Wednesday, March 13, 2013

It's a Big Day in the Bite Buff World!

Today marks a big day for Bite Buff...this little 'ole blog is turning FOUR today.
Happy Blogiversary to me! In honor of this special day, I'm hosting a giveaway that helps promote my passion for dining locally. Leave me a comment on this post, and you'll be entered to win a $50 Cleveland Independents gift card (valid at any member restaurant). Enjoy a night out, on me! What an amazing ride these four years have been, and I'm looking forward to many more.

I was just having a discussion last night about how there seems to be a lot of exciting news in the Cleveland culinary world right now, so I thought that I would share some with you.

- Two of my favorite CLE chefs are partnering up to open a new restaurant, Cork & Cleaver Social Kitchen in Broadview Heights. Brian Okin (formally of Verve, Fountain, and Luxe) and Adam Bostwick (formally of Melange and Hodge's) are both very talented, and I can't wait to see what they stir up at this new spot together. They plan to open in April.

- Dinner in the Dark will head to Cork & Cleaver on Monday, April 15th. These events are always fantastic, and worth every penny. Diners are left "in the dark" about what six chefs will be in the kitchen, and what the six-course menu will include...but you're always in for a treat, and all proceeds benefit a different local charity each month. Consider attending next month's event, and you'll also get to check out Cork & Cleaver!

- A new culinary tour is hitting the streets of Cleveland, starting this month--- Dishcrawl. Each event will highlight a different neighborhood, and attendees will enjoy four tastings at four different restaurants for just $45. The first event is on April 2nd, and the group will be touring the Detroit Shoreway. Tickets are still available.

- The Food Network is hosting an online Casting Call for the Akron area for a new show called "Food Court Wars". Two teams will be selected to battle head-to-head for a chance to win restaurant space FREE for a year in an Ohio mall. The show is hosted by Tyler Florence, and you can apply online by March 27th.

- I'm a big fan of Delivermefood.com when we don't feel like cooking or going out for dinner. The service allows you to place an online order, they'll go and pick it up from some of our favorite local restaurants, and then ta-da--- it arrives at your house with ease. Well, a new online service has popped up--- BringMeThat.com. Right now, a quick search on their website resulted in 14 restaurant options (most of them being pizza) near my address, but I bet that this site will take off. Check them out.

- Another new restaurant is set to open very shortly--- Toast wine bar in the Gordon Square Arts District. They had a very successful pop-up preview at Flying Fig earlier this month. So keep your eyes peeled on their 1365 West 65th Street location.

- Lastly, Chef Chris Hodgson from Hodge's in downtown Cleveland, and food truck fame, is competing for fan votes in Food & Wine Magazine's "The People's Best New Chef" online poll. So head on over to the site, and show some CLE pride. Personally, I think any national recognition for our culinary scene in this city is a great thing. Good luck, Chef!


Good things are happening in Cleveland, as usual. This city continues to re-energize my passion for it, and for sharing my experiences and news through this blog. So, thanks for reading. Cheers to another four!

Disclosure: I will be personally purchasing the giveaway gift card. I was asked to promote the Dishcrawl, Food Court Wars casting, and BringMeThat service. The rest, I just wanted to share.

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hello and Congrats on 4 Years! This is my first post to your blog but I've been reading (and getting good ideas of places to go) for about a year. Thanks!

Mary

Nikki said...

Congrats on 4 Years!! Can't wait for Cork & Cleaver!!

Alana said...

congrats, katrina!!!

Heather said...

Congrats on 4 years!!

Jen Ford said...

Congrats on your blogiversary! Your blog post was very informative, I share your love for CLE food!

Sarah @ Cooker Girl said...

Happy 4th Blogiversary!

Jessica said...

Congrats on 4 years of blog writing. Thanks for all the food info.

Erin said...

happy blogiversary! i always love reading your blog for new restaurant ideas.

CLEshopaholic said...

Happy Anniversary!!

Diana said...

Congratulations!

Bite Buff said...

Thanks for all the blog love, everyone!

Katie O. said...

Congrats on four years! Your hard work has paid off. I always check your site when debating places to eat :)

bonnjill said...

Happy blog birthday! You forgot to mention the guys from Fat Casual BBQ in Macedonia have opened Tavern of Solon. I can't wait to go there as well as check out Corks & Clevers.

Daune said...

I'm excited about Cork and Cleaver, too! We live near there and don't get down to that area enough, nor the corner of 82 and Broadview.

Chris Hodge also got us talking (because he posed the question on facebook) about downtown restaurants, because he wanted to know what was lacking.. it was an interesting discussion. I'd love to see a waterfront brunch place or a really good BBQ joint, which could feature soul food, as well.

Happy Anniversary! And, Go Orange!

deanna said...

Congrats on 4 years! I look forward to reading your To Dine list every year!

Anonymous said...

Yeah buddy! Love your blog but more importantly love you :)

Hallman

Jen @ Why CLE? said...

Congrats on 4 years! What an achievement! Here's to lots more tasty years ahead.

Dave said...

Congrats on 4 years! What an accomplishment and amazing commitment. I know how time consuming it can be, at least eating well is your reward (most of the time). looking forward to the next 4!

Destiny said...

Congratulations on four years! I love reading your very real restaurant reviews. I appreciate you often provide some comparisons and really point out what you loved and what you didn't. Your are doing us all a great favor!

Anonymous said...

congrats! Love your blog.

JAMinCLE said...

Congrats on your accomplishment of cranking out great recommendations, reviews, recipes and more for 4 years! Cheers to many more!!! :)