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Q+A with Chef Joshua Woo, Our New Director of Culinary Operations

For Chef Joshua Woo, cooking is more than just a job; it’s a way of life. Growing up around southern and traditional Asian cuisines, this particular chef (affectionately known as “Woo!” among the staff) brings a unique perspective to the culinary team at Spice. In this interview, we talk to the Cleveland boomeranger about his background, his opinions on the thriving Cleveland food scene, and his innovative ideas for Spice’s fall menu. This is your second time living in Cleveland: What brought you here initially? About seven or eight years ago, I came up to work after I had graduated from culinary school. Ben [Bebenroth] and I had worked together down in Charleston and we had a good rapport with each other. He was talking about starting his catering company and he needed some help so I decided to come up and help him. I actually lived in his attic … READ MORE

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Q+A with Clarissa Westmeyer, This Season’s Featured Photographer

Any foodies in the audience may recognize this month’s featured photographer, Clarissa Westmeyer, from her work in Edible Cleveland. A Cleveland transplant from Martinsburg, West Virginia, Clarissa’s passions include capturing unconventional beauty with her camera, fashion, and taking care of her eight backyard chickens. We’re thrilled to feature Clarissa’s unique, ethereal photographs of some of the local produce that we serve here at Spice. Her work will grace our walls through Summer 2014. In this interview, we get to know the person behind the pictures as Clarissa tells us a little about her background, what inspires her and what she loves about supporting local business. Q. What brought you to, and kept you in, the Cleveland area? A. I actually came to Ohio when I started school at Kent State. After graduation, I was offered a job at American Greetings. That’s what brought me to Cleveland. I worked there for … READ MORE

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Dave’s Greatest Hits

If you’ve been into Spice Kitchen + Bar a time or two,  you might have noticed something special about our signature cocktail menu. Sure, all the drinks are seasonally inspired. Yep, they’re all made from scratch with farmers’ market ingredients. But what usually kicks off the conversation when people sit down with the drink menu? They love talking about the names. With titles like, “A Rye Kind of Guy,” and “You’re Dill the One,” our cocktail menu can be quite a conversation piece. Dave Hridel, or Captain Quick Wit as we like to call him, has unmatched naming prowess when it comes to his crafty farm-to-bar creations. Stop on in and break the ice around “Gin It to Win It” or some other such thing. We promise you’ll start with a smile and leave with a laugh. Here are our top ten favorite names so far.* 10. A Whole Lotta … READ MORE

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