#CLEfood: where to find pączki on Fat Tuesday

Consider the Polish pastries known as Pączki. Every Winter these incredible pillows of dough and tasty fillings make their grand return to the Northeast Ohio area in time for one last indulgence before Lent begins.

packzi

If you’re not familiar with these traditional Polish pieces of bakery, the most important note is that they are far more than a jelly donut. Not only is the recipe different, they hold a very specific place in our hearts — and our stomachs.

Many consider my fair suburb the hub for pączki in Greater Cleveland. While I wholeheartedly agree with that statement, we’re lucky to have bakeries serving these delicious offerings all over town. So for your convenience, here’s a small listing of recommendations on where to get your pączki fix a week from today:

Looking to make your pączki consumption more of a group outing? Check out these events next week:

Paczki Eve Party at Platform
Monday, February 8th from 4PM-10PM
at Platform Beer Co. (4125 Lorain Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44113)
Combining paczki, pierogies, polka and Platform Beer Co. beer, this is one heck of a way to spend your Monday night. Join Platform for its first ever “Paczki Eve Party” and bring the family as it’s a kid-friendly event.

PĄCZKI DAY 
Tuesday, February 9th from 6AM-5PM
at Rudy’s Strudel and Bakery (5580 Ridge Rd, Parma, Ohio 44129)
Leave it to Rudy’s to really make Fat Tuesday a celebration. Not only will the polka be going strong with live music and dance instruction, brewers from the Brick and Barrel will compliment the more than 25 flavors of pączki including an entire line of savory pączki to choose from all day long.

EDITED TO ADD: Paczki & Cream
Tuesday, February 9th from 11AM-10PM
at Mitchell’s Ice Cream – Ohio City Shop & Kitchen (1867 W 25th St, Cleveland, OH 44113)

Talk about indulgence: Rudy’s Packi PLUS Mitchell’s Homemade Ice Cream all in one glorious pastry/dessert combo? Fat Tuesday doesn’t get any better.

So what makes these desserts different than donuts? See how they are made via this WKYC video from Rudy’s Facebook page.

Where will you be getting your pączki from this Fat Tuesday? Leave your favorite bakery in the comments below…

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GIVEAWAY: 2016 Great Big Home and Garden Show

Great news for you home decor enthusiasts, gardeners and DIY-ers of Northeast Ohio: the annual Great Big Home and Garden Show will return to the I-X Center next month — February 5-14, 2016. The show features more than 600 exhibits, hundreds of home industry experts, appearances by home and garden celebrities and returning favorites from previous year shows.

2015 Home and Garden Show

Directly from the show organizers, show highlights will include:

  • Wolf Timbers Rustic Manor, a 2,500-square-foot, ranch rustic-style Idea Home, is an open and airy three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bathroom energy efficient home with a layout designed to wow! Built by Blossom Homes and sponsored by Sherwin-WilliamsCleveland Magazine and Ohio Magazine the home features an aging-in-place design that will inspire visitors thinking of building or renovating their homes.
  • The 1,500-square-foot Xtend Technologies Hi-Tech Entertainment Home, built by Pepperwood Homes, is designed with entertaining in mind and will inspire visitors with ideas for their own entertainment spaces. The home features the latest in indoor and outdoor technology from Xtend Technologies. Landscaping surrounding the Hi-Tech Home will also be provided by Morton’s Landscaping.
  • Everyone deserves their own personal getaway space and this year’s She Sheds will have visitors thinking about how to create their own backyard retreat. Whether it’s a nature nest, writer’s retreat or wine tasting room, these She Sheds will spark ideas for creating any type of retreat space with a feminine touch.
  • The popular Garden ShowcaseCelebration!-themed gardens created by some of Northeast Ohio’s top landscapers. From Mardi Gras and Labor Day to welcoming home our military or enjoying a wedding, each garden will leave visitors feeling festive and ready to plan their own backyard party!
  • The combined Main Stage and Loretta Paganini Cooking Stage will be bigger than ever to offer attendees the best of home improvement celebrity appearances with the opportunity to taste and enjoy culinary delights in one convenient location. A state-of-the-art kitchen stage and vignette, will be designed and built by Perrino Builders & Furniture for consumers to tour between stage presentations. Celebrities include mother and daughter duo Karen Rominger and Mina Starsiak, The Beekman Boys, Jason Cameron and Ursula Carmona.
  • Show attendees can relax and enjoy fine dining among the beauty of the Garden Showcase in the Cambria Bistro, a full-service, white tablecloth restaurant.
  • The Petitti Gardening Stage, daily gardening seminars on landscape design, flora and furnishing outdoor rooms will be held by Northeast Ohio landscape experts. The Petitti Floral Mart will also feature numerous outdoor furniture sets and plants to purchase.

