Eat Like a Kid Again | Cleveland Museum of Natural History | Cleveland, OH
I was fortunate enough to be given two complimentary tickets by Children’s Hunger Alliance to their Eat Like a Kid Again event this past Thursday at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Hosted by WKYC’s Lyndsay Buckingham, Eat Like a Kid Again featured grownup versions of popular childhood food and drinks, a wine pull, a silent auction, a live encounter with a possum and private access to museum exhibits. Funds raised at the event went towards providing healthy meals to food-insecure children in Northeast Ohio.
There were 18 food and drink stations throughout the museum: Annie’s Signature Sweets, Barrio, Bon Appetit, Butcher and the Brewer, Cleveland Marriott Downtown, Children’s Hunger Alliance, Cleveland Whiskey, Colonial Wine, Elements Bistro, Hilton Garden Inn Cleveland East, Nora, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Saucisson, Sky LaRae’s Culinary Services, Starbucks, Taza Lebanese Grill, Two Bucks and Zack Bruell Events.
The vendors competed in a Best of Taste competition. Guests were given golden tickets and instructed to drop them into a bowl at their favorite tasting station. My mom and I took this responsibility seriously and sampled almost every table. Highlights for us included lobster mac and cheese from Ruth’s Chris; bourbon lemon-aide from Cleveland Whiskey (my mom is a bourbon drinker, who knew!?!); falafels and hummus from Taza Lebanese Grill; homemade pizza rolls from Nora; bacon-wrapped meatloaf sliders, seared watermelon and bread pudding with Mitchell’s ice cream from Elements Bistro; ahi tuna tacos from Hilton Garden Inn Cleveland East; waffle-wrapped chicken sausages from Cleveland Marriott Downtown; and turkey sesame meatball lollipops from Sky LaRae’s Culinary Services. Our golden tickets went to Ruth’s Chris, Cleveland Whiskey, Elements Bistro, Nora’s and Sky LaRae’s Culinary Services.
Credit to Children’s Hunger Alliance, who did a wonderful job executing the event. It was fun, easy to navigate and unique, as the museum served as a wonderful backdrop to the festivities. More importantly, the theme of the night was never lost—making a difference in the lives of children.
Sadly, 20 percent of children in Ohio are food insecure. This means that one in five children in our state don’t know where their next meal is going to come from. Let that sink in … it’s a stark, disturbing and sobering statistic. Food insecure kids face higher risks of health issues and are more likely to fall behind in school. I know how unpleasant I feel (and sometimes even act) when I’m hungry, and food for me is readily accessible. Imagine being a child and always feeling hungry. Imagine that being your life every single day. Over 500,000 children in Ohio are hungry. This must change.
Children’s Hunger Alliance works to provide the state’s most vulnerable citizens with their most basic need—food. They advocate for the needs of Ohio’s youngest citizens, focusing on providing healthy meals to hungry children. They need our help. Learn more on their website or text FOOD4KIDS to 74121 to make a donation to this meaningful cause. Thank you and cheers!