APS Culinary and Visual Arts Students Take Over NoHi Pop-Up Wednesday

NoHi will showcase the culinary and artistic talents of Akron public school students with a showcase of creative and culinary arts students from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at 778 S. Main St. in the North Hill neighborhood of Akron.

Students from the Buchtel Community Learning Center’s Culinary Program will take control of the kitchen with a pop-up menu, and visual art from students from the Jennings and North Community Learning Centers will adorn the walls of the cafe and NoHi Lounge.

Guests can eat in the NoHi cafe and lounge, as well as on the terrace, weather permitting.

Seven Buchtel seniors under Holly Henderson and College and Careers Academy coach DeAnna Edwards will also get help in the kitchen from people at Totally Baked Kitchen and Irie Jamaican Kitchen, who have both hosted popups at NoHi before opening their own brick-and-mortar restaurants.

Buchtel’s student culinary pop-op is called The Griff Inn.

“We really want to celebrate these students and their hard work,” said Justin Chenault, Acting Executive Director of the North Hill Community Development Corporation. (NHCDC).

For starters, students will offer a choice of chicken thighs smothered in onion sauce over a bed of jasmine rice with asparagus tips ($12), seared salmon with mashed potatoes browned butter and asparagus tips ($13) or a vegan Thai chickpea curry. over jasmine rice ($10).

Sides include a Philly Soul Roll, two deep-fried rolls stuffed with marinated beef, pepper, onions and Swiss cheese ($5); or a Reuben Soul Roll, two fried rolls stuffed with corned beef, sauerkraut and Swiss cheese ($5).

Featured desserts will be mini strawberry cheesecake ($3) and banana pudding ($7).

Some 30 students led by North High’s Steve Beltrondo and Alexis Kittle and Peyton Young, Candace Montalvo and college and professional coach Kennie Green of Jennings will have their artwork featured. Their 3D and 2D art, including ceramics, photos, paintings and pencil drawings, was installed at NoHi Sunday.

In other NoHi news, the NHCDC-run commercial kitchen incubator in Akron that prioritizes minority and female culinary entrepreneurs now runs a rotating test kitchen six days a week.

The most featured cuisine this week will be Thai by Nat from noon to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Hideaway Cookhouse from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and Cookie’s BBQ from noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, see https://northhillcdc.org/nohi-pop-up.

Art and restoration writer Kerry Clawson can be reached at 330-996-3527 or kclawson@thebeaconjournal.com.