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WCCOA Announces “Throwdown” Champions

Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc.

 Perrysburg, OH (October, 2015) – The Wood County Throwdown, a competition among chefs and cooks from area assisted living facilities, retirement communities and long term care facilities took place on Saturday, October 3 at Penta Career Center.


Participating teams included Brookdale of Bowling Green, Lakes of Monclova, The Manor at Perrysburg and Wood Haven Health Care. Each team created an appetizer, entrée and dessert for attendees and judges to sample.


Over 125 attendees voted for their favorite in each category.

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Joanne Herringshaw picking up samples to try

Wood Haven Health Care, led by Delia Warren, won for best appetizer for their Tortilla Soup.


Brookdale of Bowling Green, led by James Price, took home the awards for best entrée and best dessert for their braised pork loin and cherry almond tart, respectively.


The Throwdown champion team was decided upon by celebrity judges Terry Kretz (District Manager of Main Street Ventures), George Kamilaris (Georgio’s Café International) and Marissa Rife (Executive Chef for BGSU Dining Services).


Lakes of Monclova, led by Christopher Rajner, won the top prize of “Wood County Throwdown Champion.” Rajner’s three-courses consisted of a spicy crab salad as the appetizer, beer braised short ribs as the entrée and a chocolate cake for dessert.

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The Winners, Lakes of Monclova

Rajner has worked in various hotels and restaurants prior to working at Lakes of Monclova and enjoys making desserts, especially pastries.

He wanted to try something different for the Throwdown, compared to what he usually makes.

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The winning dishes from Lakes of Monclova

“We typically do not serve the variety of food we made at the event,” Rajner said. “I found it was a great way to showcase our talents and create some dishes that everyone can enjoy.”


All of the recipes from the event are featured on the WCCOA blog, which can be found at or by visiting our website at


WCCOA would like to thank the chefs, Penta Career Center, students, sponsors and others who helped make this event possible.


For more information on the programs and services WCCOA provides, contact us at (419) 353-5661, (800) 367-4935 or visit our website at


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