Tri-C Announces Participants In Culinary Festival

CLEVELAND — The table is set for Cleveland Eats, a culinary festival organized by the Hospitality Management Center of Excellence at Cuyahoga Community College.

Thirty-one restaurants, caterers and treat makers will dish out their mouthwatering specialties when Cleveland Eats returns Sept. 15 to the Mall B outdoor event space above the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland.

Each establishment claimed a spot in the festival’s Culinary Village, where meandering foodies can conquer their hunger by purchasing small plate selections for $5 or less.

“Deciding what to eat may be the toughest decision people make all day,” said Michael Huff, the College’s dean of hospitality management. “I recommend coming hungry, because you’re going to find some of the tastiest food available in Northeast Ohio.”

The list of participating restaurants — and their claims to fame — includes:

Adega — Mediterranean-inspired cuisine

Bloom Bakery — Socially conscious bakery offering artisan-crafted goods

Coquette Patisserie — A one-day return of the popular University Circle destination

Edwin's Leadership and Restaurant Institute — French cuisine and a second chance

fire food and drink — Global-inspired dishes built from locally sourced ingredients

Hard Rock Rocksino — Culinary tour de force of five restaurants

Heck's Café — Gourmet burgers

Irie Jamaican Kitchen — The spice of the island in the CLE

Lucky's Café — Hip Tremont eatery featured on the Food Network

Luna Bakery & Café — European-style pastries

Melt Bar and Grilled — The restaurant that reinvented the grilled cheese sandwich

Ninja City Kitchen & Bar — Asian street food packing a kung fu punch

Nomad Culinary — Kitchen-style cooking brought to your doorstep

Pier W — Coastal dining with a menu straight from the seas

Pierre's Ice Cream — For 86 years, the reason Clevelanders leave room for dessert

Pura Vida/Blue Canyon — Creative approaches to traditional fare

Red, the Steakhouse/Moxie — Sibling restaurants that share a taste of excellence

Salt+ — Culinary adventures built on small plates, cocktails and unique wines

Saucisson — Boutique butchery specializing in spiced sausages and hand-cured meats

Skye LaRae's Culinary Services — Serving great food and a personal chef experience

Stack'd — Outrageous hot sandwiches, street tacos, burgers and all-day breakfast options

Table 45 Restaurant and Bar — A new take on modern American cuisine

The Burnham Restaurant — Signature Cleveland experience featuring Ohio-sourced products

The Burntwood Tavern — Straightforward menu with smoked, planked and wood-grilled food

The Campus Grille — Caribbean cuisine served on the North Coast

The Pierogi Lady — More than 100 varieties of pierogis

Xinji Noodle Bar — Pan-Asian hot spot starring ramen and dumplings

Wild Thymez Personal Chef Service — Personal chef to Cleveland’s sports stars

Zack Bruell Restaurant Group — The work of Cleveland’s most prolific restaurateur

In addition, the culinary stars of tomorrow will represent Alere, Tri-C’s student-run restaurant, and the Westfield Culinary Apprenticeship program, a collaboration between the College, Westfield Insurance and the American Culinary Federation.

Admission to the festival starts at $5, with children age 12 and under admitted free. For more information, or to purchase advance tickets, visit

More than 8,000 attended the inaugural festival in 2017.

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