#CLEfood preview: Punch Bowl Social (+ GIVEAWAY)

Disclosure: I accepted an opportunity to provide two event tickets as a reader giveaway to the grand opening of Punch Bowl Social’s newest location here in Cleveland. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Images ℅ Punch Bowl Social. 

You might have recently heard about the return of a few things: Pumpkin Spice Lattes. The Muppets. (Sidenote: SO EXCITED.) And especially for Clevelanders, The Flats. Adding to the fun of its return, Punch Bowl Social made its home nearby and Clevelanders, you better be ready for some fun.


More about Punch Bowl Social (all from their website):

  • EAT: What we are looking to do with our cuisine, is not necessarily make it more ‘health conscience’, but incorporate more nutritional ingredients, super foods, although they may be lighter, heartier dishes that bring meaning back to the very basic concept of food consumption.
  • DRINK: As we come to new markets we pull inspiration from the local culture’s energy and thirst, as well as its culinary scene. We choose high-quality local products and use local purveyors to reflect our commitment to joining the community. We want you to thoroughly enjoy your experience at Punch Bowl Social and taste our inspiration for yourself!
  • SOCIAL: including bowling, darts, billards, marbles, ping pong, shuffle board, vintage arcade games and private karaoke.*

*my question — who would want the private karaoke though?! #onceagleekalwaysagleek 

Punch Bowl Social’s Grand Opening Party will take place this Saturday, September 19 and you’re invited!

punch bowl

Grand opening highlights will include:

  • an evening of menu sampling and punch tasting
  • games like bowling, karaoke, darts, ping-pong, 80’s arcade
  • a live performance by The Lighthouse and the Whaler
  • valet parking available (#huzzah)
  • a sneak peek into Cleveland’s new event venue

Event tickets are $10 and 100% of the sales from the night will be donated to The Salvation Army. You can purchase tickets online… or enter to win two tickets here to the September 19th opening on the blog via this Rafflecopter:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This is a fast one — you have until this Wednesday, September 16 at 11:59PM EST to enter. The winner will be announced the following morning. As this is a local event taking place in Cleveland this Saturday, I highly encourage entries by those that can attend the event – or would like to win them for someone that can go! Many thanks to the Punch Bowl Social team for making this giveaway possible!

Join in on the countdown to their Grand Opening over at the Punch Bowl Social Facebook page.

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know before you go: Cleveland Zoological Society’s Animal Attractions

As a nearby resident of one of CLE’s favorite attractions, I enjoy serving as one of the Cleveland Zoological Society’s bloggers every year. And between blogging for their wonderful events and even working for an organization that hosts an annual event at the Zoo, it feels like I should be paying them rent some times!!

I’ll be moving back in very soon as the Cleveland Zoological Society’s Animal Attractions is less than two weeks away on Thursday, February 6th — inside the Zoo’s RainForest. And after attending in 2012 and 2013, here’s what you should know before you go

know before you go animal attractions

Be ready to eat earlier in the evening.

This year’s Animal Attractions food vendors include:

  • AMP 150
  • Cleveland Cupcake Company
  • Cork & Cleaver Social Kitchen
  • Creekside Restaurant & Bar
  • Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse
  • Great Lakes Brewing Company
  • House of Blues Cleveland
  • Rosander Event Kitchen
  • Vitamix
  • Whole Foods Market Cedar Center

…but be ready to eat in the 6 o’clock hour if you can get their after work in time. The Zoological staff have plenty of other surprises up their sleeves for the evening – you wouldn’t want to be distracted from all the fun!

AMP150 short rib

AMP 150’s short rib offering from the 2013 event. (I might have gone back for seconds… and considered thirds…)

The food and beverage is located in more than one spot – and on more than one floor.

From 6-9pm, guest will enjoy all those restaurant offerings, an open bar and Jacob’s Creek wine tastings. But don’t assume just because there’s a great set up in the cafe area that that means that’s the only spot to find food and beverage. Plenty of those vendors are scattered in the exhibits. So grab a plate and/or a glass to start, then start to wander around!

Get ready to learn something too.

There will also be the opportunity to get to know the Rainforest’s and Zoo’s animal inhabitants, including the following Zoo employees and their presentations:

  • Andi Kornak with 50 Shades of Grey – Part II (all about the elephants)
  • Travis Vineyard with Bear Foot and Pregnant (all about the bears)
  • Jim Nemet with That’s the Way I like It (all about the various education department animals)

Dress appropriately…

…you will be in a Rainforest after all! The event is business casual, so a layer under that suit jacket might not be a bad idea. Don’t forget that it’s 80 degrees inside!

Tickets are still available!

Animal Attractions tickets are $60 for Zoo members and $65 for non-members. Since alcohol is served, you must be 21 or older to attend. Monies raised will benefit the Cleveland Zoological Society and its ability to continue to give Clevelanders a wonderful place to visit.

Purchase tickets at ClevelandZooSociety.org before they sell out!

Stay up-to-date with all of the Zoo Society’s happenings and events – we’ll be talking about Twlight at the Zoo and Night at the Zoovies before you know it…

Disclosure: I was offered two media passes to Animal Attractions in return for sharing this information. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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GIVEAWAY: The Free Clinic’s MicroBrew 2013

Do you love beer? Do you have plans for November 22, 2013? If your answers are “yes” and “no” respectively, then I’d like to introduce you to The Free Clinic’s MicroBrew 2013 event…


The 16th Annual Microbrew Extravaganza – this year on Friday, November 22 at Ariel International – is the signature fundraiser of The Free Clinic’s Associate Board and brings together over 250 beer lovers to support The Free Clinic.

From the event website, features will include the opportunities to:

  • Interact with the region’s best brewers while sampling various handcrafted ales, lagers, porters, stouts and holiday brews.
  • Savor delicious pub-inspired dishes while dancing the night away to live music from Abby Normal and the Detroit Lean.  

All net proceeds from the November 22nd event will help The Free Clinic “provide safety-net medical, dental and behavioral health services financially barrier free to thousands of individuals each year who might otherwise go without care.”

Pre-sale tickets can be purchased now at the ticketing website for $60 each — or at the door the night of the event for $70.

…or you can win two tickets here on the blog to The Free Clinic’s MicroBrew 2013! Enter via the Rafflecopter today…

a Rafflecopter giveaway

You have until this Friday, November 15th 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!

Follow The Free Clinic on Facebook and Twitter at @thefreeclinic to keep up with all its happenings.

Who’s ready for some brews? Enter the giveaway today!

Disclosure: In return for offering this giveaway for two tickets to the event, I was offered two media passes to attend The Free Clinic’s MicroBrew 2013 which I cannot use because of scheduling conflicts. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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