Why? Weekends, Part 1!

***A bit of blogkeeping: Congratulations to jessica z. and timzaun, randomly-selected winners of 2 tickets and a parking voucher each to the WGAR Dollar Bank Country Jam! Please check your email for details. If you didn’t win, you can still purchase tickets online.***

On Friday night, Matthew and I had a lovely date night with some of the best that downtown Cleveland has to offer. We started our evening at Tri-C Jazz Fest at Playhouse Square.

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The concert we attended was a centennial celebration of Robert Lockwood, Jr., an acclaimed blue musician who called Cleveland home for much of his life. The many artists paying tribute to Robert Lockwood, Jr. included members of his band, as well as Walter “Wolfman” Washington.

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This is my third year attending Tri-C Jazz Fest and what’s really struck me is the wide variety of music that is under the “Jazz Fest” umbrella. From Latin rhythms to big band to blues, we’ve heard such diverse offerings, which makes Tri-C Jazz Fest an even better cultural experience, to my mind.

After the concert, we went to dinner at Butcher and the Brewer. While we’ve had drinks there before, this was our first time trying the food.

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The menu is tapas-style with small and medium plates. You are encouraged to pick 2-3 plates per person and share among your party. Matthew and I started with the calamari and the stuffed dates, both of which had fabulous flavor and were a nicely portioned to allow room for the food to come.

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From there, we shared the steelhead special, with local corn and a blueberry reduction. We heard rumors this may be coming to the permanent menu and I hope it does. It was a dish of summer deliciousness! We also shared the beef tartare and the patatas bravas with chorizo.

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The portions of all of the dishes really do allow for sharing and trying lots of different items. I was so impressed with everything we ate that night! The dishes were high-quality, creative, and just plain good. Plus, I love the interactive nature of the menu…it makes for such a fun dining experience.

And while we shared most of our food, we went solo on desserts: ginger lime cake for him and the s’mores brownie for me. Decadent and delicious!

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On our way back to the car, we ran into these fabulous street performers as part of the outdoor entertainment at Tri-C Jazz Fest. Everything was glowing: the performers, the GE Chandelier, and me from a wonderful night with my favorite guy in the best city!

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***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote Tri-C Jazz Fest. In exchange, I received 2 complimentary tickets to the concert of my choice for myself, as well as 2 tickets to that same concert to give away. I was asked to help promote the WGAR Dollar Bank Country Jam. In exchange, I will receive 2 general admission tickets and a parking voucher for myself, as well as 4 general admission tickets and 2 parking vouchers to give away. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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