The Oberlin Review

The Epicurean: The Greenhouse Tavern Jewel of Cleveland Culinary Scene

Matt Segall, Columnist

February 27, 2015

Filed under ARTS

I can often be heard saying, “The Greenhouse Tavern is the best restaurant I’ve ever been to,” and I’m not a liar. Local hero Jonathan Sawyer’s flagship establishment tops many locals lists, and after many visits, it remains on the top of mine too. Yes, its food is some of the best I’ve had. Yes, its service is refined. It hit all the marks. But GHT is more than the food on the plate and the attentive people who bring it to you; it is the crown jewel of Cleveland’s celebrated restaurant scene. One of The Greenhouse Tavern’s main focuses is sourcing ingredients from local producers, at which they succeed wherever they can. While not the first spot to catch wind of the farm-to-table movement in Cleveland...

The Epicurean: Procuring the Perfect Taco

Matt Segall, Column

February 13, 2015

Filed under ARTS

This week we’re taking a break from snowy Ohio to explore California’s epicurean landscape.   The success of personalities like Guy Fieri, who touts outrageous dishes including deep-fried meatball subs and bacon and ham– topped cheeseburgers, seems to suggest an upward trend in overindulgent food pairings. However, as popular as Guy and his bleached soul patch are, most people I know couldn’t stomach the dishes he promotes. I have hope that epicurean simplicity will re-emerge. The prevalence of taquerias supports the notion that a few simple ingredients can go a long way. Even Chipotle, the fast food spin on a typical Californian taqueria, has grown rapidly in popularity over the past decade. This sugges...

Attendance at CDS Policy Symposium Essential for Food Justice

Aliya Tuzhilin, Helena Bader, Eleanor Catlin, and Ayami Kan

November 21, 2014

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: Oberlin students and CDS employees have the incredible opportunity to help write a food policy for Oberlin College that will guide the College and CDS in its purchasing and employment practices. This Saturday, we, the Real Food Challenge, are hosting a symposium to discuss a draft of the food policy we have written. This policy is based upon the values of the Real Food Challenge, which is a national movement working to increase the amount of local, sustainable, humane, ecological and fair food purchasing and practices on college campuses across the country. This symposium is a forum for students to voice their opinions on food purchasing, campus sustainability, labor rights and other food-related issues....

Crunchbutton Comes to Oberlin

November 21, 2014

Filed under Campus News, NEWS

It took three minutes and 52 seconds for the new Oberlin branch of Crunchbutton, an online food ordering service and app, to receive its first order after going live Monday. Students can order from a menu of popular local food items and Crunchbutton employees will deliver the order to their location. Customers can also post reviews and comments on the Crunchbutton site to review food or suggest new places to include. Crunchbutton currently delivers from The Feve, Tooo Chinoise and McDonald’s, and plans to add Lupita’s, Agave Burrito Bar and Tequilaria, the Slow Train Cafe, Kim’s and Mickey Mart by the end of the week. Select items from IGA will also be available in the near future. The goal, according to Crun...

Just Ask Us: GoYeo or Stevie?

Jolie De Feis and Mike Plotz

November 7, 2014

Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Welcome back to the second installment of “Just Ask Us and We’ll Tell Ya” with Jolie and Mike. We know it’s been a hard and long two weeks (my God, three weeks!) with this pesky break keeping us apart from one another, but we’re happy to be back, and it is our firm opinion that you are, too. Browsing the internet, as we do daily, and scouring Yik Yak, which we also do daily, it occurred to us that there should be no more beating around the bush. We must answer the question that’s been on everyone’s mind: Would you rather say “GoYeo!” at the end of every sentence or eat Stevie food for the rest of your life? (Question obtained courtesy of Yik Yak and the wildly creative mind of Remington Runnfeldt...

The Epicurean: L’Albatros Lives Up to Hype

The Epicurean: L’Albatros Lives Up to Hype

September 26, 2014

This is the second in a biweekly column highlighting our local culinary scene. Restaurant reviews, research, interviews, recipes and more will all come together in order to identify what makes the Cleveland experience unique. Zack Bruell is not an attention-monger. You will not find him competing on “Iron Chef” or “Chopped.” You will not hear people speaking his name in New York or Los Angeles. But he happens to own five of the most popular restaurants in Cleveland. He is more local he...

