Why? Silver Spoon Awards Party!

On Wednesday, Cleveland came together to celebrate its best restaurants at the Cleveland Magazine Silver Spoon Awards Party.

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Over 50 restaurants were represented, serving delicious small bites that prove why they made this acclaimed list of dining winners.

Some of our favorites included the fish tacos from Pier W (those wonton crisp shells)…

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…the sticky mango rice and potstickers from Thai Thai

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…the prosciutto and artichoke from Humble Wine Bar (which I gobbled without getting a picture)…

…the Salerno family meatballs from Lago East Bank

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…the goat cheese and Brussel sprout crostini from Distill Table

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…and the skirt steak with chimichurri from Kosar’s Wood-Fired Grill (the way to my heart is a good chimichurri).

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We also found some amazing cocktails in the VIP Lounge, with special offerings from Porco Lounge and Tiki Room and Western Reserve Distillers.

The VIP Lounge also featured amazing food from Mabel’s BBQ, Luca Italian Cuisine, and Saucy Brew Works.

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Plus, the evening benefited the Arthritis Foundation Ohio, so we stuffed ourselves with the best food in town for a good cause!

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Cleveland has so many fabulous restaurants and it was fun to celebrate them and to see these talented folks all come together for charity!

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***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote the Silver Spoon Awards Party. In exchange, I received two complimentary VIP tickets and two general admission tickets to give away. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Spice Spring Supper Club at Borrow Rentals!

Last night, Mom and I celebrated an early Mother’s Day with the best gift we can give each other: time together.

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We attended the Spring Supper Club at Borrow Rentals, with food and expertly-paired wine from Spice Kitchen and Bar. The setting was perfect, with Borrow’s eclectic, vintage decor fitting in perfectly with Spice’s seasonal, farm-driven cuisine.

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We were welcomed with Prosecco (the only way I like to be welcomed) and prosciutto-wrapped asparagus.

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Our first course was 3-Way Dandelion Kombucha Soup, with radish, snow peas, and dandelion greens, paired with Corvidae Riesling.

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I was so skeptical about this course and I just loved it. The soup was tangy and spicy, with just enough sweetness from the snow peas to balance it out.

The second course was Guinea Fowl “Caesar” Salad, with romaine, ramp croutons, Styx mountain cheese, and Lake Erie Caesar dressing, paired with The Curator White Blend.

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One of my favorite things about Spice is how hyper-local and seasonal their food always is. Ramps are a sure sign of spring in Ohio!

Our third course was Venison Sausage Pasta, with spring green pea pesto, whipped ricotta, Spice Acres mushrooms, and foraged nuts, paired with Farnese Montelpuciano d’Abruzzo Fantini.

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Rich, delicious, and creatively presented, this dish was a winner!

We ended our spring dining with Angel Food Cake, with Chantilly cream and rhubarb jam, paired with Marenco Moscato d’Asti.

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What a lovely evening of creative food in a creative atmosphere, shared with the lady who taught me to love both!

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Why? Grapes and Ale Giveaway!

Who’s ready to think about summer BBQ’s? I know I am! Our Lady of the Wayside is again hosting their fabulous and fun BBQ fundraiser at Grapes and Ale on Friday, June 14, now in it’s 20th anniversary year.

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Progressive Field once again hosts this fabulous evening. You’ll get to sample BBQ bites from some of Cleveland’s sauciest restaurants, including Berea Depot, Edwins Leadership and Restaurant Institute, Melt Bar and Grilled, and Smokin’ Rock and Roll.

There will be over 300 international wines to sample included with your admission, as well as craft beer samples available for purchase at The Corner.

You can also groove to live music from local bands The Sunrise Jones and Moshuro.

General admission tickets to Grapes and Ale are $60 and include unlimited wine and food samples, access to The Corner to purchase craft beer samples, a souvenir glass, live entertainment, and access to take your chance to win fabulous auction prizes.

