Lisa Abraham

Chef Dante D’Avello, who operates Totally Cooked Catering in Cuyahoga Falls, is hoping the public will get involved in two of his recycling projects.

D’Avello is creating a work of art on the side of his building at 2730 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls, using old kitchenware.

The mural will be made up of gadgets, plates, cups, saucers, pots and pans, and he’s accepting all donations. If you are looking to clean out the basement, don’t put the old kitchen stuff on the curb. Drop it off at Totally Cooked.

The items will be bent and hammered into place for the mural on the Hudson Drive side of his building.

His second project is collecting unwanted cast-iron Dutch ovens and other cast-iron pans for the Boy Scouts.

D’Avello recently hosted a Dutch oven cooking class for local scouts and realized that they need ovens for camp cooking. D’Avello will give a Totally Cooked gift certificate to anyone who donates a Dutch oven in usable condition for local Boy Scout troops.

Drop off items for either collection at the Totally Cooked location in the Falls or at the downtown Akron location inside the AES Building on South Main Street.

Opa! Greek bake sale is on

Easter is nearly here and that means it is time for Akron’s mother of all bake sales: the Easter sale at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church.

The sale is set for April 4 and 5 at the church, 129 S. Union St., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.

The church is selling all of its popular Greek pastries, including baklava and galaktobouriko, which are $1.25 each; Greek Easter bread for $6 a loaf; and ready-to-bake spinach pies and cheese pies for $10 a dozen. All of the items are made from scratch by church members.

Place orders by calling the church at 330-434-0000.

Bubble up for sparklers

750ml Wines, 2287 W. Market St., Akron, is hosting a Champagne and Sparkling tasting from 6 to 9 p.m. April 18.

There will be familiar labels and boutique selections along with appetizers. Cost is $25 and reservations are a must.

Call 330-794-5754 to reserve or visit for information.

In restaurant news …

• Sugo Bistro, 2485 State Road, Cuyahoga Falls, is celebrating its first anniversary Thursday with free appetizers and a jazz band beginning at 6 p.m. Sugo also has new summer hours: 4 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 4 to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; closed Sunday and Monday.

• Congratulations to Village Gardens Restaurant, 2437 State Road, which is celebrating an even bigger anniversary. Owners Tom and Vicky Metlovski have been serving their family-friendly fare for 25 years. Doors opened on March 30, 1987.

• Kudos also to Menches Brothers Restaurant, 3700 Massillon Road, Green, for claiming the No. 8 spot on Parade Magazine’s Honor Roll in the Pizza Hall of Fame, a surprise for the restaurant that is known for its hamburgers.

The thick-crust pie was praised for being “heaped with unusual toppings like garlic mashed potatoes, bacon and cheddar.”

Also at Menches, Frank & Charlie’s Pub inside has been given a face-lift and has reopened. Hours are 4 to 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

• There’s a Woody’s Bar-B-Q now open at 9800 State Route 14 in Streetsboro. It’s the second Ohio location for the chain.

Owner of the franchise is Streetsboro resident David Jamison, who boasts that he is the only restaurant in town that serves “true Southern wood-smoked barbecue.” The menu includes baby back ribs, smoked chicken, pulled pork and sliced brisket. Phone 330-422-1482.

Lisa Abraham can be reached at 330-996-3737 or at