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Out & About: Community Liver Alliance's Fresh-A-Fare fundraiser

Dawn Law
| Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, 9:00 p.m.
Executive director Suzanna Masartis and her husband, Scott Masartis, pose at the fourth annual Community Liver Alliance Fresh-A-Fare farm-to-table dinne rat the Westmoreland Country Club near Export on Sept. 17, 2017.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
Executive director Suzanna Masartis and her husband, Scott Masartis, pose at the fourth annual Community Liver Alliance Fresh-A-Fare farm-to-table dinne rat the Westmoreland Country Club near Export on Sept. 17, 2017.
Outstanding Ally award recipients Mark DeSantis (left) and Dr. Bruce Bradley attended the fourth annual Community Liver Alliance Fresh-A-Fare farm-to-table dinner at the Westmoreland Country Club near Export on Sept. 17, 2017.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
Outstanding Ally award recipients Mark DeSantis (left) and Dr. Bruce Bradley attended the fourth annual Community Liver Alliance Fresh-A-Fare farm-to-table dinner at the Westmoreland Country Club near Export on Sept. 17, 2017.
Community honoree Michael Reese and his wife, Jana, attended the fourth annual Community Liver Alliance Fresh-A-Fare farm-to-table dinner at the Westmoreland Country Club near Export on Sept. 17, 2017.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
Community honoree Michael Reese and his wife, Jana, attended the fourth annual Community Liver Alliance Fresh-A-Fare farm-to-table dinner at the Westmoreland Country Club near Export on Sept. 17, 2017.
(from left) Joe Hart, owner of GDC Fine Jewelry; Eileen Zebroski, wearing a  diamond necklace donated by GDC; and Jonathan Hart attended the fourth annual Community Liver Alliance Fresh-A-Fare farm-to-table dinner at the Westmoreland Country Club near Export on Sept. 17, 2017.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
(from left) Joe Hart, owner of GDC Fine Jewelry; Eileen Zebroski, wearing a diamond necklace donated by GDC; and Jonathan Hart attended the fourth annual Community Liver Alliance Fresh-A-Fare farm-to-table dinner at the Westmoreland Country Club near Export on Sept. 17, 2017.
Liver transplant recipients Michael Redigan and Robert 'Bo' Garritano are flanked by their wives Antonia Redigan (left) and Joyce Garritano at the fourth annual Community Liver Alliance Fresh-A-Fare farm-to-table dinner at the Westmoreland Country Club  near Export on Sept. 17, 2017.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
Liver transplant recipients Michael Redigan and Robert 'Bo' Garritano are flanked by their wives Antonia Redigan (left) and Joyce Garritano at the fourth annual Community Liver Alliance Fresh-A-Fare farm-to-table dinner at the Westmoreland Country Club near Export on Sept. 17, 2017.
Chefs Bryce Stanford (left) and Mark Henry prepared dishes for the fourth annual Community Liver Alliance Fresh-A-Fare farm-to-table dinner at the Westmoreland Country Club  near Export on Sept. 17, 2017.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
Chefs Bryce Stanford (left) and Mark Henry prepared dishes for the fourth annual Community Liver Alliance Fresh-A-Fare farm-to-table dinner at the Westmoreland Country Club near Export on Sept. 17, 2017.
Chefs Robert Furar (left) and Steve Hill prepared dishes for the fourth annual Community Liver Alliance Fresh-A-Fare farm-to-table dinner at the Westmoreland Country Club near Export on Sept. 17, 2017.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
Chefs Robert Furar (left) and Steve Hill prepared dishes for the fourth annual Community Liver Alliance Fresh-A-Fare farm-to-table dinner at the Westmoreland Country Club near Export on Sept. 17, 2017.
Planning committee members George Shaner (left) and Michael Philopena at the fourth annual Community Liver Alliance Fresh-A-Fare farm-to-table dinner at the Westmoreland Country Club  near Export on Sept. 17, 2017.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
Planning committee members George Shaner (left) and Michael Philopena at the fourth annual Community Liver Alliance Fresh-A-Fare farm-to-table dinner at the Westmoreland Country Club near Export on Sept. 17, 2017.

The Fresh-A-Fare farm-to-table culinary event is like an episode of “Chopped,” except the chefs don't compete against each other. They join forces to take random, fresh ingredients donated by local farmers and merchants, and create a multicourse experience for guests at the Community Liver Alliance fundraiser.

Chefs participating in the fourth annual event, held Sept. 17 at Westmoreland Country Club in Penn Township, were Robert Furar of Rico's Restaurant in Pittsburgh; Mark Henry of Chef Mark's Palate in Latrobe; Steve Hill and Annie Whelan, both of Westmoreland Country Club; Bryce Stanford of Juniper Grille in Murrysville; and Mike Stewart of J Corks in Greensburg.

CLA executive director Suzanna Masartis said it was exciting to pick up donations of meat, poultry, vegetables, fruit and herbs, and hear what the chefs planned to do with them.

“We've been really lucky to have all this food donated,” Masartis said. “Everybody who gave a little made this amazing meal.”

Masartis presented the 2017 Outstanding Ally of the Alliance awards to Dr. Bruce Bradley and Mark DeSantis, with Allegheny Health Network Westmoreland Digestive Disorder Group, and Michael Reese, with Loyalhanna Wealth Advisors of Janney Montgomery Scott LLC. Reese volunteers with several community organizations and is a member of the CLA planning committee.

Master of ceremonies was WXPI reporter Aaron Martin, and music was by the acoustic duo Detention.

Seen: Brandon and Dianna Deweese, Bo andJoyce Garritano, Dr. David andEllen Geller, Janet Brown, Jodi Henry, Scott Masartis, George Shaner andMichael Philopena, Dr. Ngoc Thai and Dr.Barbara Thai, Kevin andCarlee Webb, Eileen Zebrowski, Leyla Pilon-Sinclair, Haley Hayden, Tony Sachs, Ashley Nye andRoss Walker.

— Dawn Law

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