Why? L’Amour du Vin!

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Last night, Matthew and I attend L’Amour du VIn, a strolling wine and food fundraiser to benefit the Arthritis Foundation, Great Lakes Region, Northeastern Ohio. It was a night filled with food, friends, and fun!

IMG_7338We started our evening in the KeyBank VIP Lounge, where we sipped barrel-aged cocktails from Brown-Forman.

IMG_7339We also enjoyed tasty bites from Bistro 83, including thinly-sliced beef on a truffle pancake and pork on top risotto.

IMG_7341Exhale: the Spa at EMH was also in the VIP Lounge, giving chair massages. When I headed over, they were on break, but luckily Alicia‘s husband and event volunteer extraordinaire Hans was able to help me out!

IMG_7352Then it was time to head into the main room, which was packed with delicious wine varietals, lots of food, silent auction items galore, and a wine pull raffle that also got you entered to win a Caribbean cruise (big congrats to my giveaway winner Mike T. for continuing his lucky streak and winning the cruise)!

IMG_7350Some of our favorite bites of the night were the arancini (fried balls of risotto and mozarella) from Fazio’s, which were not only delicious, but a very generous size;

IMG_7344the sliders from Jammy Buggars, which were the tastiest meat of the evening, but had too much bun;

IMG_7346the butternut squash ravioli from La Campagna and the pumpkin pierogi from Gatherings Kitchen, which were both pillows of fall deliciousness;

IMG_7347and the sweet treats from Little Devil Cupcakery and Kiedrowski’s Bakery, which finished the evening off on just the right note! Mmm, snoogle.

IMG_7349It was a great night for a great cause! Big congrats to Alicia for organizing another wonderful fundraiser! Next up for the Arthritis Foundation is the Jingle Bell Run/Walk on Sunday, December 8 at Legacy Village. To find out more and register for this fun 5K, click here.

***Disclosure: I was asked by the Arthritis Foundation to help promote L’Amour du Vin. In exchange, I received 2 complimentary VIP tickets. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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2 Responses

  1. The slider had great flavor, but totally agree with your comment on too much bread. It was better when I made it open-faced. The beef and truffle pancake was amazing, made even more so by the incredible blackberry/pepper sauce. I totally missed out on the pumpkin pierogi, but didn’t walk away hungry for it.

    Thanks again for the giveaway! I had actually never heard of the event before this, but will be sure to make it an annual thing for us.

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