The cold of Cleveland brings out an unusually charming spirit to Northeast Ohio. During December and January, local vineyards trudge through the ice and snow of Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula counties, inspecting ripened grapes they’ve left to freeze on the vine. When the temperature is just right, the farmers pick and ferment these frozen bushels into Ohio’s sweetest winter libation–ice wine–which has become a hot commodity for Cleveland Plus vineyards.
“Ice wine is becoming increasingly popular as more and more customers discover what makes it special,” says Mary Jo Ferrante, owner of the Ferrante Winery in Geneva.
At the family-run winery of Ferrante, ice wine has provided a unique opportunity to create something as special as anything around the world. Its Vidal Blanc Ice Wine just received a gold medal at the Los Angeles International Wine and Spirits Competition. And other area wineries like Farinacci, Laurello, St. Joseph and Chalet Debonne are attracting similar accolades.
“Year in and year out we do very well in international competitions with ice wine,” explains Ed Trebets, winemaker at Madison, Ohio’s Chalet Debonne, who also makes a great Vidal Blanc. “Our ice wine typically has aromas of ripe citrus fruit with hints of honey in the background.”
Ice wine is an especially sweet drink. It’s considered a dessert wine, typically enjoyed as an after-dinner treat or paired with a sweet food (something fancy like vanilla bean ice cream, Victoria sponge cake, or homemade Italian bread pudding). It’s actually a popular Canadian delicacy–75 percent of ice wine around the world comes from Canada–but local ice delights taste just as much as its Canadian counterparts. Plus, it’s considerably less expensive (about $30 a bottle compared to $50).
Still, it’s not necessarily about price. “People are attracted to ice wine because of the story that comes with each wine produced–the month in which it was picked, the weather conditions and the uniqueness of the product,” explains Trebets.
Cleveland wineries actually set aside select plots to make ice wine. They let the grapes hang until late December or early January, waiting for at least three consecutive days of 17 degree Fahrenheit or below temperatures. Generally, grapes contain a higher amount of water than sugars, so once the temperature drops below freezing point, the water in the grapes becomes frozen. This concentrates the sugars and, when pressed, produces pure flavor with natural sweets.
“The amount an ice wine grape gives off is approximately a fifth of the juice you would normally maintain from an unfrozen grape,” says Ferrante. “The amount we produce depends on the growing season. If we have a very warm season, we will generally have more grapes to work with.” In 2009, they produced 1,000 gallons of ice wine
You might think that’s not very much, especially with a growing demand for this unique drink with both newcomers and cork-and-bottle aficionados. But that’s the charm of a seasonal treat — the rare opportunity to indulge creates a uniquely special experience — making the appeal for each new batch of northern Ohio ice wine taste that much sweeter for Cleveland Plus wine makers. – Submitted by guest blogger, Keith Gribbins
Frank and Charles Menches from Akron, Ohio are credited with inventing the hamburger when they ran out of pork for sausage patties they were selling at the 1885 Erie County Fair and decided to spice up some beef (with coffee, brown sugar and other ingredients) and hawk them as “hamburgers,” so named for Hamburg, NY, where the fair was held. Later, they went on to open Menches Bros. Restaurant, which is still family owned and operated in Akron, where their legendary burgers are served.
So, as the birthplace of the hamburger, it should come as no surprise that Cleveland Plus offers up an inspired array of burgers.
In addition to the location in Avon, another Chef Symon location opened in Woodmere on the east side of town. The restaurant features Symon’s famous burgers, brats, bologna, craft beers and the renowned “Fat Doug” burger (beef patty topped with pastrami, Swiss cheese and coleslaw on a brioche bun) winner of the 2010 South Beach Wine and Food Festival’s Burger Bash.
Wood booths and an old-fashioned neighborhood appeal await you at Brennan’s Colony. Once you’ve quit playing the Ms. Pacman arcade game, refuel with one of the bar-inspired burgers Brennan’s offers. Try the juicy “All World Burger” for one of the best burgers in town.
Buckeye Beer Engine
This place really celebrates beer by specializing in hard-to-find quality drafts with nearly 30 exceptional local and microbrews on tap. And, the burger list is off the charts. Try the West Side burger, equipped with caramelized onions, sour cream, and a cheddar potato pierogi or take a stab at the Fatty Melt, with a patty placed between two grilled cheese sandwiches, topped with bacon and tomato. If beef isn’t your preference, you can also substitute a multitude of different patty options, including a Portobello mushroom cap or chicken breast.
Cleveland ChopHouse & Brewery
Casual elegance of the ‘40s-inspired specializing in delicious steaks, chops, BURGERS, white cheddar mashed potatoes and handcrafted beers.
Fire Food & Drink
This eatery, tucked away in historic Shaker Square, offers a sophisticated menu with an interesting burger surprise. The Miller Farm grass fed beef cheeseburger uses naturally raised beef to create a more organic burger experience. This burger is supplied by the nearby Miller Farm and is garnished with cheddar, tomato relish, mustard aioli and garlic fries.
Johnny’s Little Bar
Considered a true hidden gem, Johnny’s Little Bar offers what many rate as the best burgers in the city and a plentiful beer list. Located behind the ultra-upscale Johnny’s Downtown, Little Bar offers up a cool, casual atmosphere in a (you guessed it) very little bar.
