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Local Fazoli’s to host all-you-can-eat spaghetti contest

Published: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 @ 6:10 AM


            Fazoli’s CEO Carl Howard, who has led the Italian restaurant chain since 2008, is a native of Kettering and a 1983 graduate of Fairmont East High School. MARK FISHER/STAFF
Fazoli’s CEO Carl Howard, who has led the Italian restaurant chain since 2008, is a native of Kettering and a 1983 graduate of Fairmont East High School. MARK FISHER/STAFF

Only fast slurpers need apply.

Fazoli’s will host a spaghetti-eating contest from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 22 at its Sugarcreek Twp. restaurant at 6110 Wilmington Pike in front of the Sugarcreek Plaza.

Contestants will compete to eat the largest amount of spaghetti and marinara sauce within eight minutes. The winner will receive a $250 Visa gift card, free spaghetti at Fazoli’s for one year and a Fazoli’s T-shirt.

At the conclusion of the contest, Fazoli’s will donate 1,000 pounds of dried pasta to Feed the Children, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending childhood hunger, a Fazoli’s spokeswoman said in a release.

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Fazoli’s is hosting the pasta-eating contest as a way to kick off its Endless Pasta Fest, where diners can take advantage of unlimited refills on all pasta dishes for $6.99.

The restaurant chain recently announced that it has completely removed all artificial sweeteners, flavors, preservatives and colors from its food menu. Fazoli’s officials said the fast-casual Italian chain is the first national brand under 1,000 units and the third restaurant overall — behind Panera Bread and Chipotle — to offer a completely “clean” food menu.

“We know our guests love Fazoli’s spaghetti and signature marinara sauce, so we thought a pasta eating contest would be a fun way to celebrate our Endless Pasta Fest promotion while contributing 1,000 pounds of dried pasta to Feed the Children,” Donna Josephson, chief marketing officer of Fazoli’s, said in a release.

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Fazoli’s CEO Carl Howard, a native of Kettering and a 1983 graduate of what was then Fairmont East High School, came back to Dayton three weeks ago to call attention to the clean-menu initiative and to call attention to a revamped menu.

“We eliminated more than 80 artificial ingredients from 61 different menu items,” Howard said March 27 at the Fazoli’s across from the Dayton Mall in Miami Twp. “Every step along the way, we’ve improved the food.”

RELATED: Fazoli’s CEO announces menu overhaul

The overhauled menu is now in place in all Fazoli’s in the Dayton area and in the Lexington, Ky. area, where the chain is headquartered. It will be in place by the end of June in all Fazoli’s company-owned restaurants.

Founded in 1988, the chain operates 213 units across 25 states, including seven restaurants in the Dayton-Springfield area.

RELATED: Fazoli’s Italian restaurant chain sold (July 2015)

The chain has been on the rebound under Howard’s leadership. Fazoli’s has generated 15 straight quarters of same-store sales growth, and same-store sales increased 4.9 percent in January, according to the trade publication Nation’s Restaurant News.

Howard is a bit of an anomaly in the high-turnover restaurant industry. He has led Fazoli’s for nine years, and even survived a corporate change of ownership: in July 2015, Fazoli’s was sold by Sun Capital Partners to Sentinel Capital Partners, which also owns TGI Fridays and which just last month sold its Checkers/Rally’s Drive-In Restaurants.

Solstice Gala celebrates darkest night with immersive art experience

Published: Friday, December 08, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

The first Solstice Gala was held in 2016. This year's Solstice Gala will be held Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 at Catapult Creative in downtown Dayton. PHOTO / Morgan Bush, Catapult Creative
The first Solstice Gala was held in 2016. This year's Solstice Gala will be held Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 at Catapult Creative in downtown Dayton. PHOTO / Morgan Bush, Catapult Creative

Winter solstice is upon us. Known as the “longest night of the year,” it will fall on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017. 

To celebrate, Catapult Creative and Bloom Creative Collective have partnered to host Solstice Gala 2 at 7 p.m. on Dec. 21. 

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The event is an immersive art experience featuring soundscapes by KHONSHU, spoken word and art installations. Bloom will provide tarot readings.  

Proceeds from the ticket sales will go towards funding a Dayton Inspires video game-themed mural in 2018.

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Here’s part of the description from Eventbrite:

The event is a fully immersive experience. A veritable artistic landscape, elements from music and spoken word to art and aesthetic have been carefully selected to reflect the consistent patterns and rhythms of the ever-changing world around us. Our desire is to create a space of comfortable reflection and necessary separation from the fast-paced world surrounding it. Beyond that, we love any excuse to throw a good party.

There will be limited quantities of Solstice-themed cocktails, beer and wine available. 

The first Solstice Gala was held in 2016. This year's Solstice Gala will be held Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 at Catapult Creative in downtown Dayton. PHOTO / Morgan Bush, Catapult Creative

The event takes place at Catapult Creative, 10 N. Ludlow Street. Guests are asked to enter through the Courthouse Square side (there is a Dayton Inspires mural on the door). 

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Tickets are $15 and are required for entry. All proceeds will go toward funding a Dayton Inspires mural in 2018. Cost includes drinks and a limited edition Solstice Gala poster. Ages 21 and up only.  

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Want to go?

WHAT: Solstice Gala 2

WHEN: 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017

WHERE: Catapult Creative, 10 N. Ludlow St., Dayton. Enter through Courthouse Square side.

