The multi-page centerfold in the winter edition of Edible Cleveland features an impressive collection of Cleveland culinary talent seemingly caught in the midst of an epic food fight. The dramatic photomontage is the work of local photographer James Douglas, who spent months shooting and editing the piece, as did Barney Taxel.
That image now stands as a representation for both collaboration and compassion. The accompanying article in the magazine titled “How Cleveland Chefs Rise Above the Fray to Build a Better Culinary Scene” describes an environment where local chefs work as one to elevate the entire dining scene.
“We all grew up in Cleveland kitchens, and we know how hard it can be,” chef-owner Eric Williams is quoted in the piece. “We’re there to support each other.”
Those words have been translated into action. Most of the chefs featured in that Food Fight photo have joined forces to help fight hunger by being hosts of Round Up for Hunger, which benefits the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. Simply by dining at one of the participating restaurants and “rounding up” your tab, you can help provide nutritious meals to those in need.
“When we combine a dollar here with 30 cents there and so on, our spare change becomes a significant donation,” say organizers. That’s because just $1 donated to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank translates into enough food for four healthy meals.
Following are the 13 restaurants where you can go and Round Up your check in support of the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.
Barroco Grill, Bistro 87 and Café 4250 at Tri-C Campuses, El Carnicero, Fire Food & Drink, Fahrenheit, The Flying Fig, Good to Go Café, Lago, Lucky's Café, Momocho Mod Mex, Spice Kitchen + Bar, and TownHall.
Of course, you can also simply donate money to the Food Bank here.