july happenings @ the greenhouse tavern & your chance to attend

Finally. On Tuesday, I’ll be in town, have a sitter and am not under the weather (knock on wood). Because for the past few years, these were the reasons why I haven’t been able to attend the annual Bastille Day Celebration (the French national holiday which commemorates the storming of Bastille) put together by chef Jonathon Sawyer and The Greenhouse Tavern. I have heard from just about everyone how great this event is and am quite excited to finally attend.

The 4th annual Bastille Day Celebration for Slow Food will take place on the eve of Bastille Day – this Tuesday, July 13th, beginning at 6 p.m. Participating chefs and farmers include: Thaxtons Garlic (look for a q&a with them soon), Crepes du Luxe, Bar Symon, L’Albatros, Jeni’s Ice Creams, On the Rise, Flying Fig, ABC Tavern, Erie Island Coffee, Moxie/Red and more. Tickets are $75 for non-members and help benefit Slow Foods Northern Ohio.

A little later this month on July 22, chef Sawyer and team will be hosting the Au Bon Climat (which stands for well-exposed vineyard), or ABC wine dinner. Founded in 1982, ABC produces internationally recognized pinot noir, chardonnay and pinot blanc wines from grapes grown in California’s Santa Barbara county. The 5-course dinner is $60 pp. Visit here to see each course and wine pairing.

The Greenhouse Tavern has given me four tickets to giveaway, two for Bastille Day and two for the wine dinner. On Tuesday at noon, I’ll pick two winners via random.org. If you’d like to go, and are free to attend either, please leave a comment to be considered. Since most of us are still talking about recent events, er decisions, leave a comment telling us why you are loyal to the great city of Cleveland and you’ll be automatically entered.

Good luck –and a big thank you to The Greenhouse Tavern for giving away these tickets to readers!


  1. Jyll
    Posted July 12, 2010 at 7:16 am | Permalink

    If we don’t believe in Cleveland, no one else will.

  2. Erik
    Posted July 12, 2010 at 8:38 am | Permalink

    Vive la Revolution de Cleveland!

  3. Posted July 12, 2010 at 8:42 am | Permalink

    The Rocky River reservation of the Metroparks is one thing I could never live without. I’ve never lived more than a 1/4 mile from an entrance into the Valley, and I hope I never do.

  4. Katie
    Posted July 12, 2010 at 8:47 am | Permalink

    Cleveland has a lot to offer -inexpensive living, great parks, and most of all an impressive food scene!

  5. Kristen Wilson
    Posted July 12, 2010 at 8:57 am | Permalink

    The pendulum is swinging back positive for our fair city! It’s time for the current generation that is making things happen to really take it back. Props to the local food community for being at the forefront! CLE truly does ROCK!

  6. Posted July 12, 2010 at 8:58 am | Permalink

    I love Cleveland because when I moved from Youngstown a year and a half ago, my plan was to get out of the state as soon as I could. Once I discovered the great community and restaurant scene that is Cleveland, I suddenly no longer felt any rush to move to a bigger city. In this short amount of time, I’ve grown quite proud of Cleveland and what it has to offer.

  7. Jileen
    Posted July 12, 2010 at 8:59 am | Permalink

    J’adore Bastille Day!

  8. Posted July 12, 2010 at 9:07 am | Permalink

    I’d love to go to either event!

    I LOVE cleveland. I will support it till the end!

    Happy Monday.

  9. Sherry
    Posted July 12, 2010 at 9:25 am | Permalink

    I love this city — born and raised here!! No chain restaurants for our family — locally/independently owned, ONLY!!

  10. jaybee
    Posted July 12, 2010 at 9:26 am | Permalink

    I love Cleveland because it’s real.

  11. steve
    Posted July 12, 2010 at 9:29 am | Permalink

    Really there is more to do in Cleveland than one could possibly have time for. Bastille Day soiree is the only event we are available for.

  12. Teri
    Posted July 12, 2010 at 9:30 am | Permalink

    I moved here 10 years ago for college. I fell in love with the city and never left! It has definitely become my home and I plan to raise my family here in the future!

