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The can't-miss, must-eat events this week

Thursday, November 22

Hard Rock Cafe "Imagine" Hunger Event

In his iconic song "Imagine," John Lennon asked listeners to picture a world free from hunger — a message that lives on today through the global Imagine There's No Hunger campaign. While The Hard Rock Cafe Cleveland will be closed for normal business on Thanksgiving, it will be opening its doors to feed the less fortunate a traditional dinner. Turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, and even pumpkin pie for dessert will be served to all comers from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., or until the food is gone. In the city that birthed rock 'n' and roll, it's a great way to give back to the community.

230 West Huron Rd., Cleveland, 216-830-7625,

St. Augustine Thanksgiving

Food Program

What better way to start a day of thanksgiving than by feeding the needy? Every year, Sister Corita and the good people at St. Augustine Church in Tremont serve and deliver over 10,000 meals to many unfortunate families in greater Cleveland. With major support from public, private, and government food donations, they execute this mission of goodwill with military precision. But along with donated food, they depend heavily on donated time. Anyone interested in lending a hand can start lining up at 8 a.m. to deliver meals to homes in the surrounding area. This is a great family activity that embodies the true spirit of the holiday. If you want to lend a hand, contact the church staff at the number below.

2486 West 14th St., Cleveland, 216-781-5530

Friday, November 23

B Spot is Getting Happier

Michael Symon is just a big kid at heart, and now he's got the menu to prove it. On the heels of rolling out new Happy Hour specials at three of his B Spot locations, he's added a full kids' menu. In addition to mini-burgers, bologna sliders, grilled cheese, and chicken fingers, it offers healthy — relatively speaking — options like grilled chicken, sides of mixed berry chobani yogurt, sliced avocado, salad or apples. The kids' meal combo is $5 and includes a choice of meal, side, and a drink for children 12 and under. And for the grown-ups, B Spot is now offering an all-natural Pat LaFreida Turkey Burger. For an extra $1, you can trade in your beef patty for a gourmet slice of turkey. It's a healthy option that also happens to taste great.

Crocker Park, Strongsville, and Eaton locations,

Saturday, November 24

Huntington's Winter Wine & Ale Fest

Work off your turkey hangover and start the holiday season with a delicious culinary treat. After 2011's sellout success, Huntington Bank's Winter Wine & Ale Fest is back at 7 p.m. tonight at 200 Public Square, immediately following the holiday lighting ceremony. The event offers an opportunity to taste samples from Ohio's finest breweries and wineries, including The Brew Kettle, Great Lakes Brewing Company, Fat Head's, Willoughby Brewing Company, and the Ferrante and South River wineries, to name a few. The food comes from local favorites like Whole Foods, the Greenhouse Tavern, Taza Lebanese Grill, Chinato, Pura Vida, and more. Tickets, which are only $50 a person, include 20 sampling tickets for drinks and hors d'oeuvres. Guests will also enjoy entertainment provided by Archie from the morning show on Cleveland's newest radio station, 87.7 Cleveland's Sound. Proceeds benefit GeneroCity Cleveland and the Downtown Homeless Fund. To attend, you must be 21 or over. Parking is included in the ticket price. For more information and tickets, check the website.

Tuesday, November 27

Tremont Farmers Market

Everyone's favorite outdoor urban market gets into the holiday spirit starting with a Happy Hour Holiday Mart at the South Side restaurant today from 4 – 7 p.m. After enjoying the Happy Hour specials at this popular Tremont haunt, you can do your grocery shopping, both indoors and out. South Side offers great carryout as well. This tented event will run every Tuesday through Dec. 18, which means you can still get your fix of locally grown produce up to the holidays. There will also be artists' booths to take care of your gift-giving needs. It's an opportunity to shop local and smart, and chow down on some great chicken and waffles.

2207 West 11th St., Cleveland,

—Jason Beudert

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