Thursday, January 31, 2019

Saucisson Winter Classes

The Lady Butchers behind Saucisson have been offering Sausage Making Classes since they opened their butcher shop in Slavic Village. We did an in-home sausage and fresh pasta making class with them that was fabulous!

But this winter, they've added on some additional types of classes that I totally thought was worth sharing with you.

February 9th- Fresh Pasta & Beef Bolognese ($65)
February 16th- Group Sausage Making ($45)
February 23rd- Soups ($55)
March 9th- Group Sausage Making ($45)
March 23rd- Pork Braising ($55)
April 13th- Charcuterie & Cheese Board ($65)
April 27th- Group Sausage Making ($45)

All classes are held on Saturdays from 1PM - 4PM at their shop on Fleet Avenue (except April 13th will be from 2PM - 4PM with the farmer and cheese maker of Yellow House Cheese).

You'll be learning techniques and preparing some foods to be consumed during the class, but you walk away with the fixings for Sunday dinner.

Reservations are required, as spaces are limited. So don't wait! 

5324 Fleet Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44105
(216) 303-9067

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Lox, Stock, and Brisket

I've been dying to get out east to try Lox, Stock and Brisket Delicatessen ever since photos of their mouth-watering looking sandwiches started hitting social media. The buzz about this new fast casual restaurant grew from there. Finally, I was over on the east side at lunchtime, so Mr. H and I popped in.
The space is comfortable and cute.
With chalkboard menus on the wall, it's easy to browse. But the staff were also immediately helpful at identifying which sandwiches are the most popular once we said that it was our first time in.
Mr. H ordered The Rueben ($12) with cured and smoked brisket, kraut, Swiss cheese, and Russian dressing on rye. The brisket was great!

But I had to go for the sandwich that was causing the most buzz on social media, the Lincoln Park ($11) with buttermilk chicken schnitzel, bread & butter pickle slaw, and hot sauce aioli on a roll. This sandwich lived up to the hype! If you don't care for spicy food, don't let the hot sauce aioli throw you off, there really wasn't any heat to it. Personally, I'd love to see the chicken pounded thinner. It ate more like a fried chicken sandwich to me than a schnitzel, but that's just personal preference. I'd totally order it again.
The only thing I didn't care for was the Potato Salad served on the side. Diners have a choice of coleslaw or potato salad as a side. The flavor was a little sweet for my taste, and the texture was so smooth that it ate like cold mashed potatoes to me.

They also serve breakfast, cater meetings or events, or sell some of their meats by the pound.

Chef Anthony Zappola has quite a long list of credentials, including working under Tom Colicchio. He returned to his hometown of Cleveland recently, and has already opened his second Northeast Ohio concept, The Rice Shop at Ohio City Galley. So us west-siders can rejoice!

Lox, Stock, and Brisket
13892 Cedar Road
University Heights, OH 44118
(216) 471-8175

Thursday, January 24, 2019

De Massimo's Authentic Sauces

Have you heard of De Massimo's Authentic Sauces yet?
The story of De Massimo's sauce is all about family.  Their sauces are "Old World" Italian recipes that were handed down over generations. I was introduced to them by the company owner's sister, who is a professional contact that I've gotten to know well over the last three years.

He began his dream in 2015 by offering his family's sauces at the Hilliard City Farmers’ Market. Since then, De Massimo’s has established a growing retail and food service presence and participates in various markets and events throughout Ohio and the Midwest. Locally, you can find them in Heinen's, Nature's Oasis, Miles Farmers Market, and Giant Eagle Market District (as well as several other smaller retailers).

Currently, they offer Classic, Pizza, and Arrabbiata sauces. I was gifted a three-pack for the holidays, and I recently used the Classic and Arrabbiata to make Mr. H dinner for his birthday. They were seasoned well and made me look good for this easy Stuffed Shells recipe!
We're running very low on our homemade sauce Mr. H made this summer, so this new-to-us brand will be stocking our shelves until we make some more. Go try some!

Monday, January 21, 2019

City BBQ Grand Opening

It may be a chain restaurant, but its roots are in Ohio, and Northeast Ohio is pretty darn pumped to see City BBQ open its doors in Beachwood today (Grand Opening on 1/26). I was fortunate enough to get a sneak peek during an influencer event, and I'm already a fan!
Good BBQ starts with slow smoking, and City BBQ uses only hickory to create their award-winning meats.
We got to taste a LOT of their menu, but the Ribs were towards the top of my favorites. Good bark, moist, and bit right off the bone.
They offer all kinds of sampler platters so you can pick and choose from different meats.
But the other sections of the menu are not to be missed as well.
The sides were also stars of the show. Favorites for me included the Corn Pudding, Hush Puppies, Baked Beans with Brisket, and Fresh Cut Fries. I could make a meal of the sides alone.
With several sauces to choose from, you can dress your meats as you'd like. I tried the Cheerwine and Brushfire, both delicious.
Look at that gorgeous pink smoke ring on the Brisket! It just melted in your mouth.
No joke, I quickly became a fan after diving in to their food, and we'll be back soon on our own.

They also offer all kinds of catering options too, so consider them for your next meeting or event.

Welcome to Beachwood, City BBQ! They also shared that more Northeast Ohio locations are in the works. They plan to grow from the current 40+ locations to 100 by 2020. They are doing BBQ right, and the masses agree.

City BBQ
24325 Chagrin Blvd.
Beachwood, OH

Disclosure: I was invited with a guest to a media preview and all food was complimentary and I received a swag bag. All opinions stated are 100% my own.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Tartine Bistro Private Dinner

Look, it's all fun and games popping in to new restaurants and trying things for the first time. But, there's something special about the tried-and-true spots that keep you coming back for more. Tartine Bistro in Rocky River is one of those for me.

Fortunately, my friends snagged an auction package at Flavors of Northeast Ohio this fall for a six-course, wine-paired dinner for six guests in the private room at Tartine. We decided to celebrate the January birthdays in our group using this package, and WOW did it exceed all expectations.

Chef Michael Grieve had crafted an amazing six-course (plus two!) meal that showed off his creativity, stunning plating, and all sorts of great pairings. His brother BJ had selected the perfect wine pairings, and left us snapping photos of wine labels so that we could track some down.
While the great company would have been enough for us, we were certainly all bright-eyed and drooling over what was in store for us!
What hit the table first was an Amuse of Duck L'Orange Explosion.
We continued on with the courses, each beautiful and delicious, like the Scallop Potato with creme fraiche, chive, and bacon.
A crowd favorite was the single bite Foie Gras Torchon with blue cheese, citrus, honey, and pickle.
A delicate Foie Gras Torchon with duck consomme, blackberry, and celery followed.
The last savory course was Big Ol' Shrimp with sweet potato gnocchi, pear, rapini and caviar. The shrimp were cooked perfectly, and the gnocchi left us begging for more.
For dessert, a Strawberry Tartare with bone marrow ice cream, lemon, poached apple, and bacon sugar. Yes, BONE MARROW ice cream. a BONE. It was so cool.
The meal and experience was wonderful from start to finish. We had an evening full of deep belly laughs, and the staff were such good sports about our probably rowdy behavior. It's a good thing we were sequestered away in a private room.

If you haven't been to Tartine before, please do. And give Chef Michael a follow on Instagram for some of the most beautiful plating that I've seen in Cleveland. His feed will leave you drooling on your screen.

What's one restaurant that continues to draw you back in?

Tartine Bistro
19110 Detroit Road
Rocky River, OH 44116
(440) 331-0800