April events for you to enjoy around Greater Cleveland

I’m a bit behind on sharing the array of Cleveland events on my radar screen for the month of April 2012. My apologies, but don’t fret: there’s still plenty of time to plan for the following happenings:

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Saturday, April 7: Yuri’s Night Space Party at the Great Lakes Science Center from 8:00PM – 1:00AM
Featuring: live music by Disco Inferno, Jello shots, Midnight OMNIMAX movie Hubble, adult beverages and hors d’oeuvres, a costume contest, a trivia contest and more!
Buy your tickets here: http://www.museumtix.com/program/program.aspx?vid=803&pid=7752422&pvt=glsc

Monday, April 9: Lake Erie Moose Society April Blogger Meetup at Market Avenue Wine Bar from 6:30PM – 8:30PM
Featuring the following topic: “Let’s talk about maintenance. What should you check periodically to make sure your readers are seeing what you want them to see?” Boy, could have I used this information about two weeks ago…
More info here: http://www.meetup.com/Lake-Erie-Moose-Society/events/53127332/

Monday, April 16: Fundraiser for West Side Community House at Johnny Mango from 11AM – 11PM
The details: Print this flyer (http://www.wschouse.org/images/uploads/Mangos_Flyer_-_2012-04-16.pdf) and dine at Johnny Mango that day so 20% of purchases will be donated to West Side Community House -take out orders also apply for donations!
More info and to access the flyer: https://www.facebook.com/events/350833531619296/

Tuesday, April 17: Ohio Blogging Association April Cleveland Blogger Beer Tasting with The Brewer’s Daughter at Lizardville Beer Store and Whiskey Bar from 6:30PM – 8:30PM
Featuring: a beer tasting lead by Renee from The Brewer’s Daughter: includes five different brews and foos. Cost: $20/per person, payable at the door.
More info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/191074104334897/

Wednesday, April 18: Emerging Chefs and AMP 150 Present Garden Party at AMP 150 from 6:00PM – 9:00PM
Featuring: the celebration of “the planting of AMP 150’s garden with a sweet collection of cuisine inspired by the carnival of a Garden Party… With a farm-to-table approach for over 15 years in his restaurants, Chef Jeff Jarrett has spent his life exemplifying how ingredients define the experience.”
To purchase tickets: http://emergingchefs2012-2.eventbrite.com/

Saturday, April 21: 40th Annual Spring Classic 10 mile and 5K at Bonnie Park Pavilion in Strongsville starting at 8:30AM
Featuring: Races of various distances for every walker/runner!
For more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/262390400495951/
Online Registration: http://www.active.com/running/strongsville-oh/40th-annual-cleveland-spring-classic-2012?int=29-6


Sunday, April 22: Market at the Foodbank at the Cleveland Foodbank from 6:00PM – 8:30PM
Featuring: Food and beverage from 50 local restaurants and distributors, live entertainment, silent auction and more.
To purchase tickets:
TO WIN TICKETS: CLICK ON OVER TO TUESDAY’S PIP POST and leave a comment to enter to win!


Saturday, April 28: MedWish International’s Band-Aid Bash at MedWish Headquarters
Featuring: the transformation of “its global headquarters into a swanky, trendy nightclub”, food from Chef Chris Hodgson, a silent auction, live music, and “a layout that showcases the grassroots nature of the organization and its warehouse”
For more information and to purchase tickets: http://medwish.org/2012-band-aid-bash-party-for-the-planet/

Monday, April 30: Yoga Meditation Workshop at Nishkama Yoga Independence at 7:30PM
More info: Join Tracy as she reviews the basic principles and techniques of this misunderstood and mysterious practice. Even the busiest mind can learn what meditation is and is not, proper posture for meditation, basic breathing techniques (pranayama), simple mantras and use of a mala beads and a practice that integrates the principals and practices presented.
To reserve your spot: visit https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ASP/adm/home.asp?studioid=4086.

As always, so much going down in Ctown! What April event are you looking forward to?

