Last week, I had the ultimate experience! I flew to Ohio to meet the Smucker’s Family, but upon our arrival, we were greeted by the upbeat presence of Wendy from Cohn & Wolfe. Myself with Stacy from Mom Central and Amanda from Mommy Mandy had breakfast and got to know Wendy. It was a pleasure having some great conversation with everyone. Once the other bloggers started to arrive, we got ready and headed to lunch at Crop Bistro.
Since its June 2007 launch in the heart of Cleveland’s Warehouse District, Crop Bistro & Bar has grown into the city’s most innovative restaurant, featuring a distinctive menu of inventive American cuisine, built upon foundations of freshness, flavor, and whimsy.
A project of well-seasoned food professionals Steve and Jackie Schimoler, Crop was originally imagined as a laboratory for Chef Steve’s cutting-edge culinary research – a Customized Restaurant Operations Platform, if you will. Today, that concept has evolved into a casually elegant showplace for Steve’s signature fare, with a stylish, 80-seat dining room, a covered sidewalk patio, and a hip-yet-playful vibe.
Discerning diners will find Crop’s menu enticing yet approachable, relying heavily on products culled from the region’s small farms. A celebration of culinary craftsmanship, definitive dishes like Cherry Bombs and Hot Balsamic Popcorn focus on intense flavors, top-quality ingredients, and a heaping helping of culinary whimsy. Like the harvest, the dishes change frequently, to best utilize all that is freshest and most fiercely delicious.
I love smaller places like this to eat. It was a nice and intimate setting for the fabulous bloggers that were among us.
- Stacy (Mom Central)
- Amanda (Mommy Mandy)
- Jenny (Picky-Palate)
- Jennifer (The Dirty Shirt)
- Nicole (Baking Bites)
- Nikki (Arts & Lemons and 5 Minutes for Mom)
- Erin (5 Dollar Dinners)
- Shannon (The Mommy Files)
Appetizers were ordered that I thought ‘what in the world’. One being Hot Balsamic Popcorn.
For lunch, I was in the mood for an old fashioned burger. Their menu is great and pretty affordable!
I loved sitting at the table with everyone. I met some new faces and saw some familiar ones as well. Even though we were all at one table, but still so far apart, Wendy was fab in making sure everyone was able to mingle and chat with each other. I got to know so much about the fab team that I was with. I truly think this lunch introduced me to some great new friends!
After we ate, we headed over to The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio. I have never been to a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame before, so this was simply amazing to experience.
Loved seeing Janis Joplin’s car!
Bon Jovi’s Harley
You can see more pictures here:
We were not able to take pictures inside the exhibits, so the images you see are from the
I have to say that one of my favorite sections of the museum was the Michael Jackson Memorial Wall. I still cannot fathom that the ‘King of Pop’ is gone. Seeing all of Michael’s things on display was so cool! In the main lobby when you walk in, right away, you see this statue. Gorgeous and such great detail!
All around the museum are bits and pieces of items from artists and even shows from musical stars.
We split up in to two groups, in which we were given a very private VIP tour. My group headed to the ‘vault’ first. This is, so to speak, the holding area for items that are either about to go out on display, have already been on display but in rotation, but is the main storage area for costumes, guitars, even Alice Cooper’s fake blood head from his tours. Yes, I saw it. It was so cool to see costumes ranging from Britney Spears , Elton John and even shoes from Stevie Nicks and more. I know I wasn’t alone with the thought of “Ah, I wish I could try on some outfits.”
If you haven’t had a chance to check out the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland – go! I would love to go back and take my family. We didn’t even get to see a quarter of the museum, so I can only fathom how long it would take to experience the entire museum.
You can check out info about The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum here: http://www.rockhall.com/
Thank you to the Smucker’s Family for a fun day of getting to know the other bloggers that I was among, as well as getting tidbits and information about Smucker’s.
This is one of many posts about my experience with the Smucker’s family. More to come about my entire experience.
Mommy Goggles Policy: Thank you to Smucker’s and Cohn & Wolfe, who paid for my travel expenses to bring me to Ohio to learn more about the company that my family has worked with and used in our home for many years. I do not accept monetary compensation for reviewing or writing about products or conference events. I only review products and work with companies that I trust and have trusted over the years and that I have personally tested and used in my home, and all opinions expressed are my own.