Quick Bites

Northeast Ohio has a history of making things. Today, along with liquid crystals and polymers, it’s salsa and artisan cheese. A hot new food scene is simmering among local growers, chefs, producers, educators and epicures, and on every Friday, WKSU’s Vivian Goodman samples new offerings.

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VIVIAN GOODMAN / Hopewell cooking class

Home cooks know how relaxing it can be to putter in the kitchen, but for deeply troubled minds, cooking can be much more than a stress-reliever.

In today’s Quick Bite, WKSU’s Vivian Goodman visits a farm in Amish country where the art of cuisine is a form of therapy.

We’re in Middlefield on this sunny summer morning at Ohio’s only therapeutic farm community for adults with mental illness.

Peaceful surroundings

TREY KIRCHOFF / Passengers Cafe

A new coffee shop in the neighborhood of Cleveland’s West Side Market serves customers from near and very far.

In today’s Quick Bite, we visit the Passengers Café at the Cleveland Hostel.

While most guests upstairs are still asleep, resting up for a day of sight-seeing, Trey Kirchoff squeezes behind the bar in the compact lobby of the Cleveland Hostel. “It’s a little tight, but I used to run cafes in New York, and there was definitely at least one in SoHo that was much smaller. I used to have to hire very 


A new pizza parlor in Cleveland’s Waterloo Arts District features  a chef with a life-long obsession.

It's part of  one man’s never-ending quest for the perfect pie.


His eatery’s called Citizen Pie, but he’s not a citizen himself, just a permanent resident. “My name is Vytaurus Sasnauskas. I’m from Lithuania. But I can be simply called V.” 

Simplicity, is this pizza pundit’s credo.

“Take three ingredients, flour, salt, water, and just make something to sing with the just few ingredients on top.” 

country store

Food deserts are not just an urban problem. On many Ohio country roads, you can drive for miles without finding a grocery store. But a new public-private partnership is working on the problem as WKSU’s Vivian Goodman reports in today’s Quick Bite.

“One of my most favorite things to do on a summer day like this is to be able to drive the country roads of Ashtabula County,” says state Sen. Capri Cafaro. “It is peaceful. There’s a lot of natural beauty.”  

But not a lot of food available for purchase. Cafaro knows the problem well.

soup and muffins

Yoga students in Willoughby are learning another way to heal mind, body and soul. As WKSU’s Vivian Goodman reports in today’s Quick Bite, plant-based nutrition is a key component of their practice.

Darlene Kelbach helps people move and breathe their way to wellness. “More nourishing breaths here, " she instructs. "Breathe in the prana, the life force energy to nourish you.”