Conversation for food and drink enthusiasts that starts where the pretty Instagram picture ends. Hosted by Lisa Sands, a Cleveland-based local food advocate and food and travel writer. CLE Foodcast serves up a deep dive into the local food ecosystem with developing food biz news, interesting interviews, and plenty of recommendations for must-try food experiences.
EP 96: How Cleveland Got its First Poutinerie, with Matthew Stipe
Put down your Timbits, and head to one of Banter's two locations for a pile of poutine! Banter recently reopened in Gordon Square and the combination bottle shop, sausage haus and poutinerie is the place to be for hearty fare inspired by the Quebecois (sometimes called the less dignified-sounding "Quebeckers."
Plenty of research went into Banter, which also has a second take out shop at the Van Aken District. Owner Matt Stipe wants you to think about the poutine, which takes some liberties from the traditional brown gravy and curds variety, but he also takes great pride in being a wine and beer shop, with curated selections he chose himself.
Trust me on this, the fries alone are worth the visit. But, considering that you can top them in a myriad of ways, with squeaky Ohio-made cheese curds, well you've got something close to paradise, friends.
This episode is presented with support from Chef Douglas Katz. Partners include the Cleveland International Film Festival, April 3-13, 2024, and the Ashtabula County Visitors Bureau.
EP 95: Melissa Khoury and Knowing When to Say When
After roughly 10 years associated with Saucisson, the artisan butcher shop she built with former partner Penny Tagliarina, Melissa Khoury knew the time had come to walk away. Earning and plenty of local and national notoriety, including coverage in Food and Wine and Oprah's magazine, and the chance to "Beat Bobby Flay," the little Slavic Village butcher shop that could DID IT ALL.
Penny left to pursue a career in hospitality in Arizona and Mel continued to run the shop, hoping for a Slavic Village revitalization that still hasn't arrived. After facing, and surviving, other life-changing things like a pandemic, a health scare, and turning 40, Melissa decided to close Saucisson at the end of 2023.
I am truly honored to have heard her story and to bring it to you.
This episode is presented with support from Chef Douglas Katz and the Ashtabula County Visitors Bureau.
EP 94: Orchestrating a Perfect Dining Experience with Kevin Kane
Kevin Kane is the general manager of Marble Room Steaks and Raw Bar in downtown Cleveland—no small role given that the 30,000-sq.-ft. restaurant is housed in a restored historic landmark and offers some of the most elevated food and service in the region. The opulent restaurant is a place for grand celebrations, high-powered business dinners and celebrity sightings as much as it is a place for intimate dinners for two and almost nightly marriage proposals.
A restaurant of this caliber comes with big expectations and a high price tag to match, though it also comes with a promise...to be one of the best experiences of your life. That's where Kevin and his management and culinary team come in.
Having had the opportunity to dine here several times, I was always curious about the vision behind the experience, especially the approach to exceptional service. Kevin gives some insight into how everything comes together at the Marble Room, including the origins of his own approach to hospitality, and just how many people have to work together in concert to deliver on the promise of a memorable meal.
EP 93: Sahithya Wintrich Brings Southern India Flavors to Everyday Foods
Let's get something straight. For the purposes of this conversation, it's "Chutni" not "chutney," ya'll!
Entrepreneur Sahithya Wintrich developed her unique line of products during the pandemic. She wondered if she could bring some of the umami-packed flavors of her home country to the mainstream. The result is Chutni Punch, a trio of condiments designed to "punch up" dishes with flavors and ingredients common to Southern India cuisine.
Beloved by local chefs and avid cooks, these sprinkle-on condiments have flavors of chickpeas, peanut, sesame, curry leaves, and chili peppers, all in subtly different combinations that add complexity and interest to things like eggs, avocado toast, popcorn and even some pizza or pierogi! As Sahithya explains, most Indian food we think of is different than Southern Indian cuisine. These are a great way to experiment with newer flavors on the full spectrum of Indian food.
We talk about how her previous tech-oriented career helped to guide the research and development of Chutni Punch, the three flavor combinations (and I taste them!), and the holistic vision for her emerging brand.
Available at many local stores or check out her new gift packaging at Chutnipunch.com.
This podcast is made possible with support from Chef Douglas Katz, The Van Aken District, and Cookin Genie.
EP 92: No Grinches Allowed. It's the 3rd Annual Holiday Gift Episode!
Regardless of what you celebrate—Christmas, Hanukkah or the Winter Solstice—your plans probably include gift-giving. The CLE Foodcast Holiday Gift Episode aims to help you with that daunting task with an hour or so of suggestions for all types of gifts. I invited my friend and small biz advisor Pat Bennett to join me and we share some of our favorite local businesses, products and entrepreneurs.
We recorded this episode from the Van Aken District where a collection of small, unique locally-owned businesses are thriving. Don't miss Van Aken District's Small Business Saturday activities on Nov. 25, but as you know at the CLE Foodcast we believe in shopping small, and local, all year! In this episode we share many gift ideas for you, and a number of them can be found at the Van Aken District on the "East Side."
This episode was also created in partnership with Cookin' Genie, a woman-owned personal chef company that is accessible to all of us...not just the rich and famous! Special thanks to Chef Doug Katz for being a supporter of the CLE Foodcast.
EP 91: America's Endangered Foods with Author Sarah Lohman
You may have heard about endangered species of the animal kingdom but did you know there are also wild, native foods that are also worthy of our protection?
With the keen eye and palate of of a culinary historian and the spirit of an intrepid adventurer, Sarah recounts her five-year research project and shares her learnings with us in Endangered Eating, America's Vanishing Foods.
The changing landscape of farming and agriculture, the effects of climate change and an insatiable global demand for special foods are all reasons why some foods are at risk of dying out. Sugarcane, dates, wild rice, Navajo sheep, and some heritage apple varieties are just a few foods that have fallen on hard times. The news isn't all bad, as Sarah found out on her cross-country journey, because there are people who are working to protect and revitalize these foods through study and careful management.
This episode is made possible with support from Chef Douglas Katz, and in partnership from The Van Aken District and Cookin' Genie.
Wonderful podcast about all Cleveland has to offer
A favorite podcast always, but this year’s holiday gift episode was superb!
Great way to find out about local restaurants
The podcast is a great way to find out about local restaurants and hear some of the stories behind them.
I love this podcast. I learn so much! I love learning about restaurants and the culture of Cleveland. I love learning about the creators and chefs and visionaries that make all these restaurants Amazing!