A dream team of area chefs helped raise more than $50,000 at the 23rd annual Cleveland’s Finest Hors d’oeuvre Contest, to benefit Our Lady of the Wayside.
The sold-out event at the Terrace Club at Progressive Field attracted more than 800 guests. Attendees were invited to sample fare from some of the area’s very best restaurants. Guests voted for their favorite hors d’oeuvre.
This year’s first-place winner was Chef Marlon Mayorga from Corleone’s Ristorante for citrus-seasoned scallops with mango puree and pomegranate pearls. Second place went to Chef Genevieve Larson of the Tree House Gallery for beef rotello served with lobster sauce. The third-place winner was Chef Jim Bartko of Carrie Cerino’s Ristorante for spicy Caribbean shrimp with calypso rice.
“Once again, tonight’s true winners were the 800 children and adults with developmental disabilities who receive service from Our Lady of the Wayside,” Terry Davis, Our Lady of the Wayside chief executive officer said. Proceeds from the event will benefit Wayside’s new Pathways Day Program in Summit County. Our Lady of the Wayside, celebrating its 50th anniversary, provides residential, transportation and adult day programming services throughout seven Northeast Ohio counties. STORY BY CYNTHIA SCHUSTER EAKIN/PHOTOGRAPHS BY ERIC EAKIN