I’ll admit it — it’s hard to believe I had the energy, creativity and time to plan monthly blogger meetings in the past. Don’t get me wrong — there hasn’t been a blogger meet up that I didn’t enjoy attending! The Northeastern Ohioans who have come to an Ohio Blogging Association meet ups over the years are some of the most fantastic people I’ve met. And since we were way overdue — and an opportunity was presented to me — I thought “let’s get something on the calendar” to celebrate the end of another year.
When Townhall reached out with the offer to host the OBA at its Ohio City restaurant, excitement grew to bring the bloggers here to learn more about what they are doing with their menu — and all at one of my favorite spots to grab gluten free fare.
Get to know the restaurant a little better (from their About page):
Our product philosophy is written all over our menu. Organically driven, sustainable, and locally sourced. We offer a variety of gluten free, vegan and vegetarian options that are delicious, and nutritious. Our drink menu is marked not only with daily fresh squeezed juices, but also features specialty crafted emulsive cocktails that are made fresh to order, spiked milkshakes, a notable whiskey menu, and 36 rotating local/regional American craft beers on tap.
Townhall is very excited to share they are working towards being 100% GMO free by the beginning of 2015. With their health conscious menu, this probably doesn’t surprise many. Committing to something like this is a grand undertaking. But based on our experience that evening, their team is on the right track.
We all came from around Northeastern Ohio convened last Monday night to learn more — in attendance:
- Alicia from Poise in Parma (that’s me!)
- Amanda from Clue Into Cleveland
- Beth from @CraveableCLE
- @ClevelandChick from Happiness is a Hot Pierogi
- Crystal from Eat*Drink*Cleveland
- Dina from Dina’s Days
- Jen from WhyCLE?
- Holly from Holly Hammersmith Blog
- Jessica from Racing to Zen
- Julie from ROJ Running
- Lisa from Edible Cleveland
- Kristian from Ohio Festivals and man*gi*am*OH!
- Pat from Rantings of an Amateur Chef
- Rachel from It’s a Hero
- Tammi from Velezita
After some lively chatter around the tables (it had been since June we last all gathered together for the OBA “Sweet Up” at Mitchell’s Ice Cream with Edible Cleveland), TownHall treated us with appetizers to start:
Monday nights are Vegan Nights at TownHall, so my table mates enjoyed the steam buns made with black bean, quinoa and falafel. I couldn’t wait to tackle the largest crudite platter I’ve ever seen. Paired with a white hummus and a kalamata olive dip, look for this new item to be hitting TownHall’s menu in the near future. I plan to order it again!
For my entree, I ordered the thyme seared Nova Scotia salmon with cauliflower puree, Brussel sprouts and a local maple cider reduction.
Three of the ladies along side of me all ordered the lamb as their main, which looked OUTSTANDING, and I started to kick myself for not doing the same. But then upon diving into my fish, I was so happy I made the choice I did. The salmon was perfectly prepared, and I’m still trying to figure out how the chef got the puree to taste exactly like mashed potatoes. One other blogger ordered the same and had no clue that the puree was made from cauliflower! I was so glad I tried something new-to-me instead of sticking with my favorite, their Thai peanut bowl.
For dessert, TownHall provided several skillet chocolate chip cookies topped with Mitchell’s vanilla ice cream:
From the “coolest thing I’ve seen in awhile” file: a Crowler 32-ounce, flash-sealed can of any draft beer they serve — perfect to take home to enjoy during the holidays. To close everything out, TownHall provided a mini tasting of Townhall’s emulsive cocktails, made with various liquors and fruits, making for a sweet way to end the evening. Overall, it was a well-rounded, delicious meal and an insightful look into what TownHall has planned for 2015!
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Disclosure: TownHall’s PR contact reached out to me with an invitation to coordinate an Ohio Blogging Association meeting at the restaurant. TownHall provided appetizers, entrees and select beverages tastings that evening. My thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.