On Saturday, Oct. 20, five area chefs battled it out at Penta Career Center for the title of “Wood County Throwdown Champion.”
The event, sponsored by the Wood County Committee on Aging and Penta, was organized to raise awareness of the culinary skills of food service personnel who prepare meals for older adults in Wood County.
Guests sampled various appetizers, entrees and desserts prepared by competing local chefs including Dave Napierala, of Waterford at Levis Commons; Anne Hodulik, of Bowling Green Manor; James Price, of Sterling House of Bowling Green; Mike Widmer of Blakely Care Center; and Paul Dauch of Wood County Committee on Aging.
|Judge Ron Matter, Superintendent of Penta Career Center, Judge Dan Neman,
Food Editor of the Blade, Chef James Price, Dining Service Coordinator, Sterling
House of Bowling Green and Judge Gretchen Fayeweather, Assistant Professor
of Culinary Arts at Owens Community College
Each guest voted for their favorite dishes. People Choice Awards for the appetizers was awarded to Waterford at Levis Commons for its blue cheese walnut salad; the entrée to Bowling Green Manor for its taco lasagna, and the dessert to Bowling Green Manor for its pecan crusted pumpkin dessert.
The celebrity judges included Ron Matter, superintendent of Penta Career Center; Dan Newman, Food Editor at The Blade and Chef Gretchen Fayeweather, assistant professor of Culinary Arts at Owens Community College.
After tasting all five appetizers, entrees and dessert the judges unanimously choose the overall champion. An engraved plate and title of “Throwdown Champion” went to James Price of Sterling House of Bowling Green. “I thought it was really nice. It was a good experience to see how the standards have been raised in dining for our older adults. I had a lot of fun and I look forward to defending my championship next year,” Price said.
Those who would like to taste the winning “Throwdown Champions” dishes are invited to a tasting at The Sterling House of Bowling Green Nov. 9 at noon, 121 North Wintergarden Rd., Bowling Green. RSVP to 419-354-5300.