The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Local News

January 26, 2014

Men Who Cook raise money for Ashtabula County's needy

ASHTABULA — The opportunity to help the needy and put on the chef’s hat for an evening drew more than 30 men to the Our Lady of Peace Community Center Saturday evening for the 8th Annual Men Who Cook event.

“I call it the Super Bowl of men’s cooking in Ashtabula County,” said the Rev. Raymond Thomas, pastor of Our Lady of Peace Parish.

He said four priests were cooking at the event this year including the Rev. John-Michael Lavelle, the Rev. John Sheridan and the Rev. Matthew Albright.

Thomas cooked pasta-fagioli for the hungry people that attended the event for an evening of fun and to help raise thousands of dollars to help the needy of Ashtabula County.

“I grew up with it (pasta fagilio) since my childhood,” he said.

The event raised $22,000 to replenish emergency support funds to help people in desperate need last year, said Catholic Charities Executive Director Lynn Zalewski. She said the funds help create a bridge for people in bad financial straights.

“We have 22 different stations,” Zalewski said of the food that ranged from soup to dessert.

“It kind of runs the whole gamut. Nobody leaves here hungry,” Zalewski said.

Steven Steele and his nephew Bob Wardrop partnered up to make stuffed pepper finger food. Steele said he and Wardrop work on different meals together seeking unique recipes.

“I was tired of rice and hamburger so I went with sausage and a couple of other things and people really liked it,” Wardrop said.

Jeff Brodsky and his partner Bill Howe created a cauliflower alfredo pasta. “I actually saw it on the Chew. It’s a cooking show,” Brodsky said.

“Thank you all for being here. I think you all could be considered Men Who Cook groupies,” Zalewski said of all the people who turned out for the event in cold weather and snow.

Zalewski explained the need of many people Catholic Charities deal with in Ashtabula County.

“We just had a lady who came in and hadn’t had water since November,” she said.

Zalewski urged people to pray for those in need in the cold wintry weather.

Text Only
Local News
Ashtabula County Alive
July 4 Celebrations 2014
Summer off to Big Start
Ashtabula County Flag Day 2014
Northeast Ohio Soap Box Derby 2014
Tour de State Line and Boating Season
Ashtabula County Memorial Day 2014
Sam Magill Sr. Memorial
Armed Forces Echo Taps 2014
Lakeside Loop Color Run
Keeping Ashtabula County Clean and Healthy
Canoe Race and Ashtabula Easter Events
The Taping of the Teacher: A sticky Sitation
18th Annual Polar Bear Plunge at Geneva State Park
House Ads
AP Video
NDN Video
Bill Murray Continues To Be Just Bill Murray By Eating Some Free Bill Murray Ice Cream Deja vu: Another NYPD officer choke-holding a suspect Hillary Clinton Blamed Bill's Affair With Monica Lewinsky On Abuse He Suffered As A Child 'Fifty Shades of Grey': Watch the Super Sexy First Trailer Now! Reports: Ravens RB Ray Rice Suspended For 1st 2 Games Of The Season Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director Air Algerie plane with 119 on board missing over Mali Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent Free Arturo - The World's Saddest Polar Bear A Look Back at Batman On Film Through The Years LeBron James -- Dropped $2k On Cupcake Apology ... Proceeds To Benefit Charity Snoop Dogg Says He Smoked Weed at the White House Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Chris Pratt Interrupts Interview To French Braid Intern's Hair Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX Whoa! Watch "Housewives" Star Do the Unthinkable LeBron apologizes to neighbors with cupcakes Justin Bieber In Calvin Klein Underwear Shoot Samsung Pre-Trolls The IPhone 6 With New Ad Jimmy Kimmel Introduces His Baby Girl