Custard and gelato from Pav’s Creamery, a Portage Lakes standard, soon will be available in local grocery stores.
Pav’s, 3769 Manchester Road, is launching a retail line of its frozen desserts.
Pints of Pav’s custard in as many as 10 flavors will be sold at area Acme Fresh Markets, while the West Point Market in Akron will sell Pav’s gelato and homemade spumoni.
Classic custard flavors, including Chocolate Almond, Pistachio, Nuts Over Coconut and Black Raspberry, will be featured year-round at Acme. Pav’s gelato is made and hand-packed at its Portage Lakes facility, with flavors imported from Bologna, Italy.
“Our goal for 2013 and beyond is to get our products in the mouths of as many people as possible,” Nik Pappas, director of sales and marketing for Pav’s, said in a news release.
Pav’s began as a Tasty Freeze in Portage Lakes in the early 1950s. When Robert Pavlik purchased it in 1969, he changed the name to the shop’s well known nickname, Pav’s. Bill and Clair Micochero purchased Pav’s in 1978, and the business is currently owned and operated by their daughter, Michelle.
Pav’s also is featured on the dessert menus of numerous local restaurants, including Vaccaro’s, the Office Bistro, Gervasi Vineyard, and 91 Wood Fired Oven.
Chocolate on Kent streets
Tickets are on sale now for the Chocolate Walk being sponsored by Main Street Kent from 1 to 5 p.m. Feb. 9.
For $15, participants can visit more than a dozen locations throughout downtown, collecting a chocolate treat at each as they go.
Tickets are limited to 200, so don’t waste time. Advance purchase is required. Tickets can be ordered online at www.mainstreetkent.org or by stopping in the McKay Bricker Gallery and Framing, 141 E. Main St.
Stores taking part are Arctic Squirrel Ice Cream, Baked in the Village Café, Bent Tree Coffee Roasters, Carman & Pugh Photography, Downtown Gallery, Dragonfly, Empire, FJ Kluth Art Gallery, Gracylane, HOME International Markets, Laziza, McKay Bricker, Off the Wagon, Pita Pit, Pufferbelly, Silver & Scents, Sue Nelson Designs, Tree City Coffee, UniversiTees and Wild Earth Outfitters.
New places to eat, shop
Zoup! Fresh Soup Co. officially opens Thursday in Montrose Centre, 3900 Medina Road, Copley Township.
As part of its grand opening celebration, Zoup! will host a fundraiser from 5 to 8 p.m. today to benefit Copley, Revere and Firestone high schools. For a $5 donation, customers will receive a bowl of soup, bread and a fountain drink, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the schools.
The new restaurant is owned by Maureen Harris, who also owns the Jackson Township location. The shop will employ 17 full- and part-time workers; hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. For more information, phone 330-622-4300 or visit www.zoup.com.
Signs indicate that Medina is getting a new Quaker Steak and Lube where the Steak & Shake used to be, and also a Malley’s Chocolates in the former First Merit building, both on Pearl Road.
Also in Medina County, the Orchard House opened Tuesday at Mapleside Farms, 294 Pearl Road, Brunswick. The restaurant, which is owned by the Driftwood Group, features homestyle foods and an applewood smoker, conveniently located at one of the area’s popular apple orchards.
Orchard House opens at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and Sunday for brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; it’s closed Mondays. Phone 330-225-5576 or visit http://orchardhouseohio.com.
Bricco Cleveland to close
David Glenny is closing his Cleveland location of Bricco at PlayhouseSquare when his lease runs out April 21.
Glenny said the restaurant has not performed as well as his three Akron area locations and he would rather focus his efforts on his home market, which includes a new location set to open in Kent later this year.
Seafood wine dinner
Tozzi’s Restaurant, 218 Court Ave. NW, in downtown Canton, is hosting a seafood wine dinner on Jan. 23, beginning at 6:15 p.m.
The meal will feature wines from Oregon and Washington, presented by Matt Placko of Esber Beverage Co., paired with five seafood courses prepared by chef Robert Domineck, including cucumber angel hair tossed in a salmon tartare, seared sea scallops with red pepper coulis, sweet pea puree and vanilla beurre blanc topped with corn and buttered lobster, red wine octopus risotto tossed with garlic, bacon and onion, and chili peppered molten chocolate cake with a sweet smoked salmon mousse.
The dinner is $65. Call 330-471-8000 for reservations.
Celebrating Local Roots
Local Roots Market and Café, 140 S. Walnut St., Wooster, is celebrating its third anniversary and posting its $1 million sales mark, with its annual Get Back to Your Roots Festival from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 26.
Festival events include a benefit breakfast featuring local sausage and pancakes from the Local Roots Café from 9 a.m. to noon, a coloring contest and balloons for kids, music by local artists and the chance for customers to meet Local Roots producer members.
Over the past three years, Local Roots has grown from operating one day a week to six, and boasts more than 600 members.
In 2012, the market received a USDA grant to develop a commercial processing kitchen, an ongoing project that will provide a licensed facility for producers to process their agricultural products into new retail items.
For information on upcoming events or membership, visit www.localrootswooster.com.
Dinner and a movie
Growing Hope Film Series is sponsoring a free movie and potluck dinner on Jan. 25 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the East Community Learning Center, 80 Brittain Road, Akron.
Attendees are encouraged to bring a healthy dish to share at the dinner, and the recipe. At 6:30 p.m., the movie Engine 2 Kitchen Rescue will be shown, followed by an informal discussion on “Eating Healthy on a Budget.”
For more information, contact Katie Fry at 330-608-1454.
January is National Soup Month and Jan. 23 is National Pie Day. So many reasons to celebrate, so many things to eat.