The last few years that we’ve attended the Greater Cleveland Food Bank‘s Taste of the Browns fundraiser, the food has been terrific and the venue has been stellar and everyone has been excited about helping out those in need. But the energy about the Browns themselves…it might have been a little bit low.
But coming off the big win last Thursday and the announcement of Baker Mayfield as the starting quarterback, there was genuine sports excitement in the air on Monday night.
Of course, the terrific food, stellar venue, and fantastic opportunity to help those in need still existed too.
Every dollar raised at Taste of the Browns equals 4 meals for those with food insecurity. Chef Rocco Whalen, one of the honorary co-chairs of this year’s event, single-handedly raised $10,000 by donating two Fahrenheit food truck private parties during the live auction!
Of course, Taste of the Browns isn’t just about the Browns…it’s also about the taste! And taste we did!
We started out at B Spot Burgers with their Georgia Peach burger.
Did you know that the B Spot in FirstEnergy Stadium creates a new burger geared to each of the Browns home opponents? This creation for the Falcons game is a winner for sure!
And we had a ball with these gigantic Salerno Family meatballs from Lago East Bank.
Proving they’re more than just tacos, Barrio‘s sea scallop ceviche was a fresh, delicious treat!
I also love when I find a new restaurant that I have to try outside of a tasting event. This year, that restaurant was Corktree Tavern, whose short ribs with goat cheese polenta and dried cherries was tender, flavorful, and an amazing amount of yum in a small bite.
To the food, the cause, and the newly re-energized Browns, cheers!
***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote Taste of the Browns. In exchange, I received two complimentary VIP tickets to the event. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***