- TaDa! is a series of events sponsored by individuals to benefit the LGBT Community Center.
- The events include all types of festivities – parties, dinners, tours – if you think of it we will help you make it happen!
- The host(s) cover the costs of the event, thus 100% of all the proceeds go directly to the Center.
Why are Tada!'s so important to the Center?
The TaDa! series is a critical fundraiser for The Center. With your support, the TaDa! series raised over $23,000 in 2015 — please help us meet our goal of $30,000 in 2016!
THE CAT'S MEOW
Saturday, May 21, 6-9 PM
COST: $150 / 50 Guests
HOSTS: Alley Cat Oyster Bar, John Jones, Tracie Longpre, and Kate Wensink
Marvel at the expansive views of the Cuyahoga River on the Flats East Bank as you enjoy an exquisite feast at Zack Bruell's latest culinary rage. Join us for an exclusive event featuring a "traditional shore" full-course dinner (select beer and wine included,) inspired by Cleveland's own gourmet chef Zack Bruell, recently chosen as a Great Lakes Region semi-finalist nominee for the prestigious James Bear Award for culinary excellence. The indoor, window-laced private room will showcase the stunning waterfront as well as provide access to the event's private patio. Come find out why dining in the Flats is the Cat's Meow!
CHOCOLATE THERAPY AT THE 9
Friday, June 3, 6:30-9:30 PM
Cost: $150 / 50 Guests
Hosts: Metropolitan at The Nine, Carrie Burick & Anna Dendy, John Jones, Karen Manning, Bill Podojil, Carolyn Polanski, and Nichole Harris
Follow the energy rising up to Azure, Cleveland's only sun deck and lounge perched 150 feet above the city streets at Metropolitan at the 9. Enjoy panoramic skyline views, a glass of wine, and a flavorul full-course sit-down feast under the stars. Following dinner, you will revel in the delectable "food of the gods," as an Azure Chef guides you through a "chocolate therapy" session. This healing experience (as we all know chocolate is good for the mind and the spirit,) will be complemented with fruit, cheese and pastries paired with special bourbons and wine. As a special treat, one guest will be chosen to win an overnight accommodation at the Metropolitan at The 9. So let the chocolate rehabilitation begin! Discounted valet parking is available.
RED ROOFTOP EXPERIENCE
Saturday, June 18, 6:30-930 PM
Cost: $150 / 50 Guests
Hosts: Red Restaurant Group, Carrie Burick & Anna Dendy, John Corlett, Karen Manning, Bob Sferra, and Kate Wensink
Delight your taste buds with this crowd favorite. Join us once again for this unique opportunity to take in all the beauty of Cleveland, while enjoying the decadence of one of Cleveland's premiere downtown hotspots. Before dinner, guests will have the rare opportunity to join Chef Bennet in an interactive cooking demonstration. This is followed by a sit-down, full-course steak dinner and drinks (beer and wine included.) Vegetarian options are available. Please make your request known when registering for the event. Please note: A well-worth-it flight of stairs takes you up to the roof.
TOP OF THE CROP
Friday, July 8, 6:00 PM
Cost: $55 / 100 Guests
Hosts: Skylight Financial Group, Dan Brennan, Amie Palffy, Bill Crozier, and Paul Fox
One of the best-selling TaDa! events of last season returns to the rooftop of Ohio City’s West 25th street and the top floor of the historic United Bank building. Enjoy a summer evening rooftop picnic with spectacular views of the neighborhood, downtown and beautiful Lake Erie. Hosted by the Skylight Financial Group and featuring summertime fare prepared by Chef Steve Schimoler from CROP Bistro, this event is a fan favorite, so act quickly and don’t miss out on the fun!
ALFRESCO FINE DINING
Saturday, July 23rd, 6:30 PM
Cost: $100 / 6 Guests
Hosts: Ronald Reed and Vince Leskosky
You are cordially invited to the home of architects Ronald and Vince for an unforgettable outdoor dining experience. Tour their beautiful home while sipping cocktails and viewing their ever-growing and diverse art and photography collection. Afterwards, enjoy a multi-course sampling of summer-grilled delights paired with wine from their cellar. This summertime soiree is the perfect combination of simplicity and intimacy — this event sold out rapidly the past two years and had glowing reviews, so act swiftly to grab your tickets.
GRILLIN ‘N CHILLIN AT LUXE
Saturday, July 30, 5:00 PM
Cost: $150 / 50 Guests
Hosts: Luxe, Tracie Longpre, Karen Manning, Natalie Naumann, Carolyn Polanski, Bob Sferra & Matt Walsh, and Kate Wensink
There’s nothing like spending a beautiful summer evening on the patio! Join us for a private event at this lovely Mediterranean-Italian bistro that offers culinary creations that are current yet approachable. Enjoy a special hand-crafted “TaDa!” cocktail while Chef Dallas Martinez shows us how to heat up the grill (& cook on it)! Savor a wonderful three-course grilled dinner paired with a variety of libations prepared by General Manager Jeffrey Dix. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to chill with the grill while enjoying the sky above! (rain date – July 31)
Saturday, August 6, 6:00 PM
Cost: $100 / 50 Guests
Hosts: Toast & M Cellars, Claire Curtis, Garry Gross, Natalie Naumann, Andrew Thomas, and Kate Wensink
Join us on this culinary adventure at Toast Wine Bar’s very own small urban farm lot, where you will find 11 chickens, one hoop house, 13 raised beds, and endless, lovingly produced appetizers for you to enjoy. Each tasty dish will be paired with M Cellars’ award-winning wines from Geneva, Ohio. Winemaker Matt Meineke will be on hand to share his passion. A beautiful garden setting in the heart of the Gordon City Arts District, locally-sourced foods and wines — it doesn’t get better than this! Toast celebrates what the earth has to offer. Come raise a glass with us!
