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My Guest Post on The Cleveland Sound: Eats and Beats at Rock Hall Chef Jam

I love a good change of pace so I”m happy to share that this week I was featured on The Cleveland Sound with a review of the Rock Hall’s Chef Jam 2011. The write up is a bit different than what I normally do with less of a focus on me and more covering/reporting on the event – it was interesting to get back to that type of writing and I definitely enjoyed it.

The Cleveland Sound was founded by photographer Michael Sawyer with the idea of “Showcasing Music, Art, and Culture in Northeast Ohio.” You can find reviews, interviews and information about upcoming concerts and events.

In addition to Sawyer’s photography (which can be seen in the Chef Jam post and throughout the website), the site features contributions from Pete Roche and Bob Ignizio (whose writing you can also find on The Cleveland Movie Blog).  

Chef Jam 2011 was an amazing night and I’m happy to have shared the experience on The Cleveland Sound.  I hope you’ll check out Eats and Beats at Rock Hall ‘Chef Jam’ and enjoy Michael’s amazing photography of the food and personalities that were there that night.

Thanks again to Michael for offering me another outlet to contribute to!

photo credit Michael Sawyer

(source for logo and photo)

Chef Jam 2011: Cleveland Music Meets Food at the Rock Hall

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One of my favorite events from when I first started Clue Into Cleveland was last year’s Chef Jam at the Rock Hall. It was the perfect culmination of a June weekend also filled with Parade the Circle and roller derby.

The sold-out event featured over 20 Cleveland chefs coupled with local bands and free access to the Rock Hall’s exhibits.  It was an epicurean dream and first introduced me to restaurants like Melange and Bistro on Lincoln Park which I would enjoy visiting over the course of the year.

Well, I’m happy to say Chef Jam 2011 is right around the corner. On Sunday, June 12 at 7 p.m., Cleveland’s top chefs will again descend on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, serving up specialties inspired by their favorite band or musician and dressed like the rock stars they are featuring.

Participating restaurants include:


Amp 150

B Spot

Bar Cento

Blue Canyon

Blue Point Grille



Flying Fig

Greenhouse Tavern






Pier W

Prosperity Social Club


Sweet Moses


Zack Bruell Restaurants

In addition to the culinary delights prepared by the chefs, Maker’s Mark – who is presenting the event – is inviting the chefs to create a special dish utilizing their bourbon. The winning chef of the infusion challenge will receive a trip to the Maker’s Mark distillery in Louisville.

Scott enjoying Melange's Watermelon 'Bad to the Bone' Ribs at last year's Chef Jam.

Paired with the food will be special performances by The Cream of the Crop All Stars and Cleveland’s Abbey Rodeo with special guest Jim Bonfanti of the Raspberries.

Tickets are $65 and will go on sale to Rock Hall members and staff on Monday, May 9 and to the general public on Tuesday, May 10. They are available through the Rock Hall website (www.rockhall.com/event/chef-jam-2011) or the Rock Hall Box Office.

Each ticket includes samples of all the dishes offered during the event, as well as Great Lakes Brewing Company beer, wine and tours of the Museum’s exhibits. One of the reasons I’m excited for Chef Jam is the chance to check out the new Women Who Rock interactive exhibition.

Proceeds from the event will support the Rock Hall’s education programs and The Ohio City Farm (be sure to check the links out for more information about these incredible programs).

Last year’s Chef Jam sold-out in three weeks and this year’s buzz is growing so get your tickets as soon as they go on sale.

Chef Jam 2011 is presented by Maker’s Mark and sponsored by KeyBank, Time Warner Cable, Great Lakes Brewing Company, Ohio Natural Gas and Event Source.

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