Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Recap: 2014 Silver Spoon Awards Party

I've said it before but it bears repeating: The Cleveland Magazine Silver Spoon Awards Party is one of the best events of the year. The strolling food and wine event that brings the magazine's annual Best Restaurant issue to life just celebrated it's 20th anniversary and it was an evening to remember. Fun, food, laughs and cocktails, all to raise money and awareness for The Arthritis Foundation, Great Lakes Region, Northeast Ohio.

It was a gorgeous spring evening at 200 Public Square and I was excited to try as many nibbles as I could. The entire second floor was packed with a sprawling selection of the cities best eats. Favorites of the night included Ginko's spicy tuna chips and Driftwood Catering's deconstructed tuna roll. Lucky's reubens were incredible and Red was giving up great antipasta in the VIP lounge. You can never go wrong with the Blue Point oysters from Blue Point Grille and these were no exception! 

VIP spread / Ginko spicy tuna chip / Blue Point oysters / mini rueben bites

A quick trip up the escalator to the third floor found the VIP lounge and this was the perfect place to sit back and relax when it got a bit crowded downstairs. Bottles of prosecco were popped and Society Lounge had set up an eye-catching bar serving up Ramos 'bathtub gin' Fizzes, kegged and carbonated Moscow mules and barrel-aged Woodford Manhattans. The decor was fun and playful and lent itself well to the dance after-party that kicked in at about 9pm. To commemorate the 20th anniversary, all VIP attendees received an etched Silver Spoon rocks glass. 

The husband and I met up with some familiar faces and cocktails, laughter and dancing ensued. In other words, a perfectly splendid evening.

clockwise from top left: Scott & Amanda / some of my favorite guys / event planner extraordinaire, Alicia
a few of my best girls / giveaway winner Jacquie and her husband / me and Mr. Hodgson himself
::disclosure - I was provided two VIP tickets  to attend and two GA tickets to giveaway c/o The Arthritis Foundation, Great Lakes Region, Northeastern Ohio. As always, all musings are my own::

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Master Bath Inspiration

The husband and I (ok, really the husband) have begun creating a master bathroom out of a bedroom.
To me this seemed like the most logical decision - the room is spacious with tons of natural light and located right next to the master bedroom. That was - until I began to realize how much work running plumbing though two floors of a 160 year old house that has plastered-over-brick-walls would entail. "What do you mean I can't put the toilet here?"

Luckily the husband, and his friends, are quite skilled and all the money I'm saving on labor, plumbing and an electrician I can spend on marble (right, hun?).

I knew exactly what I wanted, thanks Pinterest, and it's pretty much white + marble + gray.

Gray - I'm obsessed. So much so that the entire second floor is done in Sherwin Williams Repose Gray and Dorian Gray



Back-to-back vanities - Seriously, once I saw this on pinterest there was no going back.



Clawfoot or slipper tub - Considering the age of our home this was a no-brainer. We had acquired an enormous jacuzzi spa tub a few years ago and never installed it because it just didn't feel right. Luckily we found a 1920s restored tub that is just perfect.




Two-person marble shower - Not to be romantic, really, just to be efficient. I hate having to figure out who is going to shower when in the morning.  Gray & white marble is my weakness. The more the better is my motto. The husband doesn't quite share this view so we'll see how the compromise goes.


Hardwood floors - The entire second floor has espresso hand-scraped hardwood floors so this will tie in perfectly. The hardwood for the second and third floors had to be replaced anyway thanks to Hurricane Sandy.



What does your dream bath entail?

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Market at the Food Bank 2014

Last week it felt like spring had finally arrived in the typical Cleveland mix of rain followed by heat followed by more rain and a cold snap. And that means the spring fundraising season is in full swing. This is one of my favorite times of year. When weather finally breaks we all hit our favorite outdoor patio and there is always a good event (for a great cause!) on the calendar.

First up this month was Market at the Food Bank to raise money for Harvest for Hunger. For the third year in a row this event was held in the massive Greater Cleveland Food Bank on South Waterloo Rd. The space that is usually used to sort and distribute food for over 700 programs in 6 counties was transformed into a wandering feast of food, beverages, raffle and incredible silent auction items.

the band warming up / market at the food bank wine glasses / the husband with quite the popular local Jeopardy! contestant
The husband and I quickly met up with Jen, Matthew, Alicia and Michele (Alicia's mom) and began working our way around the large facility sipping and tasting as we went. Favorites included:

Anna in the Raw
tomato compressed watermelon w/ kalamata dust & feta

AMP 150
chilled local pea soup w/ creme fraiche, lemon oil

Pearl of the Orient
strip steak sauteed w/ carrots, celery, scallion in a hoisan garlic sauce

Pickwick & Frolic
manchego risotto cake w/ smoked tomato sauce

Fear's Confections
hand-dipped dark chocolate caramels

Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center
ohio city pasta w/ roasted root vegetables, almonds, goat cheese & brown butter

There were a ton (not kidding) of desserts this year but Melt Bar & Grilled killed it with a twist on the childhood favorite, Rice Krispy Treats. In lieu of Rice Krispies they made marshmallow cereal kabobs using Cap'n Crunch, Fruit Loops and Cocoa Puffs. Well played. 

"There's a baby in there!" for a little while longer at least / the incomparable Anna in the Raw
 color coordinating with Miss Leah
If you haven't been over to the Food Bank to donate or volunteer you must. It makes for a great experience with friends, family or co-workers to give back to our community. Check out their website to learn how you can help.

The Greater Cleveland Food Bank is the largest hunger relief organization in Northeast Ohio having provided nearly 39 million meals in 2013 to hungry people in Cuyahoga, Ashtabula, Geauga, Lake, Ashland & Richland Counties.
Market at the Food Bank is the signature fundraising event of the GCFB's annual Harvest for Hunger campaign, a community-wide food and funds drive and effort of four area food banks.

::I received two tickets to this event c/o the Greater Cleveland Food Bank via Clue into Cleveland. As always, all musings are my own::

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