Lakewood OH

Culinary creations are a highlight of these area events

The cuisine of Chef Steve Schimoler, owner of Crop Bistro in Ohio City, will be just one of the highlights of “Got Green?” a benefit event for Lakewood Community Services on Sept. 7, 6-10 p.m.

Several area chefs have offered raffle prizes, including a dinner for four with wine from Chef Mike Nowak of The Black Pig, and a meal for 10 served at your home by Chef Chris Hodgson of Hodge Podge food truck and Dim and Den Sum. Raffle tickets are $20.

Entertainment for the evening’s festivities, which take place at the Lakewood Community Services community garden in Madison Park, 13101 Madison Ave., will be provided by Kristine Jackson and KJ Blues. Tickets to the benefit event are $75. Phone 216-226-6466 or visit

“Fall into Avon,” on Sept. 8 and 9, for fun in the historic French Creek District. There will be antiques for sale, as well as fall fashions, gourmet foods and distinctive home decor. The Taste of Avon, with food samples from local eateries, will feature About the Cake, Coleone’s Pizza, Dervish, Edible Arrangements, Milligan’s, Nemo Grille, Starbucks, Two Bucks and Tom’s Country Place.

Entertainment on Saturday will be provided by Emily Keener, the Avon High School band and the Biasella Trio. Sunday’s music will be by Nomad Soul and Yellow Delicious. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sept. 8 and noon to 5 p.m. on Sept. 9. A children’s pavilion will offer crafts, games, face painting, a magic show and a hay maze. A BMX and skateboard challenge is planned for 2 p.m. Sunday at the skateboard park. The weekend festival also features a decorated scarecrow competition and a classic car show. Visit for more information.

Celebrate 14 years of tackling hunger in Cleveland on Sept. 10 at the Taste of the Browns Celebrity Dinner at the Cleveland Browns Stadium.

The benefit event for the Cleveland Foodbank, the area’s largest hunger relief organization, is chaired by former Cleveland Browns defensive lineman Al “Bubba” Baker and current Cleveland Browns offensive lineman Joe Thomas.

“There are too many people who too often go without food,” Baker said. “Taste of the Browns is a shining example of how Northeast Ohioans can combine their passions, food and football, together to benefit those in need.”

Baker is donating a raffle prize of a catered tailgate party for 30 people from his Bubba’s Q restaurant, delivered personally. He has also pledged that part of the profits from the sale of “Al ‘Bubba’ Baker’s Simple Southern Cookbook” will go to the Cleveland Foodbank, and that the amount will be matched by Bubba’s Q.

A silent auction will include items such as passes to Disneyworld, restaurant gift cards and memorabilia from the Cleveland Browns.

Tickets for Taste of the Browns are $150, with 50 percent of that tax-deductible. This year’s event features more than 25 food and beverage stations with culinary creations from some of the area’s most popular restaurants. Phone 216-738-2126 for ticket information.



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