Why? Legacy Village Home District Showcase at Arhaus!

As we head into fall and start thinking about holiday entertaining, your home might need a little refresh. That’s where the Legacy Village Home District Showcase comes in. These events, which happen at LV Home District retailers on select Wednesdays, give you access to home design experts sharing their knowledge, plus light refreshments, prizes, and more.

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On Wednesday, October 25, Arhaus Furniture will present New Trends in Furniture and Color and Tabletop Displays. You’ll learn how to mix and match various patterns, styles, and colors in your home, as well as how to achieve a quick and easy design change using accessories.

There will be light refreshments from Legacy Village restaurants, as well as the chance to win Arhaus gift cards in various denominations. The event is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is encouraged. Register for the event here. This is sure to be a great way to get ready for the new season with a home decor refresh.

***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? Family Halloween Events!

Have you noticed that Halloween events are everywhere these days? It’s a fun holiday to celebrate and there are lots of ways to enjoy as a family:

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What: Hauntaquarium

Where: Greater Cleveland Aquarium

When: Fridays and Saturdays, October 20, 21, 27, and 28 from 6-9pm

What: Trick or treat stations, animal encounters, crafts and experiments, games, magician, face painters, costumed SCUBA divers, and more

Tickets: $12 for non-members, $10 for members, free for kids under 2. Buy here.

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What: Boo at the Zoo

Where: Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

When: Fridays-Sundays, October 20-22 and October 27-29

What: Trick or treat stations, carousel and train rides, a Monster Mash Dance party, Zoo admission, and more

Tickets/admission: $10.50 for non-members and $9.50 for members in advance (add $1 if purchasing at the gate). Buy here.

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What: Mall Trick or Treat

Where and When: 

Great Lakes Mall Trick or Treat is Wednesday, October 25

Eton Chagrin Boulevard Boo-Tique Trick or Treat is Thursday, October 26

South Park Mall Mall-o-Ween is Sunday, October 29

Great Northern Mall Mall-o-Ween is Sunday, October 29

What: Trick or treat around the mall stores

Tickets/admission: Free

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What: Owls & Howls

Where: Cleveland Museum of Natural History

When: Saturday, October 28 starting at 10am

What: Games, crafts, pumpkin decorating, animal enrichment, museum admission

Tickets/admission: Free for members, included with general admission for non-members ($15 for adults, $12 for children ages 3-18, $12 for seniors, free for children under 2). Buy here.

However you celebrate, have a fun, safe, and happy Halloween!

Why? First Tee of Cleveland Grit, Gratitude, and You Breakfast Giveaway!

The First Tee of Cleveland is a non-profit organization that teaches children core values such as honesty, respect, and confidence through the game of golf.

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On Tuesday, November 7 at Music Box Supper Club, the First Tee of Cleveland will celebrate 17 years of positively impacting children’s lives at their annual Grit, Gratitude, and You Breakfast.

The Grit, Gratitude, and You Breakfast includes:

  • Celebration of The First Tee of Cleveland being named 2017 S.T.R.I.V.E. Organization of the Year by National Council of Youth Sports and AIG
  • Address by guest speaker Andre Thornton, former Cleveland Indians player and founder of The First Tee of Cleveland
  • The Del de Windt Leadership Award for Civic Engagement presented to James C. Boland
  • The Doris Evans, M.D., Merit Scholarship Award presentation
  • Special Participant Perspectives Presentation

There will also be a delicious breakfast and networking time to follow the presentations.

Tickets for the Thanksgiving Breakfast are $125 and proceeds benefit the First Tee of Cleveland’s not-for-profit mission. Tickets can be purchased online. Or you can enter to win two 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 telling me your favorite breakfast food.

2. Visit First Tee of Cleveland and Why CLE? on Facebook and leave a comment here letting me know you visited both pages.

3. Follow @FirstTeeCLE 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 attend the @FirstTeeCLE Grit, Gratitude and You Breakfast thanks to @WhyCLE: https://whycle.com/2017/10/18/why-first-tee-of-cleveland-grit-gratitude-and-you-breakfast-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, October 23 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote the First Tee of Cleveland Thanksgiving Breakfast. In exchange, I will receive two 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? Boo at the Zoo!

As Halloween approaches, it’s time for one of Cleveland’s favorite Halloween traditions: Boo at the Zoo at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

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This year, Boo at the Zoo is expanded this year to three weekends: October 13-15, October 20-22, and October 27-29. There are also an expanded number of trick or treat stations, as well as unlimited 4-D Theater movies, carousel rides, and train rides, in addition to long-time favorites like the Monster Mash Dance Party and Magic Show. Plus, you’ll see the Zoo decorated for the season, as well as get to see the Zoo animals.

