Studies have shown that watching a baking demonstration makes people 40% hungrier, 10% thirstier, and 1,200% more likely to enter the chef-hat industry. Don your apron and head for the kitchen with this GrouponLive deal to see Buddy Valastro Live! Homemade for the Holidays Tour, featuring the star of TLC's Cake Boss, at the Akron Civic Theatre. For $29, you get one ticket for seating in the loge or rows A–U of the front orchestra on Saturday, December 8, at 7:30 p.m. (up to a $54.25 value, including all fees). Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
On his family-friendly tour of live shows, TLC's celebrity chef Buddy Valastro shares the humorous, endearing stories and baking techniques that earned his apron the embroidered title of Cake Boss. A fourth-generation baker from Hoboken, New Jersey, Buddy’s career began at Carlo's Bake Shop (also known as Carlo's Bakery), which has been in his family for 102 years. From this humble mom-and-pop shop, Buddy’s confections, signature rolling pins, and piping bags became wildly popular, and grew to colonize an empire of multimedia enterprises, showing up on TV screens and book covers. In the course of his journey, he has whipped up decorative techniques that take cake architecture to new culinary and artistic heights. Throughout his live show of baking demonstrations, the acclaimed pastry chef muses on his everyday dealings with suppliers, deliveries, walk-in customers, and bridezillas who demand strapless frosting dresses. During his holiday shows, he spreads the joy of the holiday season by hauling onstage several members of the audience for impromptu cupcake and decorating sessions.
Akron Civic Theatre
The medieval carvings, European antiques, and Italian alabaster sculptures at the Akron Civic Theatre absorb the ascending harmonies of symphony concerts and heavy rock ‘n’ roll alike. Built in 1929 to resemble a Moorish castle, the venue has maintained much of its historic charm, including the exceedingly rare atmospheric ceiling, in which stars twinkle and clouds float by as mesmerizingly as the last few corn flakes atop a bowl of milk.