GCFC Partner Spotlight: fire food and drink

Chef Douglas Katz, a native Clevelander and owner of fire food and drink on historic Shaker Square, is an advocate for all things Cleveland and its unique neighborhoods.  For almost 18 years, he has overseen the success of fire food and drink, in addition to serving as the Chef Partner at Provenance at The Cleveland Museum of Art for more than 6 years.

Like the GCFC, as a local business owner, Douglas appreciates Northeast Ohio’s diverse local population, world-class cultural institutions, and the unique agriculture and urban landscapes complimented by our Great Lake and four distinct seasons.

“We have so many unique and interesting stories to tell,” Douglas says.

As a chef, he enjoys connecting with people in the community, and the opportunities he gets to work with local farmers and other food artisans that provide high-quality ingredients to his restaurants.

Douglas finds that being a chef is a lot like being a filmmaker: he gets to work with an incredible group of people to create something for others to enjoy and he gets to tell stories; except instead of storytelling with cameras, he gets to use food!

As a longtime supporter of The Greater Cleveland Film Commission, Douglas feels honored and excited to be able to share our passion for Cleveland with visitors from other cities, especially those looking to make their movies or TV shows here. He welcomes visitors to his restaurants and, like the Film Commission, likes to recommend the nooks and crannies that make Cleveland and our neighborhoods so special.
“The GCFC brings others to our city to tell their stories and to produce new memories for us and for the world,” Douglas says, “I’m thankful for their presence and for all they do to highlight Cleveland.”

You can help us continue our work to create jobs and economic growth in Northeast Ohio by becoming a partner!
Our partnerships with local businesses create a direct impact by making the GCFC’s movie attraction efforts, workforce development events, internships, and and our statewide advocacy efforts all possible.
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