Lots of restaurant news to report this week:
• For those of you who have been calling and asking, Deborah Parz says to look for the Triple Crown restaurant in Munroe Falls to reopen around Dec. 1.
Parz purchased the restaurant
on South Main Street in September. It had been closed since February 2007.
Parz said she's already taking reservations for December and holiday parties. Call the restaurant's new number, 330-633-4200, to make a reservation.
• Rockne Becker may have founded the local chain of Rockne's casual restaurants, but he doesn't own one anymore.
Becker had owned the original Rockne's at 2752 Hudson Drive, Cuyahoga Falls, but has changed the name to Becker's and has a new concept and menu.
Becker actually won the building in a poker game, and opened the first Rockne's there on St. Patrick's Day 1981. The building previously had been a bar that was plagued by fights and even a murder. When he opened he was determined to change its image and started serving sandwiches. By 1992, he was franchising throughout the Akron area. Currently there are 10 franchises operating, but Becker said two of them are too close to him and he's wanted out.
Becker's officially opened about a month ago, serving a menu of casual food with a European flair, including bratwurst, cabbage and Becker's own homemade sausage. There's also a new phone number so call Becker's at 330-923-7625.
• The former Olde Loyal Oak Tavern in Norton is now Amato's, an Italian restaurant, and from the reader calls I've been getting, I'd guess it's doing a pretty good business.
The owner is Ciro Amato, who also owns Goldie's restaurant in Naples, Fla. Amato's specializes in Italian food, and also serves a traditional menu of chicken, steaks and seafood.
Amato's Restaurant & Bar is at 3044 Wadsworth Road, Norton. Call 330-825-4500. Amato's is open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and for dinner from 4 to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
• Fresh — Healthy Cafe, a chain restaurant serving smoothies, wraps, salads and soups, opened last week inside Summit Mall, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner and specializing in freshly squeezed juices.
Akron native Chris Martin owns the franchise.
• Chipotle Mexican Grill is introducing a new kids' menu to its Akron-Canton area stores. As part of the launch, Chipotle will give kids a free meal on Sundays in November when a parent purchases a regular-priced burrito, salad, burrito bowl or tacos. Kids' menu items are priced under $5 every day.
Alumni chefs dinner
Local chefs who graduated from the University of Akron's hospitality management program are heading back to school to show off their talents.
The Graduate Chef's Showcase Dinner is Nov. 20, beginning with a cash bar at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m.
The menu includes crawfish wontons drizzled with sweet teriyaki glaze and orange Thai chili sauce, butternut squash soup with apple cider gastrique and Granny Smith apples, paprika-rubbed salmon with mango and red pepper jelly vinaigrette, and beef short ribs a la mode with oven-roasted red potatoes, rosemary and whole green beans.
Chefs taking part are Scot Jones of VegiTerranean; Mike Pallotta of Pallotta's Pastries and Gift Baskets; Richard Alford, UA associate professor emeritus; John Bush of CEC Regina Health Center; Aaron Hervey of Crave; Anthony Scolaro of Westfield Center; Joe Schmeltzer, senior instructor, Copley High School; and Brad Smith, Copley High School junior instructor.
Admission is $50. The dinner will be at the Crystal Room in Gallucci Hall, 200 E. Exchange St., Akron. For reservations call 330-972-6615.
Food show opens
The Fabulous Food Show is Friday through Sunday at the I-X Center in Cleveland, with plenty of food, wine, chefs, books, displays, demonstrations and free samples.
Food Network chefs appearing at the Main Kitchen Theatre are Giada De Laurentiis, Guy Fieri, Alton Brown, Anne Burrell and Cleveland's own Michael Symon.
There's also a Grand Tasting Pavilion for wine, spirits and beer; Restaurant Row, where chefs will sell food and provide demonstrations; Sweet Street for chocolate demonstrations and tastings; a Taste of the Neighborhood Stage featuring local chefs; and a Market Place featuring more than 200 vendors.
This year there's a newly expanded Farmers Market area, and Sweet Street has added a new Cake Walk featuring seven local pastry chefs and bakers.
Single-day tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. The show opens at 10 a.m. each day and closes at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 6 p.m. Sunday.
Laura Taxel, author of Cleveland Ethnic Eats, and writing coach Dianne Jacob, author of Will Write For Food, are leading two-hour workshops on Friday and Saturday morning for aspiring food writers and bloggers. The Friday workshop is for chefs, food and hospitality industry professionals, and media veterans. The Saturday workshop is open to the public. Workshop tickets are $50, which includes show admission, and must be purchased in advance.
For a complete schedule and to buy tickets for any event, visit http://www.fabulousfoodshow.com. The I-X Center is at 1 I-X Center Drive, Cleveland, next to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.
UA scholarship dinner
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar will host a scholarship dinner to benefit the University of Akron's College of Business on Nov. 19 at 6:30 p.m.
The four-course dinner includes wine pairings.
Tickets are $100. Call 330-670-5200 for a reservation. Fleming's is at 4000 Medina Road, Copley.
Upcoming wine tastings
The holidays are coming and so are the wine tastings:
• Friday, 5:30 to 8 p.m., California wines new to Ohio at Regency Wine Sellers, 115 Ghent Road, Fairlawn. Taste eight wines plus appetizers for $25, $45 for a couple. Call 330-836-3447 to reserve.
• Nov. 17, 6:30 p.m. at 750ML Wines, 2287 W. Market St., Akron. More than 50 wines for $1 per taste. Call 330-794-5754 to reserve.
• Nov. 27, 7 to 10 p.m. at the Galaxy, 201 Park Centre Drive, Wadsworth. Grand Wine Tasting with more than 75 wines with heavy hors d'oeuvres including carving stations, music, cooking demonstrations, silent and live auctions for $59. Call 330-334-3664 to reserve.
Muffin sale is set
Main Street Gourmet is holding its No Muffin Left Behind Sale to benefit the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. The event will sell off overstock, discontinued and imperfect products, which include cookie dough, muffins, muffin batter, brownie sheets, granola and other bakery products. All will be sold for $1.25 a pound. The sale will be at the food bank, 350 Opportunity Parkway, Akron. For information, call 330-929-0000, ext. 225.
Lisa A. Abraham can be reached at 330-996-3737 or firstname.lastname@example.org.