We ran into chef Jonathon Sawyer at the recent benefit for the Cleveland Film Festival, "Food for Thought" (here are some more events in the series) held at the Taxel family studios. Laura Taxel writes the excellent book Cleveland Ethnic Eats, now in its seventh edition.
That night, four of the area's many great chefs talked about their favorite food films. Jon was the only one who didn't have a restaurant; he had recently left Bar Cento (attached to the Bier Markt) to start The Greenhouse Tavern. But never fear - we were told he left Bar Cento his recipe for french fries fried in duck fat. I can testify that these are worth the pilgrimage.
On the restaurant's blog, this writeup from CoolCleveland describes the Greenhouse as a green restaurant--a local food effort from the ground up. Jon spoke passionately, and realistically, about making great food and helping the region at the same time.
He did not, however, mention my favorite food film: The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover. Though if I recall correctly, Fahrenheit's Rocco Whalen did. (If I ever start a rock band, we'll be The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Their Drummer.)
Whew! That took a long time to write - but it's an interconnected world, isn't it?