Metro Bar + Kitchen
The recently opened Metro Bar + Kitchen is a dynamic, hip, energetic restaurant featuring a mouthwatering menu chocked full of American classics and a bar serving more than 15 craft and microbrews. Entering the emerging “burger bar” scene, Metro brings its own version of this American pastime to the forefront.
Owned by legendary NFL coach Don Shula, Shula’s 2 is part sports bar and part casual dining. The menu features steaks and burgers with a focus on “The Shula Cut” and premium black angus beef. A great place to enjoy televised sports.
Wesley T. “Pop” Swenson opened the first original Swenson’s restaurant in 1934. This quintessential American drive-in restaurant features burgers with a secret sauce that’s been in the family since its inception. (Veg-heads, there’s a veggie burger on the menu too!)
Grab an interesting veggie burger or a juicy Curtburger at a Cleveland landmark, Tommy’s. This veggie-focused eatery offers a wide variety of healthy dishes as well as ones catered to the carnivorous. The winner of numerous “best casual meal” awards, Tommy’s is a restaurant worth trying.
Check out these other great burger restaurant suggestions submitted by Twitter users following @PositivelyCleve:
Academy Tavern: 216.229.1171
The Greenhouse Tavern: 216.443.0511, www.thegreenhousetavern.com
Cedar Lee Pub and Grill: 216.371.1713
56 West: 216.226.0056, www.fiftysixwest.com
Heck’s Café: 216.861.5464, www.heckscafe.com
Parkview Nite Club: 216.961.1341, www.parkviewniteclub.com
Rocky River Brewing Co: 440.895.2739, www.rockyriverbrewco.com
–Submitted by ML, CA and SF.
EDITOR’S NOTE: If you have a favorite Northeast Ohio burger not listed here, please comment below so we can add it to the list.
Maybe there’s already a picture on your wall holding that oversized trophy walleye in your hands, with a grin as big as the Lake Erie waters in the background. Perhaps you’re still reworking big fish story to tell. Either way the shores of Northeast Ohio offer some of the best opportunities for new tales of hook, line and sinker — especially with Cleveland’s accommodating charter boat industry.
Friends, family and sportsman of all sorts haul out walleye, steelhead, bass and loads of delicious perch from Port Clinton to Ashtabula on Lake Erie charter services. According to captains like Vitas Kijauskas, owner of Wildwood Marina charter service located in the Wildwood State Park on Lakeshore Boulevard in Cleveland, sometimes your particular story just needs a new cast in the right direction.
“Be patient,” says Captain Vitas. “If the fish aren’t biting one minute that doesn’t mean that they won’t bite all day. Most fishermen are very helpful and friendly, so ask a lot of questions if you’re not catching. Or ask us . . . we are always willing to share locations, tips and tricks. We even post a daily fishing report on our website.”
Do you have the world’s greatest Mom?
Show the motherly figure in your life how special she is this Mother’s Day. Cleveland Plus has a variety of unique ways to spend the day with a special lady in your life. Have a delicious brunch aboard a Lake Erie cruise, get close with the animals at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo or attend a Cleveland Indians game. Here are a few ways to make this Mother’s Day one she won’t forget.
Blue Canyon Kitchen and Tavern
8960 Wilcox Drive, Twinsburg, OH; 330.486.2583; www.bluecanyonrestaurant.com
Don’t miss the popular Mother’s Day brunch (10am-3pm) or dinner (4-8pm) at Blue Canyon Kitchen and Tavern. The menu features special dishes by executive chef and co-owner Brandt Evans. Reservations are “a must” because these offerings always sell out.
Blue Point Grille
700 West Saint Clair Avenue, Cleveland, OH; 216.875.7827; www.hospitalityrestaurants.com
Get Mom to Blue Point Grille for Mother’s Day, voted Cleveland’s Best Seafood Restaurant every year since it opened. Blue Point Grille offers their full menu on Mother’s Day from noon – 10pm with happy hour at the bar from 5 – 9pm.
Buca di Beppo: Mama Mia!
23575 Detroit Road, Westlake, OH; 440. 356.2276; www.bucadibeppo.com
16677 Southpark Center, Strongsville, OH; 440. 846.6262; www.bucadibeppo.com
Make your Mother’s Day reservations at the delicious Buca di Beppo . . . their family-style Italian servings are perfect for an outing with the siblings in honor of momma. Reservations are recommended.
Canton Musical Dinner Theater: Mother’s Day at Tozzi’s on 12th
4210 12th Street N.W., Canton, OH 330.477.7515; www.facebook.com/CantonCabaret
Get to Tozzi’s on 12th to hear the sweet sounds of Bobby Darin while enjoying one of the area’s only musical dinner theaters with a full dance floor. Featured artists include Grant Holmes and The Rat Pack, Steve Dallas and Terry Everett. Tickets are $40 with dinner beginning at 6pm and the show beginning at 8pm.
Chester’s Legacy Tavern: Mother’s Day Brunch
11 Chester Street, Painesville, OH; 440.354.5000; www.chesterlegacy.com
Start Mother’s Day with a delicious brunch buffet at Chester’s Legacy Tavern. Chester’s offers a Mother’s Day buffet that includes made-to-order omelets, waffles, ham, prime rib and a wide variety of brunch foods. Price is $20 for adults and $10 for children12 years and under.
