From Picky Eater to Chef, TV Host and Cookbook Author
Nikki Dinki Celebrity Guest at the Veggie U Food & Wine Gala

dinki with kaleThis year, Veggie U is proud to announce that Nikki Dinki is the Guest celebrity at the Veggie U Gala and will be available to meet and greet guests, and to sign her new cookbook, “Meat on the Side: Delicious Vegetable-Focused Recipes for Every Day.” Taste trumps everything else in Nikki’s book. “It’s about really yummy food that happens to have a vegetable-focused element to it instead of what is traditionally meat-focused,” Nikki said. “I think the book provides really fun ways to expand your palate.” Veggie U invites you to get your tickets to the 2017 Veggie U Food & Wine Gala and meet Nikki Dinki. Help us GROW future generations of healthy children. During the event, make a donation to Veggie U and receive a personally signed copy of Meat on the Side. Read more about Nikki on our event home page.



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Chef Vishu Nath

Urban Farmer Cleveland






Menu Item: Local Bison Bourguignon and potato Puree Tartlet
plated with Smoked Onion, Parsnip, Heirloom Carrot and house-made Buffalo Nduja Oil.
Read more on Chef Vishu Nath and Urban Farmer: Cleveland's Steakhouse
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Chef Matt Mytro

Flour Restaurant: An Italian Kitchen

Menu Item: Mushroom Bolognese with FLOUR PASTA CO
Garganelli Pasta
Read more on Chef Matt Mytro and Flour Restaurant: An Italian Kitchen

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Chef Adam Lambert 
Owner Trevor Clatterbuck
Head Butcher Vinnie Delagrange

Ohio City Provisions



Menu Item: Venison Sausage
Read more about Adam, Tervor and Vinnie and Ohio City Provisions



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Chef Andrew Gorski

Parker's Downtown







Menu Item: Oyster & Beef Tongue Taco with Ranchero, Pickled Onion and Asian Greens.
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Chef Lauren Shaffer

Luna Bakery & Cafe




Menu Item: Fall Angel Food Trifle
Toasted angel food cake with pastry cream, soft caramel, braised pears and candied pecans
Read more on Chef Lauren Shaffer and Luna Bakery and Café

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Chef Brian Doyle

Café Avalaun






Menu Item #1: The Clevelander Crepe, a delicacy filled with potatoes, cheddar cheese, and caramelized onions, and drizzled with crème fraiche
Menu Item #2: Vegan Carrot Cake made with sunflower seeds, juicy carrots and coconut milk.
Read more on Chef Brian Doyle and Cafe Avalaun

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Chef Regan Reik

Pier W






Menu Item: Lentil crepe, almond basmati rice, local cucumber and radish ceviche
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Chef Michael Lyons

Accessible Gourmet





Menu Item: Sake and Miso-glazed Halibut on Asian Slaw
Read more on Chef Michael Lyons and The Accessible Gourmet

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Chef Chris Guthrie





Menu Item: Deviled egg, topped with crispy pancetta, paprika and extra virgin olive oil

Read more on Chef Chris Guthrie and Hodge's

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Chef Adam Wilson





Menu Item: Pisco Sour Drink: Create with magic of the Vitamix blender. Pisco is a brandy and the national spirit of both Chile and Peru. The cocktail also contains citrus juice and bitters and is topped off by whipped egg whites for that special froth.
Read more on Chef Adam Wilson and Vitamix

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Chef Jeff Jarrett

Representing: Dinner in the Dark




Menu Item: Veggie Crunch Salad with sunflower seeds
and dried cranberries
Read more on Chef Jeff Jarrett and Dinner in the Dark

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Chef Jeremy Lisy

Representing: Green City Growers





Menu Item: Smoked Walleye with Portuguese potato salad
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Chef Brian Okin
Restaurants: Graffiti: A Social Kitchen
& Cork & Cleaver Social Kitchen & Dinner in the Dark



Menu Item: Chicken Meatball Paprikash with Spaetzel
Read more on Chef Brian Okin and Graffiti: A Social Kitchen, Cork and Cleaver Social Kitchen and Dinner in the Dark