Friday, September 28, 2018

Event Recap: Taste of the Browns 2018

Monday was the 20th Anniversary Taste of the Browns to benefit the Greater Cleveland Food Bank at FirstEnergy Stadium.

The event is packed full of great small bites from the 20+ participating restaurants.
Some of our favorites included the meatball from Lago, lobster bisque from Blue Point Grille, octopus from Parker's Downtown, eggplant rollotini from Corleone's, and polenta cake from Cleveland Browns Hospitality Group. It does appear that we skipped some crowd favorites, but you simply can't try them all at this event!

Aside from the food, the event is star-studded. And I'm not just talking about the current and alumni Browns players that you're rubbing shoulders with.
The event also raises important funds through great raffles, live auction, fund-the-mission, and silent auction. Mr. H was lucky enough to snag some Browns club seats in the silent auction.
For me, I just love seeing how charitable our city's chefs are, and how excited they are to participate in this particular event every year. We are seriously so fortunate that our chefs are generous with their time and talent to make events like this possible.
Including Chef Chair, Rocco Whalen of Fahrenheit. He's been chairing this event and representing Cleveland at the annual national Taste of the NFL event for YEARS.
When I worked for the Food Bank, I had the honor of planning this event each year. While fun, I do enjoy attending as a guest and supporting the cause through our auction and raffle purchases much more!

The setting, celebrities, and energy of Browns fans make this event truly special, and raised $260,000 for the Food Bank this year! For every $1 raised at the event, 4 meals are provided through hunger centers in our community. Dare I say there was even some "hope" in the air this year after that big win last week?

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