The Children’s Museum of Cleveland
10730 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH; 216.791.7144; www.clevelandchildrensmuseum.org
Daughters, on Saturday, May 15 bring your favorite females (family or friends) to The Children’s Museum of Cleveland for an evening of pure luxury. Celebrate Mother’s Day together with crafts, food and “Fancy Nancy” story time. Work together to decorate flower pots and plant a flower, participate in a cooking demo, and make lip gloss and feather boas. Registration required.
Cleveland Indians Baseball, Progressive Field
2401 Ontario Street, Cleveland, OH; 216.420.4200; http://cleveland.indians.mlb.com/
Cheer on the Tribe with your Mom this Mother’s Day. Swing by the Cleveland vs. Detroit game at 1:05pm. All women and all children under the age of 14 years receive a free pair of Slider Slippers. Or, if you want to make sure you hit a homerun, the Indians are enhancing their popular “All You Can Eat Buffet” on the Bud Light Party Deck for Sunday, May 10 to celebrate Mother’s Day. Cost per person is $75 ($40 per person for groups of 25 or more). Buffet served when gates open until one hour after first pitch.
Cleveland Marriott East Hotel: Mother’s Day Grand Buffet 2010
26300 Harvard Road, Warrensville Heights, OH; 216.378.9191; www.clevelandmarriotteast.com
Give Mom a break from cooking and take the family to the Cleveland Marriott East Mother’s Day Grand Buffet. The buffet features a mouthwatering assortment of soups, salads, a made-to-order breakfast station, dinner entrées and dessert station. $32.95 for adults, 24.95 for seniors, $14.95 for children ages 5-12, and children ages four and under eat free.
Cleveland Metroparks, Rocky River Nature Center
Rocky River Reservation, 24000 Valley Parkway North Olmsted, OH; 440.734.7576; www.clevelandmetroparks.com
This Mother’s Day, take mom out for a tranquil and relaxing morning at the Cleveland Metroparks. Mom can enjoy a peaceful breakfast surrounded by family, nature, soothing music and tasty refreshments at the EarthWords Nature Shop in Rocky River from 10am – noon. The continental breakfast includes muffins, tea and coffee. Have a free family photo taken to remember the special day. Browse EarthWords merchandise for a “naturally” unique gift for mom. All merchandise will be 15% off for everyone. Moms also receive a 25% of coupon for one non-sale item. Register by May 5.
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo + Rainforest
3900 Wildlife Way, Cleveland, OH 44109; 216.661.6500; www.clemetzoo.com
Check out the new babies at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo this Mother’s Day. Bring your mom to Cleveland Metroparks Zoo on May 9 from 10am – 5pm when all moms receive free zoo admission. Mother’s Day at the zoo spotlights resident animal moms, their youngsters and some unique parenting behaviors. Throughout the day, educational interpreters answer questions and educate visitors about various animal mothers and “Get-Close” programs allows guests to visit face-to-face with some of the Zoo’s smaller animals.
Country Acres Campground: Mother’s Day Breakfast Special
9850 Minyoung Road, Ravenna, OH 44266; 330.358.2774; http://countryacrescamping.com
Escape the hustle and bustle and take mom to enjoy the beautiful and relaxing Country Acres Campgrounds. More than 200 clean, family-friendly campsites are situated around a five acre fishing lake. Country Acres offers free Mother’s Day breakfast for all campers during that weekend.
Crowne Plaza Grand Ballroom: Mother’s Day Brunch
777 St. Clair Avenue NE, Cleveland, OH 44114; 216.373.3340; www.clevelanddowntownhotel.com
Join the Crowne Plaza for in celebrating Motherhood with an elaborate Brunch Buffet. Pricing includes complimentary parking in the hotel’s garage and a long stemmed rose for Mom. Pricing for the buffet is $26.95 for adults, children ages 7 – 12 13.95, Golden Buckeye Members 19.95, and children ages 6 and under are free. Please call 216.373.3340 for reservations.
Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad
2325 Stine Rd. Peninsula Rd., Cleveland, OH; 800.468.4700; www.cvsr.com
This Mother’s Day, show Mom a side of Cleveland Plus that is truly unique. Take a scenic and relaxing trip aboard the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, as it rolls along the Cuyahoga River and dips in and out of the beautiful Cuyahoga Valley. All tickets on regular excursions are just $10 per person. Times: Rockside Station 10am and 1:30pm, Akron North Side Station 11:35am and Peninsula Depot 12:10pm.
The Emerald Necklace Inn: Mother’s Day Tea
18840 Lorain Road, Fairview Park, OH 44126; 440.333.9100; www.emeraldnecklaceinn.com
Situated at the threshold of the Cleveland Metroparks with easy access to a multitude of outdoor activities, the Emerald Necklace Inn features three charming guest rooms and a tea room. On May 9, enjoy a Champagne Mother’s Day High Tea complete with live piano and a gift for mom. Seating times are 11:30am and 2:30pm. Prices are $25 for adults and $15 for children six years and younger.
Fat Fish Blue
21 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115; 216.875.6000; www.fatfishblue.com
Enjoy food, fun and a Happy Mother’s Day while listening to vintage pop, classic rock anthems, blues/rock standards, easy-listening ballads and country classics from skilled musician Jeff Sherman. Show starts at 4:30pm on May 9 and tickets are free.
