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Amazing Grazing wants chefs to share their favorites

Every participating chef is asked to prepare sample-sized servings of their favorite recipe. The recipes chefs are willing to share get compiled into a cookbook that is sold at the event.

Photo courtesy Sherrick Photography

Every two years since 1992, local chefs have taken center stage to help raise funds to benefit substance-use disorder services provided through OneEighty.
 
"It's all about grazing and socializing for a good cause," said OneEighty volunteer Erica Mathur, the Amazing Grazing co-chair.
 
"It's a unique event that involves members of the community, professional and home chefs who prepare samples of their special dishes for the community to enjoy," said Ty Young, director of resource development for OneEighty.
 
The deadline for chefs to apply is Jan. 10. The event will be Saturday, Feb. 3 from 6-8:30 p.m. at Shisler Conference Center, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster.
 
Don't let the word "chef" intimidate you. Mathur said, "Chefs can be professional or amateurs or anyone who likes to bake or cook and has a great recipe to share."
 
Every participating chef is asked to prepare sample-sized servings of their favorite recipe. "The recipes chefs are willing to share get compiled into a cookbook that is sold at the event," Mathur said.
 
Amazing Grazing is wide open as to the chef's creations. "Recipes can be as simple or elaborate as the chef wants to make it," Mathur said. "There is no right or wrong dish to make."
 
Restaurants also are invited to participate, share a favorite dish and support OneEighty.

Amazing Grazing is a project of The Risers, a fundraising and awareness-building auxiliary supporting OneEighty addiction services.
 
"Funds are raised by The Risers to support their mission to reduce the stigma that surrounds the disease of addiction," Young said. "The stigma inhibits sufferers from seeking help, stops some from offering help and makes it difficult for those working to help people recover."
 
Addiction is a widespread epidemic in the world, the country and the local community. "Addiction affects people of all ages, genders, socioeconomic situations, education levels and backgrounds," Mather said. "Most of us think we will never be personally affected by addiction. But in reality most of us will at least know someone who has struggled with addiction."
 
Individual tickets are $40 each. Benefactors may purchase a table of eight for $500. Patrons receive two tickets for $100. Tickets may be purchased online at www.one-eighty.org. A form is available online for those who wish to mail a check. The Facebook event may be located from the organization's page: www.facebook.com/one180eighty/.
 
Volunteers are crucial to the success of the event. Anyone interested in participating as a chef, volunteering or in need of more information may call Mathur at 330-464-4617 or Young at 330-804-3126 or email Young at youngt@one-eighty.org.
 
Amazing Grazing was originally the brainchild of the late Carolyn Abramson. According to OneEighty executive director Bobbi Douglas, Abramson saw a similar event in Cleveland and thought it would be easy to duplicate locally.
 
Abramson passed away several weeks ago at age 90 and is remembered for her inspiring energy, her tireless spirit and her vital contributions to a wide variety of community groups, events, services and resources.
 
Amazing Grazing was first presented in 1992 to help what was then known as Wayne County Alcoholism Services to raise funds for the renovation of Beacon House, a residential treatment center for women. The success of the event enabled the renovation and helped the agency grow and succeed.

Published: January 3, 2018
New Article ID: 2018171229953