North Union Farmers Market

Trucking Into Lakewood 

North Union Farmers Market

Organizers of the highly successful Saturday morning North Union Farmers Market on Shaker Square have, for the second summer running, launched a Wednesday afternoon market on Arthur Avenue, just north of Detroit Avenue, at the Lakewood Municipal Park. Most of the dozen or so farmers who haul their goods to the West Side will be familiar to Shaker Square shoppers, although Lakewood officials have not yet okayed the sale of dairy products and meats at the outdoor market. A recent trip netted us fresh sweet corn, early tomatoes, and stringless green beans. The Lakewood produce parade continues from 2 to 7 p.m. each Wednesday through September 20.

He's getting soooo big! . . . Michael Herschman's deliciously delightful café, bar, and portico, Mojo (2221 Professor Street), will be marking its first birthday with an eight-course movable feast that, Herschman promises, will fill the place with a "blush wine and tapas frenzy." Service will be at dining stations set up throughout the facility, each stocked with tasty treats like Tempura Tiger Shrimp with Spicy Peanut Sauce, served with an NV Tattinger Cuvée Prestige Rosé and Charred Chicken Pizza with Peppercorn Fennel Slaw and Lemony Crème Frâiche, with a 1995 Domaine Amiot-Serville Bourgogne Rosé. The party starts at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 8; call 216-592-6656 to reserve a space. Price for the whole shebang -- food and wine -- is $50 per person.

Kneadful things . . . The bakers glide into the kitchen of the Atlanta Bread Company (1111 Chester Avenue), in the wee hours of the morning, to start shaping the daily bread that will soon sit before downtown's hungry masses. The Cleveland café and bakery opened in May and is one of the Atlanta-based company's prototype stores, with a new "easy order" menu system, a warm yellow-and-black decor, a fireplace, and classical music. Among the freshly baked goods are Nine-Grain, Asiago Cheese, and Sun-dried Tomato breads; pastry creations include Mocha Muffin Tops, Gooey Butter Danish, and White Chocolate Macadamia Nut cookies. A variety of salads, soups, deli sandwiches, and gourmet coffees round out the offerings. ABC was launched in 1993 in Sandy Springs, Georgia, and is now well on its way to 125 locations across the country, earning it a nod from Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the fastest-growing franchises in the U.S. Hours are 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Dine in or carry out; place an order by phone (216-685-1332) or fax (216-685-1331); or ask for delivery.

Small bites . . . Snickers Tavern (1261 West 76th Street, 216-631-7555) has a new chef and a new menu. Jeff Fisher joined the crew in June and brought with him lots of fine-dining notions, like lobster martinis and calamari stuffed with monkfish and smoked bacon . . . Blake's Seafood Grill (17 River Street, 440-893-9910) is now open for daily dinner and weekend lunches. The three-story wonder, with a glorious view of Chagrin Falls, specializes in wood-grilled fish, fresh seafood, and steaks. Chef for this newest Hyde Park venture is Patrick McNamara . . . The former Avon Garden is now the Fox & Crow (32045 Detroit Road, 440-835-5010). Along with the name change, the Avon restaurant and lounge has added a new patio and deck with their own café menu, and a barbecue patio with separate bar. The spot is open daily, with live entertainment Monday through Saturday.

More by Elaine T. Cicora

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