Why? Incuya Music Festival Giveaway!

This summer, a new music festival is coming to Cleveland: Incuya Music Festival.

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Happening August 25 and 26 on the Malls in Downtown Cleveland, Incuya Music Festival will bring bands like New Order, The Avett Brothers, Cake, The Revivalists, Booker T. Jones, and more to the birthplace of rock ‘n roll. See the full lineup here.

There will be lots of other cool aspects to Incuya beyond just the music. Platform Beer Co. has brewed a special Tourbus Pilsner just for the festival, which can be enjoyed at Incuya’s beer garden or Platform’s tasting rooms in Cleveland and Columbus.

Incuya’s Foodland brings some of the best of Cleveland’s celebrated food scene to the festival, with selections from restaurants like Black Pig, The Plum, and Happy Dog, as well as food trucks such as Betty’s Bomb Ass Burgers, Smokin’ Rock and Roll, and Sauced Wood Fired Pizza.

There will also be cool photo opps from both Vitamix and Destination Cleveland available at Incuya, perfect for filling your Instagram feed.

Tickets are still on sale for Incuya Music Festival. Weekend General Admission is $135, Weekend VIP is $235, Weekend Prestige is $335, and Single Day General Admission is $85.

Or you can enter to win two Single Day General Admission tickets 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):

1.Leave a comment telling me which band you’re most excited to see.

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

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

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

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

I want to rock at @IncuyaFestival thanks to @WhyCLE #giveaway https://whycle.com/2018/08/16/why-incuya-music-festival-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, August 20 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote Incuya Music Festival. In exchange, I will receive two Single Day General Admission tickets to give away. I declined my own tickets due to scheduling conflicts. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Taste of Legacy!

Legacy Village is a hub not just for shopping, but also for eating. Which is why the Taste of Legacy Village on Sunday, August 26 from 12pm-5pm is sure to be an awesome event!

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This 15th annual event brings together restaurants and specialty food retailers to offer food samples. The Ohio Wine Producers Association will also be on hand to offer wine samples for $1 per sample.

The Taste of Legacy Village will also feature a Kids’ Zone with balloon artists, face painters, and games from the Cleveland Monsters and Cleveland Gladiators. You can also enjoy live music throughout the event from Saborit Latin Soul and Rockport and complimentary salsa dancing lessons!

Participating vendors include:

  • Bar Louie
  • Black Box Fix
  • BRIO
  • California Pizza Kitchen
  • The Capital Grille
  • Giant Eagle
  • Granite City Food & Brewery
  • The Melting Pot
  • Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
  • Starbucks

Tickets and Taste Dollars (good for food samples only) are currently on sale online. Don’t miss the chance to enjoy the best of Legacy Village eating all at once!

***Disclosure: I have an ongoing relationship with Legacy Village to promote their events, for which I receive compensation in the form of Legacy Village gift cards. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Chefs Unbridled!

Remember when I said that if a fundraiser is celebrating a milestone year, it’s not only proven itself as a great event, but also the milestone year is probably going to eclipse all the others.

Which is why I’m so excited to help Chefs Unbridled, one of my favorite foodie events all year, celebrate this year. Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center, the beneficiary of Chefs Unbridled, is marking its 40th anniversary this year, which means Chefs Unbridled will be an even bigger and better party than before!

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Held at the Chagrin Valley Hunt Club Polo Field on Saturday, September 8, you will enjoy delicious tastings from some of Cleveland’s finest chefs, cocktails, live music, horse-drawn carriage rides, a bourbon tasting with Tom’s Foolery, and a wine pull and auction.

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This year’s chefs represent a diverse line-up of styles who are sure to delight your tastebuds:

Back again this year: A limited number of “Golden Tickets” are available to purchase for $100 each for a chance to win a five-course meal prepared exclusively by Chefs Kuhn and Hodgson.

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The winning Golden Ticket includes wine, service and cleanup for 20 guests right in the winner’s home. To purchase your Golden Ticket, click here. Golden Tickets will not be sold at the event.

Chefs Unbridled is the primary fundraiser for Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center, which serves people of all ages who face challenges such as PTSD, ADHD, injuries, and neurological disorders. Fieldstone Farm students work with the horses to overcome barriers and achieve goals. This is one of the largest centers of its kind in the country, serving more than 1,000 students each year.

Tickets for Chefs Unbridled are on sale now online and are $140 per attendee. Don’t miss this always sold-out event on what is sure to be an even more amazing year!

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote Chefs Unbridled. In exchange, I will receive two complimentary to the event. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Weekends!

As of today, we have two weeks left of Jeffrey’s summer break. Just two weeks! So, we’re going to get in every bit of summer goodness we can. Here’s what we were up to this weekend…

Lake Metroparks Farm Park

On Friday, we met up with friends Lane and Nolan for a play date at the Lake Metroparks Farm Park.

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Jeffrey is so sweet with Nolan! The Farm Park was the perfect way to bridge the age gap between the boys by giving them things to see and do that they could both appreciate.

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Photo Credit: Lane

It was a lovely little summer Friday afternoon!

