cleveland food rocks crop bistro

This past weekend, the Cleveland Food Rocks week-long event came to a close, but not before the chef behind the idea threw a party to celebrate the city, its chefs and of course, its food.

Chef Steve Schimoler, along with Elaine Cicora and the entire staff at Crop Bistro, hosted the first ever late night rock ‘n’ roll throw down in conjunction with the induction. And late it was. From 10:30 p.m. until 1:30 a.m. or so, chefs, including Dante Boccuzzi and Michael Symon, foodies, media and music aficionados drank, ate and were entertained by Steve’s band, Cream of the Crop.

Between mingling and playing the tambourine for a few songs, Dante was in the kitchen helping to feed the hungry guests (even the Iron Chef jumped in). Unfortunately, I only sampled one dish that made its way out: a miso shrimp flat bread finished with yuzu skin dust. It was, as you might imagine, wonderful. Great texture and flavor. Apparently everyone else thought so too because I wasn’t able to try anymore.

Another highlight of the evening was Michael and Liz Symon. I don’t see them often, or really know them outside of the blog, but when I do see them, I’m continually impressed by the couple’s down-to-earth nature and incredibly friendly attitude. You can’t help but love the Symons.

For more pictures from the event, click here. In the photo at the top is Liz Symon, Steve Schimoler, Michael Symon, myself and Jamie. Above is pastry chef Olena Gudz, Jamie and myself.

Dante Update
Speaking of Dante, I asked how things were coming along with the restaurant. He shared that he’s dealing with the city on a few things and hopes to be open by July/August. As for the flat bread, I asked if that dish was a sneak peak to his new menu and he said we could see something like it. He also said that when he left the restaurant, 50 pounds of miso came with him and has been eating miso everyday! Oh how I wish he was my neighbor…


  1. alexa - cleveland's a plum
    Posted April 6, 2009 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

    very very very cool michelle! looks like such a fun time.

    i can’t wait till the new dante opens up either.

  2. Anonymous
    Posted April 6, 2009 at 9:44 pm | Permalink

    you mean ‘can’t help but love’ not ‘can’t help but not love’

  3. michelle v
    Posted April 7, 2009 at 10:06 am | Permalink

    Thanks for looking out for my typos (I’m sure there are several), but that is what I have: can’t help but love.

  4. CrabtreeNick
    Posted September 8, 2013 at 1:40 am | Permalink

    dude foodies!

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