Author Archives: Michelle V

doug katz knows breakfast

Of course he knows dinner, too, and a few things in between. But it’s the early hours of the day where he tends to win us over. I absolutely love going out to breakfast with my family. For whatever reason, it makes me feel like we’re on vacation. Even if it’s just sitting outside at […]

a few tickets left for chefs unbridled

On Saturday, September 7, you have the opportunity to enjoy one of the area’s most unique fundraisers: Chefs Unbridled presented by the Jim Thome family. The event is a tasting dinner benefitting Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center. The evening includes the sounds of the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, carriage rides throughout the Gates Mills Village as well […]

bac

The last time I was at Bac it was called La Tortilla Feliz. I was pretty drunk on sangrias if I recall. Or should I say, barely recall… So clearly it’s been awhile as la Tortilla Feliz hasn’t been happy in quite some time and Bac opened in 2010. Yes, I am late to the […]

overnight at gervasi vineyard

Sometimes, you just need to get away. But you can’t really get away. My husband and I desperately wanted a quick weekend to ourselves, but between work and kids it was becoming harder and harder to schedule. Truthfully, I just wanted to sleep past 6 a.m.! We are actually very good about date night and […]

buying – and enjoying – local wine

Vintage Ohio is right around the corner. To help you gain a better understanding of our local wine industry, here is a trio of Q&As with some of the folks that know best. Q&A with Jan Cobett, American Wine Society Q. Why is Ohio an ideal setting for producing wine? A. Proximity to Lake Erie […]

food trucks heading to the lakefront

Food. Water. Cleveland. What could be better? The Downtown Cleveland Alliance is hosting a new lunchtime event that will give a unique look into the inner-workings of popular local food trucks. Beginning July 11, Lunch by the Lake will be held every Thursday through the end of September featuring roughly eight food trucks plus a […]

one of summer’s best: vintage ohio

Celebrating its 19th anniversary, Vintage Ohio is the most acclaimed summer wine and food festival between the Appalachians and Rockies. Annually, over 30,000 wine and food lovers travel to the beautiful grounds of the Lake Metroparks Farmpark in Kirtland to taste exceptional regional wines, sample tasty cuisine and enjoy live music. This year, twenty wineries […]

town hall

Twice this past month, I found myself having lunch in one of my favorite neighborhoods, exploring one of its newest tenants: Town Hall in Ohio City. Now I know why they picked this name, at least the Hall part. This place is big. Deceptively big. There’s a large patio at back near the Market parking […]

spice kitchen + bar

On Friday, we celebrated Flag Day at Spice Kitchen & Bar. What, you don’t celebrate Flag Day? Well, I bet you would if it also happened to be your birthday. For awhile now, I have been a huge fan of chef Ben Bebenroth. I have always found him to be ridiculously talented, quite friendly and […]

faux vegan

When not eating, I pretend to have a clue about marketing – mainly PR and social media. As such, I am constantly exploring and experimenting with new platforms. Latest is Medium (sorta like Twitter’s distant cousin for when you have much more to say). Here’s my inaugural post: I love food. Cooking, entertaining or dining […]