Why? Chefs Unbridled Giveaway!

Last year, I missed one of my favorite food and wine events and I honestly am already excited to get back to it this year. Chefs Unbridled, to benefit Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center, is one of the most fabulous food events in a city that knows it’s way around a foodie party.

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Held at the Chagrin Valley Hunt Club Polo Field on Saturday, September 16, you will enjoy delicious tastings from some of Cleveland’s finest chefs, cocktails, live music, horse-drawn carriage rides, 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:

New for 2017, you can also enjoy the artistry of Natasha Nagawiecki sponsored by Wahl Professional as she creates special scene on a horse during a live clipping demonstration.

Also new 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 (by September 14), contact Maureen Foster at mfoster@fieldstonefarmtrc.com or 440-708-0013 x123. 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 and are $140 per attendee. Or you can enter to win two tickets to this incredible event 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.Leave a comment here letting me know which chef’s food you’re most excited to try at Chefs Unbridled.

2. Visit Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center and Why CLE? on Facebook and leave a comment here letting me know you visited both pages.

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

3. Follow @fieldstonef 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 #ChefsUnbridled to benefit @fieldstonef thanks to @WhyCLE: https://whycle.com/2017/08/22/why-chefs-unbridled-giveaway-3  #giveaway

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

The giveaway will close on Sunday, August 27 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote Chefs Unbridled. In exchange, I will receive two complimentary tickets for myself and two tickets to give away. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Partners Passport to Paris!

You might have noticed that I post a lot about the events put on by Playhouse Square Partners. I’ve been a member of Partners for five years now and this year I have the honor of being one of the co-chairs of the organization.

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Beyond Jump Back Ball, which is our biggest fundraiser (and all-around fabulous party), Partners plans social, networking, and volunteer events that connect you not only with the theaters and plays, but also the community as a whole.

Our fundraising benefits the Playhouse Square Foundation, which supports Disney Musicals in Schools, the Dazzle Awards, and so much more.

But I’ll stop there because I would love for you to come to Partners Passport to Paris, an event where you can find out more about Partners and our committees, meet some of our members, be the first to find out the Jump Back Ball theme for 2018, and enjoy Parisian-themed small bites and Great Lakes Brewing Co. beer samples and Clos du Bois wine tastings.

Partners Passport to Paris takes place on Thursday, September 7 from 5:30-7pm at the Gund Dance Studio at Playhouse Square. The event is free and a great chance to find out what Partners is all about. Each attendee will receive 8 drink tickets good for samples of wine and beer and there will be a cash bar available as well.

To find out more and RSVP (while it is free, a headcount is helpful for food and drink,) click here. I hope to see you there!

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

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Why? Yoga Outside the Studio!

More and more, yoga is asking you to unroll your mat somewhere outside a studio. And while I love a good studio flow, I also can’t help but enjoy taking my practice out and about, especially in the summer.

Over the last week, I had a chance to practice in two awesome locations with amazing views that put a great angle on my practice.

Last week, Inner Bliss Yoga Studio hosted Bliss in the Ballpark, an hour-long vinyasa yoga practice at Progressive Field.

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We got to unroll our mats on the right field deck and practice facing out to the field. I may have set my intention for another World Series appearance!

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After the practice, we could stay and enjoy a beer in The Corner and get to know some of the other baseball-loving yogis. I definitely find that, more than in a studio class, these out-and-about yoga classes offer the chance for fellowship and community after class. Don’t get me wrong: that happens at a studio, but it takes time to build. People tend to stick around and chat more right away at these classes.

This Monday, my dear friend Alicia taught a yoga class nearby to Luca Italian Cuisine on the Superior Viaduct.

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With sweeping views of the city and Alicia’s wonderful teaching style, this is one of my favorite classes in recent memory. Alicia referenced the city and the views at the beginning, but wasn’t heavy-handed about it. She let her students find their own inspiration and meaning from the beautiful surroundings.

After class, we got to enjoy a glass of wine and appetizers at Luca Italian Cuisine. Again, everyone from the class gathered and had a chance to get to know each other better.

The yoga justifies the pasta and all the glorious Luca bread I ate, right?!

Yoga outside the studio can be fun, challenging, community-building, and an all around cool experience. Keep your eyes open for more such events like Alicia’s Yoga and Brunch series at Dante Next Door and Inner Bliss’ Believe in CLE event at the Rock Hall. And for my thoughts on other outside-the-studio yoga:

Where have you practiced outside the studio? And what did you think of it?

