After taking this job, I realized there’s a lot more in Stark County than I realized. Back in January of 2014 when I started this gig, I’ll admit I was unfamiliar with most of the county, other than the little corner I called home. 

I branched out and learned about many places in downtown Canton through the past three years. But it took moving to North Canton this past fall to really broaden my horizons and show me all that Stark County has to offer.

Now that I’ve ventured out farther, I can’t get enough. I assign stories to our writers and think to myself, I need to find time to check this out. That’s why I’m taking it upon myself to treat my summer weekends as staycations.

When I’m on vacation, I take a leisurely approach to my days. I start with a cup of coffee from some cute local coffee shop and meander my way through whatever city or town it is that I’m visiting. Why not do that in my own backyard? I mean, there are tons of coffee shops and boutiques, not to mention activities, to do here.

If you like to cook, you’re in luck. We gathered cooks, restaurant owners and managers from four local restaurants to make “The Perfect Outdoor Meal.” Each of the four restaurants provided two dishes—and recipes so you can make them too.

The recipes aren’t ones you’ll find on the menu, and this dinner party wasn’t your average dinner party. We gathered couples or restaurant representatives from each restaurant and set the table at Canton Food Tours owners Barb and Mike Abbott’s house.

We spent an April afternoon in the sun, enjoying each other’s company and delicious dishes, all while Murphy Redmond captured the party in action.

If you think this issue is a little thicker than all of our others, you’re right. It’s our biggest issue yet. Take it all in and make sure to check out our website,, for more photos from our “Perfect Outdoor Meal” photo shoot.

Until next month,

Kelsey Reinhart, editor

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Kelsey Reinhart

Kelsey Reinhart is the editor of About magazine. When she's not working, she's usually reading, running, knitting or spending time in the great outdoors.

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