I’m still in disbelief that my favorite event of the Fall — Cleveland Magazine’s Best of Cleveland Party — has already come and gone! This year’s event — presented by Airport Infiniti, Infiniti of Akron and Infiniti of Beachwood — impressed its guests while once again raising funds for local non-profit, Breakthrough Schools.
With two VIP passes around our neck, we arrived at Public Auditorium to take advantage of the early entry benefits. Seeing the party from its beginning gave us the perfect opportunity to experience the best that Cleveland’s finest vendors had to offer.
So what was, in our humble opinions, the Best of Best of Cleveland?? Here’s our list…
VIP eats from The Burnham Restaurant at the Hilton Cleveland Downtown, Woodstock BBQ, L’Albatros Brasserie & Bar and The Metropolitan at the 9. (I should have saved room for another round of those pork steam buns from the Burnham! Best bite of the evening.)
More food options in the main hall from Jack Frost Donuts, Coastal Taco and Mabel’s BBQ (pictured above) — plus Pier W (Hans is a sucker for their lobster sliders) and Red, the Steakhouse (their mini meatball sandwiches — to DIE for.)
Lusting over Fruit Vibe‘s pumpkin juice offering. (Why does this pregnant lady crave unpasteurized juice so much?!)
Ballin’ with the King thanks to Cleveland Magic and Balloons and Exclusive Balloons. (Can I get this for Hans’ next birthday party?)
Instagramming bubble fun with Dr. URawesome. (I felt like a third grader again!)
Enjoying political humor and a cookie monster moment with Cathy’s Creamery.
Running into familiar faces at the Bombay Taxi Boutique, Homage and Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve booths. (Lovely to stop and chat with old friends!)
Premium swag from CLE Clothing Co. (All those years as a Cavs season ticket holder prepared my husband to champion all future t-shirt tosses and VIP swag bag collection.)
Finishing the evening with the perfect last bite — a birthday cake kiddie cone from Mitchell’s Homemade Ice Cream. (Consumed sans photo — you’ll just have to trust me on that.)
LONG STORY SHORT: Another year under our belts, another great time had by both of us, the many friends we ran into throughout the evening and the vendors that gave their Saturday evenings to be honored as a part of this year’s Best of Cleveland Party. Cleveland Magazine knows how to throw a great gathering and the 2016 event stood up to that reputation. I may not have the final say on who and what is “best” around town, but there’s one thing I do know — we’ll always make sure to be at this celebration of all that is fantastic in Northeast Ohio every Fall!
Want to know who you missed this year’s event? Check out the full list of participating “Best of” vendors on the event website here.
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Disclosure: I accepted an opportunity to provide two event tickets as a reader giveaway to the Cleveland Magazine Best of Cleveland Party in exchange for two media passes. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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