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Why? Woofstock Giveaway!

You know I love our fuzzes, who are both adopted pups and truly the most loving, quirky, sweet family members!

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I’m a big believer in “adopt, don’t shop,” which is why I’m so excited to help promote Woofstock, a fundraiser for the Geauga Humane Society Rescue Village.

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Woofstock is a full day of family- and dog-friendly activities on Sunday, September 10, this year at the Cleveland Metroparks Polo Field. The day kicks off with a pooch parade around the polo field, with prizes for Best Group, Best Individual, and Most Creative.

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There will also be live music throughout the day, Rescue Row filled with adoptable dogs, vendors with treats and fun for humans and fuzzes, and lots more!

Registration is $25 per adult (which includes a Woofstock t-shirt) and free for children 14 and under. Once you register, you’re encouraged to continue your fundraising efforts for the Geauga Humane Society Rescue Village. Click here to register or donate.

Or you can enter to win a complimentary Woofstock registration 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.Leave a comment here telling me why you want to attend Woofstock.

2. Visit the Geauga Humane Society and Why CLE? on Facebook and leave a comment here letting me know you visited both pages.

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

4. Follow @rescuevillage 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 groove, play, and fund raise for @rescuevillage at #Woofstock thanks to @WhyCLE: https://whycle.com/2017/08/11/why-woofstock-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 Wednesday, August 16 and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I was asked by the Geauga Humane Society Rescue Village to help promote Woofstock. In exchange, I will receive one complimentary Woofstock registration for me and one Woofstock registration to give away. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Weekends!

Aside from Twilight at the Zoo, there was lots of other great summer fun to be had this past weekend!

Yoga + Beer at Platform Beer Co.

On Saturday morning, I headed to Platform Beer Co. for one of my favorite combinations: yoga and beer!

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The patio at Platform was the perfect spot for an hour-long vinyasa flow led by my dear friend Alicia.

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Alicia has recently returned to teaching yoga and I had forgotten how much I enjoy her blend of challenging poses, great cues and guidance, fabulous music choices, and humor.

The class was a fundraiser for the Arthritis Foundation and included an hour-long yoga class and one Platform beer. I chose the Dancin’ in the Streets saison as my beer and couldn’t pass up one of the breakfast sandwiches, made with a Cleveland Bagel Co. bagel, egg, cheese, and bacon.

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If you’re interested in another chance to practice and drink with Alicia (and me) and benefit the Arthritis Foundation, check out Sunset Yoga on the Superior Viaduct on Monday, August 14. Your $25 ticket includes a 60-minute all-levels yoga class, one beer or glass of wine and complimentary small bites on the Luca Italian Cuisine veranda and extended happy hour specials until 9:00 p.m.

AIA Cleveland Beach Day

From there, I met up with Matthew and Jeffrey at Edgewater Beach for the AIA Cleveland Beach Day.

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For the past three years, Matthew and his AECOM colleagues have competed against other architecture firms in the sandcastle competition.

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This year, the AECOM team did a play on the Cleveland Metroparks Centennial, combined with Star Wars, naturally. There was the “Centennial Falcon,” as well as tree that proclaimed, “May the forest be with you.”

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They even had a colleague dress up like Jabba the Hutt!

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There is a fan favorite contest, voted on by beach-goers at Edgewater, and a contest judged by AIA members. For the third year, AECOM won the judges’ choice as best sandcastle. It takes a lot of work and creativity to make these sandcastles and I’m so proud of Matthew and his team!

Plus, Jeffrey and I never mind an excuse to spend the day at the beach (and get some Honey Hut ice cream at the Edgewater Beach House too.)

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Aladdin’s Eatery

Saturday evening, we met up with friends for dinner at Aladdin’s Eatery. With a menu that can keep adults and kids happy, Aladdin’s is a favorite! I ordered the hummus shawarma plate, with tons of Aladdin’s delicious hummus, seasoned beef, tomatoes, and pine nuts.

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Don’t forget some of Aladdin’s amazing hot sauce, too! What a great meal!

Cleveland Indians Game

On Sunday, we took Jeffrey to the Cleveland Indians game, which was his first of this season. It’s always so fun to take Jeffrey back to a place he hasn’t been in awhile to see how his interests and reactions change.

