Table Is Set For Tri-C’s Cleveland Eats Culinary Festival
September 01, 2017
John Horton, 216-987-4281 firstname.lastname@example.org
Downtown event will take place Sept. 15-16 on Mall B
Two words of advice for anyone attending Cleveland Eats, a culinary festival organized by the Hospitality Management Center of Excellence at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®): Come hungry.
Cleveland Eats will turn Mall B into a downtown dining room with food and drink from the region’s top chefs, restaurants and breweries. The inaugural festival takes place Sept. 15-16 on the Mall B outdoor event space above the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland.
Organizers anticipate upwards of 15,000 diners eager to sample fare that has earned Cleveland a reputation as one of the nation’s best food cities.
The festival will showcase the hospitality industry’s impact on the Northeast Ohio economy while highlighting Tri-C’s vital role in training the skilled workers needed to continue the region’s restaurant renaissance.
“Cleveland stands out because of inventive chefs who have turned cooking into an art form,” said Michael Huff, the College’s dean of hospitality management. “We want to give people a taste of what makes the city a leader in cuisine.”
The festival schedule includes:
4-9 p.m. Sept. 15: Friday Night Street Party - Free
Some of the city’s most popular food trucks will roll up to Mall B for the festival’s opening night, where local brewers will offer an extended happy hour as a trio of bands entertain until after the sun sets over Lake Erie.
As an added bonus, catch the weigh-in as Tri-C students and chef instructors attempt to set a world record for largest pierogi. The goal is to make a potato-filled dumpling of nearly 150 pounds – meaning there will be plenty of samples to share.
Noon-10 p.m. Sept. 16: The Main Event - $5 general admission; free for children age 12 and under
A gastronomic delight awaits as more than 30 of the city’s top chefs turn Mall B into their own personal kitchen, preparing specialties that will be available for purchase. Wash them down with selections from nine local breweries or other non-alcoholic drink options.
The family-friendly event will also feature cooking demonstrations; live music throughout the day from eight rocking bands; a culinary marketplace; children’s activities; and a fireworks display at the end of the night.
A Thursday night benefit preceding the festival will raise scholarship money for Tri-C culinary students and the city’s next generation of great chefs. The Cuyahoga Community College Foundation will host the event at Tri-C’s Hospitality Management Center on Public Square.
Sixteen of the city’s top chefs will be paired with Tri-C culinary students to prepare and serve dishes at active food stations during the evening. The Small Bites, Big Dreams event begins at 6 p.m. Tickets start at $150.
For a full schedule, advance tickets and information on participating restaurants, breweries and performers, visit www.cleveland-eats.com.
A cooperative of corporate and civic partners came together to stage Cleveland Eats, and a Culinary Council guiding the planning process represents a “Who’s Who” from the Northeast Ohio food scene.
The Council includes Ben Bebenroth, Dante Boccuzzi, Zack Bruell, Brandt Evans, Matt Fish, Heather Haviland, Chris Hodgson, Christopher Kafcsak, Douglas Katz, Karen Monath, Chris Poplin, Jonathon Sawyer, Karen Small, April Thompson, Eric Wells, Rocco Whalen, Eric Williams and Zdenko Zovkic.