An Interview with Clare Cook from Bullets Over Broadway (a guest post at PlayhouseSquare’s Behind the Curtain blog)

Good news, Cleveland theater lovers: I’ll again serve as Playhouse Square‘s Community Engagement and Education’s blogger this year for the KeyBank Broadway Series to take you behind the scenes to interview a member of the featured show’s cast, crew or creative team. The first show in the 2015-2016 series is Bullets Over Broadway

Visit the Playhouse Square’s Behind the Curtain blog to read my interview with Clare Cook, the tour’s choreographer.

Bullets Over Broadway Playhouse Square

Bullets Over Broadway plays in Cleveland October 6 –  18 at the Conner Palace Theatre at Playhouse Square. For more information, please visit the show’s page on the Playhouse Square website.

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Much gratitude to the Playhouse Square team for the opportunity to continue serving as a blog contributor for the Broadway Buzz program. Get ready — here comes the 2015-2016 KeyBank Broadway Series!

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recipe: Pasta “Fellini” (inspired by Little Italy’s La Dolce Vita)

After our big anniversary night out at Dinner Lab and far too many weekends away from my kitchen during the month of September, I felt like continuing our celebration via a meal at home this past Saturday evening.

I swung by Heinen’s after a solid class at Ride + Workout that morning and splurged a few of our favorite things: a Delmonico steak for Hans, a piece of wild caught salmon for me, and the ingredients for one of Hans’ favorite pasta dishes.

Inspired by a meal we had a Little Italy’s La Dolce Vita many anniversaries dinners ago, I recreated the sauce my redhead still talks about — a blend of tomatoes, pancetta, gorgonzola & parmesan. I did my best to recreate their “Fellini” sauce – at least I’m pretty sure that’s the name that the La Dolce Vita team actually calls it. For our (and this blog’s) purposes, it stuck — much like this sauce does to the right noodle.

pasta a la fellini la dolce vita

Pasta “Fellini”

For 2 large servings or 4 smaller servings for sides

  • 1 cup of dry short cut pasta* (your many options here, thanks to Wikipedia)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup pancetta, diced
  • 2/3 pint of grape tomatoes, halved
  • Pinch of salt (to start, season to taste later)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of pepper
  • 1/4 cup of cream (milk if you’re in a pinch)
  • ¼ cup of gorgonzola, plus extra for sprinkling
  • ¼ cup of parmesan, plus extra for sprinkling

Heat a pot of water to boil. Add pasta to water when at rolling boil. Cook pasta to right before it gets al dente (you’ll finish cooking it in the sauce, so reserve some of the pasta water, just in case.)

In a large sauté pan set to medium-high, heat the olive oil. Add garlic, dropping the temperature to medium. Sauté for one minute.

Add pancetta, cooking for 2 minutes before adding the grape tomatoes, salt (go easy as there’s salt in the meat), and pepper. Sauté on medium-low until tomatoes start to break down, about 5-10 minutes. Add cream and stir, deglazing all that flavor off the bottom of the pan.

Heat the sauce to boil, then reduce heat to medium-low. Add the cooked pasta and stir. Simmer until pasta has soaked up the sauce, about 5 minutes. (If it needs a bit more moisture to finish melding flavors, add a very small about of pasta water now.) Stir in gorgonzola and parmesan. Turn off heat and allow cheese to melt into sauce/pasta combo.

Serve, sprinkling pasta with remaining cheese and enjoy.

*For my gluten free friends — this dish is easily made GF by the subbing of your favorite gluten free pasta!

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Hilton Cleveland Downtown’s #MyCLEPhoto Staycation Giveaway

Disclosure: I accepted an opportunity & future compensation to share info about Hilton Cleveland Downtown’s #MyCLEPhoto Staycation Giveaway.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

It think it’s fair to say that when art combines with hometown pride and audience participation, you’re going to have a winner on your hands. And that’s what the Hilton Cleveland Downtown is going for with their anticipated June 2016 opening and special project that you, fair Clevelander, can take part in…

The Hilton Cleveland Downtown is encouraging all Northeastern Ohioans to submit pictures showing just how much you love Cleveland. Here’s how you can get in on the fun:

  • Step 1: Snap a photo of yourself and/or your family and friends in front of your favorite Cleveland and/or Cuyahoga County landmark
  • Step 2a: Submit the photo on their website,
  • Step 2b: …or post the photo to enter by using the hashtag #MyCLEPhoto on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Your photo, combined with your fellow Greater Clevelanders’ submissions, has the chance to be part of a photo mosaic art installation to be included the new Hilton Cleveland Downtown. How cool is that?!

MyCLEPhoto Collage

 A few screen grabs of the many #MyCLEphoto submissions over on Instagram

This is your chance to be a part of Cleveland history — plus your chance to win a Hilton Cleveland Downtown Staycation Giveaway: submit your photo for a chance to win a two night stay for two people at the new Hilton Cleveland Downtown in a Standard King Room, along with two drinks per person and two appetizers to share at the hotel’s Sky Bar. (Check out Hilton’s page to get a sneak peek of some of the renderings of what’s in store!)

Here’s what you need to know in terms of submission guidelines:

  • Photo should include you, your family or friends
  • Photo should be taken at favorite place in Cleveland or Cuyahoga County.
  • Please limit your photo to a size of 5mb or smaller.
  • Be creative!

My first entry? Well, it’s probably not a shock that it included a few of my favorite things:

Photo Sep 27, 6 32 30 PM

Photo from last night’s Cleveland Metroparks hike around the West Creek Reservation — one of our go-to parks in the Emerald Necklace

Join Hans, Grady and I in the picture sharing fun – submit your photo to win at the contest entry page – – and show Cleveland your #MyCLEPhoto love!

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