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Published: Sunday, 11/6/2005

Restaurateurs awarded scholarships at fund-raiser

Area restaurateurs were out in full force at the Northwestern Ohio Restaurant Association s George Mancy Scholarship Fund-raiser on Oct. 23 at Gladieux Meadows.

Charlie Rose of Gladieux Catering carved a steamship round of corned beef at the Gladieux table which also featured a potato bar. On the side wall, Dennis Chung of Koto Buki expertly rolled seaweed leaves filled with rice, seafood, and vegetables for California rolls and spicy tuna rolls. He produced enough to fill a custom-made sailboat that doubled as a sushi serving dish.

Meanwhile, NWORA president Mike Mancy and his cousin, Gus Mancy, proudly talked about the Mancys latest restaurant venture, the Bluewater Grille, which will open later this month at 461 West Dussel Dr. in Maumee, offering fresh seafood, steaks, and an oyster bar. The new restaurant s chef, Rob Campbell, was serving oysters on the half shell and making crab cakes throughout the evening.

Greg Rufty, owner of Gianno s, which recently moved from Dussel to the 301 River Rd. location that was once Linck s Inn, was proud of the Chef s Table concept that he s introduced at the new place. A minimum of four people and a maximum of eight people can order a three-course, five-course, or seven course dinner at the Chef s Table; guest chefs are possible. The menu advises guests to let the staff know of any food allergies when making reservations.

Also attending the event was Ohio Restaurant Association president Geoffrey Hetrick with his wife, Natalie.

Also participating were Magic Wok, Ciao!, Zia s and the Real Seafood Co., the Beirut, Byblos, and Poco Piatti, Fifi s, the Rose and the Thistle, Georgio s Cafe International, and Mancy s.

During the evening, five $2,000 scholarships were awarded. The winners included Brea Hamlin, who attends Hocking College in Nelsonville, Ohio; Anna Rice, who attends Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio; Amanda Hoar and Mary Woyame, who attend Penta Career Center, and Erin Marten, who attends Owens Community College.

Nonalcoholic beverages

The AAA Northwest Ohio held its seventh annual Non-Alcoholic Holiday Drink Recipe Contest on Oct. 15 at the main office. The contest kicks off AAA s Don t Drink and Drive Campaign to help promote the use of designated drivers and nonalcoholic beverage options for holiday celebrations.

In conjunction with the contest, a drink recipe booklet with festive tips and nonalcoholic beverage options will be produced. The booklet contains the top 10 recipes, including the winning recipe, Tropical Berri Fantasy, submitted by Carole Crosby of Temperance. Second-place winner was Randi Dressel of Toledo with Mocha Punch. Third-place winner was Debbie Wolf of Sylvania with Cranberry Nog.

The booklet will be available at every AAA Northwest Ohio branch office, Toledo Children s Hospital, and area restaurants later this month.

Chicken pie

The Christian Women s Fellowship of the First Christian Church at 129 East Elm St. in Wauseon will hold its 126th Chicken Pie Supper at 5 p.m. Wednesday. The menu includes chicken pie and gravy, mashed potatoes, cole slaw, cranberry sauce, and assorted pies plus beverage. Cost is $7 for adults and $3.50 for children. Tickets at the door.

Food allergies

The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN), formerly the Food Allergy Network, is publishing The Food Allergy News Holiday Cookbook with 150 allergy-free recipes for $19.95. It is available through www.foodallergy.org. The Web site also includes food allergy information and allergy-free recipes.

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