This weekend marks another grand-opening celebration at the new Northside Marketplace at 21 Furnace St., on the bottom floor of the Northside Lofts in downtown Akron.

This celebration will focus on three spots in the mini mall: Local Brew; wine and champagne bar Belle Vie; and Akron Creamery, which specializes in Thai rolled ice cream.

The trendy food is just what it sounds like: rolls of ice cream in a container topped with a variety of yummies.

Akron Creamery is owned by Siobhan Kirn, a medical assistant, and is among several dozen shops — food, beverage and nonfood — operated by area retail entrepreneurs at the Akron-centric Marketplace.

Local Brew and Belle Vie are owned by Byte Dining, a partnership that counts Akron-area developer Joel Testa and well-known Cleveland chef Dante Boccuzzi among its members. Byte also owns the DBA restaurant next door.

The Marketplace will be open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Take note, though, if you’re headed to Local Brew and Belle Vie: They will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. through the Super Bowl on Sunday. A “tailgate buffet” featuring DBA-made appetizers will be available during the game, said Dave Sharp, manager of Local Brew and Belle Vie and a Byte Dining partner.

On Saturday, Akron-headquartered Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. will visit for the release of its new Pineapple IPA. Head brewer Brandon Benson will be on hand from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The official tapping will take place around 6 p.m.

The seasonal beer will be sold through April or until it runs out. John Najeway, co-owner of Thirsty Dog, said brewery swag — such as 3-pint glasses — will be available.

Joel Testa spearheaded development of the Northside Lofts and the next-door Courtyard by Marriott. His wife, Cassie, came up with the idea of the marketplace.

Shops include the relocated Rubber City Clothing, Dirty River Bicycle Works and Sure House Coffee Roasting Co. Some vendors don’t even have a shop, limiting their displays to shelves. Owners often aren’t on hand, but a central checkout system means they don’t have to staff their small shops all day.

For a complete list of vendors, see northsidemarketplace.com.

Wine and dine

Wine, ice cream, chocolate, cheeses, brownies, cupcakes … oh my!

All will be available from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Feb. 9 at a wine, chocolate and cheese tasting at Fishers Foods’ Jackson Township store at 5215 Fulton Drive NW.

This has to be among foodie deals of the week at $10.

Jeff Welsh, national sales manager of Alexandria Nicole Cellars, will offer varietals from the Washington State winery. Leanne Wentz, brand manager for wine importer Luneau USA, will present Aime Roquesante Rosé and Jules Bertier sparkling wine.

Chocolate ice cream from Velvet, of Utica, will be served. The brownies and cupcakes will be from the grocery’s bakery.

Also jumping on the cheese-and-chocolate bandwagon, the Kent Cheesemonger will host Cheese, Chocolate & Bubbles for Valentines from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 14. Each cheese will be paired with goodies from the nearby Popped popcorn store. Sparkling wines will complete the spread. Cost is $30.

The Cheesemonger is at 155 E. Erie St. in the Acorn Alley retail area in downtown Kent. Go to kentcheesemonger.com and click on Classes & Events to purchase tickets. Phone is 330-593-5619.

More wine events:

• Bubbles, Ice Wines & Desserts will run from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Akron location of 750ml.

Cost is $29 for club750 members and $39 for nonmembers. To reserve, call 330-794-5754. The Akron 750ml is at 2287 W. Market St.

• Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a wine tasting from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Merchant Tavern, 1824 Merriman Road in Akron’s Merriman Valley. Light finger foods included. Cost is $35. Call 330-865-9510.

• The inaugural Wine, Cheese & Chocolate, Darling on Feb. 10 at Akron Civic Theatre is sold out.

Plaudits to Akron Civic Theatre for attracting 400 folks to its first wine, chocolate and cheese tasting, a spinoff of the historic theater’s Akron Craft Beer Festival at the Civic, which drew 600 to 700 people last year, its fifth. Local cheese and chocolate purveyors will be among those offering samples.

Lisa Martinez, development consultant for the Civic, said they hope to make the event an annual one, so keep an eye out next year.

Fat Tuesday bar crawl

A Kent group is organizing the city’s first Mardi Crawl, set for Feb. 9, the Friday before Fat Tuesday.

The event — put together by the nonprofit Main Street Kent — will begin with participants checking in at the Venice Cafe, 163 W. Erie St., between 5 and 8 p.m. to pick up bar crawl lanyards, passes and T-shirts, and they can participate in a costume contest.

