Category Archives: Steve Schimoler


To me, the food is only part of the experience when dining out. The other driving factor is the atmosphere, both in terms of the overall decor and the vibe a place gives off. When a restaurant scores in all areas, well, those are usually the places we frequent on a pretty consistent basis (Umami […]


I can’t remember the first time I went to Whiskey Island. Sometime in my mid 20s, that much I’m pretty sure of. In fact, there’s not much I can recall from many of those visits. Fuzzy memories at best (but good times had by all). My visit last month, on behalf of Metromix, was quite […]

cook like steve schimoler

Home ec meets shop class. According to Steve Schimoler, chef/owner of the wonderful ¬†Crop Bistro & Bar, this dish is a super summertime appetizer, and can be easily prepared a day ahead. He shares that a Causa is basically a potato salad, but with different twists and presentations. Before you start this recipe, you will […]

recap – cleveland’s first rock ‘n roll bbq

For just the second time in its seven year stretch, we missed the Taste of Tremont. And we were out of town for the spring North Union Farmer’s Market event and will be on vacation next month for the fall fundraiser, Farm to Table. For a foodie that loves to support local happenings, I haven’t […]

free tix to cleveland food rocks rock ‘n’ roll bbq

As previously posted, Cleveland Food Rocks is throwing the first Rock ‘n’ Roll BBQ throwdown this Sunday at the Beachland Ballroom. An impressive list of our local chefs will be on-hand grilling and mingling from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $25 or $30 day of, but chef Steve Schimoler of Crop, who is […]

cleveland food rocks crop bistro

This past weekend, the Cleveland Food Rocks week-long event came to a close, but not before the chef behind the idea threw a party to celebrate the city, its chefs and of course, its food. Chef Steve Schimoler, along with Elaine Cicora and the entire staff at Crop Bistro, hosted the first ever late night […]

she’s just my type, american classic

Congratulations to Ken who won the Cleveland Food Rocks contest for his description on why Cleveland rocks. His six-word entry, “she’s just my type, American classic,” earned him $50 to Crop Bistro. To be fair, I asked Jim Sollisch, creative director and writer extraordinaire where I work, to be the judge. He’s an incredibly gifted […]

cleveland rocks and so does its food (tell me why and win $50 to crop)

Since landing in Cleveland in 2005, chef Steve Schimoler has made quite the impression. After his term ended at Nestle in Solon, he could have packed up his knives and headed anywhere given his impressive background and talent. But no, he decided to stay in Cleveland and open Crop Bistro in the summer of 2007. […]

lunch @ crop

At the invitation of Elaine Cicora, who is now in charge of communications for Crop Bistro, I met her for lunch yesterday. Not only was it nice to finally meet her in person and talk food, it was an absolutely beautiful day to enjoy lunch outside downtown. Makes me miss living and working down there, […]

crop bistro happenings

Just received word on some pretty tempting happenings at Crop Bistro, including Sunday brunch before the big game: Beginning September 17, Wednesdays are Tour de Crop nights at Crop Bistro & Bar, featuring a prix fixe, seven-course tasting menu specially designed by chef-owner Steve Schimoler to highlight his innovative American cuisine. Offered Wednesday nights only, […]