In the fall, Northeast Ohio turns into a Midwest clambake mecca. Some have even contended that this part of the country is the U.S. capital of clambakes.

So today we bring you some news on some bakes — including the upcoming 10th annual Clamfest Oct. 7 at Chowder House in Cuyahoga Falls.

Also, we’re updating you on two restaurant openings, one in Akron and the other in the Falls.

And its fall festival time at two area apple orchards: Bauman Orchards and Rittman Orchards. The orchards, both in northeast Wayne County, are only about 10 minutes apart so if you want a really applecentric outing you can visit both in one trip.

First up, clambakes

• Chef Louis Prpich, owner of the Chowder House Cafe, at 2028 Chestnut Blvd., Cuyahoga Falls, will host his annual clambake from 2 to 5 p.m. Oct. 7.

Prpich has been doing clambakes for a quarter of a century, and this is his tenth year to host one at his Chowder House.

He said he got the bug for clambakes while cooking at a restaurant outside Boston.

Cost is $37 for clam chowder, a dozen fresh middleneck clams, half a roasted chicken, a baked yam, corn on the cob and rolls and butter.

Add another dozen clams for $10 or combine the clambake with a whole lobster and the cost is $55.

Deadline for reservations is Oct. 5. Call 330-794-7102.

This summer, Prpich spent a month in Vietnam, learning about the country’s cooking. He’s now offering Pho, the Vietnamese soup, on his menu. We’ll have more about Prpich’s Pho and his Vietnam odyssey later on.

• D'Agnese’s at White Pond Italian eatery, 566 White Pond Drive, Akron, is celebrating eight years of clambakes, offering Sunday bakes this Sunday. Oct. 7 and Oct. 14. They will run from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day.

Cost is $26.99. First course is a choice of salad, wedding soup, butternut squash bisque or clam chowder. Second course is a dozen clams with local Italian sausage and the third course is pasta marinara and Chicken D’Agnese. Add $10 to substitute a filet mignon. Cannolis will be offered for dessert. Add a dozen clams for $7 or a dozen mussels for $5. Whole lobster will be available at market price. Reservations recommended. Call 234-678-3612.

• The Ido Bar & Grill, 1537 S. Main St. at Ido Avenue, Akron, will host a Clam Bake Boil Oct. 12 and 13 and Oct. 19 and 20. Hours are 4 p.m. to close each day.

Cost is $26.99 for clam chowder, a boil of little neck clams, mussels, shrimp, andouille sausage, corn on the cob and red skin potatoes and bread and butter. Combine with a lobster tail and the cost is $43.99. Reservations recommended. Call 330-773-1724.

Also at the Ido, the annual Oktoberfest menu continues through Oct. 6.

• Medina Creative Housing, started by parents who were looking for a way to help their children with special needs be independent, will sponsor its fourth annual Fall Festival and Clam Bake Oct. 6.

The event will be at the nonprofit's Therapy Ranch, 5200 Lake Road in Lafayette Township, outside Medina. The ranch provides therapeutic horseback riding lessons to individuals with disabilities.

The Fall Fest will run from 11 am. to 3 p.m. It will feature a horse show, games, hay rides, a trick-or-treat trail, pumpkin painting, costume contests, a bake sale and more.

The clambake will start at 4 p.m. at the ranch. Tickets are $35 for a clambake with chicken and $39 for a clambake with steak. Tickets must by Wednesday. For reservations, call Deb at 330-591-4424, ext. 7011, or email at dpoland@medinacreativehousing.com.

Some have suspected the area's clambake tradition is connected to pioneers from New England who settled the Connecticut Western Reserve in the early 1800s.

Openings

• Aaron Hervey said he now is hoping his Craft Cantina, a spinoff of his downtown Akron Crave, will open the first week in November in Akron’s Merriman Valley.

He said a renovation of the space at Liberty Commons is nearly complete. Now, he said, he is waiting on a liquor license.

Colorful murals, including one of a Day of the Dead skeleton head, decorate interior walls. The murals were created by local college student Kennedy Jaber.