Tickets are $12 for ages 13 and older, $5 for ages 6-12 and free for children under 6 if purchased online (a $3 per ticket savings). You can also save an additional $1 per ticket with discount code POISE16. Tickets are now on sale here.

…or you can enter to win 2 general admission tickets, good for any day of the show, this week on the blog via this Rafflecopter:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

You have until THIS SATURDAY, January 30 at 11:59PM to enter. A winner will be announced the next morning on the blog’s Facebook page. As this is a local event taking place in Cleveland, Ohio, I highly encourage entries by those that can attend during that span of February.

Check out the show’s social media feeds at FacebookTwitter & Pinterest to get inspired before the February exhibition at the IX Center.

Disclosure: Graphics ℅ the Great Big Home and Garden Show. In exchange for providing this giveaway, I was invited to attend this event with a guest. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

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GIVEAWAY: Animal Attractions (to benefit the Cleveland Zoological Society)

Unless you’ve managed to start hibernating in the past few weeks, you know that it’s official: winter is here in Greater Cleveland. Bundled with a full set of gloves, scarf and hat with all outdoor adventures, I’m already longing for warmer temperatures. And as though my friends at the Cleveland Zoological Society knew we all felt this way this time of year, they are gearing up for their first social event of 2016: Animal Attractions.

Group enjoying the event resized

Wait a minute — those folks look familiar 

Animal Attractions — Presented by Fifth Third Bank — celebrates another year of enjoying the tropical temperatures of the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo’s Rainforest in one of our fine city’s coldest months. As guest wander around getting to know the animals better, they also delight in sampling some of Cleveland’s most tantalizing dishes while enjoying an open bar and wine tasting.

Animal Attractions food and wine

Restaurants and food vendors offering sample dishes at this year’s event will include:

With plenty of adult beverages, get-close to the animal moments and 3 “adult-only conservation education” presentations, it’s no wonder they are celebrating 12 years of this event in 2016!

Animal Attractions presentations

 Still not sure what to expect? Check out my Know Before You Go post on this event.

Plan to join additional event sponsors Cleveland Magazine, Great Lakes Brewing Company, The Beachhouse Wines and Fireball Whisky (#mykindofsponsors) at this annual Zoo event taking place on Thursday, February 4, 2016. Tickets are $60 Zoo members, $65 non-members. Please note: You must be 21 or older to attend. Purchase tickets at ClevelandZooSociety.org… or enter to win two tickets on the blog:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

You have until THIS SUNDAY, January 24 at 11:59PM to enter. A winner will be announced the next morning on the blog’s Facebook page. As this is a local event taking place in Cleveland, Ohio, I highly encourage entries by those that can attend on Thursday, February 4th.

Keep up with the Zoo Society: follow the hashtag #wildaboutCLE on social media, plus check out their FacebookTwitter & Instagram.

Disclosure: Previous year photos ℅ the Cleveland Zoological Society — taken by fellow CLE event prof Dale McDonald. In exchange for providing this giveaway, I was invited to attend this February 4th event with a guest. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

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