Taste of the Browns, a benefit for Greater Cleveland Food Bank, set for Sept. 24

Three American staples — food, football and generosity — come together on Sept. 24 when the 20th annual Taste of the Browns happens at the home of the Cleveland Browns, FirstEnergy Stadium, in the 7UP City Club.

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You never know who you’ll meet at Taste of the Browns. (Submitted photos)

The event, which always features the involvement of members of the team — this year, the honorary co-chairs include starting linebacker Christian Kirksey and former Browns fan fave Josh Cribbs — benefits the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.

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Former Browns special teams great Josh Cribbs is an honorary co-chair this year.

According to a news release, over its history, Taste of the Browns has raised $2.5 million. Last year’s event alone raised more than $250,000, providing over 1 million meals for the hungry in six counties, the release states.

“Thanks to the generosity of our community at Taste of the Browns, in the last 20 years the Food Bank has been able to provide over 10 million meals. We’re excited to see the impact we’ll be able to make this year and over the next 20 years,” said Kristin Warzocha, president and CEO of the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, in the news release. “We’re proud to once again be a community partner of the Cleveland Browns First and Ten initiative and to be working with them and some of the great culinary talent in the region to raise money to provide hundreds of thousands of meals to hungry Northeast Ohioans. Every dollar raised will provide four meals.”

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Taste of the Browns is an annual fundraiser for the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.

Those who decide to spend a little cash to attend are likely in for a flavorful time. The release states more than 25 of the region’s finest chefs, such as Michael Symon (B Spot Burgers), Zack Bruell (Parallax, L’Albatros, Chinato and more), Dan Deagan (Deagan’s Kitchen & Bar and Humble Wine Bar), Eric Williams (Momocho and El Carnicero), Fabio Salerno (Lago East Bank), will take part.

And, speaking of chefs, Mentor native Rocco Whalen (Fahrenheit, Rosie and Rocco’s) is another honorary co-chair.

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Chef Rocco Whalen, left, who grew up in Mentor, is an honorary co-chair of this year’s event.

Along with tasting this and that and mingling with past and current Browns, guests can take part in a silent auction. According to the release, here are some highlights.

• Cleveland Browns memorabilia package
• Hotel stays at Hilton Cleveland Downtown and Hyatt Regency Cleveland at The Arcade
• Rinkside tickets to an upcoming Monsters game
• Tickets to ”Hello, Dolly!” at Playhouse Square
• Vitamix blender

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General admission tickets are available for $175 ($75 of which is tax-deductible) or VIP tickets are available for $250 ($150 of which is tax-deductible), the release states. In addition, for $20, attendees can purchase a wine cork, which can be exchanged for a bottle of wine and, for $10, attendees can buy a beer cap, which can be exchanged for a six-pack of beer. Value, brands and type of wine and beer will vary. Selections will be random.

For more event information or to order tickets, call 216-738-2139 or visit GreaterClevelandFoodBank.org/Taste.


Mark Meszoros watched the recent Browns-Eagles preseason game between the cracks in his fingers, fearing significant Browns injuries in an insignificant game. Follow him on Twitter @MarkMeszoros.

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