zack bruell restaurant week

Zack Bruell Restaurant Week starts this Sunday, Jan 13, and runs through Jan 26. Zack is offering three-course dinner menus at each of his five restaurants (Parallax, Table 45, L’Albatros, Chinato and Cowell & Hubbard) for only $30 for 3 courses.

Menu options are below for each restaurant:


First Course

Salmon roll with Japanese Barbecue, Pickled Daikon and Scallion
Salad of Arugula, Grapefruit, Fennel and Goat Cheese with Pickled Onion Vinaigrette
Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Spiced Crème Fraiche

Second Course

Pan Roasted Rainbow Trout, Champagne-Brie Sauce, Dirty Rice
Lemongrass Braised Pork Shoulder, Cucumber-Peanut Relish, Sticky Rice
Fried Chicken & Waffles, Braised Collard Greens

Third Course

Ginger Crème Brulee
Fresh Berries and Greek Yogurt
Chocolate Truffle Torte

Table 45

First Course

House Made Lamb Chorizo Stuffed Hungarian Sweet Banana Peppers with San Marzano Marinara
Pickled Winter Vegetable Salad with Frissee, Watercress and a Dill Crème Fraiche Sauce
Shrimp Cocktail with Horseradish Cocktail Sauce and Lemon

Second Course

Braised Beef with Three Cheese Risotto, Braised Swiss Chard and Red Wine Demi
Grilled Red Snapper with Pineapple and Mango Cous Cous, Grilled Pineapple and Caper and Herb Gremolata Sauce
Grilled Eggplant Napoleon with Tomato, Fresh Mozzarella Cheese, Basil and Pine Nuts with a Pomegranate Cumin Sauce

Third Course

Choice off the Table 45 Dessert Menu


First Course

Winter Vegetable Tart
L’Albatros Winter Garden Salad with Blood Orange Vinaigrette, Pistachios
Local Pork and Rabbit Terrine with Poached Egg, Mustard

Second Course

Farro with Winter Vegetables and Braised Greens
Market Fish with Roasted Fingerling Potatoes and Beurre Rouge
Braised Beef Short Ribs with Local Organic Polenta

Third Course
Meyer Lemon Tart
Crème Caramel


First Course

Roasted Beet Salad with Mache & Horseradish Vin
Crispy Pork Belly, Celery Root Puree and Pickled Cranberries
Zack’s Famous Barley and Kale Soup
Second Course
Steelhead Trout with Parsnip Puree and Speck
Pork Milanese
Tiger Shrimp Roasted Peppers, Fusilli, Asiago and Sun Dried Tomatoes
Third Course
Pistachio Cheesecake
Chocolate Mousse Cake

Cowell & Hubbard

First Course

Arugula with Myer Lemon Vinaigrette with Pickled Onions and Grapes with Goat Cheese and Pistachio
Roasted Carrot and Ginger Soup with a 5-spice Crème Fraiche and Fresh Lime
Boursin Stuffed Fried Peppadew Pepper with an Herb and Garlic Tomato Sauce

Second Course

Pork Medallions with Polenta, Root Vegetables and Parmesan Chicken Jus
Skate Wing with Brussels Sprouts and a Lemon Thyme Butter
Mushroom Ravioli with a Red Wine Sauce

Third Course

Baked Apple Pot de Crème
Paris Brest

with thanks and gratitude

Happy New Year! Hope you are recovering from all your holiday festivities and that 2013 is off to one hell of a start.

Apologies for the delay in posting this, but the 2012 Veggie U numbers are in: we (YOU) raised $3,520 bringing our grand total to $15,270! That is amazing! Thank you all for your continued support and generosity. Thanks to you, the Cleveland program remains active within the schools.

If making new friends is atop your resolution list for the year, you might want to start with these three. They are the lucky trio who won: Joe Gramc, Jenn Adams and John O’Brien.

Again – thank you for donating. And a very special thanks to the local restaurants and merchants that donated gift cards. If it weren’t for you, we wouldn’t be able to do this. You guys continue to be so unbelievably generous and giving.


do good, eat good | take 4

If you’re a regular reader, you may have noticed that I don’t post much these days. As we can all relate – life gets crazy, and something has to give… While I don’t necessarily write as much as I once did, my commitment to our great city, supporting local – and especially giving back – is as strong as ever. The regular posts may have given way to more frequent sharings on Facebook, but as long as I am able, I will maintain Cleveland Foodie if only to aid in supporting Veggie U. ‘Tis the season to help, right?