Geauga Lyric Theater: Hay Fever
101 Water Street, Chardon, OH 44024; 440.286.2255; www.geaugatheater.org
On Mother’s Day take Mom to experience a weekend in the 1920s with an eccentric British family prone to antics. Be prepared to laugh out loud at this feverishly fun-filled and flirty performance. Mother’s Day performance begins at 2pm and all Moms receive a special gift! Tickets are $15 for adults and $13 for students and seniors. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling the box office at 440.286.2255.
Geneva-on-the-Lake: Spring Kickoff Weekend
Geneva-on-the-Lake, OH 44041; 800.862.6751; www.visitgenevaonthelake.com
With warm weather, Geneva-on-the-Lake’s restaurants, attractions and entertainment venues begin to show some life. Take Mom to share in the excitement as the resort town kicks off the summer season Mother’s Day weekend.
Goodtime III: Mother’s Day Brunch or Dinner Cruise
825 East Ninth Street Pier – North Coast Harbor, Cleveland, OH; 216.861.5110; www.goodtimeiii.com
Enjoy Mother’s day on Lake Erie aboard the Goodtime III. Choose from a brunch cruise from 12:20 – 3pm or the dinner cruise 5 – 7:30pm. Discount prices available for children.
Grovewood Tavern & Wine Bar: Mother’s Day “Hybrid” Brunch 2010
17105 Grovewood Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44110; 216.531.4900; www.grovewoodtavern.com
The perfect place for brunch this year is the Grovewood Tavern & Wine Bar. Guests may choose one made-to-order hot brunch item and accessorize with a house-made salad, pastry and dessert buffet. Hours are 11am – 3pm. Price is $16 for adults, $8 for children 10 years and under and $4 for children 4 and under.
2621 West 14th Street, Cleveland, OH 44113; 216. 241.5025; www.grumpys-cafe.com
Grumpy’s Café, located in Tremont, offers a brunch menu on Mother’s day from 8am – 3pm. The local favorite restaurant accepts reservations on Mother’s Day for parties bringing the whole family.
Hale Farm & Village: Mother’s Day Brunch
2686 Oak Hill Road, Bath, OH 44210; 330.666.3711; www.wrhs.org
Take Mom back in time this Mother’s Day at Hale Farm & Village for a 19th century-style buffet brunch. This includes olive royals filled with sausage & mushrooms, potato and bacon quiche, baked French toast, fried green tomatoes, smoked sausage, apple cobbler and more. Guests also can enjoy 19th century music, games and lessons in serving Victorian tea. The brunch begins at noon in the Gatehouse Visitor Center. $40 members/$45 non-members, $20 child member/$25 child non-member, children under age three years are free. Reservations required.
Hampton Inn & Suites Cleveland Airport: Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet & Stay Package
7074 Engle Road, Cleveland, OH; 440. 234.0206; www.hamptoninn.com
Give Mom a little relaxing getaway for Mother’s Day weekend. The Hampton Inn & Suites offers a Mother’s Day package including a whirlpool suite and a brunch buffet at Tony K’s restaurant on Sunday, May 9 from 11am – 2pm. The cost is $139 for one night and buffet.
House of Blues: Mother’s Day Gospel Brunch
308 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH; 216.523.BLUE; www.houseofblues.com/cleveland
Celebrate Mother’s day with the sounds of Gospel during the House of Blues Gospel Brunch. Included in this lavish brunch are HOB’s famous cornbread muffins with maple butter, pecan caramel sticky buns, homemade biscuits and gravy and much more. Local gospel groups will get visitors singing, dancing and praising in the aisles. The House of Blues Gospel Brunch is great experience for people of all faiths and ages.
Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse
26300 Chagrin Boulevard, Cleveland, OH; 216. 464.0688; www.hydeparkrestaurants.com
4073 Medina Road, Akron, OH; 330.670.6303; www.hydeparkrestaurants.com
123 W Prospect Ave, Cleveland, OH; 216.344.2444; www.hydeparkrestaurants.com
Celebrate Mother’s Day at Hyde Park with a delicious three-course sea & shore menu for $39.90 or the two-course $19.90 menu. All patrons enjoy an elegant, upscale ambience with their regular dinner menu available all night.
InterContinental Hotel Cleveland: Mother’s Day Brunch
9801 Carnegie Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106; 216.707.4100; www.ichotelsgroup.com
Spoil your mom’s tastebuds this Mother’s Day at Table 45, the award-winning restaurant located in the InterContinental Hotel Cleveland. Presented in the Mother’s Day brunch is Chef Zack Bruell’s signature world cuisine. The brunch features a buffet of flavorful entrees, fresh sides and desserts. Reservations are required. Brunch is served from 11am – 4pm, $35 per person and $15 for children ages 6-10. Children under five eat free.
John Q’s Steakhouse: Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet
55 Public Square, Cleveland, OH 44113; 216.861.0900; www.johnqssteakhouse.com
Enjoy downtown Cleveland this Mother’s day at John Q’s Steakhouse located on Public Square. Treat your mom to their indulgent Mother’s Day buffet that begins at 11am for breakfast and switches to a dinner menu from 4 – 9pm. Reservations are recommended. Price is $29.95 for adults and $11.95 for children 10 and under.
