Parkersburg Art Center, chefs stirring up a fundraiser

PARKERSBURG – A delicious fundraiser to aid youth education programs at the Parkersburg Art Center is being organized and takes place next month.

“The Parkersburg Art Center was looking for a fundraiser that would be fun and successful and when they heard how successful the cooking schools I’ve worked on in the past have been, the board of trustees decided to do it,’ said organizer Kiki Angelos.

On Oct. 5, the Parkersburg Art Center, on Market Street next to the intersection with Eighth Street, will host six local celebrities, who also love to cook, for a six-dish dinner.

Those participating include three doctors – Jose Cruzzavala, David Mendoza and Terry Shank – as well as Texas Roadhouse owner Chris Carlson and chefs Dave Rudie and Gene Evans.

Cruzzavala will make a side dish, Mendoza will make dessert, Shank will prepare the main dish, Carlson will man the salad, Rudie will make soup and Evans will prepare an appetizer.

“All of these people are not only donating their time to the cooking school, but also the food,” Angelos said. “They are all so very generous.”

For the event, which begins with appetizers provided by Olive Garden, the art center will be decorated and some of the chefs have suggested to Angelos they will dress in costume.

“Some of them have told me they will be wearing costumes for Halloween,” she said.

At the end of the demonstrations, guests will receive a six-course dinner of the dishes made by the guest chefs along with red and white wine and other beverages.

Entertainment will include two belly dancers and a silent auction.

One of the silent auction items will be having Angelos prepare a Greek dinner at the winner’s home for them, family and friends.

“In the past this dinner has raised a lot of money for other organizations,” Angelos said. “I hope it can do the same for the art center.”

The cost is $60 a person with reservations recommended.

For questions or to make a reservation, call 304-485-3859.

Proceeds from the cooking school/dinner help the Parkersburg Art Center’s youth education programs.