A feast at your doorstep
You don't have to leave Cleveland to sample some of the nation's finest cuisine. Just mark your calendar for the evening of Monday, June 11, when the staff at Moxie (3355 Richmond Road, Beachwood) will present the third annual Friends of Beard event, a seven-course dinner in support of the James Beard Foundation's Moxie Scholarship fund. Top chefs from around the country will gather here that weekend, including Suzanne Goin from Lucques in West Hollywood, preparing yellowtail seviche with beluga lentils, Mexican lime, crème frâiche, and caviar; Jean-Robert de Cavel from Cincinnati's Maisonette, making licorice-and-cumin-marinated rack of lamb with classic ratatouille fondue and Indiana goat-cheese and lamb croquette; and Lincoln Carson from Olives in N.Y.C., preparing oven-roasted pineapple with coconut cake and coconut-lime sorbet. And, besides hosting the out-of-towners to an Indians game and introducing them to some of our own culinary talent, Moxie's executive chef, Jonathan Bennett, will begin the dinner with English pea soup with blue-crab-stuffed morels. Approximately 150 guests are expected; you can still be one of them by ordering tickets ($140 for foundation members/$165 for nonmembers) at 216-831-5599. But don't bother knocking on Moxie's door for a regular lunch or dinner on the 11th; the restaurant will be closed to the public all day, while the chefs prepare for the evening's festivities.
Take Joe home
Robust soups, hearty stews, and zesty chilis are always in season at chef Joe Haladey's Old Brooklyn Soup Company (4770 Broadview Road, 216-335-9394). But with the return of warmer weather, customers' thoughts have turned to Haladey's cool salads and flavorful homemade dressings. In fact, his sauces and dressings have proven so popular, Haladey recently decided to take a plunge into retail. Look for Old Brooklyn Joe's Peach Grilling Sauce and Old Brooklyn Joe's Caribbean Lime Vinaigrette to arrive on the shelves of Solon's Mustard Seed Market any minute now. Too busy to toss your own greens? Don't despair. Soup's on at Haladey's little eatery from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday.