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Local Food

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

bizarro land: cleveland's weird, wacky and wholly unexpected delights

Now that we've emerged from our respective huts, it's time to stop squinting towards the sky and go do something. Sure, the usual line-up of outdoor activities awaits -- but aren't there any surprises left in CLE? You bet there are, and we're about to point you in the right direction.

inside out: global cle's talent attraction campaign aimed at filling jobs, repopulating city core

On Thursday, May 1, Global Cleveland will officially launch its talent attraction campaign at a major event at the Cleveland Convention Center. The event -- like the organization hosting it -- is focused on increasing the population while strengthening the local economy.

follow you, follow me: the social media mavens we can't get enough of

In Cleveland’s ever-evolving social media community, there is a wide variety of contributors to the civic dialogue. We've complied a list of some of our favorite voices -- a mix of up-and-comers and seasoned vets from different corners of the web who are using their blogs, podcasts and Twitter feeds to give the city a voice.

national roundup: cincy's beer boom, cleveland's new leaders, toronto's female founders

Issue Media Group publications such as Yonge Street in Toronto, High Ground in Memphis 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 all across our national network.

no 'mistake' about it: cleveland launches new rebranding effort

Northeast Ohio's convention and visitors bureau wants to change the conversation about Cleveland. The multifaceted branding enterprise is designed to bridge a communications gap that ideally will be crossed by millions of business and leisure visitors over the next few years.
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Local Food Founders

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.

scott kim

scott kim

City: University Circle

Meet Scott Kim, founder of Accent, a restaurant in University Circle.

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