The majority of us have the good fortune to dine out, shop our local grocers and markets, and even grow our own eats. Something we may even take for granted. We read about food. We value and appreciate food. We know the importance of eating right (most of the time anyway), asking questions and paying attention to where our food comes from. Sadly I believe we are still in the minority, though thanks to continuous efforts of many on a local and national front, the greater nation appears to be catching on.

Perhaps the biggest issue here is that many of the people making poor food choices are also making them for their kids. Kids who are growing up on fast food and processed crap. Kids that can’t recognize a tomato from a potato. Kids that are becoming plagued with juvenile diabetes. And kids that represent the first generation not expected to outlive their parents.

Of course there are a lot of factors contributing to this dilemma. And there are varying perspectives on what to do about it. We’re not going to easily solve the problem, but we can start today by trying to make a difference right here in our community.

We can help 4th graders in Cleveland learn about food. Learn about farming. And understand where their meals come from and the benefits of making smart choices early on. And then they can take that newfound excitement and knowledge home to their parents and start a conversation about what they eat and begin to make better choices as a family.

Once again I’m asking each of you to help me help these kids, teachers and their caregivers. Help them learn and begin to make better choices right now. And ultimately, help their overall health and well-being.

Now in its 4th year, Cleveland Foodie is raising funds for Veggie U, a national program that promotes the well-being of children through a healthy lifestyle with a focus on making wise food choices, combating adolescent and juvenile disease, and attaining an understanding of sustainable agriculture. The program provides a complete kit and lesson plans to teachers to help educate their students through hands-on, fun curricula. There are 157 participating classrooms in our area and each kit costs $225. At the end of the program, students understand the connection between agriculture, good nutrition and the culinary arts.

To date, we have raised a total of $11,750 and helped save the program within Cleveland schools! THANK YOU!

Would you consider helping once again? Do you have an extra $5 to donate? Like previous years, if you donate just $5 to Veggie U, you will automatically be entered to win more than $1,850 worth of gift cards to all your favorite eateries and shops. Want to increase your odds? Donate $10, $25, $50 or more. For every $5 you donate, you will earn another entry into the drawing. The more you donate, the greater your chance of winning.

DETAILS: Like last year, three lucky do-gooders will win (I will evenly mix up the gift cards between the fortunate trio).  You have from now until December 21rd at NOON to donate and be entered. Three winners will be picked using and notified shortly after.

HOW TO DONATE: It’s easy – just call 419.499.7500 M-F, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; you must reference Cleveland Foodie. OR, you can now donate online right here, 24/7.

This fundraising effort would not be possible without the generosity and support of our local chefs, restaurants and local businesses. I may sound like a broken record, but we live in the best city where nearly everyone is always so quick to help and pitch in and take care of others without a second thought. To those that donated I can’t thank you enough. Truly.

Thank you, Cleveland! I am so proud to call this city my home. You generosity, spirit and willingness to help is second to none. Remember, the more you donate, the greater chance you have. Thank you for your consideration and good luck! And please, spread the word!

Three of you will spend 2013 eating and drinking your way throughout Cleveland:

Fahrenheit $100

Paladar $50

Noodlecat $50

Greenhouse Tavern $50

Fire $50

Western Reserve Wines $50

Blue Canyon $50

Pura Vida $50

Light Bistro $50

Spice Kitchen & Bar $50

AMP 150 $50

Flour $50

Umami $50

Momocho $50 (Eric also donated an additional $250 to Veggie U!!)

Hodge’s $50

Washington Place Bistro & Inn $50

Mahall’s $50

Melt $25

SOHO $50

Urban Herbs | 14 jar gift set

Miles Farmers Market $50

Burntwood Tavern $50

Veggie U sampler box

CVI dinner $100 value

Welshfield Inn $50

87 West $50

Flying Fig $50

Cedar Creek Grill $50

Luna Bakery $50

Deagan’s $50

Lola $50

Parallax $50

L’Albatros $50

Chinato $50

Cowell & Hubbard $50

Table 45 $50

honoring the late sergio


the cleveland holiday reading list

Clevelanders, have no fear. I am here to help you solve all your holiday gift-giving dilemmas – and early! Ok… maybe not all. But certainly some!

If your list includes folks that are no stranger to the kitchen, have a soft spot for Cleveland’s rich history or identify themselves as team carnivore, then these trio of books are for you. And don’t forget about you in the process. In the midst of all your hustle and bustle, keep reading for your chance to stock your own stuffing.

