Lisa Abraham

Diamond Deli, the downtown Akron icon, today opens a second location in downtown Cuyahoga Falls.


Owner Chuck Magilavy said the new location, at 2202 Front St. (at Portage Trail) will be open weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


Located in the former Gothic Grounds coffee shop, the deli will be offering a variety of breakfast sandwiches, Pearl coffee, and many of the same sandwiches and soups from his Akron location, including the signature corned beef and matzoh ball soup.


The shop also will offer catering and boxed lunches, and in the future likely will be open on the weekends or evenings for special events downtown.


This Diamond Deli is carryout only. Phone 330-928-7304.


Happy gluten-free birthday


Seven Grains Natural Market is now offering what owner Gina Krieger says has been one of the most-requested items: gluten-free birthday cakes.


Krieger, who owns Seven Grains along with her husband, David, said the cakes are all-natural and baked on site to order.


The cakes are free of gluten, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, corn, hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, dyes and any artificial ingredients. They are made with a gluten-free flour blend and come decorated with basic buttercream or cream cheese frosting, but can be ordered in egg-, dairy- and soy-free versions also.


The quarter-sheet cakes come in chocolate fudge, vanilla and carrot, and are decorated like traditional birthday cakes with flowers, icing ruffles and “Happy Birthday” scrolled across the top. Price is $35.99 for a single layer, $45.99 for a double-layer.


Call 330-633-9999, or visit the market at 92 West Ave., Tallmadge.


Time for tea times two


Just in time for Valentine’s Day, there are two places to enjoy a formal tea.


Tea & Thyme is hosting a Valentine’s Tea from noon to 2 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Tudor House, 655 Latham Lane, New Franklin.


The menu includes pastries, soup, salad, sandwiches, quiche, desserts and tea. Cost is $26. Make reservations by Sunday by calling Patti White at 330-701-5010 or visiting www.teaandthyme.com.


On Feb. 12, the Hower House, 60 Fir Hill, on the University of Akron campus, will host a Victorian Valentine Tea and program beginning at 2 p.m.


Following the tea, visitors may tour the house. Seating is limited. Reservations are $25 for adults, $12 for children ages 8 to 12. Reserve by Monday by calling 330-972-6909 or visit www.uakron.edu/howerhse.


Food stage at home show


The Great Big Home & Garden Expo opens Saturday at the I-X Center in Cleveland.


The show offers plenty of ideas for home and garden, and some things for food enthusiasts too. The Loretta Paganini School of Cooking Stage will offer continuous cooking demonstrations during the show. Visit www.greatbighomeandgarden.com for complete show and ticket details.


Also, Cleveland chef Rocco Whalen of Fahrenheit in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood will present Easy, Elegant and Entertaining Eats on the Main Stage at noon Feb. 11 and 2 p.m. Feb. 12.


Before then, you can catch Whalen on the new Food Network show Fat Chef at 10 p.m. Thursday, which follows overweight chefs as they try to slim down. Whalen, who weighed more than 300 pounds, is the focus of the episode along with Cleveland caterer Kimberly McCune Gibson.


Waffle irons are back on


Wally Waffle, 338 Locust St., Akron, reopened Friday after a Dec. 22 fire in the kitchen.


Owner Justin Miletti said the restaurant and all of its equipment and furnishings have been cleaned, replaced or professionally restored, and the owners and staff were anxious to get back in business.


Chowder recipes wanted


The West Point Market, 1711 W. Market St., Akron, has issued a call for entries for its fourth annual Chowder Challenge, set to take place March 10.


Enter recipes by Feb. 17. Three finalists will be selected to compete for market gift certificates of $100, $250, and $500, with customers voting on their favorites.


Email entries to entries@westpointmarket.com; call 330-864-2151 for information or visit www.westpointmarket.com.


Wine and food pairings


D’Agnese’s Trattoria and Café and the Lounge at White Pond is hosting a wine tasting and food pairing event on Feb. 8.


The event begins at 6 p.m. with a welcome hour with wine, followed at 7 p.m. by the tasting with food pairings. Reservations are $35 and seating is limited. Reserve by emailing Casey Treen at dagwp@yahoo.com.


D’Agnese’s is at 566 White Pond Drive, Akron.


Chocolate fundraiser


Friends of the Louisville Public Library are hosting Chocolate Ecstasy on Feb. 11, at Paradise United Church of Christ.


Beth Shaub from Hartville Chocolates will be the guest speaker, and a variety of chocolate vendors will be present for shopping and free chocolate sampling.


Doors open at 10 a.m., and lunch is served at noon, with Shaub’s speech at 1 p.m. Tickets are $20. Reserve by Friday by mailing a check payable to Friends of the Louisville Public Library to Annemarie Miller, Friends President, 1379 Cheverton Ave., Louisville, OH 44641.


Lisa Abraham can be reached at 330-996-3737 or at labraham@thebeaconjournal.com.