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.

RELATED: Fazoli’s chooses Dayton to launch new restaurant concept (March 2010)

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.

RELATED: Restaurant exec from Kettering wins national award (May 2014)

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.

More than 70 beers from 30 breweries at this Halloween-inspired craft beer event

Published: Thursday, September 14, 2017 @ 3:26 PM
Updated: Friday, October 13, 2017 @ 4:18 PM

Dp&l plant to be transformed

The old DP&L steam plant will rise from the grave this weekend for a Halloween-themed craft beer fest.  🍻👻

The Dayton Steam Plant, 617 E. Third St. in Webster Station, will host the Ohio Craft Brewers Association Ale-O-Ween from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21. 

It will be the first public event at the renocated facility, the assocation says. The event is formerly known as Dia de las Cervezas.

>> PHOTOS: A sneak peek inside the old steam plant


Over 70 beers from 30 Ohio craft breweries will be on hand at this fundraiser for the Ohio Craft Brewers Association, a nonprofit guild that exists to promote and preserve Ohio’s unified craft brewing industry. 

“Creepshow,” “Witcher,” “Paranormal Hoptivity” and “Blood Orange PsycHOPathy” are just a few of the special brews. Here is the full list:

🍺Black Cloister Brewing Company: Casilda of Toledo, Mighty Samson 

🍺Carillon Brewing Company: Ginger Pale Ale, Squash Ale 

🍺Crooked Handle Brewing Company: Roadside Peanut Butter Porter, Witcher Pumpkin Ale 

🍺The Dayton Beer Company: Gem City Lager, Mad River Milk Stout 

🍺Elevator Brewing Company: 380 Left Coast IPA, Great White Pumpkin, Kiss My Kvass, Mocha Plum Stout 

🍺Eudora Brewing Company: 2016 Hullabaloo, Oktoberfest 

🍺Fat Head’s Brewery: Bumbleberry, Pumpkin Chucker 

🍺Fifth Street Brewpub: Biere de Garde, Hop Harvest 

🍺Grainworks Brewing Company: Haybale, Oatmeal Stout, Rye Saison, Scottish MISTS 

🍺Great Lakes Brewing Company: Nosferatu Imperial Red Ale, Ohio City Oatmeal Stout 

🍺Hairless Hare Brewing Company: Caerbannog Brown Ale, Fire Roasted Pumpkin Porter 

🍺Heavier Than Air Brewing: Golden Ale, Oktoberfest 

🍺Little Fish Brewing Company: No-Fi Farmhouse IPA, Reinheitsgewhat Verde!? 

🍺Lock 27 Brewing: Charlosta Brown Ale, Exploration DIPA #1 

🍺Lucky Star Brewery: Black Hole Schwarzbier, Octubre Fiesta 

🍺MadTree Brewing Company: Axis Mundi, Blood Orange Psychopathy, Happy Amber, Lyft, Pilgrim 

🍺Moeller Brew Barn: Blackberry Prairie Wheat, Wally Post Red 

🍺Mother Stewart’s Brewing Co.: Golden Ale, Porter, Witbier 

🍺Municipal Brew Works: Approachable Blonde, True West Coffee Porter 

🍺North High Brewing Company: Paw, Paw, Pass-Smoked Paw Paw Beer, Tree Tapper-Maple Brown Ale 

🍺Pinups & Pints: Pinup Pale Ale 

🍺Platform Beer Co.: Paranormal Hoptivity IPA, Thunder Precipitator Doppelbock 

🍺Rhinegeist Brewery: Peach Dodo gose, Rough Ridge pale ale 

🍺Seventh Son Brewing Company: Goo Goo Muck tart IPA, Wilderman Autumn Farmhouse Ale 

🍺Star City Brewing: 319 Wee Heavy, Weizen Star 

🍺Streetside Brewery: It's One Louder - Wet Hop Amarillo IPA, Key Lime Goes 

🍺Thirsty Dog Brewing Company: TBA 

🍺Toxic Brew Company: TBA 

🍺Warped Wing Brewing Company: 10 Ton Smores, Chardonnay Barn Gang, Creepshow, Ermals Creamsicle, Flyer Red, Pirogue BLACK, Pirogue Blanc 

🍺Yellow Springs Brewery: Captain Stardust-Saison, Foggy Commute-Northeast Pale Ale, Smokin Handsome-Smoked American Brown Ale, Noodle Burner-Northeast IPA 

Subject to change. Up-to-date beer list can be found at http://ohiocraftbeer.org/ale-o-ween

Renovation of the old Dayton Power & Light steam plant is expected to be completed later in 2017. The property at 617 E. Third St. is being turned into offices, event space and other amenities. PHOTO / Tom Gilliam. Taken May 18, 2017.(Tom Gilliam)


Built in 1907, the former Dayton Power & Light electric-generating facility has been renovated for use as an event venue, carefully preserving the unique architectural features such as high ceilings, exposed beams, brick walls and iconic floor-to-ceiling windows.

