Foodie Pairs | Fun Dates in Stark County

A shared interest (or obsession) in cooking, dining and other things food-related can inspire a memorable and interactive date. Here are some suggestions.

A shared interest (or obsession) in cooking, dining and other things food-related can inspire a memorable and interactive date. Here are some suggestions.

For starters, taking a cooking class together could be great fun, a simultaneous form of theater, learning, eating and interacting.

The Loretta Paganini School of Cooking offers regular classes in a kitchen classroom at Fishers Foods at 8100 Cleveland Avenue NW in Plain Township. Scheduled for February 6 is the hands-on and couples-themed “Cooking Together: Love Is In The Air;” other upcoming classes include “A French Rendezvous” (February 10) and “Fat Tuesday Fun” (February 25). For full details, visit LPSCINC.com.

Gervasi Vineyard at 1700 55th Street NE in Canton offers a regular schedule of hands-on cooking classes in The Villa Grande’s professional prep kitchen that would be couple-friendly. Upcoming classes include “One Pan, Two Plates: Romantic Italian” (February 18) and “Southern Kitchen,” billed as a “Southern-themed date night.” Visit shop.gervasivineyard.com/cucina-class-schedule for more information.

Another food-focused experience for a date would be sharing a Canton Food Tour, offered in afternoon and evening versions from April through mid-November. These informal, yet informative guided strolls through downtown Canton include stops at four restaurants for small plates. Afternoon tours often include a gallery or retail shop stop. Full details are available at cantonfoodtours.com.

Seeking something a little more spontaneous for your foodie date? Consider a visit to downtown Canton’s Paris-themed cheese shop and cafe, Fromage du Monde, (340 Fourth St. NW) for a shared cheese flight. How about a leisurely trip to DioGuardi’s Italian Marketplace (3116 Market Ave. N, Canton) for homemade pasta and sauces? Studio Bakery (4339 Dressler Rd. NW, Jackson Township) has an array of scratch-made, natural-ingredient temptations. Avenue Wine Shop (1728 Cleveland Ave. NW, Canton) hosts casual wine tastings with hors d’oeuvres each Friday from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

And there’s always a food-related movie to watch together (with choice snacks). Try “Big Night,” “Chocolat,” “Julie & Julia,” “The Hundred-Foot Journey” or “Chef.”

Where to buy

The Repository
Select Rite Aid Stores
Spee-D Foods
Buehler's Fresh Foods
Fishers Foods, including 44th Street NW, Tuscarawas St. W, Fulton Drive, Lincoln Way E. and Cleveland Ave. NW locations
Aultman Hospital Gift Shop
Mercy Medical Center Gift Shop
Gervasi Vineyard Marketplace
Carpe Diem Coffee Shop, downtown Canton and Belden Village Mall locations
News Depot
Avenue Arts Marketplace
Yum Yum Tree Alliance
Grapes in a Glass