  13. ClausHaus
    Posted July 12, 2010 at 9:30 am | Permalink

    I have always said Cleveland is SO underrated! :)

  14. anne
    Posted July 12, 2010 at 9:31 am | Permalink

    I would love to go to Bastille Day Celebration! I love Cleveland for Lake Erie… Lake Erie Beaches, Lake Erie Lighthouses, Lake Erie Islands, and most of all Lake Erie Sunsets.

  15. Laurel Miltner
    Posted July 12, 2010 at 9:43 am | Permalink

    I’m loyal to Cleveland because our city is poised for greatness. I truly feel we’re on the verge of a strong reemergence.

    Our affordability makes us an ideal place for startups, and due to easy access to Lake Erie ideally this will mean new innovation in green technology.

    We have a great food scene, and safe and walkable downtown with easily accessible suburbs that all have something unique to offer.

    Lastly, the people in Cleveland are passionate about supporting local businesses, supporting each other and supporting the city in general.

  16. Emily Lauren
    Posted July 12, 2010 at 9:55 am | Permalink

    Wow, I’d love to go to either of these events! They both sound wonderful!!

  17. Posted July 12, 2010 at 10:00 am | Permalink

    Sounds like two fabulous events!

  18. anelo82
    Posted July 12, 2010 at 10:03 am | Permalink

    We have a great cultural scene, food/restaurant scene, and the parks system is amazing…one of the best in the country!

  19. Emily
    Posted July 12, 2010 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    Cleveland rocks because the food is so good – so fresh, so inventive, and so affordable! Give it a few years and this will be the culinary destination!

  20. Karen
    Posted July 12, 2010 at 10:12 am | Permalink

    I have lived all over the country and feel that Clevelands restaurants can run with any of the big dogs in New York, LA, San Fran.

  21. Posted July 12, 2010 at 10:15 am | Permalink

    i love all the “hidden” gems here… both the food finds and the scenery. i cant for taste of tremont this sunday- and i still have yet to try the dim and dem sum truck. adding either greenhouse tavern event would be amazinnnng!

  22. Jennifer Hartle
    Posted July 12, 2010 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    Love the Greenhouse. Want to attend the Bastille Day event because it is my boyfriend’s birthday and he likes the Greenhouse as much as I do. We go to any fundraiser, wine tasting we can, especially when they offer such great food.

  23. andy
    Posted July 12, 2010 at 10:40 am | Permalink

    I moved to northeast Ohio in the mid-’80s (I may be the only person who switched allegiances to the Indians in the mid-’80s). We may not have any sports champions, but with Sawyer, Symon and others, Cleveland certainly has culinary champions.

  24. Brittany
    Posted July 12, 2010 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    People like to joke about Cleveland, but it has a lot to offer. Ethinic diversity, unique neighborhoods, a first rate hospital, and a burgeoning food scene. It has a lot of layers, allowing you to keep finding new things to love about it.

  25. David Bartholow
    Posted July 12, 2010 at 11:44 am | Permalink

    Before living in Cleveland, I always lived in college towns. College towns are great, but Cleveland has so much more music, art, and other events going on. And great food!!

  26. Christina
    Posted July 12, 2010 at 11:44 am | Permalink

    Both events sound fabulous!
    Cleveland is a wonderful city. From its ethnic diversity, to the wonderful museums and the sports teams, there is something for everyone. Born and raised in Cleveland, I am always discovering something new here, often in terms of food. This is a great city for foodies!

  27. David
    Posted July 12, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    Having just got back from spending way too much money on fine dining in NYC, my wife and I really appreciate the amazing food and value that Cleveland’s restaurants provide. We are very lucky to have not only great restaurants but superb chefs who push events like these and really connect with the local community. I think that Cleveland is well on its way to being a top-5 food city in the US, if it’s not already!

  28. Tim Serazin
    Posted July 12, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

    The north shore restaurant scene continues to impress,,,,sounds like another great event.

  29. Davey
    Posted July 12, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

    I love Cleveland. I’ve often considered that if I left Cleveland for another city I would eventually come back. Cleveland is home.

