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Today’s cooler weather and upcoming rain made me think about Chef Jonathon Sawyer and his ramps.
Wait, aren’t these ramps?
Basically, a mix between an onion and garlic. Mmmmmmm.
Back to the Greenhouse Tavern’s ramp dish that I dreamed about: Half roasted Chicken in Brioche Bread w/ fennel, onions, herbs & jus. My mouth is watering again.
First off, this dish looks like a titanic calzone. It appears beached on the plate, simple and clean with no garnishes. And it is served with a steak knife, so you know Chef Sawyer means businesses (biznass).
The mounting tension builds as you break into the brioche, the warm rich inviting chicken aroma and pungent ramps clear your mind and makes the days problems disappear. The au jus covers the bottom of the plate and envelopes you in a warm chicken soup blanket. The chicken is tender and oh so juicy as it continues to baste itself in its own jus. On the inside of the brioche, the ramps sneakily attach itself to everything, making sure the patron is well aware of the salty-savory-warm-goodness about to be had: “Thanks be to ramps”.
*It’s like chicken soup in a bun.
*It’s like heaven in a brioche.
*It’s like a warm chicken blanket.
*It’s like a brioche had sex with a chicken in a field of ramps.
Um….Maybe I need to head to @thegreenhouse and talk with Chef Sawyer (@jonathonsawyer) and Amelia (@Chefswidow) again.
And yes, I’d cast my vote for @JoeG2001 as Mayor.
Reporting live from QuarryLaneFarms…
Star studded Sunday Funday in Cleveland.
Stopped by Amp150 (@AMP150Cleveland) for a few quick bites. Again, Chef Cooley too busy to come out to talk. Note: Menu has changed and we miss the rabbit spaetzle. NOT excited about the changes.
Making our way back north, we opted for everyone’s favorites “where everyone knows your name…” – E4th Street.
Had a special birthday celebration for one of our staff so we decided to hang out with all the other foodies in Cleveland. As we leisurely strolled down E4th in Cleveland, we were stunned to see Top Chef Master Obi Wan himself!!!
OK-so his name isn’t Obi Wan, but most people know him as Chef Jonathan Waxman of Barbuto in cool West Village Manhattan, NYC. Already a “famous” celebrity Chef, he was featured on Season 2 of Top Chef Masters where he battled it out with Chef Rick Moonen, Chef Marcus Samuelson, and Chef SuSur Lee…He should have been in the final 3.
Anyways, Chef Waxman was standing there tasting his Lombardia Style Pork Ribs just laughing and talking away so we chatted for a few as he was busy at a private party at Lola. Wait, didn’t he make these same ribs while on Top Chef Masters too? (I bet Host Kelly Choi didn’t eat any – put something in your mouth!). Ahem–fun times with Chef Waxman. BTW-I heard they raised over $150,000 for Autism Speaks – Nice work!
Chef Waxman IRL vs Chef Waxman on TV? He’s the same. REALLY nice and smiley. Awesome!
Also chatted with The Greenhouse Chef Jonathan Sawyer (@thegreenhouse). He was laughing and smiling as usual.
Few minutes later, we found ourselves talking with his wife @Chefswidow (For those that don’t know about her blog, you should read it here). After talking to @Chefswidow , we all agree that Chef Jonathan Sawyer IS kinda like a big teddy bear. Don’t worry, plutonic man-hugging only.
Congrats on their new house too!
Iron Chef Michael Symon (@mdsymon) was doing his thing. Well, it was his restaurant Lola Bistro. Let’s play “Where’s Symon?” (kinda like Where’s Waldo? but IRL).
I think the only one we missed was Chef Anne Burrell….heck we even saw our favorite wine gal from Whole Foods in University Heights (@WholeFoods).
After leaving all of the celebrity Chefs, we trudged over to The Chocolate bar on Euclid. Had ginormous order of cheesecake (wasn’t that good) and then devoured a gigantic Chocolate fudge brownie Sunday at Chocolate Bar. #naptime #dunzo
Awesome Sunday Funday in the CLE. What will this week bring? More celebrities?
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