Aside from lots of State Fair fun, there were other happenings this past weekend…
Autism Speaks Cleveland Chef Gala
On Saturday night, Matthew and I attended the Cleveland Chef Gala to benefit Autism Speaks. Held in the gorgeous atrium at the Cleveland Museum of Art, this event brought out the best of the best in Cleveland chefs for a delicious strolling tasting, followed by a sit-down dinner prepared by Chefs Michael Symon and Alex Guarnaschelli.
The tasting portion of the evening brought together well-known local chefs such as Rocco Whalen, Jonathon Sawyer, and Doug Katz. We also enjoyed nibbles from restaurants not as well-known to us, such as Trio Tremont and Polpetta.
The dinner portion was prepared in front of ours while Chefs Symon and Guarnaschelli exchanged witty banter, as well as great tips on how to prepare amazing eggplant bruschetta and mouthwatering braised lamb shank.
All of this food and fun were to benefit Autism Speaks, which provides both support and science to families impacted by autism.
It’s always so wonderful to see the talented Cleveland chef community come together to make an impact for a great cause!
***Disclosure: I was asked by Autism Speaks to help promote the Cleveland Chef Gala. In exchange, I received two complimentary tickets to the event. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***
Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom
On Sunday night, we packed a delicious dessert picnic and headed to Blossom Music Center to hear the Cleveland Orchestra, with the incredibly talented Audra McDonald singing some of Broadway’s greatest hits.
There’s nothing like spending a beautiful summer evening on the lawn with wine and snacks and fabulous music!
Audra McDonald’s voice is nothing short of sensational and hearing her sing classics like “I Could Have Danced All Night” and “Climb Every Mountain” made this Broadway lover very happy!
There are still shows remaining in the 2018 Blossom Music Festival, celebrating Blossom’s 50th anniversary, including “The Little Mermaid – Live,” Yo-Yo Ma Plays Bach, and “Star Wars: A New Hope in Concert – Live.” Click here for shows and tickets.
***Disclosure: I was asked by the Cleveland Orchestra to help promote the Blossom Music Festival. In exchange, I received two complimentary tickets to the show of my choosing. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***