First Watch

Saturday morning, Mom and I met up for brunch at First Watch. I really love the food at First Watch, plus any place that brings me a pot rather than a cup of coffee is speaking my language!

I ordered the Elevated Egg Sandwich, with bacon, Gruyere, avocado, mayo, and lemon-dressed arugula.

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I loved the freshness of the avocado and lemon paired with the richness of the bacon and Gruyere. So good!

Mom chose the seasonal Elote Mexican Street Corn Hash, with seasoned potatoes, roasted sweet corn, chorizo, Cotija cheese, and chipotle crema.

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Spicy, sweet, and satisfying! First Watch is a great breakfast spot!

Buckeye Beer Engine

Then it was off to our friend Kevin’s 40th birthday party at Buckeye Beer Engine. While Buckeye Beer Engine is known for their craft beer selection, I found myself enjoying their bourbon cocktails, including the bourbon ginger mimosa.

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We also chowed down on their boneless wings (the spicy garlic Parmesan are on point), crab cakes, and pierogi. It was a fun afternoon of good drinks and good food to celebrate a good friend!

Cedar Point

On Sunday, we found ourselves at Cedar Point once again, this time for our annual trip with Amanda and Scott.

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As Jeffrey’s godparents and huge Cedar Point enthusiasts, Amanda and Scott are the perfect folks for a day at the amusement park. They love going on the rides with Jeffrey and I can see their relationship with him deepen each time we go.

 

It was a beautiful day to be up at the park too! We’re squeezing in as many Cedar Point trips as we can before the summer is through!

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So, that was our weekend. How was yours? Are you feeling the back-to-school blues too?

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Why? Pastina Rustic Italian and Fahrenheit!

This year, the stars aligned to make deciding what to do for Matthew’s birthday really easy. On his birthday, Pastina Rustic Italian (which had been on our list to try) and Fahrenheit combined forces to create a delicious five-course dinner paired with wine.

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The dinner was not only a chance to eat amazing food, but also a chance to benefit the family of Mentor Police Officer Mathew Mazany, who was killed in the line of duty recently.

Our first course was straciatella, made in house, served with roasted eggplant, zucchini, and peppers.

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I loved this dish! The smoky roasted vegetables complimented the rich cheese so well!

Next up was chicken piccata, with a luscious lemon butter sauce with capers and artichokes.

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It was served on top roasted, smashed potatoes that I’m having dreams about still!

Now, if Matthew says his favorite course is a pasta course, you know you’ve done something amazing, because he will usually pick a meat course over anything else.

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The bolognese sauce was amazing, but the cavatelli was the real star: perfectly cooked, made in-house, tender but firm.

Our final savory course featured Chef Rocco Whalen’s famous short ribs, served over Pastina’s in-house fettucine with an Asian glaze.

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What a great way to showcase both chefs talents and emphasize that this event was all about combining forces!

We ended on a sweet note with pistachio gelato, made in-house from Sicilian pistachios.

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I was so impressed with the menu, the expert wine pairings, and the generosity of the chefs and the community that came together for this event!

We will definitely be back to Pastina (and we already knew we loved Fahrenheit)!

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Why? Wild Eagle Steak and Saloon!

Last week, Matthew and I got a chance to check out the brand new Wild Eagle Steak & Saloon in Broadview Heights.

Brought to you by the same folks who run the Wild Eagle downtown, this takes the best parts of that concept and makes them event bigger. The Inebriation Station (AKA, the wall of serve yourself craft beer) of course is part of the Broadview Heights location.

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If beer isn’t your thing, there are plenty of craft cocktails to try or you can grab yourself a Boozy Boot, filled with delicious (and sneakily boozy) libations.

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There’s also a huge game area, with shuffleboard, duck pin bowling, cornhole, and more. This isn’t your average cheesy arcade. The space is sleek and a great place to hang out before or after dinner.

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Speaking of dinner, we got an expansive tour of the menu from Chef Nelly Buleje, also of Adega. We started with an appetizer portion of the pork belly & mac balls. Mac & cheese is panko-breaded and fried, then topped with house-rubbed pork belly.

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This is a whole big bowl of insane deliciousness!

We also tried the double barrel shrimp, which packed a flavorful heat, and the sweet potato nacho tots, which are a savory combination of fabulous comfort foods!

 

For entrees, we sampled three delicious choices. The Nashville Fried Chicken is pounded thin, double breaded, and topped with Nashville spices and country gravy.

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The chicken was amazingly tender for being so thin and the spices and gravy were so flavorful!

We also tried the ribeye, which was well-prepared and topped with delicious maître d’ butter.

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We somehow found room to try the award-winning Sooey Sunrise burger, topped with sunny side up egg, maple-glazed pork belly, and smoked Gouda.

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Now I know why my vegan friend refers to me as her most carnivorous friend. But, boy, everything was so good that it was worth the meat sweats!

We ended our evening with chocolate cake and banana pudding. So sweet!

A lot of the dishes and drinks at Wild Eagle have a distinct southern flair. The music is country and rock, the vibe is fun, and the food is accessible while still being chef-driven.

