I don’t know where the month of May went, but I was planning on hosting this giveaway a few weeks ago – whoops! So let’s get down to business..
With the unofficial start of summer just a few days away, who doesn’t want to do what Americans do best? Eat!
This year’s event highlights include:
-Sizzling entertainment from Mega 80’s, Rick Springfield, Buddy Guy and Bret Michaels along with dozens of regional bands performing on two stages throughout the weekend
-Ten professional grilling teams from across the country will engage in a fierce culinary battle for “Greatest Ribs in America,” “Butch Lupinetti Greatest Sauce in America” and “People’s Choice”
-Five rookie barbecue chefs will participate in the annual Marc’s Amateur Grilling Competition
-New Riverside Terrace and Dining Area offering scenic views of Lake Erie
-Kids’ activities and more!
You can enter to win two general admission tickets by completing one, two or all three of the options listed below (please leave a seperate comment for each entry):
1. Leave a comment telling me your favorite dish to enjoy over the summer.
2. Follow @MarcsStores and @dawgpndgirl on Twitter.
3. Tweet the following:
I want to eat ribs & rock out at the @MarcsStores #GreatAmericanRibCookOff from @dawgpndgirl: http://bit.ly/12q0jn2
You can tweet once per day but remember to leave a separate comment each time you tweet. The winner will be randomly selected & notified the morning of Thursday, May 23, 2013.
Disclosure: I was asked to help promote the event & was provided with two tickets of my own.
Congrats to Melinda from 30 Something Therapy for winning $100 to Provenance at CMA with her (randomly selected) 35th comment! Thanks to all who entered. Check out Provenance on your next trip to the art museum!
Drop me an email with your address & I’ll send the gift card your way!
Have you entered to win $100 to Provenance? You can enter until Sunday, May 12 at 11:59pm.
Cinco de Mayo may have started a new tradition for my cousin, Brandi, & I: a Stella & Dot fiesta! Our gracious stylist, Jenna, came over and set up quite the shiny spread for our friends & family!
With a taco bar, a plethora of tortilla chips & salsa, margaritas, Coronas & sunshine we had a blast shopping for bling. However, mixing alcohol and jewelry parties is fairly dangerous…
Jenna & Julie..what to get?!
Deep thoughts: what piece of jewls to buy!?
Everyone seemed to score something, including myself! In what was the world’s worst kept secret, I bought my bridesmaids some sparkles for the upcoming nuptials!
After our wallets were empty, most of the girls stuck around to enjoy what was a beautiful & sunny Sunday afternoon in our back yard.
Fun with my cousins.
There were SIX men that came before, during or after this fiesta! They just can’t seem to stay away from their lady friends.
They weren’t very interested in the jewelry…
My dad even showed up post-jewelry fun to see some of his favorite gals:
Having never been to a jewelry party, I have to admit I was impressed with how easy it was to host, how pretty the pieces were & how much fun a Sunday with a bunch of hens can be! This, my friends is as girly as it’s going to get around these parts…I think.
This past Friday night, I had a much-needed girls night out that kicked off at the Cleveland Museum of Art‘s, Provenance. I’m glad I braved it east of the Cuyahoga to check out what I think will be one of the hottest spots due to it’s spectacular layout, location & lure of Doug Katz. Chef Douglas Katz (of fire food and drink) is the creative culinary force behind the menus and serves as chef partner.
Adjacent to Provenance is Provenance Café, which offers grab-and-go lunch & dinner options and hors d’oeuvres with an open kitchen concept which is convenient for any museum-goer.
Chef Katz with what was my favorite appetizer, the seared scallop.
The food & drink we sampled was divine but the ambiance of Provenance is what really won me over. If I wasn’t a mere two months away from my wedding day, this would absolutely be a place we’d be checking out! The 76-person dining room wouldn’t hold our wedding guests but there are two private rooms for parties, weddings & events.
Wouldn’t this be a great wedding party table?
The group shot (photo borrowed from whyCLE).
After the group of bloggers (& our lovely dates) sipped on some chilled white wine, refreshing thyme & ginger vodkas and of course a few manhattans, we all ventured into MIX. I’ve heard good things about MIX but we wanted to get closer to our neck of the woods (us westsiders don’t do well being so far away for long periods of time!) so we left when things were just getting started.
