Friday, December 4, 2009


There are things I have learned since starting this blog.  You never know who you are going to meet.  You never know where you will find yourself.  You never know why things happen the way they do, but in the end, things happen for a reason.

Last night was something magical.

Fellow blogger Chef's Widow [who recognized me and knew my name which was just a shock to me] was called into action by a tragedy.  Anissa, a fellow blogger out there in the world, who was only 35 or so, had 2 strokes.  She was in a coma.  She is in bad shape.  The Widow decided to throw a party in her honor.  So the "Blog it Forward" dubbed #cocktailsforanissa was born.  She was donating proceeds to Anissa's family to help with whatever they needed help with.  The Cleveland Blogging community stepped it up and came forward to "Blog it Forward".  We all need good Karma, and we all need to have those little guardian angels.  

Not only was this my opportunity to help out a great cause, which by the way was able to raise $300+ in a 50/50 raffle, but it also afforded me the opportunity to head out to the Greenhouse Tavern.  I have talked about it.  I have watched many videos about the place, but I have never had the opportunity to head down to the Tavern to enjoy the deliciousness that is Jonathon Sawyer's cooking.

I have been dreaming of having his much raved beef tartar.  I have never had beef tartar before, so what better time to try it.  I just hope I am not spoiled from it.  The texture of the raw beef, the seasoning, the garlic in the fries.  It was just heaven on a plate.  I also had 2 plates of crispy fried chicken wings with the wife's help, which were out of this world.  This stuff had sex with my taste buds.  That's the best way I could tell you.  I loved it all!

Now, the Widow was able to pull out some amazing people.  Just to mention a few of them, we had Tony Ramos, Kasey Crabtree [which you met last Saturday], Jeanne from Life in Cleveland, Alexa from Cleveland's a Plum, Amelia from Chef's Widow, Rima from Rimarama, KaKaty, Josh a.ka. Chef Pallardy, Carrie from Shawnee's Girl, Julie from West of Cleveland, and who am I forgetting?  Oh yeah, Michael Symon.

I don't want to go on and on about Michael Symon, I did that enough yesterday, but I DO want to share a little story.

Like I said before, you never know who is reading your blog, but something funny happened.  In the midst of all the chaos, somehow I was able to get my good friend Chef Pallardy to go introduce himself.  While they were chatting about being chef's and what not, before he walked away I was able to say, "Hey Chef, just wanted to say my 7 year old daughter loved your roasted bone marrow at Bar Symon last night."

He stopped turned around and said, "YOU'RE the dude who wrote that today?  I totally read that, she also had the goat cheese mac n cheese huh?"

My heart skipped a beat.  He read my blog.  I was so floored I just stopped and said, "Dude, you read but didn't comment you bastard."

He laughed and went on his way after posing for a picture with Chef Pallardy and his wife and MY wife.  I took the picture, but I don't need my picture with him.  Michael Symon is a totally nice dude.  I could drink with him more often.  I'm sure he has some great stories.

Talking about nice dude's Chef Sawyer was an amazing guy too.  I was able to stop and talk to him very shortly as he had a kitchen to run, but I did make sure to comment on his beef tartar. He also was explaining sustainability, and things like that.  I am not much of a tree hugger, but I definitely respect a guy who has convictions like that.  I think we all need something to believe in.  I was inspired by him and his wife.  If I could have a FRACTION of the success they have worked for, I would be a happy guy.   

Last night was so amazing I am having a hard time writing about it.  There were just so many layers to the evening, I am having trouble with it.  I could write a blog about every person I met, but I think somehow you would get bored.

All in all I loved the Green House Tavern.  They definitely deserve all the praise and acclaim they have gotten over the past year.  Thanks to Chef's Widow for hosting and putting together such a great event to meet other great twitterers and bloggers from the good ole Cleveland. 

I'm sure there will be future blogs posts and photos about the debauchery that happened there.  Many many disposable cameras have completely random photos of us just drinking and having a good time! 

If you want to read more about #cocktailsforanissa and relive the fun we had, go to twitter and search the hashtag in the title.  It was a fantastic evening I really enjoyed being a part of.


Rima said...

I think you did an outstanding job summing things up! It was great to meet you, and everyone else last night. I'll be baaaaack . . .

ashley said...

This story seriously warms my heart! Blog it forward, indeed.

Cyclin' Missy said...

It's awesome that so many people came together to help someone in need. Awesome. just made me salivatingly hungry.

Vodka Logic said...

Sounds like a great time, wish I could have been there. No twitterers, bloggers in my area, that I know of.

Kudos to The Greenhouse Tavern for hosting such a great cause.

Had plenty of raw fish but never had steak tartar... now I will have to try it. Sex with the tastebuds sounds fun..

Katie said...

Isn't GHT the best? They popped my beef tartare cherry, too - it's so good (can't have it again for another 4 months or so - boo!). I've eaten there half a dozen times, most recently a 3-hour long, decadent meal with an out of town friend where we ate through about 2/3 of the menu, and I have never, ever been disappointed in a dish. And Amelia & Jonathon are just awesome - I love supporting their place.

Great to meet you last night

Kasey said...

You may have called Michael Symon a bastard (LOL for the Rest.Of.The.Year!) but you forgot how I teased Chef Pallardy about being so nervous about approaching Chef Symon. I gave him grief that if he had been through basic training/boot camp (Air Force, right?)why would he be nervous about approaching a CHEF? But the awe & wonder in his eyes was thrilling and real; maybe we have a new weapon for war... good Chefs!

Maybe a happy, full thrilled belly is what we need for World Peace. A new meaning for "Feed The World" as the Iron Chefs RULE!

Tino said...

I totally know what you mean about being floored that Michael Symon read your blog. I had a similar experience with Jane Snow, food editor for the Akron Beacon Journal for nearly 30 years. One day I checked my Inbox and there was an email from her saying how much she enjoyed reading my blog. I don't get worked up over celebrity all that much, but let me tell you, I was on cloud-frickin'-nine for a good week and a half.

Awesome that you got to call Symon a bastard. Even more awesome that got the joke and laughed that magical laugh of his (I knew he was at the Blog It Forward event even before I saw him because of that laugh).