After we cleared the nasty 25 minute wait at registration, the event was nothing but enjoyable. Mr. H and I headed straight to the VIP Lounge, which featured exclusive food and beverages, massages, goodie bags, and more. Our first bite of the night was from Chef Dante Boccuzzi. One of Cleveland's favorite chefs, but his Akron-based restaurant dba is popular too.
You can find his tuna tartar on Pringles on the menu at Ginko in Tremont.
We really enjoyed tasting food from many new-to-us restaurants, like Bistro on Main, Nueva, Cilantro Thai, and The Galaxy.
We also finally had the chance to try food from Chowder House in Cuyahoga Falls.
I enjoyed their tuna and soba noodles dish, and it inspired me to bid (and WIN) a dinner for six guests at the restaurant in the silent auction. Mr. H also won an auction package for a private helicopter ride for two.
So, good food, good auction winnings, and all for a good cause. We attend plenty of events in Cleveland, but it was great to head down to Akron to taste what the restaurant scene has to offer.
This event may have inspired me to head down that way more often. What is your favorite Akron restaurant that I should try?
Disclosure: I was provided with two VIP tickets in exchange for this post, and for hosting a ticket giveaway. All opinions are 100% my own.