Why? Silver Spoon Awards Party Giveaway!

Cleveland loves to celebrate all the fabulous restaurants we have in town. And no party does that better than the Cleveland Magazine Silver Spoon Awards Party!

 

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The party takes place on Wednesday, May 16 at the Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum at the Cleveland History Center, which means that you can take in some really cool history and even ride the Euclid Beach Grand Carousel in between enjoying fabulous small bites from these Silver Spoon Award-winning restaurants.

 

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There will be a whopping 45 restaurants participating this year, so pace yourself! This party is a marathon, not a sprint, of eating! Participating restaurants include Butcher & the Brewer, Greenhouse Tavern, Mabel’s BBQ, Deagan’s Kitchen & Bar, Pier W, Alley Cat Oyster Bar, and many more.

Silver Spoon Awards Party is a fundraiser for the Arthritis Foundation Ohio, which means that ticket proceeds go to a great cause! There are also raffles to help raise money, for which you can purchase tickets in advance. The Stock-the-Bar Raffle has a prize donated by Brown-Forman that includes everything from whiskey to vodka. Tickets are $100 and only 52 tickets will be sold!

There are also two Dine Around Cleveland Raffles, each with $1,000 worth of gift cards to fabulous Cleveland restaurants. Tickets range from $50-$80 for the Dine Around raffles.

Tickets for the Silver Spoon Awards Party are currently on sale for $100 for general admission and $150 for VIP admission. VIP admission includes access to the Sysco VIP Lounge, with additional tastings, craft cocktails, a Chopped-style cocktail challenge, and an extra hour to stay at the end of the evening.

 

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You can purchase tickets online for both the party and the raffles. Or you can enter to win two general admission tickets to the Silver Spoon Awards Party right here! Here’s how to enter (you can do one, two, three, four, or all five entries, just leave a separate comment here for each):

1.Leave a comment here telling me which participating restaurant you’re most looking forward to sampling.

2. Visit Cleveland Magazine’s Silver Spoon Awards Party and Why CLE? on Facebook and leave a comment here letting me know you visited both pages.

3. Follow @silverspooncle and @whycle on Instagram and leave a comment here letting me know you’re following both.

4. Follow @SilverSpoonCLE and @WhyCLE on Twitter and leave a comment here letting me know you’re following both.

5. Tweet the following phrase and leave a comment here letting me know you tweeted:

I want to attend @SilverSpoonCLE thanks to @WhyCLE #giveaway https://whycle.com/2018/04/25/why-silver-spoon-awards-party-giveaway-5 

You can tweet once per day for additional entries, just leave a separate comment here each time you tweet.

The giveaway will close on Monday, April 30 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote the Silver Spoon Awards Party. In exchange, I will receive 2 complimentary VIP tickets for myself and 2 complimentary general admission tickets to give away. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? NachoRita Fest Giveaway!

It’s Taco Tuesday and it’s very nearly Cinco de Mayo, which has me dreaming of Mexican food and margaritas! If you feel the same way, NachoRita Fest is for you!

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This inaugural event is being held at RedSpace on Sunday, April 29. You’ll get to enjoy nachos from spicy Cleveland restaurants, including Luchita’s Mexican Restaurant, BOMBA Tacos and Rum, Barrio, and REBoL.

 

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You’ll also get to sample margaritas from six different tequila vendors who have been paired with local mixologists to create perfect libations!

After all your sampling, you can vote for your favorite nachos and margarita. There will be Judges’ Choice, People’s Choice, and Most Unique winners in the nacho category and a People’s Choice winner in the margarita category.

Proceeds from NachoRita Fest benefit W.A.G.S. 4 Kids, which helps provide service animals to children with disabilities and who are on the Autism spectrum.

Tickets are currently on sale for $30 to sample all 10 nacho entries and $20 to sample all 6 margarita entries. Or you can hop over to my Instagram page and enter to win two tickets there!

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote NachoRita Fest. In exchange, I will receive two tickets to give away. I declined my own tickets due to scheduling conflicts. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Grapes Under Glass!

This past weekend, Heinen’s Downtown Cleveland and The 9 co-hosted a series of wine tasting events called Grapes Under Glass.

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These events were a great way to showcase not only the gorgeous Cleveland Trust Rotunda, but also Heinen’s expansive wine selection and The 9’s delicious food from Adega.

