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Landmark area restaurant shuts its doors

The Linden Tavern, a Rocky River landmark restaurant, has shut its doors for the final time.

Owners Herb and Julie Eglinski have retired. Their son, Chef Kevin Eglinski, has begun a new venture called Kevin’s Cafe and Catering at the Barton and Westerly Center in nearby Lakewood.

“We could not have operated the tavern for 24 years without our hard-working staff and the support we have received from our loyal customers,” Herb Eglinski noted. “We wish you well and we will miss you.”

After 25 years of running the “America’s Best New Chefs” competition, Food and Wine magazine is ready for dessert. This year’s contest will help select the “Best New Pastry Chefs in the Country.” Matt Danko of Cleveland’s Greenhouse Tavern is one of 17 competing for the title in the central division. Prior to becoming pastry chef at The Greenhouse Tavern, Danko worked at Downtown 140 in Hudson and the Sheraton Suites in Cuyahoga Falls. The self-taught chef’s quintessential dessert is buttered popcorn pot de creme with caramel and sea salt.

The Fresh Fork Market and Bar Cento in Ohio City are teaming up for their third Butcher’s Series event. The April 17 demonstration and dinner, at 6:30 p.m., will feature pork. Chef Adam Lambert of Bar Cento will discuss the different cuts of meat and how they can best be used. He and his staff will prepare four or five small plates of pork-centered dishes, accompanied by a tasting flight of three beers. The cost is $35 a person. Call 800-861-8582 for reservations, or visit www.freshforkmarket.com. Bar Cento is at 1948 W. 25th St.

The competition was fierce, but three restaurants rose triumphant in Cleveland’s Finest Hors d’Oeuvre Contest to benefit Our Lady of the Wayside homes. First-place kudos went to Chef Rob Jankowski of The Woods for his dish, lobster ravioli with an herb tomato cream sauce. Second-place honors went to Chef Marlon Mayorga of Corleone’s for calamari salad topped with blackened scallops. The third-place winner was Chef Genevieve Larson of the Tree House Gallery for her appetizer of scallop and chicken waffcos. The event took place on April 4 at the Terrace Club at Progressive Field.

Dine, drink and dish with the dames of the West Side Market at a May 16 fundraiser for the Cleveland chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier, a group of female culinary professionals. The event is at 6:30 p.m. at the Market Garden Brewery, 1947 W. 25th St.

“Dishing With the Dames of the West Side Market” celebrates the women who make the West Side Market the dynamic treasure that it is today. Hear stories about the butchers, bakers and sauerkraut makers told by the lady vendors in a lively discussion moderated by Marilou Suszko, co-author of “Cleveland’s West Side Market: 100 Years and Still Cooking.”

Enjoy small dishes prepared using artisan products from the West Side Market and a unique cocktail created especially for the event. Market Garden Brew House tours will be conducted by brewer Jennifer Hermann. There will be a raffle with culinary-themed prizes.

Proceeds benefit the Northeast Ohio Green Tables Initiative of Les Dames d’Escoffier, an effort to help people better understand the link between rural and urban farms and their tables. Tickets are $45 a person. Visit www.cleveland.ldei.org or contact diningwithdames2013@gmail.com.

 

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