Monthly Archives: December 2011

posted on by Jackie Bebenroth

Last Minute Gifts for the Local Foodies on your List

Skip the trip to Williams Sonoma and wrap the gift of good taste by supporting your local food businesses! Here are a few that you’ll find under our tree this year. THE DECK, BY CLEVELAND INDEPENDENTS There’s no better way to support your favorite independents than with The Deck. Stacked with 50 cards, all featuring creative discounts at different local food establishments, you just can’t lose. Who wouldn’t love to receive $10 off a $30 food purchase at places like Flying Fig, fire food and drink, Paladar and Luxe? It’s a novel idea, packaged perfectly and priced affordably at $29.95. SWEETS For those without calorie cutting resolutions this year, the 12- or 24-piece box of Lilly’s Handmade Chocolates is a must. Lilly’s has been our go-to hostess gift for five years running. Always a conversation piece, the artful contents of each pink and black box will delight at first sight. One … READ MORE

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Q + A with Spice of Life Executive Chef, Brandon Walukas

A self-proclaimed “mood-eater,” Executive Chef Brandon Walukas has been cooking up savory plates for Spice of Life Catering Co. for the past 3 years. Brandon has always enjoyed the process of transforming his dishes with the seasons, as different varieties of fruits and vegetables become available. His adventurous palette and appreciation for a good bottle of wine (ok, maybe it’s more of an addiction) have made believers of even the pickiest eaters. When it comes to creative menu creation, Chef Brandon is the man. Q. How do you come up with your dishes? Is there a process you work through? A. All dishes evolve in different ways. Some by screwing around in the kitchen, some by inspiration from ingredients and others just from going out living life. Each dish begins as an idea, and then it’s all about refining that idea. Q. What is your go-to spice on the rack? … READ MORE

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