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Veggie U announces Food and Wine Celebration

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Jul 7, 2014 at 8:07 PM

The Veggie U Food and Wine Celebration is back, and some unique twists make the event better than ever.

For 10 years, the Celebration was an outdoor event held in Milan. The recreated event will be held in downtown Cleveland, and will focus on local culinary talent expressing themselves through the flavors of international cuisines.

“Everyone loved the Veggie U Food and Wine Celebrations of the past,” said Nadia Clifford, Veggie U executive director. “The logistics of such a large outdoor event eventually became too unwieldy. Our goal is to provide great food and great fun for our guests, but also to make sure the Veggie U story is told. Our number one purpose is to sustain Classroom Garden education both locally and nationally, and our fundraiser will help us meet that goal.”

The Veggie U Food and Wine Celebration (#VUFoodWine2014) will be held July 19, 2014, from 7 to 10:30 p.m. at 180 Euclid Ave., Cleveland (the Hospitality Management Center of Tri-C and Pura Vida spaces on Public Square). The fundraiser benefits Veggie U, a non-profit children's education program that teaches the importance of nutrition and sustainable agriculture by providing interactive lesson plans and a classroom garden to elementary and special needs students.

Tastes of the World creates a framework for each of the twelve+ guest chefs at the tasting stations to use their culinary skills to transport guests to their favorite locales or to a region and cuisine style they might not otherwise get to experience. Wine pairings from the best grape growing regions of the world will compliment the dishes, while lively music from Don Disantis will entertain the guests. A wine pull and silent auction will round off the evening while providing further opportunities to donate to the Veggie U cause.

Featured chefs include Matt Mytro (Flour); Andrew Bower (Market Garden Brewery); Scott Coffman (Pura Vida); Jeff Jarrett (AMP 150); Michael Lyons (The Accessible Gourmet); Brad Cecchi (Urban Farmer); Matthew Mathlage (Light Bistro); Karen Small (Flying Fig);  Nate Barker (Hodge's); Anna Harouvis (Good to Go Café/Anna in the Raw); Manny Nieves (Grady's Fine Wines); John Selick (UH Ahuja Medical Center/Sodexo); and Ky-Wei Wong (Tri-C Culinary Arts Program).

Some amazing vendors have donated their wares for guests to enjoy including Certified Angus Beef, LaBella Cupcakes, Mitchell’s Ice Cream, Storm Mountain Coffee, Rockmill Brewery, Vintners Select, Wine Trends, Town Hall Restaurant, and Whole Foods.

Tickets are $150 per person. To purchase tickets and learn more about the event, visit www.VeggieUFoodandWine2014.Event... or call 419.499.7500. Sponsorship opportunities are available and food and wine vendor applications are also being accepted.

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