Look for Akron’s Black Keys to appear on an episode of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, which is scheduled to debut at 9 p.m. Monday.
Bourdain is visiting Kansas City, when he sits down for some barbecue with band members/Akron natives Patrick Carney and Dan Auerbach, who discuss their previous restaurant jobs.
In a preview of the show, Bourdain disappointingly refers to Akron as “a breeding ground for serial killers.” Really? Aren’t the Black Keys, Chrissie Hynde and Devo proof enough that Akron is a breeding ground for really great musicians? (And, point of fact, Jeffrey Dahmer lived in Bath Township, not Akron.)
No Reservations airs on the Travel Channel. According to the show’s website, the Kansas City episode also will air at midnight Tuesday, 8 p.m. April 23 and 3 a.m. April 24.
Sandwich Board to reopen
Stan Sheftel, who owns the plaza where the Sandwich Board was located in Wallhaven, said new owners are about to take over the restaurant.
Owner Regina Hardman closed the restaurant in February due to failing health. Sheftel had been looking for new owners and recently made an agreement with Monty Buck of Akron.
The eatery should reopen within a few weeks. Sheftel said Buck plans to add breakfast to the menu and also hopes to offer barbecue, which he will cook outside, on site.
Hardman operated the Sandwich Board for 26 years at West Market Street and Hawkins Avenue in Wallhaven before closing in 2002. She reopened at 1947 W. Market St., behind the CVS, in 2007, in the spot that formerly housed the Enjoy Cafe. Sheftel said Hardman is expected to help with the transition.
Becker employs students
Rockne Becker is operating a new place at 3883 State Road in Cuyahoga Falls called Rock FRESH, and he’s got some help — students from the business class at Woodridge High School.
Becker wanted young workers who were interested in learning the restaurant business from the ground up, so he contacted the school and solicited recommendations from teachers before hiring seven students.
The restaurant offers dine-in or carryout with an emphasis on homestyle meals. Favorites like stuffed peppers, stuffed cabbage, and roasted pork dinners are on the menu along with mashed potatoes and vegetables. Becker also offers homemade soups, salads and a variety of sandwiches.
For more information, visit www.rockfresh.biz or call 330-923-ROCK (7625) to place a carryout order.
Muffin sale is Saturday
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, brownies, bars, granola, muffin batter, and other bakery products. All will be sold for $1.25 a pound. A portion of the proceeds and all unsold products will go to the food bank.
The sale will be at the food bank, 350 Opportunity Parkway, Akron. For information, call 330-929-0000, ext. 225. Only cash and checks will be accepted.
Diabetes cooking classes
Akron General Medical Center is once again offering its popular Dining with Diabetes series — a two-session program open to anyone with diabetes or who wants more information on the disease and how to cook and eat for the diet.
Demonstrations show how to prepare meals with less fat, salt and sugar. Topics include carbohydrates, sweeteners, fats, sodium and general diabetes information.
The series will be held April 17 and 24, 6 to 8 p.m. both days, in the Frasche Classroom, Akron General Medical Center main campus, 400 Wabash Ave., Akron. Cost is $10 for both classes. To register, call 330-344-2462.
Farmer’s share breakfast
The Summit County Farm Bureau is hosting its fourth annual Farmer’s Share Breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Copley High School, 3807 Ridgewood Road, Copley Township.
Pancakes with local maple syrup, scrambled eggs, sausage, milk and coffee will be served. The breakfast is 75 cents, which represents the average portion the farmer receives as compensation for producing the food for the breakfast.
The breakfast is open to the public and families are welcome. All proceeds will be donated to the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank and local food pantries.
Charity opener for Bonefish
Bonefish Grill, set to open in the Strip in Jackson Township on April 23, is hosting a benefit for the Canton Symphony Orchestra on April 21, as part of its grand opening festivities.
From 6 to 8:30 p.m., the restaurant will host a charity night for the orchestra at the new location, 6241 Strip Ave. NW. Guests can sample food from the Bonefish Grill menu, along with wine and cocktails.
To reserve a spot, visit www.cantonsymphony.org or call the orchestra box office at 330-452-2094. Minimum donation is $25, which includes two drinks. All proceeds go to the orchestra.
The 4,798-square-foot Jackson Township restaurant will serve dinner from 4 to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 4 to 11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 4 to 10 p.m. Sunday. Reservations are not required, but are available on a limited basis by calling 330-966-4853.
For more information on Bonefish Grill, visit www.bonefishgrill.com.
Celebrity Cuisine is coming
The 20th Annual Celebrity Cuisine presented by Tri-County Restaurant Association is 5:30 to 8 p.m. April 17 at the Canton Memorial Civic Center.
Several dozen restaurants, caterers and food and beverage purveyors will be offering samples. There also will be live music, a silent auction and a 50/50 drawing.
Tickets are $25 and may be purchased from the restaurant association’s office, 100 30th St. NW, Suite 102, Canton, or at the door. Call 330-499-7007 for information.
The event benefits Community Harvest, which rescues prepared food that would normally be thrown away, and transports it to sites to feed the hungry.
Library to host sweet event
Take your sweet tooth to the Silver Lake Country Club from 7 to 9 p.m. April 19 for the sixth annual Dessert Extravaganza to benefit the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library.
The event features desserts from area restaurants and bakeries, as well as hearty appetizers, a cash bar and silent auction.
Tickets are $25, available at the library’s front desk. For information, please call 330-688-3295 and contact Ann Malthaner at ext. 110 or Mary McDonald at ext. 228.
Providing desserts and food are the Bistro on Main, DeVitis Italian Market, Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream, Acme Fresh Market, Cupcake Binge, Giant Eagle, One Red Door, Bittersweet’s Custom Cake Creations, Edible Arrangements, Pallotta’s Pastries, Rosewood Grill, Main Street Cupcakes, Pancho & Lefty’s, Kirbie’s Family Meats & Catering, Nosh Eatery, Linda’s Kitchen, Susie Biscotti and Sweet Tooth.
Cookbook club to meet
The Randolph Library will be holding its next Cookbook Club meeting from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Randolph Town Hall, next door to the library, 1639 State Route 44.
Participants are asked to bring a dish from a Taste of Home cookbook or magazine, which are available for checkout from the Randolph Library with a Portage County library card. Club members will taste and discuss the recipes, and vote on next month’s chef. Members also may bring old cookbooks for an exchange.
For more information or to register for the Cookbook Club, call 330-325-7003 or visit www.portagelibrary.org.
Talking about cooking
Cook Like a Chef is the topic of an upcoming episode of Forum 360, which airs on Time Warner Cable Channel 23 beginning Monday.
Host Ellen Botnick chats with Mustard Seed Market Executive Chef Scot Jones and me about cooking and other food-related topics.
Air times are 12:30 p.m. Monday, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. April 18, 10:30 a.m. April 19, 2:30 p.m. April 20, 4 p.m. April 21 and 3:30 p.m. April 22.
If that’s not enough, you can listen to a re-broadcast of the show on WONE (97.5-FM) at 6 a.m. April 22, and on WAKR (1590-AM) at 8 a.m. April 22.
Lisa Abraham can be reached at 330-996-3737 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.