The 23rd annual Cleveland Magazine Silver Spoon Awards Party (to benefit the Arthritis Foundation)

Cleveland food and wine fans rejoice: my favorite event of the year — Cleveland Magazine’s Silver Spoon Awards Party — is just one week away!

The 23rd annual Cleveland Magazine‘s Silver Spoon Awards Party will take Wednesday, May 3rd at the Crawford Auto Aviation Museum at the Cleveland History Center, located at 10825 East Blvd. in Cleveland’s University Circle neighborhood. Proceeds benefit the local office of the Arthritis Foundation.

Photo c/o Orville McEachron Photography

Event highlights include:

  • More than 40 participating restaurants, all recognized as winners/finalists in this year’s Cleveland Magazine Silver Spoon Awards voting process
  • Wineries from around the world — c/o Vintage Wine Distributor
  • A VIP Lounge including eats from four featured restaurants — Coquette Patisserie, Mabel’s BBQ, Nuevo Modern Mexican & Tequila Bar and Spice Kitchen & Bar — signature cocktails by Brown-Forman and beer from Butcher and the Brewer
  • A silent auction with dozens of packages, including these featured ones — like A Behind-The-Scenes experience on American Ninja Warrior and a week in Florida
  • Some incredible raffles, including the Stock the Bar raffle and the Dine Around Cleveland raffle
  • Complimentary valet (always a bonus in University Circle!)
  • …and the chance to interact with some of your favorite Cleveland chefs

Photo c/o Orville McEachron Photography

Purchase tickets at the Arthritis Foundation’s website.
Use the promo code POISE for 10% off of your ticket price!

As a bonus: All tickets include a 1-year subscription to Cleveland Magazine! Buy today and I’ll see you there! And if you’re coming on May 3rd, look for these — you’ll find me there!

Photo c/o Orville McEachron Photography

Get your social on one or more of these Silver Spoon related social media feeds, all worth the click thru:

Disclosure: All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own… but are biased as I planned this event for four years in a former life as a previous employee of the local office of the Arthritis Foundation. I also currently serve on the Cleveland Magazine Silver Spoon Awards Party planning committee.

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#ProperBertmanBBQ with Bertman Original Ball Park Mustard at The Proper Pig Smokehouse

Happy Indians home opener, everyone! Someone at work called today a Cleveland holiday, and so what’s on my mind like during every other holiday? FOOD. Which brings me to a recent fun food experience that happened to revolve around a pretty popular condiment of choice on a baseball filled day like today…

The kind folks from Bertman Original Ball Park Mustard invited me and some fellow Cleveland bloggers to The Proper Pig Smokehouse to check out how their products could be used inside and outside the bun. Any chance I have to enjoy one of my favorite local eats at a new restaurant I haven’t been to, I’m down for!

My hands would have been both normally full with all those eats pictured above, which included:

  • a Texas hot link topped with Great Lakes Brewing Company Dortmumder Gold Beer Mustard
  • potato salad with their classic ball park mustard — my personal favorite!
  • Proper Pig’s brisket, again using Bertman’s Ball Park Mustard, this time as a rub
  • a tub of Cleveland Kraut to top everything with accordingly
  • PICKLES. (I swear I’m not pregnant again.)

…but something — someone — had my hands occupied otherwise!

My baby Brenna had other ideas when we arrived (LATE, UGH, I hate myself) for our meal with Bertman’s team, the Proper Pig family and fellow bloggers WhyCLE, Ohio Festivals and Cleveland Chick. But we eventually settled in and I got to eating with my left hand as my right arm held B. Luckily, BBQ is a casual affair and no one seemed to mind, although Brenna was trying to get in on the action. She may have started eating baby food, but she’s going to have to wait a bit for these tasty treats!

Next up was Proper Pig’s beef rib, that was cut table side and also rubbed with Bertman’s mustard plus Pig’s own blend of spices.

Their suggested pairing with this cut of meat? Bertman’s Horseradish Sauce. YES PLEASE.

Everything I ate that evening was absolutely delicious, full of flavor and had that perfect reminder that we were enjoying a bit of Bertman’s in every bite. The only course lacking some mustard? The dessert course of Proper Pig’s banana pudding. That bit of sweet after all that savory was the perfect end to our meal.

Since we were approaching my little girl’s bedtime, Brenna and I had to head out before the evening officially ended, but we had the opportunity to take home an array of Bertman’s products to enjoy in our own home:

My next kitchen to-do? To see how we can think outside the bun in the near future. For today, we’re thinking inside of it: you already know what my mustard of choice was on my lunch time hot dog this afternoon! Can’t go wrong with a LOT of Bertman’s Ball Park Mustard!  Thank you again to the great group at Bertman for the invitation to enjoy their products, and our appreciation to Proper Pig for the hospitality and good eats!