Lake View Cemetery: 14th Annual Mother’s Day Walking Tour
12316 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106; 216.421.2665; www.lakeviewcemetery.com
Reflect on the influential women of Cleveland’s past this Mother’s Day. Lake View Cemetery is filled with sculpture, architecture and tributes to those who made great contributions to the area’s industrial and civic development. This Mother’s Day, Lake View Cemetery offers a walking tour spotlighting notable women buried there. Stroll with local author Vicki Vigil to rediscover the notable women that shaped Northeast Ohio. Tours will take place from 2 – 4pm and costs $6 per person. Reservations are required.
Maggiano’s Little Italy
26300 Cedar Road #1103 Cleveland. OH; 216.755.3000; www.maggianos.com
Bring your mom to the Maggiano’s Little Italy Mother’s Day Family Style Buffet where she can enjoy appetizers like stuffed mushrooms and bruschetta, an omelet station, carving station and the option to build your own salad. Seating is 11am – 7pm and also welcomes parties of six or more. Prices are adults $29.95 and children ages 5-12 $14.95 with a kids menu available.
Maxi’s- Little Italy
12113 Mayfield Road, Cleveland, OH 44106; 216.421.1500; www.maxisinlittleitaly.com
Treat your mom to one of the fine bistros of Little Italy at Maxi’s. The welcoming atmosphere and reasonably priced cuisine makes Maxi’s a great spot to take mom on her special day. Mother’s Day hours are noon – 10pm. Case Western students and employees receive a 10 percent discount on their order.
Moxie, The Restaurant
3355 Richmond Road, Cleveland OH; 216.831.5599; www.moxietherestaurant.com
Spoil your mom with the delectable menu, featuring exciting twists on old favorites, offered at Moxie this Mother’s Day. Enjoy brunch 10:30am – 2:30pm or dinner featuring Moxi’s new menu 5 – 9pm. Prices are adults $39, children 12 and under $19.50 and children under five are free. Reservations are recommended.
1153 Main Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44113-2324; 216.696.8888; www.nauticaqueen.com
Make Mom feel like a queen this Mother’s Day aboard the Nautica Queen. The Nautica Queen features a brunch cruise from 11am-1:30pm and an early dinner cruise from 4-7pm. Families will be cruising under historic bridges and experiencing the unique views of downtown Cleveland’s ever-changing skyline. Reservations required.
Pickwick & Frolic: Mother’s Day Brunch
2035 East Fourth Street, Cleveland, OH; 216.241.7425; www.pickwickandfrolic.com
Make Mom laugh this Mother’s Day! The elegant-but-fun Pickwick & Folic brunch is the perfect place to experience delicious food and entertainment. Brunch price is $32.95 for adults, $16.95 for children 2-12 and children four and under are FREE. Brunch hours are 10am – 3pm. That evening, get to Hilarities East Fourth Street Theater to see comedian Greg Morton. Reservations suggested. Moms get in free!
Playhouse Square – State Theater: After the Love has Gone
1501 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH; 216.771.4444; www.playhousesquare.com
Take Mom to enjoy Donald Gray’s Mother’s Day inspirational stage play After the Love Has Gone on Mother’s Day only. This unique play features R&B sensations Johnny Gill, Kelly Price, Christopher Williams, Montel Jordan and Syleena Johnson. Tickets are $42.50 per person.
Quaker Steak & Lube: Mother’s Day Buffet
5935 Canal Road, Cleveland, OH 44125; 216.986.9500; www.quakersteakandlube.com
Quaker Steak & Lube Mother’s Day Buffet is fun for the whole family. Order your mom a strawberry daiquiri or pina colada served with a free fresh cut rose. After, enjoy delicious food on the buffet including snow crab legs and spring lamb. Price is $24.99 for adults, $21.99 for seniors 62 and older, $14.99 for children ages 8 – 13 and $6.99 for children 8 years and under.
Quail Hollow Resort: Mother’s Day Brunch
11080 Concord Hambden Road, Painesville, OH 44077; 440.497.1100; www.quailhollowresort.com
A tradition for over 30 years the Quail Hollow Resort brunch is a wonderful way to treat your mother on Mother’s Day. The menu is prepared by award-winning Chef John Buchner. The buffet is $28.95 for adults and $12.95 for children 12 – 4 and children under four years eat free. Reservations are required.
5488 Kinsman Road, Middlefield, OH 44062; 440.693.4000; http://ridgeviewfarm.com
Take your mother to Ridgeview Farm this Mother’s Day to create new memories and have fun as a family. Parents are encouraged to bring their children to see how food is grown in their greenhouse. The petting barn will be open to the public including a calf, sheep, goats, puppies, bunnies, chickens and “Red” the rooster.
The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland
1515 West Third Street, Cleveland, OH; 216.623.1300; www.ritzcarlton.com
Mother’s Day Tea in Lobby Lounge on 6
On Saturday, May 8 spend a special afternoon with the mother in your life as you enjoy the relaxing tradition of afternoon tea in Lobby Lounge on 6. This popular afternoon tea event includes one flute of champagne, a selection of tea sandwiches, assorted tea pastries and a pot of tea. Mothers also receive a beautiful rose. Prices are $36 for adults and $18 for children. Seating begins at noon. Please call for reservations.