  30. Laura
    Posted July 12, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

    I am loyal to Cleveland partially due to wonderful restaurants like Greenhouse Tavern that serve fabulous, affordable local food.

  31. Tracy W.
    Posted July 12, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

    I’m not moving to Miami.. you will be glad to know my tax dollars will be staying here. I love love love Cleveland. Spent the day on the water yesterday listening to a couple of Cleveland’s great bands. Whats not to love?

  32. Posted July 12, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

    I would LOVE to go to either!

  33. Beth
    Posted July 12, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

    I would love to go to either event! I am loving Cleveland right now because the people here take a lickin’ and keep on tickin’!

  34. PJ
    Posted July 12, 2010 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

    I’d love to go to either of these events! I love Cleveland because you’ll never find a better group of people! We stick together! Also the food scene here is by far one of the best in the nation!

  35. Posted July 12, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

    I’m loyal to Cleveland because it makes me happy, keeps me occupied with amazing new things every week and the people are the best! (Friendly, sassy and fun.) :-)

  36. Michelle
    Posted July 12, 2010 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

    The farmers markets, the restaurant scene and the metroparks.

  37. Janet
    Posted July 12, 2010 at 7:06 pm | Permalink

    Maybe it’s because my parents came here from Pittsburgh for their honeymoon during WWII, but I love this place. Take a seat on the balcony of the West Side Market and just watch the show. And yeah, even I can afford to live on Lake Erie!

  38. Janet
    Posted July 12, 2010 at 7:34 pm | Permalink

    Love the Cleve, love the food, love the lake, used to love Mitzi’s!

  39. Posted July 12, 2010 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

    After being on the road all the time to LA, NYC, Chicago, Dallas, Boston, and yes, Miami, I am always happy to come back to a place that is truly home.

  40. mike
    Posted July 12, 2010 at 8:39 pm | Permalink

    i moved here from NY four years ago, and i will defend cleveland to everyone i talk to. even if i don’t spend the rest of my life here, these four years have been fantastic. and i recommend visiting the cleve to everyone i know.

  41. Posted July 13, 2010 at 12:08 am | Permalink

    I’m loyal to Cleveland because it’s full of nice people like you that stop by my FB to wish me happy birthday even though you don’t really know me. Thanks!

    Oh, and I’d love either, but I can’t make the Bastille Day thing cause of work. Since I already called off last week for my birthday :)

  42. Lyndsay
    Posted July 13, 2010 at 8:30 am | Permalink

    Harvey Pekar is why Cleveland Rocks!

  43. Posted July 13, 2010 at 8:31 am | Permalink

    I’d love to attend the Bastille Day dinner! I love Cleveland because it’s my home! We’ve got the Rock Hall and an Iron Chef, for crying out loud!

  44. ellen
    Posted July 13, 2010 at 9:24 am | Permalink

    I’d love to see what a Bastille Day event is like in Cleveland, having only previously celebrated it in Philadelphia. I’m loyal to Cleveland because of it’s constant effort to improve. It doesn’t have a big-name reputation on which to rely–it is what we make it, and there are a lot of foodies here that keep it interesting.

  45. Amy
    Posted July 13, 2010 at 9:46 am | Permalink

    Cleveland has been really warm and welcoming to a new transfer. People talk about how there’s nothing to do, but I find that the city and surrounding areas are abundant with activities!

  46. Posted July 13, 2010 at 10:36 am | Permalink

    The Greenhouse is an amazing place!

  47. jessica
    Posted July 13, 2010 at 10:53 am | Permalink

    I love that Cleveland is finally finding its feet. I can’t wait to see and TASTE what comes next!

  48. Sarah
    Posted July 13, 2010 at 11:03 am | Permalink

    Cleveland has so much to offer – art, theater, museums, amusement parks, Lake Erie, Metro Parks, concerts, restaurants, wineries, farmer’s markets, affordable living, great communities – it’s just a great place to live!

  49. Michelle V
    Posted July 13, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

    We have winners! #89 for Bastille Day and #58 for the wine dinner. Thanks everyone. Don’t worry if you didn’t win, there will be several giveaways coming up so you’ll have plenty more opps to win something.