Why? Copper River Salmon Run Giveaway!

As the weather gets nice, it’s time to get outside, both to exercise and to enjoy patio season. Which is why Pier W‘s Copper River Salmon Run/Walk 5K is the perfect combo!

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This annual event is taking place on Saturday, May 21. Participants start at Lakewood Park’s Outdoor Pavilion and end at Pier W’s beautiful patio.

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After enjoying a great workout at the 5K, you’ll get to relax and enjoy gorgeous Cleveland skyline views, along with a delicious lunch. Chef Regan Reik will be working the grill preparing your choice of a Copper River salmon burger, vegan black bean burger, beef burger, or turkey dog.

Registration is $30 for the 5K and lunch or $12 for lunch only. All proceeds from the event benefit Malachi House, which ministers to the terminally ill. You can register online by clicking here. Or you can enter to win a free race registration right here!

Here’s how to enter (you can do one, two, three, or all four entries, just leave a separate comment for each):

1.Leave a comment here telling me your favorite thing to do outside in Cleveland in the summer.

2. Visit Pier W and Why CLE? on Facebook and leave a comment here letting me know you visited both pages.

3. Follow @pierwcleveland on Instagram and leave a comment here letting me know you’re following.

4. Tweet the following phrase and leave a comment here letting me know you tweeted:

I want to run the @pierwcleveland Copper River Salmon Run to benefit @MalachiHouse thanks to @WhyCLE: https://whycle.com/2016/05/04/why-copper-river-salmon-run-giveaway #giveaway

You can tweet once per day for additional entries, just leave a separate comment here each time you tweet.

The giveaway will close on Sunday, May 8 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote the Copper River Salmon Run/Walk 5K. In exchange, I will receive a race registration to give away. I declined my own race registration due to scheduling conflicts. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Market at the Food Bank!

It was quite the food-filled weekend! We attended Market at the Food Bank on Sunday night. Held at the Greater Cleveland Food Bank warehouse, this event brings together a ton of fabulous restaurants serving fabulous food, all to benefit the cause of ending hunger in our community.

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This event is more than just good food, though. There was live music to enjoy.

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There were celebrity servers to meet, like Mark Nolan from Majic 105.7 and Channel 19.

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And there were lots of delicious wines and beers to sample!

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But, really, it’s mostly about the food! Some of our favorites:

The cheese-stuffed meatball from The Tree House, served on a bed of zucchini “noodles”

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The smoked beef tenderloin with mashed potatoes and green beans from Chef John Selick of UH Ahuja Medical Center.

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Chef Selick brought his own smoker that was proudly displayed in front of the entrance to the Food Bank!

The brisket tacos and elote from Pub Frato (whose staff was some of the nicest we chatted with all night)

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The massive pulled pork sandwiches from Tinkers Creek Road Tavern

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The spring rabbit stew from Nomad Culinary

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And the selection of ice cream from both Tremont Scoops and Mitchell’s Ice Cream (whose mini cones were on point)

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All in all, it was another wonderful year of Market at the Food Bank and a great reminder of how lucky we are to not only regularly have full bellies, but to have them filled with such great food. Thanks to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank and all the attendees and sponsors for working to make that a reality for more people in our community!

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote Market at the Food Bank. In exchange, I received 2 complimentary general admission tickets. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Veggie U Food and Wine Celebration!

On Saturday night, Matthew and I attended the Veggie U Food and Wine Celebration.

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The event was held at The 925 Building, formerly the Huntington Bank Building. The space is just stunning. In fact, it used to be the largest bank lobby in the world! The high ceilings, marble columns, and beautiful paintings made this a great space for a swanky event.

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There were delicious small bites to nibble. Some of our favorites were the lobster nachos from Driftwood Restaurants and Catering

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…the delicious foie gras, mushroom, and beef bite from Urban Farmer

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…the farro salad from 111 Bistro (a new-to-me restaurant that I now can’t wait to visit) and the vanilla panna cotta with strawberries from Dante.

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Aside from the tasty food, there were fabulous silent auction items up for bid…

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…great live music from The Discovery Band

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…and all attendees could score a huge bag of fresh produce to take home.

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Add in wine from Wente Vineyards and plenty of friends in attendance, too and you have a delicious evening for a wonderful cause of providing more classroom gardens for children to learn about healthy eating habits and grow their own veggies.