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He was much more interested in watching the game this time, as well as running the Tribe Tracker on the Family Deck, which allows you to virtually race against your favorite player.

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We all had a great time, despite the Tribe’s loss. Jeffrey loved the ball and bat giveaway, too and practiced his stance next to the new Lou Boudreau statue that was just unveiled this past weekend.

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So, that was our weekend! Lots of great summer time fun, packed into a couple days! How was yours?

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Why? Bridgestone Invitational!

So, I always thought golf tournaments were about, well, golf.

 

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Shhh. Golf clap.

 

But, like most sports events these days, it’s not just about the sport, but about the entire experience. The Bridgestone Invitational, which is part of the PGA Tour and takes place at Firestone Country Club in Akron every year, has upped their game to make the tournament a true event with so much to see and do (and eat!) beyond the world-class golf.

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You can grab a bite and a drink throughout the course, with tons of delicious options. We started our tour at the air-conditioned Grey Goose 19th Hole Lounge (21+), where a Moscow Mule made with Grey Goose La Poire and served in a real copper cup took the edge off a hot morning on the course.

Then it was off to Firestone Village to enjoy burgers and brats from B Spot and a cold one at the Labatt Beer Garden.

 

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Thanks so much to Chef (and friend) Matt Harlan for making awesome food and being awesome with Jeffrey. Sorry we got you in trouble when we were all talking too loud on the course 😉

 

From there, more eating was in store at Firestone Foodies, a food truck rally on the 12th green.

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Firestone Foodies features Barrio, Lobster Louies (OMG, the crab cakes), and Hatfield’s Goode Grub (OMG, the bacon and brown sugar mac ‘n cheese.)

The Lawn at Water Tower Way hosts a Kids Autograph Zone. Jeffrey immediately proclaimed that he wanted an autograph, despite having no idea what an autograph is. And I immediately proclaimed that I wanted a taste of William Hill Estate Winery Sauvignon Blanc.

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Our final stop was the Penzoil Fan Zone by Firestone Complete Auto Care, with prizes and giveaways, miniature golf, Swenson’s Food Truck (in case you were running low on cheeseburgers between B Spot and there), ice cream, cornhole, and more.

Both Jeffrey and I had a wonderful time and found lots to see, do, and enjoy, since we are admittedly not the biggest golf fans. But even if you’re not a huge golf fan, you can’t help but get caught up in the chance to be so close to world-class athletes who are making Northeast Ohio home for a few days.

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The Bridgestone Invitational continues through this Sunday, August 6 and tickets are still available! Click here to purchase tickets. And mark your calendars for next year, too. I’ll see you on the links (did I say that right?)

***Disclosure: I was invited to tour the Bridgestone Invitational and received complimentary admission, food and beverages, and activities. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Handpicked: A Bridal Event Giveaway!

Are you planning a wedding? Or do you just like perusing fabulous local boutique vendors and daydreaming about your big day? Then Handpicked: A Bridal Event is for you.

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Handpicked is a styled photo shoot meets cocktail party meets bridal fair, where an intimate and fun environment allows you to connect with vendors that are perfect for you in a natural, low-pressure way.

The 4th annual Handpicked: A Bridal Event takes place on Tuesday, August 15 from 6-9pm at HiHO Brewing Co. in Cuyahoga Falls. Vendors include Baci Designer, Bombay Taxi Boutique, Oak & Honey Events, The Wandering Wardrobe, Give Gifted, Agape Photography, and more.

Tickets are now on sale for $20 and include valet parking, one drink ticket, tasty bites, and a Handpicked Guest Favro. You can purchase tickets online or you can enter to win two 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 for what part of your big day you’re most in need of inspiration from Handpicked.

2. Visit Handpicked: A Bridal Event and Why CLE? on Facebook and leave a comment here letting me know you visited both pages.

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

4. Follow @HandpickedEvent 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 @HandpickedEvent thanks to @WhyCLE: https://whycle.com/2017/08/03/why-handpicked-a-bridal-event-giveaway-2 #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 7 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote Handpicked: A Bridal Event. In exchange, I will receive two tickets to give away. I declined my own two tickets due to scheduling conflicts. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? PawJect Runway!

Legacy Village is hosting the cutest, cuddliest, fuzziest fashion show in town! Head to Main Street at Legacy Village for the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter‘s 4th annual PawJect Runway on Saturday, August 19.

