As I mentioned last week, Cleveland’s chefs are standing in solidarity this coming Monday, March 19, with two events to support the victims of the Chardon High School shooting.
Although the eastside Chefs for Chardon is sold out, you still have a chance to get tickets to Dinner in the Dark’s event on the westside.
Dinner in the Dark’s Chefs for Chardon benefit starts at 6:30pm on March 19. AMP 150 is hosting over 20 chefs in a tasting extravaganza. Tickets will cost $65.
If you haven’t purchased tickets yet, get them now. Here are over 25 reasons why:
The most important reason is that all proceeds will benefit the families of the Chardon Shooting victims. However, while that should be the only reason you need, there are definitely many more.
This month’s event is being held at AMP 150, home to Dinner in the Dark co-founder Jeff Jarrett. As I’ve mentioned numerous times before, AMP 150 is one of my favorite restaurants in Cleveland.
In addition to great food from Jarrett and management by Nathan White, the restaurant’s space is ideal for a large tasting event like this.
The westside Chefs for Chardon is being presented by Dinner in the Dark, which is often described as “an open mic, jam session for chefs.” Each month they host a different dinner throughout Cleveland.
Dinner in the Dark typically features 6 chefs preparing a 6 course dinner that benefits a local charity hand-selected by the chefs. The organization has done a lot of great work for charities such as Providence House, Veggie U and Tremont’s Farmers Market, while offering a one-of-a-kind meal for Cleveland foodies.
Although Dinner in the Dark typically features 6 chefs, the latest list of chefs at this month’s event features over 20 – giving you another 24 reasons to go.
Many of Cleveland’s favorite restaurants are coming out for the tasting, such as Greenhouse Tavern/Noodlecat, the soon-to-open Hodge’s, Crop, AMP 150, Fountain, and Washington Place Bistro. Check out the chefs and restaurants who are scheduled to appear so far:
- Brian Okin – Fountain
- Jeff Jarrett – AMP 150
- Brian Reilly – Greenhouse Tavern/Noodlecat
- Chris Hodgson – Hodge’s
- Patrick Kander – Choice Catering
- Kimberly McCune – Hungry Bee
- Adam Bostwick – Hodge’s
- Jim Blevins – Downtown 140 in Hudson
- Anna Harouvis – Good To Go Cafe
- Cory Hess – Lincoln Park Bistro
- Wendy Thompson – A Cookie and a Cupcake
- Ky-Wai – Tri-C
- Melissa Khoury – Washington Place
- Eric Wells – Skye LaRae’s
- Scott David Kuhn – Washington Place
- Lauren Stephenson – Crop
- Walter Hyde – Fat Casual BBQ
- Mike Nowak – Bar Cento/Market Garden Brewery
- Matthew Barbee – Rockmill Brewery
- Rachael Spieth – Georgetown
- Toni Stanislo –Medina Career Center
- Johnny Schulze – Zydeco Bistro
- Jill Vedaa – Rockefeller’s
With the tickets costing only $65, that breaks down to less than $3 per chef or restaurant. Even if this wasn’t a benefit, the variety and quality of food alone is worth the ticket price. The fact that it’s also going to support the Chardon community makes this month’s Dinner in the Dark a can’t-miss event.
If you can’t make it to Chefs for Chardon on Monday because of work or some other scheduling conflict (the only reason I won’t be there), remember that you can make a donation directly to the Chardon Healing Fund at any PNC Bank branch or the United Way of Geauga County. 100 percent of the money raised will help those affected.