Why? Woofstock Giveaway!

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

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Woofstock is a full day of family- and dog-friendly activities happening on Sunday, September 16 at the Cleveland Metroparks Polo Field. The day kicks off with a can’t-miss 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 Rrrow filled with adoptable dogs, vendors with treats and fun for humans and fuzzes, and lots more!

There are three registration options for Woofstock:

  • $25, which gets you admission and a Top Dog t-shirt
  • $10, which gets you admission and an Average Mutt bandana
  • $5, which gets you admission and a Stray Dog wristband

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Registration is free for children 10 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 and Top Dog t-shirt 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 #giveaway https://whycle.com/2018/08/17/why-woofstock-giveaway-2 

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, August 21 at 11:59pm 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 to give away. I declined my own complimentary registration due to scheduling conflicts. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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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? Recovery Resources Run for Recovery!

Addiction has been grabbing a lot of headlines lately. Recovery Resources is a non-profit that offers prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery and support services for those facing addiction. This year, Recovery Resources marks the fifth year of it’s ever-growing Run for Recovery fundraiser.

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Held on Saturday, August 18 at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, Recovery Resources’ Run for Recovery seeks to raise $100,000 toward this mission with a 5K run, 1.5 mile walk, and kids’ fun run. There will also be family-friendly activities surrounding the Run and free admission to the Zoo for afterwards.

You can register for Run for Recovery as an individual or a fundraising team. Registration prices are as follows:

  • $30 for 5K Run
  • $15 for the 1.5 mile Walk
  • $15 for the Kids’ Fun Run (up to age 10)

You can also purchase additional Zoo passes at a discount for family and friends to join you after the Run for Recovery at $6 for those 12 and up and $4 for those ages 2 to 11.

You can register for the Run for Recovery online. You can also submit the name of a loved one impacted by addiction to the Run for Recovery Memorial Wall.

This is a great way to support Recovery Resources and honor those impacted by addiction, so lace up your running shoes!

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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? Culture in Cleveland!

Our family has packed a ton of cultural activities into three days! We’ve hit some of the biggest cultural events happening in town right now. So, here’s what we’ve been up to…

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors

The three of us all went to see the incredible Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors exhibition at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

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The exhibition includes many of Kusama’s paintings and early work, as well as seven of her immersive Infinity Mirror Rooms.

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There is even a room called Where the Lights in My Heart Go, which is exclusive to the exhibition in Cleveland.

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Your time in each room is limited to 20-30 seconds, as the artist intended, which is just enough time to take it all in and snap a few pictures.

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The final room in the exhibition is the Obliteration Room. Each guest receives a sticker sheet and can add their own personal mark to the room. Jeffrey especially loved this hands-on part of the exhibition!

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Infinity Mirrors is truly an amazing sensory experience! The exhibition is at the Cleveland Museum of Art through September 30. Each Monday of the exhibition, the Museum releases a limited number of tickets at 9am. Click here for more details.

Hamilton: An American Musical

Matthew and I couldn’t wait to see one of the most talked about musicals in history: Hamilton: An American Musical.

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On the advice of pretty much everyone who has seen the show, we both listened to the wordy, complex, fast-paced soundtrack before seeing the performance. It definitely helped to keep us focused and let us absorb more of the sets, staging, and amazing choreography.

Without giving too much away, Hamilton is compelling, funny, heart wrenching, and thought provoking. We enjoyed every moment of the nearly three hour performance and will certainly be talking about it for weeks to come.

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It’s extraordinary that we have a performing arts center like Playhouse Square that could book a six-week run of this celebrated show! Hamilton is here through August 26. Every day, there is a lottery for 37 tickets to the show. You can get more details on how to enter here.

Asian Lantern Festival

We rounded out our cultural trifecta by taking Jeffrey to the Asian Lantern Festival at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

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Even though it was pouring, we still enjoyed the colorful, unique festival, although we got fewer pictures than we would have liked!

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The Asian Lantern Festival features 40 larger-than-life lantern displays, featuring everything from Asian animals to architecture.

 

There are also nightly performances of acrobatics and music, plus the chance to see the zoo creatures after hours.

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The Asian Lantern Festival takes place on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights through August 19. Tickets can be purchased here.

