There will be plenty of soup for you at an upcoming fundraiser for the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, and you won’t have to worry about being thrown out of line.
Or maybe you will.
Actor Larry Thomas, who played the Soup Nazi character on the television show Seinfeld, will make a guest appearance at the Soup for You event, which is set for 6 p.m. April 26 at Glenmoor Country Club, 4191 Glenmoor Road, Jackson Township.
There will be 20 varieties of soup to sample, served up by Glenmoor chef Brendan Meeker and other locals, including Bob Shearer of potato chip fame, Keith Kennedy of WKDD (98.1-FM), and Jim Albright of WHLO (640-AM). Cookbooks with all 20 soup recipes will be available for purchase.
Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at Glenmoor or at http://go.acrfb.org/soup.
Mother Earth is celebrated
The Fourth Annual Vegan Iron Chef Competition, which kicks off the Who’s Your Mama? Earth Day and Environmental Film Festival, is Sunday in Kent.
The event will be presented by Standing Rock Cultural Arts in cooperation with Kent State University Dining Services, the University of Akron and the Mustard Seed Cafe from noon to 5 p.m. on the second floor of the Kent State Student Center on East Summit Street.
Two competitions will feature eight professional chefs and six teams of students from Kent State and the University of Akron, all preparing vegan fare. There will be a fruit and vegetable carving display, music and vegan food samples, and it’s free.
Escape to Grape Escape
The 12th annual Grape Escape wine and food-tasting extravaganza will be 6 to 9 p.m. April 26 at Portage Country Club, 240 N. Portage Path, Akron.
The event, sponsored by the Akron General Foundation, features more than 100 wines from around the world, food prepared by area chefs, a silent auction, music and a raffle for a trip for two to the Napa Valley. (Only 500 raffle tickets, at $25, will be sold.)
Tickets are $75, with all proceeds benefiting the McDowell Cancer Center at Akron General Medical Center.
For information or to order tickets, call the Akron General Foundation, 330-344-6888.
Learn how to grow veggies
The Countryside Conservancy is hosting Heather Walters, owner of Basket of Life Farm, who will teach two classes on how to grow a vegetable garden at 1 and 6 p.m. Tuesday at her farm, 4965 Quick Road, Boston Township near Peninsula. Classes are $10. Walters will teach about soil health, pest identification, starting seeds, planting times, and determining how much garden you need to feed your family.
Spaghetti with a purpose
For the second year in a row, 3 Point restaurant, 45 E. Market St., downtown Akron, is hosting a Generosity for Gino spaghetti dinner from noon to 8 p.m. April 29.
Reservations aren’t needed. Simply walk in and enjoy a dinner of spaghetti, homemade meatballs, salad, bread, soft drink and dessert for $20.
The money goes to help pay the medical bills of owner Domenic Fragomeni’s 10-year-old cousin, Gino Altieri of Stow, who is battling stage 4 alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma.
New fro-yo to show in Stow
Look for a franchise of Sweet Frog, a frozen yogurt shop, to open in the Oregon Trails Plaza, 3030 Graham Road, Stow, in June.
The store will offer 16 flavors of self-serve frozen yogurt and a variety of toppings.
Test kitchen chef in Hudson
Chef Susan Townsend of the public television and radio show America’s Test Kitchen will present recipes from the show at the Hudson Library & Historical Society at 7 p.m. May 2.
She will share her culinary expertise with recipes that have been featured in America’s Test Kitchen cookbooks and Cook’s Illustrated magazine.
Townsend is a graduate of the New England Culinary Institute, and worked at Bellini’s Fine Italian Restaurant and the About Thyme whole foods café in Montpelier, Vt., before joining the Test Kitchen staff.
The program costs $5, due at registration, payable at the second-floor reference desk.
For information, call 330-653-6656, ext. 1010, or email email@example.com.
Cafe Bricco has wine event
Cafe Bricco at the Doubletree Hotel, 3150 W. Market St., Fairlawn, will host a wine dinner at 6:30 p.m. May 3.
Wines of Argentina will be featured along with a four-course sit-down dinner. It’s $45 plus tax and tip. Reservations are required; call 330-835-2203.
Taste of Home show tickets
There’s still time to get tickets to this year’s Taste of Home Cooking School April 26.
The show, which features cooking demonstrations, door prizes and plenty of vendor displays, will be at a new location this year: Quaker Station, 135 S. Broadway St., in downtown Akron.
Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and the cooking demonstrations begin at 6:30 p.m.
I’ll be in the Beacon Journal’s booth selling and signing copies of my book, Famous Chefs & Fabulous Recipes, so be sure to stop by and say hello.
Tickets are $11, available from sponsor Rubber City Radio, so stop at 1795 W. Market St., Akron, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday or call 330-869-9800 for information.