Category Archives: Food & Ice Cream

for outings that focus more on dining and dessert than on touring and traveling.
includes upcoming Around-the-World-Dinners (AWD), banquets, picnics, and parties.
also includes Sundaes-On-Monday outings.

Sundaes on Mondays

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Yes it is almost time for Ice Cream.   Doug and Carol Leavens have put together another season’s worth of ice cream events in interesting places.   No reservation are required — show up and enjoy being with fellow lovers of Miatas and ice cream.   Each of these events is included in the Club Calendar and you can get the complete list by clicking on one of the following links for:  Excel file or printable pdf.

AWD Guarino’s Restaurant May 23, 2018

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On May 23, Dennis Beckman and Maryann Tower will host an Around the World Dinner at Guarino’s in Little Italy located at 12309 Mayfield Rd, Cleveland, OH 44106  phone: (216) 231-3100.

Join us at 6 p.m. for cocktails, 7 pm dinner at Cleveland’s oldest restaurant, originally opened as a speakeasy. Guarino’s features authentic Little Italy cuisine (click for menu) that will take us back to Cleveland’s roots. Sign up at the  monthly meeting or call Dennis at 440.238.076 or click here to email Dennis .


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Hosts: John and Jeanne Embree

The July Around the World Dinner will be held at Bacchus Lounge located at 4895 State Road, Peninsula, OH 44264, phone 330-923-8485.  Social at 6:30 PM and dining at 7:00 PM.

Bacchus Lounge adjoins Russo’s Restaurant on Olde Route 8 (1.5 miles north of Cascade Auto).  The building houses both restaurants (Bacchus entrance is in the rear of the building). We will be dining on the Bacchus Lounge patio.

Bacchus Lounge offers a menu with Creole and Italian dishes, but also offers casual foods like burgers and fried chicken.  Click for menu.

The owner/chef is David Russo who trained in New Orleans with chef Paul Prudhomme for 2 years before joining chef Emeril Lagasse in his initial NOLA restaurant, Emeril’s.  David stayed with Emeril for 10 years.  Then David moved back to NE Ohio in the mid 1990’s rather that move to Vegas or Orlando when Emeril expanded his restaurant empire.  David opened Russo’s Kitchen in 2002 after developing a strong following as the Cajun chef at the Liberty Street Brewing Co in Akron.

Dinner reservations are currently full, but we are maintaining a waiting list.  Please contact John and Jeanne Embree by email   or, 216-644-6710


Annual Club Picnic, Sat. July 14, 2018

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Hosts  Bob & Betty Belding

Betty and Bob Belding are again hosting the Annual Northcoast Miata Club Picnic at the former Firestone Homestead, birthplace of Harvey S. Firestone in northern Columbiana County.

Join us at the Belding Homestead at 45459 State Route 14, Columbiana, Ohio 44408 for the Picnic.   Their home is located one half mile east of the State Route 7 and State Route 14 intersection on the south side of SR 14 (right side), directly across from the entrance to the Links at Firestone Farms GC.  The house is the first house on the right after you pass the traffic light going eastbound. Look for the sign. Everyone is welcome! There are some neat Miata Roads to travel if you wish a leisurely drive and more direct routes also. Doug and Carol Leavens are planning a group to convoy to the picnic. Click here for details if you are interested.



Arrive any time after 4:00, we will eat around 5:30 PM.  Bring your favorite side dish, appetizer, or dessert to share along with copies of your recipes (unless they are secret), your favorite beverage and enjoy the afternoon. The club is again generously furnishing hamburgers, hot dogs, kielbasa, soft drinks, table service, plates and cups.

You can bring your goodies to the house and then park along the road to show other folks what they are missing by not owning a Miata.

Please let Bob and Betty know by July 7th, by email or phone 330.482.3752, that you are coming so we can order enough food.   Also, Bob’s cell # is 330.853.8112 if you should get lost. The latchstring is out. ALL ARE WELCOME!!


Tour to Club Picnic – Columbiana, July 14th

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Tour leaders:  Doug & Carol Leavens

This is a 3 hour ride to the Club Picnic at Bob and Betty Belding’s home in Columbiana, OH.  We will be departing from Michael’s Place, 12841 State Rd. North Royalton, Ohio at 1:00 PM sharp.  Please let Doug & Carol know if you will (1) join the tour at the start or (2) joint the tour en-route and (3) if you will join us for lunch before the tour.   Please contact Doug and Carol Leavens by email or phone: cell 440.821.0228 or home 440.734.5632.

Tour Route:  From State Rd. we will be taking Rt. 303 east till we met Rt. 82 and quickly take Rt. 534 south to Newton Falls where there will be rest break at the McDonald’s.  The tour will continue south on Rt. 534 to Rt. 14 then east to Rt. 165 then east to Rt. 46 then south to Rt. 14 then east thru Columbiana to the Belding’s home.  We expect to arrive at 4 PM.

See below for estimated schedule:
1:00 PM Start Tour
1:20 PM arrive Peninsula
1:27 PM arrive Rt. 8
1:50 PM arrive Rt. 44
2:10 PM  arrive Windam
2:15 PM arrive Rt82/303
Newton Falls 20 minute break at MacDonalds
4:00 PM Arrive at Picnic
Note that the times along Rt. 303 listed above, including departing time, are subject to change due to a Rt. 303 detour in the Streetsboro area.  We will confirm any required changes in early July.  If joining the tour along Rt. 303 please let Doug & Carol  know so they can advise you of any revised times.

Also when signing up for this tour please also let Bob and Betty Belding know you are coming. They need an accurate head count for planning all the great food.