On Friday night, my friend Mariah and I attended the California Blue Chip Wine Experience. The event showcased “powerfully-built, highly-rated, limited-release red wines from California,” which sounded like a total palate pleaser for me!

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We each received a wine passport giving us access to a one-ounce taste of all fifteen of the wines, plus three “bonus” tastes for our favorites of the bunch. Some of my favorites included the Caymus Special Select Cabarnet Sauvignon, the Turley Zinfandel, the Quilt Reserve Cabarnet Sauvignon, and the Paul Hobbs Dr. Crane Cabarnet Sauvignon.

Mariah and I agreed that our most enjoyed wine of the evening was the Duckhorn The Discussion, so named because it was a long discussion at the winery to create a Duckhorn red blend.

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All of these big, bold reds were masterfully paired with with tapas-style food from Chef Nelly Buleje of Adega.

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The poke bowl was light and fresh, but it’s spicy sauce could hold it’s own with the wine! And the build-your-own tacos or steam buns were delicious!

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My favorite was the chicken al pastor, which packed a ton of heat! The Kogi short rib was so tender too!

For dessert, there were tobacco chocolate cookies (rich and smoky) and strawberry rhubarb tarts (the perfect balance of sweet and tart).

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The California Blue Chip Wine Experience at Grapes Under Glass was a treat for all the senses, from the beautiful surroundings to the fabulous wines and delicious food. Heinen’s and The 9 are two of Downtown Cleveland’s prettiest, tastiest, most luxurious places to be and their combined forces made this event not to be missed!

***Disclosure: I was invited by Heinen’s to attend the Grapes Under Glass California Blue Chip Wine Experience. I received two complimentary tickets to the event. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Engage Cleveland Next Generation of Women!

Yesterday, I spent my afternoon learning, laughing, and being inspired by some amazing Cleveland women at the Engage Cleveland Next Generation of Women event. It was the inaugural year for this event, held at FirstEnergy Stadium, which brought together young female professionals to listen to women who have risen to great heights in their careers and had plenty of wisdom to share.

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The format for the speakers varied between presentations and interview-style conversations, which allowed the speakers to really play to their speaking strengths and share their messages effectively.

We heard from Lisa Zone, Managing Director at Dix & Eaton on “What do you want to be known for? How to create your personal brand and sell yourself.” Lisa shared a great mix of personal experience, as well as practical advice on how to create that elusive personal brand.

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My favorite line from Lisa’s presentation was when she said, “If you’re trying to be all things to all people, you’ll end up being nothing to everyone.” It’s so true and definitely something I find myself struggling with balancing in my own life. But a powerful and succinct personal brand can help you make choices that keep you from trying to be all things to all people.

Next we heard from Micki Byrnes, President & General Manager of WKYC Channel 3 Cleveland, who spoke on “Critical and uncomfortable conversations: how to negotiate and broach tough topics.” Micki’s blend of humor, honesty, and awareness of how the workplace has evolved for women was really refreshing! Her empowering message of, “You go in and get what you want. Own it. You’re good at what you do.” definitely got the audience fired up!

Amy Shannon, President of Pinnacle Leadership Solutions, gave a hands-on, interactive talk on “Voicing your wants and needs: Learn how to sell yourself, speak up and ask for what you need.”

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An important part of voicing your wants and needs is using more assertive and direct vocabulary and removing hedges, apologies, and disclaimers. We all got to practice this skill with our tablemates and it’s harder than you would think, but Amy gave us good tips to make these language changes a lasting habit.

Teresa Metcalf Beasley, a Partner at Calfee, Halter & Griswold talked about what was my most anticipated topic: “There’s only 24 hours in a day: How to prioritize your personal, civic, and professional responsibilities.” Teresa spoke about her many responsibilities at work, at home, and in the community and gave helpful tips on how to balance them, including the permission to walk away (gracefully) from opportunities that are no longer serving you.

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Kirsten Ellenbogen, President & CEO of the Great Lakes Science Center, spoke about “Decide like no one is watching: How to effectively make decisions to navigate your career and personal life.” Kirsten, like many of the speakers, addressed the importance of understanding not only your own decision-making style, but the styles of those around you, in order to communicate effectively and reach meaningful consensus.

Finally, Kim Manigault, EVP and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at KeyBank talked on another topic I was very excited to hear: “Finding your tribe: How to find your people to help you thrive and grow.” Similar to Lisa’s message, Kim discussed trying to be everything to everyone, saying, “We put so much pressure on ourselves to be everything to everyone and then don’t hold anyone accountable to be anything for us.”

