The Five Must-Eat Events in Cleveland This Week


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1. On Friday, May 27, the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church will host the 43rd annual Greek festival. Held in Tremont every Memorial Day weekend, the popular event features Greek music, food, drink and even antiques. Visitors will find a mouthwatering assortment of homemade Greek specialties like pastitsio, moussaka (Greek style lasagna), dolmades (stuffed grape leaves) and lamb shanks. But the crowd favorite is always the gyro — and they don't get much better than they are here. Be sure to save some room for baklava or loukoumades (fried dough with honey). If you want something to wash it all down with try the Greek beer Mythos or some Greek white wine. The festival starts at noon and is free.

2187 West 14th St.,

2. On Friday, May 24, Osteria di Valerio in the Warehouse District will throw a "Swinging Affair," when they transform the popular subterranean space into a Rat Pack den. Rick and Sharona will be belting out everything from Sinatra to Peggy Lee. The entire menu — including the famous gnocchi and risotto — is available. The event starts at 8 p.m. and is free as long diners eat and/or drink.

408 W. St Claire Ave., 216-685-9490,

3. On Sunday, May 26, One Shift, a Boston fundraiser, will take over Whiskey Island Marina and Wendy Park to benefit the family of Martin Richard. Richard is the eight-year-old boy who sadly lost his life in the Boston bombings. "This will be an event like no other!" promises Rob Turkek, president of the Cleveland Chapter of the U.S. Bartenders Guild, the non-profit spearheading this event. Sponsored by Bacardi, Jack Daniels and Samuel Adams, this event is no cost to attend and will feature local food trucks like Touch Supper Truck, Umami Moto, and KRAV. Turkek is inviting any and all tipped employees to choose a shift to work and to donate their tips to for the cause. It starts at 2 p.m. and is free, but please tip generously.

2800 Whiskey Island Dr., 216-631-1800,

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Jason Beudert

Jason Beudert has had a dynamic career as a leader with The Walt Disney Company, ESPNZone, The Cleveland Indians, and as a restaurant entrepreneur. He is utilizing his twenty years of hospitality experience along with his love for the Cleveland food scene to contribute exciting and insightful food pieces for Scene...
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