All of these cultural events made me think how lucky we are to live in a city with world-class cultural institutions that can attract world-renowned exhibitions and performances. Plus, so many of these incredible cultural happenings are great for the whole family! If you’re a Hamilton fan, you’ll understand why I say, “Look around, look around, at how lucky we are to be alive right now…in the greatest city in the world!”

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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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Why? Cleveland Autism Speaks Chef Gala Giveaway!

The Cleveland Autism Speaks Chef Gala is coming up on Saturday, July 28, with a line-up of fabulous local and national chefs who will dazzle your tastebuds with a tasting and seated dinner.

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The event is headlined by Chef Michael Symon and Chef Alex Guarnaschelli, who will be preparing a demo dinner in front of all the guests, who will then get to eat the dinner prepared by these celebrated culinary masters. Special guest Patricia Heaton will also be in attendance!

Add to that a strolling tasting event prepared by amazing local chefs such as Rocco Whalen, Douglas Katz, Eric Williams, and Jonathon Sawyer, and you have the makings of an amazing food event!

Of course, you’ll enjoy all this great food in a setting that is just as pleasing to the senses: the Atrium at the Cleveland Museum of Art!

If all that weren’t enough, tickets proceeds, as well as bids on fabulous silent and live auction items will all benefit Autism Speaks, which leads the way in research and support for those on the autism spectrum and their families.

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Tickets are currently on sale online for $250, which gets you access to the tasting and seated dinner. Or you can enter to win two tickets to the Cleveland Autism Speaks Chef Gala 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 chef’s food you’re most looking forward to tasting at the event.

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

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

4. Follow @AutismSpeaksOH 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 win tickets to see @chefsymon and Friends at @AutismSpeaksOH Chef Gala thanks to @WhyCLE #giveaway https://whycle.com/2018/07/18/why-cleveland-autism-speaks-chef-gala-giveaway

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

The giveaway will close on Monday, July 23 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I was asked by Autism Speaks to help promote the Cleveland Chef Gala. In exchange, I will receive two complimentary tickets to the event. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? The Capital Grille Generous Pour!

It’s no secret that I think The Capital Grille is a fabulous spot for everything from an after-work drink to a fabulous dinner. And right now, during The Generous Pour promotion, it’s also a the perfect place to enjoy some phenomenal wines for a great deal!

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From now through September 2, you can add The Generous Pour to your meal at The Capital Grille for only $28. The Generous Pour features Duckhorn Wines from Sauvignon Blanc to Rose to Cabernet Sauvignon.

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You can try all the wines or trust your server or yourself to pair certain ones with your meal. Sample something new, find one (or more) that you love, and drink up! This is a great deal, particularly since some of the wines included are $30 per glass outside of the promotion!

We got to experience The Generous Pour with the wines paired perfectly with selections from The Capital Grille’s menu. We started with the Grand Plateau seafood platter, with jumbo lump crab, North Atlantic lobster, shrimp cocktail, and oysters on the half shell.

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The Grand Plateau paired well with the Sauvignon Blanc and the Rose of Pinot Noir, which is an exclusive blend for The Capital Grille’s The Generous Pour.

Next, the lobster and crab cakes, packed with delicious seafood, were paired with the same wines for even more seafood yumminess!

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To round out our seafood experience, the sea scallops with asparagus and parsnip puree paired perfectly with the Decoy Chardonnay.

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So often when I go to The Capital Grille, I just focus on steaks, but this scallop entrée was delicious and I would definitely order it again!

We then enjoyed a trio of The Capital Grille’s finest steaks: bone-in ribeye, dry-aged New York strip with shallot butter, and lamb chops.

 

You can, and should, put that shallot butter on everything! These meats were paired with four different Duckhorn red wines: Migration Pinot Noir, Duckhorn Cabernet Sauvignon, Canvasback Cabarnet Sauvignon, and Paraduxx Proprietary Red Blend.

The two Cabernets were my favorites, but the Paraduxx was also a perfect pair for the flourless chocolate espresso cake we enjoyed for dessert.

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Whether steak or seafood, appetizers or entrees, there are wines in The Generous Pour that are the perfect compliments to your taste. And for only $28 for access to all these incredible wines, it is the dining deal of the summer!

Don’t miss out on The Capital Grille’s The Generous Pour through September 2. Make your reservations today!

***Disclosure: I was invited to attend a complimentary The Generous Pour tasting with a guest. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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