Food & Nutrition

Food & Nutrition

10 Tips for Shopping at a Farmers’ Market

Local Farmers' Markets are Bursting with Fresh, Flavorful Fruits and Vegetables. Skip the Boring Grocery Store Produce Aisle and Check Out What the Nearby Gardeners are Growing - and Selling - Each Week. We Promise You'll Like What You See. ...
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We’ve Got a Bone to Pick – and It’s at the Berea National Cook-Off

Nothing says summertime like licking barbecue sauce off your fingers while looking at a stack of rib bones on your plate. Good thing The Berea National Rib Cook-Off comes at the beginning of the summer; that means we have another three months to try making our own best versions of ribs, just like the ones we had in Berea. ...
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Yum! It’s Hudson Restaurant Week (rev up those appetites)

Restaurants in Hudson have found a way to help the local food pantry while showcasing their terrific menu offerings. Consider a night out (or two) and participate in Hudson Restaurant Week. With at least 25 participating locations, you're bound to find something you like. ...
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Backyard Bounty – Community Gardens Nurture Neighborhoods — and Neighbors

“Every time I step into this garden, I’m transported to a place of green that inspires me to be strong and beautiful, like the plants growing here. My garden has been a huge mentor. It has helped me to slow down, slough off the cares of the day, and remind me of the joy of seeing the first blossom on the tomato plant. I experience renewed joy and awe every time I see another one.” — Argerie Vasilakes ...
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Research May Put the Brakes on Skipping Breakfast

You’ve likely heard that breakfast is ‘the most important meal of the day’ – but is it true? A Cleveland Clinic expert weighs in on some recent research. ...
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Greater Cleveland Food Bank Offers Meals for Thanksgiving Week

The Greater Cleveland Food Bank feeds people year round, but the volunteers and staff are extra busy throughout the holidays. This week it's sponsoring Thanksgiving dinners at dozens of locations throughout Northeast Ohio. ...
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Cleveland Farmers Markets Bring Good Nutrition to Inner City Residents

Our July/August Boomer has a story about the fun, quirky and festive farmers market experience. But did you know that farmers markets are vital sources for nutritional food in inner city neighborhoods that have few grocery stores?

The Gateway 105 Farmers’ Market, in Cleveland Ohio, is a part of a county-wide farmers’ market nutrition incentive program, “Produce Perks.” In this video, vendors and customers discuss the health and economic benefits of a farmers’ market-based nutrition incentive program.

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Fabulous Pittsburgh Eats


Fabulous Pittsburgh Food Finds

Drink (in a Church), Nosh (on a Walk) & Shop (Where the Chefs Do)

By Paris Wolfe

My parents are from Western Pennsylvania so I should know Pittsburgh. I know all about yinz, gutchies and gumband. I eat no-bake cookies and gobs. And before I was introduced to “Barney” on TV, I thought everyone said “red up” when they meant “clean up.”

Still, it took until this year before I devoted 24 hours playing in the Steel City. I went armed with my GPS to untangle the web of freeways and one-way city streets. The elegant Renaissance Pittsburgh — in the historic Fulton Building — was my headquarters for the Friday-Saturday stay and offered its own Pittsburgh-centric room touches.

We indulged in sampling of the city’s myriad food experiences. It’s culinary wealth has me eager to return.

Here’s where we went and what we did.

  1. Church Brew Works, 3525 Liberty Ave. (412-688-8200, We left downtown Cleveland at 3 p.m. Friday and, with stops, arrived at the church on time — 5:30 p.m. — to meet my cousin and her husband. After all, doesn’t everyone from Northeast Ohio have family in Pittsburgh?


The Church Brew Works opened in 1996 in a repurposed 1902 Catholic church. The owners maintained as much of the original structure as possible, including the hand-painted ceiling and the pews shortened for seating. The confessionals store alcohol, and the vibrant blue altar is used as brewing space. The building is one of a few repurposed Catholic churches that retains original stained glass windows.


The food and beer — note, two IPA offerings — are as worthy of admiration as the building.


  1. ’Burgh Bits and Bites Food Tours (412-901-7150, Sylvia McCoy is genius with food tours that sample the cultural anthropology of Pittsburgh neighborhoods.
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