Monday, August 20, 2018

BAYArts Moondance

"Well, it's a marvelous night for a moondance
With the stars up above in your eyes"

On Saturday, Sep 8th from 6:30-10pm experience the magic of Moondance, the BAYarts annual fundraiser. You'll be mixing and mingling under beautifully lit tents all across the BAYarts campus. And you'll be helping ensure that BAYarts continues providing a gathering place like no other along with arts programming all year.

I'm partnering with them to help spread the word about this lovely event that is casual, classy, and most importantly - fun!

Explore all of the building, enjoy the sounds of the Mike Petrone band and feast on some of Cleveland's tastiest restaurants while you sip on your favorite beverage. Sounds like a great night to me!

Some of the local establishments that will be serving up delicious food and drinks are: 

  • B Spot
  • Bearden's
  • Butcher and the Brewer
  • Cabin Club
  • Cleveland Vegan
  • Pier W
  • Taki's Greek Kitchen
  • Veranda Bistro & Bar
  • Cle Urban Winery
  • Euro Fine Wines
  • Gitta's Table and Wine Shop
  • Goldhorn Brewery
  • Great Lakes Brewing Co.
  • Mojo's Coffee and More
  • Platform Beer Co.

Don't miss the silent auction that includes...

  • Chef's Whim dinner for 2 paired with wine at The Chef's Table at Michael Symon's Lola Bistro
  • French Quarter Feast with grill-master Scott Pohlkamp (a former Louisiana resident) bringing an authentic Cajun-inspired dinner with authentic Pat O’Briens
  • Classes from Inner Bliss Yoga Studio
  • Dinner for 2 paired with wine at Roast, and an overnight stay at The Weston Book Cadillac Hotel in Detroit 
  • Michael Symon Signed Cookbooks 
  • Classes in metal-smithing
  • A stand-up paddleboard lesson and more!

Saturday September 8, 2018
28795 Lake Road Bay Village, Ohio 44140Tickets $125
Purchase your tickets online
Note: All tickets will be mailed. No tickets are sold at the door. 

BAYarts is in the Huntington Reservation in Cleveland Metroparks, located in Bay Village. The beautiful campus is within walking distance of Lake Erie Nature & Science Center and Huntington Beach.

Why is Moondance so important for BAYarts? Moondance provides operating support for BAYarts: for maintaining the campus, talented staff and great arts programming. It's definitely a NE Ohio gem! 

Can't attend? Donate to help sustain the buildings, programming and staff.

Follow BAYarts on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

** Disclosure: This post was created in partnership with BAYarts.
As always, all opinions are my own. ***

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Garlic Fest Giveaway!

The Cleveland Garlic Festival is one of the tastiest weekends of the year. On August 25 + 26th, Shaker Square will be filled with all things garlic. It may stink, but it sure is delicious!
Enter to win two tickets!

The Cleveland Garlic Festival takes place at Shaker Square on Saturday August 25th (12-8) and Sunday August 26th (12-6).
The Cleveland Garlic Fest is a delicious fundraiser for the North Union Farmers MarketFounded in 1995; the North Union Farmers Market is a non-profit that champions the local foods of Northeast Ohio and promotes their health, economic and environmental benefits by connecting certified producers with consumers through a network of markets.

Here are some of the highlights:

Lots and lots of garlic laced food! I can't wait to eat some  tasty garlic fries! There's garlic ice cream from Mitchell's, garlic beer, and everything in between. They have a beer tent, a wine tent and a cheese tent. Seriously, so many great eats you'll want to go both days just to eat everything!

The giant garlic is the perfect photo prop and greets you are you arrive.
Lots of fresh organic garlic to purchase. Last year we bought a variety pack of garlic and planted it. We harvested it in July and it is awesome! Can't wait to plant more this year!
The Top Chef Garlic Grill Off is a battle royale between some of our local chef for bragging rights on who makes the best garlic based dish. There are lots of free samples so you can be your own judge.
Mighty Locavores is a kid friendly play area. They can ride mini tractors, do crafts and play.
There's also music, face painting, entertainers, food trucks and more. It's a stinkin' fun event for the whole family!

You might even get to meet this guy!
You can purchase tickets online or at the gate. If you want to win a pair of tickets, head to this Instagram post to enter. You can also enter by commenting on this blog. Let me know what you are most looking forward to at the Cleveland Garlic Fest.

Giveaway ends Wednesday at midnight. Winner will be randomly selected. Winner will can choose which day they would like to attend and pick up the tickets at the gate.

Follow along on Instagram: North Union Farmers Market + Cleveland Garlic FestivalYou can also follow on Twitter and Facebook.

*** Disclosure: I was asked to help promote the event and was provided a pair of tickets for my own use as well as to give away. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. ***

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Jungle Jim's International Market

Jungle Jim's International Market has been on my Bucket List for years. When I recently went to Butler County to tackle the Donut Trail, I was excited to finally be able to see what all the hype was about.
As you drive up, it looks like an amusement park combined with a warehouse store. This ain't your average grocery store for sure! Jungle Jim's slogan is "It's more than a grocery store! It's a destination!" - and they aren't exaggerating!

Some tips:

* Grab a map. The store is HUGE! So huge in fact, you should plan on spending at least two hours there. Seriously.We had to hustle because we had to get Buffy and check out of the hotel so we didn't even come close to seeing everything. A map helped us hit the must see departments and products.

*Bring coolers. If it's hot outside, you'll want one for produce and one for dairy, meat and frozen goods.

* Don't go crazy on perishable items. You'll be tempted to buy EVERYTHING but try to only buy what you can realistically use. 

* Try something new! Definitely take advantage of the huge inventory and explore some of the unique products. You never know what you might end up really enjoying once you try it!

Here are some of the highlights:

So.Much.Cheese. The variety is amazing! It's separated by county of origin and by style. Plus there is a ton of imported butter too. 
I am an expert level produce girl and even I found things I had not only never seen before, I had never even heard of them! Not surprising since this department is 1.5 acres with 800 different kinds of produce, including almost 100 varieties of Organic Produce. The Bac Ha was something I just had to try!
The selection is crazy! Definitely look for the close-out section because you can find some major deals. They have a tasting bar and Friday is Pint Night. Prefer to home brew? Guess what - they have supplies for that too.

Can you believe there are 1,200 kinds of hot sauce at Jungle Jim's?? If I didn't see it, I might not believe it. 
Food from more than 70 countries with items from Asia, Europe, South and Central America adds up to over 70,000 items. Unique, obscure, childhood delights and cultural favorites, the shelves are filled with everything imaginable. They have rows and rows and rows of cans and jars and boxes of food, coffee, tea and candy from every country you can think of, and then some. Salted Snake-Head Fish in Brine, anyone? 
Do not miss the Craft Ice Cream aisle. Filled with frozen treats from local, regional, and national producers, you'll be wanting to stock your freezer. Check out a dizzying assortment of chips, crackers, soda, juice, coffee, and everything in between. They have great olive and kombucha bars too.
In addition to their Jungle Fests, they also have events, classes, and tastings. You can also find recipes on the website to help you use the unique ingredients you bring home.
If you can't make the trip, but still want to experience the fun, you can order special boxes. This Discoveries at the Jungle Mustard is perfect for your summer cookouts. Plus they are offering free shipping!
If you are on the fence about going, get in your car now! It's so much fun! Plus you can discover all the fun things that Butler County has to offer while you're there. Stay tuned for a post detailing our adventures soon.

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