happy summer! tour de bruell + summer solstice + your chance to win

It’s back – the second annual Tour de Bruell. Like last year, Zack will be giving away some fun prizes, including a first to finish reward. Here’s the scoop:

Zack Bruell announces the official start of the 2011 Tour de Bruell.  To take part in the Tour, diners should simply visit any Zack Bruell restaurant – Parallax, Table 45, L’Albatros or Chinato – between Memorial Day and Labor Day and ask for their Tour de Bruell ticket.   Each time a participant purchases dinner at one of the restaurants, they earn a stamp on their ticket.  In order to complete the Tour, participants will have to get one stamp at each Zack Bruell restaurant.

All fans that complete the Tour de Bruell will receive a commemorative t-shirt, featuring the 2011  theme:  “Get Your Zack On.”  From those individuals, 10 semi-finalists and their guests will be randomly selected to enjoy a complimentary wine tasting dinner at Table 45, featuring cuisine by Bruell and champagne offerings by Moët & Chandon.  In addition, one grand prize winner will receive the custom, in-home, four-course dinner for eight, prepared by Bruell.

The first person at each restaurant to turn in a completed Tour de Bruell ticket will win a chauffeured progressive dinner, hosted by Bruell, with one course at each of the four Zack Bruell restaurants.


The Cleveland Museum of Art’s annual Summer Solstice Party, now in its third year, is just around the corner – Saturday, June 25th. The event will feature all-night music, food, drinks and dancing to celebrate the long days and hot nights of summer us Clevelanders have been so patiently awaiting.  But why wait until the 25th to enjoy?

Starting next week, each Zack Bruell restaurant will offer its own unique multi-course, prix fixe Summer Solstice menu for one week, to promote the Summer Solstice party.  Chinato kicks it off next week followed by L’Albatros.  Here’s the official menu schedule:

  • Week of May 31 (Tues-Sat):  Chinato
  • Week of June 6 (Mon-Sat):  L’Albatros
  • Week of June 13 (Mon-Sat):  Parallax
  • Week of June 19 (Sun-Sat):  Table 45 (Table 45 will offer pre-party dining for Summer Solstice Party 2011)
  • The cost for these Summer Solstice Menus are $35 per person

Chinato’s menu:

  • 1st Course: Lamb sweetbreads with roasted tomato aioli
  • 2nd course: Pappardelle with zucchini, chickpeas, arugula mint and pecorino cheese
  • 3rd course: Fennel-dusted cod with bell pepper and fennel risotto and basil butter
  • 4th course: Lemon cheesecake

L’Albatros’ menu:

  • 1st Course: Salad of Garden and Local Greens with Charred Tomato Vinaigrette
  • 2nd Course: Braised Pork Belly & Tiger Shrimp with Lavender Pork Jus
  • 3rd Course : Strawberry Clafoutis

The actual event takes place on 6/25 at the museum starting at 6 p.m. and lasting until 2 a.m. General admission tickets are $125 for CMA members and includes hors d’oeuvres plus open bar from 6-8 p.m. From 7:30 p.m. until 2 a.m., general admission is $60 per person, $40 for CMA members, and free admission for CMA members at the Fellow level or higher and includes appetizers and cash bar. And from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m., advance tickets are $15 per person, $20 per person at the door and includes snacks and cash bar.

While I’m really hoping to attend this event, there’s a good chance I just may be in labor (though if I go, UH is just around the corner…). Unless you’re also nearing the end of your pregnancy and the notion of staying up until 10 p.m. is a foreign concept to you these days, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t go. It has quite the reputation of being one of the best summer parties in town! And thanks to the CMA and Zack Bruell, I have two tickets up for grabs to attend from 10 p.m. on. To be entered into the random drawing, just leave a comment to this post (sorry – to be fair, Facebook doesn’t count, but I do appreciate the conversation there!) telling me your favorite thing about Cleveland summers.

Good luck and happy summer! You have until June 8th to enter.


  1. Posted June 1, 2011 at 9:16 am | Permalink

    I love the summer solstice event. I was out of town last year and missed it :(
    My favorite thing about Cleveland summers is Kayaking in Lake Erie. If you don’t have a kayak you can rent one from a couple places. I usually rent mine at the Rocky River Metroparks and it is a blast!

