Looking for the perfect appetizer for your next party? Beacon Journal food writer Katie Byard recommends the housemade hummus from Fuad Khayyat’s Vine Valley. Khayyat took over the Mediterranean food store in Akron’s Merriman Valley about three years ago. “I’ll pick up pita bread, along with stuffed grape leaves and tabbouleh, and a worker at the shop showed me how to dress up the hummus with paprika and olive oil,” Katie says. The Mediterranean specialty store also offers spices, gourmet cheeses and fresh bread.

The place: Fuad Khayyat’s Vine Valley

Where: 1450 N. Portage Path, Akron

Why you should go: Heavenly hummus

More info: www.facebook.com/FuadKhayyatsVineValley