Let’s talk about clams. Specifically clam bakes. Clam bakes are a traditionally a New England thing, but for some reason, they’re wildly popular in Northeast Ohio. Nowhere else in Ohio, JUST the Northeast. It’s the weirdest thing, ultimately a marketing gimmick, but truth be told, I absolutely LOVE them. To me there’s nothing that says fall in Cleveland like a good clam bake. My first one was the very first year I moved to Cleveland, and it’s been an annual tradition since.
One year, Nick and I hosted a clam bake at our house, and honestly it was SO much work, that we both swore that we would never do it again. On the plus side we had lots of fun appetizers, but even that wasn’t enough to convince us to do it again. Instead, we’ve embraced all the Cleveland restaurants who offer clam bakes, and today I’m sharing five of them with you!
Flight Cleveland: My favorite spot to get wine is hosting a clam bake!! This one is happening Saturday September 28th, and tickets are available online so buy them right now!! One dozen Steamed Clams/ Mussels, Herb-Butter Basted Wood-Fired Chicken, Stewed Caraway Carrots, Ohio Sweet Corn,
Grilled Bread, Broth and Clarified Butter for $35 and they have add-on’s like Fire Roasted bone marrow. So check your calendar RIGHT NOW, and get your tickets.
BRIM Kitchen + Brewery: I’ve never been to this one, but our friends Joe and Laura have (they are foodies) and they both like it. This one is also this weekend, September 29th, and ticket sales end on Friday September 27th at 3:30 pm. Tickets are $30 and include (1) Dozen Beer Steamed Middleneck Clams, Confit Chicken, Redskin Potatoes, Sweet Potato & Butternut Squash Hash, Cornbread with Honey Butter, and Harvest Salad.
Stone Mad’s Annual Clam Bake: This clam bake is practically an institution, and sells out each year. Reservations are required by October 2nd, and you’re going to to have to go old school and call them. The clam bake itself is October 6th, and $40 gets you 1 dozen clams, broth, half of a roasted chicken or grilled sirloin, New England clam chowder, sweet potato, corn on the cob, and dessert.
Tremont Tap House Clam Bake: We’ve done this one several times, and it never disappoints. This one takes place Saturday, October 16th, but ticket sales end October 12th at 2:30 pm. The base bake is $40 pre-sale, and gets you a dozen Middle Neck clams, sweet potato casserole, 1/2 cornish hen, corn on the cob with Spanish Butter. There are additional add-on's available including rib eye, Maine lobster and
Don’s Lighthouse: Nick and I did this with our friends Joe and Laura last year and were OBSESSED with it. This clambake is an every day menu offering from the last Friday in September through the last Friday in October and it is SO worth it! $45 for a 1.25 lb lobster + 6 clams + corn and potato. If you don’t like lobster, there’s a chicken option for $35 and that includes 8 clams instead of 6. Since it’s offered every day, the best part is you don’t have to plan ahead and can do this whenever you want. As an added bonus, if you go on a Sunday and sit in the bar area, you can add on a dozen mussels for an extra $2.50!! Such a great deal for a really delicious meal! They also have a full menu, so if you or your dining partner(s) are not into clams, there are plenty of available options. Both the clam bake options are $10 off on Thursdays and Sundays.
Happy eating. Keep scrolling for more fun events happening in Cleveland!
Fun things to do in Cleveland:
September 27th: Night Market is back! This festival is always a blast, and features so much good food!
September 28th: Tremont Arts & Cultural Festival. It’s been several years since I’ve been to this event, mainly because there are so many competing arts festivals that feature similar artists. But I remember this having a really solid lineup of artists and vendors, so I’m going to try and check it out this year. If you’re not familiar with Tremont, this is a must-do, and then hang out after and walk around to check out some of the neighborhood restaurants and bars.
September 28th: SAKS + Modern Musings fall beauty event. My friend and fellow blogger Kimberly of Modern Musings is hosting a fall beauty showcase at SAKS. This event is free and open to the public so if you’re interested in learning more about fall beauty trends, this is the event for you. Rumor has it there’s a massive beauty giveaway happening too.
September 29th: Ohio City Street Festival This is another fun neighborhood festival featuring neighborhood restaurants, games for kids, ice-cream, and general end of summer fun!
October 2nd: Unpacking Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the workplace with Together Digital. I’m the Diversity and Inclusion Chair for the Cleveland Chapter of Together Digital, and this is our last open event of the year. So, if you’ve been curious about this organization, please attend this event. I will be moderating a panel of two fabulous speakers in the D&I space, and our panel will unpack the following topics:
Checking-In: Where does your institution stack up?
Advocating: How to make decisions that create diverse, equitable, and inclusive spaces for yourself and others.
Leading the conversation: Unpacking diversity, equity, and inclusion when you're not in charge.
Recruitment: Attracting and retaining diverse candidates and employees.
This is a women-only event and signups are required.
October 4th: MIX at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Art, drinks, dancing at the Museum. What could be better? Nick and I attended the September MIX and had such a blast. The October MIX celebrates the opening of the museum’s Michelangelo exhibit and features DJ Mick Batyske, who has deejayed private events for the likes of Jay-Z, Michelle Obama, Sotheby’s, Vanity Fair, and MTV. Pro tip: Get dinner before you show up so you can dance until the event ends! This event is free for CMA members, but is a paid ticket event for non-members.
October 5th: Ciao! Cleveland. This inaugural day-long festival will feature a wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, fashion, art, alcohol, coffee, music and of course FOOD! This event kicks off Italian Heritage Month around the Country!
October 6th: International Cleveland Community Day at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Celebrate all the communities that make up Cleveland with music, dance performances, art activities and in-gallery experiences. The day will also include a Naturalization Ceremony to welcome new U.S. citizens (it’s a beautiful ceremony if you’ve never witnessed one) and a line-up of short films from the New York International Children's Film Festival.
October 14th: CIFF Comedy Short Films at JukeBox! The next CIFF isn’t until March/April 2020, but this event gives you just a little taste of one of my favorite parts of the festival - enjoy some laughs with some drinks and pierogies!
October 18th- 19th: Fall Arts Show at Screw Factory Artists Lofts. Over 50 artists are presenting their work including pottery, fragrance, photography and so much more.
October 25th: The Best of CLE party hosted by Cleveland Magazine. This one sells out each year, so get your tickets ASAP. You can take 20% off your ticket order by using the promo code COVER2019. I will be attending this one since I was one of the cover girls for the October issue, more on that here.
If you’re looking for some fun, unique holiday events in Cleveland (that always sell out), head over to this post, and make sure you get plan ahead and get your tickets!
I will update this list each week. ENJOY!
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