You’ve probably heard of Ingenuity Fest, an annual celebration of creativity and innovation that happens every September. But Ingenuity Cleveland also puts on a Dreamer’s Bal on Saturday, May 4 to support IngenuityFest 2019, as well as the organization’s year-round programming, such as IngenuityLabs Incubator Program and Ignite! Entrepreneurship Series.
Held at Ingenuity Cleveland’s headquarters in the Hamilton Collaborative, this 100-year old factory setting will be filled with larger than life artwork inviting you to explore the worlds of your dreams.
From DJs to bands to intimate acoustic performances, you will enjoy a variety of musical acts, as well as dance performances.
You’ll sip on libations from Watershed Distillery and Platform Beer Company and munch on small bites from Ohio City Galley.
Attendees are encouraged to wear the costumes of their dreams, whether fantastical or pajamas. This is sure to be a unique and interesting evening with stunning visuals, great music, and delicious food!
Tickets for the Dreamer’s Bal are currently on sale. General admission tickets are $27 in advance and $35 at the door. VIP tickets are $68 and include entry, food, 2 drink tickets, and other special extras.
Come enjoy this off-kilter evening and support a truly original Cleveland organization!
It’s an anniversary year for the hottest food celebration in town! The Cleveland Magazine Silver Spoon Awards Party turns 25 this year, which means it’s going to be an even bigger and better celebration of the Cleveland food scene.
The party takes place on Wednesday, May 15 from 6-9pm at the Hilton Cleveland Downtown, which means that you can take in some gorgeous city views in between bites from Cleveland’s best restaurants.
Every year I say this, but that’s because it remains the truth: This party is a marathon, not a sprint, of eating!
Participating restaurants include Banter Beer and Wine, Bull & Bird Steakhouse, Fat Cats Restaurant, Il Rione Pizzeria, Luca Italian Cuisine, Marble Room, Pacific East Coventry, Pier W, Taki’s Greek Kitchen, and many more.
Tickets for the Silver Spoon Awards Party are currently on sale for $100 for general admission and $150 for VIP admission. General admission includes food, wine, and craft beer tastings; access to the auctions and raffles; and a one-year subscription to Cleveland Magazine. VIP admission includes all of that, plus access to the VIP Lounge, with additional tastings, craft cocktails, a Chopped-style cocktail challenge, and more fun surprises.
You can purchase tickets online for both the party and the raffles. Or you can enter to win two general admission tickets to the Silver Spoon Awards Party right here! Here’s how to enter (you can do one, two, three, four, or all five entries, just leave a separate comment here for each):
You can tweet once per day for additional entries, just leave a separate comment here each time you tweet.
The giveaway will close on Monday, April 29 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!
***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote the Silver Spoon Awards Party. In exchange, I will receive 2 complimentary VIP tickets for myself and 2 complimentary general admission tickets to give away. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***
Happy Home Opener, Cleveland! There may be snow on the ground, but the home opener means summer is just around the corner…
So, how did I fill the chilly last weekend of March? Let’s get to it…
On Saturday, Matthew and I met up with our friends Ritch and Denise for a brewery crawl. Ritch has a goal of hitting a certain number of Cleveland breweries by a certain birthday (numbers withheld because we’re all getting older), plus it was just Denise’s birthday, so what a fun way to celebrate!
We started at Saucy Brew Works, where we love the food just as much as we love the beer.
We shared the Nashville Hot Chicken and Bees Knees pizzas and definitely couldn’t decide which we enjoyed more.
From there, it was a short walk to Bookhouse Brewing. This cozy, bookstore style brewery made us want to sit there all day. I had a sampler and really enjoyed all the (fabulously-named) beers I tried: Patio Season, Maybe Partying Will Help, River of Memories, and Reasons to be Cheerful.
Next up: Brick and Barrel Brewing, where we played board games while enjoying our brews. I had a Roasted Out of My Gord pumpkin porter, because if this cold weather is sticking around, so is my love for porters and stouts.
Our final stop was Terrestrial Brewing Company, which was filled with great beer, but also with sweet fuzzes. I love bars that are dog friendly. I spent most of my time hanging out with the pets (sorry, friends).
It was a fun afternoon and such a great reminder of how many awesome breweries we have in Cleveland, who are putting out creative, delicious beer! We also picked up a bunch of stamps in our Cleveland Brewery Passport!
We had so much fun (and amazing seats). The Monsters games are action-packed and really family-friendly, which make them a favorite sporting event choice for us.
Plus, the Monsters commitment to the American Cancer Society was really touching and made it an even better night out.
The Monsters auctioned off a special commemorative purple jersey to raise funds, as well as showing videos throughout the game and having people make support signs for those in their life impacted by cancer.
When everyone waved their purple rally towels, it was a sight to see!
Stay tuned for my on my growing involvement with the American Cancer Society…
***Disclosure: I was asked by the Cleveland Monsters to help promote the Purple Game. In exchange, I received three complimentary tickets and a parking pass. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***
I had no idea going in that Helen Welch, the lead singer, is a Cleveland resident who has performed at places like Nighttown, so the local connection had me enjoying the show even more.
