Published March 13, 2012
Ms. Lin has undertaken the project as a personal mission since retiring as Director of Ballet Western Reserve in 2009.“This project is an exciting and important step in the continued revitalization of the downtown.Using art, music, food and wine was a perfect way to kickoff raising awareness for this major project.”
Lin was quick to point out that the theatre is located within blocks of some of downtown’s best restaurants, including some of the new additions to the dining landscape.Overture, V2, The Youngstown Club, The Lemon Grove, and Café Cimmento all donated food displays for the event.“It has been so great to see the restaurant community thriving downtown recently and we are grateful for their support of this project.”
Valley Vino provided a diverse array of wines to go with the food at their pouring station.Popular choices included the Clean Slate Riesling from Germany, with its mild sweetness and vibrant fruit flavors.The Diseno Torrontes from Argentina was a huge hit with its floral aroma, crisp acidity and tropical / citrus fruit flavors.Favorite red wine selections included Cellar Number 8 Pinot Noir with its light berry fruit flavors, and the delicious Sebastiani Merlot from Sonoma County.All of these wines offer tremendous value at a price point of $8-$12.
Beer lovers enjoyed the Rust Belt Brewery table where they poured their locally brewed Blast Furnace Blonde, Coke Oven Stout, Old Man Hopper’s IPA, and Rusted River Irish Red Ale.Morley was excited to have two local beverage companies pouring for and interacting with the art crowd.“It was great to have Rust Belt and Valley Vino here with us.They really added a lot of energy to the event.”
Lin hopes this initial event will build momentum for the larger fundraising campaign to come.“We plan to partner with Valley Vino and Rust Belt Brewing again on a large fundraising event featuring beer and wine tasting in the coming months.”
While Lin and Morley are both committed to the restoration of the theatre, Morley says there is a larger picture to consider.“There is a bit of a misconception that the arts are just music, painting, and sculpture.The arts are really a diverse set of elements that enhance people’s lives.Great food and wine are a huge part of that equation.”