January 16, 2014 -
2013 Year in Review
Hi, how was your year? Ours was great! Here are some highlights:
1. Accolades a plenty!
We almost fell off our bar stools upon hearing our name for Cleveland’s Best New Restaurant. We’ve also enjoyed a steady stream of positive feedback this year – in house and online. As of this post, we’re happy to report 4 stars on Yelp, 4.5 stars on TripAdvisor, and a 96% rating on Urban Spoon. We take every compliment and complaint to heart. Thank you.
2. Higher Education.
Chef Ben may have graduated top 10 in his accelerated culinary class at Johnson & Wales Charleston, but that’s nothing compared to the rigor and focus required of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program. Next time you see him, ask him what his prime cost percentage is. Go ahead, we dare you.
3. Interactive Classes.
We added a little twist to typical dining events with cocktail and culinary classes for your DIY enjoyment. Thanks to all who supported this experiment in its first year! Sign up for our newsletter to stay in the know about upcoming classes.
4. Growing Up.
…in volume, that is. Spice Acres grew 15% more in 2013 than the previous year. Let’s hear it for four-season growing! We’ve got some serious land expansion plans in the works – stay tuned for details.
5. Strong Partnerships.
Banks don’t like restaurants. That’s why we’re so thankful for the ongoing support and guidance from our generous private investors, who’ve stepped up to the plate to back our crazy ideas, even with questionable short-term gains.
NEW + IMPROVED…
1. New Leadership
Please welcome our new General Manager, Tina Zekhtser! You may have seen her buzzing about this month. Be sure to introduce yourself next time you’re in.
2. Building Ownership
A 6-month struggle to purchase our building has FINALLY come to a close! Look for building renovations to start once winter breaks.
3. Park Stewardship
After taking a short hiatus from catering the annual Conservancy for the Cuyahoga Valley National Park fundraiser, Topography, Spice of Life Catering Co. was just awarded the 2014 contract. This year, we’re switching it up from the usual cliff-side snacks to a fully interactive dining experience.
4. Fresh Partnerships.
We’re always meeting new farmers and we can’t wait to introduce you to their fine work.
5. Culinary craftsmanship.
More menu changes will start to appear as the harvest availability changes. We’ll place special emphasis on spicing things up for our vegetarian and vegan guests in the future.
The Cleveland dining scene is getting more exciting by the minute and we’re so proud to be a part of it. On behalf of our staff, farmers, reps and vendors, cheers to another great year!