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Explore the flavor of Northeast Ohio with Passport Cleveland

Explore the unique flavor of Cleveland by touring some of its urban farms and visiting its ethnic markets and microbreweries with tastings.

The new Passport Cleveland series invites you to join members of the Cleveland State University (CSU) Alumni Association as they embark on a visit to the city’s historic West Side Market. The guided tour, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on May 14, will include information about the 101-year-old structure’s architecture, food stalls and the history of its merchants and their families. After the tour, participants will go next door to Market Garden brewery for dinner and a beer. There, the tour guide will continue the story of the market with a slide show of historic photos, accompanied by the memories gathered from the people who worked there. The brewery’s founder, Sam McNulty, is a CSU graduate.

The tour begins at the West Side Market, 1979 W. 25th St., and ends at the brewery. The cost is $65 a person for CSU alumni, staff or students over 21 years of age, $75 for general admission over 21 years of age, and $55 for general admission for those under 21 years of age. The registration deadline is May 6. Call 216-369-9399.

Indulge in the refreshing flavors of spring at Amp 150 restaurant on Friday. A special spring taster menu will be served that evening.

The meal begins with an appetizer of venison, served with chow-chow and lavender cotton candy, followed by lentil pierogi with bacon and peas. Brussels sprouts salad is tossed with blueberries, feta cheese and orange rosemary vinaigrette. Wolf fish is served with asparagus, radishes and Pernod beurre blanc. Pork is prepared three ways. Dessert is banana “pudding.” The cost for the meal is $45. Beer or wine pairings can be added for $15. Phone 216-706-8787 for reservations. Amp 150 is at 4277 W. 150th St.

A summer wine tasting at the Copper Cup in Westlake on May 15 offers a variety of wines paired with seasonal fare.

Fire-roasted Thai peanut chicken skewers are being served with Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, while barbecue shrimp lettuce wraps with cilantro lime dressing are accompanied by Columbia Winery Chardonnay from Washington state. Assorted cheeses and salumi with fresh fruit and nuts are complemented by Las Rocas Rose from Spain. Backyard beef brisket tacos are paired with Bridlewood Pinot Noir from California. Veal and pork meatballs in smoked tomato sauce are served with Brancia TRE from Toscana, Italy. Dessert is chocolate treats and Louis Martini Cabernet Sauvignon.

The cost is $40 a person, including tax and tip. Phone the Copper Cup, 688 Dover Center Road, at 440-835-9900 for reservations.

Join Les Dames d’Escoffier, Cleveland’s female culinary professionals, at Speakeasy in Ohio City at 6 p.m. on May 22 for “Mixing It Up with the Dames: An Underground Evening of Craft Cocktails.”

A fundraiser for Les Dames’ Northeast Ohio Green Tables Initiative, the event will feature some of Cleveland’s most talented female bartenders demonstrating their signature cocktails. Molly McSweeney, vice president of the Cleveland chapter of the U.S. Bartenders’ Guild, is the emcee.

The $50 admission price includes three craft cocktails, all-you-can-eat Speakeasy small plates of pommes frites, flatbreads, salad and charcuterie, live music and a sensational culinary-themed auction. A cash bar will be available. Visit www.cleveland.ldei.org for details or e-mail mixingwithdames2014@gmail.com. Speakeasy is at 1948 W. 25th St.

 

 

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