Colicchio tops chef lineup for food show

Assorted ramblings from the world of entertainment:

The Fabulous Food Show got a little bad buzz earlier this month when Cleveland Chef Michael Symon posted on Facebook that he wouldn’t be at this year’s event at the I-X Center (it appeared the promoters gave the hometown hero a low-ball offer or no offer to return).

Martha Stewart previously had been announced for the food event, but the rest of the lineup was released this week, and it’s an impressive guest list.

The “top” chef is likely to be “Top Chef” judge Tom Colicchio, who will do cooking demos and sign autographs on Saturday, Nov. 9, the same day Stewart will be there.

Opening day on Nov. 8 will feature Alex Guarnaschelli, the newest “Iron Chef” and a regular judge on “Chopped”; Hugh Acheson, who has been both a judge on “Top Chef” and a competitor on “Top Chef Masters”; and Marcus Samuelsson, winner of “Top Chef Masters” and the author of “Yes, Chef,” which won both the IACP award for Best Literary Food Writing and the James Beard Foundation Award for Writing and Literature. Samuelsson also will be there on Nov. 9.

The Nov. 10 lineup is light by comparison. Jason Roberts, who has served as emcee at the food show’s main kitchen theater for several years and appears on ABC’s “The Chew,” will get his own cooking demos this year. Also scheduled is Sunny Anderson, host of such Food Network shows as “Cooking for Real” and “How’d That Get on My Plate.”

Tickets start at $26 for the food show, which will be combined with an International Beer Fest this year. Additional information is available at

If anyone is planning on taking my advice and going to see Dawes today at Kent State University, the original press release listed the start time at 8 p.m., which is what I quoted last week.

WKSU-FM, co-presenter of the Kent State ‘Round Town Music Festival, says the music starts at 6 p.m., and lists two opening acts, Good Old War and Liz Frame & the Kickers, so it might be best to get there early. The show is free and outdoors on the KSU Green near the Student Center. Hopefully, the weather will cooperate.

Those who don’t want to drive to Kent can catch some good music a little closer to home that also is free, assuming you are a Youngstown State University student or a member of The Summit (90.7 FM) public radio station.

David Wax Museum will perform at 8 p.m. today at Kilcawley Center’s Chestnut Room. Go to the band’s website ( to check out the video for “Harder Before It Gets Easier,” which has a Peter Gabriel “Sledgehammer” vibe, or go to The Summit’s website ( to find a link to the band’s live session at the station’s Audio Technica Studio C.

The band has earned raves from appearances at the Newport Folk Festival and South By Southwest, and Boston Magazine recently named the group Best Live Act of 2013.

I’m sure The Summit gladly will accept any new members who want to get into tonight’s concert.

I caught the David Mayfield Parade show Saturday at Musica in Akron, which turned into a family affair.

Mayfield’s parents, David and Valerie Mayfield, were working the merch table, and they joined their son on stage for the traditional bluegrass song “Mama Don’t Allow” with Valerie on mandolin and David Sr. taking a turn on his son’s guitar. It segued into a less traditional bluegrass song – a fiddle / mandolin / acoustic guitar arrangement of AC/DC’s “You Shook Me All Night Long.”

The younger Mayfield displayed some guitar wizardry that would wow an AC/DC fan, not to mention a twisted sense of humor that at times made the show feel like Zach Galifianakis leading a hootenanny.

I’ll say it again – the Newton Falls native who lives in Warren when he’s not on the road needs to play a show closer to home.