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Italian food festival brings crowd to Lemont

Published: Friday, Aug. 29, 2014 3:41 p.m. CDT
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A panel of judges determined the winners of the Godmother Throw Down cooking competition at the Festa EATaliana Saturday.
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Sharon Simone serves some of her winning egg plant parmesan during the Godmother Throw Down at the Festa EATaliana Saturday.

LEMONT – The rains on Saturday let up just in time for Festa EATaliana, a St. Alphonsus-St. Patrick School fundraiser held in Talcott Square in downtown Lemont.

The third annual event included the Godmother Thrown Down cooking competition, food and drink vendors and live music.

Event organizer Lisa Simone-Porter promised an even larger event for next year.

The cooking competition will become The Culinary Olympics Godmother Throw Down featuring cooking teams and individual food creations from around the world, she said.

She added she expects dishes from places such as Poland, Lithuania and Mexico to compete to see which country’s food is best.

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Winners for this year included:

Entree: Sharon Simone, Nonna’s Egg Plant Parmesan

Sauce: Susan Meeks, Grazie Sunday Gravy

Meatballs: Sharon McKendry, Meatball Throwdown

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