After the show, we grabbed dinner at Nuevo Modern Mexican. There’s something about having guacamole and a margarita while it’s snowing that just makes you feel like you’re shaking your fist at the weather.
Gosh, I can’t wait for patio season!
We shared the habanero jelly guacamole and then I had the Cuban sandwich, which was meaty and flavorful!
For dessert, I had the manzana gallette because I seriously cannot pass up an apple dessert.
It was a great way to end a great weekend! How was yours? What are you doing to celebrate the Home Opener?
Tails and Cocktails brings together a casual, panel-style presentation on various Zoo research topics with tasty small bites, adult beverages, and even some special Zoo guests.
The first Tails and Cocktails was titled “Gut Reaction,” on how what and when we eat impact our health. The panel included two researchers working at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo on how to improve the gut health of animals, as well as a digestive specialist from the Cleveland Clinic and Chef Ben Bebenroth from Spice Kitchen and Bar (who brought tasty fermented food samples) to talk about the human connections to this topic.
The panel discussion not only taught me more about the animals at the Zoo and the research being done to improve their health, but also about our similarities in digestive health issues.
We also had the chance to sample some of the first Conservation Series beer from Terrestrial Brewing Company, appropriately titled Probiotic Warrior. Terrestrial Brewing and the Cleveland Zoological Society have teamed up on a series of beers that will benefit CZS, available at Terrestrial and special CZS events.
There are three more Tails and Cocktails events in the series:
Tickets are $15 for general admission and free for select levels of Zookeeper’s Circle members. Don’t miss these fun events that let you learn more about the Zoo’s animals and their connection to you!
***Disclosure: I was asked by the Cleveland Zoological Society to help promote Tails and Cocktails. In exchange, I received two complimentary tickets to Tails and Cocktails: Gut Reaction. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***
It was a low-key weekend, which is exactly what I needed after just returning from a trip (and traveling again this week!)
Yoga Roots 30+ Social
On Saturday evening, I attended a social for everyone who reached 30 or more classes in the Yoga Rootsfall challenge. Of 186 people who participated in the fall challenge, 27 of us reached 30+ classes!
Held at the home of studio owners Scott and Kim, the social was a great chance to celebrate reaching 30+ classes, meet other yogis, and see each other in something other than yoga pants! I was surprised how many of us didn’t know each other, just from being on different class schedules!
There were delicious nibbles from the studio’s neighbors: Gigi’s on Fairmount and On the Rise. I could eat Gigi’s bruschetta and On the Rise’s raspberry bars all day! And there were custom cookies from Sarah, one of the Yoga Roots teachers.
I’ve talked before about really finding a home at Yoga Roots and Saturday night was just another example of why that is so true. Yoga Roots is genuinely a community, not just a studio, which is what keeps me coming back (and has me geared up for the spring challenge, too)!
Sunday morning, we attended the monthly Family Yoga class at the Mandel Jewish Community Center. This has become one of our favorite family activities. Each month, the class is a bit different, but always explores mindful movement, breath work, and meditation in a way that’s fun for all ages.
This month, the kids participated in an obstacle course that involved my friend Robin and I being bridges in both down dog and plank as the kids crawled under us!
So, we got some exercise in too! The next Family Yoga class takes place Sunday, April 14, with sessions at 10am and 11am. Cost to attend is free for Mandel JCC members and $10 for non-members. You can sign up online.
Cleveland’s Finest creates a friendly chef competition between some of Cleveland’s best restaurants for who will be crowned as having the Finest Hors d’Oeuvre. The winners are voted on by attendees, who are the real winners, since we get to eat all the delicious appetizers!
The event takes place on Thursday, April 11 at the Terrace Club at Progressive Field. Participating restaurants include Corleone’s Ristorante and Bar, Cleveland Chop, Punch Bowl Social, Tartine Bistro, Mallorca Restaurant, and more.
Plus, there will be desserts from Cupcake Cravings, Simply Michele’s, and Simply Elegant Catering; wine tastes; beer samples from Saucy Brew Works; live music; hosts Tim Richards, Jen Toohey, and Desiray Cross from Star 102; a silent auction with awesome prizes; and lots more foodie fun!
Tickets are $80 and all proceeds benefit Our Lady of the Wayside’s mission of supporting over 900 children and adults with developmental disabilities through a wide range of services from transportation to housing to employment.
Tickets are available online or you can enter to win two tickets to the event right here! Here’s how to enter:
2. Head over to my Instagram page at @whycle for more ways to win!
The giveaway will close on Monday, March 11 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!
***Disclosure: I was asked by Our Lady of the Wayside to help promote Cleveland’s Finest Hors d’Oeuvre Contest. In exchange, I will receive two complimentary tickets to the event for myself and two tickets to give away. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***
Hey, hey, it’s March! We welcomed the new month with a fun weekend out and about in Cleveland.
But before we were out and about, we were in and cozy. On Friday night, I made BBQ chicken mac ‘n cheese (recipe here).
