Why? Locavore!

***A bit of blogkeeping: While I was off gallivanting in Texas, Julie from Am I There Yet? was kind enough to attend the MS Society’s Locavore fundraiser in my place and recap all the food and fun. Take it away, Julie and thanks for the great recap!***

Last Friday I was given the exciting opportunity to attend the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Locavore event put on by the MS Ohio Buckeye Chapter. I could not have been asked to attend better event, Locavore was right up my alley. Thanks Jen!

A locavore is a person who makes an effort to eat food that is grown, raised, or produced locally. When it comes to restaurants and businesses in Cleveland, this describes me to a T.

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Locavore was held at Cleveland’s Windows On The River in the Bridge View room. It was the perfect set up with beautiful views and plenty of space to roam and socialize. I carted my boyfriend Justin with me to check out the event and local fare. The night promised delicious chocolates, hors d’oeuvres, and wine. All from local vendors.

We arrived at Windows and scoped out the scene. Upon check in we were handed a wine glass for tasting and directed in to the Bridge View room. We waisted no time stopping at Valley Vineyards to sample their best red. We carried our glasses over to the raffle table to check out some of the graciously donated prizes. Raffle packages included everything from spa gifts to a night on the town which included orchestra tickets and tickets to A Christmas Story at Playhouse Square. There was a raffle prize for even the biggest sports fan and a chance to win a one week vacation in the Outer Banks. The donors for this event were beyond generous!

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Justin and I ate a little bit of something from every vendor. Local Cleveland restaurants and businesses donated their food and services to the evening. Many of them were even willing to spoon a meatless version of their dish just for me. A few of my favorites had to be the tuna tar-tar from Red Steakhouse with the gorgonzola drenched nachos from Momocho coming in close second. Justin was a fan of the sliders from Jammy Buggars which looked amazing as well. Nothing beat Mitchell’s famous homemade ice cream however. I tried some of their caramelized chocolate and Justin had their carmel covered apple. I think he might have made the better choice, it was really good!

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We tried a wine or two from each of the wineries and it was fun talking to the vendors about their best sellers. I even purchased two bottles from Barrel Run Crossing right at their table. Justin and I both are pretty big wine drinkers… ok I’m the wine drinker, but he helps. We decided to check out the Blind Wine Pull and see what that was all about. For $35 we got to pull two bottles of a wine with all proceeds going to the MS Ohio Buckeye Chapter. We walked away with a really nice Chardonnay and a Malbec. A red and a white.

At 7:30 the crowd took a moment to hear Mark Zinni of Fox 8 News announce the committee members who presented the annual Inspiration Award. This year’s recipient, Susie Zimmer, was given this honor for her ability to inspire and motivate others, her dedication to the MS cause, and for her community involvement. Some of her biggest supporters told stories and gave congratulations to support and thank Susie for her service.

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I absolutely loved this event. I am so lucky that I got to go and check it out. Justin and I both had fun, got to leave with 4 bottles of wine, made a donation to a great cause, and met some really nice people. It’s an event that I will be looking forward to next year because I would definitely go again!

***Disclosure: I was asked by the MS Society to help promote Locavore. In exchange, I received 2 complimentary tickets to the event. Due to scheduling conflicts, Julie attended with my tickets. For today, all opinions are 100% Julie’s.***

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