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Raise a toast to the holidays at an Italian wine dinner

Raise a toast to the holidays at an Italian Wine Pairing Dinner at the Copper Cup in Westlake.

Join Chef Joe Dubbs in a salute to the season at 7 p.m. Dec. 20. The meal begins with antipasti, homemade salumi and artisan breads, accompanied by Pino and Toi Veneto IGT 2011. Porcetta, roasted fingerling potatoes and broccoli rabe will be served with a glass of Sangiovese Terre degli Osco IGT 2010.

Sea scallops, grape tomatoes, zucchini and sweet corn over Ohio City pasta in garlic and herb butter will be complemented by Costamolino Vermentino di Sardegna DOC 2011. A Milanese-style lamb shank over risotto will be served with Merlot Umbria IGT 2010. Dessert will be citrus pana cotta with candied smoked figs and a sample of Stella Moscato Italia IGT 2011. Cost for the festive meal is $35 per person, plus tax and tip. Phone the Copper Cup, 680 Dover Center Road, at 440-835-9900 for reservations.

Next door at the Ironwood Cafe, Customer Appreciation Night will take place that same evening. There will be a complimentary hors d’oeuvre buffet from 4 to 7 p.m., drink specials all evening and entertainment by a DJ beginning at 9 p.m. New on Fridays from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. is music video trivia with video DJ Todd Thibo. Stop by for your chance to win great prizes.

Sammy’s Restaurant, a popular fine dining destination in the Flats from 1980 through 2000, is being resurrected on PlayhouseSquare. The opportunity to open a new restaurant presented itself when Star Restaurant vacated the space at 1515 Euclid Ave. According to Sammy’s owner Denise Marie Fugo, the restaurant is in the process of being redesigned with a new entrance, a “salon” area in the front, bar in the middle and seating in the back of the space. Fugo said Sammy’s will be a destination dining establishment, featuring modern American cuisine, small plates, classic Sammy’s entrees and new signature dishes.

Are you still searching for holiday gift ideas? Lakewood Earth and Food Community (LEAF) has a new cookbook, “LEAF Cooks,” that your favorite foodies would love. Start the new year eating healthy and sustainably, with this collection of recipes submitted by area farmers, gardeners, farmers market shoppers, community-supported agriculture shareholders and local chefs. All of the recipes in the book use local ingredients, available seasonally in Ohio. The cookbook will be available for $15 at LEAF Night Market on Dec. 18, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Garfield Middle School, 13114 Detroit Ave. in Lakewood. A portion of the proceeds from the book sales will benefit Lakewood schools.

Bring home some special Cleveland holiday memories with the purchase of “Cleveland’s West Side Market: 100 Years and Still Cooking.” Authors Marilou Suszko and Laura Taxel will be signing copies of this beautiful book at the Ohio City Writers Pop-Up Shop, 3208 Lorain Ave., on Dec. 16 from noon to 2 p.m. A portion of the sales from the book will benefit the Ohio City Writers organization.

 

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