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#CLEfood: lunch at Restaurant Trentina (plus a GIVEAWAY)

Disclosure:  As a part of the Trentina friends and family preview, I was invited to attend this lunch tasting menu opportunity with a guest, and to giveaway a gift card to a lucky reader. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

Honored to find ourselves back at the Cleveland food scene’s most talked-about dining spot, our long holiday weekend kicked off with a Friday afternoon lunch Restaurant Trentina, located in the University Circle.

Since we highly enjoyed our experience at the friends and family dinner preview in June, Chef Jonathon Sawyer, Executive Chef Matt Danko and the Trentina team developed a lunch menu that provides Northeastern Ohioans the same unique dining experience between the hours of 11AM and 2PM.

On our half-day-Fridays, while soaking in the sun pouring in Trentina’s large front window, Hans and I dined through these dishes from the new lunch menu:

  • Wood-Fired Broccoli with eggplant sauce, anchovies, crab apples, and parsley
  • Red Basket Market Salad with Parmesan, bagna cauda, wood-fired almonds & bread crumbs
  • Scallop with carrot vinegar, marigold, golden rod, spumante, shallot & scallop tripe, roe, foot
  • Beef Carne with herbed and moustarda
  • Gluten-free Garlic Pasta with rice penne, garlic, dehydrated polenta, parmesan & olive oil
  • Swordfish
  • Lemon sorbet with chocolate dust
  • Olive oil gelato with orange zest

trentina collage

Who knew what a culinary treat that lunch could be.  I could have easily ordered a few rounds of our first course (I loved the play of the charred broccoli with the anchovies and eggplant — and that was easily the best non-Caesar “Caesar” salad I’ve had in awhile), but would be thankful as more delicious selections were presented to us.  As Hans savored each bite of his swordfish, I did my best to not devour my gluten free pasta offering in less than one minute. Chef Sawyer checked in on me, sharing the ways he hoped to improve on the rice penne dish in the future — but I was completely content, sharing the flavors were on and the consistency of the pasta was unlike anything else I’ve had dining out.  To then receive gelato and sorbet… we were in heaven.

Prepare your tastebuds, CLE:  Restaurant Trentina starts its lunch service on Tuesday, September 9th. (Open for lunch Tuesdays through Fridays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Reservations are encouraged but not required.)  Have some free time on September 5th?  The public is welcome to join Chef Sawyer at Trentina’s lunch soft opening that afternoon. Attendees that day will receive complimentary beverage service (includes tea, custom Trentina blend coffee, and/or alcohol), and Dolce and Grazi courses on the house as a thank you.

Want to check out Restaurant Trentina for yourself? Enter to win a $25 gift card from the restaurant — via the Rafflecopter — this week:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

You have until Saturday, September 6th at 12:00PM EST to enter. The winner will be announced later that morning over at the PIP Facebook pageSince this is for a specific restaurant in Cleveland, I suggest that only those that can use the gift card enter to win!

Stay in up-to-date by following Restaurant Trentina on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Disclosure:  As a part of the Trentina friends and family preview, I was invited to attend this lunch tasting menu opportunity with a guest, and to giveaway a gift card to a lucky reader. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Link It Up: Must Read Posts on 8.22.2014

Sometimes as I’m going about my day, I throw various blog posts, online articles and fun YouTube video URLs in my Gmail drafts folder. Well, when I saw over 80 draft emails (90% of which were these types of links), I knew it was time to revive this blog series. I do love sharing these with you!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMANDA!

My great friend and fellow CLE blogger Amanda at Clue Into Cleveland (on the far right in this photo from Jump Back Ball) is celebrating her birthday this weekend, and I’m honored to join in on the fun. Read her most recent post on how she’s participating in the Ice Bucket Challenge by supporting a good friend participating in the ALS Association’s local walk. Consider donating to Jen’s team here.

TASTE OF HUDSON GIVEAWAY

Don’t forget: you have until this Monday at midnight to enter my giveaway to win two $25 dining cards to the 10th Anniversary Taste of Hudson. Click over to yesterday’s post to enter this weekend.

