More than 125 attendees were treated to a Celebrity Chefs cooking competition Oct. 27 at Venue on the Circle, compliments of the Tallmadge Lions Club.
While the weather outside was damp and chilly, inside Venue it was warm and inviting as 13 local celebrities prepared and served some of their specialties to a hungry and appreciative crowd. The Rev. Timothy Ream, president of the Tallmadge Lions Club, served as emcee for the inaugural event and competition.
This year's winner, Mayor David Kline, served up his now award-winning White Chicken Chili. Kline faced stiff competition from the following guest chefs:
* Carol Martin, Carol Martin Salon and Spa -- Banana Split Dessert
* Kim Ray, Tallmadge City Council member -- Roast Pork Bruschetta with Chili/Lime Tapenade
* Dr. Greg Lucas, Tallmadge Chiropractic -- Halupki
* Paul Colavecchio, Ohio 36th District Congressional candidate-- pasta
* Dr. Sue Meyer, Faithful Servants Care Center -- Grandma Bebott's Vegetable Soup
* Martha Dalton, Tallmadge Postmaster -- assorted salads
* Larry Bagnoli, Donovan-Bagnoli Funeral Home -- meatball sandwiches
* Autumn Johnson, The Pierogi Lady -- pierogies
* Jerry Feeman, Summit County Council District 6 representative -- BBQ ribs
* Linda Lorkowski, Linda's Kitchen -- apple dumplings
* Mike Householder and Don Seeker, Tallmadge High School -- Sweet and Sour Chicken over Rice
In addition to an array of entrees, salads and desserts, guests enjoyed 11 wine raffles and the opportunity to bid on more than 70 gift baskets and certificates during the silent auction.
Lions Pam Ream and Paula Victor, committee co-chairs, said "The amount of support and the variety of the donated gifts we received is a little overwhelming. We really don't know how to say thank you enough!"
According to Rev. Ream, the success of the event will allow the Tallmadge Lions Club to expand its services.
"Simply put, when it comes to meeting challenges, our response is simple: We serve," he said.
The Tallmadge Lions are part of the world's largest service organization, Lions International, which provides support programs for people with vision and other disabilities in the greater Tallmadge and Northeastern Ohio area.
Tallmadge Lions serve not only in Tallmadge by providing free early childhood eye and vision screenings, but locally, by partnering with the Greater Akron Lions Eyercare Program and regionally by partnering with the St. Vincent Charity Hospital Eye Clinic.
In 207 countries, in hospitals and senior centers, in regions battered by natural disaster, in schools and eyeglass recycling centers, Lions are doing community volunteer work, helping, leading, planning and supporting.
There are many ways to get involved. Opportunities to volunteer as a Lion includes participating in community projects and group volunteering, serving as a host family and providing instruction on community disaster preparedness, diabetes awareness and global health programs.
To get involved, make a reservation to attend and visit the club's next meeting at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at Lion's Hall inside Lion's Park off of Northeast Avenue. Call 330-633-5739 or visit the club's website at e-clubhouse.org/sites/tallmadgeoh/.