To find out about Veggie U and how you can contribute to their mission, click here.

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote the Veggie U Food and Wine Celebration. In exchange, I received 2 complimentary tickets for myself. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Grapes and Ale Giveaway!

As the weather gets nicer, I find myself looking ahead to all of the fun events that summer in Cleveland holds. One of my favorite ways to kick off summertime in Cleveland is at Grapes and Ale: a BBQ, wine, and beer extravaganza that is a fundraiser for Our Lady of the Wayside.

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Progressive Field will once again host this fabulous evening on Friday, May 20. You’ll get to sample BBQ bites from Hot Sauce Williams, Hodge’s, Crooked River BBQ, Happy Dog, and more. Becker’s Bakery, Pierre’s Ice Cream, and Cupcake Cravings will provide sweet treats. There will also be tons of wines to sample, as well as craft beer samples available for purchase at The Corner.

General admission tickets are $50 and include unlimited wine and food samples, access to The Corner to purchase craft beer samples, a souvenir glass, entertainment by Ace Molar, and access to fabulous silent auction prizes.

You can also upgrade to VIP Majic of Wine tickets, which are $125 and include all of the above plus access to a private VIP area with featured wines and hors d’oeuvres.

You can purchase tickets online. Or you can enter to win two general admission tickets to Grapes and Ale right here! Here’s how to enter (you can do one, two, three, or all four entries, just leave a separate comment for each):

1.Leave a comment here telling me your favorite BBQ restaurant in Cleveland.

2. Visit Our Lady of the Wayside and Why CLE? on Facebook and leave a comment here letting me know you visited both pages.

3. Follow @ourladywayside on Instagram and leave a comment here letting me know you’re following.

4. Tweet the following phrase and leave a comment here letting me know you tweeted:

I want to get saucy at @OurLadyWayside #GrapesandAle thanks to @WhyCLE: https://whycle.com/2016/04/26/why-grapes-and-ale-giveaway-4 #giveaway

You can tweet once per day for additional entries, just leave a separate comment here each time you tweet.

The giveaway will close on Sunday, May 1 and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I was asked by Our Lady of the Wayside to help promote Grapes and Ale. In exchange, I will receive 2 complimentary VIP tickets for myself and 2 general admission tickets to give away. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Recess on 25th!

Last night, I crossed my fingers, let 70+ people loose on West 25th Street for a bar scavenger hunt, and watched them have an absolutely fantastic time!

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This was the all part of the Playhouse Square Partners‘ Recess on 25th event to benefit the Bus Fund, which subsidizes the cost of school buses to get children to Playhouse Square for theater performances.

We started and ended our evening at Market Garden Brewery, who not only let us use their Ohio City Room, but also generously donated a $25 gift card and growler of beer to be raffled.

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From there, teams fanned out to Bier Markt, Nano Brew, and Townhall (who was awesome enough to offer a drink discount just for Recess on 25th participants!). From taking selfies with certain items to chasing down the elusive Fat Bob, the hunt was both challenging and fun, with enough time to relax and have a beer or two along the way.

I was stationed at the bar at Market Garden for the evening and got to chat with a lot of the teams. I saw Partners members, but also a lot of people who thought this sounded like a fun evening for a good cause. I think I even met a couple soon-to-be Partners members! And I had a total fan girl moment when I introduced myself to Sam McNulty and thanked him for his bars being so cool for the event. I hope I wasn’t as awkward as I think I was with that, but regardless he was very gracious.

The evening ended with the announcement of the valedictorian (winning team), who scored loge seats to Kinky Boots and the raffle drawing. We had the prize from Market Garden, as well as a host of other Ohio City-themed prizes made possible by a generous cash donation from Tireman USA.

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I can’t wait to hear our fundraising total from the evening, but I’m posting now because regardless, my heart is so full from the amazing turnout, all the effort from my fellow education co-chair Chris and Partners members and the Playhouse Square staff, and the general good vibes that I felt from all the attendees last night. We had a great time in a great neighborhood for a great cause!

If you’re interested in getting in on all the fun of a Partners evening, we have two upcoming events you can check out: the Partners Dine Around in Downtown Willoughby on Thursday, April 28 and Partners Trivia Night on Wednesday, May 11 at Kennedy’s Theatre at Playhouse Square. I hope to see you there!

***Disclosure: I am the co-chair of the Education Committee of Playhouse Square Partners (so this event was my baby). Tireman USA is a client of my consulting company. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Market at the Food Bank Giveaway!

