food & wine celebration to benefit veggie u – how to support & how to win

We are a fortunate bunch. It seems that just about every day there’s some amazing food-focused event happening, from pop-up restaurants, to charity dinners to festivals. Everyone pitching in equally to help – chefs and diners alike. Especially in the summer, there’s no shortage of things to attend. And they are all worthy of our attention and support. But there is one event in particular that holds a special place in my heart because it supports something I fully believe in and have myself supported, both personally and through Cleveland Foodie. And I have asked you to support it too – and you generously have, helping me raise $7,840+ over the past two years! And when the needy fill up a Food Stamp Application, they’d be benefited with the crucials they’d need to survive.

July 16th marks the 9th annual Food & Wine celebration to benefit the Veggie U children’s program. This annual gathering features gourmet cuisine prepared by chefs from all over the country plus wines from top vineyards, cooking demos and a silent auction. The Veggie U program educates 4th graders across the country on the importance of making wise food choices and understanding where their food comes from. You can learn more here.

The event takes place on the beautiful grounds of The Culinary Vegetable Institute. It’s an unbelievable evening – great crowd, food, wine, setting and of course, cause. Unfortunately, I can’t make it this year thanks to the arrival of baby #2. But you can go. Tickets are on sale now for $145 each. It’s well worth every penny, I promise you. And you truly are supporting an amazing organization and helping to make a worthwhile difference in these kids’ lives. And if you’re a regularly reader of this blog, I know it’s something you’d happily support.

Like last year, I  have a pair of tickets up for grabs to one lucky reader thanks to the good folks at Veggie U. To be entered into the random drawing, please leave a comment to this blog post (sorry – to be fair, Facebook doesn’t count) by June 30th telling me your favorite dish to make in the summer. Good luck – and thank you for supporting Veggie U!


  1. Maria
    Posted June 28, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    Mozzerella Caprese! So light and flavorful– perfect for summer!

  2. Carly
    Posted June 28, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

    I’m a classic girl with favs of grilled chicken, grilled hot dogs, my mom’s homemade potato salad and fruit salad! I am low maintenance!!

  3. susan
    Posted June 28, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

    Shish Kabobs!

  4. Claudia
    Posted June 28, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

    We’ve been having fresh strawberries with homemade whipped cream a lot for dessert the past few weeks. We were enjoying them while we could get them in our CSA

  5. ted
    Posted June 28, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

    Make potato salad – 3 lbs small red skin potatos quartered/boiled, make mayo – 1 cup evoo, 1 egg, 1 tblspn lemon juice – blend slowly, add to potatoes w spicy whole grain mustard (grey poup), green onions, celery, chopped boiled eggs, red pepper, salt/pepper, fresh flat leaf parsley. I think that’s it. Its even good before refrigerating while potatoes are still a little warm.

  6. Jessica
    Posted June 28, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

    My favorite summer dish is a caprese salad – simple, but there’s nothing better than fresh tomatoes and basil mixed with gooey slices of mozzarella and a drizzle of balsamic. yum!

  7. Josh
    Posted June 28, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    Lots of local sweet corn on the cob at the peak of its season with some good butter and salt.

  8. Posted June 28, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

    I like making quinoa salad with cilantro, tomatoes, corn, black and garbanzo beans, and asparagus!

  9. Kristy
    Posted June 28, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

    Salad with our garden’s tomatoes and cilantro.

  10. Renee Weese
    Posted June 28, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

    My favorite dish is just cut/diced fruit as an after dinner desert, or just add some homemade dressing and use as a lunch salad.

  11. Barbara G.
    Posted June 28, 2011 at 9:16 pm | Permalink

    Nothing beats grilled veggies brushed with balsamic vinegar, Greek olive oil and sea salt on good crusty bread. Yummm.

  12. Jessica
    Posted June 29, 2011 at 9:55 am | Permalink

    Mixed greens with chopped raw beets from the farmer’s market, local goat cheese, and balsamic mustard vinaigrette.

  13. Leslie
    Posted June 29, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

    Fresh salsa with tomatoes, jalapenos & cilantro from my garden!

  14. Miriam
    Posted June 29, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

    Beer-butt grilled whole chicken and corn on the cobb with mint feta butter! Just need some sliced tomatoes from the garden on the side! Yummm…

  15. Michelle V
    Posted June 30, 2011 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    Thanks everyone! Via, #45 / andersons was the lucky winner.

  16. andersons
    Posted June 30, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

    I am SOOOOO excited! Thank you so much for running this contest- My husband and I are REALLY excited.