Why? Cleveland’s Finest Hors d’Oeuvre Contest!

One of my favorite food events in town is Cleveland’s Finest Hors d’Oeuvre Contest, to benefit Our Lady of the Wayside.


So often at food events like this, you see chefs trying (and sometimes struggling) to make dishes bite-sized and easy to eat as you’re strolling. But when the entire category of offerings is hors d’oeuvres, well, everything becomes poppable and portable.

You also have to love the venue: the Terrace Club at Progressive Field. Baseball season is just close enough to have me excited to be back at the corner of Carnegie and Ontario!


Some of our favorites from the night:

The scallop with cheddar grits and jalapeno bacon (pictured above) from Corleone’s Ristorante and Bar took home the crowd vote for Cleveland’s Finest Hors d’Oeuvre


The short rib and potato pancake dish from A Taste of Excellence was delicious, especially the horseradish sauce!

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The shrimp scampi with garlic butter and parmesan risotto from the Hilton Garden Inn Cleveland East was the sleeper hit of the night. It was my favorite dish and won #2 overall.


And their creme brulee offerings were delicious too!


The BBQ pork served atop chips from Zack Bruell Restaurant Group were tasty and had me thinking summer…


…as did the generous pulled pork taco with apple slaw from Berea Depot, which took third place overall.

And speaking of thinking of summer and baseball, you can enjoy some awesome food at the game!


The Cleveland Indians Zydeco chicken and waffle had a lot of fun, creative elements!

Of course, there were sweet treats too, like the graham cracker cookie sandwiches from Melt Bar and Grilled and mini cupcakes from Cupcake Cravings.


But the sweetest part of the evening was contributing to Our Lady of the Wayside’s mission, in particular this year to helping build a brand new facility in Westlake for the Pathways Day Program.

Cheers to great food, a great cause, and a short wait until Opening Day!

***Disclosure: I was asked by Our Lady of the Wayside to help promote Cleveland’s Finest Hors d’Oeuvre Contest. In exchange, I received two complimentary tickets for myself and two tickets to give away. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***




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