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Akron's Main Street Gourmet to sell "off spec" product at discount at "No Muffin Left Behind"

By Katie Byard Published: March 24, 2017


You can stock up on cookie dough and baked goods and help out the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, too, at the No Muffin Left Behind sale April 1.

The sale of Main Street Gourmet product will run from 9 a.m. to noon at the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, 350 Opportunity Parkway, near downtown Akron.

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Annual Greek bake sale in Akron - a rite of spring - is on hiatus while church kitchen is renovated

By Katie Byard Published: March 23, 2017

I am in mourning.

The annual Spring Bake Sale at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Akron — a local rite of spring — is not happening this year.

The reason? “Major [ongoing] renovations of the church, including a brand new kitchen have prevented it,” Kim Vernis, who heads up the annual bake sale, told me.

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Twisted Olive in Green named one of country's "Top 100 Hot Spot" restaurants

By Katie Byard Published: March 16, 2017

Twisted Olive, which opened less than three years ago in Green, is among the country’s “Top 100 Hot Spot Restaurants in America” for 2017, according to a survey compiled by online reservation site Open Table.

Open Table said Thursday that Twisted Olive (pictured above)  is one of nine Ohio eateries to make the list. It joints two other Northeast Ohio spots in the Top 100: Greenhouse Tavern and Lola, both in Cleveland.

The other Ohio eateries on the list are Columbus eateries: The Avenue Steak Tavern, Forno Kitchen and Bar and The Pearl and Cincinnati spots E+O Kitchen, Mita’s and Nada.

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Sharon Township winery, High & Low, open on Sundays

By Katie Byard Published: March 9, 2017

Sipping on Sundays. That’s what the High & Low Winery on state Route 18 in  Sharon Township offers now that it is open Sundays.

The winery, which opened in 2015,  is now open seven days a week year round. Sunday hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Matt Snyder, who owns the business with his wife, Kate, told me this week.

Food is available throughout the day, and Sunday activities for patrons are being scheduled, including board games and card games on colder Sundays. Balloon tosses — outside, of course — are being planned for warmer weather. A listing of events is at

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Rockne's in West Akron turns 30

By Katie Byard Published: March 8, 2017

Here's the lead item in this week's Wednesday Akron Dish wrap up. To read the complete Akron Dish wrap up go to

 A favorite West Akron haunt, Rockne’s, is turning 30 — a remarkable feat for a locally owned restaurant — and a favorite place to grab an ice cream cone, Pav’s Creamery, is expanding again, this time to North Canton.

First the scoop on Rockne’s birthday. After all, it has survived three decades at 7 Merriman Road in Akron, and is continuing without its longtime owner and patriarch, Chris Hamad, who died in 2016.

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Countryside Conservancy names Tracy Emrick director

By Katie Byard Published: March 3, 2017

Countryside Conservancy, the area nonprofit that has worked to establish farms in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, has made its interim director its new leader.

Tracy Emrick has held the top post on an interim basis since last year.

She was named interim when founding executive director Darwin Kelsey stepped down in September. Kelsey died in December from complications from an illness.

Emrick was director of operations and partnerships for Countryside before being named interim director. 

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Akron-Canton area Panera Bread locations offering delivery service

By Katie Byard Published: March 1, 2017

Delivery service is being launched at Panera Bread locations in the Cleveland, Akron and Canton markets.

Covelli Enterprises, the Warren-based franchise of Panera Bread said Wednesday it is rolling out “small order” delivery service, and the initiative will create more than 200 delivery jobs in the  region.

Covelli, the largest franchisee of Panera Bread, anticipates having delivery available at locations throughout the Cleveland-Akron-Canton area by the end of April. Not all stores will have delivery. For example, if there are two stores near each other, both won’t have delivery, a spokeswoman said.

Area Paneras now offering delivery are in Medina Township (4065 Pearl  Road); Fairlawn (2855 W Market St.); Akron  (790 Arlington Ridge; Brunswick, (1405 Parschen Blvd.); and Stow, (1059 Graham Road).

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