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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Popular dinner returns to Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Posted By on Wed, May 21, 2008 at 9:21 AM

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Seven glasses of wine and the museum is sure to come alive, just like in that Ben Stiller movie that sucked way less than it should have.
Oh, asparagus: You look pretty, taste great, and make our urine smell weird. For a member of the lily family, that’s quite the resume. And you, fellow omnivores, can pay your respects to this venerable veggie – known to have been cultivated at least as far back as 500 B.C. – on Saturday June 14, from 6:30 to 11 p.m. That’s when the Cleveland Museum of Natural History offers this year’s final “Natural History of Food” feast, a seven-course chowdown featuring music, wine, and lots, and lots of asparagus. ... In return for your $150 ticket, you’ll also enjoy complimentary valet parking, a pre-dinner reception, and a discussion by asparagus farmer Monica Bongue, from Wooster. Dinner follows at 8 p.m., and features the down-to-earth cuisine of sustainability advocate Ben Bebenroth, executive chef and owner of Spice of Life Catering. Together with wine purveyor Mary Lampham -- who has her work cut out for her; asparagus is one of the top ingredients on the “tough to pair with wine” list -- Bebenroth will offer culinary wit and wisdom into the creation of each course. Space is limited to 100 guests, and earlier dinners in the series have been sellouts. Snag your seats by calling 216-231-1177 or 800-317-9155, ext. 3279. If you miss out, don’t worry: Museum officials say the popular series of dinners will return in November. The Cleveland Museum of Natural History ( 216-231-4600) is located at 1 Wade Oval Drive in University Circle. --- Elaine T. Cicora Read Elaine Cicora's restaurant reviews, food news, and comprehensive dining guide on the restaurant page at clevescene.com.
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