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Tea luncheon Saturday in the Falls to benefit historic chapel

By Katie Byard Published: September 30, 2016

Here’s the scoop on a tea fundraiser Saturday for a beautiful historic building in Cuyahoga Falls: 

The third annual Tea Luncheon fundraiser to benefit the Historic Chapel at Oakwood Cemetery in Cuyahoga Falls — featuring assorted breads, hot chicken salad and other eats — will run form noon to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Quirk Cultural Center, 1201 Grant Ave. in the Falls.

Tickets, available at the door, are $20 and will feature the program “Fairy Gardens” by Master Gardener Peggy Cartwright.

Luncheon food is being prepared by members of the Ladies Cemetery Association, which organizes the tea, and Bill Bailey, owner of a local catering company.

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PizzaFire in Fairlawn will fire up oven next week; West Akron Starbucks opens Friday; Blaze on way

By Katie Byard Published: September 29, 2016

Here’s morsels on upcoming openings — PizzaFire, Blaze and Starbucks:

PizzaFire — which specializes in thin-crust pizzas that are quickly baked in an 800-degree oven  — is opening its new Fairlawn store this coming Wednesday.

The new PizzaFire — part of the Medina County-headquartered chain — is opening in the former Enso Rolls and Bowls, in the Shops of Fairlawn Plaza off West Market Street.

The pizza, made-to-order in front of customers, is Neapolitan style: thin crust with fresh ingredients.

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Buehler's to close Brunswick store; 125 employees affected

By Katie Byard Published: September 26, 2016

Buehler Food Markets Inc. revealed late Monday afternoon that it plans to close its nine-year-old Brunswick store Oct. 21, saying the location is “underperforming.”

The closing of the store at 3688 Center Road will affect 125 full-  and part-time employees.

The Wooster-based grocery chain said “eligible employees” will be offered a position at other Buehler’s Fresh Foods locations, and employees who do not want to transfer will be offered a severance package. Buehler’s said it is working with Brunswick area retailers to “recommend these individuals” for employment.

Buehler’s said the decision came as it had an opportunity to consider "lease options" and as it was evaluating “underperforming stores.”

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Browns players Terrelle Pryor and Duke Johnson to appear at area renovated Giant Eagle stores

By Katie Byard Published: September 26, 2016

This item really isn’t about food... but I figured Browns fans would wanna know. And it’s happening at newly remodeled grocery stores... so there’s the food angle!

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor Sr., who played three positions for the team on Sunday, will sign autographs and meet with fans at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Giant Eagle in Fairlawn.

On Thursday, Browns running back Duke Johnson, who gained 80 yards Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, will be at the Stow Giant Eagle. He will sign autographs and meet with fans at 6:30 p.m.

While the Browns lost in overtime to the Dolphins on Sunday, both players’ performance is offering fans some hope for the team this season.

The Browns players appearances are part of celebrations of significant renovations at each of the stores.

The Fairlawn Giant Eagle is at 2775 W. Market St. in the Fairlawn Town Centre plaza; and the Stow Giant Eagle is at 4300 Kent Road in the Stow Community Center shopping center.

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Akron Dish: Burntwood Tavern prepares to open newest location in Fairlawn

By Katie Byard Published: September 23, 2016

The new Burntwood Tavern in Fairlawn -- in the former Max & Erma's restaurant on West Market Street -- will open Monday.

Kitchen hours will be 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday throught Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Bar hours will be 11 a.m. to midnight seven days a week.

Burntwood, a restaurant group based in Chagrin Falls, features "American fare and pub grub" along with craft beers and cocktails.

It will be the second Summit County Burntwood location; the other is in Cuyahoga Falls. The opening of Burntwood follows the debut of Bomb Tacos & Rum, part of a Beachwood-headquartered restaurant group, in nearby Copley Township, and the Bath Township opening of Melt, the first Summit location for the popular Cleveland chain. 

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Chop & Swizzle in Akron to get a sister place in Green; Sugar & Slice opening set for next month

By Katie Byard Published: September 22, 2016

Does this Akron guy ever sleep?

Chef Dick Kanatzar, who opened the Chop & Swizzle cocktail bar in Akron earlier this year and plans to open a pizza-doughnut joint this fall, is now cooking up a second Chop & Swizzle location — in Green.

And he continues to operate his roving-chef business, Chef Dick’s Kitchen, at events and venues including local breweries.

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Countryside Conservancy founding director steps down; interim director named

By Katie Byard Published: September 21, 2016

The founding director of Countryside Conservancy, a nonprofit that nurtures small-scale farming in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and operates farmers markets, has stepped down as executive director of the group.

Darwin Kelsey, who has led the organization since its inception in 1999, is now director emeritus and Tracy Emrick, the nonprofit’s director of operations and partnerships, will serve as interim director, Countryside Conservancy said in a news release issued late Wednesday afternoon.

Kelsey will help guide the search for his successor and will work with Countryside’s board and employees in an advisory role through the end of this year.

Countryside’s efforts include Countryside U, which offers classes for gardeners, home cooks, farmers, and food producers in Northeast Ohio.

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Stow gets a Jersey Mike's sub shop

By Katie Byard Published: September 14, 2016

The Jersey Mike’s Subs chain has opened a shop at 3027 Graham Road in Stow and will offer a free sub fundraiser through Sunday.

The fundraiser will benefit the Stow-Munroe Falls High School athletic department.

