About this site, and a little about me

Chef's Widow: a person who is married to a chef who is also married to the kitchen.

My name is Amelia and I am a Chef's Widow. Don't shed a tear for me just yet, my husband is alive & kicking. In 2003 I packed my Chevy Cavalier to the ceiling, grabbed my dog Vito and drove to Manhattan to become roomies with my best friend Jonathon. Jonathon was a chef in NYC and I was a girl who just finished school and moved to the big city. Together we embraced life to the fullest eating and drinking our way through the buroughs until one day I found that our twosome would soon be a threesome. Fast forward ten years and you can find me married to my best friend who also happens to be an award winning bad ass chef. Together with our kids, Catcher & Louisiana, we embrace the crazy, hectic life of a restaurant family. These are our stories... 

photo by Sarah Slodoba 

About the Chef

Chef Jonathon Sawyer is proudly from Cleveland Ohio, where he owns & operates his flagship The Greenhouse Tavern, Noodlecat, Tavern Vinegar Co, Brick & Mortar Pop-ups and Sawyer’s Street Frites.  In 2010, he was honored as one of Food & Wine Magazine’s Best New Chefs. Chef Sawyer has also made national television appearances including Iron Chef America, Dinner Impossible, Unique Eats, and Best Thing I Ever Ate.

photo by Billy Delfs

When my Chef is not in the kitchen he is surrounded by his family, me the widow, our son Catcher, daughter Louisiana, dogs Potato and Vito, and chickens Acorn, Bunny, Ginger, Trout, Bear & Squid. The Chef can often be found in the cellar of our century home where he ferments beer & wine vinegars for the restaurants and for Tavern Vinegar Co. He is a tireless supporter of the green movement, local agriculture, and sustainable businesses both in Northeast Ohio and around the country. 

He has 12 tattoos and is a very good kisser.