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On Sunday, the Greater Cleveland Foodbank hosted its 20th annual Market at the Foodbank event. Every dollar raised at this event has the spending power to provide 4 meals to people in need. Last year, the Foodbank provided 45 million meals to the needy in our community.
So, obviously this event benefits a great cause. It also provides a fun evening of wine and food to enjoy. Here are my 10 favorites (in random order) from this year’s event:
1. AMP 150‘s speck-wrapped asparagus. Simple, but really tasty.
2. Sterle’s Country House‘s chicken paprikash, served with a smile by their new chef, Jeff Jarrett. I particularly liked the creme fraiche instead of sour cream.
3. Bomba Tacos and Rum served up made-on-site guacamole with pumpkin seeds and goat cheese, complimented by their yummy plaintain and yucca chips.
4. Pub Frato. Not only were their braised beef tacos delicious, but it’s rare to find a restaurant at one of these events that I had never even heard of before. Pub Frato bills itself as “Concord’s own gastropub.” Based on the food we tasted and the friendliness of the staff, I can’t wait to check it out!
5. Portside Distillery‘s Rusalka Vanilla Stout, plus the coolest beer pulls this side of Market Garden Brewery.
6. The Clevelander sandwich from Sans Souci, which featured pork cheek, local swiss, Tony Packo’s pickles, and a mystery sauce of deliciousness.
7. The amount of food and drink. Last year, a lot of purveyors ran out early in the evening. This year, there was plenty to go around!
8. The balance of sweet and savory offerings was also much more balanced at this year’s event, but there were still plenty of sweet treats to enjoy. Our favorites were from Mitchell’s, Fantasy Candies, and Lucky’s Cafe.
9. The lobster, apple, and bacon bites from the Rusty Anchor at the Music Box. Not only were they good to eat, but I love something I can eat without a plate at a strolling food and wine event!
10. The generosity of the attendees and participating restaurants to make Market at the Foodbank’s 20th anniversary the best one of these events we’ve attended!
***Disclosure: I was asked by the Greater Cleveland Foodbank to help promote Market at the Foodbank. In exchange, I received 2 complimentary general admission tickets. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***