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From the Editor's Desk

Laura Taxel

Zagat Survey’s 2006 list of America’s top restaurants included 20 in Greater Cleveland. We’re proud to note that 11 of them and the chefs who cook there have already gotten ink in Feast! And speaking of lists, Classics, Sans Souci and Century are among Zagat’s recent Top 100 Hotel Restaurants.

Not to blow my own horn, but I’d also like to note that the new, updated seventh edition of my own book, “Cleveland Ethnic Eats,” was recently released. And Marianne Frantz, founder of the Cleveland Wine School, and I have just been elected co-presidents of the Cleveland chapter of Les Dames D’Escoffier International, a philanthropic organization for professional women of accomplishment in the food, beverage and hospitality industries. Our group is taking part in a nationwide effort, launched in collaboration with the National Gardening Association, to support farm-to-table projects that connect local growers and consumers. Famed chef Alice Waters is a spokesperson for the program.

The Cleveland chapter will be working with the North Union Farmer's Market, managed by Les Dames member Donita Anderson, and the Tremont Urban Learning Garden, located adjacent to Lucky's Cafe and sponsored by Dame and local baker extraordinaire Heather Haviland and her business Sweet Mosaic.

In Other Local News …

Michael Symon, chef/owner of Lolita in Tremont and Lola on East Fourth in downtown Cleveland, Dominic Cerino, chef/owner of Carrie Cerino’s Ristorante in North Royalton, and a group of Ohio farmers have been nominated by the local chapter of Slow Food USA to attend the Terre Madre conference in Turin, Italy, this fall. It's a gathering of people from all over the world who are committed to preserving and promoting small family farms, local artisanal food production, traditional regional foodways, heirloom breeds and heritage seed stock. Attendees represent every link in the food chain from cattle ranchers, cheese makers and vintners to ecologists, educators and chefs. To raise money for trip expenses, Symon, Cerino and their pals Paul Minnillo (Baricelli Inn), Mark and Giovanna Daverio (Battuto), Rocco Whalen, (Fahrenheit), Karen Small (Flying Fig) and Jonathan Bennett (Moxie, Red) are putting together what promises to be an unforgettable benefit dinner on June 5 at Carrie Cerino's. To make reservations, call (440) 237-3434. Rumor has it that there may be some surprise celebrity guests on hand for the event.

Hey Foodies!

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