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By Lisa Abraham Published: October 21, 2011

Here's a review of this week's food notes:

The bounty of the season will be celebrated Oct. 30 at a harvest dinner at Local Roots Market and Café in Wooster.

The five-course meal will feature local foods from the cooperative’s producers. The menu begins with appetizers, and includes soup, salad, roasted meats and vegetables. It was designed to showcase the best produce from the end of the growing season. Entrée selections include lamb, beef or vegetarian.

Doors open at 6 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $60 per person or $100 per couple. All proceeds will support Local Roots’ new café.

Space is limited and advance registration is required. Stop by the market, 140 S. Walnut St., or email café head chef Jerrod Weyer at to make a reservation.

The market, which features all locally grown foods, is open weekdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information visit

Hungry for German food?

St. Sebastian Parish is hosting its second annual Oktoberfest on Oct. 29, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the church’s Zwisler Hall, 500 Mull Ave., Akron.

Doors open at 4 p.m. Tickets are $20 at the door ($3 for kids under 14) and walk-ins are welcome. The menu includes traditional German favorites: bratwurst, red cabbage, German potato salad, pork and sauerkraut, spaetzle and hot dog meals for kids.

A cash bar will serve beer and wine. Carry-out meals also will be available.

St. Sebastian is at 476 Mull Ave., Akron. All proceeds will benefit the St. Sebastian Parish Music Ministry.

Booritos are coming

Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants are offering a “Boorito” deal on Halloween to anyone who comes in dressed in a costume inspired by the family farm.

The promotion is designed to help raise money and awareness of the economic hardship family farmers face in the increasingly industrialized American agricultural system.

Between 6 p.m. and closing on Oct. 31, anyone who comes in costume can purchase one of Chipotle’s signature burritos, salads, bowls or tacos for just $2.

Up to $1 million of the proceeds will go to the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation and Farm Aid.

In conjunction with the fundraiser, Chipotle has produced a short film called Abandoned to promote Boorito this year. Visit the Cultivate Foundation’s website at to view it.

Healthful holiday cooking

Akron General Health System is offering a free cooking class on how to lighten up holiday foods at Lodi Community Hospital from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2.

Instructor Sherry McGraw, certified dietary manager of nutrition services, will revise traditional dishes such as green bean casserole and sweet potato casserole, and prepare a cranberry salad and pumpkin dessert.

Samples of the recipes will be available.

The class will be in the hospital’s café, 225 Elyria Street, Lodi. Seating is limited and reservations are required by calling 330-948-5511.

Dine with history at Hale

Western Reserve Historical Society is serving up history through its dinners at Hale Farm & Village, 2686 Oak Hill Road, Bath Township.

Victorian Suppers at Hale will be Nov. 4, 5, 11 and 12, from 6 to 9 p.m. Experience dining during the Victorian era as village residents welcome you for a culinary-theater experience set in 1896. Admission is $65 for nonmembers; $60 for historical society members.

On Nov. 19, Hale will host Dinner with Abraham Lincoln from 3 to 6 p.m. Diners will enjoy a turkey dinner with all of the trimmings along with actors performing as President Lincoln and first lady Mary Todd Lincoln.

The family-friendly event includes dinner, storytelling, holiday vignettes and caroling. Admission is $25 for adult historical society members; $35 for adult nonmembers; $15 for children ages 3 to 12. Children age 2 and younger are free.  Group rates are available.

For either event, call 330-666-3711 or email for reservations, which are required.


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