Local Men Cook Up Dishes for Charity

Men from around the Valley on Friday put on their aprons once again for the Catholic Charities annual “Men Who Cook” event at Antone’s Banquet Centre.

Now in its eighth year, the night of food and fun featured dishes from 23 local chefs from all walks of life. WKBN’s Damon Maloney and Ryan Halicki made Hollywood peppers that scored them an award for Best Appetizer.

A panel of female judges, including reporter Roxann Sebest handed out various awards at the end of the night.

The chefs also collected tips and whoever collected the most earned the People’s Choice Award. That went to Greg Haren, vice president of the Conti Corp., for his pineapple whiskey barbeque ribs.

The Judge’s Choice Award went to Fr. John Keehner, pastor of St. Christine Church in Youngstown and Fr. Christopher Cicero, associate pastor. They made Guinness ice cream with dark chocolate Guinness sauce and balsamic vinegar ice cream with strawberry sauce.

“It just gives us so much pleasure to see that people support us. They are out here for a good cause but yet they are also having fun at the same time so it just really makes you feel like you’re really doing a good job,” said Nancy Voitus of the Catholic Charities Regional Agency.

Last year, the event brought in $35,000 and organizers said Friday was their biggest turnout yet.

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