Veggie U Food & Wine Celebration

When the wine is flowing, the food is great, and the cause is even better…it’s hard to say no, right?!  That’s why I’ll be at Veggie U’s Food & Wine Celebration on April 30th.  And you can be too!  Read on to see how to win a pair of tickets to the event, valued at $200.  

You may recall I posted about Veggie U at the beginning of the school year.  They’re an incredible organization, a non-profit dedicated to increasing children’s awareness of healthy food options, and teaching them how real food reaches their plate.

food and wine girl planting

For nine years, Veggie U has been taught in every Cleveland Metropolitan School District Elementary School.  That adds up to more than 40,000 Cleveland students who have “graduated” from Veggie U!  They’ve been encouraged to play in the dirt and learned the importance of good nutrition, as well as how food really reaches their plate.  Here’s the rub: the program costs more than $80,000 to place 180+ gardens in CMSD this year alone—and they are underfunded.

Their upcoming event represents their biggest fundraiser of the year.  And this time around, they’ve got a pretty incredible venue, the 925 Building, formerly The Huntington Bank Building.

food and wine band

 It will feature several food stations, spirits, signature cocktails and live music from The Discovery Band.  A wine pull and silent auction will round off the evening while providing further opportunities to donate to the Veggie U mission.

“Our goal is to provide great food and great fun for our guests, but to also make sure the Veggie U story is told. Veggie U believes children who are exposed to growing their own food are more likely to include vegetables in their diet. Our national non-profit organization supplies Classroom Gardens and a standards based, five-week science program to elementary and special needs students. Locally, Veggie U has been part of the learning process for every Cleveland grade schooler since 2007, as well as hundreds of suburban children,” said Executive Director, Nadia Clifford.

Some of my favorite chef/philanthropists, and local restaurants will be represented.  And these people don’t disappoint.  Featured establishments include: Momocho, Dante’s, Hodge’s, Cork&Cleaver, Graffiti Social Kitchen, Urban Farmer, and AMP150, with more establishments planned to join.

Tickets for VUFWC are $100 per person. To purchase tickets and learn more about the event, visit click here, or call 440.774.8344. Sponsorship opportunities are available and food and wine vendor applications are also being accepted.

Want to WIN A PAIR OF TICKETS to the Veggie U Food & Wine Celebration?  Send an email to and put “Cheftovers” in the subject line.  The winner of the tickets will be chosen at random (tickets sent electronically).  You have until April 27th to enter.  See you there!