Lisa Abraham

Tickets are on sale for the 10th annual Veggie U Food and Wine Celebration at the Culinary Vegetable Institute in Milan, near Sandusky, on July 21.

The nonprofit Culinary Vegetable Institute sponsors Veggie U, a program designed to teach children about nutrition, the importance of making wise food choices, and the concept of sustainable agriculture.

All fourth-grade students in Akron Public Schools have been learning about how to grow vegetables through the Veggie U curriculum this spring.

A lineup of celebrity chefs will headline this year’s event, including chef Robert Irvine, star of Food Network’s Restaurant: Impossible; chef Amanda Freitag, who has been featured on Unique Eats, America’s Next Iron Chef and Chopped; pastry chef and author Johnny Iuzzini, who has been a judge on Bravo’s Top Chef Just Desserts; and chef Claire Robinson, of Food Network Challenge and 5 Ingredient Fix. All will participate in cooking demonstrations on the event stage at the celebration.

In addition, more than 35 guest chefs will prepare foods for the celebration’s grand tasting event with the theme Flavors of the World.

New this year will be two gourmet food trucks from Cleveland — chef Rocco Whalen’s of Fahrenheit in Tremont will bring his Short Rib 1 Fahrenheit Truck, while chef Chris Hodgson, who finished second on the Food Network’s The Great Food Truck Race, will bring his Hodge Podge truck.

Early Bird tickets are available until Friday for $130, ($150 after Friday until the day of the event), with VIP Party tickets available for $250 each ($300 after Friday). To purchase tickets and learn more about the event, visit www.VeggieU?FoodandWine.com or call 419-499-7500.

Art Museum wine auction

Roaring Twenties is the theme of this year’s 17th Annual Akron Wine Auction June 9 at the Akron Art Museum, 1 S. High St., downtown.

The event will be in the museum’s Beatrice Knapp McDowell Grand Lobby beginning at 6 p.m. with cocktails, followed by dinner at 7:45 p.m. The live auction will offer wines from Wente Vineyard, including estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Special guest at the event will be fifth-generation vintner Karl Wente.

A silent auction will include more than 100 bottles of fine wines as well as other wine-related items. An after-party begins at 10 p.m. on the terrace. Tickets start at $250.

All proceeds from the evening will directly benefit the museum’s programming and operations.

For tickets, visit www.AkronArtMuseum.org/wine or call 330-376-9186, ext. 211.

Another farmers market

A new farmers market is operating in Norton at Sherman Provision, 3998 Johnson Road, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays through Nov. 1.

The market will feature produce, crafts and cottage foods from local farmers and suppliers.

Vendors who want to sell at the market can call 330-283-6655.

Gervasi releases new wine

Gervasi Vineyard will release its newest wine, Moscato, at an event from 7 to 9:30 p.m. June 6 at the Pavilion at Gervasi Vineyard, 1700 55th St. NE, Canton.

The event will include desserts paired with the wine and music. Tickets are $25 for Gervasi club members, $30 for nonmembers. For tickets or more information, call 330-497-1000 or visit www.gervasivineyard.com.

Kitchen tours in Wooster

The Wayne County Historical Society is hosting a Community Kitchen Tour from 1 to 5 p.m. June 9 in Wooster.

The event includes tours of kitchens in five private homes and refreshments at the Wayne County Historical Society, where two of the most historic kitchens in Wooster will be featured at the Beall/Stibbs Homestead. The Homestead is on the society’s campus, 546 Bowman St. (Enter through the new Spink Street entrance.)

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at Your Kitchen Store, the Wooster Book Co., Buehler’s Milltown and Towne Market stores in Wooster and at the Historical Society from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. Tickets also will be available at each stop on the day of the tour. Proceeds from the event will go to the Wayne County Historical Society’s operating expenses.

For more information, visit waynehistoricalohio.org or call 330-264-8856.

Hail to the Chefs

Hail to the Chefs, the preview event to the annual Taste of Hudson, takes place from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday at Lake Forest Country Club.

Area chefs will serve up samples of their finest dishes — previews of what they’ll be serving at Taste of Hudson Sept. 2 and 3. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will lead up to the parade of chefs and unveiling of their dishes. The evening also includes wine and craft beers that will be featured at the summer event. There will be a silent auction and music.

Tickets are $100 and reservations are required. Proceeds benefit the Safe Kids Coalition of Summit County and other local charities. For reservations or more information, visit www.tasteofhudson.com/htc.html or contact Carrie Gynn at 330-528-0727.

Chefs jam at rock hall

Tickets are on sale for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s Chef Jam 2012, at 7 p.m. June 10.

Cleveland’s top chefs will serve up specialties inspired by their favorite band or musician and dress like the rock stars they are featuring.

Tickets are $65, and include samples of all the dishes offered at each food station, Great Lakes Brewing Company beer, wine, and tours of the museum’s exhibits. For more information or to buy tickets, visit rockhall.com/event/chef-jam-2012. Proceeds will benefit the Ohio City Farm and rock hall education programs.

Lisa Abraham can be reached at 330-996-3737 or at labraham@thebeaconjournal.com. Find me on Facebook, follow me on Twitter @akronfoodie or visit my blog at www.ohio.com/blogs/lisa.