A few weeks ago I won two tickets to Locavore from Jen over at Why CLE? Benefiting the Ohio Buckeye Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Locavore is an event that showcases the local culinary wonders since a locavore is someone who makes an effort to eat food that is locally grown, raised, or produced, usually within 100 miles. The event was last night, so after work BC and I headed over to Windows on the River.
Most of the businesses offering food and wine were from right here in Cleveland, but a few were from a bit further out but still within that radius, like MS Cupcakes for a Cure which are made by 16 year old Madi Cano from Toledo, Ohio. (Her cupcakes were absolutely adorable and so yummy, I can't believe I didn't take a picture.) There was a good mix of sweet and savory foods available and just the right sized small portions so we were able to get our dinner and dessert, too! Between the two of us, I'm pretty sure BC and I sampled and shared options from just about every station, and there were plenty to choose from!
(True story, as I was arranging these on the table, BC added some that he had picked up that I hadn't and it made me laugh since he clearly knew exactly what I was doing. This is one of those moments where it helps dating another blogger, LOL)
One of the best parts about the event was getting an opportunity to try food from restaurants I'd always wanted to visit but hadn't had a chance yet, like Jack Flaps and Momocho. We also got to try wine from a variety of local vineyards (I think my personal favorite was the cranberry from Maize Valley. I'm going to have to track that sucker down). BC and I left with a list of restaurants we are definitely going to go try now.
There were also plenty of restaurants there that I had tried before and loved, like Lilly Handmade Chocolates.
The truffles at Lilly's are super delicious and while totally worth the price, not always in my budget. It's entirely possible I took full advantage of the situation and this plate came home with me. (Whatever, she kept telling me to take two of each if I wanted so I could have totally exploited that but I didn't.)
They also sold raffled tickets for some pretty awesome prize packages so hopefully my name will get pulled from one of those!
Love from the ashes,