Slovenian chefs visit Cleveland to share food, culture –

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Cleveland, Ohio – Slovenian Chef Grega Repovž spent Monday at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse cooking up some his favorite dishes from his homeland.

It’s not the usual fare at the arena, but the visiting chef was inspired by the Cavaliers’ Monday opponent, Goran Dragić, the Slovenian star who plays for the Miami Heat. The meal was intended for those in the Huntington Legends and Ocho clubs.

Monday’s dinner was the first of three meals that Chef Repovž, who is visiting from restaurant Gostilna Repovž in Šentjanž with his mother Meta, will cook on a visit to America. This Friday, he will prepare a public meal at The Bistro at Bratenahl Place. It will feature several of the favorites his makes in his restaurant, including Essih Flajš (beef salad); beef or kohlrabi soup; buttered string beans; pork shoulder and pork loins with polenta or trout with polenta; and “snowballs” dessert.

“I think Slovenian food is good and tasty and comfortable; people will remember it,” says Grega Repovž

The chef is a part of a cultural exchange program run by Cleveland resident Jurcek Zmauc. He brings Slovenian chefs to Cleveland and Pennsylvania a couple of times a year, and has taken Chef Michael Husney (chef for Cleveland Cavaliers and Aramark), a Clevelander of Slovenian descent, to Slovenia to cook.

Reservations for Friday’s event, $55 for the four course meal and wine: 216-541-3900 or 1 Bratenahl Place, Bratenahl

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