Lisa Abraham

Sammie’s Bar and Grill is newly opened in Tallmadge by longtime Tallmadge resident Dave DeLapa.

DeLapa has worked in restaurants most of his life, starting out washing pots at Lil Joe’s Pub in the 1970s. He spent the last 14 years working for LongHorn Steakhouse, but as he neared retirement age, decided that he was really looking for a place where he and his wife can “flip burgers, pour beer, and talk to people.”

However, DeLapa put together a menu that includes a lot more than burgers. It is high on comfort food, including plenty of hearty sandwiches, like reubens, hot sausage, meatball and even grilled bologna on a pretzel bun. There also are homestyle entrees, including meatloaf, chicken, spaghetti and meatballs, as well as plenty of traditional bar appetizers, wings and sliders.

“It’s a lot of fun food,” DeLapa said.

Sammie’s Bar and Grill, 498 South Ave., Tallmadge, is open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., 11 p.m. on the weekends. Phone 234-678-8334.

Chef Louis back at work

Chef Louis Prpich, owner of the Chowder House Cafe, is back in his restaurant following a lengthy illness.

Prpich is on the mend and is celebrating his return with the Chowder House’s annual clambake, at 2 p.m. Sunday. The clam bake is $28 plus tax and tip, which includes clam chowder, half a roasted chicken, a dozen clams, yams, corn on the cob and sweet rolls with butter. Add a whole Maine lobster for an additional $20.

Chowder House Cafe is at 2028 Chestnut Blvd., Cuyahoga Falls. Phone 330-794-7102 to reserve.

Free cooking classes set

Summa Western Reserve Hospital will host Northeast Ohio chefs conducting healthy cooking demonstrations on Nov. 7, 14 and 21.

The demonstrations will show how to create healthy meals using ingredients from Northeast Ohio farms. Each will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Summa Western Reserve Hospital auditorium, 1900 23rd St., Cuyahoga Falls. Attendees will receive a recipe card and a reusable grocery bag.

Chefs taking part are Terra Milo, Kind Health, Nov. 7; Justin Ofandisky, dba Akron, Nov. 14; and Larkin Rogers, chef for Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Nov. 21.

The classes are free, but space is limited. Phone 330-971-7408 to reserve.

Meanwhile, in Medina, the Ohio State University Extension’s SNAP Ed Program is hosting two classes. At 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, the extension will host a free nutrition class, Safe Holiday Meals, at Medina Community Services Center, 655 N. Broadway St. Registration is not required.

On Monday, the extension will host a class at the Medina County Health Department, 4800 Ledgewood Drive, Medina, from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. on serving healthy meals on a budget. A similar class will be held on Dec. 2 at the same time.

Phone 330-725-4911 for more information on either class.

Chefs return to cook at UA

Eight chefs who have graduated from the University of Akron’s Hospitality Management Program are returning on Saturday to cook an eight-course meal to raise money for the Garde Manger Club.

The dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres, followed by dinner at 6 p.m. The menu includes chicken spring rolls, corn chowder, beef short ribs, duck breast, and pumpkin cheesecake, with wine pairings from the Winery at Wolf Creek in Norton.

Tickets are $50. Phone 330-972-6615 for reservations.

The dinner will be at the University of Akron’s Crystal Room inside Gallucci Hall, corner of East Exchange and Grant streets. Proceeds will help the Garde Manger Club pay for fruit, vegetable and ice carving opportunities for the students.

Holiday planning help

Every Saturday in November, Kirbie’s Meats & Catering, 4062 Fishcreek Road, Stow, will host pre-holiday celebrations from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Kirbie’s will offer new product samples, recipe ideas, holiday catering and prepared food menus, gift box and basket ideas, butcher shop samples and a lot more. Phone 330-688-4333 for information.

New location for Olive Tap

The Olive Tap has a new home. The Medina shop has moved from its location in the Target plaza to 30 Public Square, in Medina’s town center.

The opening coincides with the beginning of the olive harvest in California and the Mediterranean. The first of these pressings already have begun to arrive at the Olive Tap, owner John Petrocelly says. Phone 330-721-6500.

Popcorn parade in the Falls

The Countryside Conservancy and Metropolis Popcorn are teaming up to lead kids of all ages on a Popcorn Parade beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday. Participants will parade through the Metropolis Popcorn factory, 2164 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls, where they can learn about the local farms that grow the corn for the popcorn, try their hand at making and seasoning popcorn, and enjoy a popcorn tasting, also with Organic Valley chocolate milk.

Each participant will receive a bag of popcorn and a treat from Countryside. Admission for one adult and child is $20; additional tickets are $10 each. Space is limited.

For more information or to register, visit www.cvcountryside.org or contact Heather Roszczyk at hroszczyk@cvcountryside.org or 330-657-2542 ext. 225.

Meet the cookbook author

The Learned Owl Book Shop, 204 N. Main St., Hudson, is hosting author Ashley McLaughlin on Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m., signing copies of her new cookbook, Baked Doughnuts for Everyone: From Sweet to Savory and Everything in Between, 101 Recipes, All Gluten-Free.

For more information, call the shop at 330-653-2252.

Hungry for gumbo?

Our Lady of the Cedars of Mount Lebanon Church, 507 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road, Fairlawn, is hosting a Gumbo Party on Saturday from noon to 8 p.m.

The menu includes chicken gumbo, red beans and rice, roasted chicken, wings, and fruit pies for dessert. Admission is free; food items are priced individually.

The meal is being sponsored by church member Joe Ashkar, who owns Cajun Joe’s Restaurant in Cleveland, and is a fundraiser for the church.

French wine tasting

Regency Wine Sellers/Regency Wine Bar, 115 Ghent Road, Fairlawn, is hosting a wine tasting event on Nov. 7, “An Evening Exploring Bordeaux and Burgundy.”

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. with a seminar by Dan Greathouse of Heidelberg Distributing. There also will be French food and music. The tasting is $50 and reservations are required. Phone 330-836-3447.

Muffin sale at food bank

Main Street Gourmet is holding its No Muffin Left Behind Sale to benefit the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 9.

The event will sell off overstock, discontinued and imperfect products, including cookie dough, brownies, bars, granola, muffin batter and other bakery products. All will be sold for $1.25 a pound. A portion of the proceeds and all unsold products will go to the food bank.

The sale will be at the food bank, 350 Opportunity Parkway, Akron. Credit cards will be accepted, cash and checks.

The holidays are coming

Christmas is less than two months away and if you need a little nudge to get you in the spirit, fruit cakes have arrived at the West Point Market, 1711 W. Market Street, Akron.

The market stocks only Grandma’s Fruit Cake from the Beatrice Bakery Co., of Beatrice, Neb., the same company which for years made the Sears Masterpiece Fruitcake. The cakes are moist with nuts, cherries, pineapple, raisins, brandy, bourbon and rum, and are sold in sizes of 1 pound or larger.

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.