Wally Waffle fans will be happy to know that the Akron favorite has moved and officially reopened at 845 W. Market St., the site of the former Metro Burger in Highland Square.
Wally Waffle, a fixture near Akron Children’s Hospital, had to move when its building was purchased for hospital expansion.
At the new location, the restaurant is now open for dinner, too. Wally Waffle in Highland Square is open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Phone 330-374-4915.
Also opening up is the second location of the Office Bistro in Cuyahoga Falls. Owner Steve Turner said the new place is nearly identical to the original restaurant in Akron’s North Hill, with the same menu and hours.
Look for the new restaurant at 1846 Front St., 330-376-9550. Hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 4 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.
Historical holiday dinners
A new business is offering folks the chance to dine back in time.
The Ohio Living History Society is serving up holiday meals at the historical Everett Farnam Manor, 4223 Brecksville Road, Richfield.
The Victorian Suppers are prepared with recipes from the 1860s, and guests get to dine along with re-enactors portraying actual characters from the era, society President Shelley Kamlowsky explained. The evening also includes period music and parlor games.
The dinners are $60 and are offered from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Dec. 14, 15, 22 and 29. There is a maximum seating of 15 guests per meal, but special arrangements and discounts are available for large groups.
For reservations or more information visit www.olhs.org or call 234-200-OLHS (6547).
Holiday wine tasting in Kent
Riverside Wine, 911 N. Mantua St., Kent is hosting its Holiday Wine Tasting from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday.
There will be 24 wines to try from four distributors, along with appetizers. The event is $25. Call 330-677-4400 to reserve a spot.
All wines featured will sell for less than $20 per bottle, and the store will offer a 10 percent discount on a case, including mix and match.
Secret Tea Society pops up
Hudson’s Secret Tea Society will be holding a Holiday Pop-Up Salon and Shop now through Dec. 22 at the Brewster Mansion, 9 Aurora St., downtown Hudson.
The temporary retail tea salon and shop will offer a selection of specialty teas, tea pots and accessories. Tea tastings will include herbal blends, rooibos, white, green, oolong, black and pu’erh teas, and will be held daily, along with an opportunity to chat about issues of the day, tea society founder Angela Strach-Gotthardt said.
Strach-Gotthardt founded the Secret Tea Society in 2010 as a way to engage “smart, savvy ladies” in lively conversation and to indulge her love of tea. The Holiday Pop-Up Salon will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday.
Gingerbread parties offered
Reeves Cake Shop, 2770 Cory Ave., Akron, is holding Gingerbread House Parties through Dec. 19, and they will come to you.
Groups of 10 or more can hold parties, in which every member receives an 8-inch gingerbread house, icing, and candy pieces to decorate it. It’s $20 per person.
Rick Reeves said large groups are no problem. He has done church groups, PTAs and Christmas parties of 100 or more. A decorator will explain how to assemble and decorate the houses.
Call 330-848-1036 to reserve or visit www.reevescakeshop.com for information.
Kudos to KSU kitchen
The Campus Kitchen Project at Kent State University recently received an Excellence in Programming Award for its efforts at the Haymaker Farmers Market in Kent.
Campus Kitchen is a national nonprofit organization with branches on college campuses, which provide meals to those in need, prepared and served by student volunteers.
Kent State’s members also provide cooking demonstrations and nutritional information at the weekly farmers markets. That outreach was recognized by the national chapter at its recent annual conference.
At Haymaker, the students foster relationships with members of the community and local farmers, many of whom donate excess produce to the Campus Kitchen.
“The farmers are happy that the produce doesn’t go to waste, we’re happy because we have this great product and the community is happy because we’re using it to feed those in need,” said Ann Gosky, senior special assistant for quality initiatives and curriculum, and project adviser for the Campus Kitchen at KSU.
Campus Kitchen started at Kent in March 2011 serving 60 meals each week. Today the group prepares 260 meals weekly for the needy.
Campus Kitchen at Kent State is open to all volunteers; for more information visit www.kent.edu/studentlife/activities/cblv.