The Great Mustard Debate!


Cleveland Stories Dinner Parties

  • Venue:Supper Club
  • Showtime:7:00 pm
  • Doors open:5:00 pm
  • Free Admission, Table Reservations Required
  • Free Entry

Storytellers: Vince Guerrieri, Michael Januska & Barry Levinson

Mustard Taste Test


Doors open at 5:00pm, with the storytelling beginning promptly at 7:00pm

  • Weekly series combining great food with great stories about Cleveland’s past
  • In addition to our regular menu, a Prix Fixe 3-course dinner special is available for just $25
  • This week’s special
    • Sausage and Pretzel Bites with Sides of Featured Mustards
    • Chicken Kabobs & Wild Rice
    • Hot Fudge Sundae


Story topic this week…

Stadium Mustard, Bertman’s Ballpark and Their Place in Cleveland Sports History and Lore

Mustard Throwdown

We mustard-mit, this Storyteller night is going to be a blast! Mustard Experts Extraordinaire, Michael Januska and Barry Levinson are joined by sports author Vince Guerrieri to tackle this ongoing, legendary Cleveland debate — Bertman’s versus Stadium – which mustard do you prefer? The night will start out with a taste test when you are first seated! You will be asked if you’d like to blind taste test both brands. Get it correct, and you’ll win two free tickets to an upcoming concert! Nothing beats a good ol’ fashioned hot dog at the ballpark – but you can’t forget the most important condiment! Join in on the debate – which is the best Cleveland mustard?


Vince Guerrieri Bio

Cleveland Sports Historian/Author
Vince Guerrieri is an award-winning journalist for the Elyria Chronicle Telegram and Medina Gazette. His writing also appears regularly in various regional and national magazines and online publications. A native of Youngstown and graduate of Bowling Green State University, he is the author of three books on Ohio sports history.

Michael Januska Bio

Cleveland Cheese and Mustard Maker
Michael Januska has been in the restaurant industry for the past 27 years. He graduated from culinary school in Florida. Michael worked in a few popular restaurants in Cleveland for a few years, before heading to Europe. Working as an Executive Chef in London for 16 years gave him the opportunity to experience new and traditional culinary adventures. Michael wanted to re-create the old world cheese and mustard shops that he enjoyed while living in Europe ultimately creating his own cheeses and mustards, Januska continued his passion as an artisanal chef.

Barry Levinson Bio

Founder & Curator, National Mustard Museum
In the wee hours of October 28, 1986, after his favorite baseball team had just lost the World Series to the NY Mets, a disconsolate Barry Levinson was wandering the aisles of an all-night supermarket looking for the meaning of life. As he passed the mustards, he heard a voice saying: “If you collect us, they will come.” Barry bought a dozen jars of mustard and at that moment resolved to amass the world’s largest collection of prepared mustards. In 1991, Barry left the law to devote himself full-time to collecting mustards and mustard memorabilia.
Baseball Museum

The Baseball Heritage Museum at League Park in Cleveland, Ohio, stands as a venerable testament to the rich history and cultural significance of baseball in the region. Originally established in 1997, the museum finds its home within the historic confines of League Park, a venue that once hosted baseball legends such as Babe Ruth, Cy Young, and Joe DiMaggio. The park itself has witnessed pivotal moments in baseball history, including the setting of the first grand slam and the debut of night games. The museum, with its collection of artifacts, memorabilia, and interactive exhibits, serves as a repository for the cherished memories and milestones of Cleveland’s baseball legacy. Its purpose is to not only celebrate the sport but also to educate visitors about the profound impact that baseball has had on the community and the nation at large. Through the preservation of historical artifacts and engaging exhibits, the Baseball Heritage Museum at League Park pays homage to the players, teams, and moments that have shaped the enduring love affair between Cleveland and the great American pastime. The Baseball Heritage Museum is located at 6601 Lexington Avenue. Come by for a visit.

The goal of the Cleveland Stories Dinner Party is to bring to life some of the fun, interesting stories about Cleveland’s past – from sports, to rock ‘n roll, to Millionaire’s Row, — the series will focus on tidbits from Cleveland’s past that will really thrill the audience. The Music Box is presenting this series in partnership with the Western Reserve Historical Society’s new Cleveland History Center. We think the Cleveland History Center is one of the most important museums in Cleveland. An unknown gem that Clevelanders should know more about, and support. It is the only museum in Cleveland dedicated to preserving and documenting the history of Cleveland. The Cleveland History Center includes two mansions, the Crawford Auto Aviation Museum, Chisholm Halle Costume Wing, Research Library, Kidzibits Hands-On Gallery, rotating exhibitions, and the Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel.

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