Press Releases


The Saint Luke’s Foundation Awards Veggie U $12,000 to Create a Veggie U Classroom Garden Program for Early Childhood (June 19, 2012)

With a vision that positions The Saint Luke’s Foundation as a philanthropic innovator and catalyst that supports programs that significantly advance its mission and have the potential to be locally, regionally and nationally recognized and replicated, the Foundation has awarded Veggie U a $12,000 grant to underwrite a portion of the cost to create and pilot a Classroom Garden Program for Early Childhood. 

Veggie U, Hub55, and Cleveland Monsters Form Partnership to Benefit Local Students (February 16, 2017)

With a $10,000 gift from the Monsters Community Fund, the Cleveland Monsters have initiated a partnership with Veggie U and Hub55 that ensures the continuation of classroom garden education for Cleveland Metropolitan elementary students. Through this collaboration, the three organizations will focus on programming that highlights the benefits of healthy eating and science-based education. 

Cleveland, Ohio Schoolchildren Benefit from Start of Veggie U Program (January, 12, 2016)

The Veggie U classroom garden program is underway in over 70 CMSD elementary schools, including all second grade classes and dozens of special needs classrooms. This unique program was designed to teach children about nutrition and the importance of making wise food choices, as well as introduce them to the concepts required in state science standards.

Press Kit Materials

Case Statement: Mission, History, Facts, Impact, Leadership

What is Veggie U: Who we are, What We do, Need, Programs

Classroom Garden and Materials


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Tickets are $125 per person and includes access to an amazing lineup of talented culinary artists and wine and craft beer selections. Live music by the Discovery Band will have you dancing. You will have access to our wine pull and must-have items in our silent-auction. 

The 2017 Veggie U Food & Wine Gala is sponsored by Franz Ward, Wizard of Ahs, Vitamix, Wente Vineyards, Hudson Holdings, and Ultimate Air. Print your sponsorship packet here.

Currently, our featured chefs include and hail from, Flour, Urban Farmer, Hodge’s, Pier W, and Luna Bakery and Café, Green City Growers, Graffiti: A Social Kitchen, Cork & Cleaver Social Kitchen, Dinner in the Dark and Accessible Gourmet. Stay tuned for more chef and menu updates.

Tony Quarles and The Discovery Band

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Discovery has a long-standing reputation for filling the dance floor the entire night and plays all kids of music from today’s Top 40 Hit's, to Classic Motown, Big Band, Swing, Disco, Classic Rock, and Smooth Jazz. The Discovery Band has shared the concert stage with musical legends Little Richard, The Temptations The Dazz Band, and KC & The Sunshine Band, just to name a few.

Tony Quarles and The Discovery Band, was voted 1st Place Winners“ for Best Music" by FOX8 / City, Cleveland Ohio’s Hot List of the area’s best businesses and continues to be one Northeast Ohio’s number one party bands and are proud to receive the " Couples Choice" awards for 2015, 2016 and 2017 for our outstanding customer reviews.

We are pleased to have Tony Quarles and The Discovery Band for the 2017 Veggie U Food & Wine Gala.




Get your tickets to the 2017 Veggie U Food & Wine Gala and stay Downtown at the Kimpton Schofield Hotel at a special rate!

This year, our gala guests have an opportunity to extend their evening to an overnight stay at the Kimpton Schofield Hotel. This landmark building has been reborn. The Schofield Building is a much-loved landmark in downtown Cleveland — where pride, infectious warmth and passion abound. The historic Schofield sits directly across the street from the 925 Building where the Veggie U Food & Wine Gala will be held. Cleveland is in the midst of a Past meets present at The Kimpton Schofield Hotel, where a circa-1902 building houses a space that’s reflective of the city’s newest chapter.kimpton puts its boutique brand on a landmark c38b70209c34386f

Think boutique, artisan elements like ottomans crafted from recycled saris paired with thoughtful touches that celebrate Cleveland’s heritage, such as the lobby’s collection of American Splendor comics. Given the location within walking distance of world-class theater, sports stadiums and more, there’s no better place to base yourself.

As a sponsor of the Veggie U Food & Wine Gala, The Kimpton Schofield Hotel is offering a special Saturday night rate to our guests. Please use the link below to make your reservations online or call 877-363-2377 and request the Veggie U Food & Wine Gala Rate. The cut-off date for this offer is August 30, 2017, so make your reservations soon!

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Check in at the Westin Cleveland Downtown after the 2017 Veggie U Food & Wine Gala  – offering a special Saturday evening rate -- and experience the sophistication of modern design and 1,500 pieces of locally curated artwork.

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The Westin Cleveland Downtown is a reflection and celebration of Cleveland's artistic and industrious spirit. Guests can enjoy the modern design and beautifully appointed rooms, as well as and more than 1,500 pieces of locally curated artwork.

The Westin Cleveland Downtown's aesthetic is one that both puts guests at ease, while also invigorating their spirit. The lobby is flooded with natural night, and usage of materials including wood, leather and steel create an unparalleled contemporary environment. The hotel offers all the mainstay traditions that make Westin the renowned hotel it is.

Guests can also get the full dining experience that 2017 Executive Chef Vishu Nath has to offer at the farm-to-table steakhouse Urban Farmer Cleveland.

You can reserve your room at the Westin Downtown Cleveland at a special rate through September 11, 2017 here.


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The 2017 Food & Wine Gala will take place in the 925 Building in the historic lobby of the former Huntington Bank Building in the heart of downtown Cleveland at the corner of East Ninth Street and Euclid Avenue. This stunnig venue owned and operated by Hudson Holdings was the largest bank lobby in the world, and is known for its four huge murals, marble walls and floors, three-story vaulted ceiling and majestic Corinthian columns.