  2. Posted June 1, 2011 at 9:18 am | Permalink

    Summer Solstice at CMA: best party in town!

    Best thing about Cleveland Summers: Al fresco dining with friends refreshing cocktails, shopping local from the farmers markets, stowing the Uggs and black turtleneck for breezy attire and sandals.

  3. Jessica
    Posted June 1, 2011 at 9:22 am | Permalink

    Picnics on the beaches of Lake Erie, followed by Parade the Circle! I haven’t been to Summer Solstice yet, but I know it will make the list after this year!

  4. Sarah Rivera
    Posted June 1, 2011 at 9:23 am | Permalink

    I love the farmers markets in Cleveland during the summer and also drinking on various patios in the city!

  5. Susan
    Posted June 1, 2011 at 9:30 am | Permalink

    My favorite thing about Cleveland summers are early morning coffee on the porch and late-night drinking on a patio!

    This event sounds like a blast!

  6. Posted June 1, 2011 at 9:33 am | Permalink

    Honestly, the best part about Cleveland Summers is that people leave their houses. We spend so much time cooped up inside during the cold months, you almost forget who your neighbors are. It is great to sit out on the porch and talk to everyone.

  7. Posted June 1, 2011 at 9:36 am | Permalink

    Indians baseball. One thing I love slightly more then Cleveland food is Cleveland baseball. Win or lose, the corner of Carnegie and Ontario is my favorite place in the summer :)

  8. JK
    Posted June 1, 2011 at 9:51 am | Permalink

    The beaches and great local ice cream, they make any summer day perfect!

  9. Posted June 1, 2011 at 10:27 am | Permalink

    I love night games at the Jake, porch parties, patio dining, and beach picnics. But my favorite sign of summer in Cleveland is the release of Great Lakes Brewery’s Lake Erie Monster–my favorite summer beer.

  10. Joe
    Posted June 1, 2011 at 10:55 am | Permalink

    Visiting all of the farmers’ markets and patio dining

  11. Erik
    Posted June 1, 2011 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    Sitting out on the East 4th patios!

  12. Jackie
    Posted June 1, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

    Farmers’ markets, drinks on a patio, walking the dogs – just being outside!

  13. Emmy
    Posted June 1, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

    Patio dining and all the festivals!

  14. Amy Mould
    Posted June 1, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    Long walks in the Metroparks and farmers markets!

  15. Posted June 1, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

    My favorite thing about Cleveland summers are the Sunday night trips to Honey Hut Ice Cream with the hubby and the pup!

  16. Brian
    Posted June 1, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

    The best thing about Cleveland summers is dining al fresco on a beautiful patio!

  17. Posted June 1, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

    My favorite thing about CLE summer is anywhere I can be outside – from the Metroparks to Whiskey Island to Chagrin Falls to my backyard!

  18. Linda
    Posted June 1, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    Being outside!! We are going to L’Albatros for my birthday this weekend for the first time!! (and yes, I am 29 again also :)

  19. Posted June 1, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

    My favorite part of Cleveland summers is patio time at tons of great local restaurants and bars!

    I’d love to win, thanks for hosting.

  20. Nicole Reese
    Posted June 1, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Permalink

    My favorite part of Cleveland summers is that we aren’t a ghost town anymore! I love baseball games, patios, and summer events like the Solstice

  21. Brian F.
    Posted June 1, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

    After this monsoon spring, just being able to be outside without wearing hip boots is a treat!

  22. Dick
    Posted June 1, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Permalink

    Can you recommend a few great restaurants to celebrate a special anniversary. We love all kinds of cuisine. thanks

  23. Jennifer Foster
    Posted June 1, 2011 at 7:29 pm | Permalink

    Patios, parks, parade the circle, art walks, festivals, drive in movies, and the warm sun on my face! (with sunscreen, of course) :)

  24. Dave
    Posted June 1, 2011 at 11:18 pm | Permalink

    Hiking in the metroparks, camping, pool & beach time, smoking butts & ribs, and patio time with friends and family.