Disclaimer: I work for Nishkama Yoga, am attending Yuri’s Night, Garden Party & Market at the Foodbank c/o of media passes from their respective organizations, and serve as the organizer of the Ohio Blogging Association meetups. I share these so that you can also enjoy them. As always, my thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

ten things this tuesday: this week’s Cleveland events round up

HEY CLEVELANDERS! As I always say, if you are bored in this town, it’s because you are not looking! There’s so much going on in the next seven days that I couldn’t even if it all into today’s round up! But I did want to share all the events that I would love to attend (if there were three of me). And it being Tuesday…


The September Ride of 2 Wheels & Heels Ladies Bike Night

  • WHEN: 7:00pm – 10:00pm on Wednesday, September 28
  • WHERE: Starts at ABC Tavern in Ohio City
  • WHY: Crank-Set Rides organizes a ladies night bike ride on the last Wednesday of every month. This  month includes a bike maintenance lesson at Joy Machines Bike Shop!
  • MORE INFO? Visit the Facebook event page.

Emerging Chefs Present: ‘C4’

  • WHEN: 6:00pm – 9:00pm on Thursday, September 29
  • WHERE: Light Bistro in Ohio City
  • WHY: From the ECs themselves: “The ‘C4’ signature event will showcase four local chefs and will highlight various culinary techniques, full fresh flavors and audacious pairings of food and libations” YUM.
  • TICKET DISCOUNT CODE: Enter “ECC4” to save 30% off the general ticket price!
  • MORE INFO? Visit the Eventbrite event page.

Hunger Network’s Rolling on the River

  • WHEN: 7:30pm – 11:30 pm on Friday, September 30
  • WHERE: Windows on the River on the West Bank of the Flats
  • WHY: Given by the Friends of the Hunger Network to benefit the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland, this event is a casino themed fundraiser complete with food, gaming, drinks, music and a silent auction
  • TICKET DISCOUNT CODE: Tickets are $65 in advance until September 29th, or $70 at the door the night of the event. But GOOD NEWS! Poise in Parma readers can save $10 by entering the word “Parma” when purchasing their tickets online!
  • MORE INFO? Visit the Hunger Network website.

Nishkama Yoga’s Beginner’s Workshop

  • WHEN: 12:00pm – 2:30pm on Saturday, October 1
  • WHERE: Nishkama Yoga in Independence
  • WHY: For $35, this workshop will introduce you to all you need to know to get your yoga practice going.
  • BONUS: Attend the workshop and you can save 10% off a mat or a 10 class pass!
  • MORE INFO? Visit the studio’s website.

Arthritis Foundation’s Northeastern Ohio Fall Walk

  • WHEN: On Sunday, October 2: Registration starts at 11:30am, Walk begins at 1:00pm
  • WHERE: Lake Metroparks Farmpark in Kirtland
  • WHY: From their site, “The Arthritis Walk is the signature fundraiser for the Arthritis Foundation. It’s not just an event, it’s a celebration of year-round movement to help prevent and treat arthritis.”  And because it’s a great event at a neat site on the East side.
  • MORE INFO? Visit the event page.

Dogs Unlimited Rescue’s 2nd Annual Muttsquerade Ball

  • WHEN: 5:00pm – 9:00pm on Sunday, October 2
  • WHERE: Moxie in Beachwood
  • WHY: The evening will include food, martini and wine bars, silent auction and live entertainment – all to raise funds for this non-profit. From their site: “your attendance and support will help us educate the public and save abused and neglected animals from an uncertain fate.” Plus I’m sure pups will be there!!
  • MORE INFO? Visit the Facebook event page.

Light The Night Walk for the Suicide Prevention Education Alliance

  • WHEN: 6:00pm – 8:30pm on Sunday, October 2
  • WHERE: Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
  • WHY: The mission of Suicide Prevention Education Alliance is to prevent suicide and promote recognition of adolescent depression through education and alliances with community partners.
  • PERSONAL NOTE: I ask you to consider donating to the team walking in memory of Jon Smythe Marshall – a family member of a close friend of mine. You can also join their team and help us bring depression and suicide prevention into the light.
  • MORE INFO? Visit the event web page.

