August 2016: Springfield Grille event pairs summer wines with seafood selections

Tom Smith, general manager of Boardman Springfield Grille, with Elaine Zedack of Pennsylvania-based Land and Sea food distributors. Electronic image by John Webster. I found a number of tasty wines at Springfield Grille’s most recent monthly wine taste. Their “Under the Sea” dinner paired great wines from Heidelberg wine distributors to Pennsylvania’s Land and Sea […]

Local business owners launch food-delivery startup

Danny Catullo, owner of Catullo Prime Meats, and Dave Keish of Toys-R-Us, have launched FoodECrave, a startup company at the Youngstown Business Incubator. FoodECrave.com functions as an online marketplace for food vendors, artisans, purveyors and local food businesses and creates deliverable food boxes that can be shipped all over the country. YBI has provided the […]

February 14, 1016: Ulster Project to host annual wine taste fundraiser

The Mahoning Valley Ulster Project is set to host its annual wine taste from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 14 at Drake’s Landing, 2177 W. Western Reserve Road, Canfield. Tickets are $30 per person and $50 per couple. The event includes a wine and beer taste, light appetizers, an auction, raffle and giveaways. The event […]

Student-run restaurant at tech school sets winter, spring hours

The Bistro at MCCTC, a student-operated restaurant, will be open to the public from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays through spring. The eatery will be open for on-site dining and carry out. The restaurant is located at the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center, 7300 N. Palmyra Road, Canfield.  The Bistro is run by students […]

March 18-19, 2016: 10th Annual Farm to Table Conference returns to Pittsburgh

The 10th annual Farm to Table Conference returns to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh on March 18 and 19. The event occurs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The theme for this year’s conference is “Keep it Real, Keep it Local.” The conference will feature exhibitors, speakers, a local food tasting, a […]

February 2016: Selah to offer weekly music for ‘Month of Romance’

Selah Restaurant in Struthers has scheduled weekly live entertainment in February as part of its “Month of Romance.” Performances begin at 6:30 p.m. and reservations are suggested. The musical line-up includes: Dan Shapiro, Friday, Feb. 5; Barbara Knight, Saturday, Feb. 6; Carla Gipson, Friday, Feb. 12; Rachell Joy, Saturday, Feb. 13; Stan Miller, Friday, Feb. […]

RESTAURANTS: Farm-to-table trend gains foothold, expands locally

The Magic Tree offers the option of substituting a locally sourced, grass-fed burger on any sandwich order. (Image courtesy of the Magic Tree) By SEAN POSEY | Metro Monthly Contributing Writer Not long ago, the farm-to-table and local food movement might have seemed like a coastal phenomenon, one more relevant to boutique eateries than to everyday […]

Café Augustine seeks to prepare unemployed local youth for jobs in food-service industry

The St. Augustine Society, an outreach ministry of Catholic parishioners in the Youngstown area, is announcing the launch of Café Augustine, a jobs-readiness program that will be sited in the Newport Branch of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County. Café Augustine is an outreach initiative for young adults ages 18-24. It will operate as a […]

RESTAURANTS: Friends Specialty at the Garden Café opens at Fellows Riverside Gardens in Youngstown

Friends Specialty at the Garden Café in Mill Creek MetroParks Fellows Riverside Gardens has officially opened for business. The Garden Café has been newly renovated and updated and will offer a selection of teas, locally roasted coffee, a locally sourced lunch menu, desserts, and other libations with views of Lake Glacier. The Café is open to […]

RESTAURANTS: Old-school barbecue warms hearts of Mahoning Valley residents

Homeplate host Stephanie Shaw presents a ‘Certificate of Good Taste’ to Eli’s Famous Bar-B-Que. The popular Trumbull County restaurant is owned by Thelma Holman, center. A video profile appears below. By SEAN POSEY | METRO MONTHLY CONTRIBUTING WRITER Talking local barbecue is a sure-fire way to stimulate taste buds and memories in equal measure. Long […]