Mother’s Day Brunch in the Ritz-Carlton Ballroom
Celebrate Mother’s Day by treating your mom to one of Cleveland’s favorite traditions: The Ritz-Carlton Mother’s Day Brunch. A delicious array of seasonal offerings complement a selection of their chef’s culinary creations on May 9 from 11am – 4pm (last seating at 3:30pm). Reservations required. Prices are $48 for adults and $24 for children 12 and under.
Mother’s Day Dining in MUSE
On Mother’s Day, MUSE will serve its Breakfast Buffet from 7 – 11:30am and then open its doors for lunch dining until 2pm.
Bed & Breakfast Package
A well-deserved getaway weekend! Treat your mom with an unforgettable weekend escape, where she can relax and be pampered. Reserve the Bed and Breakfast package and enjoy deluxe accommodations and a delicious breakfast for two.
Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens
714 N. Portage Path, Akron, OH, 44303; 330.836.5533; www.stanhywet.org
Enjoy the beautiful Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens this Mother’s Day. Each year, thousands of visitors enjoy Stan Hywet’s artfully landscaped gardens and grounds. Enjoy a delicious Mother’s Day lunch in the new Molly’s Shop & Café. All moms get free admission on Mother’s Day. Self-guided Manor House tours are also available on Mother’s Day.
Sergio’s in University Circle and Sergio’s Sarava at Shaker Square
Sergio’s 1903 Ford Drive, Cleveland, OH 44106; 216.231.1234; www.sergioscleveland.com
Sarava 13225 Shaker Square, Cleveland, OH 44120; 216.295.1200; www.sergioscleveland.com
Treat mom to one of Cleveland’s best local independent restaurants on her special day. Sergio’s in University Circle and SARAVÁ at Shaker Square will both be open early @ 4 pm on Mother’s Day. Enjoy regular menus & chef’s seasonal specials. Reservations are recommended.
Settlers’ Village: Mother’s Day Event
14279 Old State Road, Middlefield, OH, 44062; 440.632.1124; www.vancuragallery.com
Settlers’ Village celebrates Mother’s Day on Saturday, May 8th with the start of the 2010 special event season. Enjoy live music, Amish bakery, craft and art vendors plus special activities at select shops. Make a one-of-a-kind card for Mom at The Craft Cupboard, a home-made apron at Tiny Stitches Quilts or attend a doll-making workshop hosted by Susan Lucas at the Artisans’ Barn. Several female artists hosted by Vancura Gallery share originals and demonstrations. Check online for activity schedule and prices.
Zocalo Mexican Grill & Tequileria
2071 East 4th Street, Cleveland, OH 44115; 216.781.0420; www.zocalocleveland.com
Have a Mother’s Day Fiesta at Zocalo offering specials on 1800 Margaritas and a brunch menu from 11:30am – 3pm. As part of Zocalo’s “10 Days of Cinco De Mayo,” the restaurant is giving away a series of Yankees vs. Indians tickets.
Ways to help others…
Cleveland Botanical Garden: Mother’s Day Blooms-To-Go
11030 East Boulevard, Cleveland, OH; 216.721.1600; www.cbgarden.org
Don’t just get Mom flowers this Mother’s Day. Take her to the Cleveland Botanical Garden. Whether she’s strolling through one of the garden’s ten acres of colorful, landscaped gardens or exploring the Glasshouse featuring interesting global climates, plant and animal life, she’ll be having a great time. And, those looking to do something for others can come in on Saturday, May 8 from 11am-1pm to help create blooming arrangements that will be donated to the Community Women’s Shelter.
Laura’s Home Women’s Crisis Center
5310 Carnegie Avenue, Cleveland, OH; 216. 431.3510; www.thecitymission.org/laurashome
Help moms in need this Mother’s Day by donating personal and practical gifts for women and children taking refuge at Laura’s Home Women’s Crisis Center. Or, join Art on Wheels, Inc and Enchanted Makeovers by making a monetary donation to help provide an afternoon of hands-on-activities. To find out how you can get involved or to make a monetary donation, email Carolina@artonwheels.us.
I went to celeb chef/restaurateur Michael Symon’s B Spot Burgers on Saturday, and let me tell you it was a throwback comfort food moment. When I looked at the menu and saw fried bologna sandwiches and real milk shakes, I knew that a salad was not an option.
As someone who seems to be perpetually on a diet, there is usually nothing that can shake my resolve when I am on a mission to shed a few. That was until I saw the burger- laden baskets and savored the smells at this very comfortable, down-to-earth restaurant. B Spot is located at ETON: Chagrin Boulevard, one of the most upscale boutique malls in the area. This is a nice addition to the diverse mix of restaurants currently located at ETON. B Spot has excellent food where you can come in and watch a game at the bar or bring your family in to have a burger and fries.
Yes, Symon does have his signature Lola fries on the menu. My husband ordered some and of course I couldn’t let him eat those all by himself. My daughter had a regular cheeseburger and a chocolate milk shake. It was a real milk shake, and I know, because of course I couldn’t let her drink that all by herself. It was delicious. So chocolaty! ( Is that a word? If not, it should be.) I had the Thin Lizzy, well done, which when you read “Symon Says” will let you know what they think about people like me. It was seasoned so nicely that I practically inhaled it. It came with caramelized onions, cheddar, mayo and pickles. My husband had the Shroomage, with portabella mushrooms, blue cheese and Lola steak sauce.
