, Adam over at Positively Cleveland sent me a few news stories from national food editors at various dailies. The Convention (wisely) has been putting forth much effort towards the local food scene and brought in 10 national food and wine editors to experience Cleveland first-hand. The group hit all the right spots, including The West Side Market, various wineries, Crop, Dante, Sokolowski’s, Baricelli and the Culinary Vegetable Institute among others. Surprisingly not on the list was a stop at Lola or Lolita – not sure why. I personally may have tweaked the overall tour a bit, but nonetheless, it was a really smart idea that appears to be very well received and will no doubt be good for future tourism. I was telling Adam that I receive on average five e-mails a week from people visiting our city for one reason or another looking for restaurant/hotel/activity suggestions and I love reading their e-mails once they return home. For the most part, they are all pleasantly surprised by what Cleveland has to offer – especially when it comes to dining out. Of course, we already knew that.

Here are the stories thus far:

Janice Neider, Food and Wine Writer from San Francisco, part 1
Janice Neider, Food and Wine Writer from San Francisco, part 2
The Intelligencer


  1. Cory
    Posted December 6, 2008 at 11:05 am | Permalink

    Sorry I didnt see my blog until today.. If i would of knew it was you i would of gave you a tour of the restaurant, i apologizse. You should definately come check out our cryovac machine and immersion circulator. I didnt realize it was you till after you left and i was gonna send out some chocolate chip cookies and milk… hope to hear from you soon… take care and hope your meal was delicious… thanks for the support

  2. jenscloset
    Posted December 10, 2008 at 10:55 am | Permalink

    Hello-love the blog! Love food, love to dine out and love to cook! I live in Westlake, and found your blog through twitter (another thing I love!).

  3. Samantha Fryberger
    Posted December 10, 2008 at 11:44 am | Permalink

    Hi! I work for Positively Cleveland, the convention and visitors bureau, with Adam. Just wanted to explain why we went where we went. First, we host a culinary tour annually and try to showcase different places. Some of the restaurants you are thinking of were on last year’s tour. Secondly, we love Lola and Lolita–love it. Bring writers there on a regular basis throughout the year. However, this time we wanted to show them that we had a culinary scene beyond the Food Network star . . . something they could really dig into. Would love recommendations for future tours though . . . I’m always ready to hear them. You can send it via our blogs on wordpress, fleetothecleve and positivelycleveland. –Samantha Fryberger