Labor Day is barely in the rear-view mirror and we’re already talking Oktoberfest.
The German Family Society is hosting its annual celebration from Friday through Sunday at the society’s picnic grounds, 3871 Ranfield Road, Brimfield Township.
There will be lots of food made by society members, including schnitzel dinners, cabbage rolls, sausage, chicken, bratwurst and plenty of pastry. Of course, it would not be Oktoberfest without beer. Wine, soft drinks and other spirits also will be served.
Each day has a schedule of polka bands for dancing, performances by folk dancers, and games and attractions for kids on Sunday.
Hours are 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, 4 p.m. to midnight Saturday, and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $4, children 12 and younger are free. Seniors get $2 off on Friday and Sunday. Call 330-678-8229 for more information.
Sugo closed in the Falls
Sugo Modern Italian Bistro in Cuyahoga Falls has closed due to the illness of owner/chef Louis Prpich, who is battling Guillain-Barré syndrome, a disorder that affects the nervous system and causes paralysis.
Prpich, who also owns the Chowder House Cafe in Cuyahoga Falls, recently posted details of his illness on the Chowder House’s Facebook page, noting that the disease has affected his feet and legs causing paralysis, leading to a lengthy hospitalization and lots of physical rehabilitation.
“Due to this I had to make the difficult choice to close Sugo Bistro,” he stated.
Prpich said he is recovering and trying to spend time at the Chowder House, which recently celebrated its third anniversary.
Sugo opened in March 2011 at 2485 State Road, at the former DiLullo’s location.
New winery opening
Lake Milton is home to one of the state’s newest wineries.
Halliday’s Winery will hold its grand opening Friday through Sunday, with the ribbon cutting at 11 a.m. Friday.
The grand opening will include wine tastings, live music, food samples, hayrides and hot air balloons. Celebration hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.
The winery is located in a remodeled church with views of the lake and the Olde Dutch Mill Golf Course. It offers six house wines — three red and three white — craft beers, and a menu of panini sandwiches, salads and appetizers. It is owned by brothers Ron and Mike Birchak, who also own the golf course.
The brothers named the winery after Jesse Halliday, an Ohio pioneer who settled in Lake Milton and operated a gristmill about a quarter-mile from the winery property.
Halliday’s Winery is at 2400 Northeast River Road, Lake Milton, about 35 miles east of Akron off Interstate 76 in Mahoning County. For more information, visit www.hallidayswinery.com. Regular hours are noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; noon to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Marcelita’s selling its salsa
Marcelita’s Mexican Restaurant in Hudson has begun to offer retail sales of its red salsa.
You can find the salsa at Heinen’s grocery stores in 16-ounce jars. The company also has plans to sell its green salsa and queso in the future.
The restaurant was opened in 1978 by Mexico City native Marcela Adriana Arregui de McNeill, and was purchased in 2008 by Kevin and Beth Killeen.
Marcelita’s, at 7774 Darrow Road, is open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday.
Learn to cook with grains
The Akron-Canton Cooks and Chefs Association is sponsoring a demonstration on cooking with whole grains, rice and legumes.
Chef Jason Ziobrowski of Indian Harvest grains will give the demonstration at 6:30 p.m. Monday, at the University of Akron’s Martin Center, 105 Fir Hill.
Admission is $5, $4 for students.
Ziobrowski, who studied at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I., will offer ideas for breakfast, lunch and dinner using grains.