Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Taste of the Browns - 20 Years of Tackling Hunger

It was another fabulous night as the Greater Cleveland Food Bank and the Cleveland Browns joined forces to tackle hunger in NE Ohio. The 20th annual event raised over $260,000!! And thanks to everyone involved, they will be able to provide more than 1 million nutritious meals to those in need.

As guests arrived at First Energy Stadium, they were greeted by the Cleveland Browns Drumline.
And some special guests:

Guests grabbed a glass and headed to the 7UP City Club Lounge.
The stadium was decked out for this much anticipated event. 
Music filled the rooms
Taste of the Browns lives up to its name and there is a lot of tasting going on. So.Much. Food. I didn't even come close to trying everything!

This year, Chef John Selick treated guests to fresh pulled mozzarella served with a pesto infused tomato salad. Super fun and delicious too!
My favorite dish of the night was this seafood packed Bouillabaisse from Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry. OMG. 
The fresh fruit tarts from Market District were pretty and so fresh and tasty. I may have had two...
This Korean Chicken Leg from Yuza was delicious but super messy.
Momocho served a very tasty Las Gachas - Red Chile and Chocolate Mole Braised Lamb with Smoked Gouda Corn Masa, Pickled Chiles and Spiced Peanuts.
The gigantic Salmon Burger from Piew W was a huge hit. (pun intended ha ha)
The Cleveland Browns Hospitality Group wowed everyone with this Chargrilled Vegetable Polenta Cake with Gorgonzola Cream Sauce, Crispy Mushrooms and Chive Infused EVOO. 
Micelli's pilled arugula and heirloom tomatoes on top of ricotta for a delicious and beautiful dish. I will definitely be recreating this as home with the last of my garden tomatoes!
Heck's proved that they do more than burgers and bread pudding with these ahi tuna nachos.
B Spot in FirstEnergy Stadium creates a new burger based on each of the Browns home opponents. Super fun idea! They showed off their creation for the Falcons game at the event - The Georgia Peach Burger - and it was delicious, but flew off the plate before getting photographed.

There was lots of beer, wine and cocktails flowing.
And even the new exclusive cola of the Browns made an appearance.
One of the beverage highlights was the Field Goal Float, a boozy combination of Jagermeister, root beer and vanilla ice cream. You definitely want to try this at home.
The raffle prizes include something for everyone:
And of course it wouldn't be Taste of the Browns without lots of Browns players! Past and present players posed for pictures and signed autographs including honorary event co-chairs Christian Kirksey and Josh Cribbs.
Photo Credit: Browns Give Back
The best part though is all of the money that is raised for the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. Each dollar raised provides four nutritious meals to those struggling with hunger. 

If you missed the event this year, you can still help the Greater Cleveland Food by donating online. You can follow the Food Bank on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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


  1. I still can't believe we didn't see one another at all - & ate totally different things, haha. I did eat & LOVE those ahi nachos, though. I went back for seconds!

  2. Hey Kate! My comments weren't coming through for some reason so I totally missed this until now. I really can't believe we didn't see each other either! It's a big event but thought for sure we would bump into each other!


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