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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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posted on by Jackie Bebenroth

So long, Spring!

Goodbye, asparagus. Farewell, ramps. See you later, lettuce without holes in it. We’ll miss you too, rhubarb. Summer has arrived in all its sun-drenched glory! We’re headed into the heat of July with our heads down and eyes up, just a little behind on the restaurant’s seasonal switch out. Next year, we’re hoping to hit up summer solstice with a little celebration, but for now we’re just working to keep the boat afloat while our kitchen gets rocked by a few major events on the horizon. In the calm before our busy season storm, we took ample time to enjoy both the bounty and the challenges of Spring. Small sprouts reaching toward the sky (very little fresh harvest to work with). Colorful blooms punctuating the fields (winter preserves accenting main dishes). New baby animals wandering about, looking for their mamas (too cute to cook just yet!). Spring is such a … READ MORE

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posted on by Jackie Bebenroth

Seasons change…and so do we.

When people find out we just opened a restaurant, the first question is usually, “Really? Where is it?” which is typically followed by, “What’s the concept?” And then an awkward pause. We never really had a concept restaurant in mind, (unlike this fine downtown addition), just a new space and a core philosophy that bubbled up into what we now call Spice Kitchen + Bar. It’s really an extension of our sustainable sourcing practices, sparked when Ben first started demo cheffing at the Shaker Square farmers’ market back in 2002. For us, the real question was how our small family farm support would translate to the decor without seeming rural or trite. Or, as our semi-snooty designer put it, “We just can’t have this place looking like a barn.” So we kept the color scheme neutral (unlike the previous establishment) to let the shades of the seasons pop off the walls, … READ MORE

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