Cleveland’s amazing West Side Market turns 100 years old and celebrates tomorrow with a great big bash of chefs and food. Greenhouse Tavern’s Jonathon Sawyer had it right when he called it “a cathedral of meat.” Right on! The building itself, completed in 1912, one of the few municipally owned and continuously running markets in the country, is flanked by vegetable venders. Cheese and dairy run the inside north wall. Nuts and prepared food and pastry run the southern boundary. Kate’s Fish on the eastern side of the market sells pristine fish. Near her, I buy coriander seed, curries, and pink salt from Narrin Carlberg’s amazing spice booth. French lentils and other spices are on the west side of the cathedral, across from Sawyer’s Noodlecat, selling steamed buns and fresh ramen. Can we just take Sawyer’s Read On »

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Excited about our Chicago trip to promote the new book, Salumi, I tweeted for a Chicago cocktail and got a few suggestions (only a few), including one for an actual Chicago (which I’ll save for later). But the suggested Southside proved to be easy to prepare with ingredients at hand and uncommonly refreshing. I was able to make use of a wonderful gin I hadn’t known of, Nolet’s Silver, which truly rivals my beloved Beefeater’s (thank you, Sally Alfis!), slightly more fruity and flowery, but still wonderfully dry. And the mint is still growing in the garden. So, The Southside it is! (Yes, Southside is one word for the cocktail, though the actual area, referred to in the Jim Croce song of my youth, is officially called the South Side.) This cocktail can be made using Read On »

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Check out the events we have planned for this month to promote Salumi. 

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The Queen of England for her Diamond Jubilee will have a traditional lamprey pie, via Detroit Free Press.

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I’m very proud the Cleveland Public Library is bringing two extraordinary individuals in the food world to Cleveland, photographer Penny De Los Santos and Dan Barber, chef of Blue Hill in Manhattan and Blue Hill Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills (former Rockefeller estate), to talk about what matters most to them. The event is FREE! and OPEN TO ALL! I’ll be speaking and moderating, but basically you will see images from one of the most thoughtful photographers working in food and travel journalism today and hear one of the best chef story-tellers I’ve ever encountered (I hear he’s a good cook, too). If you don’t believe me have a look at Penny’s site, or listen to one of Barber’s amazing stories. (Penny’s not so shabby in the TedTalk Dept. either!) Penny shot the above image Read On »

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