As a local chef and writer I am often asked what food related websites I visit. Of course I enjoy the likes of eater.com and zagat.com for my daily dose of culinary inspiration and bouts of jealousy because I can’t travel tonight to San Francisco for the latest restaurant opening.
I like to keep it local when I speak of food writing to others. Cleveland has a rapid-growing culinary scene partially thanks to the media friendly personality of chef Michael Symon and the rest to the caliber of cooking coming out of our city’s kitchens.
From home cooks to professional food writers Cleveland has four local blogs that I can’t help but read everyday.
Michael Ruhlman: Translating the Chef’s Craft for Every Kitchen
Michael Ruhlman is the epitome of a food writer. He is a Cleveland native and resident who attended the most prestigious culinary school in the country, The Culinary Institute of America in order to write about what it means to be a chef. His level of skill and expertise in the kitchen rival that of some active cooks in the field. I often turn to Ruhlman’s website for new takes on technique or a simple refresher course on something I learned years ago.
Michelle Venorsky’s work questions the line between blogger and professional food writer. She does freelance assignments for Cleveland’s print media on food while maintaining a full time job in marketing and writing one of Cleveland’s top blogs. She is widely respected throughout the culinary scene and her opinions of restaurants typically mirror my own. If I am unsure about trying a new restaurant I can simply see if Michelle has been there and see what she thinks. Cleveland Foodie is a great resource for this city.
My Retro Kitchen
My Retro Kitchen by Amie Kanengiser is all about creating a wonderful home cooked meal. Her culinary prowess mimics that of a professional and her recipes she posts on her site often inspire me. When in doubt on what to cook on any given night, check out My Retro Kitchen. I will guarantee that you will find something that will tempt your palate and keep you going back for more.
Cleveland Food & Brews
The newcomer on the Cleveland food blog scene is Bradley Gillette from Cleveland Food & Brews. His unique voice not only highlights local restaurants and events occurring in the Cleveland food scene but he also has an entire separate section devoted exclusively to beer reviews. As he is also a full time educator I often wonder how he has the time to work, eat, drink, and write as often as he does. However he does it, it is done well and I enjoy reading his posts of his takes on restaurants, events, and beer.