Vivian Goodman

Editor's note:  This story was originally published in December of 2015. 

In these last two weeks before Christmas, home cooks are racking their brains and rifling through recipe boxes, trying to recall just how Grandma worked her magic for those traditional holiday treats. 

Every ethnicity has its favorites, and Italians are especially fond of cookies. 

In today’s Quick Bite, WKSU’s Vivian Goodman visits a Bath Township kitchen and an Italian grocery in Highland Heights to nibble a few.

Many Native Americans observe Thanksgiving. They just don’t celebrate it. It’s often a time for somber reflection on a sorrowful history, and always a time to honor ancestors.

But food is important, too, as WKSU’s Vivian Goodman discovered in a kitchen in Kent.


Editor's note: This story was originally published on April 29, 2016.

Cleveland’s restaurant renaissance has been widely recognized. But closer to home, east siders still argue with west siders about which side of the Cuyahoga River has the best cuisine.

The Cleveland Institute of Music is under new leadership. In today’s State of the Arts, WKSU’s Vivian Goodman reports that the new president hopes to strengthen the institute’s reputation as a world-class training ground for classical musicians.

The discordant mix leaking from the practice rooms into the hall corridors is music to Paul Hogle’s ears.

“I love to hear that, that blend of sounds. It’s just magical.”  

Nostalgia is the key ingredient at a restaurant that recently opened in Chagrin Falls. It’s new, but the menu is retro, and the location's  familiar.

For seven years, the sign outside said Fresh Start Diner, and before that for half a century it was Dink’s Colonial Restaurant, a Chagrin Falls culinary landmark.

Jack Krissinger has renamed it North Main Diner. “I’m the owner-operator-chef-general crazy person.” 

He’s a Chagrin Falls townie from way back.

Fall colors are peaking in these last days of a warmer than normal October. For nature lovers venturing out with their cameras, WKSU’s Vivian Goodman offers the guidance of one of Ohio’s leading landscape photographers in today’s State of the Arts.

It’s Indian summer, and we’re not just talking Tribe.

It was 70 degrees and partly cloudy on a late September day when we met Ian Adams just east of Painesville and a mile west of the Perry nuclear plant.

An Akron beekeeper is offering unique types of honey from hives scattered across the city.

In today’s Quick Bite, WKSU’s Vivian Goodman reports the color and flavor of each batch depends on the nectar source in different residential neighborhoods.

Brent Wesley, the founder of Akron Honey Company, works full time in information technology. He got into beekeeping for the love of honey.

Pedestrians as well as car owners are being treated to two art displays in Kent that they might not have expected to see while walking around town or bringing a car in for service.

Wall murals in both a downtown alley and an automotive service center reflect the city’s history as well as a young man’s hometown spirit.

Strolling down Burbick Way headed to South Water Street, Ryan Sole and Adam Baldwin are surprised to see both the art, and the artist. “For real? That’s awesome man, good job. That is really cool.” 

Two new cafes in Kent are serving a cold beverage that’s wildly popular in many Asian countries. In today’s Quick Bite, WKSU’s Vivian Goodman reports the drink is catching on here as a novelty for some,  and for others, a refreshing taste of home.

Bubble tea is tea that’s shaken or stirred with milk or fruit juice, with tiny balls of tapioca dropped into it. Mingliang Xie uses green tea for most drinks served at Ming’s Bubble Tea on East Main Street in Kent.

Akron’s Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens is more spruced-up than ever for the upcoming holiday season. In today’s State of the Arts, WKSU’s Vivian Goodman takes us along on a curated tour.

“We are entering the front door of the Manor House,” says Julie Frey, “So this is where all of the guests and friends of the Seiberlings would have been invited to come in.”

As curator of Stan Hywet,  Frey oversees the furnishings and historic artifacts of one of the last remaining residences of the barons of America’s Industrial Age.

The Cleveland Museum of Art is offering a look at the priceless art treasures of Indian emperors. Plus, a chance to feast like one. WKSU’s Vivian Goodman has the story in this week’s Quick Bite.

The special exhibition “Art and Stories from Mughal India” is free to the public in celebration of the Cleveland Museum of Art’s centennial year.

They say the neon lights are bright on Broadway, but they’re shining along Euclid Avenue, too, as the curtain lifts this weekend on “Broadway in Cleveland.”

In today’s State of the Arts, WKSU’s Vivian Goodman sits down with Playhouse Square’s executive producer for a preview.

Farmers, food producers, and Akron shoppers have found an oasis in what used to be a food desert.

As WKSU’s Vivian Goodman reports in today’s Quick Bite, disabled adults are benefiting, too.

John Luby works the register at Hattie’s Food Hub, the new corner market on Douglas Street, with his job coach Kimberly Purnell by his side.

“Do you remember what the amount was, John?” she asks. “Ten,” John replies.

“Awesome. Good job,” says his coach. “Ask her...”

A play opening this weekend in Ashtabula is based on an archive of letters written home from every war in U.S. history.

“Dear Folks. I’m sorry I haven’t wrote you in quite a while. Saigon was hit heavy.”

A letter from Vietnam read from the stage of the Ashtabula Arts Center is one of many that have made rehearsals for “If All the Sky Were Paper” emotionally draining for both cast and crew.

Director Cathy Lawson felt the play’s impact just reading the script.

Home cooks know how relaxing it can be to putter in the kitchen, but for deeply troubled minds, cooking can be much more than a stress-reliever.

In today’s Quick Bite, WKSU’s Vivian Goodman visits a farm in Amish country where the art of cuisine is a form of therapy.

We’re in Middlefield on this sunny summer morning at Ohio’s only therapeutic farm community for adults with mental illness.

Peaceful surroundings

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