There was a great vibe at FirstEnergy Stadium on Monday night as the Cleveland Browns hosted the 20th annual 'Taste of the Browns' event at the 7UP City Club Lounge.
The Browns again teamed up with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank to help tackle hunger in Northeast Ohio. The event was co-chaired by current Browns linebacker Christian Kirksey, former Browns All-Pro Josh Cribbs, and Rocco Whalen from Fahrenheit and Rosie and Rocco’s.
The night was an opportunity for fans to celebrate Cleveland's passion for the Browns, something that has been revitalized since the team's emotional victory over the Jets on Thursday night. But it was also a night to renew the appreciation of Cleveland’s acclaimed culinary cuisine, and the commitment to the community.
20th Annual Taste of the Browns event held at FirstEnergy Stadium
The event raised more than $260,000 for the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, which will be able to provide more than 1 million nutritious meals to those in need here in Northeast Ohio.
Guests mingled with Cleveland Browns players past and present, while enjoying delicious food and drink prepared by more than 25 restaurants and beverage purveyors.
I caught up with Kirksey during the festivities. He spoke about how much it means for him to serve the community, as well as how pleased he was with the Browns' win on Thursday.
Also on hand at the event was Browns guard Joel Bitonio, who was making his fifth appearance at the 'Taste of the Browns.' He had plenty to say about Thursday's win and the team's new starting quarterback, rookie Baker Mayfield.