Category: "Special Event"

Dan Barber & Michael Ruhlman on the Future of American Eating - MOCA

 Dan Barber

Chef and author Dan Barber and local author Michael Ruhlman will be appearing at the Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) on June 10th, 2014 at 6:00PM.  

Barber will be discussing his new book The Third Plate,  and will be talking with Ruhlman about his vision for the future of American eating.  

The book signing will take place at 6:00, and the talk will begin at 7:00.  MOCA is located at:

11400 Euclid Ave.

Cleveland, OH 44106


Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door and may be purchased by calling (216)658-6919 or visiting the MOCA website at


Bar Louie - Rock The Tot

Rock The Tot 

 Bar Louie will be holding their 6th annual Tater Tot eating contest on Thursday, September 19th at 8pm.

The event will be taking place at all of the Bar Louie locations, including those in the Cleveland area (Legacy Village, Cleveland, and Westlake).

For more information, visit visit

Food Truck Touchdown Chowdown / Browns Watch party on December 9th

Food Truck Touchdown Chowdown

It’s no secret; Clevelanders love food, football and beer! That’s why some of the hottest food trucks in town have partnered with Mavis Winkle’s in Independence to create the very first “Touchdown Chowdown.”

On December 9th,  the Browns face off against the Kansas City Chiefs and Cleveland’s popular food trucks will be lined up outside Mavis Winkle’s serving up an eclectic offering of tacos, barbeque, Cajun inspired dishes, desserts and other unique gourmet comfort foods.

Mavis Winkle’s, located at 5005 Rockside Road in Independence, Ohio will provide a warm place for football and food truck fans alike to watch the game and enjoy their food and drinks specials.

The trucks participating are: Mavis Winkle’s Paddy Wagon, StrEAT Mobile Bistro, Fired Up Taco, Zydeco Bistro, The Cleveland BBQ Company, DonutLabCleveland and Sweet! The Mobile Cupcakery. 

Izzy Schachner of StrEAT Mobile Bistro says, “What makes the Touchdown Chowdown unique,  is traditionally food truck events like this happen downtown. The suburbs rarely have an opportunity to sample from multiple trucks at one location. We wanted to create a free, fun series of winter food truck events that would mimic the Chowdown’s that happen in warmer months while providing a warm place for our customers to enjoy their meal and watch the Browns game.”

The event is family friendly and admission is free. Mavis Winkle's will be open for full bar service at 10:30 am and trucks will begin serving at 11:30 a.m. Food and bar service will continue through the end of the game. The food trucks will be charging their regular prices for their offerings, with drink specials to be announced by Mavis Winkles before the event.

Guests can RSVP their attendance on Facebook to receive a wristband that entitles them to VIP specials throughout the event. Just search for “Touchdown Chowdown Cleveland” or go to: for more information.


Cleveland Harley Davidson Sales Company 2nd Annual Mac N Cheese Challenge

Many Harley Davidson dealers and their affiliated HOG Chapters hold annual Chile challenges.  Cleveland Harley Davidson Sales Company broke from tradition last year and started an annual Mac N Cheese challenge.  This years challenge, to determine whose mac was daddy, was held on Saturday, September 22.  Over several hours I, along with Cleveland radio personality Dave Ramos of WTAM 1100, Katrina Marshall who blogs on and Nicole Gillota of Gypsy Beans and Bakery, judged traditional (cheese only) and non-traditional "free style" mac n cheese dishes.  Attendees would vote for a "People's Choice" winner.

With each bowl of mac came a very short time to judge ten entries with such creative names as "Cheez Dream", "Gettin' Zingy with it Mac & Cheese" and "Spin Doctors Magic Mac N Cheese".  When it was all eaten and done,  the judges and people spoke.  Winning the traditional, cheese only was Darla Sixta with her "Slap Yo' Mamma Fatboy Baked Wheels of Cheese".  The free style winner was Chris Candella with his "Macadella & Cheese".  The Peoples Choice winner was Kim Holzinger.

Proceeds from this event and a raffle for a Harley Davidson Motorcycle, that was drawn immediately after, goes to benefit Toys for Tots.  Kudos to the Cleveland Harley Davidson Sales Company, the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, the Mac N Cheese challengers, the raffle ticket purchasers, the attendees who purchased tickets to taste the challengers food and any others who had a part to fund raise for this terrific cause.

Cleveland Harley Davidson 2nd Annual Mac N Cheeze Challenge

14550 Lorain Ave.

Cleveland, OH 44111


 The second annual Mac N Cheeze Challenge will be held at the Cleveland Harley Davidson Dealership on September 22nd, 2012.

10 contestants will compete in two categories - cheese and non-traditional recipes.  Stop by, taste their creations, and cast your vote!

Don of Tasty Cleveland will be on hand as a guest judge.  His fellow judges will be:

Dave Ramos of WTAM 1100

Katrina Marshall of

Nicole Gillota of Gypsy Beans and Bakery

The event begins at 11am, and the final judging will be at 2:30pm.  See you there!