Why? Flavors of Northeast Ohio!

I’ve been really fortunate throughout this blogging adventure to get to attend a lot of fabulous fundraisers. One that has been on my must-attend list for a long time was Flavors of Northeast Ohio to benefit the American Liver Foundation Heartland Division.

This unique event brings together several amazing local chefs, who are each given a table of guests for whom they create a multi-course dinner, paired with wine. The menus and tables are themed with the chefs’ creativity, making the evening a full sensory experience.

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But before you even enter the ballroom and take a seat at your table, you can nibble on delicious passed hors d’oeuvres from the participating chefs, enjoy a signature cocktail (this year’s was a painkiller from Porco Lounge & Tiki Room), and bid on auction items or participate in the wine pull.

My table was created and catered by Chef Chris Kafscak of Nomad Culinary. The theme was Game Night and the tablescape was filled with board game fun.

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For our first course, we slurped up some delicious game of Life “College Ramen,” which was much tastier than any ramen I ever made in my dorm room! This course was paired with Kendall Jackson Avant Chardonnay.

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Next up was “Professor Plum & Colonel Mustard in the Kitchen with the Salad,” a fun play on classic Clue characters in the name and a tasty salad too. This course was paired with Robert Mondavy Private Select Rye Barrel Aged Red Blend.

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Our next course was simply titled “Lox,” a high-scoring Scrabble word. In reality, the course featured salmon two-ways with a tasty faro, asparagus, and olive salad. This course was paired with Beringer Bros. Tequila Barrel Aged Sauvignon Blanc.

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From Candy Land, our next course was Gloppy’s Pierogi with Chocolate Red Wine Beef, paired with Juggernaut Hillside Cabernet Sauvignon. You had me at pierogi, but the tender, flavorful beef was delicious too!

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Our last course, themed on Sorry, was White Chocolate Cheesecake paired with Dark Horse Sparkling Brut. The game-board presentation of this dish made it almost too pretty to eat. Almost.

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All of this delicious food and culinary creativity helped to raise $116,000 for the American Liver Foundation Heartland Division and put the 15-year total for this Flavors of Northeast Ohio event at $1 million!

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I may have checked this off my must-attend bucket list, but I’ll certainly be attending this amazing event again!

***Disclosure: I was asked by American Liver Foundation Heartland Division to help promote Flavors of Northeast Ohio. In exchange, I received two complimentary tickets to the event. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Sunbeam Holiday Boutique Giveaway!

It’s time to start thinking about holiday shopping! The Sunbeam Holiday Boutique is the perfect place to get the gifts you need!

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Taking place November 6, 7, and 8 at The Country Club in Pepper Pike, Sunbeam Holiday Boutique features more than 30 vendors from all over the country selling jewelry, apparel, fine clothing, stationary, delectables, and gifts for the home.

There is an opening night party on Wednesday, November 6, where you can be the first to shop the vendors, as well as enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets for the opening night party are $135 and can be purchased online.

The Boutique is open to the public on Thursday, November 7 (10am-9pm) and Friday, November 8 (10am-3pm) for $10 admission.

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There is also a Ladies Night on Thursday, November 7 from 6-9pm, where a master sommelier will guide you through a French champagne tasting. Admission is $20 and includes the tasting, a glass of champagne, and light hors d’oeuvres. Tickets can be purchased online.

All of this shopping fun benefits Vocational Guidance Services, a non-profit that serves people with disabilities and other barriers to employment. Admission fees, as well as a portion of vendor proceeds, go toward helping Vocational Guidance Services provide a full range of vocational rehabilitation services, as well as paid work opportunities, to nearly 4,000 individuals with physical disabilities, mental disabilities, a history of incarceration or addiction, injured veterans, or other barriers to employment.

You can enter to win one of two sets of admission tickets to the Sunbeam Holiday Boutique, good for November 7 or 8 including the Ladies Night, 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 who you’re shopping for at the Sunbeam Holiday Boutique.

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

3. Follow @vgsjob 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 win tickets to @vgsjob Sunbeam Holiday Boutique from @WhyCLE #giveaway https://whycle.com/2019/10/24/why-sunbeam-holiday-boutique-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 Tuesday, October 29 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

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

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Why? Progressive Dining at Legacy Village!

You probably know that Legacy Village is the perfect place to stroll and shop, but it’s also the perfect place to stroll and dine. Last week, I enjoyed a progressive meal at Legacy Village, taking advantage of three of their best restaurants.

