Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Event Recap: Taste of the Browns

Last night, Mr. H and I attended the 17th annual Taste of the Browns event to benefit the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. It did not disappoint, providing us with endless samples of food from some of Cleveland's best restaurants, great people-watching, views of Downtown and the stadium, and a fabulous auction item from Chef Chris Kafcsak from Deagan's and Nomad Culinary that I will enjoy with friends at a later date!
It can often be hard to choose my favorite dish of the night at this event. Some of my highlights included the Romano Crusted Lamb Chop from Johnny's Downtown, Shellfish Ceviche from Market, Chocolate Towers from Humble Wine Bar, Lobster Bisque from Blue Point Grille, Roasted Shrimp Pizza from Fahrenheit, Braised Wagyu Beef from Lago, Fried Chicken from The Greenhouse Tavern, and Chorizo + Corn Cakes with Roasted Corn Shooters from AMP 150.
See how hard it is to pick just one?!? And we didn't even get to try all of the food. As Mr. H said, "This is one event where I don't leave full, I leave regret-full." My only real critique of the event is that several of the dishes were hard to eat because they required cutting and no knives were supplied. Many of the chefs are quite savvy at these types of events, and they strategically plan their dish to be able to eat while balancing a wine glass and standing/walking. Thank you!

There is always good people-watching at this event. After the Browns' win on Sunday, it was great to see so many of the current players there in attendance. I literally ran right into Travis Benjamin and his wife at Fahrenheit's table. He had a great game on Sunday, so it was fun to see him up close and personal. I also had to snag a picture with Chomps.
The event raised a record $220,000 for the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. For every dollar donated, they can provide up to four meals in a local hunger center.
They throw two of the best fundraising parties of the year, and I'm proud to still support the organization after working there for almost four years. It's a mission that will always be near and dear to my heart, and I'm just happy to be able to do my part. If you missed this year's event, truly consider attending next September.

Disclosure: I was provided with four passes to the event in exchange for a ticket giveaway post and post-event recap. I am a former employee of the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. All opinions stated are 100% my own.