Earlier this month I went to my first Emerging Chefs dinner after hearing so much about it from friends. You can read about Dinner by Design here – the experience definitely exceeded my expectations.
If you’ve missed previous Emerging Chefs events (or are already a fan and want to see what they have up their sleeve next), you can join me in beading up for their next dinner Mardi Gras en Mai.
On Friday, May 27 from 6-9pm, Emerging Chefs will team with Executive Chef Chris Quinn to put together a feast full of festival flavors.
Although Mardi Gras is usually celebrated to welcome in Lent, the Chefs are tweaking the recipe – for a culinary celebration of hard-earned Cleveland spring-time revival and renewal. Plus, with Mardi Gras en Mai, you don’t have to worry about waking up the next morning and fasting for Lent.
Master of Ceremonies Chef Quinn will be creating a seasonal menu inspired by the unique excess and merriment of Mardi Gras. His career started 17 years ago at the Red Tomato in Hudson where he quickly discovered the finer arts of the kitchen. Since then he has contributed to other restaurants including a partnership at Akron’s La Cucina Italian restaurant and as Executive Chef at Pucci’s in the Valley.
Chef Quinn now continues to influence area restaurants and food fans not just in a consulting role as the divisional corporate chef of U.S. Foodservice in Cleveland but also through his recipe blog “The Q Spot” which was created to share his culinary journeys.
Of course, as I discovered at Dinner by Design, food is only half of Emerging Chefs’ “Big Flavors and Bold Venues” equation.
I was blown away by last month’s event at Tyler Village, one of the largest downtown redevelopment efforts ever undertaken in Cleveland. The raw, unfinished space of Building 44’s top floor was transformed by the Emerging Chefs team into a chic dining experience.
This time around, Mardi Gras en Mai will take place in the historic 2020 Center Street Building. Located in the West Bank of the Flats, Emerging Chefs is promising a surreal, yet charming experience.
Tickets for the Chef’s Table are $65; general admission tickets are $55. And with the number of courses, quality of daring food, and flowing drinks, the ticket price is a deal.
You can purchase tickets for Mardi Gras en Mai online and I would recommend getting them early. Emerging Chefs dinners typically fill up fast and sell out.
After you are amazed by Emerging Chefs’ culinary feats on May 27th, get your fill of Cleveland rock and roll by heading to The Beachland. The Rare Birds and Mr. Gnome will be performing that night in the Tavern starting at 9pm.
Guitarist and singer for The Rare Birds, Rusty Boyer, is not just a friend of Clue Into Cleveland but joined Scott and I at Dinner by Design. I know he’s bummed to be missing Mardi Gras en Mai, but their concert at The Beachland will be an excellent way to keep the night’s festivities going.
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*** Disclosure: I am an affiliate of Emerging Chefs for the Mardi Gras en Mai event. For every ticket purchased from the link above, I earn 5% of the ticket price.
However, the opinions in this post are 100% my own. ***