Friday, September 29, 2017

Rumtoberfest at Bahama Breeze

Thank you to Bahama Breeze for partnering with me on this post!

What is Rumtoberfest? It's an annual celebration of all things rum at Bahama Breeze. Now through November 5th, you can join in the fun.
They unveiled three brand-new signature rum cocktails for the event – Shipwrecked, Tradewinds and Frozen Mojito. 

This year’s Rumtoberfest also introduces the restaurant’s largest rum flight, the Rum Raid – featuring eight rum-based cocktails for parties of two or more to conquer. This was so much fun and a great way to try all the tropical cocktails! 
I really enjoyed the Tradewinds and would love to go back and try that Frozen Mojito since it isn't included in the Rum Raid. If you prefer your rum straight, try the Premium Rum Flight: Zaya Gran Reserva, Barbencourt 15 Year and Estate Reserve Mount Gay XO.

In addition to the cocktails, there are two rum based food items: Rum & Coke Ribs and Chicken and Rum Cake. Man, I wish I had room to taste the rum cake!

Rumbash Fridays feature live music, fortune tellers, games and giveaways. For more information, visit Rumtoberfest.com

You can follow Bahama Breeze on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Monday, September 25, 2017

pARTy with PHriends Giveaway

Providence House is Ohio’s first and one of the nation's longest operating crisis nurseries. They offer free, voluntary (non-custodial) emergency shelter to children ages newborn through ten years old who are actively living in crisis situations. Providence House works with the families to help prevent abuse and reduce foster care placements. They provide individualized parent education, mentoring, counseling, certified trauma specialists and therapy to keep families together. Their program really works - last year 98% of the children were reunited with their parent or guardian!
You can help them continue their amazing work by attending their 5th annual fundraiser pARTy with PHriends on Friday September 29th. There will be lots of tasty bites, wine and beer, a DJ and more. Plus you'll have the chance to purchase artwork created by the children and win raffle baskets.

You can purchase tickets online for $35 each - it includes 5 beer/wine samples and one full sized beverage of your choice.

I'm also giving away a pair of tickets to pARTy with PHriends! Enter using the Rafflecopter below. You can also head over to Instagram for another chance. Winners will be drawn on Thursday. Good luck!




** Disclosure: Providence House is one of my clients at my real job. I am helping them because I love them and what they do. They provided the tickets for the giveaway. **

Friday, September 22, 2017

Taste of the Browns 2017

Until the Browns win the Super Bowl, the Taste of the Browns is the most fun you'll ever have at First Energy Stadium. We may love cheering on the Browns during home football games, but this event has an extra element of fun. Great food for an even greater cause. This annual fundraiser for the Greater Cleveland Food Bank is one of the best ways to help tackle hunger. What makes it so great?

The Players
This is THE place to mix and mingle with some of your favorite Browns players, past and present. They are big guys with even bigger hearts. Plus they are super gracious and are willing to take a million photos and even sign autographs.
Taste of the Browns 2017, Cleveland Browns, Nate Orchard
Taste of the Browns 2017, Cleveland Browns, Josh Cribbs
The Auctions
They offer a ton really cool items that will have you whipping out your wallet in record time. You get the opportunity to win amazing and unique experiences and collectables.
Taste of the Browns 2017, Cleveland Browns, Cleveland, Greater Cleveland Food Bank

Taste of the Browns 2017, Cleveland Browns, silent auction, Joe Thomas jersey, Fracisco Lindor Jersey
The Food/Drinks
With over 25 vendors, you really have to pace yourself. There are so many delicious dishes it's always hard to pick a favorite. This year, my favorite bites were the Buffalo Chicken Taco from Barrio and the luscious chocolate cups of heaven from Chef John Selick of University Hospitals. For some of the bigger dishes like sliders, it makes sense to share with a friend if you want to try everything. An extra shout out goes to the chefs who served food that was easy to eat in addition to being delicious. 
Taste of the Browns food
John Selick's chocolate pudding at Taste of the Browns

Cleveland Browns, Taste of the Browns
desserts at Taste of the Browns 2017
The Venue
The event offers you the chance to be able to experience the Club Level which is quite a treat. Plus you get to sit outside in the seats and enjoy the beauty of the stadium when it's quiet. This year the weather was PERFECT too. I didn't want the night to end.
Cleveland Browns First Energy Stadium Taste of the Browns 2017
And the absolute best part = the event raised $255,000!!! As usual, the Greater Cleveland Food Bank scored a touchdown with this event! Definitely mark your calendars for their 20th anniversary next year. In the meantime, you can donatevolunteer or even give via shopping by using Amazon Smile. Follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


