Totally Cooked catering has teamed up with local farms and other businesses to sponsor a charity Pop Up dinner to benefit the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank on Oct. 17.
The dinner will showcase vegetarian cuisine. Local purveyors taking part are JB Organics, Morningside Farm, Beckwith Orchards, Yellow House Cheese, Red Cedar Coffee and Brunty Farm. Food-inspired artwork from local artists will be sold, also to benefit the Foodbank.
The dinner is $50. For reservations, phone Sara Carter 330-923-9964, ext. 10, or email email@example.com. Diners will be told the location of the dinner when they reserve.
Farmers market will go on
The Countryside Conservancy’s Farmers Market that is held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays inside the Cuyahoga Valley National Park at Howe Meadow in Cuyahoga Falls will go on as planned, despite the closing of the national park due to the shutdown of the federal government.
If the park is still closed as of noon Friday, the market will be at its winter location at Old Trail School, 2315 Ira Road, Bath Township. If the government shutdown ends before noon Friday, the market will be in the meadow.
Got a taste for something?
• West Point Market, 1711 W. Market St., Akron, is hosting an American artisan cheese tasting from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 11. The event will include 30 cheeses from 22 farmstead creameries (six in Ohio), wine and beer pairings and appetizers. Tickets are $30, which includes a $5 event evening gift certificate. Phone 330-864-2151 to reserve.
• Regency Wine Bar, 115 Ghent Road, Fairlawn, is hosting a wine tasting event featuring Duckhorn Wines beginning at 6 p.m. Monday. The event includes six wines with food pairings for $50. Phone 330-836-3447 for reservations.
• The Ido Bar & Grill, 1537 S. Main St., Akron, will be celebrating Oktoberfest through Oct. 12, with plenty of German food and beer specials.
Zack Bruell is at it again
Cleveland restaurateur Zack Bruell is adding another restaurant to his portfolio.
Kafeteria is set to open on the third floor of 200 Public Square (formerly the BP Building) in downtown Cleveland, serving breakfast and lunch in a casual, self-serve setting. The cafeteria-style eatery, which will seat more than 300, will feature artisan pizzas, sandwiches, a noodle station, salad bar, a smoothies and juice bar, and ready-to-go offerings.
“The food we create at Kafeteria will be held to the same high standard that we hold in my individual restaurants,” Bruell said in a news release. “Quality, convenience and value will all be emphasized.”
Kafeteria’s hours will be 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday when it opens later this year.
Nutrition classes offered
The education program of Ohio State University Extension’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is sponsoring two upcoming nutrition classes. Both are free and registration is not required.
From 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. Monday, the class will focus on budget-friendly nutrition. My Plate, the Basics, Food Groups and Serving Sizes will look at low-cost ways to plan healthy family meals. The class will be at the Medina County Health Department, WIC Division, 4800 Ledgewood Drive, Medina.
The second class, Whole Grain Goodness, will focus on low-cost ways to use whole grains in meals. It is at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, at the Community Services Center, 655 N. Broadway St., Medina.
For more information, call Sheila Klimas at 330-725-4911, ext. 102.
Bulk foods celebrated
The Bulk Is Green Council is hosting its annual Bulk Is Green week, Oct. 13-19, to encourage shoppers to buy natural and organic bulk foods as a way of reducing food waste.
More than 1,000 grocery stores are taking part across the country. Locally, they include Acme stores in Akron, Cuyahoga Falls, Kent and Hudson, Earth Fare in Fairlawn, Mustard Seed Market in Bath Township and Solon, Claire’s Garden in Norton, Raisin Rack in Canton, Wooster Natural Foods and Kent Natural Foods.
Taste of Strongsville
The Rotary Club of Strongsville has teamed up with Petitti Garden Center for Savor the Flavor: A Taste in Strongsville from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 13, at the glass house at Petitti Garden Center, 18941 Pearl Road, Strongsville.
The event, which will benefit the Strongsville Food Bank and other Rotary projects, will offer food samples from more than 25 area restaurants, along with wine, beer and desserts. There will be a raffle for a four-day trip to California’s Napa Valley, valued at more than $12,000.
Tickets are $60. Upgraded tickets are $150 for a private party beginning at 4 p.m., featuring a one-hour cocktail and appetizer party, jazz music, premier foods, wine and beer and a martini and Manhattan bar.
Visit www.tasteofstrongsville.com for tickets.