Marcie Barker


Marcie is a native Clevelander who began her culinary career in New York City as Sous Chef at the legendary 4-star Quilted Giraffe. From there Marcie left to open the Union Square Café, now a New York institution and paradigm of hospitality, as Sous Chef with Executive Chef Ali Barker and owner Danny Meyer. Two years later, she and Ali were married, and Marcie moved on to the front of the house at Gotham Bar and Grill.

In the early 1990s the Barkers opened Piperade in downtown Cleveland, where Marcie ran the front of the house, he the back, and both were resolute in their commitment to fresh, purposefully sourced ingredients, innovatively prepared. They contributed to putting Cleveland on the culinary map early on, in part due to Farmer Lee Jones, The Chef’s Garden and their premium purveyor of delicious vegetables. They earned recognition as one of the nation’s Best New Restaurants (Bon Appetite Magazine), one of the first to host a Chef’s Table in the kitchen (New York Times, Newsweek, USA Today), multiple guest chef appearances at the James Beard House and the 1995 James Beard Awards Ceremony, and the Award of Achievement (Northern Ohio Live Magazine) among others before they sold the business to move to Michigan’s southwest shore to run The Bistro on the Boulevard, which was recognized with the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence and a James Beard Award Best Chef Midwest nomination.

Marcie has found that being part of The Culinary Vegetable Institute is like coming full circle, blending her northeast Ohio roots with her culinary career path. She is an alumna of Hawken School and graduated from Middlebury College before living in Paris for the graduate program at La Varenne École de Cuisine.

“As Director of CVI, I am thrilled to be able to work with the best ingredients in the world and some of the most discerning chefs in the business,” says Marcie. Further, at CVI she collaborates with Chef Jamie Simpson, Farmer Lee Jones and the rest of the team to coordinate bespoke events ranging from corporate team building, private parties, weddings, the Roots Conference, Luxury Farm Stays, CVI-hosted dinners, lectures, classes and other offerings.

Contact Marcie for information to create your own customized gathering, propose a visit, make a reservation, and to be welcomed to the Culinary Vegetable Institute.