COST: $15/ticket (all proceeds go to fund a Dayton Inspires mural project)

INFO: Eventbrite tickets | Facebook event

JUST ANNOUNCED: Country rock revival tour with Travis Tritt, Charlie Daniels band, more headed to town

Published: Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 8:00 AM

The Southern Uprising Tour, a southern rock revival starring Travis Tritt, Charlie Daniels Band, The Marshall Tucker Band and the Outlaws, is headed to town.

The tour will make a stop at Fraze Pavilion in Kettering on Saturday, July 28, 2018, the music venue just announced. The show will begin at 5 p.m.

Tickets will range from $40-$65 and will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16.

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The Charlie Daniels Band along with The Marshall Tucker Band will perform Saturday at the Pompano Beach Amphitheater. Larry Busacca / Getty Images

HOW TO GET TICKETS

Tickets can be purchased online at www.fraze.com or www.etix.com or by phone at 1-800-514-3849.

Tickets also can be purchased at the Fraze FanFare Store  located inside Town & Country Shopping Center, 424 E. Stroop Road, Kettering. It is open Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. 

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JUST ANNOUNCED: Country superstar Alan Jackson is headed to town and here’s how to grab tickets

Published: Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 7:00 AM

Country Music Hall of Famer Alan Jackson’s Honky Tonk Highway Tour adds more miles and rolls into 2018 with a stop at the Wright State University Nutter Center in Dayton, OH on Friday, March 16! Tickets go on sale Friday, December 15 at 12:00 PM (ET). CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY KRISTY BELCHER
Country Music Hall of Famer Alan Jackson’s Honky Tonk Highway Tour adds more miles and rolls into 2018 with a stop at the Wright State University Nutter Center in Dayton, OH on Friday, March 16! Tickets go on sale Friday, December 15 at 12:00 PM (ET). CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY KRISTY BELCHER

Country Music Hall of Famer Alan Jackson’s Honky Tonk Highway Tour has added a stop at the Wright State University Nutter Center on Friday, March 16.

Tickets go on sale Friday, December 15 at noon. Ticket prices and information are available at Ticketmaster.com, 1-800-745-3000, Wright State University Nutter Center Box Office and by visiting alanjackson.com/tour. VIP packages will be available.

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Some of Jackson’s hits include “Here in The Real World”…signature songs such as “Chattahoochee,” “Drive” and “Gone Country,” “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” and “Good Time.”

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Jackson’s concert announcement comes on the heels of his 2017 induction to the Country Music Hall of Fame.

He has been named CMA Entertainer of the Year three times, has more than 25 years of membership in the Grand Ole Opry, a 2016 Billboard ranking as one of the Top 10 Country Artists of All-Time, induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Heritage Award as the most-performed country songwriter-artist of ASCAP’s first 100 years. 

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He has sold nearly 60-million albums worldwide, ranks as one of the 10 best-selling male vocalists of all-time in all genres. He has released more than 60 singles – registering 50 Top Ten hits and 35 #1s (including 26 Billboard chart-toppers). He has earned more than 150 music industry awards – including 18 Academy of Country Music Awards, 16 Country Music Association Awards, a pair of Grammys and ASCAP’s Founders and Golden Note Awards. 

The breathtaking Tree of Light and 7 more reasons to visit Carillon Park this holiday season

Published: Wednesday, November 30, 2016 @ 11:15 AM
Updated: Monday, November 27, 2017 @ 12:40 PM

The Deeds Carillon at Carillon Historical Park is transformed into a Tree of Light on Nov. 30, 2016.

One of Dayton’s most famous landmarks will transform once again into the stunning Tree of Light for the holiday season.

The 151-foot Deeds Carillon will be all aglow with 20,000 Christmas bulbs strung from above the top of the bell tower down to the ground. This is the third year for the Tree of Light.

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The Carillon Tree of Light will shine again beginning Nov. 29. TY GREENLEES / STAFF(Staff Writer)

“A Carillon Christmas” runs Nov. 29 through Dec. 30, from 5-10 p.m. each night. 

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Dayton History has transformed the Deeds Carillon at Carillon Park into a huge lighted Christmas Tree. The Carillon will be illuminated on Nov. 30 this year. TY GREENLEES / STAFF(Ty Greenlees)

In addition to the Tree of Light, here are seven reasons to go:  

1) Letters to Santa: You can help your little ones write a letter to Santa at Newcom Tavern, Dayton’s first post office. Then it will be sent to the North Pole.

2) Yummy treats: Bakers in period costumes will be selling yummy homemade gingerbread cookies, hot cider and fresh chestnuts from a hearth oven in the Morris House. Soft pretzels, peppermint swirls, hot dogs, hard cider and beer will be available at Culp’s Christmas Cafe. Popcorn and hot chocolate will be available in the Transportation Center. Full-service dinner and house-made brews will be available at Carillon Brewing Co. 

3) Photos with Santa: Have fun taking a complimentary photo with Santa from 5-9 p.m. daily through Dec. 23. 

4) Carillon Card Company: Make your own holiday greeting cards on a printing press from the 1930s. 

5) Midnight Express. Take the kiddie train for a ride to the North Pole and back for $1. 

6) Scavenger hunt: Be part of an adventure for $2.50. 

7) Victorian carolers: Singers will be walking around and singing our favorite Christmas carols to get you in the holiday spirit.

>> PHOTOS: Carillon Tree of Light

Want to go? 

WHAT: A Carillon Christmas 

WHERE Carillon Historical Park, 1000 Carillon Blvd. 

WHEN: 5-10 p.m. Nov. 29-Dec. 30 (closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day) 

ADMISSION: $5 for children, $7 for seniors, $8 for adults; free for Dayton History members and children under 3.

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