There are so many great foodie events coming up in Cleveland to benefit so many great causes. What makes Market at the Food Bank so unique is that you not only get to enjoy delicious small bites, wine, and beer, but you get to do so at the very site that the event benefits: the Greater Cleveland Food Bank warehouse.

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You’ll get to see the impressive operation that makes the Greater Cleveland Food Bank the largest hunger relief organization in Northeast Ohio, providing 47.8 million meals in 2015. This year’s Market at the Food Bank also celebrates 25 years of the Harvest for Hunger campaign.

On Sunday, May 1, Market at the Food Bank will bring together over 50 of Northeast Ohio’s finest restaurants and beverage purveyors, along with celebrity food servers, fabulous auction items, and exciting live entertainment.

Tickets are $200 for VIP and $100 for general admission and can be purchased online. Or you can enter to win 2 general admission tickets right here!

Here’s how to enter (you can do one, two, three, or all four entries, just leave a separate comment here for each):

1.Leave a comment here letting me know which of the participating restaurants you’re most looking forward to sampling.

2. Visit Greater Cleveland Food Bank and Why CLE? on Facebook and leave a comment here letting me know you visited both pages.

3. Follow @CleFoodBank on Instagram and leave a comment here letting me know you’re following.

4. Tweet the following phrase and leave a comment here letting me know you tweeted:

I want to attend @CleFoodBank #Market2016 thanks to @WhyCLE: https://whycle.com/2016/04/21/why-market-at-the-food-bank-giveaway #giveaway

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 25 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

***Dislcosure: I was asked by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank to help promote Market at the Food Bank. In exchange, I will receive 2 complimentary general admission tickets for myself and 2 general admission tickets to give away. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Silver Spoon Awards Party Giveaway!

There are always lots of fabulous foodie events happening in Cleveland and one of my very favorites is right around the corner: the Cleveland Magazine Silver Spoon Awards Party.

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What makes this event so amazing? Well, let’s talk numbers…

22: the number of years that this party has been happening

40+: the number of restaurants you’ll be able to sample at the event, all of which are Cleveland Magazine Silver Spoon Awards winners and finalists

1.3 million: the number of people in Northeastern Ohio with arthritis and related diseases who will benefit from this event, which is a fundraiser for the Arthritis Foundation

Plus: auctions, raffles, wine, an exclusive VIP lounge presented by Sysco, valet parking, and the interesting and beautiful setting of the Crawford Auto Aviation Museum

Tickets are currently on sale for $100 for general admission and $150 for VIP. You can purchase tickets online and can save 10% by using promo code WHYCLE at checkout.

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, or all four entries, just leave a separate comment for each):

1.Leave a comment here telling me which participating restaurant you’re most looking forward to sampling.

2. Visit Cleveland Magazine, the Arthritis Foundation Northeastern Ohio Chapter, and Why CLE? on Facebook and leave a comment here letting me know you visited all three pages.

3. Follow @clevelandmagazine and @arthritisfoundationglr on Instagram and leave a comment here letting me know you’re following both.

4. Tweet the following phrase and leave a comment here letting me know you tweeted:

I want to attend @clevelandmag Silver Spoon Awards Party to benefit @ArthritisFouNEO thanks to @WhyCLE: https://whycle.com/2016/04/19/why-silver-spoon-awards-party-giveaway-3 #giveaway

You can tweet once per day for additional entries, just leave a separate comment here each time you tweet.

The giveaway will close on Sunday, April 24 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.***

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Why? Veggie U Food and Wine Celebration Giveaway!

One of the things I love the most about the Cleveland food scene is the generosity of our chefs. They are always willing to give of their time and talent for a good cause. Which is why you’ll see a collection of fabulous chefs at the Veggie U Food and Wine Celebration.

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Participating chefs include those from Cork & Cleaver Social Kitchen, Hodge’s, Dante, Momocho Mod Mex, Urban Farmer, Townhall, and AMP 150.

On Saturday, April 30 at beautiful The 925 Building in downtown Cleveland, these chefs will prepare delicious small bites for you to enjoy while you sip on wine, dance to the sounds of Tony Quarles and The Discovery Band, bid on fabulous silent auction prizes, and support the mission of Veggie U.

