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Local Food Economy

photo Bob Perkoski

Cleveland has a remarkable restaurant scene, one that consistently surprises visitors from so-called "larger markets." 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. But farms no longer are reserved for the countryside; urban farms are invading the city at record pace, transforming craggy patches into lush, productive plots. All of these features foster a thriving local foods economy that ranges from farm stands and food trucks to coffee shops and culinary incubators. 

Local Food Economy Features

Old City Libations

Cleveland insider: the real story behind Old City Libations

While Cleveland Hustles rocked the little screen, what played out behind the scenes as Old City Libations rose in Gordon Square was a story long in the making and not always soft as soda pop.  

Jumar Newell of LaunchArts

From minding the ledgers to urban farming: The Dealership is where businesses go to grow

Fresh Water pulled into the funky co-working space on Lee Road and met up with four of the resident businesses to get their stories and hear about what motivates and excites them.

As his MIG welder whirrs, a masked Mazurowski is enveloped in a halo of sparks

Meet the ironman behind Cleveland's food trucks

The man inside Cleveland Custom Trucks has a story that stretches far beyond the rolling kitchens he creates.  

Ronnie Collins

I Live Here (now): Ronnie Collins, Hilton Cleveland Downtown

After initial reluctance to becoming director of sales and marketing at the Hilton Cleveland Downtown, Ronnie Collins now sees what the city has to offer and has become a vocal advocate for all things 216.

Lisa Marie Reed owner of Garden of Flavor (left) and Ha San juicing wheatgrass

Local entrepreneurs find the clean and green side of healthy eats

These local food entrepreneurs have found the sweet spot between 'clean-labeling' and good taste. The results are flavored with success.
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Local Food Economy

autumn skoczen

autumn skoczen

City: Broadview Heights
Meet Autumn Skoczen, founder of Auts Tipse Treats, a Broadview Heights maker of the first-ever cupcake shot.
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.
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