In The Kitchen with Cleveland’s Favorite Chefs: 35 Fabulous Meals in About an Hour by Maria Isabella

From the book: Have you ever wondered what your favorite local chefs cook at home? What they prepare for their own family and friends? What they whip up when truly pressed for time? The secret’s finally out as In The Kitchen with Cleveland’s Favorite Chefs takes you into the private kitchens of 35 local culinary greats to discover what’s really cooking.

Author and food enthusiast Maria Isabella posed the same challenge to each featured chef: If you were suddenly to get a call at home from good friends who wanted to stop by, what would you prepare for them in one hour or less? The answers are as varied as the chefs themselves, who represent an exciting array of gastronomic talent — from celebrity chefs, restaurant chef/owners, and institutional chefs, to caterers, cooking instructors, and researchers. Each chef shares detailed recipes for delicious signature meals that can be prepared quickly and easily at home — 119 dishes in all, including a wide range of meat, fish, and vegetarian choices to tempt every palate. Helpful wine pairings are offered as well. Accompanying each recipe are gorgeous full-color photographs featuring both the chefs and their culinary showpieces. Isabella’s profiles of each chef offer fascinating insights into everything from personal life stories to tips for successful last-minute entertaining.

Special thanks to Maria for letting me include a small blurb in her book. What an honor! Very cool to see your name in print.

Micheal Symon’s Carnivore: 120 Recipes for Meat Lovers

Cleveland’s most beloved chef is back with his second book featuring 100 recipes for steaks, chops, wings, and lesser-known cuts.

From the book:  A devoted carnivore, Michael calls the cuisine at his six Midwestern restaurants “meat-centric.” Now, in Michael Symon’s Carnivore, he combines his passion and expertise in one stellar cookbook. Michael gives home cooks just the right amount of key information on breeds, cuts, and techniques to help them at the meat counter and in the kitchen, and then lets loose with fantastic recipes for beef, pork, poultry, lamb, goat, and game. Favorites include Broiled Porterhouse with Garlic and Lemon, Ribs with Cleveland BBQ Sauce, Braised Chicken Thighs with Kale and Chiles, Lamb Moussaka, and Bacon-Wrapped Rabbit Legs. Recipes for sides that enhance the main event, like Apple and Celeriac Salad and Sicilian Cauliflower, round out the book.

A big congrats to both Symon and Doug Trattner who helped author the book, for being named to The New York Times Best Sellers list!

Cleveland’s West Side Market: 100 Years and Still Cooking by Laura Taxel and Marilou Suszko

The West Side Market is one of our true gem’s that makes us proud for so many reasons. In its 100th anniversary, these two fabulous women provide us with amazing access to stories, families and wonderful nostalgia.

From the book: Cleveland’s West Side Market is a matchless culinary and cultural resource, a nationally significant architectural treasure, and part of the city’s distinctive urban landscape. In continuous use since it opened in 1912, the market is among the oldest municipally owned and operated retail food arcades and one of only a handful of such places left in the country. The book chronicles the history of this notable landmark and all it offers consumers and culinary aficionados. Written by two well-known Cleveland food writers, the book takes readers on a nostalgic tour of the market building, outdoor arcades, and into the lives of many vendors and market families who are the true foundation of this historic public space. The volume is rich with many rare, and until now unpublished, vintage and contemporary photographs, and images that provide a delightful armchair tour of this magnificent landmark, which is a must-see destination for food lovers.

Your chance to win. Author Maria Isabella has given me a copy of her new book to giveaway. If you’d like a chance to win a copy, just leave a comment to this post telling me which Cleveland chef you’d invite into your kitchen and why. You have from now until November 8. Good luck!

momocho + soho on Monday

On Monday, October 22 at SoHo, Momocho plus SoHo Kitchen will host another pop up event during Cleveland Beer Week. The event will feature Goose Island’s Marisol (first time coming to Ohio), plus tacos, tamales, specialty cocktails and four beers from the brewery. The event is open seating (read: no rezzies) and starts at 5 p.m.

wsm centennial gala | more tix available

On Thursday, October 11 at 10 a.m., the remaining tickets for the West Side Market’s Centennial Gala event will go on sale to the general public HERE. Co-chaired by Cleveland’s own Iron Chef  Michael Symon and Food & Wine’s “Best New Chef” Jonathon Sawyer, the Centennial Gala is Saturday, Nov. 2, 2012 at the West Side Market and features the following locally and nationally known chefs:

·         April Bloomfield, New York City: The Spotted Pig, The Breslin Bar, The John Dory Oyster Bar

·         Andrew Carmellini, New York City (born in Seven Hills, Ohio): Locanda Verde, The Dutch (Miami Beach and New York City)

