Monday, September 10
Taste of the Browns
The Browns may not be the winningest team in the NFL, but for the past 14 years they’ve shown an admirable social conscience with the annual Taste of the Browns Celebrity Dinner, which benefits the Cleveland Foodbank. More than $140,000 was raised last year, enough to pay for half a million meals in Northeast Ohio. Guests can fill their plates with food prepared by top area chefs from restaurants like Momocho, L’Albatros, and Fahrenheit, then socialize with current and former Browns players. Two of them are event co-hosts: current player (and serious foodie) Joe Thomas and former player Al “Bubba” Baker, who has become a celebrity chef himself with his popular Bubba’s Q barbecue joint in Avon. Among the many raffle prizes is a catered tailgate party for 30 featuring Bubba’s specialty ribs, which the affable restaurateur will personally deliver. The event runs from 6 to 9 p.m. at the A T & T Club View Lounge at Browns Stadium. Tickets are $150 by phone, online, or at the door.
100 Alfred Lerner Way, 216-738-2126, cleveland.com/tasteofthebrowns
Wednesday, September 12
Slovenian Sausage Fest
“In heaven there is no beer; that’s why we drink it here,” goes the popular polka tune. And if old-school Eastern European culture is your thing, you’ll be in heaven at the ninth annual National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame’s annual Slovenian Sausage Festival at the SNPJ Farm in Kirtland. On Wednesday from 1 to 8 p.m., traditional sausage makers will be offering their wares both for sale and for judging, along with other traditional treats. The prize this year is a biggie: The winner gets to be the official sausage supplier for the annual three-day Thanksgiving Polka Weekend at the downtown Marriott, which attracts polka lovers from all over the country. But you don’t have to wait until then to dance the day away. The event will feature music from Canadian polka king and multiple Grammy winner Walter Ostanek, as well as local polka luminaries Bob Kravos, Wayne Tomsic, the Fairport Jammers, the Polka Pirates, and the Summit Button Boxers. The winning sausage will be announced at 6. Advance tickets are $7 from the Polka Hall; gate admission is $8.
10946 Heath Rd., Kirtland, 216-261-3263, polkafame.com
Wednesday, September 12
CIM Orchestra at Severance Hall
Budget-conscious music lovers should bookmark the Cleveland Institute of Music’s concert schedule, which features faculty culled from the Cleveland Orchestra and students who may be future Orchestra members. The CIM Orchestra includes the cream of this already creamy crop of young players, who perform five concerts a year at Severance Hall. Their season kicks off at 8 on Wednesday when Carl Topilow, director of the orchestral music program at CIM and the founder and director of the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, conducts the kids in a program of Berlioz, Bartok, and Ernest Bloch’s Suite for Viola and Orchestra, featuring student violist Rimbo Wong. It’s informal and cheaper than going to a local rock club. General admission tickets are $5.
1100l Euclid Ave., 216-231-1111, clevelandorchestra.com