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A Great Lunch With a "Food Critic"

Wednesday, October 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! A green salad was followed by chicken piccata with roasted vegetables including red skin potatoes, carrots, beets, green beans and Brussel sprouts with rolls and butter. Two trays of desserts per table included mini crème brulee, chocolate mousse brownies, linzer cookies, and other delightful sweets. The table centerpieces were seasonally festive and there were limitless raffle baskets and door prizes, and tempting goodies in the Bake Shoppe. 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 Councilwoman, Lynda Appel, said a few words then 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 west shore area. A list of those recipients for 2014 were listed in the luncheon program. 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.

Westlake Garden Club Makes Centerpieces for Westlake in Bloom

A group of Westlake Garden Club members gathered, with clippers and garden shears in hand, at LaCentre on Wednesday, August 12 at 1 p.m. to make floral centerpieces for the Westlake in Bloom Awards Ceremony.  The City provides the vases and the flowers, and the garden club members provide the artistic touch to create beautiful arrangements for 30 tables.  The ceremony presents awards to city residents and businesses who have entered their gardens and landscaping in a friendly annual competition.  Garden club member, Thea Steinmetz, created a beautiful, opulent basket with most of the flowers, leaves and vines from her own garden, to adorn a table in the reception area of the lobby.  The ceremony started at 6:30 p.m. with refreshments in the lobby and everyone proceeded to the banquet room at 6:45 for the awards ceremony.  The room was lovely, the floral centerpieces beautiful, and the winners went home happy.  This is the 14th year for Westlake in Bloom and the garden club creating the table centerpieces.


Westlake Garden Club Plants Hilliard Blvd. Flower Box

Westlake Garden Club members, Marge Emblom, Kathy Bruening and Regina McCarthy, met at the club's flower box on Hilliard Blvd. on Saturday, May 16 to plant flowers.  Marge did the design and purchased the flowers and Kathy and Regina helped with the planting.  The City of Westlake waters the flower boxes but club member Shirley Lutts has volunteered to check on the box and water as needed.  The flower boxes filling the center of Hilliard Blvd. are unique to our city and visitors to Westlake always comment on how beautiful they are.


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