It’s that time of year again.
No, not the holidays. It’s Girl Scout cookie time.
The Girl Scouts of North East Ohio, troops in 18 Northeast Ohio counties, will begin their cookie sale on Dec. 21.
A box of cookies is selling for $3.50, same as last year. In fact, the price has remained the same for the past six years. The cookies are coming from Little Brownie Bakers of Louisville, Ky.
Varieties available are: Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Do-Si-Dos, Trefoils, Dulce de Leche, Thank U Berry Munch and Savannah Smiles.
Cookies will be delivered Feb. 25 to 28. Cookie booth sales at malls and other locations will be March 1 to 17.
If you don’t know any scouts, you can call 888-9-THIN-MINT after March 1 to be connected to a troop, or visit www.gsneo.org and click on the Cookie Locator to find a sale in your area.
There’s an app for dba
Chef Dante Boccuzzi, owner of dba in Akron, Dante and Ginko in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood, and the DC Pasta Co. in Strongsville, has developed apps so customers can connect with his four restaurants from their phones and other electronic devices.
It is a free download from most app stores. Look for the Dante Dining Group app. It allows the user to make reservations, view menus, place a takeout order or purchase gift cards, among other things.
Yes, that is an ugly sweater
If you are brave enough to wear your most hideous sweater to Hudson’s restaurant on Thursdays from now until Christmas, you could win a $25 Hudson’s gift card.
The restaurant, with locations at 80 N. Main St. in Hudson and 3900 Medina Road in Copley, is sponsoring an Ugliest Sweater Contest this month.
Tell your server that you are entering the contest. Just for entering, you’ll get $2 off holiday martinis. Sweater judging is at 9 p.m. and contestants must be present to win. Prize is the $25 gift card.
Dine out for a good cause
Restaurant Week for the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank’s ongoing Hunger Free Families campaign is coming.
From Dec. 16 to 22, for each customer who orders a specially selected item from the menu of participating restaurants, that restaurant will donate four meals to the Foodbank.
Visit the Foodbank’s website after Dec. 16 at www.akroncantonfoodbank.org/hff.aspx for a list of participating restaurants.
Winemaker will sell, sign
Akron native Drew Neiman will be serving up his Napa Valley wines at 750 ml Wines, 2287 W. Market St., Akron, at 6 p.m. Friday.
Neiman will be signing bottles of his wine, which will sell for $15.
Fruitcake is sold in Akron
In last week’s Ask Lisa column, I told a reader who was looking for the Sears Masterpiece Fruit Cake that while the cake was no longer made, the bakery that makes it, Beatrice Bakery Co. of Beatrice, Neb., makes and sells a similar cake, the Grandma’s Fruit Cake. The cakes can be ordered from the bakery’s website.
But recently I learned that they can be purchased locally at Akron’s own West Point Market, 1710 W. Market St., Akron.
Russ Vernon tells me the market has been selling Beatrice’s Grandma’s cake for more than 40 years. “I have never had a better fruitcake including my mother’s, and she was a great baker,” Vernon said. “I have described them to our customers as moist little cakes with pineapple, cherries, pecans, rum, brandy and bourbon with just enough cake to hold it all together. No citron or raisin fillers with this one.”