This is a welcome addition to an area saturated with chain restaurants. It’s also a perfect stop on your way down to Blossom for a concert, which is when we stopped in. And on Saturday nights, come for dinner and stay for live music from 9pm-1am.

***Disclosure: I received a complimentary meal at Wild Eagle Steak & Saloon. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Twilight at the Zoo!

When a fundraiser hits 25 years, you know it’s a party that has the fun figured out! Twilight at the Zoo celebrated 25 years of rocking the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo while raising money for the Cleveland Zoological Society.

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Twilight at the Zoo fills the Zoo with bands of every style from rock to country to swing. Some of our favorites include Billy Likes Soda

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…and Faction, who always do amazing mash-up sets, like their tribute to boy bands!

There is always plenty to eat and drink, from hot dogs and popcorn chicken to Sam Adams and Angry Orchard Cider.

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And we got to see some of the zoo critters, even if it was past their bedtime.

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We enjoyed the VIP area, which included mixed drinks and food from Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Bonefish, House of Blues Cleveland, and Texas de Brazil.

 

This year we also got to see the incredible Asian Lantern Festival as part of our time at Twilight at the Zoo, which definitely added to the festive atmosphere!

 

As always, Twilight at the Zoo was an evening of good friends, great music, and fun times!

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Cheers to 25 more years of howling at the moon at Twilight at the Zoo!

***Disclosure: I was asked by the Cleveland Zoological Society to help promote Twilight at the Zoo. In exchange, I received four complimentary VIP tickets. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Weekends!

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.

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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.

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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.

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There’s nothing like spending a beautiful summer evening on the lawn with wine and snacks and fabulous music!

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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.***

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Why? Ohio State Fair Giveaway!

I love summer fairs, so I was embarrassed to admit that I had never made my way down to the biggest one around: the Ohio State Fair.
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On Friday, Jeffrey and I corrected that and spent a packed day at the Fair. There is so much to see and do! Our hosts at the fair took us on a tour of the livestock and agricultural areas of the Ohio State Fair.

Of course, we had to start with the butter cow display, this year made to look like a scene from “A Christmas Story.”

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We started in the Voinovich Livestock Center, where we met with folks from the Ohio Beef Council. From learning about the different cuts of meat to taking a virtual reality tour of a beef farm to seeing the cows there to show, we got a taste of everything beef at the Fair!

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We also visited with the Ohio Soybean Council in the Donahey Ag & Hort Building, where we learned more about the impact of soybeans on Ohio’s economy.

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The virtual reality tours remained a favorite with Jeffrey!

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I typically think of fairs as being about rides, games, and fair food. While there is plenty of that at the Ohio State Fair, there is also the chance to learn more about Ohio’s agricultural community and support the farmers.

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The Taste of Ohio Café boasts delicious food and drink from Ohio’s beef, pork, poultry, sheep, dairy, grape, and craft beer industries. We got to sample the pork tenderloin sandwich and it is nothing short of delicious!

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Of course, there are plenty of games, rides, and traditional deep-fried fair food, too. Jeffrey got his (my) money’s worth and then some out of his ride wristband.

And while he was riding, I was chowing down on some philly tots from Tot Spot.

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Other fair highlights included seeing the Budweiser Clydesdales, feeding the animals at the petting zoo, and just generally experiencing an amazing cross-section of what Ohio is made up of.

The Ohio State Fair runs daily through Sunday, August 5. You can purchase admission tickets and ride wristbands online.

Or you can enter to win four admission tickets good for any day of the fair, as well as some food coupons (including a free funnel cake, because you can’t go to a fair and not get a funnel cake) 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):

1.Leave a comment here telling me what part of the Ohio State Fair you’re most excited to see (it better be the butter cow).

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

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

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

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

I want to experience the @OhioStateFair thanks to @WhyCLE #giveaway https://whycle.com/2018/07/30/why-ohio-state-fair-giveaway 

To maximize your opportunity to go, the giveaway will close on Monday, July 30 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I was invited by the Ohio State Fair to attend an influencer tour of the agricultural areas of the fair. I received complimentary admission tickets, parking, and food vouchers. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Yoga in the Village!

What do you get when you combine a great outdoor venue with yoga and delicious food and drinks?

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You get Yoga in the Village: Balance, Bliss & Brio! Head to the lawn at Legacy Village on Thursday, August 9 to enjoy a 60-minute, all-levels yoga class taught by Alicia Hansen, one of my favorite yoga teachers (and favorite humans).

Then head to the patio at Brio for cocktails and seasonal appetizers. Tickets are $20 and include the yoga class, one beer/wine/cocktail at Brio, and a selection of seasonal appetizers to share with your classmates.

Plus, you’ll not only be doing something good for you, but for others, too! A portion of ticket proceeds will be donated to the Arthritis Foundation, Ohio.

I hope to see you at Balance, Bliss & Brio. You know I can’t resist a yoga class (or a glass of wine)!

***Disclosure: I have an ongoing relationship with Legacy Village to promote their events, for which I receive compensation in the form of Legacy Village gift cards. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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