ben and greg’s renegade lunch

I love ideas. One of my favorite aspects about my job is brainstorming and working together to generate all sorts of ideas for our clients, big and small, outlandish and simple. So when I first heard about this idea back in December, I was immediately wowed and a bit giddy.

Here’s how the big idea started, straight from Greg MacLaren’s post:
“A few weeks back I had this crazy idea. What if, I thought, Ben and I just started doing random free plated lunches around town? I know that times are tough for a lot of people in the working world and especially in our fair city and I also expect that morale can’t be at its all time high. Ben and I have always enjoyed the unexpected and more than a little chaos, so I figured we could combine that with food and come up with something unusual, exciting, and a little chaotic. Hence, Ben and Greg’s Renegade Lunch Project.”

The traveling restaurant offers lucky diners (first come, first served) a free, two-course, locally sourced lunch prepared tableside. At the end of each lunch, diners will be asked for a small donation to a local charity. Another good idea.
Brilliant, right? Love the concept (logo, too) and the fact that chefs Greg and Ben [Bebenroth] are doing a little something out of the ordinary to help a lucky group of 25 forget about all the crummy things going on, even if it’s just for an afternoon. All while passing on some good to a local charity in the process.
The lunch events will be held in different mystery locations each month. The charity will change each month, too.
Chefs Ben and Greg, Cleveland’s dynamic duo. Wouldn’t you agree?
Marigold Catering was just voted best off-site caterer by Cleveland Business Connects. Marigold also celebrated a second award as the exclusive caterers of Park Lane Villa, voted Best New Venue. This is the second year in a row Marigold was honored as best off-site caterer. Congratulations.


  1. Beanie
    Posted March 4, 2009 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

    This is so much fun, I almost can’t stand it.

  2. Cassie
    Posted March 7, 2009 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

    Very, Very cool!

  3. Posted August 11, 2009 at 11:26 am | Permalink

    I’ve had the pleasure of being invited to two already, and they are so much fun! The chefs are amazing, and it is all for a good cause. People should seriously keep an eye out.

  4. CrabtreeNick
    Posted September 8, 2013 at 1:50 am | Permalink

    somebody really hates greg maclaren. shes always posting shit about him online.