** Disclosure: I was asked to help promote this event and host a giveaway. In exchange, I received two media passes. As always, the thoughts and opinions expressed, are my own. **

Friday, September 15, 2017

L'Amour du Vin Giveaway

Fall is fundraiser season and I am extremely excited to attend one that I have never been to before. L'Amour du Vin features wines from around the world and cuisine from delicious Cleveland area restaurants. 

In addition, there will be exciting raffles, a unique silent auction and exclusive VIP Lounge with specialty cocktails. All proceeds benefit the Arthritis Foundation’s mission to conquer and cure arthritis. 
This annual fundraiser for the Arthritis Foundation is celebrating their 20th year! And thanks to their generosity, you can win a pair of tickets and join in the fun.

Sept 27th 
6-9pm

Avon Oaks Country Club
32300 Detroit Road
Avon, OH 44011

Tickets are on sale now online. If you upgrade to The VIP experience, you'll also get delicious tastings from Bonefish Grill, high-end wines from Heidelberg Distributing Company, specialty cocktails from Brown-Forman and chair massages compliments of EXHALE: The Spa. I don't know about you, but a massage and some win sound like heaven!

Guests will enjoy these great restaurants and wine, and get the chance to bid on auction items.

2017 Participating Restaurants
Ahern Catering | Blind Perch | Bistro 83 | Bomba Tacos & Rum | Bonefish Grill*
Café Piccolo | Heck's Café Avon | Kiedrowski's Simply Delicious Bakery
Luca West | Market, Rocky River | Melt Bar and Grilled | Texas de Brazil | Wine Bar, Rocky River
Parker's Grille & Tavern/Parker's Downtown | Wood & Wine | Yard House
If you are feeling lucky and would like to win a pair of tickets, enter using the Rafflecopter below. Contest end Saturday Sept. 23rd. Good luck!


Find out more at the event on Facebook.

** Disclosure: In exchange for helping to promote this event, I was given two tickets to giveaway and two for my own use. As always, all thoughts and ideas are my own. **

Saturday, September 9, 2017

2017 Taste of the Browns Giveaway

Everybody in Cleveland eagerly awaits fall for many reasons. One of the biggest is the return of football! My first love is baseball but there is something about football season that is just plain FUN. Maybe it's the tailgating. Or maybe it's one of the most highly anticipated events of the year, Taste of the Browns. Last year they raised more than $226,000 and distributed more than 904,000 meals!
Cleveland Browns and Greater Cleveland Food Bank Taste of the Browns 2017
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This annual fundraiser for the Greater Cleveland Food Bank is packed with amazing food, great auction items (like Joe Thomas' Favorite Things package, chef tastings, and a Terminal Tower party!), tasty beverages and best of all, Cleveland Browns football players both past and present. You'll be able to mingle with Joe Thomas, Josh Cribbs and other Browns favorites with nibbling and sipping in the Club Lounge at First Energy Stadium.

Browns players, Cleveland, Taste of the Browns
The list of participating restaurants is long, but some of the ones I'm most excited about are Amp150, Blue Point, Edwins, Lago, Luca and Humble Wine Bar.


Taste of the Browns, Browns mascot, Chomps
When you purchase a ticket to Taste of the Browns, you help ensure that everyone in our community has the nutritious food they need every day. The Greater Cleveland Food Bank is a wonderful organization that not only helps the hungry in our area, but also reaches out to people hit hardest by natural disasters such as Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. For every dollar donated, they are able to provide four meals! Think of all the people you can help feed by attending this event.

Even if you can't attend you can help tackle hunger by bidding on items or making a donation.

You can also try to get lucky and win tickets here! I have two general admission tickets to give away to one lucky reader! Complete any or all of the entries using the Rafflecopter below. You can also head over to Instagram for another chance to win (look for the Taste of the Browns logo). Winner will be chosen randomly on Thursday at noon.
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Cleveland Browns, football, autograph

You can follow The Greater Cleveland Food Bank on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

** Disclosure: I was given two tickets to giveaway to a reader and two tickets for my own use in exchange for helping promote this event. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. **