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Sneak peek: cinnamon rolls

By Katie Byard Published: October 31, 2016

Here's a peek at what I'll be writing about for this Wednesday's food page in our favorite newspaper and online at www.Ohio.com.

I had a lot of fun making these gooey yummies today. I had never made cinnamon rolls before.

The orangey stuff in the background of this picture is squash soup. I multi-tasked... sort of :)))... and also made the soup for my family's annual squash-soup-on-Halloween ritual.

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Akron food adventures this week: Crest Bakery and Sweet Mary's

By Katie Byard Published: October 28, 2016
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Here are some of my adventures with food this week.

I was out in Akron’s North Hill neighborhood Monday for a story, and thought I’d bring treats to the office.

Crest Bakery, the 75-year-plus North Hill institution was close by. “That’ll do the trick,” I thought.

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Stray Dog will open at former Office in Akron's North Hill this Friday

By Katie Byard Published: October 27, 2016
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Here's the lead item in Wednesday's Akron Dish roundup... You can read the more at http://bit.ly/2dMVX9Y

Stray Dog will open at former Office in Akron's North Hill this Friday

The former Office in Akron’s North Hill neighborhood has captured a Stray Dog.

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Catholic bishops issue World Series challenge: Cleveland-style feast against deep-dish pizza

By Katie Byard Published: October 27, 2016
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Leaders of the Catholic dioceses of Chicago and Cleveland are not above making a friendly bet involving food when it comes to the outcome of the 2016 World Series.

After all, Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.”

The bet involves the loser supplying locally-made food favorites for homeless people in the home diocese of the winning team.

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PizzaFire expanding quick-fire empire; location to open in Kent

By Katie Byard Published: October 24, 2016
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PizzaFire continues to its expand its quick-fired pizza empire.

This Thursday, the Medina County-based company will open its 13th  location — this one in at 220 S. Depeyster St. in Kent.

Starting at 11 a.m., the first 500 people at the new store get a free T-shirt, and customers can pick up scratch cards to win food.

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Free Cleveland tea if the Indians win World Series; other freebies

By Katie Byard Published: October 24, 2016
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How about an Indians win with that tea?

Cleveland-headquartered Inca Tea will give away free boxes of its Peruvian purple corn-infused tea if the Indians win the series. The offer will be good on the day after an Indians series win.

“We are confident that Cleveland will bring home the trophy, and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate than by spreading some Cleveland love across the country,” Inca Tea founder and TeaEO Ryan Florio said in a news release. (Yes, TeaEO is his title.)

Fans can visit http://incatea.com to receive a downloadable coupon for one free box of the brand’s  purple corn-infused tea blends. The offer is good for one day only -- the day following a Cleveland series win.

Chipotle and Taco Bell also are running freebie offers. Here's info on the Taco Bell deal:

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Piada Italian Street Food coming to West Akron, Cuyahoga Falls

By Katie Byard Published: October 20, 2016
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Piada Italian Street Food, a Columbus chain, is planning locations in West Akron in the under-construction West Market Street plaza that will house 365 by Whole Foods, and another in the new Portage Crossing development off State Road in the Falls. They’ll open sometime next summer or early fall, according to spokeswoman Katie Sullivan.

The fast-growing chain dates to 2010 and its founder is Chris Doody, who with his brother, Rick, started Bravo Brio Restaurant Group.

It bills itself as “fast-casual,” industry lingo for chains like Panera and Chipotle, which tout their use of fresh ingredients. Customers order at a counter and the food is made in front of them.

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Medina area celebrates Restaurant Week with $25 dinners and $15 lunches at variety of eateries

By Katie Byard Published: October 17, 2016

Eighteen restaurants in the greater Medina area are coming together for the second annual Medina Restaurant Week, which continues through Oct. 25.

The program features a fixed-price menu — with a $15 lunch and a $25 dinner — at  participating establishments.

The fixed price does not include tax, tip or drinks.

Medina Restaurant Week is modeled after efforts in other cities and is being organized with help from the nonprofit Main Street Medina.

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Merriman Valley gets a new coffee shop -- locally owned Wholly Joe coffee shop

By Katie Byard Published: October 14, 2016
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The Merriman Valley in northwest Akron has a new coffee shop, Wholly Joe Coffee House.


The locally-owned shop opened last week at 1720 Merriman Road in a portion of the building that previously was occupied by Blimp City Bike & Hike.


Earlier this year, Blimp City moved across Merriman to the former FirstMerit bank branch at 1675 Merriman Road.

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Kingfish restaurant opens Friday in Montrose; eatery is part of group that owns Rosewood Grill

By Katie Byard Published: October 13, 2016

The new Kingfish seafood restaurant — a new concept from Hospitality Restaurants, the folks who Rosewood Grill in Hudson — is opening at 5 p.m. Friday on “restaurant hill,” off state Route 18 in Copley Township.

Look for the building with the 20-foot metal sailfish, west of Interstate 77.

Kingfish’s chef is Marc Standen, who worked many years at the helm of Blue Point Grille, the group’s flagship seafood restaurant, and as corporate chef for other properties in the group.

The address is 115 Montrose West Ave. Phone is 330-777-2005. The building most recently housed the Tres Potrillos Mexican restaurant, which moved last year to the nearby Fiore’s building.

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Mark Smucker, fifth generation to lead Smucker, will speak Friday in Akron

By Katie Byard Published: October 10, 2016
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Mark Smucker, CEO of the J.M. Smucker Co., will speak Friday -- Oct. 14 -- as part of the Morning Buzz monthly speaker breakfast series at the Hilton Garden Inn Akron, 1307 E. Market St.

The hotel is near the new Goodyear Tire & Rubber headquarters in East Akron.

Mark Smucker will speak on Creating and Maintaining a Brand: Building an Emotional Bond with Consumers.

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Ken Stewart's in Akron offers cocktail-making class featuring "fall inspired" drinks

By Katie Byard Published: October 10, 2016
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This just in from Ken Stewart’s Grille in West Akron...

The restaurant, at 1970 W. Market St., is jumping on the cocktail-making class bandwagon, with a class at 6:30 p.m. this Friday -- Oct. 14.

Participants will learn to create four “fall inspired” cocktails that will be paired with “small plates” of eats.

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Former boxing champion Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini to appear with his wine at Fishers Foods store

By Katie Byard Published: October 7, 2016
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Meet former lightweight boxing champion Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini Oct. 14 at Fishers Foods, 5215 Fulton Drive, Jackson Township.

The Youngstown native will sign bottles of his Southpaw Knockout Red Blend wine from 4 to 7 p.m.

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The Office City Tavern in Akron is closed; circumstances unclear

By Katie Byard Published: October 5, 2016

In case you haven’t heard... The Office City Tavern in Akron’s North Hill has closed.

It is unclear if the restaurant at 778 N. Main St. will reopen.

The owner could not be reached earlier Wednesday (today).

Its sister restaurant in Cuyahoga Falls, called just The Office, remains open.

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