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NEXT EVENT Nourish CLE: Keeping Cleveland's Food Scene Fresh Powered by PechaKucha

Cleveland has become one of the Midwest's top dining destinations.  The national food press - Gourmet, Food & Wine and Esquire - have praised Cleveland's chefs and innovative food scene. What many fail to realize, however, is that food provides nourishment to Clevelanders in a myriad of ways beyond outstanding restaurants.

Come hear from local entrepreneurs, farmers and chefs about the exciting and unique ways Clevelanders get and provide food to others.  This event is free an open to those who wants to expand their palate - and their mind. 


Featured Presentation


Jason Tilk

Designer and Renaissance Man in Cleveland

Find Your Mustache


Jason Tilk has been described as a “Renaissance Man”, a 1997 Cleveland Institute of Art graduate he is passionately creative, multi-talented, and pursuing several creative outlets. By day he’s an award-winning designer at Nottingham-Spirk Design, named on 13 patents and counting. By night he’s a vaudeville performer of songs, jokes and magic tricks, and the Co-Founder of the Voix de Ville, a 60 seat pop-up theater.


Interactive Art

@ VOL 23 ON AUG 07, 2014

For the last 15 years Jen Lewin has been creating large, immersive, interactive art pieces for the public...including interactive sound and light sculptures that inspire people into play, to woven fiber video curtains that reflect movement, or giant, robotic, ethereal moths that dance based on human touch. She brings an organic, feminine quality to her electronic work that leaves viewers enchanted and surprised. As a trained architect, Lewin’s pieces are often the scale of buildings and rooms. She creates experiences and environments that are both part of, and integrated into, a physical space.


Bike Cleveland

@ VOL 23 ON AUG 07, 2014

Jacob VanSickle is the executive director of Bike Cleveland, the regions bicycle advocacy organization that advocates for streets safer so people of all ages and abilities can ride a bike in our fair city. One project Bike Cleveland is organizing is called the Midway, a plan for a network of protected bike lanes.


Believe in CLE

@ VOL 23 ON AUG 07, 2014

Tammy Lyons is the founder and owner of Inner Bliss Yoga Studios in Rocky River and Westlake, Ohio. She teaches several weekly yoga classes and lives in Bay Village with her husband Marc and sons Cooper and Brennen. Believe in CLE was founded by Tammy as a way to accelerate Cleveland's revival through the power of yoga.


Digital Obscura

@ VOL 23 ON AUG 07, 2014

Kimber Sterling talks about the technology/art company, Digital Obscura. This company brings to life 2D art into the 3D world by displaying them into the walls of buildings and businesses. 


Rainbow Seen Round the World

@ VOL 23 ON AUG 07, 2014

Yvette Mattern talks about his art project called the Global Rainbow. The Global Rainbow is a night-time rainbow that ranges for many kilometers. 

"Presentation of the Day" on March 4, 2015.


The Battle We Didn't Choose

@ VOL 22 ON JUN 05, 2014

Based in Cleveland, Ohio, Angelo Meredino is a photographer with a truly amazing approach to life….He does freelance work for both Corbis News and Getty Images and his photographs have been exhibited in New York City, Washington, D.C. and Rome, Italy. Online features have appeared on The New Yorker Photo Booth, Angelo Merendino's photo-documentary, The Battle We Didn’t Choose – My Wife’s Fight With Breast Cancer, has received worldwide recognition and he shared that amazing story, along with his thoughts on life and love.

"Presentation of the Day" on July 2, 2014.


Autopsy of America

@ VOL 21 ON FEB 21, 2014

Enigmatic artist Seph Lawless uses his photographs to capture the abandoned, neglected areas of America as a metaphor for our decaying society. By transforming social media into a social movement, Seph hopes that his work will spark political debate and constructive dialogue.

"Presentation of the Day" on May 28, 2014.


Because I Said I Would

@ VOL 18 ON MAY 24, 2013

Promises are important. Alex Sheen believes that promises carry a special weight that should not be taken lightly. "Because I said I would" cards enable a person to really see the worth in the promise that you've made them.

"Presentation of the Day" on September 3, 2013.



Find your Mustache

“If you give a man a mustache, he’s going to want an accordion.”
Designer and self-dubbed Renaissance Man Jason Tilk will do anything for a laugh. In “Find Your Mustache” from PKN Cleveland Vol. 23 Jason speaks about his opportunities designing electrocardiograms, ATMs for medicine, and his life performing in vaudeville and circuses.

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About the City's Organizers

  • Michael Christoff

    In 2005, after graduating with a Masters in Architecture from Kent State University, Michael moved to Cleveland to work on master plan designs for the Flats East Bank redevelopment project. Working on this and a variety of urban redevelopment projects throughout the United States has afforded him a deep appreciation for the urban environment and how people interact within it. When Michael is not in his office at architecture firm Vocon, he is immersed in a variety of initiatives to leverage Cleveland’s assets and creative efforts into visible and tangible results. He co-found the international Cleveland Design Competition which annually attracts over 150 design ideas from more than twenty different countries for important civic projects; co-found PechaKucha Night Cleveland which quarterly seeks to expose and attract new creative ideas and incite meaningful collaboration; serves as Board Chair for the Cleveland Municipal School District’s Campus International School Advisory Board and sits on the Board of Directors for both SPACES (Art Gallery) and the Cleveland American Institute of Architects. Michael is passionate about having a positive impact on the City of Cleveland and believes Cleveland’s best days are still ahead of her. Michael currently lives on the west side of Cleveland in Lakewood with his wife Jill.

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