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!
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!