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Issue Date: August 2004 Issue


As if TV appearances and being chef-owner of Tremont's ever-popular Lola Bistro weren't enough, Michael Symon has his hands full hosting three high-profile events studded with star chefs over the next few months. "It's no wonder I'm bald, for chrissakes," he exclaims. "It's not hereditary!"

First up is a $250-per-head Share Our Strength dinner Aug. 2 with Paul Minnillo of Baricelli Inn, David Adjey from Toronto's Nectar, Jan Birnbaum of Sazerac in Seattle, Ken Oringer from Boston's Clio and Jonathan Waxman from New York's West Village bistro Barbuto.

On Sept. 27, Symon will host a James Beard dinner with Bobby Flay from Mesa Grill, Tom Colicchio of Craft and Geoffrey Zakarian of Town (all in New York City), as well as two Chicago chefs, Paul Kahan of Blackbird and Rick Tramonto of Tru.

Then, Oct. 17, the release party for chef-author Tony Bourdainïs new book will be held at Lola. The event will include a signed copy of "Les Halles Cookbook: Strategies, Recipes, and Techniques of Classic Bistro Cooking" along with a four-course dinner of two Lola dishes and two Tony Bourdain dishes.

These days, Strongsville's turning Japanese (I really think so). A new restaurant called Shinto is going in just south of Michaud's Towne 'n Country party center on Pearl Road and, perhaps a mile south of there, signs also indicate a "Japanese hibachi restaurant coming soon" to the former Ground Round on Pearl near Cook Avenue. Nothing like instant rivalry.

Lockkeepers sous-chef Anthony Lucas has his game on for two months at the summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, where he's one of 200 team leaders selected from among the 2,000 chefs from all over the world cooking in the Olympic Village. Although food operations run 24/7, Lucas will still have time to take in the Games, as well as the ancient surroundings. He's hoping to learn more about Mediterranean cuisine and bring back fresh inspiration and ideas for the Lockkeepers menu when he returns next month.

By the time you read this, Gibbs Restaurant/Lounge may already be open at 1932 S. Taylor Road in Cleveland Heights. The space was previously the home to Casablanca and, most recently, Kasba, both Moroccan restaurants.

This month's wine tasting at Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens covers wines of western Australia, along with specialty cheese and live music. Cost for the Aug. 27 event is $35, or $28 for members. Call (330) 836-5533.

The North Union Farmers Market has three locations this summer. Its Olmsted Falls market will run from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays through Sept. 11, the Lakewood market from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Wednesday through Sept. 15 and the Parma location at Stearns Farm from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Sunday through Oct. 3. Call (216) 751-7656 for details.


Brasa Grill Brazilian Steakhouse, 1300 W. Ninth St., Warehouse District, Cleveland, (216) 575-0699; Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Eton on Chagrin, 28869 Chagrin Blvd., Woodmere, (216) 896-9000


New York Spaghetti House, 2173 E. Ninth St., Cleveland, (216) 621-2379; Saucy Bistro, 24481 Detroit Road, Westlake, (440) 331-2128


Wards' Inn, 34105 Chagrin Blvd., Moreland Hills

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