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This fuzzy, fabulous event features a dog bikini contest and runway show, vendors and craftsman, and DJ and emcee Jessica Dill from Fox 8. There will also be adoptable dogs from the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter and other rescue organizations.

And there will be a special appearance by Henry, the Legacy Village resident fuzzy mascot!

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PawJect Runway is a charity event to raise funds for the Dick Goddard Best Friend’s Medical Relief Fund to benefit the dogs at Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter. Admission is free to the public, but donations to this worthwhile cause are encouraged.

If you want to enter your pooch to be in the runway show, click here and if you want to be a vendor at the event, click here.

***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? SoulConnect Tribe!

A few months ago, I told you about SoulConnect Tribe, helmed by the lovely Katie Kurtz.

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Katie in her element: connecting and eating ice cream

I finally got a chance to attend one of the monthly SoulConnect gatherings, this time held at Mason’s Creamery.

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I can never resist ice cream and when you pair that with a chance to connect with some like-minded, open-hearted ladies, you’ve got yourself a pretty perfect evening.

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I ordered the affogato, because I feel like at Mason’s, while the ice cream can 100% stand on its own, you owe it to yourself to get a churro or an egg waffle or something out of the usual ice cream shop box. So take a scoop of their French Toast ice cream, pour some espresso over it and you have a creamy, dreamy breakfast-like treat.

But, I wasn’t just there for the affogato. Read the paper in the picture above. Or just focus on this: In our Tribe (you already belong.) How amazing is that? There was an instant comfort level among the ladies attending the event. And while we had some questions to help prompt conversation, I found the conversations immediately took deeper turns. There was not a lot of simply small talk. We dove into dreams of new jobs, hopes for the fate of relationships, and more.

And we took selfies…

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Hey, Annie’s Sweet Shop!

It was open, real, honest connection, which can only happen when everyone comes to the table with a mind and heart that can accept and reciprocate that. And I think SoulConnect Tribe can serve a lot of purposes. It can be a way to find new friends. It can be a safe space to voice hopes, fears, and dreams. It can be a break from the grind of every day life, with a chance to do something purely for you. It can be a chance to connect with ladies in similar and entirely different life circumstances and all learn from each other.

As Katie said, it is not a support group, it is a supportive group. And can’t we all use a little more of that?

If this kind of connection sounds like your jam, sign up for the SoulConnect Tribe email newsletter to stay informed of the next gathering. They are held monthly at female-owned businesses in the Cleveland area. And while last night’s was my first meet-up, it most certainly won’t be my last!

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Why? Yoga with Goats!

Yoga is getting paired with a lot of things these days: beer, wine, brunch, scenic locations…and goats. For me, yoga used to be outside my comfort zone. But since I started practicing nearly six years ago, practicing yoga has become my comfort zone. So, I love pushing my practice by trying new things paired with my yoga.

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This week, I met up with my brave, up-for-adventure friends Katie and Anne to check out a yoga with goats class put on by Threads of Wellness at Downs on the Farm.

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We practiced an hour-long class, surrounded by a gaggle of goats!

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As we practiced, the goats would come over and hop up on us or snuggle up on the blankets covering our mats (we kept the mats covered because the goats try to munch them.)

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Now, let’s be honest: it’s a bit hard to focus on the practice as goats are frolicking around you. But as we started to move more, the goats found places to settle down and we actually managed to get some yoga in (along with goat selfies.)

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This goat is definitely eating my hair

I think two things that are essential in a yoga practice are the ability to focus through distractions and the ability to let go of yourself and your preconceived notions. Both of these came into play with yoga with goats.

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Yoga is always teaching me things and opening me to new experiences, on my mat (that a goat may be trying to eat.)

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If yoga with goats seems like something you want to try, here are some options:

  • Threads of Wellness puts on regular classes at Downs on the Farm in Amherst, which also double as a fundraiser for the farm.
  • Harmony Studios is hosting a one-time yoga with goats at Todd Field in Willoughby on Saturday, July 29, which doubles as a fundraiser for the Lake County Humane Society.
  • Soza Fitness and Wellness has recurring yoga with goats classes at Feels Like Home Farm in Kirtland, including a kids-friendly Goat Yoga on August 12 and a Goat Yoga and Wine Tasting on September 9.

However you practice, consider expanding the options of where you put your mat and who (or what) might be around it. Maaaa-maste!

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