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A Taste of Many Nations benefits Mature Services

11/15/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Ariel Hakim

Photos courtesy of Mature Services
FAIRLAWN — More than 200 guests attended the eighth annual Melting Pot — A Taste of Many Nations, benefiting Mature Services Inc., which featured local chefs’ ethnic dishes Sept. 13 at St. George Family Center, according to event organizers.

Larry and Jan Frank, of ComDoc, served as honorary corporate chairs, while Richard Vernon, of West Point Market, served as honorary culinary chair and Madeline Bozzelli was honorary committee chair.

That’s Lew’s Jazz provided entertainment.

Mature Services board members shown at right bottom enjoying the event, from left, are Barbara Venesy, Lee Walko, Steve Shamrock and Deborah Venesy.

At the silent auction table, pictured at right top, guests bid on Walt Disney World tickets, a Cleveland Indians package including box seats for four, four club seats to a Cleveland Cavs game, an installed home security system, an autographed Cleveland Browns football and a bowling party for 10 and more.

Guests also voted on their top three favorite dishes, and winning chefs were presented with plaques and gift certificates.

The first-place winner was Moe’s Restaurant & Catering, which offered chef Maureen Schneider’s pulled pork sliders and bread pudding. In second place was Festive Food Catering, a division of Mature Services, for chefs Catherine Lewis and Bob Kidd’s vegetable and meat lasagna. Coming in third was Piatto Novo at the Sheraton Suites in Cuyahoga Falls with Chef Roger Thomas’ butternut squash risotto with braised beef brisket.

Additional culinary participants included Akron Woman’s City Club, Angel Falls Coffee, The Bistro of Green, Ranchero’s Mexican Restaurant, St. George Family Center/TLC Catering, Saffron Patch of Akron, Sushi on the Roll and West Point Market. All of the participating chefs are pictured at right middle.

The $32,000 raised during the evening will support the mission of Mature Services Inc. of promoting successful aging by providing the highest quality programs and services to support, strengthen and empower adults as they age, according to event officials.

— By Ariel Hakim

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