Lisa Abraham

Your taste buds will be offered a trip around the world at the annual benefit for Mature Services.

The Melting Pot — A Taste of Many Nations is set for 5:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at St. George Fellowship Centre, 3204 Ridgewood Road, Copley Township. Chefs will be making specialty dishes from a variety of countries for guests to sample. The evening also includes a silent auction and raffles.

Mature Services is a nonprofit group that provides programs and services for the elderly. Tickets start at $60. For reservations, visit http://matureservices.org/mp/?meltingpot2012.php or call 330-338-3893.

Barefoot in Cleveland

Ina Garten of the Barefoot Contessa show on Food Network will be in Northeast Ohio on March 12 for a show at the State Theatre in Cleveland.

“A Conversation with Ina Garten” will feature the best-selling cookbook author talking about food, cooking, her television show and a variety of other topics. She’ll answer audience questions and sign books following the performance.

The show is at 8 p.m. Tickets are $75, $65, $45 and $10. To purchase, visit www.playhousesquare.org, phone 216-241-6000 or visit the PlayhouseSquare ticket office, 1501 Euclid Ave., Cleveland.

It is easy being green

It may not be easy for Kermit the Frog, but for the Komodo Kingdom Cafe at the Akron Zoo, it is easy being green.

The cafe has been awarded four stars by the Green Restaurant Association, a national nonprofit organization that has been working since 1990 to improve restaurant sustainability.

The cafe is the first Ohio restaurant and one of only seven in the country to receive the high rating. It is also the only zoo restaurant to achieve the ranking. Komodo is currently ranked as the fifth greenest restaurant in the U.S., according to the association.

It was noted for its recycling, guest education program and for being free of polystyrene foam packaging for food. It also received high marks for water efficiency, waste reduction, sustainable food, energy, use of disposable products and chemical/pollution reduction.

The zoo is at 500 Edgewood Ave., Akron.

Chocolate night tickets

Tickets are on sale now for the annual All-You-Can-Eat Chocolate Night at Anastasiades Exclusive Chocolates, 6656 Wise Ave. NW, North Canton.

The event takes place four times: Sept. 29 at 5:30 and 7:15 p.m., and Sept. 30 at 1:30 and 3:15 p.m. Tickets are $12, a portion of which benefits Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Stark County.

Tickets can be purchased at the store or over the phone with a credit card by calling 330-494-5500.

West Side Market hits 100

An all-star lineup of local and national chefs will be on hand to help celebrate the 100th birthday of Cleveland’s West Side Market.

Chefs will shop at the market on Nov. 2 for ingredients and use those items for dishes they will prepare and serve at the Centennial Gala, which takes place at the market from 6 to 11 p.m. Nov. 3.

The event is being co-chaired by Cleveland’s Iron Chef, Michael Symon, and Cleveland chef Jonathon Sawyer, who has been named a Best New Chef by Food & Wine magazine.

Other Cleveland chefs taking part are Chris Hodgson of Hodges restaurant and the food trucks Hodge Podge and Dim and Den Sum; Eric Williams of Momocho and Happy Dog; Paul Minnillo of Flour; and Rocco Whalen of Fahrenheit and Rosie & Rocco’s.

Also cooking will be Andrew Zimmern, host of Bizarre Foods on the Travel Channel.

Tickets are $250, which includes valet parking, tastings of the chefs’ dishes, open bar and commemorative 22-ounce bottles of Butcher’s Brew, a lager by the Great Lakes Brewing Co. in honor of the centennial. The gala culminates a yearlong series of events for the market’s anniversary. For tickets or more information, visit www.WSM100.org.

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.