Why? Taste of the Browns!

Monday night, Matthew and I had the opportunity to attend the Taste of the Browns fundraiser, to benefit the Cleveland Foodbank. Held on the club level of Browns’ Stadium, this event is a heady mix of fabulous restaurants, tasty cocktails, current and former Browns players, auction items, music, and more.

Our first stop of the evening was at The Greenhouse Tavern/Sawyer’s Street Frites, where Chef Sawyer served us up some amazing braised beef shin.

Tender, juicy, and delicious, this started our evening off right. From there, we continued to stuff ourselves with food from some of Cleveland’s finest restaurants.

Lobster bisque from Blue Point Grille, Thai noodles from Light Bistro, stuffed mushroom from Johnny’s, lobster taquitos from Pier W, lamb meatball from Deagan’s, and cupcakes from Little Devil Cupcakery

Some of our favorites included the lobster taquito with honey jalapeno butter from Pier W, the short-rib stuffed mushrooms from Johnny’s Bar on Fulton, the lobster bisque from Blue Point Grille,  the wild boar tamales from Momocho, and the corn and ramp soup from AMP 150. Some of the choices made me remember restaurants we haven’t been to in awhile and need to get back to visit soon!Joe Thomas and Al “Bubba” Baker were the hosts for the evening and did a wonderful job entertaining the crowd, while keeping bids coming in for the auction and reminding everyone of the purpose of the night – to help the hungry in our area. Every dollar raised that evening provides 4 meals for those in need.

This was such a great event, not just because of the food and the great cause, but also because it had lots of friends…

…some local celebs who were incredibly gracious with pictures and autographs (we snagged signatures from Hanford Dixon and Joe Thomas)…

…and the chance to see the field and the stadium in complete silence.

Much thanks to my giveaway winner, Dianna, for sending me this awesome shot of her and her date

We enjoyed every minute of Taste of the Browns and will likely be full for days to come. And, I have to say, this was one of the best organized events I’ve attended!

Our full bellies provided a stark contrast to the mission of the Cleveland Foodbank and served as a great reminder that we should be so grateful for what we have and take the time to give back to those who don’t have nearly enough to meet the most basic of needs.

If you’re interested in learning more about how you can help the Cleveland Foodbank on an ongoing basis, the Young Professionals group of the Cleveland Foodbank is hosting a kickoff happy hour on Thursday, September 27 at 6pm at Grovewood Tavern. You can learn more about the newly-formed Young Professionals group and the Foodbank itself, meet other members, and find out how you can make a commitment to helping the Cleveland Foodbank. Admission is free and 2 cans of food get you 1 drink ticket (limit 2 drink tickets per person). Click here for more details and to RSVP.

Together, we can tackle hunger in our community!

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote Taste of the Browns. In exchange, I received 2 complimentary VIP tickets to the event. I also am a council member of the Young Professionals group at the Cleveland Foodbank. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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