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Kim stressed the importance of being open to everyone, but also willing to prioritize those relationships with people who not only you respect, but respect you in return. And as you can probably tell from the picture, Kim was quite engaging in her presentation!

It was truly a great afternoon of learning from women who have come so far in their careers and are engaged and invested in the Cleveland community. It was also a great chance to meet other young professionals looking to be the “next generation of women” influencing Cleveland.

Engage Cleveland puts on events throughout the year and their signature Cleveland Young Professionals Week, with over 30 events in one week, is happening June 23-30, with everything from fitness to learning to networking to community service. If you want to get engaged in Cleveland, check it out!

***Disclosure: I was asked to be a media partner for the Next Generation of Women Event. In exchange, I received a complimentary ticket to the event. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? St. Vincent de Paul Society Kentucky Derby Party Giveaway!

It’s almost time to bust out a big hat and a mint julep! The Kentucky Derby is almost here and you can enjoy it at the Great Lakes Brewing Company Tasting Room, while contributing to a great cause too!

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The St. Vincent de Paul Society is hosting it’s 18th annual Kentucky Derby Party presented by the Community West Foundation to raise funds to support the St. Vincent de Paul Society’s multiple hunger centers, which nourish 13,000 men, women, children and seniors each month.

The Kentucky Derby Party will take place on Saturday, May 5 from 4-8pm at the Great Lakes Brewing Co Tasting Room. The party will feature a live showing of the Kentucky Derby on the big screen, horse betting, a hat contest, silent auction items up for bid, raffles (you could win up to $1,000), prizes, authentic Derby fare, and mint juleps and Great Lakes Brewing beers.

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Tickets for the Kentucky Derby Party are $75 and 50/50 raffle tickets are $10 per ticket or 3 for $20. Both admission and raffle tickets are currently on sale online.

Or you can enter to win two tickets to the Kentucky Derby Party right here! Here’s how to enter (you can do one, two, three, four, or all five entries, just leave a separate comment for each):

1.Leave a comment and tell me what you would name a race horse.

2. Visit St. Vincent de Paul Society and Why CLE? on Facebook and leave a comment here letting me know you visited both pages.

3. Follow @svdpcle and @whycle on Instagram and leave a comment here letting me know you’re following both.

4. Follow @svdpcle and @WhyCLE on Twitter and leave a comment here letting me know you’re following both.

5. Tweet the following phrase and leave a comment here letting me know you tweeted:

I want to attend @svdpcle #DerbyDayCLE thanks to @WhyCLE #giveaway https://whycle.com/2018/04/19/why-st-vincent-de-paul-society-kentucky-derby-party-giveaway-2 

You can tweet once per day for additional entries, just leave a separate comment here each time you tweet.

The giveaway will close on Tuesday, April 24 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I was asked by St. Vincent de Paul Society to help promote the Kentucky Derby Party. In exchange, I will receive two tickets to give away. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Beasts N’ Brews ChiliFest!

I’m so excited for outdoor festival season to start! The fourth annual Beasts ‘n Brews Chilifest returns to Legacy Village on Sunday, April 29 from 1-5pm.

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Local chefs and farms will bring their finest chili for festival goers to sample and vote for in the “Best of the Fest” competition. There will be grass-fed beef chili, as well as vegetarian and vegan options. Your $5 admission gets you a personal chili spoon for digging into all the tasty goodness.

After enjoying all that chili, you can quench the fire on your palate with a selection of local craft beers from a variety of breweries and cocktails from Watershed Distillery available for purchase.

There will be 3 live, local bluegrass bands to enjoy, as well as family-friendly activities like bubble making and a pedal tractor maze.

All of this fun and food benefits North Union Farmers Market‘s mission of championing local foods, specifically targeting their education and accessibility programming.

For more information and to purchase tickets for Beasts ‘n Brews, click here.

***Disclosure: I have an ongoing relationship with Legacy Village to promote their events. In exchange, I will receive compensation in the form of Legacy Village gift cards. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Weekends!

It was a busy weekend in Cleveland! And while I didn’t have the chance to attend the Rock Hall Induction or the first Cavs playoff game, I am so proud of how Cleveland put on a fabulous show on the national stage!