AROUND THE CLE

If you’re looking for some local dining inspiration, look no further than Bite Buff‘s recent series of posts when she hosted a Pittsburg blogger for a #ThisisCLE culinary tour in conjunction with  Positively Cleveland. She just posted Part Three, which included visits to North Union Farmers Market, Dante Next Door (p.s. they have gluten free pizza!), Lilly Handmade Chocolates and A Cookie and a Cupcake.  Here’s Part One, Part Two and Part Two x2 for you to catch up on if you missed the first two days.

In case you haven’t heard, Cleveland Gladiators are in the ArenaBowl happening this Saturday night. They have the chance to finally bring the good people of Cleveland a championship, so go cheer them on at The Q. More information on the team’s website.

This Sunday includes another Yoga Rocks the Park. Teresa Gorski from Vision Yoga is teaching and long time blog friend Brandon Kocher is accompanying her with his musical stylings. Purchase tickets on the event website or at Tremont’s Lincoln Park morning of the class.

Cleveland Cocktail Week is coming! My very good friend Smitten in Cleveland is very excited to celebrate this Northeastern Ohio gathering September 4th through 8th — check out her blog post for more info or the event website at cocktailweekcle.com

EAT IT UP

Fellow CLE FitBloggin’ blogger Jill shared her grilled maple bacon peanut butter and jelly sammich recipe this week. If eating this is wrong, I don’t want to be right.

This fennel roasted veggies recipe from Michael Chiarello over at the Food Network site reminds me of a dish we enjoyed while in San Francisco this past April. This WILL be made once I get my hands on some fennel!

I’m all about a recipe that doesn’t involve anything beyond a bit of chopping, boiling, blending and mixing: I’ll be making Kathryn Budig’s Time-Saving Sun Butter + Coconut Curry soon. It uses brown rice noodles, making it gluten free.

Holly Clegg’s Southwestern Sweet Potato Salad combines roasted sweet yams, crunchy corn, black beans in a light jalapeño dressing — check out the Cleveland Clinic’s Speaking of Women’s Health site for an array of info.

TWEET OF THE WEEK

“It is through your body that you realize you are a spark of divinity.” ― B.K.S. Iyengar. Rest in Peace and Thank You! #bksiyengar

Got a link to share? Put it in the comments below… and happy Friday!

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GIVEAWAY: The 10th Anniversary Taste of Hudson

Disclosure: In exchange for sharing information about this event, I was offered two $25 dining cards to share. My thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. Images from Taste of Hudson. 

As time goes by, I enjoy visiting those areas of the Northeastern Ohio area that I’m not as familiar with. One of those places I’ve gotten to know a lot better in the past year is Hudson.  If visiting this historic and quaint town is something you haven’t done in awhile, the town’s annual food, art and music festival makes for a great reason to do so. Get ready for Taste of Hudson.

taste of hudson logo

The 10th Anniversary Taste of Hudson will be held Labor Day Weekend 2014 – on August 31st and September 1st - in the downtown village Clocktower Green and the adjacent First & Main shopping district.

taste of hudson food

From the event website, highlights include:

taste of hudson band

Main stage entertainment runs into the evening with Straight On and Monica Robins and the Whiskey Kings  (Pictured, Wanted from last year’s Taste of Hudson)

Admission to the festival grounds is FREE. Food will be sold in small and medium plate sizes — the samples are generally in the range of $2-$5. More than 20 different restaurants will be providing a variety of food offerings.  Ready to buy dining cards?  Visit the event website to purchase today.

Ready to WIN some dining cards? Enter the Rafflecopter today for a chance to win two $25 dining cards:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

You have until Monday, August 25th at 12:00PM EST to enter. The winner will be announced later that morning. Since this is for an event on a specific date in Hudson, I suggest that only those that can use the dining cards enter to win!

Want to learn more about Taste of Hudson?  Visit their website, follow @tasteofhudson on Twitter or like them on Facebook.

Disclosure: In exchange for sharing information about this event, I was offered two $25 dining cards to share. My thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. Images from Taste of Hudson.

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