Northeast Ohio’s most prominent chefs raised more than $75,000 at Cleveland’s Finest Hors d’Oeuvre Contest, presented by Zito Insurance Agency to benefit Our Lady of the Wayside.

The event, which attracted over 600 guests, featured Cleveland's Star 102 hosts Desiray Cross, Jen Toohey & Tim Richards and was held Thursday evening, April 10, at the Terrace Club at Progressive Field in Cleveland, where a true “Dream Team” of Cleveland’s top chefs and restaurants showcased their most popular hors d’oeuvres.

This year, top award went to Chef Genevieve Larson representing Tree House Gallery & The Clifton with her Grandma's special recipe, Surf & Turf Rollin Rogies. Chef Marlon Mayorga of Corleone's Ristorante & Bar took second place with his Lump Crab and Copper River Salmon Cake with Cilantro corn relish and chipotle tarter sauce.  Third place went to Chef Jim Bartko of Carrie Cerino's Ristorante with his creation of Pepperoni Rock Shrimp with Roasted Corn & Red Pepper Salsa Over Parmesan Crostini.

Guests enjoyed wine from Tom Gore Vineyards and beer samplings from Mill Street Brewery, Goose Island & KCCO.  Delicious desserts were compliments of Becker's Bakery (Tom & Susan Becker) and Wasted Bakery (Michelle Heinz). 

The Silent and Chinese auctions along with the 50/50 raffle helped raise more than $6,000.

Proceeds from the contest went towards our Pathways Program and a new partner home with Habitat for Humanity, Greater Cleveland.

A huge thank you to the following chefs who prepared the most beautiful and delicious hors d'oeuvres for the evening:

The Woods - Chef Salvatore Grillo
Pasteria with Side of Marinara and Pesto

Carrie Cerino’s Ristorante - Chef Jim Bartko
Pepperoni Rock Shrimp with Roasted Corn & Red Pepper Salsa Over Parmesan Crostini

Corleone’s Ristorante & Bar - Chef Marlon Mayorga
Lump Crab and Copper River Salmon Cake with Cilantro corn relish and chipolte tartar sauce

Zack Bruell Restaurants  - Chef Zack Bruell
Chicken Legs Confit With Gorgonzola Polenta and Braised Collard Greens

Hodge's - Chef Chris Hodgson
Lobster Roll with Spiced Tomato Jam and Romaine

Spice Kitchen & Bar - Chef Ben Bebenroth
Pork and Veggie Terrine Crostin

Barrio - Chef Damon Ginnard

Roasted vegetable empanada with purple potato, cauliflower, caramelized shallots served with duo of crema garnished with fried leak and a pickled corn micro green salad

Tree House Gallery & The Clifton- Chef Genevieve Larson
Surf & Turf Rollin ‘Rogies

Horeshoe Casino The Spread Buffet - Chef Mike Miller
Romano crusted lamb chop, spring vegetable orzo, meyer lemon vinaigrette & micro green salad

Progressive Field/DNC - Chef Bill Conn
Mini cheese filled pierogi flat wraps, stuffed with Smoked Sausage, Chili mustard and topped with pickled onion

Tartine Bistro - Chef Chris Monjot
Mini Shortrib Mushroom Ragu Tartine

Thank you to all of our Restaurants, Chefs and Media Partners: Star 102, Northeast Ohio Media Group, Cleveland Magazine, Smart Business, The Wine Buzz, and sponsors; Cleveland Indians, The Shamrock Companies, Tom Gore Vineyards, Mill Street Brewery and Pepsi who made this such a special evening and our most recent partnership with the Cleveland Cavaliers!