Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Fun Four Ways

Mark your calendars, make your reservations, and get your tickets. There are places to be, things to do, and stuff to see for foodheads and culture connoisseurs coming up in the next couple of weeks. Some of it’s free and all promises to be good fun.

-Feb 2
Not content with being known as an extraordinarily accomplished-and cool-chef, Jonathon Sawyer decided to get into beer making. He partnered up with Buckeye Brewing in Lakewood to ferment something special for Greenhouse Tavern customers. They made a Belgian style farmhouse ale, and selected Groundhog Day, Feb 2, to tap the first seven barrels of Saison de Maison. To make it even more of an event, Punxsutawney Phil will be on screen all day and Groundhog burgers (don’t ask) are on the menu.

photo of Groundhog Jay courtesy of Greenhouse Tavern

-Feb 8
TV celebrity Guy Fieri came to town many months ago and filmed a lot of footage. The Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives segment spotlighting Melt Bar and Grilled, the place that has redefined the word sandwich, airs on the Food Network Feb 8. Owner and big cheese Matt Fish, dubbed one of Cleveland Magazine’s Most Interesting People, will host a viewing party at the Detroit Avenue restaurant. Check the website for details.

behind the scenes photo courtesy of The Food Network and Melt

-Feb 6
CityMusic Cleveland, the acclaimed chamber orchestra, known for the extraordinary quality of their music making and free performances, is joined by celebrated cellist Matt Haimovitz. Led by conductor Danail Rachev, the group will play pieces by Schubert, Shostakovich, and Mozart at five different locations Feb 3-7. But Haimovitz likes to bring classical music into unlikely and nontraditional venues. So on Saturday night, starting around 10:15 PM, following the concert at the Shrine of St. Stanislaus Church in Slavic Village, he’ll be playing the Vivaldi Cello Concerto at Anatolia CafĂ©, the Turkish restaurant on Lee Road in Cleveland Heights. CityMusic’s calling it a jam session so I suspect other musicians might show up, instruments in hand. This could be one of those nights you talk about for the rest of your life. Plus you get to eat and drink while listening. If you want a table, reservations are recommended (216-321-4400).
photo courtesy of

-Feb 9
The husband and I are having our second annual Taxel Creative Group Loft Party- Food for Thought- to benefit the Cleveland International Film Festival at our Prospect Avenue studio. We’ve invited three great chefs- Michael Annandono of Michaelangelo’s, Matt Mathlage of Light Bistro, and Jonathan Bennett of Moxie and Red –to come talk about the "ah ha" food moments and experiences that put them on the culinary career path. They’ll share stories about what made them realize that food is wonderful and cooking the thing they wanted to do and then answer questions from the audience. Not only are the guys generously giving us their time, they’re bringing food too, and we’ll have beverages on hand so no one will go thirsty. We start pouring and passing at 7 PM . Ticketing info at the Festival website

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