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Get hoppy with seasonal beer and food pairings

Get hoppy at the Cleveland Botanical Garden this fall.

Hoppy Hour at the botanical garden takes place from 5:30 to 9 p.m. every Wednesday, through Oct. 30.
Presented by Great Lakes Brewing Co. (GLBC), it features a different GLBC beer weekly as well as seasonal fare. Join Great Lakes Brewing and the garden’s horticultural staff to learn about beer ingredients and the brewing process. Admission is free with regular garden admission. Beer is purchased separately. The Cleveland Botanical Garden is at 11030 East Blvd. in University Circle.

A Fat Head’s beer dinner is planned for 7 p.m. on Oct. 10 at the Copper Cup in Westlake. The event will feature some of Fat Head’s best brews paired with culinary creations from chef Joe Dubbs and his team.
The meal starts with Bumble Berry Honey Blueberry Ale served with local heirloom greens, smoked chicken, Brie cheese and blueberry chipotle vinaigrette. Goggle Fogger German-style Hefeweizen will be accompanied by sweet and spicy calamari with house-pickled peppers. An entree selection of Ghost Chili St. Louis-style ribs will be paired with Head Hunter IPA. Grilled bacon-wrapped sirloin with smoked Gouda mashers, sauteed spinach and port demi-glace will be complemented by Battle Axe Baltic Porter. Dessert will be pumpkin cheesecake served with Spooky Tooth Pumpkin Ale.

Cost for the dinner is $30 a person, plus tax and tip. Phone 440-835-9900 for reservations. The Copper Cup is at 680 Dover Center Road.

Savor the flavor of some of the area’s best restaurants and help benefit local food banks.

The fourth annual “Savor the Flavor: A Taste in Strongsville,” sponsored by the Strongsville Rotary, will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 13 at Petitti Garden Center, 18941 Pearl Road. Proceeds from the event go to Northeast Ohio food banks. This year, 25 restaurants will offer food tastings. Participating restaurants include Blue Point Grill, B-Spot, Crop Bistro, Don’s Pomeroy House, Johnny’s Bar, Fahrenheit, Rosewood Grille, Hyde Park Steakhouse, DC Pasta, Carrie Cerino’s, Pura Vida, Washington Place Bistro and Old Carolina Barbecue Co. There will craft beer and wine tastings, and a martini and Manhattan bar. Tickets are $60 a person. Visit www.tasteofstrongsville.com to purchase tickets.

A special attraction this year is a raffle for a VIP Wine Country Experience package for four people. The package includes a three-night stay in a luxury hotel in the Napa Valley, a wine dinner at John Ash and Co. restaurant, two days of limo service to and from area wineries, private tours and luxury tastings at Far Niente, Ferrari-Carano, Continuum Estate, Etude and Silver Oak wineries, and a $2,500 travel voucher to assist with airfare. The trip is valued at more than $12,000. Raffle tickets are $100 each. The winning ticket will be drawn at the Savor the Flavor event.

There are more than 40 food trucks in Greater Cleveland offering a variety of delicious eats. Now you can track your favorite meal when it is on the road. Visitors to the site www.roaminghunger.com can hover over the City Maps icon, click on “Cleveland” and link to photos of Northeast Ohio food trucks. Click on any photo to get information about each business, its menu and day’s location. An iPhone app will also be available soon.

 

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