·         Britt-Marie Culey, Cleveland: Coquette Patisserie

·         Karen DeMasco, New York City: Locanda Verde

·         Chris Hodgson, Cleveland: Hodges, Hodge Podge and Dim and Den Sum Food Trucks

·         Paul Kahan, Chicago: One Off Hospitality Group including Blackbird, avec, The Publican, Big Star, The Violet Hour

·         Jeff Michaud, Philadelphia: Co-owner Osteria and  Amis

·         Jonathon Sawyer, Cleveland: Greenhouse Tavern, Noodlecat, Street Frites

·         Michael Symon, Cleveland: Lola, Lolita, Roast (Detroit), B-Spot

·         Marc Vetri, Philadelphia: Chef and owner, Vetri, Osteria, Amis, Alla Spina

·         Eric Williams, Cleveland: Momocho, Happy Dog

·         Paul Minnillo, Cleveland: Flour

·         Rocco Whalen, Cleveland: Fahrenheit, Rosie & Rocco’s

·         Andrew Zimmern: Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern

A limited number of tickets went on sale in August and sold out in less than 24 hours. The remaining tickets also are expected to sell out quickly. Tickets cost $250 and include valet parking, tastings of the chefs’ signature dishes, an open bar and commemorative 22-ounce bottles of Butcher’s Brew, a commemorative hand-brewed lager by Great Lakes Brewing Company in honor of the momentous milestone.


beer here

GQ has named Cleveland one of the top 5 best beer towns in the country. Pretty cool, huh? Philly, Denver, LA and San Francisco round out the list.

The Old-School Beertown

A hard-working frontier town built on booze (one of its earliest businesses was a distillery on downtown’s Whiskey Island), Cleveland has no truck with pretension. Just want a damn beer? You got it: a nice cold lager, clean, bright, balanced. But this is Cleveland, so the beer is Dortmunder Gold from Great Lakes Brewing Co., the best of its kind this side of the Rhine. In a city where you can watch the symphony orchestra while eating a burger at the Happy Dog bar, the beer is top-notch but down to earth, a welcome respite from snootier beer meccas on the coasts. Market Garden’s brown ale is the country’s best; the pedal-in bar Nano Brew Cleveland will pour you a bready amber ale while they tune your bike; even Heinen’s, the (proudly) family-run grocery chain fills growlers.—W.B.

And for all you hop heads, here’s their full beer guide.

turning 100 never looked so good

Cow’s tongue and candy cigarettes. This is my earliest memory of the West Side Market. Now, I don’t believe this was my first visit there, but this is what I remember from a first or second grade field trip. I can picture all us kids holding hands in a single-file line following Sister Genevieve, who was barely taller than the tiny tots trailing her. We turned a corner and there it was: A COW’S TONGUE. Ewwww… was basically the reaction that we all collectively shared. Our disgust quickly faded when we turned yet another corner and were greeted by a stand of all candy. This was much more appeasing to a child’s palate. And this is where a bunch of us purchased candy cigarettes. I can still remember the chalky yet sweet taste and how they blew “smoke.” Elementary kids from St. Rita’s smoking fake cigarettes at the market… What a memory. Sidebar: I can’t believe they actually made candy cigarettes???

Candy smokes aside,  I’ve always been drawn to the market. My great grandfather came to this country from Sicily when he was 13 and started selling produce on a wagon downtown. Years later, he would open Paolo Volpe and Sons produce in the Northern Ohio Food Terminal. He never had a stand at the market per se, but was active there and  friends with many of the vendors. I can picture their encounters when I walk the aisles and all that glorious history within those 100-year-old walls and it still makes me smile.

Truthfully, we don’t shop there as much as we used to. Visits now are every couple of months. While they are kid-friendly, let’s be honest – strollers and Saturdays mornings at the market don’t necessarily go hand-in-hand. I want my kids to grow up with a strong appreciation of the West Side Market and its rich history and am eager for when we can make these visits part of our routine once again. I want them to be proud of the fact that this market – the longest standing public market in the country – is right in our backyard.

Of course the West Side Market is celebrating its centennial this year. And like any good event, there are plenty of opportunities to join in the fun:

October 7: A festival to end all festivals. Music, parade, food and much more. I can’t wait for Sunday! Learn more here.

November 2: The People’s Party at Crop (though this one is sold out…)

November 3: Gala fundraiser. What a line-up! Tickets and more info here.

Congratulations to the West Side Market and all – past and present – that played a role in getting us there. Here’s to the next 100!