Get your pass punched at each bar you visit, no purchase required. Those who visit at least five of the 10 participating locations can drop their passes in the contest entry box at Water Street Tavern, 132 S. Water St., for a chance to win prizes in a Feb. 12 drawing.

Cost is $15, with proceeds benefiting Main Street Kent and Freedom House, a transitional housing facility for homeless veterans.

To purchase tickets, go to mainstreetkent.org.

More Mardi Gras

• Celebrate a German version of Mardi Gras at Family Fasching Night with the German Family Society in Brimfield Township on Feb. 24. On the menu: goulash soup, flasher hase (German meatloaf), potatoes, green beans, salad, rolls and butter.

Cost is $20 for nonmembers, $15 for active members and $17 for nonvoting members, with discounts for children and for those who want to attend the program only (no food). Dinner is at 6 p.m., with music starting at 7:30 p.m. Reservations are required; call Eva Lehner (330-335-8985) or Renate Moellmann (330-633-3949).

It’s a masquerade party, so guests are encouraged to dress up. Folks at the society say Fasching, Karnival and Fastnacht are all similar to Mardi Gras, emerging from different regions of Germany.

The German Family Society’s grounds are at 3871 Ranfield Road, east of Interstate 76 in Brimfield Township. The society also hosts popular Oktoberfest and European Days events.

• The Polish American Citizens Club will hold its Mardi Gras dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 10 at the club, 472 E. Glenwood Ave. in Akron.

Dinner includes Polish sausage, sauerkraut, homemade pierogi and doughnut-like paczki, and there will be music and Polish dancing.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children 5 to 11. Call the club at 330-253-0496 or Ed at 330-825-7607. Tickets also will be available at the door.

Goodies for sale

• Orders are being taken for hamantashen pastries made by the Women’s Chavurah group at Anshe Sfard (Revere Road Synagogue) in Bath Township.

Prepaid orders are due Feb. 18. An order form is available at www.akronshul.com.

Each year, the Women’s Chavurah has helped to celebrate Purim, which this year begins the evening of Feb. 28, by making thousands of the pastries. The triangle-shaped hamantashen are sold by the dozen, with prune, apricot, raspberry, poppy seed, cherry or chocolate fillings, or an assortment.

Orders can be picked up at Anshe Sfard, 646 N. Revere Road, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 25, or by appointment. Call 330-867-7292.

• The annual Spring Bake Sale at Annunciation Greek Orthodox church in Akron will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 28 and 29. The sale is held the Wednesday and Thursday before Western Eastern, which this year is April 1. The church is at 129 S. Union St., Akron. More info soon.

Reminders

• The wedding cake show at Reeves Cake Shop in Akron returns for its 27th year. The sweetness will run from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the shop at 2770 Cory Ave. in Akron.

More than 20 flavors of cakes will be available for tasting, and more than 40 wedding cakes will be on display. A drawing for a free wedding cake — valued at $375 — will be part of the event.

The bakery celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2016. Visit reevescakeshop.com. Phone is 330-848-1036.

• Steve Baker and his wife, Marcy, are celebrating 20 years of owning the venerable Ido Bar & Grill at 1537 S. Main St. in Akron’s Firestone Park.

On Friday and Saturday, they will roll back some prices to 1998, such as chicken parmesan served over pasta (with salad or one side) and hand-battered fried shrimp (nine pieces with two sides), which will each cost $7.95.

The Ido is also offering eight days of “N’awlins cuisine” to celebrate Mardi Gras, Monday through Fat Tuesday, Feb. 13.

Visit www.idobar.com. The phone is 330-773-1724.

• This Sunday is the annual spaghetti dinner featuring homemade meatballs and sauce at Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, 1800 Steese Road in Green, to benefit Boy Scout Troop 334.

It runs from noon to 2 p.m., ending long before the Super Bowl kicks off at 6:30 p.m., and you can take out your dinner if you want. The meal includes two meatballs, spaghetti, salad, bread, punch and coffee for $8, $6 for ages 65 or older and $5 for children ages 5 to 12. Free for children under 5.

• Crown Point Ecology Center in Bath Township will continue its Local to Global healthy dinner series with a Colombian dinner at 6 p.m. Feb. 22.

It will be prepared by Monica Bongue, a Colombian native who is executive director of the nonprofit Crown Point.

Cost is $45. Call 330-668-8992, ext. 106, for reservations. Crown Point is at 3220 Ira Road. To learn more, go to www.crownpt.org.

Send local food news to Katie Byard at 330-996-3781 or kbyard@thebeaconjournal.com. You can follow her @KatieByardABJ on Twitter or on Facebook at www.facebook.com.