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October 2011

Food + Drink

Appetizing Ideas

We asked four top Cleveland chefs to share a favorite appetizer recipe that'll help you wow family and friends this holiday season.

Beer Buzz

Body and Soul Food

C2 samples from Mediterranean cuisine for a creative and nutritional menu.

Building Permitted

Family Business

Rekindling the Fire

Rise and Shine

Flour's dishes change, but quality house-made ingredients are always on the menu.

In the CLE


Changing Views

City Mission

Once an outpost of educational last resort, Cleveland State University has undergone a $500 million makeover: new buildings, green space and vitality. Now, under president Ronald Berkman, the university is integrating itself into Cleveland as never before

Deer Life

Does Zack Bruell Finally Have Your Attention?

After opening four restaurants since 2004 and with a fifth on the way, the culinary pioneer who helped put Cleveland on the fine dining map 26 years ago talks about perfection, getting overlooked and why he'll probably never ever be satisfied.

Fantasy Football

Fear Factory

After two years of scaring people, Nick Francis and Max Simon are taking the chills to a new level.

Guest Spot

High-society hairdresser Colin Lively reconnects with his clients and the city.

Loss Cause

The Biggest Loser changed Aaron Thompkins' life. Now he's trying to repay the favor by inspiring others.

Path to Nowhere

The Towpath should be our region's greatest asset after the lake. But that depends on getting its last links finished — and soon.

Racing Forward

Spirit of Italy

Cleveland-born sculptor Sandro Bonaiuto resurrects 13th-century poet Dante Alighieri to stand watch over the Italian Cultural Garden.

Talking Sports


3 to see

Akron Film Festival recommendations from Rob Lucas, founder and co-director.

Audio Visual

Matthew Chojnacki's book shines a light on the lost art of 45 rpm record sleeves.

Fine Print

Image Conscious

Little Drummer Girl

Former Hole bandmate Patty Schemel pulls back the curtain on the '90s grunge rock scene in Hit So Hard, her documentary playing the Akron Film Festival.

Talk of the Town

The host of A Prairie Home Companion brings his one-man show to Cleveland.

Works in Progress

At Home

Grow For It

Not sure what plants to go with this holiday season? We asked four florists and garden centers for their holiday decorating ideas.

Hot Products

Furniture and appliance retailers share their takes on the most popular trends and fresh ideas that will help you dress up your home in time for the holidays.


Time Pieces

Ohio City's Rag Refinery helps those who love vintage looks define their style.


The 2011 Top Dentists List

The 2011 Top Dentists resource is your guide to more than 330 of the best dentists and specialists in Greater Cleveland.


Ask the Experts: Mind Altering

Northeast Ohio's colleges and independent schools are improving education throughout the region.

College Prepped

As the state pushes to increase the number of people graduating with bachelor's degrees, more students are taking college courses while in high school. (And some don't even go on campus to do it.)

Early Risers

Preschool isn't what it used to be. Early childhood education in some schools now includes foreign languages, environmentalism and a social curriculum.