GIVEAWAY: 2014 Fabulous Food Show

Northeast Ohio food lovers: The 9th annual Fabulous Food Show is back again, this year taking place November 14 through 16 at the I-X Center. Referred to as ”The Premier Culinary Celebration”, there is something for all foodies to eat, drink and learn.


I’ve gone to the show in 2008, in 2012 and last year – it’s always a good time!

Direct from the event website, the 2014 Fabulous Food Show is featuring this Culinary Celebrity Lineup, including:

  • Tyler Florence – you guys, my chef crush is coming to the Fabulous Food Show!
  • Carla Hall
  • Ingrid Hoffman
  • Nadia G.
  • and Cleveland’s own Michael Symon (welcome back, chef!)

…and Chef Jason Roberts returns for his 9th straight appearance to emcee the festivities. Check out the schedule of the celebrity chef appearances by visiting the show’s website.

New 2014 features include:

  • Local Roots Artisan Pavilion
  • Healthy Living Pavilion presented by Vitamix (schedule here)
  • Block Party hosted by Michael Symon: Includes an enhanced local restaurant and food truck sampling; beer pairings; live music; and special guest appearances
  • Salsa Fiesta! with live music and a salsa dancing competition hosted by Ingrid Hoffmann

Tickets can be purchased in advance online at or in person at local Giant Eagle, Giant Eagle Market Districts and Discount Drug Marts.  General admission tickets include access to all celebrity chef demonstrations on a first come, first served basis. Reserved ticket upgrades are available to guarantee a prime floor seat up close to the action. (More info at the ticketing page here.)

…or you can win two general admission tickets here on the blog to the 2014 Fabulous Food Show at the IX Center! Enter via the Rafflecopter today…

a Rafflecopter giveaway

You have until this Wednesday, November 13th at 12:00AM EST to enter. The winner will be announced later that morning. Since this event takes place in Cleveland, make sure you can attend before entering!

Keep up to date on other event happening over at the Fabulous Food Show Facebook page or its Twitter feed – @FabFoodShow.  Get ready: it’s time to eat, Cleveland!

Disclosure: In return for offering this giveaway for two general admission tickets to the event, I will receive two media passes to attend the Fabulous Food Show. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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GIVEAWAY: Cleveland Magazine’s 2014 Best of Cleveland Party

With the arrival of a new season yesterday, it’s official: Fall event season is upon Cleveland, my friends!  So many to choose from, why not save-the-date now for the best of the best? Get ready for Cleveland Magazine‘s Best of Cleveland Party - presented by The Collection Auto Group:

Join Cleveland Magazine and The Collection Auto Group for the 9th annual event on Friday, October 10, 2014 at Public Hall in downtown Cleveland. This event brings together the tip top that Cleveland has to offer – based on reader and editor picks from the October issue of Cleveland Magazine.  Hans and I attended the 2013 event and had a wonderful time:

Best of CLE VIP

The 2014 event has another impressive list of participating winners. I’m looking forward to visiting the tables of:

  • Agrarian Collective — met these kind folks at the OBA Mitchell’s Edible Cleveland “sweet-up” 
  • Cleveland Pickle — because who doesn’t love pickles?
  • Clover Road Cream Cheese — one of my vices!
  • Garden of Flavor — currently diggin’ on their juices as mid-day snacks
  • GV Art & Design — I do need to buy another CLE inspired tshirt…
  • Harness Cycle — gotta get myself back to spinning this winter
  • Jack Flaps — pancakes FTW
  • Manna Food Truck — enjoyed their food at the Sunflower Festival this July
  • The Wandering Wardrobe — cutest traveling boutique here in CLE!

…plus some of my favorites in the SpaWest VIP Lounge.  Where else can you dine on Red, the Steakhouse beef tartar AND get your hair done?

This year’s event again benefits Breakthrough Schools of Greater Cleveland, the highest-rated network of free, non-profit, public charter schools in Cleveland. Meet some of their students via this YouTube video:

Ready to buy your tickets? General admission is $75 and SpaWest VIP Lounge access is $150 - tickets can be purchased at

…or you can win two general admission tickets to the Best of Cleveland Party this week here on the blog! Process your entries at the Rafflecopter widget…

a Rafflecopter giveaway

You have until THIS SUNDAY, September 28 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 Friday 10/10/14. 

Get ready to celebrate all that is the BEST of Cleveland with Cleveland MagazineLike the event’s Facebook page, follow the event’s Twitter feed (@BestOfCLE) and keep an eye on Cleveland Magazine‘s Instagram feed for even more information.

Disclosure: Event logo care of Cleveland Magazine. I was asked by the publication to help promote this event via a ticket giveaway here on the blog. In return, I will receive two tickets to attend this event. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

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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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