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
- 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
- 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.