If you are a Zoo member, Boo at the Zoo tickets are $9.50 in advance and $10.50 at the door.  For non-members, tickets are $10.50 in advance and $11.50 at the door.

On Sundays, you can also purchase a dinner package with kid-friendly food, entertainment, and character visits. Cost for Boo at the Zoo and the dinner package is $27.50 for Zoo members and $28.50 for non-members.

This will be our third year attending Boo at the Zoo and it is truly one of our favorite ways to celebrate Halloween in one of our favorite places in town.

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Click here to purchase tickets. Hope to see you at Boo at the Zoo!

***Disclosure: I attended the media photo call for Boo at the Zoo. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Weekends!

This weather, right?! What a gorgeous weekend! And a busy one too…

Light the Night

On Friday evening, Jeffrey and I went up to Hathaway Brown for their Light the Night celebration, which kicks off homecoming weekend. From balloon artists to games to music to food trucks, there was something fun for every age.

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While the event was mainly to celebrate the high school athletes, Hathaway Brown did a great job of making even the youngest in the community feel welcome and engaged.

Halloweekends

Jeffrey loves Cedar Point and I love a fall festival, so Halloweekends is the perfect combination! The Great Pumpkin Fest transforms the kids’ areas of Cedar Point with trick-or-treat stations, hay bale mazes, pedal tractors, and non-spooky haunted house, and more Halloween fun.

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Plus, there are still all the favorite rides to enjoy! Jeffrey escorted Brenna on one of the car rides…how sweet are they?!

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Plus, the Halloween decorations throughout the park are impressive! There are tons of pumpkins everywhere, some creatively shaped, too!

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Plus, the summer-like weather and the chance to spend a day with some of our favorite people made Halloweekends quite the perfect day!

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Yoga and Brunch

On Sunday, I met up with my friend Beth for another round of Alicia‘s Yoga/Brunch series at Dante Next Door. After a challenging and centering practice, we headed downstairs to brunch. By happenstance, I knew almost all of the other yogis, so I not only had a chance to catch up with Beth, but chat with other Yoga/Brunch loving friends, too.

I’m working my way through the Dante Next Door brunch menu (it’s a tough job). This time, I chose the braised beef croissant, with shortrib, Gruyere, Dijon, and fried onions. The sandwich was so flavorful and tender!

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The flavors reminded me of French Onion soup, just in sandwich form. Delicious!

The next Yoga/Brunch is Sunday, October 22. $15 gets you an hour-long practice, plus a complimentary mimosa or coffee at brunch. Click here to register!

So, that was our weekend. How was yours? Did you enjoy the weather and cheer on the Indians?

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Why? Apple Harvest Pairing Dinner!

Since it was finally feeling like fall this weekend, it was the perfect time for the Apple Harvest Pairing Dinner at the Lake Metroparks Farmpark.

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Our evening started with a horse-drawn carriage ride to the beautifully-refurbished machinery barn, which was decked out in rustic elegance, setting the tone for the event.

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While we nibbled on appetizers and enjoyed the first of our Debonne Vineyards pairings (a nice Riesling), we also had the opportunity to try pressing apple cider or take a stroll through the Farmpark’s apple orchard and learn more about apple trees.

Then it was time for the sit-down dinner. Our first course was pumpkin soup, with yummy notes of sweet potato and butternut squash, which paired nicely with Debonne Vineyards’ Pinot Grigio.

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Our main course from J&J Catering was pork osso bucco braised in apple and served with layered white and sweet potatoes with candied pecans.

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I was blown away by this dish. The pork was fall-off-the-bone, melt-in-your-mouth tender. The flavors of fall delighted your palate in every bite. It was truly an incredible course. It was paired with a Rose Pinot Noir from Debonne Vineyards.

And finally, we ended our evening with an apple dumpling with peanut butter sauce, paired with Debonne Vineyards Chardonnay.

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I would eat these apple dumplings every day! And the apple and peanut butter combination was so comforting and delicious!

It was a truly lovely and seasonal evening. The setting was filled with rustic charm, the food was extraordinary, and the wine was nicely paired. All of this for only $45 per ticket, which is an incredible deal!

And if you’re looking for more fall fun at the Farmpark, check out the Corn & Pumpkin Festival happening October 7-8!

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote the Apple Harvest Pairing Dinner. In exchange, I received two complimentary registrations for the event. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Tri-C Cleveland Eats Festival!

