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Still Parked at Parker's

Cleveland's whole-foods maven isn't going anywhere.

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We nearly spilled our carrot juice when we read in this month's Northern Ohio Live that Parker Bosley, Cleveland's top advocate for fresh, wholesome foods, had left his eponymously named restaurant in Ohio City and moved to Wooster. But when we reached the chef at Parker's New American Bistro (2801 Bridge Avenue, 216-771-7130), we discovered it was all a big mistake. "I don't know who checks their facts there, but I'm obviously still here," Bosley notes dryly. The mag erroneously reported that Bosley was working at South Market Bistro in Wooster with sous chef Michael Ollier. ("He's not my sous chef, either," Bosley clarifies, "but never mind that.")

While Bosley hasn't moved south, the chef does have ties to the newly opened Wayne County restaurant: Its chef-owner, Michael Mariola, interned with Bosley for several years, taking side trips to work in New York, Napa, Washington, and Paris restaurants before starting the Wooster gig. And Ollier is the Wooster restaurant's chef du cuisine, as well as a Parker's alumnus. "It's an outstanding place," Bosley says of South Market Bistro, "with wonderful, healthy foods -- the antithesis of what's going on [in restaurants] around here." Gourmets with a yen for a road trip can find the South Market Bistro at 151 South Market Street (330-264-3663); the restaurant is open for lunch Tuesday through Friday and dinner Tuesday through Saturday.

Walking off the Pier . . . Wine authority Todd Thompson has left his post as service manager at Pier W to start his own business. The guru of grapes developed a following among West Siders with his funny, informative, and down-to-earth wine classes at the Lakewood restaurant; now he will be conducting public and private wine tastings throughout Northeast Ohio and serving as a wine consultant to local restaurateurs. "The smaller places, especially, just don't have the manpower to research and develop a profitable, stylish wine list," Thompson rightly notes. For more information on classes, consults, and the wonderful world of wine, go to Thompson's website, www.ttwine.com.

Beer here . . . Brewmaster Matt Cole of the Rocky River Brewing Company (21290 Center Ridge Road, Rocky River; 440-895-2739) recently claimed a gold medal in the World Beer Cup 2002, a global competition recognizing the world's finest beers. His Belgian-style Artisan Saison beat out brews from more than 379 breweries in 38 countries. That calls for a drink!

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