Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine's Day and is enjoying this warmer weather we are having here in Cleveland. There is quite a bit going on in the Cleveland food world over the next few weeks, so without anything further...
Downtown Cleveland Restaurant Week kicks off Monday and goes through February 27. Over 40 restaurants are offering $30 prix fixe dinners and some are offering $15 lunches. This is a wonderful opportunity to check out a new Cleveland restaurant or revisit an old favorite. Also, throughout the week, many restaurants will be holding various tastings and events. Be sure to take advantage of the $2 parking voucher.
*On February 24th, Washington Place Bistro and Inn will be holding its first wine dinner. For $50/person, you get 5 course meal paired with four different wines (the dessert course is served with coffee).
*Also on February 24th, the Thirsty Dog Brewing Company (of Akron, Ohio) will be holding The Dog Days of Winter at Wonder Bar. The tasting is free with the purchase of the Restaurant Week prix fixe, or $5 on its own.
*Speaking of tastings, every Saturday, Little Italy Wines holds a wine tasting. Selections vary by week. Stop in after dinner at one of the many wonderful restaurants in Little Italy.
*I am excited to attend my second Emerging Chefs event next Wednesday, Sacrilicious, featuring Chef Jeff Fisher of Touch Supper Club. This event it SOLD OUT.
*Great Lakes Brewing Company is tapping it's newest seasonal selection today, "The Dopplerock".
*Metromix Cleveland is currently looking for YOUR votes for their "Best of Metromix". Be sure to vote soon and vote often for your favorite Cleveland restaurants in numerous categories.
*Spring Training began today for our Cleveland Indians. Be sure to mark April 15, May 13, June 17, July 29, August 26, and September 23 on your calendar for Sugardale Dollar Dog nights!
*Lilly Handmade Chocolates will be holding it's monthly Craftbeer Ice Cream Floats on February 26.
*On March 3rd, The Greenhouse Tavern wil be holding a very special dinner. James Beard award winning chef Jeff Michaud will be teaming up with Jonathon Sawyer to prepare a 6 course family style meal. The cost is $97/person.
*If you have not heard the good news, Michael Symon will be opening his third B Spot in Crocker Park.
*I am also currently obsessed with homemade guacamole and Xochitl tortilla chips. These chips come in a variety of options including no salt, organic blue corn, and cajun. They are also gluten and preservative free.
Until next time...Follow your heart, fulfill your hunger