“It's funny, I started out thinking I would ask a few people to do it with the idea that some of them would say no, but nobody did,” says Plum chef-owner Brett Sawyer. “So we were really lucky.”
And so too will be the diners who snag tickets to Plummertime, which will take place from 2 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, September 30. Numerous chefs from restaurants located in Cleveland, Detroit, Pittsburgh and Columbus will be manning individual charcoal grills spread across the patios of both the Plum
(4133 Lorain Ave.) and neighbor Platform Beer
“We’re going for a very casual backyard cook-out feel,” adds Sawyer.
The $120 ticket price includes food (likely a protein and vegetable dish) from every station plus drinks from Watershed, Platform, New Belgium Brewing and Shacksbury Cider. Sides like potato and macaroni salads will be provided by Plum.
The event is a fundraiser for the National Alliance on Mental Illness
, an organization that provides mental health care services to those who don’t have insurance and can’t afford help through traditional means.
The deep bench of talent includes Justin Severino and Nate Hobart from Morcilla and Cure in Pittsburgh, Csilla Thackray and Joey Hilty from Vandal in Pittsburgh, Brendon Edwards, Hailey Enszer and Steve Dudewicz from Gold Cash Gold in Detroit, Jennifer Jacks, Justin Tootla and Kayla Pilato from Voyager in Ferndale, Mich., Jack Moore from Watershed Kitchen in Columbus, and locally Jeremy Umansky and Kenny Scott from Larder, Mike Nowak and Dave Kocab from Black Pig, Adam Lambert from Ohio City Provisions, Matt Spinner from Ushabu, Eric Williams from Momocho and El Carnicero, and Brett Sawyer, Vincent Thomascik, Nolan Tidwell and Chantz Blakesee from the Plum.
“Some are these guys are our friends, and others are chefs and restaurants that we love,” Sawyer says. “I think a lot of these places are already visible to Cleveland diners who might not have the chance to go to those places. This is a way to bring it to them.”
You can purchase tickets here