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Photo Bob Perkoski
Photo Bob Perkoski
Cleveland has a remarkable restaurant scene, one that consistently surprises visitors from so-called "larger markets." While the exact causes behind the city's remarkable food scene may be hard to pinpoint, there is no denying that access to quality ingredients deserves much of the credit. Long before the farm-to-table trend swept across the national landscape, Cleveland chefs were buying and preparing bushels of locally produced foodstuffs. Ringed by farmland and ever-more-progressive farmers area chefs have easy access to Amish-reared produce, wholesome dairy, free-range poultry, and grass-fed meat. Northeast Ohio's extensive farmers market system rivals that of cities twice its size.

But farms are no longer reserved for the countryside. Urban farms are invading the city at record pace, transforming craggy patches into lush, productive plots. Cleveland presently boasts one of the largest urban farms in the country, a six-acre claim down the block from the West Side Market. All of these plots big and small serve to reduce the $3 billion tab that flows to out-of-county food producers.

Local Food Features

national roundup: detroit's wind economy, memphis' startup symphony, toronto's silicon valley

Issue Media Group publications such as 83 Degrees in Tampa, Confluence in Denver and Model D in Detroit cover "what's next" for urban centers. In this recurring feature, we highlight the top stories in urban innovation from across our national network of publications.

from bust to boom: how the city's brand is on the rise, within our borders and beyond

There has been a flood of new businesses that tout the city through an assortment of Cleveland-themed apparel and products or by integrating the city name right into the company’s branding. Many point to the recent recession as the dawn of this entrepreneurial movement, which coincided with a newfound pride of place.

amid growing debate, west side market's new manager makes customer outreach a priority

As the West Side Market’s new manager, Amanda Dempsey is stepping in at a time when the treasured public market is receiving unprecedented attention -- both good and unwanted. But throughout it all, she says, the focus must remain on the bond between the century-old icon and the city that embraces it.

now schooling: cooking up a solution to the growing culinary talent gap

As our restaurant scene continues to thrive, local chefs and owners increasingly are finding it difficult to fill all open positions. Institutions in town, including an accredited culinary school, have their merits, say local restaurateurs, but they also have a way to go before they reach the point where they'll plug the culinary talent gap.  

fresh water managing editor pens cleveland guidebook for visitors, residents

It's been four and a half years since the first edition of "Moon Handbooks: Cleveland" was published. Considering all that has taken place in Cleveland during that time, author and Fresh Water managing editor Douglas Trattner says that for the second edition, which was released this week, he went back to the starting gate.
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Local Food Founders

steve demoulpied

steve demoulpied

City: Cleveland Heights

Meet Steve deMoulpied, founder of PrestoFresh Grocery Delivery, a Cleveland Heights online grocer with 10 employees and plans to expand to 15-20 shortly. 

adam fleischer

adam fleischer

City: Cleveland Heights

Meet Adam Fleischer, co-founder of the Wine Spot in Cleveland Heights, a fine wine and craft beer destination.

terry frick

terry frick

City: Ohio City

Meet Terry Frick, founder of  Frickaccio’s Pizza Market in the West Side Market and Fairview. Frickaccio’s is the maker of the Famous Pizza Bagel, better known as the Pizagle.

tom lix

tom lix

City: Downtown

Meet Tom Lix, founder of Cleveland Whiskey.

jewels johnson

jewels johnson

City: Emerging Neighborhoods

Meet Jewels Johnson, founder of Sugar Plum Cake Company, a web-based custom order bakery with four employees that specializes in creating delectable goodies from scratch.

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