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Veggie U creates classroom garden programs for children to learn about good, healthy food by planting their own vegetables and using a scientific approach to learning about plants. Not only does this further the students’ science education, but it also helps foster healthy eating habits.

So, you can enjoy a delicious evening out in a gorgeous venue and help kids too? Sounds like a winner to me! Tickets are $100 and include food and wine tastings, entertainment, and valet parking. You can purchase tickets online. Or you can enter to win two tickets to the Veggie U Food and Wine Celebration right here!

Here’s how to enter (you can do one, two, three, or all four entries, just leave a separate comment for each):

1.Leave a comment here telling me which participating restaurant you’re most looking forward to trying.

2. Visit Veggie U and Why CLE? on Facebook and leave a comment here letting me know you visited both pages.

3. Follow @VeggieU and @WhyCLE on Twitter and leave a comment here letting me know you’re following both.

4. Tweet the following phrase and leave a comment here letting me know you tweeted:

I want to enjoy great food for a great cause at @VeggieU Food & Wine Celebration thanks to @WhyCLE: https://whycle.com/2016/04/12/why-veggie-u-food-and-wine-celebration-giveaway #giveaway

You can tweet once per day for additional entries, just leave a separate comment here each time you tweet.

The giveaway will close on Sunday, April 17 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote the Veggie U Food & Wine Celebration. In exchange, I will receive two complimentary tickets for myself and two complimentary tickets to give away. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Recess on 25th!

By now, you all know I’m a proud member of Playhouse Square Partners, the young professionals group of Playhouse Square. Playhouse Square Partners is best known for putting on the annual Jump Back Ball fundraiser, but we do more than just throw a great party in February.

One of the missions of Playhouse Square Partners is to raise money for the Bus Fund, which helps subsidize transportation costs for student field trips to Playhouse Square. Getting children exposed to the arts is so important, but often transportation costs stand in the way, which is where the Bus Fund comes in. To help raise money for the Bus Fund, you are invited to a brand new FUN-draiser: Recess on 25th!

spotlight_recess25-05536ae80fOn Thursday, April 21, Partners will host a bar scavenger hunt along West 25th Street, with stops at Market Garden Brewery, Bier Markt, Nano Brew, and Townhall. Bier Markt’s happy hour goes until 7pm and Townhall has graciously offered $2 off 5 select drafts for Recess on 25th participants that night.

You will have from 6pm-8:30pm to complete your scavenger hunt report card with your classmates (a team of 4). You can sign up as a team or we can place you with a team. And it’s not a race! We want you to take your time and enjoy the evening! At the end of the event, we will announce the valedictorian team, who will win a prize from Playhouse Square.

There will also be great raffle prizes that evening from places like Mitchell’s Ice Cream, Ohio City Burrito, Great Lakes Brewing Co., and more. Raffle ticket sales (as well as your admission to the event) all benefit the Bus Fund.

Admission is only $10 per person for what is sure to be a fun evening for a great cause! I am so proud to be co-chair of the committee organizing Recess on 25th and I hope to see you there! Click here to sign up today!

***Disclosure: I am the co-chair of the Education Committee of Playhouse Square Partners. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Autism Speaks Light it Up Blue!

On Monday night, Matthew and I attended a lovely gathering at Pier W to celebrate and acknowledge some of the many volunteers and sponsors who make Autism Speaks able to do all the good work they do.

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April is Autism Awareness Month, so from wearing blue to the event to seeing places around town lit up in blue, we are all focused on “lighting it up blue” this month.

Pier W General Manager Mark Kawada was our gracious host, providing everything from blue-tinted beverages to a yummy spread of appetizers such as spanakopita, crab rangoons, and bacon-wrapped scallops…

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…to these delicious puzzle-piece cookies!

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Aside from the chance to mingle and nibble, we also got to see the many proclamations and community support for Autism Awareness Month.

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Everyone really is lighting it up blue this month!

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So, how can you help? This month, wear blue, put a blue light bulb in your outdoor lights, or head to your local Panera Bread from April 11-17 to purchase a puzzle-piece shortbread cookie to benefit the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Center for Autism.

Or commit now to attending an upcoming Autism Speaks event, like the Chef Gala in August or the Autism Speaks Walk in September. However you acknowledge Autism Awareness Month, I hope you will join me in lighting it up blue for the 1 in 68 children affected with autism.

***Disclosure: I am a member of the Autism Speaks Cleveland Chef Gala committee. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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