Lunch with food critic a big hit

Joe Crea was the guest speaker at the Westlake Garden Club's fundraising luncheon on Sept. 23.

Wednesday, Sept. 23, was a near perfect day with cooler temperatures but abundant sunshine as 200 people gathered at Westwood Country Club to “have lunch with a food critic.” And what a lunch it was! Comments made to luncheon committee members were that this was the Westlake Garden Club’s best luncheon in recent years. 

Emily Rose provided background piano music as guests arrived. Westlake Ward 1 Councilmember Lynda Appel said a few words before the key speaker, Joe Crea, was introduced. Joe is a very down-to-earth, likeable person and seemed to have the audience engaged with his first few words. He talked about his background and how he came to be the dining and restaurant editor for the Plain Dealer.

Surprisingly, Joe worked as a sous chef at Westwood Country Club many years ago, so it was somewhat of a homecoming. He told entertaining stories of past experiences and famous people he has met and left the audience wanting to hear more, even when he went slightly over the time limit.

The luncheon was co-chaired again this year by Robert Pearl and Jean Smith, and newcomers, Shirley Lutts and Marsha McEntee, who will share the chairing responsibilities next year. The luncheon committee expects this year’s luncheon to be as successful as the 2014 luncheon. This is the Westlake Garden Club’s only fundraiser of the year and proceeds support various educational and civic programs and organizations in the Westshore area.

The Westlake Garden Club would like to thank everyone who attended the luncheon and the area merchants who so generously donated gift cards and certificates and products for the raffle and door prizes. We look forward to seeing you all at the 2016 luncheon.

Jean Smith

I am 2nd Vice President of the Westlake Garden Club.

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Volume 7, Issue 19, Posted 8:43 AM, 10.06.2015