chef news

A lot of exciting happenings for our local chefs over the past couple weeks. Here’s a recap:

Terra Madre
This year’s class has been selected to attend the food extravaganza in Torino, Italy. I remember Dominic Cerino talking about his experience a few years ago and sharing his memories. It sounds like an amazing food journey. Here’s more from Slow Food Northern Ohio:

In October 2008, farmers, producers, chefs and educators from around the globe will gather in Turin, Italy for Terra Madre 2008, the third biennial meeting of the Terra Madre Network organized by Slow Food International. The Terra Madre event will bring together food communities, cooks, academics and youth delegates from around the world to work towards increasing small-scale, traditional, and sustainable food production.

The following delegates have been selected by Slow Food USA to represent our region at Terra Madre 2008:

Farmers & Producers
Aaron Miller, Miller Livestock, Kinsman
Cindy & Terry Smith, Goatfeathers Point Farm, Peninsula
Abbe Turner, Lucky Penny Farm, Garrettsville
Adam & Jennifer Gidlow, On the Rise Bakery, Cleveland Heights

Matt Harlan, Lolita
Paul Minnillo, Baricelli Inn & Baricelli Cheese Company
Jonathon Sawyer, Bar Cento & Greenhouse Tavern & Restaurant
David Uecke, Anthe’s Restaurant (Akron)

On Monday, July 14 at 6 p.m., head to Bar Cento to help raise money for the event. For $40, the event will feature food and wine of past attendees. Congratulations, Chefs, and safe travels.

Speaking of Dominic Cerino, he will be heading to Cordova, Alaska next week, along with Regan Reik of Pier W, to not only cook but discuss the eco system and what makes Cordova so special for 100 media and chefs.

“It kind of cracks me up that they are flying in two chefs from Cleveland to cook a seafood dinner for media and chefs from the west coast, but hey I’ll take it,” shared Cerino.

He also added that he will be taking some of Cleveland with him, including his own guanciali, Lake Erie Creamery goat cheese and possibly blue eggs, a favorite of Cerinos.

I had heard last month that Chef Michael Herschman was leaving his post at the Cabin Club in Aurora. I admit, the first thing I thought when I heard this was, where else can he go? I don’t know if it’s pretty common in the chef world to constantly change kitchens, but in my professional world, you would be labeled a flight risk. You can now find Herschman at Metropolitan Cafe.

Regardless of why he moves around so much, one thing remains constant – his incredible talent! Aside from Cabin Club, I have tried to follow him throughout the city since he (unfortunately) closed Mojo in Tremont. And this latest move will actually get me to go back to Metropolitan this fall.


  1. rockandroller
    Posted July 8, 2008 at 8:09 am | Permalink

    I agree, this is good news for Metropolitan, which I always find so-so, especially for the $.

  2. Jacqueline Church
    Posted July 15, 2008 at 1:20 am | Permalink

    Chefs Cerino and Reik did a fantastic job. And we were a far-fung group: from Boston, Atlanta, Sonoma County, San Jose, Birmingham and Houston.

    Stop by my blog, The Leather District Gourmet for a quick hit.


  3. Anonymous
    Posted November 6, 2008 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

    the cabin club is in westlake i think you’re referring to “the cabin” restaurant.