Thursday night was the second meeting of the CLE Blogger Dinner Club, organized by the lovely Allison at Green Dog Wine.
Tremont was the neighorhood, so imagine my joy when the group selected one of my top three favorite restaurants in Cleveland: Fahrenheit
From their opentable.com profile: Located in Cleveland’s funkiest neighborhood – Tremont, Fahrenheit’s comfortably sexy environment has become the hangout for the dressed-in-black crowd, downtown suits & ties & anyone with a sense of adventure. But Gourmet didn’t name Fahrenheit to its list of Great American neighborhood restaurants because it makes you feel so damn good being there. No, Rising Star Chef, Rocco Whalen, Wolfgang Puck protégé, will blow you away with his approachable, affordable & cutting edge Cooking style. Taste Rocco’s contemporary cuisine with its Mediterranean & Asian accents & you’ll know why Esquire declared him a “chef to keep your eye on”.
When I arrived, I ordered a glass of Cantina Tollo Pinot Grigio from the Happy Hour Menu in the bar (the best in CLE in my opinion) and headed out to the patio with the girls. It was the perfect evening for drinks, food and ridiculous conversation in an outdoor setting!
As for the food: I started with Chad’s Soup Selection of the day: tomato with blue cheese and basil. Apparently, I was starving because I completely forgot about taking a picture! Sure it’s not necessarily what you think of for spring time al fresco dining, but I highly enjoyed the balance of the three main ingredients in the soup.
I also forgot about capturing my favorite olive tapenade in the world. Our servers brought bread to our table and all those happy memories of sitting at the bar came rushing back to me when I tasted that lovely spread. The bread was hot and fresh, also served with some honey butter. I can’t speak for the honey butter – I was too distracted by the tasty olive blend of goodness.
For my main, I ordered the Seared Sea Scallops with Truffle-Edamame Puree, Balsamic & Arugula Salad and Shaved Parmesan from the starters menu:
I was so happy I ventured out of my usual menu choices and selected this dish. The three components balanced each other wonderfully. The scallops were prepared perfectly: cooked just right and seasoned the same way. The truffle-edamame puree was an unexpected surprise and I plan to figure out how to make it at home ASAP. As usual, there was a bit extra Balsamic on the plate for my palate, but the shavings of Parmesan were the perfect addition to each bite.
I took everything I had not to steal a piece of Katrina’s Butter Poached Maine Lobster Pizza with French Brie, Roasted Tomato, Basil, Chives, Roasted Garlic and Parmesan:
REALLY?!?! Lobster AND Brie? Sign me up!
It was another lovely evening with some fantastic CLE ladies:
I arrived a bit before 6:00PM and all of a sudden it was 9:30PM! Too bad I’m a bit of a grandma and had to hightail it home. A few of the girls kept the party going at one of my favorite Tremont hangouts: The Flying Monkey. Based on Allison’s pictures, I would have been in for some trouble AKA a hangover on Friday morning!
A big thank you to Allison at Green Dog Wine for organizing round two of our blogger dinner series! Can’t wait to see where our June meet up will be!