ALTOONA, BLAIR COUNTY -- Two charities competed in the 2010 Taste of the Alleghenies Charity Cook Off. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and the March of Dimes volunteers showed off their cooking skills in the kitchen for a panel of five judges, including celebrity judge Curtis Stone.
The judges for the contest included a representative from U.S. Food Service, Executive Chef Michael Ferrari from the Blair County Convention Center, a representative from Giant Eagle, Taste of Home Cooking School Culinary Specialist Michael Barna and TLC chef Curtis Stone.
Each charity had to prepare a soup, a main dish and a dessert.
Members of the Making Strides Cooking Team were: Amy Mearkle, WTAJ Anchor and Making Strides Chairperson; Aaron Parr, whose mother is a 12 year breast cancer survivor; Denise Schmitt, Making Strides Committe Member; Deb Hommer, Making Strides Committee Member; Dana Harris, Making Strides Committee Member and breast cancer surivor.
Click here to learn more about the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk.
Members of the March of Dimes Cooking Team: Kim Ficus of Altoona, Erica Askey of Altoona and Dina Morrissey from Bellwood.
Click here to learn more about March of Dimes.
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer prepared : Strawberry Soup, Cavatelli with Prosciutto and Tres Leche (Three Milk) Cake.
March of Dimes prepared: Zesty Chicken Tortilla Soup, Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Casserole and Funny Cake.
The judges selected Making Strides as the 1st Place Team and March of Dimes as 2nd place.
1st place took home a check for $250.00 for Making Strides and 2nd place was awarded a check for $150.00 for March of Dimes.
For a link to some of the competition recipes go to our KEYSTONE KITCHEN segment.