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Chocolate Fest 2018 -- Cleveland, OH

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I waited three weeks to write this post, because like with Cheese Fest, I needed time to reflect on the experience so that I could give accurate feedback about our time at the Cleveland Chocolate Fest. We've attended both large and small events hosted by Taste CLE and have always loved their smaller wine dinners, but Cheese Fest had been a little bit of a logistical mess in August. I noticed the Cleveland Chocolate Fest was also at the Lago events space, but unlike at Cheese Fest everything was indoors for this event due to the weather being colder (it would have been lovely if we could have enjoyed the patio/lawn space though).
The promise? With our early bird tickets of $35 a piece, unlimited samples and a glass of champagne at check-in. After we purchased the early bird tickets the price increased to $45 a ticket. For regular ticket holders there was a cash bar available, but for ticket holders who bought into the port wine package at $70 (early bird) or $75 (regular sale) pri…

Collision Bend Brewing Company -- Cleveland, OH

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Another part of our Cleveland adventure last weekend was dinner at Collision Bend Brewing Company in the Flats East Bank neighborhood of Cleveland. We were already planning on being in the Flats for an event (blog coming soon), so a friend recommended that we check out Collision Bend Brewing Company after the event. Since Dave and I are both vegetarian, the small plates concept that they offer was perfect, because everyone was able to try a wide variety of plates and we knew that we could easily order vegetarian meals.

As of the date we were there, Collision Bend Brewing Company had been nominated for a Reader's Choice award for Best Brewpub in the U.S. for USA Today's 10 Best contest, and was ranked in first place. The results will be announce this Friday on the 23rd. Collision Bend Brewing Company touts its artisanal brews and freshly prepared Southern California Street Food as the reason it is unique.

Since there were six of us we made a reservation about a week and a hal…