Never having been to Avon Oaks before I wasn't sure to expect, but I did know that the Arthritis Foundation can throw one heck of a party. It turned out to be a superb evening of fine wine, food and friends.
Upon arrival we headed to the VIP check in and were given wine glass pins, giving us easy access to roam between the general admission and VIP area. There we met up with Jen, Amanda, Alicia and their husbands, grabbed our wine glasses and were ready to start tasting.
|Amanda, Jen, our hostess Alicia, and me|
In the midst of all this wine there was a delectable array of food from restaurants I have yet to visit. As a resident of Ohio City, I unfortunately don't know much about the restaurant scene west of Rocky River. We have such a great culinary scene here that sometimes it's hard to get out of your own backyard. That's about to change because I sampled some pretty incredible food.
Smoked gouda chicken mac and cheese from Wood & Wine, farfalle with roasted red pepper cream sauce from Ahern and mushroom risotto from Gatherings Kitchen were some of my favorite savory bites. Not to be outdone, however, Kiedrowski's Simply Delicious Bakery had an insane array of cupcakes, cookies and the biggest pumpkin roll I've ever seen.
|The 3 foot long pumpkin roll and heavenly cupcakes.|
Live music filled the Key Bank VIP Room and The Spa at EMH was on hand offering neck, shoulder and foot massages. Brown-Forman was mixing up delightful cocktails in one corner and Watershed Distillery in the other with their signature Vodka and Gin. I had quite a lovely pear infused apple cider vodka cocktail which I'll be sure to re-create at home. Along with these stunners:
|Cocktails from Brown-Forman|
Keep an eye out next year, this is an event that you won't want to miss.
::Disclosure: I received 2 VIP tickets in exchange for promoting and offering my views on this event c/o the Arthritis Foundation of Northeast Ohio. As always, all musings are my own::