Category Archives: Chef Interviews

q&a with sean nock, main street cupcakes

It seems like a perfect match. In the quaint and traditional Main Street of downtown Hudson sits a quaint cupcake shop by the same name, though this store serves anything but traditional treats. I’m talking about Main Street Cupcakes of course which has recently expanded to Rocky River – and the baking doesn’t stop there. […]

q&a with ryan santos

I first met Ryan Santos at Danielle DeBoe’s Dinner with Strangers a few months back. He was responsible for the creatively delicious meal we all so thoroughly enjoyed. You can find him at Please, the catering company he started, or at the wonderful Tartine working alongside the talented chef Nolan Konkoski. 1. What are the […]

q&a with trevor clatterbuck

Last year I started to look into joining a CSA (community supported agriculture) and researched several options, but that was as far as I got. This year, I’m excited to say we joined Fresh Fork Market. And beginning in two weeks, a small bag of goodness awaits for me to pick-up every Friday in Beachwood. […]

q&a with melt’s matt fish

East siders, get ready to loosen your pants. The Cleveland Heights Melt is officially set to open May 21. Is it too early to call dibs on a table? 1. What’s your favorite thing about Cleveland and what drives you nuts? There are so many things about Cleveland that I love.  Putting my finger on […]

q&a with michael annandona

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ve caught on that I’m Italian. And because of this (well, really because of my 95-year-old Sicilian grandmother), I’m incredibly picky when it comes to dining out for Italian. I still mourn the closing of Battuto in Little Italy, but that wound began to heal when I […]

q&a with indigo imp’s matt chappel

I’m not a huge beer drinker (though my appreciation is growing). But when I do drink beer, I prefer craft beers. When entertaining, we often try to support local breweries – like we did for our daughter’s baptism and first birthday party. This is where I first tried Indigo Imp (Gate Keeper and Blonde Bombshell). […]

q&a with kathi hays

One of the many things I love about this city is just how helpful people are and willing to share all sorts of information and useful advice. All you have to do is ask. Case in point is Western Reserve Wines. It’s one of the places I frequent for wine, and have been for the […]

q&a with jonathan sin-jin satayathum

There’s a joke in here somewhere about how many Jonathons does it take to open a restaurant… Well in the case of The Greenhouse Tavern – three. Jonathon Sawyer, of course, and Johnathan Seeholzer and Jonathan Sin-jin Satayathum. I first met Sin-Jin last year at the  Brooklyn Beer Dinner with chef Sawyer. And since we’ve had […]

q&a with christopher di lisi

Chef Christopher DiLisi is the head chef at Baricelli Inn. We had the pleasure of meeting him a few months ago when he demoed his delightful local peach soup at Gourmets in the Garden, part of the summertime favorite  Wade Oval Wednesdays in University Circle. After, we went to dinner at Baricelli where I posted […]

in honor of cleveland beer week, q&a with amanda montague (aka lilly)

The first annual Cleveland Beer Week, which aims to promote the craft/imported beer industry and patronage at local establishments, will take place October 16 – 24th. Throughout the week, participate in special beer tastings and pairings, events, demos and other beer-related activates at local restaurants, taverns, grocers and specialty stores through Cleveland. Participating locations include […]