Don’t feel like heading out to eat tonight? Stay in and warm up with a bowl of soup from Hudson chef Carla Snyder’s new cookbook, 300 Sensational Soups (Robert Rose, $24.95). “Why a book of soups? Because everyone loves soup,” says Snyder. “These are user-friendly recipes. We were conscious that today, people really need to get home and get dinner on the table, so there are a lot of soups that can be made in a half-hour.” Snyder and co-author Meredith Deeds spent a year concocting the 300 recipes. Together, the two have penned four cookbooks and are working on their fifth, The Little Black Dress Cookbook: Stylish Entertaining Recipes for Your Culinary Closet, due to hit stores in 2009. For sample recipes from 300 Sensational Soups, visit our Web site and click on the dining & spirits tab.
If you’re searching for the best place to get that Chinese turkey (aka Peking duck) this Christmas, look no further than Pearl of the Orient, which was named the official Chinese restaurant of A Christmas Story House & Museum. Visitors who want to celebrate the holiday season just like Ralphie and his family did in the beloved 1983 holiday film can pick up a discount coupon at the museum to receive 10 percent off their bill at Pearl of the Orient’s Rocky River or Shaker Heights locations.
When chef Matt Swingos opened Swingos Grand Tavern in 2006, he wanted to build a wine program as prestigious as the one at Swingos on the Lake. His hard work has paid off, as the Grand Tavern received its first Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator in October for its 750-variety wine list and 3,800-bottle inventory. Swingos on the Lake also earned three awards: the Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator, the Award of Ultimate Distinction from Wine Enthusiast Magazine and the Best Fine Dining Wine Program in the Midwest rating from Sante Magazine. “Just like Michael Symon has brought attention to food in the Cleveland area, we like to think we’ve brought a huge honor here with our wine program,” Swingos says.
Cleveland might be starved for a national championship, but when it comes to dining out, the city is anything but an underdog. Crop
Bistro and Bar, Dante and Table 45 join 20 other Northeast Ohio restaurants on the list of America’s Top Restaurants 2009 from Zagat Survey. Released in late October, the guide covers 1,516 eateries in 45 markets and also lists local favorites such as Blue Point Grille, Fire Food and Drink and Flying Fig.
The Cleveland food scene is making its mark on two new markets this winter. Iron Chef Michael Symon opened his new restaurant, Roast, in Detroit this October, and Red the Steakhouse restaurateur Brad Friedlander will open a second Red location in Miami, Fla., this month.
La Strada, 2050 E. Fourth St., Cleveland, (216) 861-3663
Market Avenue Wine Bar, 2521 Market Ave.,Cleveland, (216) 696-9463