Laura and Barney Taxel have hosted a party for the Cleveland International Film Festival for several years, always geared around food. This year was no exception as a sold-out plus group of serious food lovers gathered at Taxel Image Group to taste the offerings of “a rock star panel of chefs,” all females, to quote Laura.
Donning the aprons were: Chef Donna Chriszt, Table 45; Chef Britt-Marie Culey, Coquette Patisserie; Chef Ruth Levine, Bistro 185; Chef Karen Small, The Flying Fig, and Chef Pamela Waterman, Duet Catering. A group of culinary students from Westshore High School’s culinary program, led by Devan Cort assisted. Janine Poleman of Campaine Wine Agencie talked about the wines.
The fabulous food based on the theme, “Just Like Mom Used to Make” ranged from gravlax on black bread (Chef Levine) to meat loaf on latkes (Chef Waterman), a butternut squash-apple soup (Chef Small), chicken paprikash (Chef Chriszt) and fabulous pastry from Chef Culey. It was easy to understand why people were literally begging for tickets to get into this party. So maybe Mom didn’t cook quite this way, but there’s no doubt all the chefs were influenced, in one way or another, by their mothers.
“This is one of the best days of my year,” said Barney Taxel.“These chefs give so much to this city. They have open hearts.”
STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY MARTHA TOWNS