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Barb Yavorcik, left, and Julie Kiyas of Zia's, share a laugh.

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Lee and Summer Arnott attend Taste of the Nation at the Toledo Club.

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Todd VanderPol and Nancy Beckman of Premier Catering prepare food.

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Amanda Rockman of the Bristol and Balena in Chicago, serves a dessert to a patron.

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Partygoers sample foods during the Taste of the Nation.

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Brian Lauber helps Claudia Vercellotti sample some food.

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Cream cheese, panacotta, fennel cured salmon, and caraway cracker, prepared by the Inverness Club.

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Diane Larson of 13 ABC WTVG television.

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Emily Wares, Negar Cooper, Emily Youssef, and Melanie Burns.

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Joe Amador and Bobby Lumm.

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A duck slider at the Taste of the Nation.

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Lacey Massari, left, gets a glass of wine from Melissa Crockett.

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Angela Jones, left, and Jacqueline Philo.

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Jalon and Persis Coates.

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Doughnut balls fry for desserts made by Amanda Rockman of the Bristol and Balena in Chicago.

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Sharon Simmons and Ron Coffman.

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Corey W. King and Stephanie Renner.

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From left, Victoria Rackot, Wendy Assally, and Tom Dubase toast to a delightful evening and delicious food.

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Phil and Betsy Barone.

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Gretchen and Mark Zyndorf.

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Chad Gault of Preferred Catering puts salt caramel sauce on desserts.

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Chris Joseph, Liz Joseph, Brad Joseph, Corrine Joseph, Erica Joseph, and Karen Collum.

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Jasmine and Terry Awls.

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Jeremy and Jamie Fitzgerald.

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Paul and Pam Hollenbeck.

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Laurie Cohen, James Caldwell, Sheri Liebenthal, and Stevie Grand Lubell.

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Celebrating and sharing laughs for ladies' night were, from left, Eileen Sullivan, Susan Allan Block, Leslie Chapman, Aly Sterling and Molly Reams Thompson.

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Samantha Thompson and Joey Skaff.

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Steve Thompson and Claudia Vercellotti.

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Celebrating a successful event were Taste of the nation committee chairmen, from left: Ty Szumigala, Terri Thompson, Labib Hajjar, and Marla Schecht.

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Mellissa Pollack, left, raffle chairman, congratulates Diane Bollin on winning the Toledo Furs sheared beaver coat with lynx collar.

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Cream cheese, panacotta, fennel cured salmon, and caraway cracker, prepared by the Inverness Club.

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Left to right Brandi Smith and Gretchen Fayerweather during the Maumee Valley Chefs' Association 32nd Annual Scholarship and Awards Dinner.

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Left to right Tom Elliott and Ed Gozdowski during the Maumee Valley Chefs' Association 32nd Annual Scholarship and Awards Dinner.

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