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The Humble Beginnings of Northeast Ohio’s Most Romantic Dining Spot

Posted on November 4, 2019 in Food

By: Mark Spaner
Spaner Marketing Communications

In 2007, there was a crumbling, decrepit old barn on the grounds of the last farm within the Canton, Ohio city limits.  The roof sagged like a sway-backed horse, and the walls looked too tired to hold it up any longer.

Ten years later this old barn was named one of the Most Romantic Dining spots in America by Open Table, a leading restaurant app.  In USA Today it shared top billing with The Little Inn in Washington, a renowned D.C. area 5-Star restaurant.  Stories like this just don’t happen very often. (more…)

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Cucina Spotlight: Vicki Todd Smith

Posted on August 31, 2019 in Cucina

Chef Vicki Todd Smith teaches her Polenta, Pasta and Potatoes class

By Julianna Wilmoth, Director of The Cucina

Chef Vicki Todd Smith has been a culinary educator, caterer, mentor, and chef for more than 35 years. During that time, Chef Vicki spent over a decade in Europe and Asia before returning to the United States in 2000. She has had the honor of cooking for such luminaries as the late Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, Anderson Cooper, Ken Burns, and the former Foreign Minister of Japan. Additionally, during her years in Asia she was the caterer of choice for many ambassadors and other members of the diplomatic corps. Upon her return to the United States, she was the seminal chef to develop the food and beverage program at Kent State University’s Stark Conference Center. Subsequently, she became Market Kitchen and Catering Director for Mustard Seed Market in Solon and went on to run corporate dining for Jones Day law firm in Cleveland. At present Vicki works for a privately held conglomerate as the Executive Chef of their corporate lodging and catering operations. (more…)

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Cucina Spotlight: Carla Snyder

Posted on August 3, 2019 in Cucina

Carla Snyder

By Julianna Wilmoth, Director of The Cucina

The instructor-chefs who lead classes in The Cucina are some of the region’s most sought after culinary experts. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be introducing our highly talented instructors who teach, guide and mentor here in The Cucina. Without further ado, meet nationally recognized chef-entrepreneur, Carla Snyder.

After a spending a college semester studying in Spain, Carla discovered just how delicious life could be. She has spent the past 30 years in the food world as a caterer, artisan baker, cooking school teacher, culinary team building company owner, freelance food writer and co-author of numerous cookbooks. Her work has appeared in Bon Appètit, Chili Pepper, Better Homes and Gardens, Family Fun and numerous local and regional magazines and newspapers. (more…)

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Rise & Shine: New Breakfast Fare at Gervasi

Posted on July 18, 2019 in Food

New Sunday breakfast options at The Bistro

We’ve all heard breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but it’s often the one we grab on our way out the door or skip altogether. What if we slowed down and really savored a morning meal? Gervasi Vineyard now has several enticing reasons to do just that, with delectable breakfast/brunch options offered every Sunday. (more…)

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How to Plan an Outdoor Wedding

Posted on June 24, 2019 in Events

Gervasi Wedding Photographer in Canton Ohio

With the right wedding venue and weather, getting married outside adds an element of natural beauty to the ceremony that wouldn’t be possible indoors. Nature can be unpredictable, however, so there’s a little extra planning to be done before the big day. Here are a few things to keep in mind when planning an outdoor wedding.

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