Hard to spot but worth looking for, Medina's new gourmet food-and-wine shop, Good Taste, marks its grand opening Sunday, October 21, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with samples, cooking-school sign-ups, and an opportunity to check out the retail goodies.
At 8,000 square feet, the new market is a beauty, channeling a wine-country vibe through its stone fireplace and heated patio, which boasts a Pottery-Barn-worthy collection of tables, umbrellas, and cushy seating.
Indoors, a 14-seat cooking school occupies one corner, doing double duty for demos, wine-tastings, and special dinners. To the right, the still-growing wine boutique offers almost 150 labels as well as imported beers, fresh flowers, and an airy dining space. To the left, tall shelves hold linens, dishware, and stemware, along with gourmet groceries. And in the rear, find chef-owner Chris Rose's well-equipped kitchen, with a bank of deli-style coolers showcasing prepared foods, imported cheeses, prime beef, and fresh seafood.
Hungry? Order in, carry out, or even cruise the meat case until you find something you like — maybe one of those prime strip steaks in a smoked paprika and chipotle rub — and Rose will grill it to order. At lunch, options include homemade soups, salads, and sandwiches, and a mere five bucks will score you a "Nooner," with a cup of signature portobello bisque and a three-cheese panini. Come evening, a Kurobuta pork chop and two sides (Israeli couscous with pistachios and figs, or a potato-and-aged-Gouda au gratin) are pegged at a reasonable $16.95. Pick out a favorite vino while it cooks.
A Greater Cleveland native, Rose completed his culinary studies in San Francisco in 1988 and served as executive chef at Giovanni's, the Shoreby Club, and for Boykin Hospitality before deciding to launch Good Taste with his wife, Robin. The couple is having a blast with their new venture. "We've had people out on the patio, drinking wine and networking late into the evening!" Robin marvels. "It's been like one big party!"
We just wish the place, set back on the west side of Rt. 42, north of the Square, wasn't so tough to spot. Fire up your GPS, and look for them at 985 Boardman Alley, between Target and the DQ. For more info, call 330-241-5447 or visit www.goodtastemarket.com.
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