Saturday, October 27, 2012

VegGala Awesome Success!!!

October 14, 2012 marked the first annual Cleveland VegGala!  And it was amazing!!!  Four hundred hungry people came out to show local restaurant owners that there is a market for vegan food in Northeast Ohio! 

A night filled with eating, music, mingling and a lot more eating!   All the vendors were sooooo friendly and super knowledgeable!  It was so freeing not to have to ask about ingredients!  As a vegan, this evening was a dream come true!  Nothing was off limits - quite a break from the norm!

Over 20 local businesses participated:

Aladdin’s                                                  Mo Bite Products
Bon Vivant                                               Nature's Bin
Carriage House Bakery                            The Olive and The Grape     
Chop It Salad Co.                                     Orale! Mexican Cuisine
Clifton Martini & Wine Bar                     Pura Vida Restaurant
Dandy Blend Instand Herbal Beverage    Root Cafe
Deagan's Kitchen & Bar                           The Sweet Spot
Earth Fare                                                 Tommy’s Restaurant
Flaming Ice Cube                                     Tough Cookie Bakery
Green Kitchen                                          Treehugger's Cafe
Grovewood Tavern                                  Tremont Scoops
India Garden                                            Umami Moto
Lion on Lorain Bar and Grill                   Vegan Sweet Tooth
Luxe Kitchen and Lounge                       Village Martini & Wine Bar

I took my mother, who has been on-again, off-again vegan for the past year.  At this time, she's off the wagon, but despite that, she loved the food as well!  I also met a few friends there, one of which won the 50/50 raffle (Hi Jill!).  I'll let it go that I bought my 50/50 tickets right after her...

If you missed it, because they SOLD OUT - mark your calendars, as the proceeds from this event are going to support Cleveland's first ever VegFest on June 1, 2013 at Cleveland State University!  You know I'll be posting details as soon as they are available.

Personally, I can't wait until the second annual Cleveland VegGala!  Big thanks to The Cleveland Vegan Society for hosting this much needed event.

Till Next Year!
The Hoff

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