Beachwood Chamber B2B Show

  • WHEN: 2:30pm – 6:30pm on Monday, October 3
  • WHERE: Hilton Cleveland East in Beachwood
  • WHY: According to the chamber, “the Beachwood Chamber B2B Show is the region’s best business show for businesses to make connections with other businesses.”
  • BONUS: Your favorite East side caterer – The Chubby Cook – will be treating the crowds with tasty food!
  • MORE INFO? Visit the event page.

Liver Life Challenge’s Charity Night at Johnny Mango’s

  • WHEN: 11:00am – 11:00pm on Monday, October 3
  • WHERE: Johnny Mango World Cafe & Bar in Ohio City
  • WHY: A group of runners is training and fundraising to benefit the American Liver Foundation as they participating in the Walt Disney World races in January – and I’m super jealous!
  • DON’T FORGET: You need to present the special flyer posted here and 20% of your check will be donated to the team.
  • MORE INFO? Visit the Facebook event page.

Lake Erie Moose Society October Meeting

  • WHEN: 6:30pm – 8:30pm on Monday, October 3
  • WHERE: The Barking Spider Tavern in University Circle
  • WHY: To meet up with even more bloggers and blog supporters in Cleveland. This month’s topic: the pro’s and con’s of anonymous blogging and commenting. Plus they are just cool people!
  • MORE INFO? Visit the Facebook event page.

It’s another busy week in Northeast Ohio! Did I miss anything? What are YOU up to this week?

Full Disclosure: I work for The Chubby Cook, used to work at the Arthritis Foundation, am receiving media passes for the Emerging Chefs & Rolling on the River events, and support all of these organizations and activities with 100 percent of my being. As always, my thoughts, opinions and blogging choices are 100% my own. I’m just trying to spread the CLE love.

event recap: Emerging Chefs’ ReHival

On Friday, August 19th, this suburbia girl drove out to Geauga County for the next Emerging Chefs event: ReHival. Held at Meadowlane Farms, their first annual “Return to Earth Dinner” promised a culinary harvest of beekeeper’s daughter: that person being Chef Kimberly McCune, the owner and chef of Vine & Dine.

After traversing the cow pasture with my Chevy (and somehow not losing my muffler), I meandered up to the entrance of the farm where my fellow guests were enjoying the first surprise of the evening, a farmers market:

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The market had everything from veggies to baked goods, from cheeses to chocolate creations from White House Chocolates in Burton. I sampled a dark chocolate/caramel/pecan combo for my pre-meal treat.

Meanwhile, those in the gluten camp enjoyed Chef McCune’s Welcome Snack, a Face Meat Sammy with Adam’s Reserve Cheddar cheese, Western Reserve Honey White Bread, New Creations Farm Jowl:


These sandwiches were gone before I could even ask “how is it?” Must have been delicious.

We moved into the farmhouse and then to the back porch where picnic tables were set for an evening of noshing. There, we first found our take away for the evening: a jar of honey from the chef’s father himself:

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Before the meal began, Chef McCune greeted the diners, thanked them for their support and encouraged everyone to enjoy themselves as she hoped to do the fine ingredients justice that evening.


Then we got down to business as the eating and drinking commenced:

First Course: Drumette Confit, served with Honey BBQ & Hot sauces, Buttermilk Biscuits and Mather’s Farm Egg Foam with Chive Infusion. Served with The “Queen’s Nectar”: local blueberries, honey, lavender, fresh squeeze lemon and citrus vodka:

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The cocktail was sweet and refreshing. The egg was confusing as we didn’t know quite how to eat the foam (I used the squeeze container as a turkey baster). The chicken wings were a bit on the salty side, but I didn’t mind as the meat was tremendously tender and full of flavor.

Second Course: “Little Crusts” & Meadowlane Farms Steer Tartar; Country Girl Terrine with Meadowlane Farms Longhorn, Miller’s Farm Chicken Liver, New Creation Farm’s Pork. Served with “Pickle Back”: Cleveland based Crav Vodka chased with Grandma’s Pickles & Juice:

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That’s a spicy pickle! I love me some pickles, but I was afraid to blow out my palate by drinking the entire spicy cocktail. The saltiness of the chicken wings made us wanting more salt on the tartar, but the beef still had a nice flavor. I was wishing I could have eaten the crusty bread that came with everyone else’s terrine as I wanted a crunchy texture with the smoothness of the meat (damn gluten intolerance), but I enjoyed the combination of the three proteins.