You can also upgrade to VIP tickets, which are $125 and include all of the above plus access to a private Majic VIP area with featured wines, beers, and Tito’s Vodka cocktails, plus special hors d’oeuvres and desserts from 700 Beta and Cupcake Cravings.

You can purchase tickets online now. Or you can enter to win two 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 here letting me know if you’re most excited for BBQ, wine, or beer at Grapes and Ale.

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. Hop on over to @whycle on Instagram and follow the instructions with the Grapes and Ale picture.

4. Follow @OurLadyWayside 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 attend @OurLadyWayside #GrapesandAle thanks to @WhyCLE #giveaway https://whycle.com/2019/05/09/why-grapes-and-ale-giveaway-7 

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

The giveaway will close on Tuesday, May 14 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 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.***

 

Why? Weekends!

We weren’t about to let the chilly, damp, foggy weather get us down this weekend. Here’s what we were up to:

Azure Rooftop Lounge Summer Kick-Off

On Friday night, Matthew and I attended the Summer Kick-Off party at Azure Rooftop Lounge.

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Located on the 12th floor of The 9, Azure has stunning skyline views and an expansive outdoor space with bar seating, cozy couches, and some fabulous plant walls.

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We sampled some of the delicious food you can get at Azure, including Savory Ahi Tostadas, Shishito Peppers, Crab Cake Sliders, and delicious mini desserts.

We also sampled some of Azure’s signature cocktails, including boozy lemonade and strawberry mules.

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Azure Rooftop Lounge is now officially open for the season and is a fabulous spot for a summer cocktail (or two). Happy Hour is Monday-Friday from 3-6pm and includes $2 off cocktails and sangria, $3 off wine, $1 off beer, and $9 starters.

***Disclosure: I was invited to attend the Summer Kick-Off at Azure Rooftop Lounge with a guest. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

Cleveland Indians Game

Despite the weather on Saturday, we bundled up and headed to our first Cleveland Indians game of the season.

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We enjoyed the activities on the Family Deck and Jeffrey picked up his Tribe Town MVP kit, filled with fun Indians merchandise!

Even better, the Indians got a win over the Seattle Mariners! Despite the fact that it felt more like football weather, our first Tribe game of the season was a home run!

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Mommas and Margaritas

On Sunday, I hosted some of my mom friends for a Cinco de Mayo/Pre-Mother’s Day celebration. Appropriately titled, “Mommas and Margaritas,” we had margaritas, guacamole, salsa, hot corn chile dip (recipe here), and lots of laughs.

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I couldn’t do it without these ladies (and others in abstentia) and I was so glad we had a chance to celebrate an early Mother’s Day!

How was your weekend?

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Why? The Rusty Bucket!

Last night, Jeffrey and I had dinner at a place that made us both smile: The Rusty Bucket in Solon.

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This casual eatery lives up to the idea of fun and friendly service and approachable food in a relaxed setting. Our server, Kelly, was certainly the embodiment of this. She was so sweet to Jeffrey and she and I chatted easily about everything from food to blogging.

Before I get to the food, let’s talk beverages. I started with an Old Fashioned, which was a bit strong for my still-making-friends-with bourbon taste. Matthew would have loved it, though!

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But the Strawberry Lemonade, Blueberry Iced Tea, and Cold Brew were all winners in my book!

Now, let’s get to the food…I got to try a sampling of The Rusty Bucket’s featured new menu items in both appetizers and desserts.

The hefty star of the table was the “Cheese Blanket” Nachos, with seasoned ground beef, braised black beans, the “cheese blanket,” pico de gallo, jalapenos, sour cream, and scallions.

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So cheesy! These are definitely for sharing…I could barely make a dent in all that cheesy goodness!

I also sampled the Rusty Bucket Wings in Joe’s Regular flavor. Crisp and with just a slight kick, these were good wings.

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They are also available in Tamarind BBQ, Sweet Chili, Spicy Garlic, and Habanero.

To round out the appetizers, the Spinach Con Queso, with spinach, white wine, and cheeses served in a just-out-of-the-oven crock was creamy and delicious.

