Thursday, September 21, 2017

Event Recap: Taste of the Browns 2017

This year's Taste of the Browns to benefit the Greater Cleveland Food Bank was just as fantastic as every other year. We got to mingle with Cleveland Browns' players, alumni, and icons...
...sit in the quiet and serene stadium... on silent and live auction packages, featuring many exclusive Browns' packages...
...and, of course, nosh on food from the 25+ restaurant and beverage purveyors.
We enjoyed the Lobster Bisque from Blue Point Grille, AMP 150's Pork "Burnt Ends" with maple bourbon BBQ sauce, the Chicken Liver Mousse from EDWINS, and Shortribs Pierogi from Deagan's Kitchen + Bar.
One of our favorites of the evening was the Lobster Crepinette from Chef John Selick of University Hospitals and Sodexo. He always has one of my favorite dishes at any event he's at. It's a don't-miss station for us.
At this event, you do have to be selective and pace yourself. There's no way I get to try all of them. The setting of the event at FirstEnergy Stadium is always special, with the views of the Downtown skyline and the opportunity to step out into the silent stadium stands. I also love seeing the hope in Browns' fans' eyes as the start of the season is upon us.

The event raises critical funds for the Food Bank, and they are able to provide four meals in a local hunger center for every $1 raised at this event. From the way the auctions and raffles were going, and the packed room, I think it's safe to say that they raised the funds and awareness they were hoping for! I believe that I saw on social media that the event had raised $240,000 for the Food Bank. That's a lot of meals to be served in local hunger centers!

Disclosure: I was provided with tickets to the event in exchange for blog posts. I am a former employee of the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. All opinions stated are 100% my own.