So, here’s what I was up to as Cleveland was rocking it out:

Providence House Luncheon

On Friday, Kimberly and I attended the Providence House Annual Luncheon at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel.

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Providence House is a crisis nursery that is committed to ending child abuse and preserving families in the Cleveland area. Providence House was founded by Sister Hope Greener in 1981. This year, Providence House turns 37 and its founder Sister Hope turns 90.

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Friday’s luncheon feted Sister Hope and raised $90,000 for Providence House.

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It also introduced a powerful new brand campaign designed by Twist Creative. This campaign showcases the impact of Providence House on its residents and volunteers.

The Providence House luncheon was a wonderful way to not only celebrate the organization’s history, but also look forward to a bright and exciting future for the house. If you want to be part of that future, you can find out more online about how to donate or volunteer.

***Disclosure: I was invited to attend the Providence House Annual Luncheon with a guest. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

Children’s Theater Series

On Saturday, we attended the final show of this season’s Children’s Theater Series at Playhouse Square.

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The show, put on by the Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia, brought to life the sweet story of “Guess How Much I Love You” and the imaginative story of “I Love My Little Storybook.” We’ve been reading “Guess How Much I Love You” since Jeffrey was born. It was so touching to experience it live on stage together!

The shows for next year’s Children’s Theater Series are “The Ugly Duckling,” “The Rainbow Fish,” “Emily Brown and the Thing,” and “Junie B. Jones.” Season tickets go on sale May 21. We love attending the Children’s Theater Series shows and experiencing culture together as a family!

Mass and a Meal

Saturday evening, we attended the sixth annual Mass and a Meal event put on by the John Carroll University Cleveland Alumni Chapter. We started the evening with Mass at Holy Rosary Church in Little Italy.

Then we headed across the street to Nido Italia for a delicious family-style dinner with breaded eggplant, cavatelli, and chicken piccata.

Of course, I can’t be that close to Presti’s and not stop for a cannoli, too!

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Mass and a Meal has become a Chapter favorite event and a yearly tradition for many alumni. If you’re a John Carroll alumni, the Chapter has some great upcoming events including our Founders Day Celebration this Thursday, April 19 at Market Garden Brewery. I hope to see you there!

***Disclosure: I am the president of the John Carroll University Cleveland Alumni Chapter. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

Yoga Roots

Sunday evening, I met up with Mom for her first class at Yoga Roots. We took a restorative yoga class which was a great chance to recharge our minds and bodies before a busy week.

You know how much I love practicing, so I’m so excited to share that with Mom too. And I can’t think of a more supportive community than Yoga Roots to practice.

So, that was my weekend! How was yours? Did you get in on any of the Rock Hall excitement?

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Why? Bakersfield Cleveland!

A restaurant that bills itself as tacos, tequila, and whiskey sounds pretty fabulous, right? On Friday night, Matthew and I got a delicious sampling of what Bakersfield Cleveland has to offer, which is not only great food, but a relaxed, friendly atmosphere too.

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We started with Bakersfield delicious margaritas, any of which can be made spicy with the addition of jalapeno and Serrano peppers. I really enjoyed the pineapple margarita, with el Jimador Blanco, Licor 43, pineapple, agave nectar, and fresh lime.

We also dug into housemade salsa and guacamole, along with queso with chorizo, black beans, and pickled jalapenos.

I love the add-ons to the queso dip! So savory and filling!

Next up was the Willie salad (named after Willie Nelson), with romaine mix, roasted chicken, bacon, black beans, tomato, corn, fresnos, queso fresco, and buttermilk dressing. The salad was light and bright, with lots of fresh flavors.

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We then got to try three different kinds of Bakersfield’s tasty tacos, all on tortillas made in-house. The Baja shrimp had delicious lightly-breaded shrimp, chipotle lime crema, guacamole, red cabbage, pickled fresno, and chive.

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The cochinita taco had anchiote-braised pork, pickled red onion, habanero hot salsa, and cilantro. The pork was super tender and flavorful! And the salsa had a delicious heat on the back.

We also tried a seasonal taco with chicken, kimchi, black beans, and queso fresco. I really loved the flavorful heat on this taco!

We got to end our meal with Don Julio 1942, a fabulous sipping tequila that shows what kind of great hospitality and dining experience you’ll have at Bakersfield. For a fun atmosphere, with creative and delicious Southwest cuisine, check out Bakersfield!

***Disclosure: I was invited to attend a complimentary dinner at Bakersfield with a guest. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Make-a-Wish Big Wish Gala!

