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Gourmet Guys to the Rescue' Raises $20,000

Bill Badolato's Seafood Bisque stole the show at the 20th Annual Gourmet Guys to the Rescue, grabbing Best of Show as well as First Place honors in the appetizer category. It was a recipe the family enjoys at home, "so I thought I'd offer it up today for Gourmet Guys," said Badolato, who works at Adirondack Financial Services.

Over 200 people got to taste the recipes of some 31 celebrity chefs Sunday afternoon at Hart's Hill Inn, helping to raise $20,000 for "our life-changing programs" at the Rescue Mission of Utica, Executive Director Rev. Bill Dodge announced.

Veteran "Gourmet Guys" Jack Eisenbach and Stu Card combined their talents to offer an Hungarian Goulash -- a Jewish cookbook recipe "that was closest to what my mother made when I was a kid," Eisenbach said. The people liked it, too, awarding them First Place in the entrée category.

Grant Roser of Roser Communications claimed he "put a lot of love into making" his Tiramisu and said: "Who doesn’t like dessert?" The people agreed, awarding the first-time celebrity chef the First Place medal.

Second Place medals went to:

Dave Dudajek of The Observer-Dispatch for his Potato Leek Soup. Dudajek has been a Gourmet Guy chef for every year except last year when he had to attend a wedding in Maryland. "My daughter had the recipe…and said it was good…I thought it would be easy," but with all the prep work, "it was one of the toughest dishes I've made."

Paul Plevritis of New Hartford Wal-Mart for his Lamb with Tzatziki Sauce. "He makes the best leg of roast lamb," his wife, Tina, piped up.

Jeff Zoller of Northwest Mutual Insurance for his Banana Foster -- fresh bananas dunked in a special syrup and served with ice cream.

Since 1992, Gourmet Guys has generated over $355,000 to aid the homeless and needy.

Participating Chefs:
Michael Arcuri Hancock & Estabrook, LLP
Fred Bangs Dental Systems Laboratories
Bill Badolato Adirondack Financial Services
Mark Bolos Big Apple Music
Mike Bova/Phil Farda Comedy Central NY 
Anthony Brindisi Assemblyman
Stu Card/Jack Eisenbach  Critical Technologies
Dr. Ed Casper Casper Chiropractic
Tom Cole Gates-Cole Insurance
Bruce Davis DAVIS Media, LLC
Dave Dudajek Observer-Dispatch
Senator Joe Griffo Senator
Bill Kardas WKTV
Leland McCormac Oneida Co. Public Defender
Mayor Robert Palmieri Mayor, City of Utica
Kit Pang Leadership Mohawk Valley
Tony Picente Oneida Co. Executive
Paul Plevritis Wal-Mart Supercenter, NH

Jim Rondenelli & Gino Geruntino

Townsquare Media 
Grant Roser Roser Communications
Joe Schmidt Munson Williams Proctor Art Inst.

Dan Trevisani 

Escarole Beans & Sausage
Jeff Zoller Northwest Mutual Insurance

Special Thanks to Our Sponsors:

Empire Recycling

Adirondack Bank

Adirondack Financial Services

Carbone Auto Group


Bank of Utica

Z Foodserv, Inc.

Roser Communications

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