St. Mary’s hosted a very special event – Ciao Italia with Mary Ann Esposito Returns Home – The Chopped Edition! It was a wonderful night filled with St. Mary’s alumni, friends, and supporters, including Mary Ann and her husband, Dr. Guy Esposito from the Class of 1960 and our celebrity sous chefs who faced off in the ultimate battle royale, Fr. Joe Rogliano ’75 and Msgr. David LiPuma ’78. Fr. Joe paired up with Chef Chris Daigler, owner and Executive Chef of Oscar’s, and Msgr. David teamed up with Chef Shea Zappia, Culinary Specialist at Sysco. After the panel of celebrity guest judges, including Joanna Pasceri, Mary Beth Billitier, and Fr. Peter Karalus ’87, tasted each team’s dish, and our auditors from the Business, Finance, and Entrepreneurship Academy tallied the results, it was decided that Team Zappia and LiPuma took home the crown!
Thank you to everyone who came out to see the competition and enjoyed the delicious meal to follow!
Stay tuned for more coverage from the night and some special donations that were made!
Thank you to our sponsors who made the night possible:
Dick ’64 and Karen ’65 Penfold, Au Naturel Boutique, Lacatalis, Chef’s Restaurant of Buffalo NY, Russell’s Steaks, Niagara University, OLV Charities, Pacific Underground Catering, Personal Touch Food Service, Inc. Inc., Chrusciki Bakery, Inc., SUNY Erie Community College, Sysco, Premium Mortgage Corporation, and The Galasso Foundation.