Last night, Matthew and I attended the Make-a-Wish Big Wish Gala at the Hilton Cleveland Downtown.

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As we enjoyed the cocktail hour, we perused amazing silent auction items, all framed by incredible views of Cleveland. There were some unique and fun auction items, including a pet photo shoot with Greg Murray, a fireworks package from Phantom Fireworks called the “Grounds for Divorce,” and tickets to “Hamilton: An American Musical” from Playhouse Square.

Matthew and I always love participating in the wine pull at charity events. I liked that this wine pull gave you a hint at which type of wine you would get (red tissue paper for red, white tissue paper for white, or red and white combined for rose).

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After cocktails and auction shopping, it was time to head in for dinner. We enjoyed chicken, risotto, and desserts that were as tasty as they were adorable.

During dinner, we had the chance to hear stories from families whose child had a wish granted, as well as from Doctor Anup Patel, Section Chief of Pediatric Neurology and Director of the Complex Epilepsy Clinic at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, who has seen the tangible medical difference that having a wish granted can make in a child’s physical well-being.

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It was truly amazing to hear from families who have endured so much stress and fear over their child’s health speak about what it means to be able to take a break from the tension and enjoy moments together as a family.

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I also got to reconnect with a high school classmate, Megan, who is one of the incredible people working at Make-a-Wish to make children’s wishes come true every day!

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Wishes come in all shapes and sizes, from trips to Disney World or Hawaii to a day at the salon to getting a computer or playset to meeting the Pope, which actually happened for local Wish Kid Leonora and her family. Wishes are as unique as the child who wishes them. What is consistent about every wish is that it means the world to that child and their family.

Currently, Make-a-Wish is only able to grant one out of every two eligible wishes, which is why the Big Wish Gala, which raised over $500,000 last night, is so critical. Make-a-Wish wants to be able to grant more wishes and help even more children not only have a special day, but create lifetime memories and see medical improvement.

If you want to get involved through volunteering or donating to Make-a-Wish, click here for more information on how you can make wishes come true, too.

***Disclosure: I was asked by Make-a-Wish to help promote the Big Wish Gala. In exchange, I received two complimentary tickets to the event. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Grapes and Ale Giveaway!

Who’s ready to think about summer BBQ’s? I know I am! Our Lady of the Wayside wants to kick off your BBQ season at Grapes and Ale on Friday, May 18.

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Progressive Field will once again host this fabulous evening. You’ll get to sample BBQ bites from some of Cleveland’s sauciest restaurants. There will also be over 300 international wines to sample included with your admission, as well as craft beer samples available for purchase at The Corner.

Your hosts for all this food and fun will be Kenny Crumpton from Fox 8 News, Chip Kullik from Majic 105.7, and Jeremiah from Q104.

General admission tickets to Grapes and Ale are $60 and include unlimited wine and food samples, access to The Corner to purchase craft beer samples, a souvenir glass, entertainment by The Ace Molar Band featuring Todd Meany from Fox 8 News, and access to take your chance to win fabulous Chinese auction prizes.

You can also upgrade to VIP tickets, which are $125 and include all of the above plus access to a private Majic VIP area with featured wines, beers, and Tito’s Vodka cocktails, plus special hors d’oeuvres and desserts.

You can purchase tickets online now. Or you can enter to win two general admission tickets right here! Here’s how to enter (you can do one, two, three, four, or all five entries, just leave a separate comment here for each):

1.Leave a comment here letting me know if you’re most excited for BBQ, wine, or beer at Grapes and Ale.

2. Visit Our Lady of the Wayside and Why CLE? on Facebook and leave a comment here letting me know you visited both pages.

3. Follow @ourladywayside and @whycle on Instagram and leave a comment here letting me know you’re following both.

4. Follow @OurLadyWayside and @WhyCLE on Twitter and leave a comment here letting me know you’re following both.

5. Tweet the following phrase and leave a comment here letting me know you tweeted:

I want to attend @OurLadyWayside #GrapesandAle thanks to @WhyCLE #giveaway https://whycle.com/2018/04/12/why-grapes-and-ale-giveaway-6 

The giveaway will close on Tuesday, April 17 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I was asked by Our Lady of the Wayside to help promote Grapes and Ale. In exchange, I will receive 2 general admission tickets to give away. I declined my own tickets due to scheduling conflicts. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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