West Side Market and Short Vincent at Mac’s Backs
Thursday | 7:00 PM–8:00 PM
Laura Taxel, co-author with Marilou Suszko of Cleveland’s West Side Market: 100 Years and Still Cooking and Alan Dutka, author ofCleveland’s Short Vincent: The Theatrical Grill and It’s Notorious Neighbors will be at Mac’s to discuss their books.
Cleveland’s West Side Market: 100 Years and Still Cooking chronicles the history of this notable landmark and all it offers consumers and culinary aficionados. The book takes readers on a nostalgic tour of the Market building, outdoor arcades, and into the lives of many vendors and Market families—who are the true foundation of this historic public space. Readers will discover foods, traditions, and family rituals that were started and nurtured at the Market and enjoy humorous, touching, and sometimes bawdy stories of what it was like to grow up, grow old, and carve out a living at the Market. Many of the book’s stories and memories reveal personal family histories told for the first time. The volume is rich with many rare, and until now unpublished, vintage and contemporary photographs and images that provide a delightful armchair tour of this magnificent landmark, which is a must-see destination for food lovers no matter where they live.
Cleveland’s Short Vincent is Alan Dutka’s nostalgic tour and pictorial history of the celebrated Cleveland hotspot. The book paints a vivid portrait of the city most notorious neighborhood and its colorful denizens. While police raided Short Vincent’s seedy bars, celebrities like Frank Sinatra, Milton Berle, Jimmy Durante, and Judy Garland gravitated to the legendary Theatrical Grill for dinner or drinks. Perry Como and Dean Martin launched their careers there. Resident bookies, career gangsters, and wide-eyed tourists roamed the infamous street, once the center of Cleveland’s bawdy behavior and edgy entertainment.
Laura Taxel is the author of Cleveland Ethnic Eats, now in its eighth edition. Her articles have appeared in local, regional, and national publications and on a variety of websites. She has won numerous journalism awards from The Press Club of Cleveland, the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists, and Les Dames D’Escoffier’s MFK Fisher competition. Her work was selected for Best Food Writing, an annual anthology featuring writers from around the country, in 2004, 2006, and 2008.
Author and native Clevelander Alan Dutka retired following a 42-year career in business. During that time, Dutka authored four books on business. Cleveland’s Short Vincent is his second local history book. He is also the author of East Fourth Street: The Rise, Decline and Rebirth of an Urban Cleveland Street.