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I also loved the chips…very light and crispy!

Jeffrey enjoyed the Kids Pepperoni Pizza (seriously, he ate the whole thing, as well as stealing all of one of the desserts).

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And I enjoyed learning about Bucketeer Bookworm Program for kids. Remember BookIt? This is kind of the same concept.

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For every 5 books that your child reads or has read to them, you receive a complimentary kids meal. When you reach 15 books, you receive $10 off admission to Legoland Discovery Centre in Columbus! What a fun way to encourage reading!

Now to the desserts…

The Sticky Bun Bread Pudding has croissants rolled in cinnamon sugar and baked with vanilla custard, topped with warm caramel, pecans, and Edy’s vanilla ice cream.

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This was lighter than a lot of bread puddings and just delicious!

Jeffrey completely devoured the Death by Chocolate, a triple decker chocolate sheet cake with chocolate buttercream and chocolate ganache.

I love me nothing more than a fruit dessert, so I was thrilled with the Berry Cobbler,  served in a hot crock with Edy’s vanilla ice cream.

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For a fun, easy meal that will keep the whole family satisfied, check out The Rusty Bucket!

***Disclosure: I was invited to attend a complimentary meal at The Rusty Bucket. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Legacy Village Food Truck Mondays!

It’s almost time for outdoor eating: patios, picnics, and, of course, food trucks! Legacy Village will once again be offering a strolling mecca of food trucks on Food Truck Mondays.

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The inaugural Food Truck Monday takes place on Monday, May 20 from 11:30am to 1:30pm. There will be a great selection of fan favorite food trucks, such as Barrio Tacos, Chef Grey Wolf, Cookery Food Truck, Donut Lab, Off the GRIDdle, Superhero Food Truck, and The Little Piggy, all parked along Legacy Village’s Main Street.

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You’ll also be able to enjoy a variety of local bands performing on The Lawn at each Food Truck Monday to add to the fun, festival-like atmosphere. Bring a picnic blanket or snag  a seat at one of the benches or tables and relax for a sunshiny, delicious meal!

Legacy Village Food Truck Mondays will take place on May 20, June 3, June 17, July 1, July 15, July 29, August 12, and August 26. Food Truck Mondays are perfect for a lunch break, a lunch date, or a play date!

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

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Why? Weekends!

Oh, it was a weekend of eating! From Market at the Food Bank to our other weekend adventures, we enjoyed so much good food!

Biga Wood Fired Pizzeria

On Friday, we met up with Julia and Ben to help them get another entry in their Pizza Diaries series at Biga Wood Fired Pizzeria.

Biga is a favorite pizza spot for us. We love their selection of wood-fired, authentic pies, always focused on local, seasonal ingredients.

To make ourselves feel a little bit healthy, we started with the wood-roasted broccolini with lemon, parmesan, and garlic.

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Then it was into the pies. We shared the Biga Pesto (homemade pesto, roasted tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, and mozzarella); the Cerino (house made sweet sausage, roasted artichokes, red sauce, fresh mozzarella, and basil); and the Ramp (ramps, bacon, garlic, mozzarella, and rosemary cream).

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My favorite was the Cerino, which was well-balanced between toppings, sauce, and cheese and hit that “traditional pizza” taste on the head.

I’ll let Julia and Ben share more of our thoughts on the pizza, but suffice it to say, everyone left Biga feeling stuffed and happy!

Rosewood Grill 

On Sunday, I joined some fellow bloggers at a brunch at Rosewood Grill, which just rolled out their new brunch menu. We got an expansive taste of the menu and my biggest takeaway is how well-balanced it is.

There are plenty of sweet options, savory options, breakfast options, lunch options, salads, and decadent desserts. There’s something for every brunch taste, which is a tricky needle to thread.

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I started with the Good Morning Manhattan, with Watershed Private Barrel Bourbon, orange marmalade, and sherry. Who says bourbon isn’t for brunch?!

