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Food notes: Fabulous Food Show in Cleveland

By Lisa Abraham
Beacon Journal food writer

The Fabulous Food Show takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 8 to 10 at the I-X Center in Cleveland.

Headliners appearing in the main kitchen theater this year are Martha Stewart and chefs Alex Guarnaschelli, Hugh Acheson, Marcus Samuelsson, Tom Colicchio, Sunny Anderson and Jason Roberts.

The show also includes many local chefs on secondary stages throughout the event, and displays by dozens of area food purveyors.

General admission tickets are $30 and include admission to the chef shows on a first-come, first-served basis. Premium tickets with reserved seating at shows, as well as three-day passes, are available.

For tickets and more information, visit

I heard you, Ray’s fans

OK, I get it, there is an anxious audience out there waiting, not so patiently, for Ray’s Place to open in Fairlawn at the former Winking Lizard location.

Owner Charlie Thomas said he is delighted to hear that so many folks are anticipating Ray’s arrival. Unfortunately, he said the opening, which he had hoped would be later this month, will be delayed as renovations to the building are taking longer than expected.

Thomas hopes to open sometime before the end of the year, but that’s about as specific as he can get.

Trust me, dear readers, when I find out a date, I will put the word out in this column ASAP, so keep reading.

Get your sweet on

A new candy store, Grandpa Joe’s Candy Shoppe, is set to open inside the River City Gift Shoppe, 1265 S. Cleveland Massillon Road, Copley Township this week.

The shop will have more than 100 varieties of candy, including old-fashioned and new varieties. The shop will stock Moon Pies, Clark Bars, Necco Wafers, Sugar Daddys and Ice Cubes, to name a few.

There will also be a tribute to Willy Wonka, as guests can watch the 1971 movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory while they shop. The store also sells party supplies, balloons and cards.

The grand opening is Thursday through Saturday, with free samples, demonstrations and giveaways. Owners are Roger and Kathie Joseph and Judy Gager.

Shop hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Phone 330-666-2563 or visit for more information.

Food truck roundup

Once again, the Rubber City Radio Group at the Akron Radio Center, 1795 W. Market St., Akron, will be sponsoring a food truck roundup in its parking lot.

Radio Roundup II takes place Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Trucks taking part include Swensons, Wholly Frijoles, Mobile Sushi Bar, Get Stuffed, Vaccaro’s mobile wood-fired pizza oven, Stone Pelican Rolling Cafe and Pig Lickin’ Good.

Raise a bowl of soup

Soup for the City, the annual benefit for the Good Samaritan Hunger Center, is from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 2 at Todaro’s Party Center, 1820 Akron-Peninsula Road, Cuyahoga Falls.

The event is a feast of soups, with local restaurants contributing a wide variety that is served along with hors d’oeuvres and desserts. There are also music and auction items.

Tickets are $40 at

Wine classes and tastings

Akron’s 750ml Wines is hosting a series of guided tastings and wine education classes led by the shop’s sommelier beginning today.

Tonight’s class is the Wines of France, with the Wines of Italy on Nov. 20, and Iconic Wines from Iconic Regions on Dec. 18.

The October and November classes are $30, $15 for Club750 members, and the December class is $100, $75 for Club750 members. Each class includes hors d’oeuvres.

All classes begin at 7 p.m., and participants are asked to check in by 6:45 p.m. Phone 330-794-5754 to register.

In other wine events, Fishers Foods in the Canton area released its new Fall/Winter Top 16 wine list and schedule of tasting events.

The first is 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, 4403 Cleveland Ave. NW, Canton. All of the wines from the list will be available for 25 cents a taste, along with free appetizers.

Other wine events are scheduled for Nov. 15, at the store at 5215 Fulton Road, Jackson Township; and Nov. 22 at the NorthPoint store, 8100 Cleveland Ave., Plain Township.

On Dec. 6 there is a beer tasting at the NorthPoint store, and on Dec. 13 a holiday beer and wine tasting at the Fulton Road store.

All events are 4 to 8 p.m. Phone 330-497-3003, ext. 1590 for more information.

New menu at Virtues

David Slaught, formerly of the Carousel Dinner Theater and the River Brasserie and Grill, is the new general manager at Virtues Restaurant inside Summa Akron City Hospital.

He said the restaurant has been busy revamping its menu to tie a larger number of the offerings to the nutritional management program at Summa called “Just This.”

The menu items will allow those following the plan to remain true to their program. The menu also has an increased number of gluten-free items, including pastries, cookies and muffins, due to the growing popularity of those offerings, he said.

Slaught said there is still a wide variety of non-diet offerings including artisan pizzas, burgers and fresh pastas.

Wine tasting for a cause

Our Lady of Grace church in Hinckley is hosting its annual Taste of Grace wine and cheese tasting from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, in the church hall, 1088 Ridge Road.

There will be five California wines to sample, along with cheeses, breads, fruit and a chocolate fountain. There also will be non-alcoholic drinks. Harpist Xiao Lei Salovara, a Cleveland Orchestra alumna, will be performing.

Proceeds help the church’s continuing religious education program.

Tickets are $15 and can be reserved by calling 330-278-4121 or emailing

Pizza is a cut above

Congratulations to Samosky’s Pizza from Valley City, which won first place at the All American Pizza Championship recently in Las Vegas. Owner Jason Samosky won with his spinach pizza.

Books for a cause in Hudson

The Western Reserve School of Cooking, 140 N. Main St., Hudson, is sponsoring a fundraiser for one of its employees, 25-year-old Marie Pasuit, who is suffering from an autoimmune disease.

Pasuit had a liver transplant and has had numerous complications over the past five years. She has limited medical insurance.

School owner Catherine St. John, wanted to find a way to help, so she is selling her school’s cookbook, Famous Chefs & Fabulous Recipes, and donating $25 from the sale of each book through the end of December to Pasuit.

Full discloser, I wrote this book for the school. So I can attest that not only will you be helping a great cause, but you will be getting a great cookbook as well.

Give it as a gift, and you’ll be giving twice. This fundraiser is only for books purchased at the school.

Lisa Abraham can be reached at 330-996-3737 or at Find me on Facebook, follow me on Twitter @akronfoodie or visit my blog at


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