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Bertman Original Ball Park Mustard. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

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An Interview with Bunny Christie from The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (a guest post at Playhouse Square’s Behind the Curtain blog)

As I shared in the Fall, I’m excited to again be serving as Playhouse Square‘s Community Engagement and Education’s blogger for the KeyBank Broadway Series. Join me as I to take you behind the scenes to interview a member of the featured show’s cast, crew or creative team. The fifth show in the 2016-2017 series is The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

Visit the Playhouse Square’s Behind the Curtain blog to read my interview with Bunny Christie, the scenic and costume designer of the production.


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time runs March 21 – April 9, 2017 in the Connor Palace at Playhouse Square. For more information, please visit the show’s page on the Playhouse Square website. 

Want to read my previous Broadway Buzz interviews? Check out my interviews at my At The Theater page here on the blog.

Want to learn more about The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time before seeing the production? Arrive early to hear Joe Garry’s Broadway Buzz Pre-Show Talks, one hour before curtain in the Idea Center at Playhouse Square (1375 Euclid Ave.). More info on the Playhouse Square website here. (p.s. I edit the pre-show talk program, so make sure to grab one if you go!)

Learn more about Playhouse Square: follow Playhouse Square on Facebook, on Twitter at @playhousesquare & on Instagram at @playhousesquare. As before and always, many thanks yous to the Playhouse Square team for the opportunity to serve as a blog contributor & program editor for the Broadway Buzz program.

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my weekend out & about in #CLE (Borrow Vintage + Eclectic Rentals edition)

Like most, if you were survey where the majority of my time is spent these days, our home and my workplace would be far and away at the top of that list. (Runner ups: Target. Starbucks. The Starbucks at Target.) But over the past few days, I feel like Borrow Vintage + Eclectic Rentals should be added to the list!

Since Sunday, I have had a few chances to visit Borrow’s new location near the corner of East 26th and St. Clair Avenue in downtown Cleveland. Their Sunday afternoon Designer Showcase and Open House Market was my first opportunity to see it all first hand. I made it a grandmother/mother/daughter day, bringing along my mom and my baby girl to also enjoy.

In case you’re not familar, Borrow is a custom rental house specializing in supplying up-cycled wood tables and eclectic furniture. Their open house let guests check it all out in person. Ann, owner of Borrow, and her team looked to their fellow CLE event professionals to partake in their crafting of tablescapes for the event. Julie from Borrow put together this lovely look, incorporating a slick runner from my place of employment, L’Nique Specialty Linen Rental. It was fun to create something custom — that black patterned runner — for her design!

So many other local event vendors donated their time, talents and wares, but a few of my favorites included these LOVE letters from Rock The House Entertainment and the incredible chandlers from Signature Event Rental.

The back half of Borrow’s warehouse was dedicated to a marketplace with vendors including the Barrio Tacos truck, Drift Lab Textile Co.Furbish & Fire Candle Co., Hummingbird Bake Shop, Lakewood Plant Company, Miranda’s Vintage Bridal, Molly Taylor & Co., Piccadilly Artisan Creamery and The Wandering Wardrobe. Mom, Brenna and I did some shopping, coming home with some super cute pieces from Wanda (the name of the Wandering Wardrobe truck!), some Itty Bitty Bakeshop cookies and some liquid nitrogen frozen ice cream c/o Piccadilly.

But ultimately, I couldn’t take my eye off of all the pieces available for rent at Borrow. When you’re looking for something fun, unique, vintage or just plain cool for your upcoming wedding, event, photo shoot or baby’s six month Cinco de Mayo party (What?! You had to expect such ridiculousness from me), look no further than their collection.

As for that second visit to Borrow for me this week? That would be last night’s ILEA Cleveland Eco-Initiative Event — a great look into green practices for event profs. Check out these photos by Dale McDonald (a familiar name if you’re a regular blog reader!) over at ILEA Cleveland’s Facebook feed. What did I learn about Borrow that night? That you can rent Borrow’s space for your own event. Looks like I have another spot to add to my yoga teaching bucket list — after all, I really enjoyed my time there the past few days and can’t wait to return!

Thanks again to Ann, Julie and the rest of the team at Borrow for your hospitality this week! Keep up with them at their website, Facebook, TwitterInstagram and Pinterest.

From my Instagram feed the evening of the ILEA Cleveland event

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