Monday, February 8, 2016

#ClevelandsFinest2016 Giveaway

Do you love appetizers as much as I do? If so, you can join me and nibble your way through some of Cleveland's finest restaurants at Our Lady of the Wayside's Cleveland's Finest Hors D'oeuvre Contest. Experience two levels of deliciousness as you eat, drink and mingle at this fabulous fundraiser. You get gorgeous views of the ballpark while eating great food and helping one of my favorite charities.
Thursday, February 25
Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016
6 - 9 pm
Terrace Club
2401 Ontario Street 

This year's featured restaurants include the Zack Bruell Restaurant Group, Hodge’s, Tartine Bistro, The Woods, Corleone’s Restaurant & Bar, Tree House Gallery and Tea Room, Dolce Vita and more. Bakery is provided by Becker's.

In addition to tasty food, you'll also sip wine samples provided by Villa Floriano, Colinas de Sur, Starry Night and Alken. Beer samplings provided by Rooster Fish Brewing. While you're trying to pick your favorite, you can listen to music by local singer-songwriter, Nate Jones as well as The One Hit Wonders Unplugged and try to win some awesome prizes in the Chinese Auction. Once you've sampled all the tasty nibbles, cast your vote for your favorite bite.
Last year's winners - photo from Our Lady of the Wayside's Facebook page
Tickets are now on sale online for $80. Parking is included free of charge. And guess what? You can also enter to win two tickets here!

Use the Rafflecopter below to enter. Contest ends Sunday 2/14 at midnight. Good luck!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Take a peek at some more photos from previous years here. And you can follow Our Lady of the Wayside on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

* Disclosure: I was provided 2 tickets for the event as well as 2 to giveaway in exchange for helping promote the event. I have donated my car to Our Lady of the Wayside because
I love the work they do. As always, thoughts and opinions are my own. *

Monday, February 1, 2016

Red & White on Thursday Night 2016

The Arthritis Foundation's annual fundraiser, Red & White on Thursday Night, is one of my favorite events. It's the perfect excuse to head to Akron and I love getting a sample of their tasty food scene.

I started feeling sick earlier in the day, but figured it wasn't a big deal and my excitement about the event buoyed me. My friend EKC and I arrived early, and from what I heard, it was a good thing. People arriving later had a long line to greet them. I snapped a quick pic of the main event space before it got crowded and we made our way to the VIP area. 
There was a wine table, gift bags, a relaxing 10 minute chair massage and assorted pastries and coffee from Panera set up. After grabbing a glass of wine, we headed straight to the the best part about VIP - Dante serving up sushi. 

After we stuffed ourselves with tuna belly and salmon belly rolls and tuna on a Pringle, we made our way back to the main room.

By this time I knew that I wasn't going to be able to hang out all night because I was feeling worse by the minute, so we munched our way around the room to taste as much as possible. Yes, I'm that girl who can eat when sick. I was really bad about getting photos (sorry!) but these should make you hungry:
Mahi mahi taco from Nuevo - these guys will be opening a new restaurant on the
Lake Erie waterfront at E.9th - head to Akron for a sneak peak and be sure to check them out!
Dante Part 2 - this cavatelli was one of my favorites. I really loved
the freshness the pomegranate added
Candies were from Chocolates by Erin - these were so good
I may have stuffed a couple in my purse...
Melt managed to give us a sandwich...cookie! Two flavors,
this one and a chocolate with vanilla cream filling
I was super excited and beyond amazed to see these girls...
It's a Hero's Rachel and brand new Remy
...because the tiny little bundle you see here was only FIVE DAYS OLD and already at her first foodie event. 

There were a ton of great raffle items but I needed to head home. Some others included a blimp ride, wine and bourbon baskets, golf and spa packages and more.

It was another great event and I'm so glad I was able to attend, even for only a couple of hours. 

If you haven't explored our neighbor to the south, you really should! Akron has a lot of great eats. Make 2016 your year to explore the 330 - you won't be disappointed!

If you would like to donate to the Arthritis Foundation, click here. You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

*Disclosure: I was provided VIP tickets for myself and a guest and 2 tickets to giveaway in exchange for 
helping to promote this event. As always, opinions are my own.*