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