Category Archives: Matt Harlan

cook like matt harlan

Chef Matt Harlan, aka Chatty, might be one of the friendliest people I’ve ever met. We’ve been fans of his since he was head chef at Lolita, and he continues to impress at Bar Symon. He’s just one of the good guys – and he’s a great chef, too – which makes me like him […]

bar symon (will travel for food)

After patiently waiting to try Michael Symon’s latest eatery, Bar Symon, we decided to try it tonight for Jamie’s birthday. Situated in Avon Lake, it’s about a 40 minute drive. The distance doesn’t phase us since we easily lose track of time playing the best real money gambling games at I also have two […]


Thursday night Jamie and I headed to one of our favorite restaurants: Lolita. I can’t even form a guess as to how many happy hours, drinks and dinners we’ve enjoyed there, between us, friends and with family. It was our place when we lived downtown and when we decided to move three years ago, promised […]

michael symon to open two new restaurants in cleveland

In flipping through the Plain Dealer, I saw that Michael Symon is planning two new restaurants this year (and I thought the news of the day was going to be the Cavs). According to Joe Crea, Symon is taking over Swingos Grand Tavern in Avon Lake as well the former Cold Stone Creamery in Woodmere, […]

chef news

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

weekend dinner party

If it were up to me, we would entertain every weekend. I love having people over, whether it’s for a sit-down dinner, casual cookout or winter game night. To me, having friends and family over, laughing and creating memories, is what makes a house a home. To my husband, it means stress and more stress. […]

q & a with chef matt (chatty) harlan

If you’ve been to Lolita lately, you have this man to thank for your great meal. He’s one of Michael Symon’s most trusted chefs (even helped him on his first Iron Chef battle). At work, he’s known for much more than great cooking abilities – he’s apparently quite the chatter box, hence the nickname chatty. […]