About Food Adventures with Big Ragu & The Crew

Together, your humble Food Adventurers will seek out locally owned restaurants, unique places off the beaten path, and even give our slant on some familiar favorites. Whenever we visit a place, we call it a “Food Adventure.” You can expect pictures of each Food Adventure we embark on. You can expect us hugging waiters, posting nostalgic blogs, and emotionally eating our way through life. We are not food critics, we just love to eat!

Saturday Night Live at the Soft Rock


Tonight the Soft Rock Cafe in Centerville will be rockin' for a great cause til 2am! This annual charitable event helps the fight against breast cancer and will benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The night features a special, live performance by one of Dayton's favorite bands, THE FABULOUS DEBONTE BROTHERS ! Join the fun!  DOOR PRIZES, SILENT AUCTION, DRINK SPECIALS, 50/50 and so much more.  Please come out for a rockin good time with great music, and a great cause ! The Food Adventures Crew will be supporting the cause by being "guest pizza makers" for the night. Make a … [Read more...]

Warped Wing Releases “Creep Show” in time for Amber Rose Ghost Hunt


Warped Wing Brewing Company has done it again with a new flavor of suds.  It is a Smoked Porter called "Creep Show."  This Warped Wing release party is in conjunction with a Ghost Hunting Food Adventure at The Amber Rose, SATURDAY NIGHT, October 24th called "Creeps and Creaks." This is a one night only, one-of-a-kind ghost hunting happening.  Amber Rose Restaurant is giving unprecedented access to their basement and restaurant, for anyone who wants to see some spooks for themselves.   The party starts at 9pm and will feature a tour with paranormal experts and beers along the way.  The night … [Read more...]

Sweeney’s Celebrates 21 years with 4 Course $21 Menu


Sweeney's Seafood Bar & Grill in Centerville has just turned 21 years old ! To celebrate this milestone Sweeney's is having a special menu now through Sunday Oct. 4. It features a 4-course meal from Chef Kruse's "select your own dinner" menu for only $21.00.

Osaka: New Buffet with Conveyor Belt Sushi

Raw Salmon Sushi & Raw Salmon Sashimi

A new Japanese / Chinese Buffet called Osaka has opened behind the Dayton Mall and the Food Adventures Crew has the scoop after a few visits.  The newly remodeled building formerly housed Max & Erma's for decades, and most recently Hazel Grill.  The place is basically a buffet, yet they are trying to distinguish themselves by doing a few things differently. One attraction at Osaka, is the "Conveyor Belt of Sushi."  Now, this is not the typical conveyor belt sushi at restaurants that winds its way around the dining area and is priced based on color of the plate you pick up.  No, this is … [Read more...]

After 42 years, “Rejects” Play Farewell Show Friday


What do you get when you mix some local teachers, drums, guitars, a keyboard and couple of kazoos? The answer is the iconic, family friendly band that has been entertaining fans at special events and festivals since 1973. The Rejects, however, are disbanding as a couple of members are moving out of state for retirement. All good things must come to an end.



Held at the Dayton Art Institute, it is a plethora of Beer, Crafts, Cigars and Food. Some blogs will give you tips on parking, but The Big Ragu, Hungry Jax and Chef House have been eating and drinking their way through this festival for about 40 years. So who better than the Food Adventure Crew to sort through the food with their hundreds of thousands of calories in expertise?

Who’s Food is Better? Italian Fest or Greek Fest?


Two heavy hitters in the Dayton festival world go head to head every year for attendance the weekend after Labor Day.  These 2 festivals are the Greek Festival and the Italian Festival.  Why do they both hold their big events on the same weekend?  We don't know, but we do know that when asked if they would move the festival to another weekend, both sides aren't budging. We decided to compare the festivals under our favorite topic.. FOOD.  What happens when these two ancient nations and cultures collide in a battle of the culinary worlds?  The food Adventures Crew asks you, … [Read more...]

Haunted Dayton Beer Dinner Returns to Amber Rose


For the last 20 years, staff at the restaurant say that there are ghosts and apparitions that appear at all times of the day. There are also claims of unexplained phenomena such as glasses and dishes being tossed, lights going on and off and more.

Say It Ain’t So, Rinaldo !


One of Dayton's Iconic bakeries is closing September 14th.  No more huge elephant ears, half moon cookies, Italian wedding cake, tiramisu, or "adult" birthday cakes.  Rinaldo’s Bake Shoppe, located just north of downtown at  at 910 Fairview Ave., plans on closing its doors forever in less than 2 weeks. The Food Adventure is over for Rinaldo and Anna Stolfo, who came to Dayton from Italy and have been making baked goods for 45 years.  The bakery has been a staple for local Italian specialties and Kosher items.    The closing will come a day after the Dayton Italian Festival weekend aka "Fall … [Read more...]

Treadway’s Gardens: On the Vine Since ’69


93 year old Frank Treadway sits in the shade, on a swing with his wife, in front of his Centerville farm and produce stand.  He talks about getting married in 1946, and driving from his Cumberland Kentucky home to Dayton on his honeymoon..  He and his wife fell in love with Dayton, and the rest as they say, is history.  And what a history it is, Treadway's Garden, on State Route 48 near Social Row Rd., has left a legacy of fresh farm produce through 3 generations. The whole family is involved, even grandkids, students and part time adults.  The result is a haven of produce and flowers that … [Read more...]