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Taste of Medina County serves with a purpose

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    Payton Sudduth, 17, a senior at the Medina County Career Center, sautés a pan of pot roast that was served over smoked cheddar pierogies Thursday during the 28th annual Taste of Medina County.

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    Cheyenne Nichols, 17, a senior at the Medina County Career Center, ladles a mustard cream sauce over ginger pork tenderloin medallions Thursday during the 28th annual Taste of Medina County. Culinary students prepared six dishes for the event that drew more than 200 guests to raise money for United Way of Medina County.

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    Tony Rump, 57, of Medina stands back as rum catches fire as he flambés bananas Foster. Rump is student at the Sérénité Restaurant & Culinary Institute, where since July he has learned cooking and restaurant management skills with an emphasis on French cuisine in a training program for recovering addicts. Rump is eight months sober, he said, and will be ready to graduate the program in March.

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    One of the dishes attendees of the 28th annual Taste of Medina County enjoy was bacon, fig and blue cheese sliders with a side of macaroni and cheese from 17 Public Square, one of 13 participating establishments that served more than 200 Thursday at a fundraiser for United Way of Medina County.

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Payton Sudduth, 17, a senior at the Medina County Career Center, sautés a pan of pot roast that was served over smoked cheddar pierogies Thursday during the 28th annual Taste of Medina County.

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MEDINA TWP. — From hand-rolled sushi to bananas Foster flambéed with a touch of rum, attendees of Thursday’s 28th annual Taste of Medina County enjoyed the best of what Medina County’s culinary powerhouses had to offer.

The signature event of the United Way of Medina County brought together more than 200 people for a night of fun, food and philanthropy, raising nearly $40,000 for programming to benefit adults, children and families living in Medina County.

It was a party atmosphere inside the Weymouth Country Club as plates of delectable small bites eagerly went into the hands of hungry guests who couldn’t decide if they wanted to try chorizo stuffed dates from 17 Public Square, smoked cheddar pierogies with pot roast prepared by senior culinary students from the Medina County Career Center or lobster macaroni and cheese from Corkscrew Saloon.

Cheryl Parzych, executive director of United Way of Medina County, said trying all the food is part of the fun.

Learning about the programming is about the purpose.

“This event raising enough money for an additional program in the community,” she said. “It’s our signature fundraiser of the year and is a fun way for people to get to know the United Way and more about what we do.”

The agency aims to impact Medina County in three ways — childhood success, youth success and financial stability. Programming focuses on kindergarten readiness with an emphasis on getting kids on track by third grade, mental and emotional health support through collaborations with area schools and finding ways to employ Medina County residents with a life coaching model.

“We know that if you are unemployed in a low unemployment area, you usually have barriers keeping you from employment,” Parzych said. “Many of the people we work with are single mothers, so we know if we are helping one member of a family, we are helping the entire family.”

Chefs and restaurants from 13 establishments participated Thursday including 111 Bistro, 17 Public Square, A Cupcake a Day, Circle on the Square, Rito’s Bakery, Rustic Hills Country Club, The Center Cafe at The Medina County Career Center, The Galaxy, The Granite Grill, Serenite Restaurant & Culinary Institute, Thyme2, Westfield Country Club and Weymouth Country Club.

Contact Lisa Roberson at (330) 721-4060 or lroberson@medina-gazette.com.
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