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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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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.

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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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GIVEAWAY: Night at the Zoovies 2014

Well, I have bad news kids: this year’s Cleveland Zoological Society’s Date Night at the ZOOvies is SOLD OUT.

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Don’t know about Date Night at the ZOOvies, presented by Fifth Third Bank? It’s Clevelanders chance to spend a summer evening at the Zoo – this year on Friday, August 22nd - watching a movie in a unique setting.

  • Staring at 7:00PM, stroll through Australian Adventure and the African Savanna while enjoying complimentary beer, wine and light appetizers
  • At 8:30PM, head over to the zoo’s amphitheater to watch The Great Outdoors in the Zoo’s Savanna Theater. Bring a blanket/chairs or grab an amphitheater seat, first come first served. To make it a proper viewing experience, there’s hot pretzels, popcorn, candy, beer, wine, pop and water during the movie – all treats provided with your event ticket!

zoovies

So while you can’t buy tickets  to this event, the good news is that you have a chance to win two tickets to this event on Friday, August 22 here on the blog this week! Enter at the Rafflecopter…

a Rafflecopter giveaway

You have until Friday, August 1st 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 Cleveland, I suggest that only those that can use the tickets enter to win!

PSSSSST: A little birdy told me that there are only a handful of Twilight at the Zoo tickets left for this Friday night. Buy your tickets for this week’s event here: http://goo.gl/izSTlI

Stay up-to-date with all of their happenings: 

Disclosure: All photos ℅ the Cleveland Zoological Society’s website and Facebook page. I serve as a Cleveland Zoological Society blogger and was offered media passes to this event in return for sharing this information & running a giveaway. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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