Hervey and a silent partner had hoped to open Craft Cantina, featuring craft beer and craft-your-own tacos, guacamole, burritos and bowls, in early August at 1244 Weathervane Lane in the Liberty Commons area of the valley.

The space previously housed the Indian restaurant Saffron Patch, which is now at 1238 Weathervane Lane, also in Liberty Commons.

Hervey and the same silent partner opened Crave Cantina last year on the former Front Street pedestrian mall in Cuyahoga Falls.

• Rose Italian Kitchen is scheduled to open in Cuyahoga Falls by the “end of the year,” said Jen Leonard, marketing and events manager for Chef Art Pour, the Chagrin Falls restaurant group behind area Burntwood Taverns.

Some readers have wondered whether the place would be open in time for the holidays. Leonard said at this point all she could say was by the year’s end.

The eatery will go in the space that previously housed Hibachi Japan at 2251 Front St.

This will be the second Rose Italian Kitchen. The first opened in April in Solon, and like that one, the Falls location will have bocce courts and a terrace.

Apple fests

Autumn festivals with an apple flair are for the picking in Wayne County.

• In Doylestown, Rittman Orchards and its Bent Ladder hard cidery will host Fall Festival weekends each Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 14 at 13548 Mount Eaton Road (state Route 94).

On hand this weekend will be the Up In Smoke BBQ (noon to 8 p.m.) and Korasada (noon to 5 p.m.) food trucks. Korasada previously was called Quite Frank.

There's live music Saturday afternoons and evenings and Sunday afternoons at the Bent Ladder hard cidery, on the orchard grounds. Kids activities will be all days.

Find a schedule for all three weekends (Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 6-7 and 13-14) at http://rittmanorchards.com. Phone is 330-925-4152. Rittman Orchards is closed Mondays.

• Bauman Orchards' Fall Festival continues from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday and Oct. 6 at 161 Rittman Ave. in Rittman.

Food offerings include hot dogs, homemade caramel apples, kettle corn and doughnuts. Cider is substituted for water in the cake doughnuts, which are made on the premises. Other activities include live music, pony rides, a hay maze, petting zoo and wagon rides.

For more about the Fall Festival, go to www.baumanorchards.com and click on "Events." Phone is 330-925-6861. Bauman Orchards is closed Sundays.

Native American foods dinner

Tickets are still available through Wednesday (Sept. 26) for the Native American foods dinner that will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the pavilion outside the Shaw Jewish Community Center at 750 White Pond Dr. in Akron.

The dinner is part of the commemoration of the city’s inaugural North American First People's Day Oct. 1.

Students at Lippman School – on the same campus as the Shaw Jewish Community Center — brought the idea to council. The dinner will include guacamole, salsa and chips; baked salmon; Three Sisters (corn, squash and beans); bison stew; bison chili; wild rice pilaf; pumpkin cookies and mulled cider.

The dinner is $50. Reservations must at https://bit.ly/2CdU3fc.

• The Something Russian Festival at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Suffield Township runs from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 2 and 3. Yes, that's a Tuesday and a Wednesday. There will be Russian and ethnic food, music, dancing, tours of the church and more. Go to somethingrussian.com for information. St. Nicholas Orthodox Church is at 755 S. Cleveland Ave., at state Route 532 and U.S. Route 224.

Wine dinners

• Vaccaro's Trattoria, 1000 Ghent Road, Bath, will host a five-course wine dinner featuring limited edition red zinfandels as well petite syrahs from Robert Biale Vineyards of Napa Valley, Calif. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Dave Pramuk, one of the founders of the winery known for its Black Chicken zinfandel, will present the wine pairings.

Courses include ox tail ravioli, wild mushroom and rabbit strudel and burnt-flour pappardelle noodles. Cost is $85. Call 330-666-6158 for reservations.

• Ken Stewart's Grille, 1970 S. Market St., Akron, will host a five-course tasting with wines from Fess Parker Winery at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 3. Fess Parker is in California's Santa Barbara County.

Courses include butter-poached lobster and corn puree, little neck clams, warm duck confit salad, chicken arancini, braised beef shortrib and spiced apple sorbet. Cost is $80. Reservations required. Call 330-697-6917.

 

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