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Mud Hens go to bat for the hungry

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The Mud Hens are joining forces with Fifth Third Bank to support Food for Thought, a social justice nonprofit dedicated to feeding the hungry, during the team’s home stand from Monday through June 2.

Fans attending the Mud Hens’ home games on those days are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items to the ballpark. Boxes will be placed at all entrances to collect donations.

Fifth Third chose the food drive as this year’s company-wide service project in honor of Fifth Third Day, each year on May 3. Bank employees have provided more than 890,000 meals to those in need over the past two years, with a goal for 2014 of providing at least 530,000 meals.

Culinary classes

BGSU Dining is offering cool culinary classes for kids this summer. Mommy or Daddy & Me is a two-hour class for children ages 4 to 6 years old accompanied by an adult. Kids will learn about working in a kitchen, including proper food preparation and handling. Registration costs $30 per class, which includes one child and one adult. The sessions are: “Let’s Party: Cupcakes & Ice Cream” on May 31, “Healthy Snacks” on June 21, and “Food on a Stick” on July 19. Each class begins at 9 a.m.

Kids Culinary Camp is a three-day class for children ages 8 to 12. Each session runs from 8 a.m. to noon, and teaches kids how to prepare a meal. The cost is $150 per session:“The Basics and Beyond,” June 23-25; “Mediterranean Style Cooking,” July 14-16; and “International Cuisine,” July 21-23. For more information or to register, go to BGSUDining.com/​Classes.

Burger battle

Grillers are invited to enter their best burger recipes for a chance to be named Weber’s Big Burger Battle Champion on Aug. 3 at the 74th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, one of the world’s largest motorcycle events. Adults ages 18 and older can submit a recipe, along with a photo of their masterpiece, at weber.com/​contests/​big-burger-battle through June 23.

Jamie Purviance, author of the new Weber's Big Book of Burgers and a James Beard Award nominee, will select three finalists who will receive all-expense-paid trips to the rally to compete in the final round of the Big Burger Battle. The grand prize package totals more than $5,000 and includes a trophy, a Weber Summit S-670 gas grill, grilling accessories, Weber's Big Book of Burgers, and a $500 Harley-Davidson gift card. For more information, visit weber.com.

New location

Charlie’s Restaurant and Taverna, a family-owned Greek-American place serving fresh and homemade foods, has opened a new location at 1631 Toll Gate Dr. in Maumee. Their other locations are at 6945 W. Central Ave, Toledo; 26555 N. Dixie Hwy., Perrysburg; and 12407 Airport Hwy., Swanton.

Send your food-related news for Morsels to food@theblade.com at least two weeks ahead of the event. Contact Mary Bilyeu at: mbilyeu@theblade.com or 419-724-6155.

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