Saturday, October 1, 2016

Event Recap: Harvesting Hope

On Monday night, Mr. H and I attended Harvesting Hope to benefit the American Cancer Society at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens. This was my first time attending a fundraiser at the venue, and it made for a stunning backdrop.
In between eating, drinking, and bidding on auction items, we wandered the gardens before the sun went down.

Speaking of eating, the event featured 8 of Cleveland's best chefs, including some of my favorites like John Selick from UH Ahuja Medical Center and Jeff Jarrett of US Foods. Both just consistently have some of my favorite dishes at any charity event that I attend.
Each chef did two dishes, and pictured below is the Multi-grain Salad from Jeff Jarrett.
Chef Adam Bostwick from Graffiti: A Social Kitchen and Cork & Cleaver (two of my favorite Cleveland restaurants) was also there, serving up his playful food. He had a Cuban-style Rillette and Farm Tomato Salad. I went back for seconds.
Another dish that I enjoyed was the "Deviled Egg" with smoked salmon on a bagel chip from Red/Moxie. It reminded me of a bagel and lox in NYC, and had me longing to go get one.
We had fun mingling, and I even ran into my ticket giveaway winner, Laura! I always love it when you guys come up and say "hello" at an event.
Also, any evening that I get to spend with my foodie and fellow blogger friend Crystal from Eat*Drink*Cleveland is always a good one.
A friendship born over a shared love for good food, supporting local, and giving back to the community. We, and our husbands, had a great time at the event. The evening was topped off when Mr. H and I were the wining bid for an amazing live auction package. We get to have chefs John Selick and Jeff Jarrett come to our home to cook a five-course dinner with wine pairings for 12 people! Sounds like the perfect housewarming party once we get settled in at the new house, and the funds all went to a good cause.

This is the third annual Harvesting Hope event, and it's just continued to grow each year. All funds raised at Harvesting Hope benefit the lifesaving mission of the American Cancer Society, and support the American Cancer Society Joseph S. and Jeannette M. Silber Hope Lodge community in Cleveland. Learn more about the Hope Lodge here.

Disclosure: I was provided with four tickets to the event in exchange for hosting a ticket giveaway and this post. All opinions are 100% my own.