They have a nice beer menu. The wine list is short, but I still found something to my liking. It was a pleasant time out with the family and I got to do some shopping too. – Submitted by SSM
I’m a huge fan of the movie Major League. It’s one of my favorites – if for no other reason than the line “The Indians win it, the Indians win it . . . oh my God, the Indians win it!” Brings tears to my eyes every time.
On Saturday, my family was invited to a suite at the Indians game and had the chance to meet Corbin Bernsen, the actor who played Roger Dorn in the movie. (Bernsen is in town—well, in Akron, technically– directing a movie about the Soap Box Derby.) I have a Rickie Vaughn (the character played by Charlie Sheen) jersey so I wore that to the game and asked Mr. Bernsen to sign it. Dorn and Vaughn actually had a bit of a rivalry in the movie, so he wrote “Dorn rules” and “Go Dorn” and crossed out Vaughn’s number and put Dorn’s number AND autographed it. What a blast!–Submitted by TB
Saw Bat Boy: The Musical on Friday night. It’s in spring repertory at the Great Lakes Theater Festival along with A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
What can you say about a musical based on an on-going story from the famous supermarket tabloid The Weekly World News? You’ve pretty much got to go in with an open mind and be prepared for some serious offbeat twists.
In that way, Bat Boy does not disappoint. Actors play multiple roles, switching (moment to moment) between portraying incredibly macho hunter types and to cat-carrying women by adopting a lilting voice and donning a curly wig. It’s Bat Boy (the strongest singer in the production) who steals the show, moving from a wild animal living deep in a cave with a serious aversion to Fritos to a BBC-educated young man. The plot thickens sends the rural community off the tracks when he decides to step out to the Hope Falls tent revival.Well, as if the premise isn’t crazy enough . . . if you’re looking for a totally different theater experience that seems a little like an extended Second City skit, this Off-Broadway classic is for you. –Submitted by TB
EDITOR’S NOTE: And guest blogger Christopher Musselman had this to say about Bat Boy: The Musical:
Who, or what, is the Bat Boy? Where did he come from? Is he man or beast? These are some of the many questions answered in the Great Lakes Theater Festival’s superb presentation of Bat Boy: The Musical.
Bat Boy: The Musical is the first performance I’ve seen by Great Lakes Theater Festival. I had always heard very good things about the company but knowing little about the show, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised and thoroughly entertained by the show. And I was very impressed with the great talent of the cast.
The show is unique, funny, and very well performed. The story is very different from what one might expect. And the musical numbers are actually very good… much better than the average “off-Broadway” musical. Above all, Bat Boy: the Musical continues Great Lakes Theater Festival’s long tradition of providing a great evening of theatre at a very reasonable price.
Bat Boy: The Musical has become a cult classic. Based on a 1992 tabloid article, the show was first performed in Los Angeles in 1997. The show would then move to New York, off-Broadway, and eventually, to London’s West End. To this day, it continues to be performed throughout the world.
If you have never seen Bat Boy: The Musical, I highly recommend it. And don’t forget William Shakespeare’s masterpiece, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the classic, magical romantic-comedy. Great Lakes Theater Festival’s Spring Repertory continues through May 16.
The Great Lakes Theater Festival began in July of 1962, at the Lakewood Civic Auditorium in Lakewood, Ohio. As the Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival, the company presented six Shakespeare plays in rotating repertory. In 1965, the repertory was expanded to include non-Shakespearean classics, although they have always remained an important part of the company. Twenty years later, in July of 1982, the Great Lakes Theater Festival moved to the Ohio Theatre at PlayhouseSquare. And then in 2008, the company moved again to the beautifully-restored Hanna Theatre.
With eight theatres, PlayhouseSquare is the nation’s second largest performing arts center (after Lincoln Center in New York). The five oldest theatres date back to 1921-1922, and all have been gloriously restored. In 2011, another important Cleveland institution, The Cleveland Play House, will move to PlayhouseSquare in a renovated and reconfigured Allen Theatre. Two additional theatres will be built for this venture, bringing PlayhouseSquare’s theatre count to ten and making Cleveland’s Theatrer District busier and more vibrant than ever.
The Great Lakes Theater Festival’s 2010-2011 Season has been announced. The Fall Repertory includes William Shakespeare’s Othello and Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband (September 24 – October 31, 2010). The Spring Repertory includes The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (March 11-27, 2011) and Shakespeare’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona (April 8-23). And as always, the holiday classic A Christmas Carol returns to the Ohio Theatre (December 3–23, 2010). –Submitted by guest blogger, Christopher S. Musselman
The nation’s longest-running Earth Day festival celebrates the 40th anniversary of Earth Day at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Brought to you by the Earth Day Coalition, Cleveland’s own nonprofit environmental education organization, EarthFest 2010 is a one-day festival highlighting the growing environmental community in Cleveland Plus. Visit 175 “go green” exhibits and enjoy interactive fun for the whole family. Ride the free RTA shuttle from Public Square to the Zoo to get in free.