The plant’s renovation is part of the transform of the Webster Station neighborhood from an industrial and warehouse district into a hot spot for tech firms, housing and shopping.

>> Get details here on the $3.7 million development of the old DP&L steam plant.

>> $3.7M development of old DP&L steam plant moves forward


Ale-O-Ween will feature live music from The AmpFibians and Team Void, face painting and food from the The Drunken Waffle and El Meson, face painting by L. Hetherington Studio and tarot card readings. Craft beer enthusiasts are encouraged to dress up to win prizes in a costume contest. 

General admission tickets are $40 each in advance and include includes a souvenir glass and tasting tickets for 20 four-ounce samples. 

Admission at the door at 5 p.m. will be $50. 

Designated driver admission will be $15 and includes a food voucher. 

Purchase online at http://www.beerfesttickets.com/aleoween. 

Ale-O-Ween 2017 event flyer. CONTRIBUTED

‘No One Walks Alone’ at Making Strides breast cancer walk

Published: Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

The 2016 Making Strides Dayton walk at Fifth Third Field to promote awareness of breast cancer. CONTRIBUTED
The 2016 Making Strides Dayton walk at Fifth Third Field to promote awareness of breast cancer. CONTRIBUTED

Jean Holloway didn’t fit the profile.

She was 37 years old, in good health with no family history of breast cancer. Holloway thought the lump in her breast was, most likely, a clogged milk duct, the result of nursing her young son.

“My doctor suggested I have a baseline mammogram to give me peace of mind,” she said.

What followed was a whirlwind of imaging tests and biopsies and the dreaded phone call confirming the cancer diagnosis. There would be no peace of mind.

“At first, I was thinking early stage, maybe just surgery and radiation, but it was all over my body,” she said. “I had Stage 4 metastatic breast cancer and my liver was riddled with tumors.”

Four months of chemotherapy followed her diagnosis. She still takes daily chemotherapy pills that target the cancer in her liver, as well as hormone suppressants.

“As cliché as it sounds, I take it one day at a time,” she said. “I have a great life, but I have cancer and it sucks.”

An estimated 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in the United States this year. Approximately six to 10 percent of those patients will be diagnosed with metastatic or Stage 4, and approximately another 30 percent of breast cancer patients will develop metastatic breast cancer.

“But only 2 percent of research funds go to metastatic cancer, so that is something I have become very passionate about,” Holloway said.

In addition to her participation in the upcoming Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event, Holloway also supports METAvivor, the sole organization in the country dedicated to awarding annual Stage 4 breast cancer research.

>> Pink Ribbon Girls leader shares inspirational journey on TODAY show

Scenes from the 2016 Making Strides walk in Dayton. CONTRIBUTED

Breast cancer is expected to take the lives of more than 40,000 women in this country this year. Strides events raise money to help the American Cancer Society fund breast cancer research, provide information and support 24-7, and provide access to mammograms for women who need them.

More than 13,000 people participated in last year’s event, raising close to $250,000. The goal this year is $350,000. From walkers in pink boas and tutus to children’s games and music, the Dayton Strides event is designed to be fun and family friendly.

>> Panera offers tasty way to raise awareness

“It’s a celebration of life,” said Nikki Williams, director of communications of the American Cancer Society North Central Region. “We want people to know we’re supporting them and no one is in this alone.”

Holloway walked last year in the Dayton Strides event as a member of the PSA Airlines team. Little did she know what the following year would hold for her.

“It kind of haunts me that I was walking and I had cancer but I didn’t know it,” she said. “I was an anonymous participant listening to other people’s stories. Fast-forward a year and I was giving the survivor keynote speech. This event has a completely different meaning for me now.”


When: Oct. 21, registration/check-in and rolling start from 8-10 a.m.

