For those of us who attend these monthly meet-ups on a regular basis, it was fabulous to see a lot of new faces at this month’s event and meet people who you regularly read or tweet. The blogger community in CLE is really going strong!
The conversation was vibrant and varied – ranging from how much to share about yourself to spam and security issues to great upcoming CLE events and more. I’m always so impressed by the other bloggers I meet – by the passion for their writing and the common issues, concerns, and loves that we share.
In attendance were bloggers/tweeters from:
Lindsay (avid blog supporter)
Chef Demetrios from Deagan’s gave us a warm welcome and the restaurant sent out a couple delicious charcuterie boards for us to nibble on to start our evening.
The specials menu that evening at Deagan’s was a bonanza of seasonal deliciousness, with a heavy emphasis on pumpkin. I am calling my meal “The Pumpkin Trifecta.”
I began with a Southern Tier Pumking beer, one of my favorites this time of year. This beer has a sweeter flavor than most pumpkin beers, with an emphasis on vanilla. I paired that with a Southern Tier Pumking bisque. The combination of the beer with the soup made with the same beer was outstanding. The soup had heat from curry spices, as well as a cinnamon sweetness. There was also marscapone cheese in the mix, which added a wonderful richness.
I followed that up with the pumpkin gnocchi (yup, I pretty much turned into a pumpkin that night). Firm, yet tender gnocchi were lightly coated in sage brown butter, with chunks of pumpkin and drizzled honey. The dish was sweet, but not overly so and was the perfect fall meal!
Because I promised CLEguy I’d bring him dessert, I got a piece of the peanut butter Thai chile pie to go. This creamy, almost pudding-like pie, topped with fresh berries and blackberry sauce was a decadent treat (I had to taste it, for blog purposes).
Deagan’s did what they do best: provided delicious, unique dishes in a fun, relaxed environment. All in all, it was another fabulous Ohio Blogging meet-up with friends new and old.
For more information on upcoming OBA events, check out the OBA Facebook page. Until then, keep blogging and reading!