Why? L’Amour du Vin!

It’s probably time to admit that I’ve become a confirmed East sider. And while much of my life is spent between Downtown Cleveland and the 90/271 corridors, I will always travel for good food, good wine, and good friends.

Which is why I couldn’t miss the 20th annual L’Amour du Vin, held at Avon Oaks Country Club to benefit the Arthritis Foundation Ohio. And with Amanda as my date, I knew I’d have a wonderful time!

We started in the VIP area, with specialty cocktails from Brown-Forman, chair massages from EXHALE Spa, and delicious nibbles from Bonefish Grill.

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Their pumpkin ravioli with grilled shrimp and feta had me dreaming of fall-like weather!

In the main room, there was so much good food to enjoy that we had to pace ourselves. Amanda and I took breaks in the eating with regular stops at the silent auction tables, where we both ended up winners!

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When we weren’t silent auction perusing, we were enjoying food and beverages from places such as Heck’s Café. Their take-home packets of coffee were a lovely touch too (and I might be drinking mine as I write this!)

The strawberry balsamic bruschetta from Rocky River Wine Bar was a favorite of the evening!

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We also enjoyed the walleye chowder, an Ohio spin on a classic soup, from Blind Perch.

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There was plenty in the pasta category to enjoy, but my two favorites were the rich and decadent sacchetti al tartufo bianco from Luca Italian Cuisine, which will soon be opening a Westlake restaurant…

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…and the classic and comforting Bolognese from Café Piccolo.

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And to satisfy even the biggest sweet tooth (raises hand) there were desserts from Melt Bar and Grilled, which just recently opened their Avon location, and Kiedrowski’s Bakery, which this year covered most of their desserts in edible glitter which sent me over the moon.

 

It was a fabulous foodie evening and a good reminder that a drive to the West side is almost certain to be a culinary journey worth taking!

***Disclosure: I was asked by the Arthritis Foundation Ohio to help promote L’Amour du Vin. In exchange, I received two complimentary VIP tickets for myself and two general admission tickets to give away. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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