Third Course: Marinated Backyard Tomatoes, Miceli’s Creamed Mozzarella, Balsamic, KJ Greens Micro Herbs. Served with Howard’s Farm Peach Sun Tea.

There’s no picture of this course on my phone. This tweet may explain why:


Served family style, beautiful yellow and red tomatoes sang their freshness from the brown bowl they were presented in. My fellow diners were concerned I wasn’t getting enough to eat, so they lovingly let me take the first samples from our portion. But as it made it back around the table, I knew we needed more – not only for me as several others at the table fell in love with the fresh produce/cheese pairing. We found ourselves quickly with our second bowl for the table, which I didn’t need help demolishing.

Fourth Course: Miller’s Farm Rabbit Confit, Ricotta Gnocchi, New Creation Farms Bacon and Spinach


Served family style to the table above, & my gluten free version below…


As I waited for my alternative to arrive from the kitchen, I watched the large bowl pass around the table. Diner by diner, they took their first bites and then melted into their chairs. I was quite pleased to see my version placed at my setting – I’m never one to turn down added veggies! I dove in to the rabbit and was immediately reminded of the rabbit spatzel I had on my first visit to AMP 150 way back in 2010. That was a life changing dish and I was having déjà vu. As though the rabbit alone wasn’t flavorful enough, it was taken to another level with the addition of the bacon. I was entirely satisfied at the end of this dish.

Fifth Course: Lake Erie Walleye Cake, Grilled Corn Aioli, KJ Greens Corn Shoots. Served with a “Watermelon Slush”: Ridgeview Farm’s Watermelon, McCune Family Apiiary Honey Crushed Ice.


I had to pass on the walleye cake and the picture I had didn’t do the dish justice. The inch in diameter fish cake was beautifully plated. The watermelon slush was more watermelon mush in texture, but still lovely to sip on.

Sixth Course: Meadowlane Longhorn Rossini, Killbuck Valley Mushrooms, Duck Liver, Demi Glace, Voytiko’s Farm Creamed Sweet Corn, Potato Galette:


Served with the grand premier tasting of ReHival Ale: Geauga County inspired honey ale brewed by Cleveland’s Buckeye Beer Engine:

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That’s one happy beer blogger.

As I find myself craving red meat less and less, I was content with a few bites of the longhorn.  While the mushrooms and potatoes paired fabulously with the rest of the ingredients on the plate, the star of the dish was the creamed sweet corn. Chef McCune promised us the best creamed corn we ever ate. I have to say she delivered. I went back to that platter several times for additional scoops for the side dish.

To close out the evening, a dessert bar was stationed in the farmhouse. I was too busy chatting with the fabulous people at this table to check it out:

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WhyCLE and I did manage to meander inside to find a candy bar filled with Chicklets, Smarties, candy sticks, jellies and chews. We both loaded up on sugary snacks for the ride home. A fellow blogger might have ended up riding something else before we left as well. You’ll just have to check out my entire Emerging Chefs photo album over at Facebook for all the photos I took that night to find out! 

LONG STORY SHORT: As the meal ended, the conversation continued on into the evening. We chatted with Amy Ryan – a friend of Chef Kimberly McCune and one of her go-to folks in her kitchen. I shared with her that I had never felt so relaxed at an Emerging Chefs event before. Much of this I attribute to feeling very at home, both in the welcoming surroundings of the farm but the love that Chef McCune obviously poured into each an every dish. The chef, her entire culinary team from Vine & Dine and the team at Emerging Chefs should be quite proud of the event they threw that evening.

SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO: In September, Emerging Chefs are taking on a culinary feat of epic proportions: 4 chefs, 4 nights, 4 styles, 4 foodies. Their C4 event will take place from Thursday, September 15 through Sunday, September 18 and will feature four fabulous local chefs. See the line up and book your tickets over at the Eventbrite site today!

Disclosure: I was provided a media pass to the ReHival event via Emerging Chefs. My thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

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