Category Archives: Chef Interviews

q&a with bridget thibeault of luna bakery

The first time we stopped in Luna Bakery was for Sunday breakfast a few months ago. It was a picture-perfect August morning in Cleveland Heights (at Cedar-Fairmount) and people were out. The small patio in front was lined with bikers and strollers and inside the tiny café was equally as packed with people hovering for […]

q&a with jean mackenzie of mackenzie creamery

This past November, at a preview event for Washington Place Bistro & Inn, I met Jean Mackenzie, Mackenzie Creamery, and her partner, Jim. Even better was that I had the good fortune to sit at their table that evening and enjoy dinner. Granted it was only one meeting, but it’s safe to say that this […]

q&a with paulius nasvytis of the velvet tango room

Ten or 11 years ago I had my first cocktail at the Velvet Tango Room. I was instantly smitten from the moment I stepped inside. This was my kind of place. It was like taking a step back in time. A step back to a forgotten era that was still alive and well in this […]

q&a with farmer lee jones (part 2)

My apologies for the lengthy delay in the second half of the q&a with farmer Lee Jones. Just like he did in the first half of the interview, Lee truly shares a lot of insight with us, including the story behind his trademarked outfit (did you know he never weans anything else – ever, regardless […]

q&a with dr. roizen

Food is a vital aspect of lives. We need it to survive. We break bread with family and friends. We put some chefs in the same category as rock stars. We want to know where our food comes from.  And we celebrate many moments, big and small, over a plate of culinary goodness. And yet, […]

q&a with farmer lee jones (part 1)

Farmer Lee Jones has a lot to say. And I can certainly appreciate anyone who has the gift of gab. I asked him a handful of questions and I got a whole lot in return. It’s all good stuff and therefore don’t want to cut anything, so I’m going to share this latest Q&A as […]

q&a with david uecke

From McDonald’s to L’Albatros (with a lot of time in  Charleston in between at some wonderful restaurants). The latest Q&A is with chef David Uecke. 1. What five things should be in everyone’s pantry? Kosher salt, rice wine vinegar, white pepper, coriander (either fresh or dried), red pepper flakes. I generally prefer everything to be […]

symon on: west side openings, swenson’s, judging next iron chef & why he’s better at cooking than music trivia

Yesterday, a bunch of bloggers from across the country were selected to interview Michael Symon via phone. The process itself was quite fun and I was excited to be included, but also a little weird at the same time. I’d watch him on screen answer my questions, but there was a 5 second delay between […]

q&a with grill ‘em all (plus dim and den sum news)

I almost didn’t do this interview. My first thought was not to promote those that leave Cleveland. I generally like to call out those that choose to keep their talents here and all the good happening within our city. Then I realized I was being silly. There are great people from Cleveland doing great things […]

q&a with fred thaxton

I didn’t learn of Fred Thaxton of Thaxtons Garlic through the markets or his strong relationship with several local chefs and restaurants, including The Greenhouse Tavern. No, it was oddly enough through my neighbor who is Fred’s oral surgeon. My neighbor knew he’d make a great Q&A for Cleveland Foodie and went on and on […]