THE GREENHOUSE EFFECT
Sunday August 21, 4:00 - 7:00 PM
Cost: $100 / 35 Guests
Hosts: Greenhouse Tavern, Garry Gross, and Karen Manning
Find out why Jonathon Sawyer was awarded the title as best chef in the Great Lakes! You will experience the love and happiness that he and his team bring to every dish as you enjoy an amazing pig roast buffet on the rooftop of the Greenhouse Tavern. Using local produce, protein, and grain, The Greenhouse Tavern is always working to be at the forefront of the rustbelt revolution, innovating in the city, the kitchen, and on the menu. We know this feast will warm your soul. Half of the proceeds from the cash bar will go to The LGBT Community Center.
AROUND THE WORLD…IN 1 SQUARE MILE
Saturday, September 10, 6:00 PM
Cost: $40 / 125 Guests
Hosts: Judson and John Jones
Celebrate the many cultures of Cleveland in the heart of University Circle! Perched at the top of the Cultural Gardens, Judson Manor offers stunning panoramic views of downtown and Lake Erie from its rooftop terrace. Come learn more about the rich ethnic tapestry of our city and sample delicious hors d’oeuvres inspired by the many cultures that create the magnificent gardens. Sip cocktails, enjoy live music and experience an international evening!
REAP ITS “HARVEST”
Sunday, September 18, 5:00 - 8:00 PM
Costs: $150 / 50 Guests
Hosts: Harvest Restaurant, Nicole Dauria & Tracie Longpre, and Maria Shinn
Join us for an exclusive, private event with Cleveland’s own gourmet chef Michael Longo of Harvest. You will be treated to a sit-down, full-course dinner and drinks (beer and wine included) as Michael walks you through the sustainable journey of each tasty morsel you savor. You’ll also get to enjoy a unique cooking demonstration as well as the restaurant’s wonderful earth tone setting that glimmers with a burnished glow from ginger and ochre hanging lamps. Striving to provide the freshest and most creative product to their guests, Harvest maintains their commitment to the environment, as they source as many local and sustainable products as possible. For it is when we take care of the land and the sea, that we reap its “Harvest.” Your expectations will certainly be exceeded!
Sunday, October 2, 6:30 – 9:30 PM
Cost: $40 / 20 Guests
Hosts: Gregory Videtic & Chris McCann
Why head north to get an early Thanksgiving experience when Chris and Greg will be delighted to help you celebrate Canada’s version of Thanksgiving in their Cleveland Heights home (which occurs the second week in October). Canadians know it primarily as Harvest Holiday, so no Pilgrims or green bean casserole here! Instead, you will find an assortment of tasty dishes including Nova Scotia chowder, French Canadian tourtiere and British Columbia wines — with “beaver tails” for dessert, of course! So this year partake in a double dose of Thanksgiving while also enjoying this lovely Forest Hill home.
WEST SIDE STORY AT BW
Saturday, November 12, 7:30PM
Cost: $40 / 50 Guests
Hosts: BW Department of Theatre and Dance, BW Music Theatre Program, Victoria Bussert, Gregory Daniels, David Pepin, Swagata Banik, Frank A. Bianchi, Bryan Bowser & Brian Bayer, Bobby Burian, James Burian, michelle CLark, Tom Konkoly, John Lanigan & Dana Andrassy, Emilia Lombardi and Kevin O'Malley & Andrew McCreary.
Come to see tomorrow’s Broadway stars today. Baldwin Wallace’s Department of Theatre & Dance and Music Theatre Program present the Broadway classic WEST SIDE STORY featuring Bernstein’s dazzling score, full orchestra, and the well-loved “Romeo and Juliet” love story. BW’s music theatre program is regularly recognized as one of the best in the US; recent graduates have appeared in NBC’s live broadcast of PETER PAN and on Broadway in KINKY BOOTS, PIPPIN, LES MIS and MATILDA, to name a few. Tada! attendees will have great seats for the sure-tosell-out Saturday evening, November 12th, performance. You’ll enjoy unforgettable classics such as “Maria”, “One Hand”, “One Heart”, “Somewhere” and “America”, followed by an exclusive dessert reception with the opportunity to meet some of the performers and artistic staff.
Tuesday, December 27, 6 – 9PM
Cost: $75 / 60 Guests
Hosts: Arne Klein & Brad Kisner and Bob Sferra & Matt Walsh.
Celebrate the season surrounded by alluring adornment, savory bites, holiday spirits and captivating conversation. Arne & Brad and Bob & Matt invite you to experience an evening that will rival 2015’s much celebrated and sold out Holiday Tada! Please join us for fun and help The Center at the same time.