The Epicurean: Setting Cleveland’s Culinary Stage

Matt Segall, Columnist

September 12, 2014

Filed under ARTS

This is the first in a biweekly column highlighting our local culinary scene. Restaurant reviews, research, interviews, recipes and more will all come together in order to identify what makes the Cleveland experience unique. Many have heard of Cleveland’s West Side Market, the much-hyped European-style food bazaar that offers a diverse selection of products that attracts tens of thousands every weekend. Another famous character on the Cleveland food scene is Michael Symon, who won the Food Network’s Next Iron Chef competition, rocketing him into the national spotlight. It should come as no surprise that Cleveland — former industrial and economic capital of the Midwest and home to the likes of John D. Rockefel...

Students, Union Rally for Farmworkers

Students, Union Rally for Farmworkers

March 14, 2014

Oberlin students picketed a Wendy’s in Columbus, OH this past Sunday, joining a Florida worker’s union in a march for farmworker justice. Protesters attempted to pressure Wendy’s into signing Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ Fair Food Agreement, legislation that both guarantees farmers a penny per bushel and ensures that there is a flat top on tomato buckets that are distributed. According to College junior Zachery Crowell, this piece of legislation certifies that farmworkers are not...

Attention to Food’s Origins is Critical in Light of Outbreak

Sam White, Contributing Writer

October 11, 2013

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

We shouldn’t have to care about what’s in our food: Simply “eating a balanced diet,” complete with proteins, fats, greens and carbohydrates, should suffice. Today, however, it’s becoming increasingly difficult — and dangerous — not to care. Recent events bring this to light. The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a health alert this week regarding an outbreak of antibiotic-resistant salmonella, responsible for at least 270 cases of the severe foodborne illness. According to the USDA, the source of the illness has been traced to poultry products produced by Foster Farms in California at three of the company’s four facilities. While the majority of reported cases have been in California, the contaminated...

College Takes On Real Food Challenge

March 15, 2013

Filed under Campus News, NEWS

This Wednesday, on the steps of Wilder Hall, President Krislov approved a commitment to join the Real Food Challenge and make Oberlin Campus Dining Services 40 percent “real food” by 2020. “Real food” is food that fits into one or more of four categories described by the Real Food Challenge: local-based, fair, ecologically sound and humane. The Real Food challenge, a nationwide nonprofit organization, is asking colleges and universities across the nation to commit to 20 percent real food by 2020. Colleges and universities currently purchase five billion dollars of food every year, and by shifting one fifth, or $1 billion, of that spending to responsible food providers, Real Food Challenge hopes to harness “the...

MAASC emphasizes unity, culinary traditions

Joelle Lingat, Staff Writer

March 9, 2012

Filed under Campus News, NEWS

This past weekend, Oberlin College hosted the 17th Biennial Midwest Asian American Student Conference. Over 50 students from different campuses, including Loyola University Chicago, Calvin College, University of Florida and Grinnell College were represented. Asian-American students from all over the Oberlin campus came together to plan the event. For almost 35 years, the conference aligned with students’ call for more opportunities for Asian-American studies on campus. The original Asian/Pacific American conference efforts led to the establishment of tenure and tenure-track Asian-American history professor positions and helped to establish the Comparative American Studies department. Although these strides have...

We All Scream Pt. 2: Cowhaus, New Cone on the Block

We All Scream Pt. 2: Cowhaus, New Cone on the Block

September 23, 2011

Last week I sampled both Yesterday’s and Gibson’s ice cream flavors with the hope of choosing a winner. No clear champion emerged, but with the opening of Cowhaus Creamery on Friday, Sept. 16, Oberlin’s newest ice cream shop, perhaps the tie will be broken. Cowhaus, located next to Slow Train Cafe on East College St., is an artisan ice cream parlor that features many local ingredients and bowls and utensils that are 100 percent compostable. The ice cream itself is made just 10 miles away at...

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