The Oberlin Review

 The Elkan family recently celebrated their eleventh year of running Chabad at Oberlin in their brand new house.

A New Home, New Faces, and New Traditions for Chabad at Oberlin

October 7, 2020

Chabad leaders Devorah and Rabbi Shlomo Elkan celebrated their 11th anniversary of living in Oberlin last week — what they like to call their “Oberversary” — from a newly reconstructed and expanded house. A project five years in the making, the new Chabad house and surrounding property have enabled Chabad at Oberlin to host in-person, socially distanced gatherings outside.  Working closely with the Student Union, the Dean of Students Office, and the Office of the President, Chabad at Ob...

Molly Baz cooking from home in Bon Appétit’s recent video, “Pro Chefs Make 13 Kinds of Pantry Pasta | Test Kitchen Talks @ Home.”

“What are you watching, Obies?” Survey Results: Fill up on a YouTube Cooking Show

April 17, 2020

Editor’s note: This is the third article in the Review’s ongoing series responding to the “What are you watching, Obies?” survey created by Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies Leah Vonderheide. Last week I made a gorgeous fried egg, salted and peppered it liberally, placed it gingerly over some rice, and had a mini photoshoot before devouring the fruits of my labor. Spending so much time at home over this past month has recentered these sorts o...

Margaritas on the rocks at Lupitas Mexican Restaurant during their Marg Night special.

Margarita Nights: An Old Student Tradition Meets a New Location

March 13, 2020

Editor’s Note: All students quoted in this article are of legal drinking age. Do you prefer your margaritas frozen or on the rocks? Is your favorite flavor the original lime, or an option like peach, watermelon, or mango? These are the questions I asked the crowded tables at Lupitas Mexican Restaurant, a downtown Oberlin joint known for its lacquered booth murals, reasonably priced enchilada platters, and, most of all, Marg Night. A staple among College students, Marg Nights are every Tuesday ...

Feve Co-Owners Open New Restaurant, ThiNi Thai

Jaimie Yue and Rachel Fang

February 7, 2020

Oberlin’s new restaurant ThiNi Thai grabs the attention of passersby with its bright lights and painted mural. Above the front door, there is a large, arrow-shaped sign that reads, “ThiNi,” a Thai phrase that translates to “is here,” according to co-owner Matt Adelman. Brothers Matt and Jason Adelman, owners of the Feve, opened the restaurant at the beginning of January. They were inspired by a trip they took to Chiang Mai, a city in the mountainous northern region of Thailand, where they met their tour guide and friend Aon Krittathiranon. After noticing the brothers’ interest in food, Krittathiranon invited them to his house to show them how he cooked Thai dishes. The Adelmans later found out that Krit...

Surprisingly, Cleveland Has a Wine Scene — And it’s Thriving

Katie Lucey, News Editor

December 13, 2019

Cleveland is not a wine town. Not historically, anyway. Recently, though, the city has given rise to a thriving, albeit small, wine scene — for those who know how to find it.  Although beer still reigns king in Northeast Ohio, the wine industry has a larger presence than one might think. Ohio, despite being the 34th largest state, was the sixth-largest wine producer in the United States in 2016, according to an Ohio Grape Industries Committee economic impact report.  “The Cleveland wine scene is getting bigger and better,” Elan Hoenig, general manager of The Wine Spot, a wine retailer in Cleveland Heights, said. “I think there’s definitely more interest coming to the city in all aspects of wine.” T...

A table set for a Stevie Dinner Date.

Student Dining Innovations Improve Social Atmosphere

November 22, 2019

Last week, a waiter sat College fourth-year Monica Dix and I at a corner table at Stevenson Dining Hall. That waiter was College fourth-year Jody Shanabrook, the founder and sole waitstaff of the Stevie Dinner Date Service, a pop-up restaurant-style dining experience available for a $5 service fee. For another $5, our dinner could have been accompanied by College fourth-year Riley Calcagno’s live violin music. “We’ve had five bookings over the past two weeks, but our business has been exploding...

New Food Columnists Rate Dining Hall Desserts

Ella Halbert and Jordan Rempel-White

October 4, 2019

One evening at Stevenson Dining Hall, we entered the bustling buffet area with our newly-found friends. The desserts had been topped up seconds before, after a wave of sugar-starved students had eaten everything in sight, and we knew we had to taste everything. But, as young adults refining our taste palettes, we decided it would be unreasonable to stomach an entire dessert bar alone.  So instead, we decided to split the dessert bar. The result was glorious: four diverse delights piled high onto one modest plate. Overall, the selections exceeded our expectations, considering we were eating in a college dining hall.  The first sample, custard pie, was arguably the worst of the bunch based solely on texture. Whi...

Students Reflect on Conflict Kitchen Talk

Roman Broszkowski, Senior Staff Writer

May 10, 2019

A week after their event at the Allen Memorial Art Museum on Thursday, May 2, Conflict Kitchen still remains very present on students’ minds. The collaborative art installation, created by artists Jon Rubin and Dawn Weleski, doubled as a functional restaurant in Pittsburgh from 2010 until 2017. Rubin and Weleski, as part of the Allen’s First Thursday series, came to Oberlin to discuss the story behind their long-running piece. Based between the North and Central Oakland neighborhoods of Pittsburgh, Conflict Kitchen was an attempt by Rubin and Weleski to allow people to explore and interact with various cultures that the United States was in conflict with. The restaurant had a rotating menu inspired by contemporary...

Catrina’s Tacos Los de Tinga

Catrina’s Food Review: New Mexican Eatery Opens in Oberlin

March 8, 2019

An Indian and a Pakistani walked along West College Street last Thursday, terrified that within the next few hours we would hear terrible news regarding escalating military tension from our South Asian borders. We decided the best way to deal with this fear was to share a meal at Catrina’s Tacos y Margaritas — Oberlin’s new Mexican restaurant.  The restaurant was full that night, though it’s hard to tell whether the foot traffic was due to the novelty of a new restaurant downtown or ge...

Vel Scott

Vel Scott: Chef and Health Advocate

February 15, 2019

Vel Scott is a food and health advocate based in Cleveland. Her organization, Vel Scott’s Healthy You, facilitates workshops and other trainings in the greater Cleveland area, helping people to understand more about their food, where it comes from, and how to live a healthy lifestyle. She also runs Vel’s Purple Oasis, an urban farm in Cleveland that allows locals to become directly involved in food production through volunteering. This past Tuesday, Scott visited Oberlin as a guest chef, cooking in...

Fusions restaurant, located at 9 South Main Street focuses on serving a wide array of culturally authentic food options to its customers.

Fusions Restaurant Owners Emphasize Diversity, Inclusivity, Equity in Culinary Offerings

September 7, 2018

Many students at Oberlin value the creation of safe spaces for different identities, a priority often shared by establishments in downtown Oberlin and greater Lorain County. Oberlin’s Fusions Restaurant is no exception — it has been committed to creating an accessible dining experience since its opening in November 2017. But where and what is Fusions? And how exactly does a restaurant foster a safe space? I came to know Fusions in January 2018 when Santos Martinez, the owner Belinda Martinez’s...

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