Lisa Abraham

Rockne’s restaurant is celebrating its 25th anniversary at 7 Merriman Road, and owners Chris and Sandy Hamad will be turning back the clock on their menu and prices for a celebration Monday through March 9.


Chris Hamad was hired to manage the original Rockne’s on Hudson Drive in Cuyahoga Falls, and moved to help open the Merriman Road location. He eventually bought out all other stakeholders to become the location’s sole owner.


Hamad, his wife, six children and mother all help to run the restaurant, which is the oldest Rockne’s since the closing of the Hudson Drive location. There are 11 restaurants in the chain.


To celebrate, Hamad is offering four dine-in sandwiches that haven’t appeared on the menu in a while, at 1987 prices ranging from $4.25 to $4.95: the Cheese Pleaser, the Breaded Eggplant, the Beer Club and the El Cid. The restaurant’s signature french fries will be just $1, and its gourmet fries — served with a bottle of Dom Perignon — will be $150.


Hamad said the idea of celebrating with Dom Perignon and some fries became a house tradition years ago, and came to be known as “gourmet fries.” Folks even have their photos taken toasting with the champagne and fries to post inside the restaurant.


Hamad said he is hoping former employees will stop by to give the celebration week a homecoming feel.


Family fare at Farmer Boy


A Farmer Boy restaurant is scheduled to open this week at 610 E. Cuyahoga Falls Ave. in Akron’s North Hill.


The restaurant offers family fare. Owner Mike Kontos also has locations on Canton Road in Akron and in Cleveland and Wooster.


Chocolatier moves south


Drummond Chocolates is moving from Massillon to Columbus.


Owner Kathy Drummond, who is known for her chocolate pizza, said her husband has been working in Columbus for more than two years and she is making the move to join him.


“It’s time for us to be back together,” she said. “And I think Columbus will be a good market for us.”


Drummond has been selling her chocolates in Massillon for 10 years, the last three from her shop at 1314 Erie St. S.


The shop has essentially closed, but Drummond said she will be there every day until Monday if anyone wants to stop by. She has chocolate pizzas to sell, but no other confections.


It will be a few months before Drummond opens a store in Columbus, but until then, she will fill orders through her website, www.?drummondchocolates.com, and her store’s phone numbers will remain the same, 330-437-1188 and 330-830-6711.


Healthy eating event


The Greater Akron Dietetic Association is hosting its annual Nutritious & Delicious event from 6 to 9 p.m. March 8 at Fairlawn Country Club, 200 N. Wheaton Road, Akron.


More than a dozen local restaurants will be serving samples of healthy fare.


The event is offered in conjunction with National Nutrition Month. Proceeds go toward scholarships for local college students studying nutrition.


Tickets are $25. The evening also includes auction items.


Restaurants taking part include Crave, Bricco, Saffron Patch, Cilantro, First Watch, Chowder House Cafe, Sugo Bistro and Lockview, along with food service company Sodexo, Giant Eagle and EarthFare grocery stores, and Fairlawn Country Club.


Contact Dawn Scott at 330-671-6504 for reservations or mail a check to GADA, 530 Brentwood Blvd., Copley 44321.


‘Julie & Julia’ author visit


Julie Powell, author of Julie & Julia and Cleaving, will be the featured speaker at the Hudson Library’s Author! Author! series at 7 p.m. March 29.


The event is free, but tickets are required, available beginning Thursday. Call the reference department at 330-653-6658 ext. 1010. The library is at 96 Library St., Hudson.


Five-course dinner


Chef Louis Prpich is hosting a risotto-inspired five-course wine dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. Monday at his Sugo Bistro, 2485 State Road, Cuyahoga Falls.


Each course will be paired with a wine of Italy’s Piedmont region. Prpich said he is incorporating risotto into each dish, but will be changing its structure at each turn into something new, including using it to make pappardelle pasta.


Call 330-687-0769 to reserve a spot. Cost is $65, plus tax and tip.


Wine event on White Pond


D’Agnese’s Trattoria and Café is hosting a wine tasting on March 7. The evening begins at 6 p.m. with welcoming wine, followed by a sampling of wines with food pairings at 7 p.m.


The event is at the restaurant’s Lounge at White Pond, 566 White Pond Drive, Akron. Cost is $40. Contact Casey Treen by sending an email to whitepondlounge@gmail.com to reserve a spot or call 234-678-3612.


Library has cookbook deals


March is the month for food enthusiasts at the Akron-Summit County Public Library, 60 S. High St., Akron.


The library is hosting its Wine & Dine Book Sale at the Library Shop on Main, the gift shop inside the library that sells gently used books and gift items to help support the library.


The shop is offering an array of cookbooks and books about wine at low prices all month. It’s open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Call 330-643-9070 or visit www.lsom.org.


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