  25. Virginia
    Posted June 3, 2011 at 8:02 am | Permalink

    My favorite thing about summer in Cleveland is how green everything is. Whether it is driving through country roads or visiting any of our wonderful parks, the lush greeness and warm sun is health to my soul.

  26. Posted June 3, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

    My favorite thing about Cleveland summers is cool evenings around a campfire with friends, a cold beer perhaps, and the occasional s’more!

  27. andrea
    Posted June 4, 2011 at 10:25 pm | Permalink

    picnics by the lake –

  28. susan
    Posted June 5, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

    favorite part about cleveland summers is the wide selection of produce at west side market!

  29. Jennifer
    Posted June 7, 2011 at 8:25 am | Permalink

    My favorite part about Cleveland summers is hanging outside with friends/family/neighbors until late into the evening!

  30. Abbie
    Posted June 7, 2011 at 8:30 am | Permalink

    Patio dining, outdoor music venues, Metroparks.

  31. Corinne
    Posted June 7, 2011 at 9:28 am | Permalink

    My favorite things about Cleveland summers: patios, warm nights, Parade the Circle, Indians baseball and the solstice party.

  32. Anne
    Posted June 7, 2011 at 9:32 am | Permalink

    We enjoy the lovely less humid summers here, (as compared to the East Coast). The flowers and gardens are so much nicer and it’s nicer to walk and bike throughout the area. CNVP is great for this as well as the Metroparks! Love the patio and courtyard dining that is available almost everywhere! We can actually eat on our own deck under a wisteria arbor most of the summer too.

  33. Elizabeth
    Posted June 7, 2011 at 9:38 am | Permalink

    The best thing about cleveland summers would have to be picking fresh berries in places like Geauaga country and then sharing them with friends in lush gardens and picturesque balconies.

  34. alison
    Posted June 7, 2011 at 9:52 am | Permalink

    My favorite things about our Cleveland summers are that there are always wonderful “deals” happening. It gives me (a student) the opportunity to explore a little outside of my comfort zone in terms of where I’m dining, what I’m drinking, and what I’m willing to try! i.e. Pork belly last year. I also like the general hustle and bustle you can find anywhere in the county of people going out to dinner in their wonderful sundresses, walking to Mitchells for an evening treat in Rocky River, on Carnegie en route to a game or concert, gettin their flip flops on to check out Whiskey Island, or grabbing lunch at the Metroparks. I always find myself on breaks in the summer treating myself in Tremont, doesn’t matter if it’s cupcakes, coffee, or Ice cream… or a new sweater! How about all of the free views of our Lake? Just this week I read at Wendy Park and sat on the patio next to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (I have odd hours of free time between 2-4pm). Last but not least I like the fact that I can frequent my own fav spots in Ohio City or Cleveland Heights, and they are NEVER too crowded and never dissapoint. I can’t possibly name all the reasons I love Cleveland in the summer, but as a transplant to Ohio 3 years ago, this is the gist of what I love.
    P.S. If you’re avoiding the Lake because of the midges… they aren’t bothersome this year. And I forgot to mentiont the vast selection of Food trucks!

  35. Elizabeth
    Posted June 7, 2011 at 10:13 am | Permalink

    I love patios, fresh fruits and veggies from the garden, summer ales, and sunshine.

  36. Meg
    Posted June 7, 2011 at 10:33 am | Permalink

    I love Wade Oval Wednesdays, outdoor food and drinks just about anywhere, and Shaker Square Market!

  37. Jaime
    Posted June 7, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

    Hiking in CVNP, festivals, farmers markets, Cedar Point, flip-flops instead of snow or rain boots, the air show!, pools being open…. Basically anything that lets me be outside and enjoy the sunshine!

  38. Posted June 7, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Permalink

    I am so glad summer is back. I love the Tremont Farmer’s Market, our walks in the park, and Cold Fusions from Civilizations. I love taking refuge at the Science Center on hot days and basking by the pool. Cleveland is awesome!

  39. Michelle V
    Posted June 8, 2011 at 10:22 am | Permalink

    #9 Marissa is the lucky winner! Thanks everyone!

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