Last night, Matthew and I attended the Small Bites, Big Dreams Gala that kicked off the Tri-C Cleveland Eats Festival. Held at the Tri-C Hospitality Management Center on Public Square and benefiting scholarships for Tri-C Hospitality Management Students, this event was the perfect reminder that our Cleveland culinary scene isn’t just about great food, but also about doing great things together.

This was one of those events where the chef from each restaurant was at the restaurant’s table serving up the delicious bites. From Rocco to Chris to Karen to Dante to Doug to Eric to Ben to Zack, these phenomenal chefs not only leant their talent, but also their time to make the event a success.

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Some of our favorites of the evening: the short rib Rangoon with lime yogurt sauce from Chef Chris Hodgson, the pork belly satay with watermelon relish from Chef Rocco Whalen, the corn tostada with bay scallop and shrimp ceviche with avocado mousse from Chef Eric Williams, the elk tenderloin on a fresh corn tortilla from Chef Christopher Kafcsak, and the lobster puffs from Chef Chris Poplin.

The Tri-C Cleveland Eats Festival continues today and tomorrow on Mall B, as a celebration of the best in Cleveland cuisine. And Michael Huff, Dean of the Hospitality Management Program, told me that you can expect the same caliber of small dishes on Saturday that we enjoyed at last night’s Gala!

Here are the events:

Friday, September 15 – Trucks, Taps and Tunes Street Party

  • Free admission
  • Held on Mall B, it’s a happy hour street party celebrating Cleveland’s best eats
  • Food trucks including Betty’s Bomb A** Burgers, Fahrenheit, Proper Pig, and Sweet! The Mobile Cupcakery
  • Craft brews from Great Lakes Brewing Co., Goldhorn Brewery, The Brew Kettle, and more
  • Culinary competitions featuring local high school students and Tri-C Hospitality Management staff and students will be attempting the world’s largest pierogi
  • Local bands like The Big Ship and Sunrise Jones

Saturday, September 16 – The Culinary Festival

  • Held on Mall B
  • Over 30 chefs from restaurants such as Mabel’s BBQ, Table 45, Spice Kitchen & Bar, Bomba Tacos & Rum, Deagan’s, Red the Steakhouse, Toast, Ushabu, and more preparing $5 small plates ranging from savory to sweet
  • Craft beer from Great Lakes Brewing Co., Sibling Revelry Brewing, Butcher & the Brewer, Fat Head’s Brewery, and more
  • Live entertainment from Red Wanting Blue, Carlos Jones and the Plus Band, and more
  • Culinary demonstrations and family-friendly activities
  • Fireworks display over downtown Cleveland
  • Tickets are available online: $5 for general admission, $15 for general admission plus two drink tickets, and $50 for VIP admisison (additional seating, private cash bar, great stage view, cheese and charcuterie, and a glass of champagne before the fireworks)

If you attend either event, you have a chance to win $50 to Pura Vida by Brandt. Simply snap a selfie at either Friday’s or Saturday’s event and email it to whycleblog@gmail.com. I will randomly choose two winners, who will each receive $50 in gift cards to Pura Vida by Brandt. I must receive your email entry by 11:59pm on Sunday, September 17.

Get out there and enjoy the best in Cleveland food, fun, and fests this weekend!

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote the Tri-C Cleveland Eats Festival. In exchange, I received two complimentary tickets to the Small Bites, Big Dreams Gala, as well as $100 to Pura Vida by Brandt to give away. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Veggie U Food & Wine Gala Giveaway!

If you haven’t noticed, it is fundraiser season! Thank goodness most of these events are strolling food and wine fests…at least you can walk off a couple calories between tables! Coming up on Saturday, September 30 is the Veggie U Food & Wine Gala.

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Fabulous chefs will prepare delicious dishes to delight your palate, including:

  • Local Bison Bourguignon and potato Puree Tartlet plated with Smoked Onion, Parsnip, Heirloom Carrot and house-made Buffalo Nduja Oil from Chef Vishu Nath of Urban Farmer Cleveland
  • Oyster & Beef Tongue Taco with Ranchero, Pickled Onion and Asian Greens from Chef Andrew Gorski of Parker’s Downtown
  • Lentil crepe, almond basmati rice, local cucumber and radish ceviche from Chef Regan Reik of Pier W
  • Pisco Sour from Chef Adam Wilson of Vitamix
  • Fall Angel Food Trifle – toasted angel food cake with pastry cream, soft caramel, braised pears and candied pecans from Chef Lauren Shaffer of Luna Bakery and Cafe

The event takes place at the historic 925 Building in downtown Cleveland. You’ll also get to enjoy wines from Wente Vineyards and craft beer selections, live music from Tony Quarles and the Discovery Band, the chance to bid on fabulous silent auction items, and the Sysco Farmer’s Market with fruits and vegetables to take home.

