Why? OBA Meetup at Townhall!

***A bit of blogkeeping: Congratulations to Chrystal Jenkins (Comment #28), randomly-selected winner of lunch for 2 at Provenance at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Please check your email for more details.***

On Monday night, some bloggers from the Ohio Blogging Association gathered at Townhall in Ohio City to raise a cup of cheer and enjoy a tasty dinner.

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It was $3 draft night (every Monday from 6pm-close) and the expansive craft beer list tempted us all. We also got to check out the Crowler process at Townhall. Much like Willoughby Brewing Co. (same owner!), Townhall offers a 32-ounce, flash-sealed can of any draft beer to take home. It’s a more manageable size and stays fresh for longer than a growler! I couldn’t resist the North Peak Blitzen to add some variety to the Christmas beer rotation.

But beer isn’t the only adult beverage option at Townhall that’s worth a try. We got to sample some of Townhall’s emulsive cocktails, made with pureed fruits and chilled spirits. The Indigo, with blueberries, Ketel Citreon, basil, and lemon was by far my favorite. Not too sweet and very easy to drink.

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To kick off our dinner, we were treated to two complimentary appetizers that highlighted Vegan Night, which occurs every Monday at Townhall from 5-10pm. The black bean, quinoa, falafel steam buns were spicy and delicious! And the massive bowl of veggies, served with white hummus and kalamata dip offered a light, fresh start to the meal. While the veggies and dip are not currently on the menu, watch for them soon!

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We had our choice of entrees and I went with the Kobe beef bolognese. Instead of pasta, the bowl had spaghetti squash as the base, with a rich and hearty sauce and plenty of shaved parmesan, topped with a poached egg.

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Now, I love me my pasta, but this dish brought all the flavor and deliciousness with a healthier, gluten-free twist. Being neither vegan nor gluten-free, I was super impressed with how tasty Townhall makes these dining choices.

Townhall is also working toward being 100% GMO free, a laudable goal which they plan on achieving by the beginning of 2015. It’s great to know that you’re not only getting delicious food, but that it’s something that you can feel good about putting in your body.

No meal is complete without dessert and Townhall not only did a great job on taste, but also on presentation with their skillet chocolate chip cookie topped with vanilla ice cream.

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All in all, it was a fun night catching up with blogger pals and enjoying a great meal at a place that cares as much about taste as they do about the quality and make-up of the ingredients. Definitely check out Townhall soon, on Mondays for Craft Beer and Vegan night, or any day of the week! Much thanks to Townhall for hosting us!

Also in attendance at the meet-up were bloggers from:

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If you’re a blogger/tweeter/blog supporter, stay tuned to the Ohio Blogging Association page for information about meet-ups in 2015!

***Disclosure: Attendees at the Ohio Blogging Association meet-up at Townhall received complimentary appetizers and desserts, a complimentary entree of our choice, emulsive cocktail drink samples, and coupons for free crowlers. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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