Where: Fifth Third Field, 220 N. Patterson Blvd., Dayton

Distance: 5K

Goal: $350,000

More: Warm-up with Pure Barre, children’s tent with crafts and a DJ

Info: DaytonOHStrides@cancer.org

Making a Difference – One Stride at a Time

Money raised in 2016 helped the American Cancer Society with a variety of programs

  • Road To Recovery — Nearly 335,000 rides to treatment and cancer-related appointments were provided.
  • Hope Lodge Communities — 456,000 free nights of lodging were provided to patients.
  • Cancer Information — More than 1.2 million calls and live chats from those seeking support, information and resources were handled by the 24/7 helpline.
  • Reach To Recovery — More than 11,000 peer support services were provided to breast cancer patients.
  • Patient Navigators — Nearly 45,000 newly diagnosed cancer patients received guidance from our patient navigators to help overcome barriers to care.
  • Breast Cancer Research — The American Cancer Society is currently funding 160 grants related to breast cancer – totaling more than $62 million.

Here’s what’s going on at TEDxDayton 2017 NOW

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 9:00 AM

Have you ever heard of Ted Talks?

Today is TEDxDayton day at the Victoria Theatre in downtown Dayton. 

>> Meet the speakers for TEDxDayton 2017

In what has become one of the city’s favorite traditions, several speakers will come and share talks on a wide range of ideas from art to science to innovation. 

>> CJ high school student to speak at TEDxDayton 2017

Here are some of the best photos and posts from attendees who have used the hashtag #TEDxDayton2017.

#TEDxDayton2017 is underway!

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#tedxdayton with this fabulous lady. #mylifeisawesome

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>> PHOTOS: TEDxDayton 2016

4min 33sec by John Gage performed by Neil Gittleman and #TEDxDayton2017

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>> RELATED: What’s your biggest takeaway from TEDxDayton 2015?

LISTEN! Melody Percussion Bass 1 person 1 instrument #TEDxDayton2017

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Just got lei'd at #tedxdayton2017 😉😂 5 years!!! @tedxdayton #dayton

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4 events guaranteed to BRIGHTEN your day (or night)

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 1:38 PM

Chinese Lantern Festival

It’s time to brighten your weekend with a little GLOW! Don’t miss two bright and shiny events this weekend, and plan for two more coming soon!


🌟 GLOW: Nature at Night

When: Friday and Saturday, Oct. 20-21, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Where: Aullwood Farm, 9101 Frederick Pike, Dayton

Info: Facebook event

Enjoy a glowing wonderland of luminescent art installations and fiery entertainment at GLOW: Nature at Night, a reinvention of Enchanted Forest. You can visit the GLOW store in the Farm Discovery Center and adorn yourself with unique glow items, such a hats, shoelaces, necklaces and fingernail polish. Children can create gleaming glow-in-the-dark make and take creations in a special children’s activity area.

>> You have to see this gorgeous glowing display

The Great Pumpkin Glow, part of Pumpkin Fest, is turning Adventures on the Great Miami into a giant, forested pumpkin patch this October.(CONTRIBUTED)


When: 2-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21 

Where: Adventures on the Great Miami, 1995 E. Ross Road, Tipp City 

Info: Greatmiami.net | Event Facebook page

Adventures on the Great Miami’s second annual Pumpkin Glow will include pumpkin carving, a pumpkin glow, food, and a bonfire. The pumpkin glow starts at 8:20 p.m.



When: 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 30 and 31.

Where: Stoddard Avenue, Dayton

Info: Event Facebook page

Cost: Free 

>> The Stoddard Avenue Pumpkin Glow returns in 2017! 

After taking last year off, the tradition continues on the hill behind the Greek Orthodox Church in the historic Grafton Hills neighborhood. The family-friendly event features more than 800 intricately carved jack-o’-lantern.

The Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival is returning to Columbus from Nov. 17, 2017 to Jan. 7, 2018. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO(HANDOUT)


When: Nov. 17, 2017 to Jan. 7, 2018, 5:30-10 p.m. nightly

Where: Natural Resources Park at the Ohio State Expo Center and Fairgrounds, located at 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus

Info: Website | Facebook

The Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival will return to the Ohio Expo Center and State Fairgrounds with brand new light sculptures, more exciting performances and more cultural experiences. Tickets range from $10-15 per person, and will be available for purchase at the festival entrance or online. There are also family 4-packs available for $40 and a special VIP package for $25 per person. The festival will be open nightly from 5:30-10:00 p.m. The ticket booth opens at 5 p.m. and closes at 9:30 p.m.

>> Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival is returning this year