I started with appetizers at The Capital Grille. The lounge is a great place to kick off your progressive meal with cocktails and appetizers. My favorite cocktail at The Capital Grille is the Blackberry Bourbon Sidecar, with Woodford Reserve, Cointreau, blackberries, fresh lemon juice, and thyme.

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My mom got The Bohemian, with Absolut Apeach, mixed berry cordial, champagne, and fresh raspberries.

For my appetizer, I chose the Tuna Tartare, with tuna stacked over fresh avocado with spicy sriracha. So delicious!

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Mom had the Lobster and Crab Cakes, served with corn salsa. Meaty, flavorful, and so good!

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After our appetizer course, it was a short walk to Wild Mango for entrees. Mom was feeling pretty full already, so she opted for the Spinach Salad, with strawberries, cucumber, goat cheese, sunflower seeds, and strawberry vinaigrette.

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I had the Honey-Glazed Sesame Chicken, with dark meat chicken, steamed broccoli, and short grain rice. I would highly recommend this entree!

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For dessert, I swapped my dining companion for Jeffrey and we enjoyed the Pure Dark Chocolate fondue at The Melting Pot.

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Jeffrey loved dipping all the delicious offerings into the chocolate! Messy, but fun!

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I also enjoyed a Chocolate Raspberry Kiss, with Godiva Chocolate Liquor, Chambord, coffee, and whipped cream.

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I’ve always wanted to do a progressive dinner and Legacy Village was the perfect spot for it, with lots of restaurant options to suit your tastes, all in close proximity to each other. You can park once, easily reach all your destinations, and enjoy a diverse taste of Legacy Village!

***Disclosure: I have an ongoing relationship with Legacy Village, 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? Grit, Gratitude & 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 Friday, November 22, at Windows on the River, the First Tee of Cleveland will celebrate the volunteers and advocates who contribute to achieving the organization’s mission at their 8th annual Grit, Gratitude and You Breakfast.

The Grit, Gratitude and You Breakfast includes breakfast (obviously), but also motivational and inspirational presentations:

  • Keynote speaker June Ryan, Rear Admiral, US Coast Guard (Retired), a dynamic trainer, speaker, author and coach
  • Presentation of The Del de Windt Leadership Award for Civic Engagement to Rick Buoncore, Managing Partner of MAI Capital Management and the first Board Chair of The First Tee of Cleveland

There will also be delicious food, lots of coffee, and networking time to follow the presentations.

Tickets for the Grit, Gratitude and You Breakfast are $125 and proceeds from the event will enable The First Tee of Cleveland to extend its reach to more youth throughout Northeast Ohio in need of the organization’s positive impact on their social and emotional skills.

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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, four, or all five 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. Hop over to my Instagram page and complete the steps with the First Tee of Cleveland picture.

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 #giveaway https://whycle.com/2019/10/22/why-grit-gratitude-you-breakfast-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 Friday, October 25 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 Grit, Gratitude, and You Breakfast. In exchange, I will receive two complimentary tickets to the event and two tickets to give away. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Weekends!

What a glorious fall weekend! We were out and about enjoying lots of seasonal fun!

Halloween Hayrides

On Friday night, we went on the Halloween Hayrides at the Lake Metroparks Farmpark.

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I’m always impressed by the number and creativity of the various stations you pass on the hayride, especially when you consider that they’re all staffed with volunteers!

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Jeffrey enjoyed the corny jokes and various just slightly spooky things we saw on the hayride.

He also loved the Glow Stick Dance show and made his way through his first haunted house in the festival field.

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Lake Metroparks Farmpark’s events are always top-notch! Halloween Hayrides are sold out for this year, but stay tuned for next year’s offerings. And I’ll definitely be grabbing tickets for the holiday Country Lights event when they go on sale (November 2 for Farmpark members and Lake County residents, November 3 for others).

Halloweekends

Well, you might have heard on the news that it was a crazy weekend at Cedar Point. I’m here to confirm that it was!

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The park was so crowded that it was temporarily closed to new guests on Saturday! Between the weather and the great deal with the new Gold Pass, it’s easy to see why.

We actually went both Saturday and Sunday and had a blast! Jeffrey trick or treated through Kiddie Kingdom, checked out the pumpkins, and generally enjoyed the Halloweekends fun.

But the big excitement was getting his 48″ wristband, which meant he was tall enough for roller coasters! We went on the Iron Dragon…

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…the Blue Streak (which was my first roller coaster)…

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…and Cedar Downs with his new height access.