Four of us ended up at Market Ave Wine Bar in Ohio City where the fun continued as we inadvertently crashed a huge psycle party. Good thing we all love each other!
Or can at least pretend to…
Now that you’re all planning your night out at Provenance, I have $100 to give to one lucky reader! All you have to do to enter is do one, two or all three of the following (leave individual comments for each entry!):
1. Leave a comment telling me your current go-to place in CLE to grab a bite to eat.
2. Follow @ClevelandArt on the tweeter.
3. Tweet the following:
I want to win $100 for Provenance at @ClevelandArt from @dawgpndgirl: http://bit.ly/YB1UJH #CMAeats
You can tweet once per day just be sure to leave a separate comment each time.
You can enter until Sunday, May 12 at 11:59pm. The winner will be announced and need to claim their prize by Tuesday, May 14, 2013. Good luck!
Disclosure: I was asked by the Provenance PR team to attend the tasting & host the giveaway.
Congratulations to Crystal W. for winning two tickets to see Natalie Cole during the Tri-C JazzFest! You can still buy your Tri-C JazzFest tickets today!
Did you know the Tri-C JazzFest is one of the largest jazz festivals in the region? In it’s 34th year, the festival brings world class jazz to Cleveland over two blockbuster weekends April 19 thru May 4, 2013. This year’s performances are spread out over two weekends to draw in more tourism (and give those travelling into town the opportunity to check out all the other great things taking place in Cleveland).
Not only will local and national artists teach, compose, arrange, and perform, Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland features clinics master classes, lectures, broadcasts, and a breadth of other concert and community outreach activities. Concerts will take place at PlayhouseSquare, the Metropolitan Campus of Cuyahoga Community College, and the new MOCA Cleveland.
In addition to the show, there is an Opening Night Party on April 19 to kick things off in style. The party will be held at Playhouse Square in the State Theatre Lobby from 5-7pm and is sponsored by Great Lakes Brewing Company. The event is free and there is live music by Detroit’s Nadir & Distorted Soul. There will be happy hour drink prices, food, and drawings for festival tickets and merchandise. After the party, the fest will kick off with performances by Aaron Neville and Dr. John at 8pm.
And lucky for you, I have a quite the JazzFestgiveway! Two lucky winners will be sitting pretty at the highly acclaimed Natalie Cole show on April 27, 2013!
How can you win?
- Post a comment telling me the favorite concert you’ve ever attended (jazz or not!).
- Tweet the following: I want to win #TriCJazzFest tix to see Natalie Cole from @dawgpndgirl: http://bit.ly/XbVuOj (you can tweet once per day; leave a comment for each tweet!)
- Like the JazzFest on Facebook (leave a comment saying you did!)
- Follow the JazzFest on Twitter (leave a comment saying you did!)
You can enter until Friday, April 12, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. The winner will be announced sometime on Thursday, April 10, 2013 & will have 24 hours to claim their tickets before I pick another winner. Good luck and don’t forget to buy your Tri-C JazzFest tickets if you don’t win!
Disclosure: I was provided two tickets to the Natalie Cole show in exchange for hosting this giveaway.
I may not be blogging much but that doesn’t mean the fun has come to a halt. Over the past few weeks we’ve thoroughly enjoyed ourselves even though Mother Nature has been so spastic.
We rang in my mom’s birthday in style with cocktails at Pier W, steaks & lobsters at our place and a bonfire to round out the night:
Is this spring?
The girls at Pier W
We also hosted St. Patty’s Day brunch to avoid the ruckus of downtown Cleveland – plus, it was warm inside the house & of course freezing on March 17, 2013 when it was a balmy 75 degrees last year!
Jay & Cora
After last year’s TEDxCLE, I was beyond excited when I had the chance to attend this year’s event at CMA. If you haven’t heard of these inspring talks, do yourself a favor and listen to this pep talk that was played at this year’s event.
Major props to my friends Eric & Hallie for putting together yet another inspiring afternoon!
I also have been lucky enough to be helping my best friend pick out her wedding dress! It’s been fun & it’s absolutely
terrifying thrilling that we’re both getting married within 3 months of each other!
Hayley Paige trunk show at The Bridal Suite at Nordstrom.
GNO in Little Italy.
So much fun, so little time. Rough times, people!
Someone send some sunshine to Cleveland; I’m ready for sandals, trench coats, bright colors & outdoor happy hours!