Veggie U Food & Wine event

Good morning friends. Everyone have a great evening? So many wonderful happenings on Wednesday evenings in the CLE. From the weekly Wade Oval Wednesday music & cultural evenings to the new musical performances at the Ohio City Stages (at the Transformer Station in Hingetown) summer Wednesday’s are the new Fridays!

Last night was my first outing alone with our Baby Ninja or anyone else for that matter. I needed to go into work for a bit and then swing by Target for a few staples and I realized how crazy and liberating the whole experience was. What I once took for granted was now a quiet and mind-gathering experience. While I didn’t stroll through the aisles looking for the new designer accessories or shade of lip stain; instead hit up the baby aisle, grabbed some paper plates (to cut down on dishwashing) and packing tape (for my online shopping returns,) I enjoyed the escape just as much as I used too. Life is evolving in my world and with it comes daily reminders of what once “was” and what now “is.” All you Cleveland mums and dads out there ever feel the same? Such a bizarre feeling.

veggieU Today I wanted to take the time to give a quick push for an amazing event this Saturday night, the Veggie U Food and Wine event happening at Pura Vida  and Hospitality Management Center at Cuyahoga Community College on Public Square. A few years ago we went to this same fundraiser dinner and it completely blew my mind. Multiple chefs, an array of fresh veggies with every course, summer cocktails and even better, we got to take home a bag of locally-grown, unique vegetables as our parting gift. It was the perfect summer evening out. If you don’t know about Veggie U, it is a non profit that encourages raising awareness in school-aged children about healthy food options and awareness as to where their food comes from…grows. It’s a “classroom garden” program grounded in academics with a dash of fun including growing their own plot of veggies. The good news is that there are still a handful of tickets available for this annual dinner celebration for this Saturday night and I encourage you to grab some friends, make a donation to this wonderful organization and enjoy a summer evening out to dinner while making a difference. Get your tickets today! I hear it’s supposed to get warmer over the weekend and while I love snuggling under the covers with this new little one I’m ready to get back into a few summer maxi’s so bring on the sunshine. Have a great rest of your day. Cheers CLE!