Hey Cleveland. Happy Monday to you! Happy short work week! Happy almost 4th of July!
Hope you managed to stay dry and enjoy the weekend. While Saturday was a complete wash out, Sunday ended up being a pretty nice summer day. During the storms we stayed in, took naps, did a ton of housework, even began to clean out the garage for summer play space. As soon as the clouds broke we ran over to Crocker to pick up a few things that I needed to grab, baby Ninja loves being out and about…just like his Mamma. On Sunday we were busy prepping for some company, going for a long walk and enjoying dining alfresco. Ah summer.
While Saturday was a busy “home day,” I was able to get away Saturday evening for probably the most amazing foodie event I had ever attended in the CLE…the Five Star Sensation; a Celebration of Food and Wine, benefitting UH Seidman Cancer Center.
The premise of this event is that vintners and chefs from all over (both local & national) volunteer to cook for over 2,000 guests along with live music, silent auctions and more, this was one heck of a fundraiser. There was truly something for everyone, from the well known Michael Symons pork belly pierogie to fancy desserts like spoonfuls of cotton candy and sorbet.
While we were there we ran into some of our local favorite’s including Karen Small of Flying Fig. Her dishes are always so delicious and flavorful. Here she was explaining about her burrata toasts and frenchie-inspired baguettes. (Thanks for posing for a quick pick Karen!)
One thing I need to share about this event that I just think is too cool (besides the amazing tent, the rentals, how organized and friendly all of the volunteers were and the bands) is that it is a 0% waste event. EVERYTHING get’s mulched, composted, recycled, reused…for such a big event that is a huge feat. Congrats guys, keep up the wonderful work.
AND…of course I had to share my picture of me and French Chef Hubert Keller! There were many foodie-celebrities around for the extravaganza…all of them super friendly and willing to pose. So in wrapping up this post I just want you to know…if next year you get the opportunity to purchase a ticket to this event…it is SO worth it. Not only do the funds go towards a a very worthy organization, it was a magical dining experience I will not soon forget!
I was invited to post on behalf of the Five Star Sensation as part of their public relations efforts. I was also provided two pairs of tickets in exchange for behind the scenes and during the event coverage. Thanks for supporting this organization that allows me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!