Monday, June 26th, 2017

West Side Market Centennial Gala


TChef Michael Symon and his wife Liz
(West Side Market)


Visiting chefs April Bloomfield, Peter Cho and Jenn Louis
(West Side Market)

Jeff and Courtney Charney with Donna and Eli Khorey
(West Side Market)

Michael Cleaver with Lilalee and Jim Norman
and Claire Cleaver (West Side Market)


West Side Market
Centennial Gala




                        The West Side Market’s Centennial Gala capped off a year-long series of celebrations and marked the beginning of the next 100 years. The historic event sold out with almost 900 guests.
    Gala co-chairs were Cleveland’s own Iron Chef, Michael Symon, of Lola and Lolita fame, along with Food & Wine’s “Best New Chef,” Jonathon Sawyer, from The Greenhouse Tavern and Noodlecat. They invited an all-star lineup of local and national chefs to prepare their signature dishes. Sample-sized portions were offered at food stations throughout the market house and produce arcade. What a feast! Special wines, produced by Norman Vineyards and Michael Pozzan Winery, were available at open bars, along with Butcher’s Brew, a commemorative lager created for the occasion by Great Lakes Brewing Company.
    WKYC Channel 3 news anchors, Kris Pickel and Russ Mitchell, served as emcees during the program which was held in a tented area next to the Market. Speakers included Ken Marblestone, president of Charter One, the presenting sponsor of the centennial celebrations; Ohio City Incorporated executive director, Eric Wobser; Lutheran Hospital president, Dr. Brian Donley, and Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson. Festivities continued with music, dancing and a glass of Moet & Chandon champagne for everyone to toast the West Side Market!
    Presented by Medical Mutual, the Centennial Gala raised $175,000. Proceeds will support improvements and renovations to the landmark building. STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY CAROLINE R. MERK

   

 


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