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The Food & Wine Gala benefits Veggie U, which 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.

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Tickets are $125 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 Gala right here! I will be selecting two winners, who will each receive two tickets to the event.

Here’s how to enter (you can do one, two, three, four, or all five 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 @veggie_u and @whycle on Instagram and leave a comment here letting me know you’re following both.

4. Follow @VeggieU 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 enjoy great food for a great cause at @VeggieU Food & Wine Gala thanks to @WhyCLE: https://whycle.com/2017/09/13/why-veggie-u-food-wine-gala-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, September 18 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 four complimentary tickets to give away. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? L’Amour du Vin Giveaway!

L’Amour du Vin. The love of wine. Goodness knows I love me some wine. So, I always enjoy the L’Amour du Vin fundraiser to benefit the Arthritis Foundation on Wednesday, September 27 at the Avon Oaks Country Club.

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L’Amour du Vin features small bites from some of the area’s best restaurants, like Bomba Tacos & Rum, Parker’s Grille and Tavern/Parker’s Downtown, Luca West, Wood and Wine, and more.

All of this delicious food will be paired with unlimited tasty wine samplings from a variety of vineyards representing wines from around the world. Plus, you’ll have a chance to bid on some fabulous silent auction items.

There is also a VIP Lounge, with exclusive wines, Brown-Forman cocktails, chair massages from EXHALE: The Spa, and a special dish from Bonefish Grill.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Arthritis Foundation, working to help conquer and cure arthritis, which impacts people of all ages.

Tickets are $75 for general admission and $95 for VIP admission and can be purchased online. Or you can enter to win two general admission tickets to L’Amour du Vin right here!

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

1.Check out the list of participating restaurants and leave a comment here telling me which you’re most excited to try.

2. Visit Arthritis Foundation Ohio and Why CLE? on Facebook and leave a comment here letting me know you visited both page.

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

4. Follow @ArthritisFdn 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 #LAmour2017 to benefit @ArthritisFdn thanks to @WhyCLE: https://whycle.com/2017/09/08/why-lamour-du-vin-giveaway-6 #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 Thursday, September 14 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I was asked by the Arthritis Foundation to help promote L’Amour du Vin. In exchange, I will receive two complimentary VIP tickets for myself and two general admission tickets to give away. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

Why? Firefly Expeditions!

One of my favorite local yoga teachers, Melissa Klimo-Major, is branching out from yoga and beer experiences with Balance & Brews and handmade soap and yoga products with Terra Verde Handmade. This winter, Melissa will be offering Firefly Expeditions, yoga retreats that allow you to practice on and off the mat.

In January 2018, Melissa and her husband Sean will lead a Firefly Expedition to Lake Atitlan in Guatemala.

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The trip will offer a balance of yoga and exploring local culture. Your days will start with a 60-minute yoga practice, then you’ll have time to explore or join group expeditions such as lake kayaking and volcano hiking. Each day will also include 30 minutes of meditation.

Your Firefly Expedition also includes daily breakfast and dinner, two boat trips to neighboring towns, and 7 nights accommodations. Price ranges from $1,600 to $1,700 depending on your room selection. Click here to learn more.

In February 2018, Melissa and Sean will lead a Firefly Expedition to Antigua y Copan in Honduras.

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Similarly, this trip will offer a balance of yoga and exploring local culture. Your days will start with a 60-minute yoga practice, then you’ll have time to explore or join group expeditions such as the archeological Mayan ruins of Copan, a local German brewery (includes dinner and a beer), and a private group evening with a lead archaeologist at the Copan site (includes local home cooked dinner and history lessons). Each day will also include 30 minutes of meditation.

Your Firefly Expedition also includes daily breakfast and dinner and 7 nights accommodations (3 nights in Antigua and 4 nights in Copan.) Price for this expedition is $2,000. Click here to learn more.

Not only are Melissa and Sean experienced travelers and travel planners, but they’re also really cool people who go out and make their dreams come true and their passions a reality. The chance to travel to amazing places alone would be awesome, but the chance to do it with people like that is even better!

Consider escaping the snow and cold with an amazing Firefly Expedition this winter! And when you register, mention Why CLE? as your referral on your registration form, too!

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote Firefly Expeditions. I will receive a referral fee for each paid-in-full registration mentioning Why CLE? as the referrer. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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