The restaurant, at Graham and Fishcreek roads, is circulating 10,000 coupons throughout the community offering a free regular sub for a minimum $2 donation to the athletic department.

The Stow Jersey Mikes is a franchise operation that is owned by brothers Scott and Jason  Zieman and business partners. The Zeiman brothers also own five Little Ceasars Pizza restaurants in Northeast Ohio.

The Jersey Mike’s chain, founded in 1956 and headquartered in Manasquan, New Jersey, has 1,500 outlets open and under development nationwide.

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Opa! It's Greek Festival time at Annunciation Church in Akron

By Katie Byard Published: September 14, 2016


Here's the scoop on the Greek Festival, which begins Thursday at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Akron. For more food news, see the Akron Dish roundup (also in the Beacon print edition) at

The folks organizing the popular Annunciation Greek Festival are reaching out to lamb lovers as well as those wanting meatless goodies.

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Local eats and illuminated street to be highlighted at Barberton's Tuscany on Tusc

By Katie Byard Published: September 8, 2016

What a cool name for an event.

Tuscany on Tusc is the name of a Friday, Sept. 23, food- and beverage-oriented event set for a stretch of Barberton’s Tuscarawas Avenue, which locals call “Tusc.”

The event, which will run from 5:30 to 9 p.m. and is modeled after the popular Taste of Akron, will feature local vendors.

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Local author Carla Snyder to sign new cookbook at Learned Owl

By Katie Byard Published: September 7, 2016

Local chef and author Carla Snyder will be at The Learned Owl in Hudson with her newest cookbook, One Pan, Two Plates: Vegetarian Suppers from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10.

Snyder’s earlier cookbooks, One Pan, Two Plates and Sweet and Tart, also will also be available to purchase.

In addition to talking with customers and signing books, she will be raffling off a 12-inch skillet made by the Lodge Manufacturing Co. of South Pittsburg, Tenn.

One Pan, Two Plates: Vegetarian Suppers is priced at $24.95.

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Former Nicoletti's building in Portage Lakes has a new owner

By Katie Byard Published: September 7, 2016

Here's a morsel from today's AkronDish wrap up. You can read the today's entire Akron Dish column at


Stayed tuned for new items... and, as always, feel free to reach out food news by calling me at 330-996-3781 or emailing me at

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Acme's plans to build in Medina not starting anytime soon

By Katie Byard Published: September 2, 2016

The agenda of a recent Medina City Council meeting left some folks wondering if an Acme Fresh Market for the city is finally on the way.
The Aug. 22 meeting was council members’ opportunity to voice any objections to the Acme grocery chain’s recent application to the state for a permit to sell liquor at the  yet-to-be-built store in the city’s developing southern edge.
But Katie Swartz, spokeswoman for the Acme Fresh Market chain, said Friday that the company still doesn’t have “a definitive time line” to build the store.
“But we continue to take steps to be ready to operate a world class grocery store in Medina,” she said.
Jim Trout, Acme CEO, told the Beacon Journal this spring that the chain’s growth plans include building its first new store in Medina County, likely in 2018.
The company has owned land at the corner of Court Street (state Route 3) and High Point Drive in the developing southern edge of Medina city since 2006. Over the years, Acme officials have set proposed dates for the store.

Records with the Ohio Department of Liquor Control show that Acme applied for a permit to sell wine at the proposed store in 2014.

The latest permit that Acme applied for involved selling beer.

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Food Truck Friday finale is Friday in Akron; downtown farmers market goes through Sept. 9

By Katie Byard Published: September 1, 2016

Here's a morsel from this week's Wednesday Akron Dish roundup. Go to for this week's full Akron Dish...

Food truck finale

The last Food Truck Friday of the season runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. this Friday at Child Guidance & Family Solutions at North Forge and East Market streets at downtown Akron’s edge.

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More than 20 "gourmet guys" will compete Sept. 13 in Copley to benefit GriefCare Place

By Katie Byard Published: September 1, 2016

This year’s Grapes and Gourmet Guys benefit — featuring local “gourmet guys” who are not professional chefs cooking up their signature dishes — is set for 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13.
This year, more than 20 area male leaders will compete at the event, which is returning to the St. George Family Center at 3204 Ridgewood Road in Copley Township.
Patrons will get to sample each dish, along with a variety of wines.
The fundraiser, in its ninth year, has raised tens of thousands of dollars for GriefCare Place in Stow, which provides counseling services to the grieving.
Patrons, along with representatives of local service organizations who will be on a panel of judges, will vote to determine the “People’s Choice,” the “Judges’ Choice,” the “Show Me the Money” award and the “Selfie Award.”
The Hudson School of Music Jazz Trio will entertain.
Tickets are $60 ($450 for a table of eight) and include two glasses of wine, silent and oral auctions, a wine pull, entertainment, and one “Show Me the Money” vote.
A total of $41 of the ticket price is tax deductible.
For tickets and information, call The GriefCare Place at 330-686-1750.
The list of this year’s Gourmet Guys includes: Summit County Domestic Relations Magistrate Ron Cable; Jacob Derenthal, an area lawyer; the Rev. Norm Douglas; Steve French of WNIR, Tom Loepp, an area lawyer; Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Todd McKenney, Stephen Moushey, an account representative for an area company; Stow Councilman John Pribonic; Gavin Scott, Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Tom Teodosio, Greg Hullinger, Bob Pacanovsky, and Ron Coleman.


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