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Rosewood Grill treats brunch like a full meal, with appetizer and dessert options on the menu. Do not miss the Millionaire Bacon, crusted with brown sugar and cayenne!

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Or the Coo Coo 4 Cocoa Puffs, with boozy milk: a grown-up treat that will make you feel like a kid again!

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And I have two coupons to give away for a complimentary brunch appetizer at Rosewood Grill for the first two people to comment on this post!

If you’re into sweet brunch options, my personal favorite was the Brioche French Toast, with peanut butter mousse, bacon, strawberry, and Ohio maple syrup.

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The Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with mixed berry compote will also satisfy your morning sweet tooth!

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On the savory side, the Fried Chicken Benny, with buttermilk biscuit, sausage gravy, egg, and hash browns…

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…the Sausage and Egg Tacos, with cheddar, peppers and onions, guacamole, and salsa roja, and the Short Rib Hash, with peppers, onions, sunny side up eggs, and creamy horseradish were all stand-outs.

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If you’re looking for something lighter, the Maine Lobster Chop, with asparagus, roasted corn, cucumber, tomato, scallions, and herb yogurt dressing is the perfect summer salad!

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And if you want decadence, look no further than the Chocolate Torte or Cherry Cobbler.

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Rosewood Grill’s brunch offers something for every taste (and you should taste all of it!) The food is flavorful, incorporates a lot of local ingredients, and is elevated while still being approachable. Brunch is offered at all three Rosewood Grill locations (Hudson, Strongsville, and Westlake) on both Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-2pm.

***Disclosure: I was invited to attend a complimentary brunch at Rosewood Grill. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

So, that was our weekend: tons and tons of fabulous, local food. How was yours?

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Why? Market at the Food Bank!

Last night was filled with food, philanthropy, and friends, as we attended the Greater Cleveland Food Bank‘s Market at the Food Bank.

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Small bites from fabulous Cleveland restaurants fill the Greater Cleveland Food Bank warehouse. Some of our favorites included the brisket and pulled pork sliders from Landmark

…the Korean BBQ pork belly from Cleveland Marriott Key Tower

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…the sweet scoops from Mitchell’s Ice Cream

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…the spicy veggies from Townhall

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…and the cannoli from Mama Roberto’s.

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The event is always packed with some of our favorite chefs, as well as some of our favorite CLE-brities assisting as celebrity servers. It was great seeing John Selick from University Hospitals, Matt Fish from Melt Bar and Grilled, and Genevieve Larson from Strip Steakhouse. We also caught up with Jen Picciano from Cleveland 19 News and Leah Haslage from TV20 Cleveland.

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Of course, the real star of the evening was the Greater Cleveland Food Bank’s Harvest for Hunger program. Being in the Greater Cleveland Food Bank’s impressive warehouse helped to highlight the depth and breadth of the needs served by this organization. For every dollar raised last night, the Food Bank can provide 4 meals to the working poor, seniors, and children throughout our community.

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You can make a donation to the Harvest for Hunger campaign online.

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

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Why? Ingenuity Fest Dreamer’s Bal!

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.

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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.

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Photo Credit: Jerry Mann 

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!

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Why? Silver Spoon Awards Party Giveaway!

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.

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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!

Photo courtesy of CLE Weekly/Orville McEachron Photography

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.

Silver Spoon Awards Party is a fundraiser for the Arthritis Foundation Ohio, which means that ticket proceeds go to a great cause! There are also raffles to help raise money, for which you can purchase tickets in advance.

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.

Photo courtesy of CLE Weekly/Orville McEachron Photography

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):

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

2. Visit Cleveland Magazine’s Silver Spoon Awards Party and Why CLE? on Facebook and leave a comment here letting me know you visited both pages.

3. Hop over to @whycle on Instagram for an additional chance to win.

4. Follow @SilverSpoonCLE 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 attend @SilverSpoonCLE thanks to @WhyCLE #giveaway https://whycle.com/2019/04/23/why-silver-spoon-awards-party-giveaway-6/

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.***

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