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He absolutely loved the rides and I know he’ll be a ride warrior next summer too!

Halloweekends continues this coming weekend (October 25-27) and is worth checking out for both family fun and spooky shenanigans!

So, that was our weekend! How was yours?

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Why? Monsters Monthly Pass!

‘Tis the season to be talking about Monsters and I don’t just mean Halloween monsters! The Cleveland Monsters are back on the ice! Attending Monsters games is one of my favorite things to do with Jeffrey. The tickets are at an accessible price point, the games are fun and family-friendly, and there’s so much to see both on and off the ice.

Which is why I’m so excited to be partnering with the Monsters to help you attend even more Monsters games with the new Monsters Monthly Pass.

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This subscription pass allows you access to every Monsters home game in the month of your subscription for the low price of $39 per ticket. Tickets are sent to your Flash Seats account 24 hours prior to each game (which is when you find out your seat location).

There’s no long-term commitment either. You subscribe by the month and can decide if month-to-month if you want to continue your subscription.

The Monsters Monthly Pass allows you to decide on the fly if you want to attend a game, without too much advance planning.

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Pick the games that work best for your schedule, pop in for a game if an evening frees up, and experience the exact amount of hockey fun that is best for you. The Monsters Monthly Pass allows for both flexibility and fun, at a great price!

If you buy now, you will receive access to the last two home games in October (October 25 and 26), as well as all of the home games in November (see a complete list here).

And if you buy using this link, you will save $10, making your subscription only $29 per ticket for October and November!

I’m so excited to experience the Monsters Monthly Pass for myself and hope to see you at a bunch of the games, too!

***Disclosure: I was asked by the Cleveland Monsters to help promote the Monsters Monthly Pass. In exchange, I will receive two complimentary Monsters Monthly Passes for October and November. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Designer Dress Days!

It’s almost time for one of the most fabulous clothing sales in town: Designer Dress Days presented by NCJW Cleveland.

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The 51st annual Designer Dress Days (“DDD”) is a wonderland of fashion finds from designers such as Vince, Theory, Alice and Olivia, kate spade, Tory Burch, Georgio Armani, and more.

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Happening Friday, October 25 through Tuesday, October 29 (excluding Saturday) at the Mandel JCC, Designer Dress Days not only lets you find lovely fashions at great discounts, but it also lets you support the amazing programs and community volunteer efforts of NCJW Cleveland.

My favorite part of Designer Dress Days, aside from the fabulous finds, are the over 250 volunteers who help make this shopping experience fun. They will help you navigate the sale, ooh and aah when you try things on, and just generally make your time at DDD so pleasant.

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I had a chance to preview some of the items that will be available at this year’s Designer Dress Days and you do not want to miss out on this!

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There will also be a special rack of items donated by local celebs and influencers, so be sure to check that out!

Designer Dress Days dates and times are:

Friday, October 25 – Preview Day ($20 entry fee this day only) – 10am-4pm

Sunday, October 27 – 10am-4pm

Monday, October 28 – 12pm-8pm

Tuesday, October 29 – 10am-7pm

Get yourself a gorgeous new dress or handbag and contribute to a great philanthropy, all in one spot!

***Disclosure: I was asked by NCJW Cleveland to help promote Designer Dress Days. I was invited to an influencer preview event, received compensation, and will receive complimentary admission to the Preview Day. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Weekends!

Aside from brunching, there was lots of other fun to be had this weekend! Here’s what we were up to…

Boo at the Zoo

One of our favorite Halloween traditions is attending Boo at the Zoo at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

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This year, Jeffrey is dressing up like a race car driver for Halloween, complete with a gas can treat bag and a wagon that I turned into a race car.

We cruised through the Zoo, stopping at the trick or treat street, the dance party…

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…getting encased in a giant bubble…

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…meeting characters…

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…and making our way through the hay maze.

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There was lots of fun stuff to explore and the weather was perfect! Boo at the Zoo continues on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 5-9pm through Sunday, October 27. You can purchase tickets online.

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On Saturday, I met up with my friend Anne to celebrate her birthday at the wineries in Geneva. This has quickly become a favorite spot to celebrate birthdays, with so many great places to go!

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We started at M Cellars, where the Brut Rosé and some tasty snacks were enjoyed by all!

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Anne brought these hilarious wine glass markers to keep our glasses in check throughout the day!

