Rachel Wolf, proprietor of Rachel Cooks for Me, makes everything from scratch and customizes parties to the hosts' specific desires, from vegan to French cuisine. Her husband, Brian Wolf, works with her and also does a podcast about food and wine on Spreaker. For more information about their catering services: 330.714.8053 or Rachel Cooks For Me.
Start the new year with a clean home. Ray and Margie Toombs, owners of Maid Brigade of Northeastern Ohio, say that they clean your home the way you would clean if you really wanted to clean. But who does? It's so much better to spend your time doing what you want to do. Maid Brigade employees are all thoroughly background checked, so you can feel comfortable and secure letting them into your home. Get scheduled now for a January clean. For more information: 330.453.6000 or Maid Brigade.
Barbara Seelig-Brown is the author of The Healthy Home Cookbook: Diabetes-Friendly Recipes for Holidays, Parties and Everyday Celebration, full of healthful and delicious recipes for anyone who enjoys good food. Barbara is the host of the TV cooking show "Stress Free Cooking" and the author of the companion cookbook. She's also the official food blogger for the Italian Trade Commission. The book is available on stressfreecooking.com, shopdiabetes.org and amazon.
It's not too late to get in the holiday spirit:
You can buy edible treats for friends and family at the West Side Bakery's two locations in Akron and Green. A Yule Log, Christmas Cake or any of the delicious array of Christmas cookies will be sure to delight anyone on your list. Owner Barb Talevich and her staff live up to their motto: Making Memories Sweeter. Today is the last day to special order for Monday delivery and tomorrow for Christmas Eve delivery. The West Side Bakery is located at 2303 W. Market St. in Akron and 1840 Town Park Blvd., off Massillon Road, in Green. For more information: 330.836.4101 (Akron), 330.899.9968 or West Side Bakery.
Tom Lix, founder and CEO of Cleveland Whiskey, and his team have developed a pressure aging process to make a unique and flavorful bourbon. Cleveland Whiskey is available at retail outlets and restaurants in Northeast Ohio. To find out where, visit the Cleveland Whiskey website.
Chis MIller of the Akron Digital Media Center has compiled a Holiday Gift Guide of locally owned and operated businesses where you can buy unique gifts that reflect the area around us. Check out the guide on akronist.com.
Chris Stranahan, owner of the Akron franchise of Wild Birds Unlimited, advises homeowners to think about the birds this winter. Birds are in survival mode and need shelter (build or buy nesting boxes, for instance); they also need food and fresh water. Get all sorts of birding advice at Wild Birds Unlimited on Howe Avenue in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. For more information: 330.922.4990 or Wild Birds Unlimited.
Robert Stockham works for Fresh Fork, a farm buying club that provides members with produce and animal products from farmers within a 75-mile radius of Cleveland. For Christmas, the club is open to the public for orders of ham, turkey, food gift items and other edibles. For more information: 800.861.8582 or Fresh Fork Market.
Barbara Seelig-Brown is the author of The Healthy Home Cookbook: Diabetes-Friendly Recipes for Holidays, Parties and Everyday Celebration, full of healthful and delicious recipes for anyone who enjoys good food. Barbara is the host of the TV cooking show Stress Free Cooking and the official food blogger for the Italian Trade Commission. The book is on stressfreecooking.com, shopdiabetes.org and amazon.