Before I made the mac, I cooked the chicken wrapped in foil packets at 250 degrees for 2 hours. This made the chicken tender and perfect to fork shred, which was the exact right consistency for the mac ‘n cheese.
Pair this with Matthew’s homemade Old Fashioned and you have a perfect little Friday evening meal!
Children’s Theater Series
On Saturday, we had the third of four shows in the Children’s Theater Series at Playhouse Square. This one was “Emily Brown and the Thing,” about a little girl and her stuffed rabbit who have many adventures after bedtime.
We didn’t know the story going in and found the show to be engaging and funny. I love taking Jeffrey to see live theater, especially in the incredible theaters at Playhouse Square!
Lunch in Ohio City
From there, we headed over to Great Lakes Brewing Company for lunch. I always enjoy going to the brewpub because, while you can find Great Lakes beer all over, there’s always something special on tap at the pub.
I tried the Imperial Buzzcut Nut Brown Ale, brewed with honey and hazelnuts, and Matthew had the same. We both really enjoyed this smoothy, nutty beer!
To eat, I had the Fitzgerald burger, with bacon, smoked cheddar, Edmund Fitzgerald BBQ sauce, and onion straws.
Flavorful and juicy, this was one delicious burger! The fries were particularly good, too!
Matthew had the Sweet & Salty Pork pizza, with smoked pulled pork, cucumber, green pepper, onion, mozzarella, goat cheese, garlic oil, and orange lavender honey.
He ate the entire pizza (!), so my guess is that it was quite tasty!
Jeffrey loved his chicken fingers, too! The brewpub atmosphere for a weekend lunch is wonderful for kids, too!
The Buckeye Sundae was the perfect sweet treat. Jeffrey is pretty much all of us when it comes to Mitchell’s…
What a fun family day!
***Disclosure: I received a gift card from Great Lakes Brewing Company as part of my partnership with Lyft. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***
On Sunday, I attended a Sprinkle for my dear friend Mariah, who is expecting a little girl in May. While Mariah has two boys already, it was so fun to fete her new arrival with lots of pink clothes and toys.
I also had to snag her this adorable onesie from Anne Cate!
We had a great ladies lunch, with bellinis, homemade pesto and chicken, salad, fruit, and pastries from Luna Bakery & Café.
Have you ever wanted to learn more about the animals, educational programs, and research being done both at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and beyond?
The Cleveland Zoological Society is launching a new speaker series called Tails and Cocktails that brings together experts from the Zoo and the Northeast Ohio community with, well, you for a fun and educational evening. Each event includes small bites, cocktails, and a speaker, themed on a certain subject.
The first Tails and Cocktails takes place on Wednesday, March 20 from 6-8pm at the Zoo. The subject is “Gut Reaction.” The talk focuses on how scientists are working with sloth bear and orangutan diets to animal welfare and health, and how to apply these findings to human diets.
The speaker for Gut Reaction is Andrew Loudon, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Science Research Fellow. Guests will enjoy fermented food and drinks provided by Spice Kitchen and Bar and Terrestrial Brewing.
The other events in the Tails and Cocktails series are:
Tickets for each Tails and Cocktails event are $10 for Zoo members and $15 for the general public. You can purchase tickets online.
This fun and educational speaker series is a great chance to learn more about the work being done at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and its applications to our own lives, while enjoying cocktails and food and a relaxing evening out.
***Disclosure: I was asked by the Cleveland Zoological Society to help promote Tails and Cocktails. In exchange, I will receive complimentary tickets to two of the Tails and Cocktails events. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***
If you’re going to Jump Back Ball (or considering it), you’re probably thinking of ways to get in the British spirit. And while a trip across the pond might not be feasible, there are plenty of ways to get in the mood right here in Cleveland.
Have a spot of tea
Nothing is more British than a spot of tea, right? Whether it’s High Tea at the Ritz Carlton Cleveland or the Macaron Tea Room, mini sandwiches, scones, and Earl Grey will have you feeling like you’re in jolly old England in no time!
One of the biggest pop culture contributions from across the pond came in the form of music. View artifacts, listen to songs, and generally celebrate these artists at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Take a stroll through an English garden
Did you know that the British Cultural Garden is the first of Cleveland’s cultural gardens? Visit this lovely garden that celebrates Shakespeare to feel immersed in a proper British setting.
View British art
Just up the road from the British Cultural Garden, visit the Cleveland Museum of Art to appreciate the British artwork in the Museum’s collection.
Now that you’re properly in the spirit of Jolly Old England, it’s time to grab your Jump Back Ball tickets and us all that British knowledge and culture you’ve soaked up!
Tickets are currently on sale for $165 for general admission, $200 for VIP admission, and $75 for late night admission. Click here to compare levels and purchase tickets.
For now, cheerio! Hope to see you as we Jump Back Across the Pond!
***Disclosure: I was asked by Playhouse Square to help promote Jump Back Ball. In exchange, I will receive two complimentary VIP tickets. I am also the Communications Co-Chair for Playhouse Square Partners. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***