Friday, January 30, 2015

Great Big Home & Garden Show Giveaway

Wow - is it COLD outside today! With the blowing wind and snow flying, all I can think about is spring. Thankfully, the Great Big Home & Garden Show comes to the rescue. The Sixth Annual Great Big Home + Garden Show takes place Friday, Feb. 6 – Sunday, Feb. 15 at the Cleveland I-X Center, and features more than 1,000 home industry experts and more than 600 exhibitors showcasing the best tips and techniques in cooking, gardening, home improvement and more. You can escape the winter blues for a few hours and start planning all your spring projects.

As usual, there's lots of tasty eats at the show too. Todd Wilbur, Author of Top Secret Recipeswill appear on The Great Big Home + Garden Show’s Main Stage Saturday, Feb. 12 and Sunday, Feb. 13. Todd is a self-proclaimed “recipe hacker” and is committed to bringing the best possible clone recipes to the masses. Todd went on to write 10 more cookbooks afterTop Secret Recipes and is working on his 11th cookbook now.

In addition, The Great Big Home + Garden Show will feature daily cooking demonstrations that highlight the latest culinary tips and trends. The Loretta Paganini Cooking Stage will host daily cooking sessions presented by local chefs and instructors of the Loretta Paganini School of Cooking.

You can buy tickets for the show here. Using discount code EATCLE15 will get you $1 off admission when you purchase your tickets online. 

Or you can win tickets by entering this giveaway!


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Also mark your calendars for the upcoming Cleveland Home & Remodeling Expo MARCH 27-29. Click here to learn more.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Favorite Places: Jim Alesci's in Solon

New Year. New ideas. With this post, I'm starting a new blog feature, "Favorite Places." This is where I can show you some of my favorite places that aren't restaurants. Maybe a stand at the West Side Market. Or a boutique. Or even a museum. These are the places I shop at, visit and love.

I can't resist a good Italian store. For me, it's a delicious little slice of heaven filled with fresh baked bread, olives, tasty meats and cheeses, Italian cookies and candies, pasta, canned goods and wine.

So I was very happy when I heard Jim Alesci's in Solon was opening a new store. They gave up their cramped dingy space and moved around the corner to a new big gorgeous place that also includes a cafe where you can sit and eat. 
Solon

The change is really dramatic but thankfully all the good stuff they sell is still the same.

Prepared foods:
Solon cafe Italian salads pasta

Pizza by the pie or slice:
Solon Italian cafe pizza

Imported meats and cheeses:

So. Many. Olives.
They also sell prepared pizza dough that is perfect for pizza of course but we also use it for pepperoni bread, calzones and stromboli.

While their selection isn't as huge as Gallucci's, they have a solid assortment of Italian favorites that will make any meal extra delicious. They also offer catering. They are open seven days a week:

Monday-Friday
9:00 am - 6:30 pm

Saturday
9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Sunday
10:00 am - 1:30 pm


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Monday, January 19, 2015

Red + White on Thursday Night #Giveaway

I think I'm a little late but Happy New Year! 2015 is off to a busy and fun start so far. I've been too busy having fun to share it with you but when I heard about Red + White on Thursday Night, I knew I couldn't keep this one all to myself. Because not only is there FOOD and WINE involved, but it also gives you an excuse to head to Akron. Have you been to Akron lately? They are full of awesomeness just like CLE.


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The 18th annual Red & White On Thursday Night presented by Akron General is Akron’s premier wine and food event to benefit the Arthritis Foundation, Great Lakes Region, Northeastern Ohio. This event will take place on Thursday, January 29, 2015 from 5:30 - 9:00pm at Quaker Station at The University of Akron. 

You will get to enjoy delicious signature samplings from the area’s finest restaurants and tastings from international wineries. Along with the chef-inspired food, highlights of the event include the VIP Lounge, silent and live auctions, raffles and more!

Check out all these great restaurants:
·         Bistro on Main
·         Chocolates by Erin
·         Cilantro Thai & Sushi Restaurant
·         Dante Boccuzzi Akron
·         Hudson's Restaurant
·         Nuevo Modern Mexican & Tequila Bar
·         Moe's Restaurant
·         Saffron Patch in the Valley
·         Silver Lake Country Club
·         Sweetopia
·         The Taverne of Richfield
·         The Galaxy Restaurant
·         The Lockview
·         The Pierogi Lady
·         The West Side Bakery
·         Thorpe's Market Avenue Grill
·         University Catering at the University of Akron  

Complimentary valet parking is provided for all guests.

Now for the part you've all been waiting for - the giveaway! 

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Please use the Rafflecopter above. Entering a blog comment is mandatory. Don't forget to both comment here on the blog under "Post a Comment" and then enter the info in the Rafflecopter for credit. You MUST leave your name and a way to be contacted or your entries will be voided. Winner must respond within 24 hours of being notified, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

To order tickets and for more details, visit www.akronredandwhite.com. General admission tickets are $85 in advance, $95 at the door. VIP tickets are $125 each. VIP guests will have special cuisine courtesy of Executive Chef Matt Regula of University Catering, luxury wines courtesy of Wine Trends and spa services courtesy of Massage Envy Spa. There also be a special giveaway for each VIP guest.

For another chance to win, visit my friend Rachel at It's a Hero.


**Disclaimer: I was provided 2 tickets for myself and 2 to giveaway to a lucky reader.
As always, opinions expressed are my own.**