GIVEAWAY: 21st annual Cleveland Magazine Silver Spoon Awards Party

Spring has sprung, and like clockwork, it’s time to celebrate the best of Cleveland food at an event that is near and dear to my heart: the Cleveland Magazine Silver Spoon Awards Party.

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Benefiting the Arthritis Foundation, Great Lakes Region, Northeastern Ohio, this 21st annual event is not one to be missed. It’s been bumped up a few weeks into the month of April, so take note that you get to enjoy all the food and beverage you can enjoy a bit earlier in 2015!

Here’s what you need to know about this year’s event:

  • Date/Time: Wednesday April 29, 2015 from 6-9 p.m. (VIP runs until 10pm!)
  • NEW Location: Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum at the Western Reserve Historical Society in University Circle (10825 East Blvd., Cleveland, Ohio)
  • The food: Guests will sample delicious signature dishes from 35 plus of Northeast Ohio’s best restaurants and several international wineries including Lola’s Bistro, Edwins, Chinato, Pier W, Ginko, Hofbrauhaus Cleveland, B Spot, Red, The Steakhouse, Melt Bar and Grilled and more!
  • For very important people: The event also includes an exclusive VIP Lounge featuring Adega, Trentina and food pairings from Willoughby Brewing Co. and signature cocktails from Brown Forman and Billy’s Martini Bar!
  • Additional features: includes silent auction and raffles, and the opportunity to ride the historical, newly refurbished Euclid Beach carousel.
  • Why? Event proceeds support local Arthritis Foundation programs, services and research improving the lives of the nearly 1.3 million people of all ages with arthritis in Northeast Ohio.

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Photo by Orville McEachron Photography

Purchase your tickets now at the event website — use the following promo codes to save:

  • Save $15 off General Admission tickets by using the code “PIPBLOG2015GA” – get your ticket for just $85!
  • Save $25 off VIP tickets by using the code “PIPBLOG2015GA” – get your ticket for just $125!

Feeling lucky, you say? Enter to win two general admission tickets here on the blog — enter at the Rafflecopter:

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The fine print: You have until THIS SUNDAY, April 5th at 11:59PM to enter this giveaway via the Rafflecopter widget. A winner will be announced the next morning, probably on the Poise in Parma Facebook page. As this is a local event taking place in Cleveland, Ohio, I highly encourage entries by those that can attend the event on Friday 4/29/15. 

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Photo by Orville McEachron Photography. Get a glimpse into last year’s festivities by visiting his Facebook photo album.

Who will be there on April 29th? Enter today — it could be you! Stay in-the-know and follow:

Disclosure: In return for offering this giveaway for two general admission tickets to the event, I will receive two VIP passes to attend this year’s Silver Spoon Awards Party. As a former employee of the Arthritis Foundation and now volunteer, it’s a joy to continue to support the organization. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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PumpkinFest (or how I threw my first surprise party)

The winner of my Fabulous Food Show giveaway (℅ random Rafflecopter.com pull) is Rachel from itsahero.com! You can still purchase tickets at the Fabulous Food Show website.

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When I was sixteen, my parents threw a surprise birthday party for me. I still have the “happy birthday” banner that hung in our garage that afternoon — it’s displayed on my fridge even to this day. What a fun feeling it was to have a rush of gratitude overcome you so suddenly!

As long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to throw Hans a surprise party. In past years, I’ve remembered this only days before his birthday. But this year, I remembered in early October — giving me plenty of time to gather up the troops and make a plan.

This was also a little self indulgent, I’ll admit — I’ve NEVER planned a surprise party before. Out of ALL the events over ALL the years! It was time to make sure I held on to my event planning talents by having some fun with this one. Here’s what came in handy in the process…

A CREATIVE THEME

That came easily, all thanks to Hans’ favorite fall food: pumpkin. (He’s on pumpkin pie number seven for 2014, BTW.) With a lot of help from my friends, the menu came together with pumpkin items I didn’t even know existed:

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…plus a couple non-pumpkin items. Let’s just say we ate very well that night.

A GAME PLAN TO GET HIM OUT OF THE HOUSE

I have to give full credit to my brother here. Drew came over the Monday before (questioning my last minute event planning skills) with the idea to ask Hans to go see a three-hour space-themed movie mid-Saturday afternoon. #jackpot Drew and Hans were gone by 2:45PM, giving me plenty of time to clean, prep food, get dolled up and greet guests before they returned at 6:30.

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Sure, his eyes are closed, but look at that smile. And those jazz hands. #onlyagleekalwaysagleek

A GREAT GUEST LIST OF FAMILY & FRIENDS

These people — plus my unpictured brother, mom and Hans’ best friend — all pitched in, while managing to keep it all a secret for the past few weeks…

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 …all for one very happy redhead. Somehow, he had no clue — so all and all, I guess it was a huge success! Now if only I talked my mom into making two of those cheesecakes… there is a full holiday season ahead of us though. Keep the pumpkin coming!

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GIVEAWAY: Market at the Food Bank {to benefit the Greater Cleveland Food Bank}

Personally, my favorite sign of spring? All the non-profit food and wine events, of course!

One of my favorites includes Market at the Food Bank. This year, it’s taking place on Sunday, May 4 and, as always, benefits the Greater Cleveland Food Bank and its Harvest for Hunger campaign.

Each dollar raised provides the Food Bank the resources to distribute four meals to our community members in need. By supporting this event, you can help the non-profit raise enough money to provide more than one million meals in one evening. Truly amazing!

General admission tickets are $85 per person. Purchase online to get your tickets today…

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The list of restaurants is QUITE impressive – check out the event website at www.greaterclevelandfoodbank.org/Market2014 for an up-to-date listing.

…or you can enter two win two tickets to the May 4th Market at the Food Bank event this week on the blog! Enter via the Rafflecopter:

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You have until this Friday, April 25th 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.  So why not enter to win today?!

Want to learn more about the Greater Cleveland Food Bank?  Check out their Facebook page,  and follow @CleveFoodbank on Twitter, @clefoodbank on Instagram and the #MarketatFB hashtag to keep up-to-date on all of the fine foodie eats that evening.

Disclosure: All images ℅ the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. In exchange for running this giveaway, I will receive two media passes to the May 4th event. My thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

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