CLEVELAND — Cleveland's own Jeremy Umanksy, owner of Larder, is featured in Food & Wine's first ever "Makers" issue.
In the issue featuring over 20 makers, Umansky celebrates the sandwich in a big, bold way at his delicatessen and bakery at 1455 West 9th Street in Cleveland's Hingetown neighborhood.
Umansky told the magazine that he honed his interest in modern and ancient preservation techniques while working the pantry at fellow Cleveland chef Jonathan Sawyer's Trentina restaurant, which announced it's closing the doors earlier this year.
Umansky, who is a native to Northeast Ohio, went into business with his two friends Allie, who he met at the Culinary Institute of America, and Kenny, through a mutual friend at culinary school, and they opened in the historic Ohio City Firehouse, which dates back to 1854.
Larder's specialty is pastrami and is a feature in many of the deli's sandwiches. While pastrami usually spends weeks in a salt brine, Umansky uses koji, a microbe used to make miso, soy and sake, to speed up the process to three days.
The magazine's Editor-in-Chief Hunter Lewis wanted a way to celebrate these game-changing craftspeople who are reshaping cuisine in America and abroad by redefining ingredients, drinks, tools, restaurant design, and experiences.