Earth Day at Lake Metroparks Farmpark (April 18, noon-4pm)
8800 Chardon Road, Kirtland
Head to Lake Metroparks Farmpark for renewable energy demonstrations, a Farmer’s Market of locally-grown foods, bicycle riding safety and demos and a coloring contest display. Plus, go active with Ronald McDonald from 2pm to 4pm.
Earth Day at Penitentiary Glen Reservation (April 18, noon-4pm)
8668 Kirtland-Chardon Road, Kirtland
Lake Metropark’s Penitentiary Glen Reservation celebrates with an eco-fair featuring local conservation agencies, free tree saplings, kids games, a haircut-a-thon by Ladies & Gentlemen Salon & Day Spa, creative writing contest results, wildlife exhibits and free miniature train rides from 1-3pm, weather permitting. Get your groove and show some Flower Power by dressing in late-’60s/early ’70s clothes, making signs and marching for the Earth!
Party for the Planet at the Akron Zoo (April 24, 11am-4pm)
500 Edgewood Avenue, Akron
The Akron Zoo offers up tips and giveaways from green vendors in celebration of Earth Day . The Zoo’s mascot, Conrad Conservation, will be on hand while visitors learn how simple conservation efforts can make a remarkable difference to wildlife. Join in Akron Zoo’s first-ever paper drive.
Go Green with Garbagena at The Children’s Museum of Cleveland (April 22, 11am + 3:30pm)
10730 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland
Garbagena is a life-sized interactive puppet that lives in a garbage can and overflowing with trash. Visitors are invited to help Garbagena clean up her act and decide what objects can be reused, recycled and rethought. Learn about the importance of recycling by making recycled paper to take home. Take a nature walk at 1:30pm (weather permitting).
Down-to-Earth Earth Day at Cleveland Museum of Natural History (April 21, 4-9pm)
1 Wade Oval Drive, Cleveland
800.317.9155 / www.cmnh.org
Learn more about making Cleveland a green city on a blue lake. Make a hovercraft with recycled materials, see science in action and enjoy an edible recycling activity.–Submitted by CA
EDITOR’S NOTE: Do you have a favorite Earth Day event not listed here? Please add it by comenting below.
Kids are always looking for their next kingdom and Northeast Ohio is a treasure map of interesting activities that will excite and entertain.
Take for instance the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and its newest program this spring — The Scoop on Poop! Fish do it, frogs do it, pythons, eagles and elephants do it, yet poop is one of those subjects we find difficult to talk about with a straight face. “Kids however are positively fascinated by it,” says Sue Allen, manager of marketing and public relations at the Metroparks Zoo. “Poop is interesting stuff — really.”
Zoo visitors can improve their No. 2 IQ in Stool School by listening in on an animal’s digestive system, learn the language of poop in countries around the world, compete in dung beetle races, track wild animals by clues left in scat and much more. This is, of course, on top of everything else awesomely interesting about the Metroparks’ zoo including its animal shows, dinosaur exhibit and more than 3,000 creatures roaming 168 rolling, wooded acres.
Most things about planet earth are pretty interesting, but everything about space is totally engrossing. At the Great Lakes Science Center (one of the nation’s leading science and technology hubs and home to the awe-inspiring OMNIMAX Theater), the Return to the Moon exhibit will be sweeping young minds off their feet and placing them squarely on the lunar map.
Our food scene here isn’t exactly a secret. With top-notch microbreweries, award-winning local wineries, chic eateries, homestyle ethnic cooking and, oh yeah, a genuine Food Network Iron Chef who got his start here and still runs a few choice Cleveland Plus restaurants, it’s pretty well-known that you don’t have to look far for a fantastic meal.
But it’s a good bet you didn’t know that Northeast Ohio has is building reputation for the award-winning gourmet cheeses crafted at the region’s goat milk dairies, or that these artisan cheeses are helping bolster the “farm-to-table” dining that brings unequaled freshness and variety to so many area restaurants.
Cleveland’s Lake Erie Creamery, for instance, offers five handmade goat’s milk cheeses, including their soft-ripened Blomma, which took the Grand Prize for Dairy at the 2008 Gallo Family Vineyards Gold Medal Awards. And the goat milk for this urban creamery comes from neighboring Portage County’s family-run Cherry Lane Farm. You can savor Lake Erie Creamery’s handiwork with a visit to landmark and world-class restaurants like The Baricelli Inn in Little Italy, the Bistro on Lincoln Park and fire food and drink—all who have had it on their menus.
Mackenzie Creamery in Hiram offers ten intriguing and tempting varieties of its goat milk cheeses. In addition to the likes of Black Truffle and Garlic Chive, Mackenzie offers more adventurous creations like its “Sweet Fire” (which includes blackberry and hot pepper flavors) and “You Say Tomato.” This rural Portage County cheese-maker has also raked in big awards, receiving Best of Show, Reserved Best of Show, one second place and two first place awards in 2007 at the American Dairy Goat Association National Cheese Competition.
Want to take some cheese home with you? The 25,000-square-foot gourmet food West Point Market in Akron carries Mackenzie Creamery cheeses. And you can find both of these marvelous artisan products at Cleveland’s historic West Side Market and other foodie friendly retail outlets. –Submitted by John Booth