Lisa Abraham

Thereís still time to get tickets to the Relish Magazine Cooking Show, which comes to town June 15 at E.J. Thomas Hall at the University of Akron.

The show is presented by Relish Magazine, the national cooking magazine that appears the first Saturday of every month inside the Beacon Journal. It will include cooking demonstrations by Relish chef Brian Morris, who will share tips and stories as part of a high-energy, music-filled show, with lots of audience participation.

Tickets are $15 for assigned seats, $20 for preferred seating, and $50 for VIP tickets that include preferred seating and an invitation to a backstage party where you can meet Morris. Everyone who attends will receive a goodie bag filled with samples and coupons. VIP bags will include a hard-bound copy of Seasons & Celebrations: A Market Fresh Cookbook for All Occasions, which retails for $24.95.

Prior to the show, there will be an expo featuring local vendors offering samples of their food and drink. Doors to the expo open at 3:30 p.m. The backstage party starts at 4:30 p.m. and the two-hour show begins at 6 p.m.

Iíll be there to host the show so make sure you stop by to say hello.

Tickets can be purchased at or at the E.J. Thomas box office. Akron Beacon Journal subscribers can get a 20 percent discount on their tickets by using the code ABJ20 when they purchase.

Looking for food trucks?

Two local food trucks, the Orange TrŁk and Mobile Sushi Bar, are making regular stops at Regency Wine in Fairlawn, every Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Youíll find the trucks parked at Merchantís Square, 115 Ghent Road. Customers can take their lunch into Regency or eat on the patio, as long as they buy a beverage from Regency.

On other days, visit the trucksí Facebook pages to find out where they will be serving. Mobile Sushi Bar is owned by Ken Openheimer, who owns Sushi on the Roll in Medina, and the Orange TrŁk is operated by chefs Jeffrey Winer and Steve Sabo.

Chefís olive oil at Fishers

Cleveland restaurateur and chef Zack Bruell, who operates five restaurants in Cleveland, is now selling his own olive oil.

Zack Bruell Olive Oil was created in partnership with Corto Olive, a family-owned agribusiness in California. The oil is served at all of Bruellís restaurants and now can be purchased at Fishers Foods stores in the Canton area.

The extra-virgin oil retails for $9.99 for a 500-milliliter bottle.

Fishers stores also sell Zackís Brews, a line of custom coffees from each of Bruellís restaurants.

Museum wine auction set

The 18th annual Akron Wine Auction is June 8 at the Akron Art Museum, 1 S. High St., downtown. The event will be in the museumís Beatrice Knapp McDowell Grand Lobby beginning at 6 p.m. with cocktails, followed by dinner at 7:45 p.m.

Featured wines will be from the Biltmore Winery and Estate and will include Biltmore Reserve Chardonnay and Antler Hill Cabernet Sauvignon. Biltmore winemaker Sharon Fenchak will be the eveningís special guest.

Located in Asheville, N.C., Biltmore is the former estate of industrialist George W. Vanderbilt. Its 8,000 acres include the nationís most visited winery, which produces more than 170,000 cases of wine annually.

Live and silent auctions will include more than 100 bottles of fine wines and other wine-related items. All proceeds will benefit the museumís programming and operations. Tickets start at $250; visit or call 330-376-9186, ext. 211 to purchase.

Cleveland wine fest coming

The eighth annual Cleveland Wine Festival is June 14 and 15 in Voinovich Park in downtown Cleveland.

The festival offers a variety of tastings, food and wine education classes and cooking demonstrations. Guests will have the opportunity to taste from more than 300 wines from around the world, including Ohio wines. Special guests who will do presentations include Joseph Carr, owner of Joseph Carr Wines of Napa Valley, Calif., and master beer sommelier Marc Stroobandt of Stella Artois.

Proceeds from the event benefit Bright Side of the Road Foundation, the Chagrin Falls based nonprofit organization whose mission is to find a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

Festival hours are 4 to 10 p.m. Friday and 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $29 in advance and $35 at the door. Admission includes 12 wine tastings and a souvenir wine glass. Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.clevelandwine? For more details, call 847-382-3270 or email info@?

Enjoy burgers for a cause

Head to TDís Tailgate Grill, 2234 W. Tuscarawas St., Canton, and try one of two hamburgers for a cause.

TDís menu will feature the Half Back Burger and the Full Back Burger, which were creations of the local Meals on Wheels organization in Stark County, and were winners in the Top Chef for Charity Competition sponsored by TDís.

TDís will donate $1 from the sale of every Half Back Burger and $2 from the sale of every Full Back burger to Meals on Wheels. The burgers will remain on the menu through October.

Fundraisers for garden

For the 15th year, the Farm to Table benefit returns to the Cleveland Botanical Garden, 11030 East Blvd., in Clevelandís University Circle neighborhood.

The event, which benefits the gardenís Green Corps program and the North Union Farmers Market, will feature strawberry-inspired food and drink prepared by more than 20 of Clevelandís most popular chefs.

The benefit is Monday, and begins at 5:30 p.m. with a panel discussion on Berry Benefits, followed from 6:30 to 9 p.m., by live music and food made with locally-sourced ingredients at chef stations. Tickets are $85 for garden or North Union members, $100 for nonmembers, and include open wine bar. For reservations call 216-721-1600, ext. 100.

The Gourmets in the Garden series also is getting ready to kick off its new season. The program runs on Wednesday evenings at the garden from June 12 through Aug. 28, and includes cooking demonstrations, savory dishes to sample and cooking tips from a different chef each week.

The cost to attend all 12 sessions is $60 for garden members, $174 for nonmembers. Single-session admission is $5 for members, $14.50 for nonmembers.

To register for Gourmets in the Garden, call 216-721-1600, ext. 100 or visit

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