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I was also super excited about these glasses I found from Lulusimonstudio for Anne’s birthday present. They say “Partners in Wine,” which is perfect because Anne and I co-chaired Playhouse Square Partners together!

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Our next stop was Cask 307, which I had not been to yet.

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Despite not being a fan of chardonnay, I really liked the bourbon chardonnay there. The chicken and goat cheese flatbread is also delicious!

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My final stop with the group was Harpersfield Vineyard for some pinot noir on the patio.

The lovely fall weather, the tasty wines and food, and the fabulous company made for such a fun day! I hope Anne had as wonderful a birthday as she so deserves!

Red Wagon Farm

On Sunday, Jeffrey and I took advantage of the beautiful weather with a visit to the Pumpkin Festival at Red Wagon Farm.

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There is so much to do, from a corn maze to a hay ride through fields filled with fun scarecrows…

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…to a kids hay play area…

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…to picking out a perfect pumpkin.

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It was a great fall afternoon! The Pumpkin Festival at Red Wagon Farm continues every weekend through Sunday, October 27. Admission is free, but activities such as the hay ride and corn maze require payment.

So, that was our weekend! How was yours?

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Why? The Winchester Music Tavern!

Yesterday, Jeffrey and I kicked off our Sunday Funday with brunch at The Winchester Music Tavern. Located on Madison Avenue in Lakewood, The Winchester is a music venue, bar, and restaurant all in one.

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The dining area is small and relaxed. We grabbed a table and I started out with the build-your-own Bloody Mary bar. For only $5, you can pick your mix, hot sauces, and create a fabulous skewer to enhance your drink.

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The Winchester also offers bottomless mimosas or brunch mules for brunch libations.

Jeffrey chose the Winchester burger, topped with American cheese on a brioche bun, with a side of fries. He declared both the burger and fries to be delicious!

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I had the unique breakfast ramen, with red miso broth, bacon, and poached eggs. The broth was flavorful, the eggs were perfectly poached, and it was fun to try a unique spin on ramen.

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The Winchester’s brunch menu also offers traditional favorites, like eggs benedict, French toast, and chicken and waffles.

The Winchester offers brunch on both Saturdays (11am-3pm) and Sundays (11am-4pm). There are also lots of fun weekly happenings, such as Vegan Mondays, Turntable Tuesdays, Boozy Bingo and Modern Kicks Comedy on Wednesdays, Taco Thursdays, and Angry Hour (Punk Rock Happy Hour) on Fridays.

And of course, The Winchester is a concert venue. You can check out the complete line-up of musical acts playing at The Winchester here.

For your next weekend brunch in a laid-back location with tasty food, look no farther than The Winchester!

***Disclosure: I was invited to a complimentary brunch at The Winchester Music Tavern. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? The Capital Grille Wagyu & Wine!

By now, I think you know that I love dining at The Capital Grille. The ambiance, service, drinks, and food are always top notch. But last night, I discovered a more relaxed, affordable side of The Capital Grille that made me love it even more!

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Wagyu & Wine is a promotion in The Capital Grille lounge area that runs now through November 17. For only $25, you get to choose one of three delicious Wagyu beef burgers, each expertly paired with a Napa Valley wine.

 

Seriously, this is a phenomenal deal, especially because the choices of both burgers and wine are out of this world!

I had a chance to sample mini versions of each of the burgers. The Wagyu Cheeseburger, with fried egg and Havarti cheese, is simply decadent, with the richness of the Wagyu and egg complementing each other so well.

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It was paired with my favorite wine of the night: Beaulieu Vineyard Carneros 2016, made specifically and exclusively for The Capital Grille.

The Wagyu Burger with Capital Grille steak sauce, grilled onions, and Vermont white cheddar was my favorite burger of the night. This tasted like French onion soup mixed with a burger.

It was paired with Beringer Knights Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2015.

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Finally, the Wagyu Mushroom Burger, with soy-braised shiitake, Jarlsberg cheese, and truffle aioli. Pro tip: order a side of the truffle fries and extra truffle aioli, at which point you actually turn into a truffle!

This burger is paired with Stags’ Leap The Investor 2014.

Wagyu & Wine is a great deal not only because of the delicious flavors and pairings, but because of the high quality of both the burgers and wine included in this promotion. Stop in to The Capital Grille at Legacy Village before November 17 to experience it for yourself!

***Disclosure: I was invited to attend a complimentary Wine & Wagyu tasting event at The Capital Grille with a guest. I also have an ongoing relationship with Legacy Village, 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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