event preview: Door to Door Organics – Ohio’s Good Food Gathering

Disclosure: Door to Door Organics approached me with an opportunity to share information about their upcoming event. In return, I received an account credit for their home delivery grocery service. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I enjoyed this spring and summer getting to know Door to Door Organics, both in their offerings and in the recipes I’ve been able to create with the bounty they deliver to my home on a regular basis. The fact that I could always add on some locally produced options was always a huge plus. So imagine the local food love that could come together in an afternoon event here in the Cleveland area. The Door to Door Organics team has done the imagining — and the planning — for you…

Door To Door Organics Ohio Good Food Gathering

Join Door to Door Organics – Ohio on Sunday, November 8th from 12pm – 4pm at Cuyahoga Valley National Park’s Happy Days Lodge (at 500 W Streetsboro Street in Peninsula, OH 44264) for their Good Food Gathering. Vendors participating and sampling their offerings include:

The Door to Door Organics crew will also be offering samples from Bowman & Landes and Vino de Milo, plus providing big batches of vegan and turkey chili, crudites with Judy’s Oasis hummus and local salad dressings, and locally sourced desserts. Sounds like an incredibly delicious afternoon.
The Door to Door Organics team is also excited to have The Gage Brothers and Recipe of Life providing music, plus some family friendly activities including a cool photo opportunity, a craft project and an awesome game. Food and fun in the beautiful Cuyahoga Valley National Park on a fall day — what more could you ask for?

Tell your family and friends to join you for the Good Food Gathering on November 8th at Happy Days Lodge – RSVP at the Facebook event page today.

In the meantime, learn more about the local foods Door to Door Organics feature in their online shop at ohio.doortodoororganics.com/shop/local. Stay in the know about event updates via their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds.

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GIVEAWAY: Toast of the Town (benefiting Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America’s Northeast Ohio Chapter)

Disclosure: I accepted an opportunity to provide two event tickets as a reader giveaway to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America’s Northeast Ohio Chapter’s Toast of the Town event in exchange for two VIP passes. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Images ℅ Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America’s Northeast Ohio Chapter.

One of my favorite things about sharing upcoming local events is when I discover a new (to me) gathering that sounds like a grand time. Case in point:  Toast of the Town, a wine tasting fundraiser and social event benefiting the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America’s Northeast Ohio Chapter.

CCFA Toast of the Town

Taking place at the Ballroom at Park Lane the evening of Saturday, November 7th, event highlights include:

  • Local vineyards and wineries bringing their finest wines to taste (a variety of beers and non-alcoholic drinks also available)
  • both light and heavy bites pairing with the wines from one of my favorite local caterers, Spice of Life Catering (vegetarian and gluten free foods are included in the menu)
  • access to all raffle games, wine pull, silent and live auctions
  • complementary valet parking for all guests
  • a 1920′s dress code is encouraged but not necessary – cocktail attire otherwise

Learn more about the event & CCFA from this Newsradio WTAM 1100 interview by Bill Wills, the emcee of this year’s event:


  • VIP tickets are $150 — includes all general admission benefits plus early 6pm admission to the event, a special wine tasting/pairing tutorial with Sarah Jaquay of “The Wine Buzz”, a complimentary raffle ticket to win a restaurant gift card and unlimited wine tastings.
  • General admission tickets are $100 – includes admission starting at 7pm, 8 wine tasting tickets, cuisine from Spice of Life Catering, access to all raffle games, wine pull, silent and live auction and a take-home wine tasting glass and goodie bag.
  • Another cool option for you and seven of your closest friends: purchase 8 event tickets and eligible to reserve a “Gansta booth” for your exclusive use at the event! More info on this option here.

You can purchase tickets online at online.ccfa.org/2015toast… or you can enter to win two general admission tickets this week on the blog! Submit your entries via this Rafflecopter:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

You have until THIS FRIDAY, October 17 at 11:59PM to enter. A winner will be announced the next morning. As this is a local event taking place in Cleveland, Ohio, I highly encourage entries by those that can attend the event on Saturday 11/7/15. 

Get ready to toast (& taste!) the town: Follow the event’s Facebook event page for updates between now and November 7th. Like CCFA’s NEO chapter on Facebook for even more information about the great work they accomplish locally all year round.

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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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