event preview: Five Star Sensation (to benefit University Hospitals’ Seidman Cancer Center)

As an event professional, a blogger that attends a lot of fundraisers and a Clevelander that LOVES food, I attend my fair share of food and wine events. And while I do have my annual favorites, there is one that happens every other year that is worth clearing my calendar for WAY in advance:  Five Star Sensation benefiting University Hospitals’ Seidman Cancer Center, presented by Huntington Bank.

Image c/o University Hospitals’ Facebook page

Five Star Sensation, one of the region’s most anticipated food and wine events, will take place this Saturday, June 24 at Cuyahoga Community College’s Eastern Campus in Highland Hills. We attended the event back in 2015 and couldn’t recommend it more! Check out my photos from that year’s festivities below…

That time Food and Wine magazine’s Instagram account regrammed my Five Star 2015 collage. I might have started jumping up and down with joy at the event…

The country’s most celebrated chefs and vintners donate their time and talents to this UH soiree. This year, the chef line up includes host chef and beloved Cleveland native Michael Symon, his Food Network friends Aarón Sánchez, Hubert Keller and Marc Forgione, plus some of my local favorites including Anna Harouvis, Doug Katz, Rocco Whalen and Eric Williams.

That time I met Chef Hubert Keller and didn’t faint. He was SO nice, y’all!

In addition to phenomenal food and wine, Five Star Sensation offers one of the region’s most compelling charity auctions. The event organizers have partnered with BidPal to make the auction open to the public, so anyone can bid on items even if you can’t attend the event! You can go to the Five Star BidPal page, register and bid on the auction items and experiences, including a special, all-access Behind the Apron Five Star experience and the chance to see Hamilton at Playhouse Square. YES PLEASE! 

That time the Mayor of Beachwood egged us on to kiss for the camera.

Are you a young professional and more of a night owl? To help spread its reach and add to the fun, Five Star Sensation is offering a $100 ticket for young professionals for the first time this year! The “Chef de Partie” ticket option is an exciting new way to sample Cleveland’s most delicious party. The Young Professional Ticket offers access to Club Five Star starting at 9:00pm — just in time for gourmet lite bites, an open bar, a world class wine pull and music by DJ Mike Filly.

Visit fivestarsensation.org to purchase your tickets for this Saturday’s event!

This event sells out every year, so you gotta purchase tickets today — buy yours now and I’ll see you at Tri-C that night!

Follow University Hospitals on Facebook and Twitter, and UH Seidman Cancer Center on Instagram at @uhseidman. Follow along with the Five Star fun at #fivestarsensation.

Disclosure: University Hospitals offered me and a guest the opportunity to attend to their June 24th, 2017 Five Star Sensation event. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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