chefs for chardon

Each of us assumes we have tomorrow. Yet, not one of us actually knows for sure. Sadly, no one understands this better than the parents of those students taken too soon in Chardon and Bowling Green. I don’t know how it happened or when, but all I know is that life today is simply not the same when I grew up. You had problems in school, sure, and there were those that picked on you – that will sadly never change, but parents never sent their kids off to school of all places in fear. That innocence is now forever gone.

I heard once that to have a child is to live life with your heart outside your body. What a true statement that is. To those affected by what happened last week – to those parents – my heart goes out to you. I can’t ever imagine losing my children and I pray to God I never know. I hope you, your family, and your community somehow find the strength needed and find ways each day to celebrate and honor the memories of those gone.

Since this happened right in our backyard, in our home, we have all been looking for ways to help. If you’re interested, here’s another one:

In response to the recent tragedy in Chardon, Cleveland-area chefs have created a fundraiser benefiting the families. Over 15 chefs will offer tastings in a station-style format at Flour on March 19 from 5-8 p.m. Purchase tickets here (cost is $75 per person).

A one-item silent auction for a dinner for 10 guests at a location of the winner’s choosing  prepared by Iron Chef Michael Symon will be auctioned off during the evening.

Participating chefs/food establishments are:

  • Matthew Anderson-Umami
  • Lauren Bozich,  Marianne Carroll and Matt Myers-The White Flower Cake Shoppe
  • Dante Boccuzzi-Dante and Ginko
  • Brit-Marie Horrocks Culey-Coquette Patisserie
  • Brian Doyle-Sow Food Catering
  • Marlin Kaplan-Dragonfly
  • Douglas Katz-fire food and drink
  • Michael Longo-Harvest Kitchen and Lounge
  • Matt Mathlage-Light Bistro
  • Paul Minnillo-Flour Rustic Italian Kitchen
  • Matt Mytro-Flour Rustic Italian Kitchen
  • Fabio Salerno-Gusto! and Lago
  • Ricardo Sandoval-Fat Cats and Felice
  • Karen Small-Flying Fig
  • Wendy Thompson-A Cookie and A Cupcake
  • Michael Tolosa-Moxie, the Restaurant
  • Eric Williams-Momocho.


  1. RobertStockham1
    Posted March 5, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

    I reposted this on the Fresh Fork Market blog.

  2. Posted March 8, 2012 at 3:20 am | Permalink

    Looks like a great (and delicious) event. I wish I could get there…
    Tammy of